In which Maroon 5 goes a bit NC-17.

By Brian Ives 

Perhaps next year if we at update this year’s 79 Songs of the Summer, Ranked From Worst to Best, we’ll have to add Maroon 5‘s latest offering. Though of course, its chances of dominating the pop charts in the next few months is somewhat limited by the song’s title and lyrics.

Yes, “This Summer’s Gonna Hurt Like a Motherf—er” required quite a bit of editing to make it to the radio waves, given that the title is repeated in the song multiple times—on your local station this summer, you’ll be hearing “This Summer’s Gonna Hurt,” with some choice words replaced by others.

And then there’s the video, which starts out a bit NSFW as well. The first thing we see is frontman Adam Levine walking out of a shower and wrapping a towel around his waist. And then he drops it, providing a full and interrupted view of his butt.

From there, he gets dressed and is led through the corridors of an arena until gets gets into a huddle with the other members of Maroon 5. The band takes the stage, followed by Adam. They finish “This Summer’s…” and then take their bows and leave. That’s the big reveal: we weren’t watching Adam’s pre-show ritual at all! We were seeing his pre-encore ritual!

So, to review: what do you learn over the course of the five-and-a-half minutes of Maroon 5’s new music video? That Adam Levine showers before the encore of Maroon 5’s concerts. And what, exactly, Adam Levine’s butt looks like. You can now move on with your day. You’re welcome.

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