TWITTER court jester and pop superstar James Blunt is back to brooding in the music video for his latest single Don’t Give Me Those Eyes.
Between scenes for the shoot at a Sydney mansion above Warriewood beach on his recent Australian visit, Blunt joked his view was more pleasurable to contemplate than his guilt-ridden lyrics.
He did crack a smile in one scene opposite his video love interest, local model Georgia McGlennon.
“Some of this video isn’t just pensive,” he insisted.
“Not only is (Georgia) a very pretty girl obviously, but the whole idea is we are incredibly attracted to each other and trying to resist jumping on each other. In the video,” he added.
Blunt is happily married to Sofia Wellesley, the mother of his young son whose name they have kept private.
He said the song was drawn from past experience of an ill-fated relationship.
“Everyone in their life wonders what would have been if you had taken a different path,” he said.
James Blunt shot his new music video on Sydney’s northern beaches
When Blunt premiered the song live at the Logies last month, it rocketed up the download charts and signalled the power of a heartfelt piano ballad to restore an artist’s chart fortunes.
It was a significant moment for the English superstar who won millions of hearts globally with his stalker anthem mistaken for a love song You’re Beautiful.
“I don’t think you succeed by saying ‘Now piano ballads are coming back in, I’ll do that’,” he said.
“Out of the 100 songs I wrote for the album, this one really seems to jump out at people.
“It’s tricky because I think we all think so hard about these things in the music industry, about trends when fans don’t think about them at all.”
Blunt had a field day during his Australian visit when he spent almost an entire day retweeting “fans” who commented that while they didn’t like his music, they did enjoy his latest album The Afterlove.
Perhaps some of them will buy tickets when he tours here next year, whether it be his own shows or perhaps opening for his best mate Ed Sheeran on his stadium tour in March.
Blunt joins Sheeran on his American tour which kicks off in June.
“It depends on when you invite me. Those conversations have begun. We haven’t announced any dates after the new year and I’m booked up until then so I would say early 2018 would make sense,” he said.
“For me, I can’t wait. I’m going on tour around the States with Mr Sheeran, which certainly is not work, and then doing Europe and the UK. And all of that is practice for when I do get to Australia, those are the real gigs. I’m using Sheeran and Europe merely as my puppets I can practise on to work up to the important Aussies.
“It will be great fun to be on tour together, we’re great mates, so it will be ridiculous.”
Australia, they’re singing in it.
American and English pop stars love Australia and some have been filmed music videos here.
Coldplay, A Sky Full Of Stars (2014)
The English supergroup gallivanted around the hipster kingdom of Newtown for a street party to celebrate the only really happy song on their Ghost Stories album. Local band Sticky Fingers would later call out Coldplay for the striking similarity in location and theme — largely just walking down King St — to their effort for the single Australia Street.
Coldplay cavorted through Newtown’s main street
Beyonce, No Angel (2014)
What was first thought to be a fashion shoot in Melbourne later emerged to be scenes for her No Angel clip. While the lion’s share of the video was shot in her hometown of Houston, the scenes featuring Beyonce, draped in a white faux fur coat and one-piece outside a ramshackle Brunswick cottage were filmed when she was in town for the Mrs Carter Show World Tour.
Beyonce goes dilapidated chic in Brunswick
David Bowie, Let’s Dance (1983)
One of Bowie’s most memorable videos and filmed by one of the most-sought after directors David Mallet also served as his statement against racism and in particular, the treatment of indigenous Australians in that era. The main scenes were shot in a Carinda pub in far northern NSW and the Warrumbungle National Park near Coonabarabran.
Bowie’s outback meets city video attacked racism
David Bowie, China Girl (1983)
Bowie also filmed the video for China Girl with a New Zealand model Geeling Ng playing his love interest onscreen, and briefly off screen. Mallet shot the early scenes in Sydney’s Chinatown and Bowie and Ng recreated the famous From Here To Eternity kissing in the waves moment on Dee Why beach.
Bowie films a second video in Australia
Train, She’s On Fire (2002)
Riding the swell of success after their Drops Of Jupiter hit climbed the global charts, American pop rock trio Train finished off a national tour of Australia in late 2001 with three days in a house on Bilgola Beach in Sydney’s northern suburbs. The video, which featured local female surfers, was part of a campaign to bring more shoots from the US to Australia.
Boys on guitars, girls on surfboards
Foo Fighters, Big Me (1996)
Also known as the Mentos video, the clip was intended as a parody of the famous candy’s ads in the US but for Australian fans, it was a case of Spot The Sydney Landmark. The performance scenes were filmed at the Annandale Hotel, once a famed rock nursery for up and coming bands, as well as The Rocks.
Foos play at the Annandale Hotel
Elton John, Blue Eyes (1982)
The piano rock legend took time out from the opening leg of his Jump Up! world tour in Australian to film the video to the song inspired by Elizabeth Taylor. His white grand piano was gingerly placed on a rock ledge near Marks Park at Tamarama on the famed Bondi To Bronte coastal walk.
Playing piano on the cliffs overlooking the Bondi coastal walk
The Darkness, Love Is Only a Feeling (2004)
The English group took themselves off to the Blue Mountains for the video shoot and it doesn’t get more epic rock than these sweeping shots of the world-renowned national park and its iconic rocks. Who else would place a stack of speakers on the Flat Rock mesa in Wentworth Falls? Other scenes were captured in the park’s Grand Canyon.
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Originally published as First look at Blunt’s Sydney video