By Robyn Collins
Sometimes inspiration comes in strange ways. Tegan and Sara were recently driven to make a video for their song “Dying to Know” after recalling an old episode of Miami Vice.
“A few months ago I was watching a TV show about the ’80s, and a scene from Miami Vice with Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas came on,” Tegan Quin tells. Billboard. “They were talking specifically about the episode in which they used the entire Phil Collins song ‘In the Air Tonight,’ almost as if it were a music video.”
“I remember thinking how cool it would be to have Sara and I remake the famous scene,” she continued. “Sadly, neither of us can drive, nor did we have the time or funds to reshoot that famous scene in Miami. Instead we tapped director Nathan Boey in Vancouver to reshoot it using puppets! I think it might even be better with us as puppets than if we had been in it ourselves.”
In the video, puppet versions of the Quins roll through “Miami” in a white Lamborghini, stopping at a pay phone and even ending up on a speedboat. And through it all they sing inquisitive lyrics, posted in neon colors: “Tell me what you’re doing now, where you live/ Tell me are you in love, how you been/ I’m dying to know/ Is the one you ended up with everything you wanted?”
“They shared with me their childhood passion for Miami Vice and the rest sort of wrote itself!” Boey says. “Eleni Creative’s dolls were beautifully custom-built, and the idea of them ripping around the city in a mini Lamborghini had me giggling throughout production.”
Watch the “Dying to Know” video below: