The Wanted's new single may be titled "Walks Like Rihanna," but the new video for the song isn't a tribute to RiRi. Instead, the vid offers several spot-on parodies of the '90s boy bands that paved the way for the Wanted's success.
The Wanted, along with fellow U.K. sensations One Direction, have been credited with ushering in a new era of boy-band mania. And the blokes apparently have no problem with that association, gamely dressing up as *NSYNC, the Backstreet Boys, and Take That in "Walks Like Rihanna."
The cheeky clip recreates the famous marionette scene in *NSYNC's "Bye Bye Bye," the iconic all-white-outfit airport scene from BSB's "I Want It That Way," and Take That's black-and-white rain serenade from "Back For Good," all with accuracy and attention to detail that would impress even parody king Weird Al Yankovic.
Is the "Walks Like Rihanna" video a loving homage to the golden age of boy bands, or a nasty send-up? We're not sure, but either way, it's bloody brilliant, as the Brits might say.