Lewis Capaldi has released the video for his latest single, “Forget Me”, and it is giving fans George Michael vibes.
The West Lothian singer and songwriter, aged 25, has recreated Wham!’s “Club Tropicana” music video shot-for-shot.
It sees Capaldi stripped down to his underwear sipping cocktails by the pool, along with the famous scene of trumpet-playing taking place in the pool.
The video was filmed by Award-winning director Louis Bhose at Pikes Hotel in Ibiza, which was also the setting for the 1983 WHAM! video.
Speaking about the video to NME, Bhose said: “You hear a sad song, and you expect a sad video. There’s catharsis in that. But to go in the other direction completely felt more in line with the Lewis that walked onstage at Glastonbury in full Noel Gallagher getup. The performance is classic Capaldi: ‘Yeah, no bother, just singing this song with a cocktail in my hand. I’m fine, not thinking about my ex, here at Club Tropicana.’”
Fans of Capaldi have praised the singer for paying homage to the late George Michael and Wham’s iconic video.
One person said: “I think George Michael would have laughed his arse off at this. A wonderful homage of the video of ‘Club Tropicana’ by Lewis Capaldi. Scene for scene accurate. Well done.”
Another said: “Fair play toLewis Capaldi. His new music video is just an amazing homage to Wham’s famous Club Tropicana video. The attention to detail is so great, even down to the opening graphics. Superb.”
Someone else commented: “LewisCapaldi recreating the Club Tropicana video is one of the greatest things of all time.”
“Forget Me” was released last week and is Capaldi’s first music since the release of the extended edition of his 2019 debut album ‘Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent’.
Speaking about the new song to NME, Capaldi explained that he wrote it after going through a difficult breakup.
“After a year, the only real contact I had with my ex was seeing her ‘post-me’ life play out on her Instagram. I was at a point where I was feeling pretty miserable, and she seemed like she was moving on and having the best time, thriving, and I hated it,” he said.
The singer added: “It seemed unfair to me that she appeared happy while I was hurting, and I was fearful she might have forgotten about me completely, so I wrote a song about it.”
It comes as Capaldi recently announced that he had been diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome.
The singer from Glasgow shared the news with fans as he didn’t want people to mistake his “tics” with drug use.
Lewis is being treated with botox injections that will hopefully freeze the muscles that are impacted by his tics.
Lewis spoke to The Sun about his condition, saying: “I have been diagnosed with Tourette’s. I want to speak about it because I don’t want people to think I was taking cocaine or something.
“My shoulder twitches when I am excited, happy, nervous or stressed. It is something I am living with.”