Last week we reported that a piano store in Dublin finally copied Wayne’s World’s “No Stairway to Heaven” sign with their own real-life “No Adele” sign after throngs of customers waltzed through the shop and played Adele’s “Someone Like You” again and again, and again.
As Stereogum points out, it’s the only ballad to reach the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in ages. And it’s very much a ballad—there aren’t even any other instruments on the track. As Will Ferrell once said as Robert Goulet on SNL, “no musical accompaniment—it’s just me out there.”
The song became a smash hit without the handy marketing tool of a music video—until now. The video mimics the song’s minimalism—it’s just Adele walking around Paris in black-and-white, gazing wistfully at nothing in particular. If your memory goes back this far, it sort of recalls Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” video, but it might be even a little more melodramatic.
Go ahead: fire up those twinkling diatonic piano arpeggios. You know you want to. No one’s listening. You won’t get banned, or judged—at least not by us anyway.