Caroline Polachek – “So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings” – Music Video Discussion


Some music is meant to just be kind of flavorless background noise while other music pulls at your heartstrings and forces you to feel certain things, but in my opinion, some of the best music is the kind that simply makes you say “Oh, I do that too”. Caroline Polachek’s 2019 album Pang was filled with moments like these and the video for “So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings” is one of it’s most pristine moments. The song itself is literally about exactly what the title says: having a lover that is so attractive yet so unattainable that it makes you completely miserable. And the video is a perfect, silly representation of that concept. In the video, we see Caroline in literal hell; it begins with a devils hand opening a book with the title of the song written on front. Throughout the entire thing, we see her dancing and seemingly having a great time, and that’s basically it. To some, this might seem like a wasted opportunity at a music video. But if you know exactly what this feeling is like, this video makes perfect sense. Wanting to be with someone so badly but not being able to for whatever reason is nerve wracking but butterfly inducing at the same time. It makes you want to silly dance in your room by yourself, all while also feeling desperate and sad. It’s almost like the story of Romeo and Juliet, only without anyone dying in the end.

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