The Claudettes' new track "Declined," whose video is premiering exclusively below, could be an anthem for the #MeToo era. But keyboardist Johnny Iguana says the song, from the quartet's upcoming High Times in the Dark album, actually preceded the movement.
The "Declined" video went through some permutations in development as well. Iguana initially thought about an acted clip depicting different rejection scenarios but wound up blending a band performance with vintage male angst footage, mostly from the '40s and '50s -- "Back in the days when you could smoke a cigarette in the office," he says. "I went on the Internet and loved what I was finding -- men stomping around and waiting and being interviewed by some women who have fantastic clothes," Iguana says. "I was laughing and kicking my feet and having fun with it. And Berit looks very in-command in the video, kind of sensual looking in the material and telling you you've been declined. I'm really happy with the way it worked out."