31. 3 (2009)
More perfume, this time Britney administers only four squirts. That’s far more sensible.
The video for “3” is the most minimal that Britney’s done. Filmed in studio, it mostly involves Britney dancing with some dark-haired female dancers or bald-headed male dancers. It’s an ode to threesomes, but the men and women are never with Britney at the same time. Interesting.
The video very heavy on dancing, and with the minimal set, it’s up to Britney to really sell the video, which she does. She puts her years of pop experience to work, giving the camera plenty of love, and dancing like a pro. There’s a great moment at the end of the middle eight where she gives a tiny smirk, as if she’s well aware of the craziness of the song and, you know, she doesn’t actually want to have threesomes all the time. Just some of the times.
I learned something from this song. The chorus goes “One, two, three. Peter, Paul and Mary”, and apparently that folk duo is slang for a threesome. “If I Had a Hammer” will never sound the same again.