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It's going to take more than a hottie-filled video to make people sit through this.


This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


The other day I caught the video for Sunrise, the new single from blue-eyed soul crooner Mick Hucknall and Simply Red.

Near as I can tell, the concept of the clip in a nutshell is this: ‘If we surround the old coot with enough scantily clad hotties, viewers — OK, male viewers — will quite happily watch. And they won’t even complain that the song is basically a looped sample of Hall and OatesI Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) with a new melody and lyrics. Hell, they won’t even notice.’ And you know what? They’re right. Thing is, if they want those same people to sit through the rest of the bland ’70s pop and disco on this disc — especially the insipid string-laden cover of Bob Dylan’s Positively 4th Street — they’re gonna need more babes than a Girls Gone Wild on Spring Break Marathon. Otherwise, sorry Mick, but no can do.


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