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Cat Velez - 20th June 2016

Rick Astley is back, with his biggest hit since the good old days of Stock Aitken Waterman. And Angels On My Side comes equipped with a video by Mike Baldwin that is a pitch-perfect mix of music, dance and action-comedy, that has you rooting for Rick as a unfussily cool, charmed everyman.

It starts with Rick hung up in the dangerous end of some sketchy gangster dealings at a cargo container park. He's in the backseat of a car with two burly, fearsome men - who somehow have failed to notice Rick's Angels - in the form of 50s leather-jacket clad dancing girls (from dance troupe Sparkle Motion), are hanging out by a container, and break out in Grease-style formation, whenever Astley breaks into the chorus.

When the whole affair comes to a head, as the gangster boss struts out from an alley, the girls swoop in, and get Rick out of harms way. It's silly, but it's also superior entertainment from Mike Baldwin, who after a long break, is now back on a roll in music videos.

MIKE BALDWIN: 

"One utterly remote dusty location, seven kooky dancers, two dangerous actors, several cold pizzas, no easy toilet access and looming sunstroke. That's the glamour of music videos in 2016. 

"Despite the odds, it was a brilliant day and Rick was an absolute delight. We even used his car as a prop, which was completely covered in dirt by the time we all waved him off at the end of the day. I'd worked with the dancers, Sparkle Motion, before but always wanted to make something that featured them a lot more. And along came this perfect opportunity. Damn, I love those girls and Marianne, who came up with the routine, is an absolute legend. A real angel, even...."

Credits

DirectorMike Baldwin
Production CompanyMealing Media Ltd
ProducerBen Mealing
Assistant ProducerGio Forino
CommissionerCarrie Sutton
Director of PhotographyBen Thomas
1st ACMichael Hobdell
1st ADMark McPadden
GafferLee Hatcher
StylistJoseph Crone
Make-up (Artist)Sadie Hewlett
EditorMike Baldwin
ChoreographyMarianne Machin
DancersSparkle Motion
Director's RepresentationChloe Page at Lock It In
ColouristAdam Clarke
Grading companyAbsolute Post

Cat Velez - 20th June 2016

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