The Kooks have just released a new video for their single “Bad Habit,” a track off of their album Listen.
The video for “Bad Habit,” which was shot entirely in black and white, was commissioned to the group by a fan of the groups work. The hook for the song, which also summarizes the entire theme of the video goes as follows: “You say you want it/But you can’t get it.” The video shows a nubile young woman apparently doing a semi-striptease for some unknown watchers on a web cam. The video seems to toy with a variety of taboo subjects: internet sexuality, the objectification of women, feminism, the inherent dangers of internet interactivity, etc. The main takeaway from the video occurs at the very end, when the woman dons her clothes and flips the bird at the camera as she leaves for the day. Whether the themes in the video were conjured up by the band themselves or by the fan who commissioned the video, the video itself speaks to the various social taboos that have become present since the rise of the internet.