LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Carly Simon is giving fans and filmmakers an opportunity to have some fun with one of the biggest mysteries in pop music: Who is the narcissistic target of her 1972 chart-topping tune “You’re So Vain”?
The pop singer/songwriter has launched a competition seeking the first official video to accompany the song — either the original or the acoustic version released last year. Perhaps one of its widely rumored objects, Warren Beatty, will put his Oscar-winning talents to work.
“People ask me all the time why is there no video of this song,” Simon said in a video announcing the competition. “I think it’s that people were so busy asking me who the song was about that nobody thought to make a video of it.”
Simon has never publicly revealed the identity of her inspiration. The usual suspects include first husband James Taylor or one of her many ex-boyfriends, such as Beatty or Mick Jagger or Cat Stevens or Kris Kristofferson.
The song revolves around a self-assured man who makes girls quiver when he walks in to a party like he was “walking onto a yacht.” He is so vain, Simon sings in the chorus, “I’ll bet you think this song is about you.”
Simon told entrants to draw on "all sorts of magic in the air" for their submissions, and offered a few video pointers such as a yacht, a Learjet and a horse race -- all mentioned in the song. Further details can be found at her website, carlysimon.com (www.carlysimon.com).
The contest deadline is April 15. Simon will screen and judge all the entries herself. The winning video will be screened at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival in April, and Simon will present the director with a prize from her “personal archives.”
It will also be featured on promotional partner AOL Music’s Spinner.com.
The new version of “You’re So Vain” was released last year on Simon’s album “Never Been Gone,” which largely featured rerecorded versions of her best-known tunes.
Reporting by Dean Goodman; Editing by Philip Barbara