New Found Glory - Kiss Me

July 14, 2011 Critic Jonni 2 Comments

This is such a feel-good video, I don't know how some one could dislike it. Anyhow, this song is sung by New Found Glory, whose songs never ever appealed to me until I went to see Paramore live, with Tink09 and Hollagram Star and New Found Glory were one of 2 support acts for them. I didn't know any of their songs but quickly learnt that I'm going to have to listen to them more often, as they were amazing live. As one of their last songs before Paramore came on, they sang this very song, which had only just been released, although it wasn't promoted enough, and everyone sang a long, and it just felt like magic. Come on this was my first ever standing up concert, and also you can't possibly tell me you don't know the lyrics to this song, and you must have been singing-a-long when you played this video. If you comment this telling me you didn't, well then you're just plain well lying, as you can't but help sing-a-long to this amazing song, even if it has been adapted into a more rock kind of version.

I have only found out that the original version was sung by a band called "Sixpence None The Richer", I have no clue who this band is and apparently they reformed back in 2008 but with no new release material, doubt they'd do better than "Kiss Me", I'm sorry but I'm being frank. This song has been covered lots of times, but most notably Avril Lavigne tends to sing this song whilst on tours, and although she has never released this as a song, she rocks it on stage and she definitely knows how to sing it well. However I don't think anyone would be able to beat this version from New Found Glory, and although it never got high on the charts it will forever be remembered as a cover that rocked.

New Found Glory is a 5-piece American rock band, who have released a number of singles, and a number of albums all of which haven't done that well on the chart compared to Paramore and other well-known American rock bands. The band consists of Jordan Pundik, Chad Gilbert, Steve Klein, Ian Grushka and Cyrus Bolooki. who all appear in this music video. They have a new album on it's way out, and I really hope the music channels take to whatever song they release, as they have been going for quite a few years now and have yet to have a major hit, so I'm really hoping that soon they will gather the success they clearly deserve.

The song is about being in love with someone and kissing them a hell of a lot, it suggests a cry out to someone they hold dear but who doesn't quite know it yet. It was originally thought that the lead vocalist of "Sixpence None The Richer", was singing to a girl since she sings "bring your flowered hat", therefore suggesting a Lesbian relationship, which sounds probable and also reasonable, it also makes sense since kissing someone of the same sex is usually frowned upon so she may be crying out her frustration of wanting to kiss the person she likes when she wants to. New Found Glory puts their own spin on it suggesting that they want to kiss this person but have yet to make a move, and maybe wanting for her to make the first move?

I like how the music video is full of FUN. Everyone on the set had a great time, I like the idea of attempting to link in with same-sex relationship, especially when Chase (the boy with the tally on his arm) almost kisses a guy, I can't help but laugh at that. I love the tree house, if there was anyway of doing that when I was a kid (or even now) I'd take that chance, it's a place of FUN, and I really don't think anyone would get bored of it, or even if they did, the next generation would come a long, and so it kind of makes it into an adventure playground.

I definitely like how you can find people in the music video who are quite possibly more famous than the band members. There's the obvious 2 people, who are Chase Dodds (drummer of Classic Addict) and Hayley Williams (vocalist of Paramore), however there are many more, including the rest of Paramore (well the band members who was in the band at the time: Taylor York, Josh Farro and Zac Farro) which you may only glimpse, but they are there. And guess who else...... Cassadee Pope (vocalist of Hey Monday), makes an appearance, although back then there was no Hey Monday, so she just happened to be there. I won't tell you where they pop up because that will give our little game away, see if you can spot them. No cheating people! There are probably a few more, if you spot anyone else please comment, I want to see if I can find them too.

I like how the video shows how much fun the band has, and if you go to one of their gigs (even of they are just supporting) you will totally understand why this video is full of fun. I am very much fond of the narrative story side, I like how they combine the band to the narrative right from the start. And I cannot believe Chase would kiss 8 girls before seeing Hayley Williams tut tut tut, clearly he thought the women (and a potential man) was better looking than Hayley, so glad she gave him a right slap. But then again people could look at this the other way and wonder why he only got 8, were they short of girls? Or did people really not want to kiss him?

Girls would probably be fans of the ending, especially how they take his shirt off, in my opinion aren't they giving him exactly what he wanted in the first place? Guys don't tend to just want a kiss, if this is true it would explain the reason why he only had a tally of 8, could he have been doing other things? I also like the bit where people jump off the top and land on the mattress, keep a close eye on that........

Overall this feel-good anthem has turned into the most fun song ever, and although the music video reflects the song to a moderate extent, if they had done it as exactly as possible wouldn't they have been copying Sixpence None The Richer? Anyhow, as it's a cover I'll let a few things slide by, and since it's put me in a great mood, I have no choice but to give it the rating I think it deserves.


  1. Im not sure, but is Taylor Swift also in the video? or just a look-a-like??

  2. Who is the blonde guy making out in the beginning of the video?