Last week the always-innovative Spike Jonze broke new ground for late night television with his one-take live shoot of Karen O and Danger Mouse’s “Woman” on Late Night with Stephen Colbert.
“Woman” plays as homage to the aggressive peppiness of girl-groups past and serves as the poppy focal point for the influence-driven Karen O and Danger Mouse collaborative release, Lux Prima.
Jonze has experience directing live shoots of performances — he shot the live video for Frank Ocean’s set at Panorama in 2017 — but his latest work with Karen O and Danger Mouse shows that he has taken this niche craft to new heights.
Not only is the camera work masterful, but the fact that the video’s phantasmagoric climax is back-grounded by a cheering live audience is no gimmick.
The spine of “Woman” is the exclamatory chant of “I’m a woman/Hey, hey, hey.”
In a society that has for too long relegated women to the sidelines, Jonze boldly uses the power of television to show that women are moving center-stage. Both in the eyes of the audience and those of the country itself.