The music video that inspired Edgar Wright’s “Baby Driver”

Edgar Wright had wanted to make a film like Baby Driver for his entire career. A junkyard movie that played like a series of music videos, Baby Driver stars in Wright’s unmatched talent for various needle drop and kinetic action sequences, all layered with his signature blend of comedy and drama. Everything on Baby Driver remains eminently revisable (well, maybe not Kevin Spacey), and it is among the director’s best films.

If you want to see how far Wright’s ideas for Baby Driver All you have to do is watch the music video for the single Blue Song by British electro band Mint Royale in 2003. Directed by Wright, the video shows all the essentials of what eventually became. Baby Driver: delirious thieves, car shenanigans, editing specifically adapted to the rhythms and arrangement of the song. It’s in its infancy, but the ‘Blue Song’ video is denied to be proof of concept for Baby Driver.

The video stars Noel Fielding, just before he lands The Mighty Boosh on the BBC, as a driver on the run for a gang of bank robbers. Much like Baby, Fielding uses the timing of “Blue Song” to dictate when to step out of the heist. In the meantime, he gets soft dance moves as he grooves to the techno-soul beat of the song. As his co-conspirators get back into the car, he berates them for being a few seconds late and drives off.

A couple of grownups, no Baby Driver video related treats; catching Fielding just before reaching its maximum saturation point is wild, as are Nick Frost and Michael Smiley, both of the Wright show at the time that was gone. space, and Fielding’s companion Mighty boosh founder Julian Barratt. The CD player connected to the car stereo is also impressive, with Fielding’s trusty collection of CDs ready to play at any time (baby was lucky to have the comfort of his iPod). All in all, it’s pretty silly to see all of these early 2000s British comedy characters and features just before they all explode.

Initially, Wright felt that he had extinguished his idea of Baby Driver in the ‘Blue Song’ video, but watching it today, it’s clear that only the most basic shot from the movie is present in the music video. Not even a year after the release of the ‘Blue Song’ video, Wright would release his first feature film a professional director, the years 2004. Shaun of the Dead, kicking off one of modern cinema’s most famous careers.

Watch the video for ‘Blue Song’ below.

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