They've won themselves a couple of Grammys, booked a summer tour -- one which now includes a spot at Ottawa's Bluesfest -- so maybe it's time for fun. to start a new chapter. One that's more melancholy and reflective than three guys with shiny new Grammys should ever feel. A chapter that's not much "fun" -- obnoxious punctuation not required at all.
A music video for the band's new single, Why Am I the One, is here. Ostensibly, it's the story of a Brave Little Suitcase, a maudlin tale of how fun. lost their luggage and how it eventually got back to them, gross and duct-taped and man-handled by hobos. But it's also a helpful checklist of First World problems. Just look at all the not-fun things fun. does in this clip!
They wait for luggage -- then lose their luggage.
They listen to Muzak versions of Some Nights (which is, in its original arrangement, very fun).
Their luggage gets thrown in the street.
And splattered with mud.
And stolen, and pawned, and fought over.
Nate Ruess gets stuck riding in the middle seat, squished between two (very probably sweaty) bandmates who've been on an airplane all night.
They suffer awkward silences.
And Nate Ruess keeps breaking into song every time they try to get a drink, for no particular reason.
No fun at all, kids, and yet the video is ostensibly all about fun. Experience the paradox! (Please let this mean fun. is changing their name to something easier to Google -- like "Paradox!" Watch the video below: