But before the Pointer Sisters get excited, they spend hours on ritualistic preparation ceremonies. They luxuriate on poufy chaise lounges in satin negligees and furs.
They pose camisole-clad before mirrors, smoothing elegant perfumes on their skin.
They don mirrored sunglasses and soak in foamy bubble baths from which they seductively emerge in slow motion, dripping wet.
Next, after draping themselves in color-coordinated lamé dresses, they hit the party, sip a few drops of champagne and do what they came to do. They flip a table.
Here's to a successful Table Flip, girls!
Following in the Table-Flipping footsteps of Rick Springfield, the Motels and Duran Duran isn’t easy, but the sisters manage to execute what is perhaps the definitive music video Table Flip. In fact, it might have been the Table Flip to end all Table Flips, as I haven’t seen a single table flipped over in a video since.
Though the single “I’m So Excited” was recorded in 1982, director Kenny Ortega shot the video in 1984, after the song gained popularity from being featured in the 1983 film Vacation. In fact, “I’m So Excited” became such a huge hit, the Vacation folks apparently couldn’t afford to use it anymore and removed it from the classic scene with Christie Brinkley and her red Ferrari for the DVD version!
The song was later used for everything from Pontiac commercials to caffeine-pill-induced performance art in Saved By the Bell, but it still holds up today as a timeless pop classic.
The video endures for the same reason; its upbeat simplicity captures the fun, sexy energy of the Pointer Sisters. So get your mirrored shades on and draw yourself a nice warm bath. Let’s get excited.