Kiss You by One Direction
The very popular British boy band One Direction is made of Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Laim Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson. Their music consists of teen pop with rock influences. On February 8, 2013, One Direction officially released “Kiss You” as the second single in the US (third single everywhere else) off of their album Take Me Home. Similar to the band’s style of music “Kiss You” features an up tempo, upbeat, and power pop song that features electronic effects with an abrasive hook and a vocal “na na na” type of breakdown.
Kristoffer Fogelmark, Kristian Lundin, Albin Nedler, Savan Kotecha, Shellback collaborated with Carl Falk and Rami Yacoub to write the single “Kiss You”. Falk, Kotecha, and Yacoub have collaborated in the past to create One Direction’s previous hits “What Makes You Beautiful”, “One Thing”, and “Live While We’re Young”.
Vaughan Arnell directed the music video for “Kiss You”. This is the third video that Arnell has directed for One Direction. The previous videos he directed were “Live While We’re Young” and “Little Things”. The video to “Kiss You” makes a lot of use of blue screen and many different stage sets. The complete music video is shot like the making of a movie showing many of the stage hands and a film crew that is filming the video. An interesting fact about the location of the video is that the complete video was shot on the same sound stage that was used for Star Wars.
The music video for “Kiss You” has no underlying storyline, instead it is used as a vehicle to showcase the appeal of the One Direction. It is a fun video that has the members of One Direction sporting various costumes paying homage to many different movies from the Fifties and Sixties. There are scenes and costumes that are very similar to films like Elvis Presley’s Jailhouse Rock and Blue Hawaii, To Catch A Thief, James Bond’s in Thunderball, and sailors from the 1950’s. Much of the scenes are sporadically shown with cuts to the members of One Direction posing for a photo shoot in the various costumes. The Choreography of the video is very loose and it allows the members of the band to have fun interacting with each other and playing around with props and the various sets. The video has a feel that matches the song “Kiss You” perfectly.
The song “Kiss You” features all of the members of One Direction with the members of the band singing various parts of the verses and coming together to sing the chorus together. The lyrics to “Kiss You” is as you would expect from the title about a protagonist being head over heels in love or infatuated with a significant other. The protagonist talks through out the song about traveling and doing anything the significant other wants in the hopes to woo the significant other to live for the moment and give in to romance.