In the music video for ‘Royals’ by Lorde, we see what Lorde claims to be some of the everyday activities of modern teenagers i.e. anything but partying, buying stuff and/or having sex. The boring, dull grey days of nothing when all you can think of to fill your day is to put on some boxing gloves and take on your mate in the front room.
The original version of the video, uploaded 12 May 2013, is accompanied by a message from Lorde:
“…a lot of people think teenagers live in this world like ‘skins’ every weekend or whatever, but truth is, half the time we aren’t doing anything cooler than playing with lighters, or waiting at some shitty stop. that’s why this had to be real. and i’m at that particular train station every week. those boys are my friends. callum’s wearing a sweater that used to belong to me…”
The video itself is a visualisation of this ‘reality’. However, for a 16 year old who just had a US No. 1, it is also the past.