Time is a funny thing: its passage almost always leads to the gradual loss of youth and alteration of physical features. We use the word "almost," however, because the cruel boundaries of time have not made the slightest of impacts on the appearance of Avril Lavigne, who is 28 years old but looks exactly identical to her 17-year-old self in the music video to her fittingly titled new single, "Here's To Never Growing Up."
Ostensibly, the video (which was released on Thursday) finds Lavigne, her sullen backing band and a ton of eye makeup performing "Here's To Never Growing Up" at a high school prom. There are some cool details in the first half of the video -- Avril's wearing a Radiohead tee! The drummer has an eyepatch for some reason! -- and of course, "Here's To Never Growing Up" remains a endlessly repayable, gloriously messy, Kroeger-assisted summer jam.
But then, at the 2:06 mark, something extraordinary happens: Lavigne dons the white tee, black shorts and necktie and skateboards through an empty high school hallway, as a visual homage to the music video for her 2002 breakthrough single "Complicated."
Again, the "Complicated" video was made 11 years ago -- and, aside from her newly lightened locks, Lavigne looks mind-bogglingly similar to her teenage self:
Whoa. Kudos to Avril Lavigne for flipping off the space-time continuum and, truly, never growing up.
"Here's To Never Growing Up" will lead Lavigne's fifth studio album, due out later this summer on Epic Records. "The record's really diverse," Lavigne told Billboard last month. "We've got these pop-rock tunes, and then these piano ballads with orchestras. I have a heavier song that Marilyn Manson's on called 'Bad Girl,' and then I've got a song called 'Hello Kitty' that sounds like nothing I've done before. 'Here's To Never Growing Up' is one of the rock tunes on it, but it's all over the place."
For old time's sake, watch the classic video for "Complicated" below: