Since debuting with ‘Another Day (KFC)’, Ciara Mary-Alice Thompson aka CMAT a “self-styled global pop star” has been brightening up lockdown vibes with her pop culture-referencing performances and social media presence.
‘Rodney’ is the follow up to that song about crying in a fast food restaurant after getting dumped, with a song about not getting respect from someone who you admire. The wisecracking comedian of the title, Rodney Dangerfield, inspired the sentiment on the doo-wop throwback pop song.
Watch the video shot at home, where CMAT lives with her grandparents. Aesthetic.
“‘Rodney’ is about what happens when someone you admire doesn’t respect you. The more desperate you are for their affection, the less respect you get. I wrote this when I was dealing with a person who practically hated my guts, and I started watching a lot of Rodney Dangerfield. His catchphrase was ‘I get no respect!’ and I was like, ‘Oh my god, me neither babe!’. It’s supposed to be painful, but still funny, because that’s what making a fool of yourself is all about.”