Marty Walsh Waits for Charlie Baker’s Call in Parody of Adele’s ‘Hello’ Music Video
Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day breakfast is usually a cringe-filled smorgasbord of groaners, rife with awkward silences, regrettable musical numbers, and pols with all the charm and spontaneity of a 3 a.m. Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts infomercial. But every so often, something decent bubbles its way to the top.
Mayor Marty Walsh starred—that is, looked awfully lonely all around a sepia-toned Boston—in a spoof of the music video for Adele’s “Hello,” produced by Kris Carter, a local videographer. The video follows Walsh as he sips a cup of Doughboy Coffee and walks through the Common in a fur coat, anxiously awaiting a call from Gov. Charlie Baker to repair their so-called “bromance” and woo General Electric to Boston.
Among the Easter eggs is a not-so-subtle nod to Boston’s spectacularly failed bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics, as well as a sign for Swampscott, Baker’s hometown, shown as Adele sings, “Did you ever make it out of that town where nothing ever happened?” And by the looks of it, Walsh has Boston magazine’s October 2014 portrait of Baker saved to his phone.
Meanwhile, Emily Hopkins of the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism promptly filed a public records request for “outtakes or unused footage” from the shoot, which could prove even more entertaining than the finished product, as well as any contracts related to its production.