The Paula Abdul Quadriology (1988/89)

Remember "Opposites Attract"? The fun video with Paula Abdul dancing with this animated cartoon-cat called MC Skat Kat?
Great video, isn't it? However, it was not directed by David Fincher!

It is a wide-spread rumor, that Fincher had the realms of directing it and all over the web there are plenty of sites reporting so. It is nothing but a rumour though: The real directors of the video were Candace Reckinger and Michael Patterson (who has also worked on a segment of A-HA's classic "Take on me" as a visual effects artist).

The very first collaboration of Fincher and Paula Abdul was the video for "The Way That You Love Me", which was produced in the fall of 1988. Due to Abdul's success in the following year, the video was reshot, with both the same concept -- and the same director. (I believe I found both versions, one of which is referred to as the UK-version.)

Coming up was Paula Adul's greatest hit "Straight Up", which literally went "straight up" to #1 on the Billboards even before there was a music video produced for it! Glad they did one after all: Firstly because it's a David Fincher classic. And secondly: It won the MTV Video Music Awards for Best Female Video, Best Dance, Best Choreography and Best Editing!

Some consider it ironic that a prominent line from the song reads "Straight up now tell me do you really want to love me forever -- oh oh oh -- Or am I caught in a hit and run", when Paula Abdul was actually fined and sentenced to two years' probation for a 2005 hit-and-run incident in Encino, California.

"Forever Your Girl" is rumored to feature a 7-year old Elijah Wood. Should make for some extra fun to try and spot the guy, right?!

And finally: David's and Paula's last collaboration, the video for "Cold Hearted", was inspired by Bob Fosse's Erotica dance sequence from the movie "All That Jazz" (1979). It was an enormously popular song, descending very slowly from it's #1 position and spending a total of 8 weeks (2 months) in the Billboard Top 10 alone!

Nough said. Now enjoy the videos:

COLD HEARTED (1989) (USA only)


STRAIGHT UP (1989) (USA only)

THE WAY THAT YOU LOVE ME (1988) (rare UK version)

Don't forget to check out the extensive complete list of David Fincher's music videos!

Disclaimer: Some of the videos (other than the AOL links) may have been posted by users with no official right to do so.

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