Singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson famously channeled a handful of classic rock stars — including John Lennon, David Bowie, and Gene Simmons — in her 2012 clip for “Blood Brothers.” Now, for her new single “Girls Chase Boys,” she’s tipping her Patrick Nagel-painted hat to Robert Palmer.
The track is the first single from Michaelson’s brand new album Lights Out, due April 15. It’s a darker, more complicated side of the singer, she told EW: “‘Girls Chase Boys’ started out as a break up song but took on a deeper meaning as I continued writing. More than just being about my experience, its focus shifted to include the idea that, no matter who or how we love, we are all the same. The video takes that idea one step further, and attempts to turn stereotypical gender roles on their head. Girls don’t exclusively chase boys. We all know this. We all chase each other and in the end we are all chasing after the same thing: love.”
The clip is a gender-tweaking homage to Palmer’s 1988 video for “Simply Irresistible,” one of the more iconic clips of the decade. Check it out below:
You can pre-order Lights Out and download the “Girls Chase Boys” single on iTunes here. Michaelson will be hitting the road in support of the album—stay tuned to her official site for dates and ticket info.