Today, the first official music video for any Chuck Berry song in history premiered, and it’s very exciting. “Big Boys” is the lead single from Berry’s forthcoming posthumous album Chuck, out June 9 on Dualtone Records.
The rock ‘n’ roll pioneer was taken from this world back in March at age 90 and not even a week after his death, his family announced the first details about the legend’s first album in nearly 40 years. The album is composed of ten new recordings, eight of which written by Berry, and has been intermittently worked on since the release of his last record, 1979’s Rock It, up until 2014 when health problems finally forced Berry to take it easy.
Directed by Matt Bizer and Curtis Wayne Millard, the music video pays a nice homage to a culture of poodle skirts, sock hops and hot cars which Berry helped define. The experience is heightened by the use of a ‘50s dance party with moves choreographed by Jeremy Green and features performers from Atlanta’s Dance 411 studio, who are known to mix modern hip-hop with a more vintage aesthetic.
Berry’s music helped a create a culture and attitude, and has influenced the rhythm and language of rock ‘n’ roll, but was never the concept for a music video—today, that’s been corrected.
Check it out above, read our full remembrance of Berry here and watch a classic Berry performance (circa 1972) from the Paste Cloud below. You can also see the Chuck album art and tracklist further down.
01. Wonderful Woman
02. Big Boys
03. You Go To My Head
04. 3/4 Time (Enchiladas)
06. Lady B. Goode
07. She Still Loves You
08. Jamaica Moon
10. Eyes Of Man
Chuck Album Art: