Fresh off of their three-month North American tour, dynamic duo Tegan and Sara continue their mission to create poptastic visuals for every track on their eighth studio album Love You to Death. On Thursday (Dec. 8), the Quin sisters gifted us with the video for “Dying to Know” via Warner Bros. Records, which is premiering exclusively on Billboard.
If you’re dying to know how the idea for the puppet-filled, Nathan Boey-directed video came to life, Tegan Quin tells Billboard: “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. 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.”
She continues to recall, “I remember thinking how cool it would be to have Sara and I remake the famous scene. 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.”
That vision came to life perfectly as the puppet versions of the Quins rip through “Miami” in a white Lambo, stopping at a pay phone and even ending up on a speedboat, all while singing inquisitive lyrics like “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!” director 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.”
The out-of-the-box, creative delivery is everything we’ve come to expect from the consistently sensational duo.
Watch the “Dying to Know” visual below: