Song of the Day, July 29: Girls Chase Boys by Ingrid Michaelson

IngridChaseToday’s song is Girls Chase Boys by Ingrid Michaelson. It was the lead single from her latest album, the fine Lights Out, a disc that finds her engaging in music that is both more complex and more collaborative. Girls Chase Boys is the high point of her career so far, a charming, engaging song about the pursuit and perils of romance. Michaelson describes the song on her Facebook page:

Girls Chase Boys started out as a breakup 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.

She took that approach seriously, with the catchy chorus having girls and boys chase both boys and girls. Despite its original intent, the final product is a wonderful homage to finding and losing love with a warm, optimistic heart. Michaelson’s vocals are stronger than ever and the clever pop backdrop is irresistibly infectious.

Michaelson took things one step further with the video, crafting a scene-by-scene replay of Robert Palmer’s 1988 hit Simply Irresistible but mixing the genders of the players. As she describes it, she intentionally “attempts to turn stereotypical gender roles on their head.” It works deliciously, and the video is a perfect companion to the spirit, words, and fun energy of the song.

Enjoy this wonderful song today.

About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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