The Can’t Buy Me Love sequence could arguably be considered the world’s first ever music video, followed a year later by Bob Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues which also sometimes claims that title. Featuring John, Paul, George and Ringo escaping from a TV studio through the fire escape to have a bit of a giggle in the park, the sequence embraces the fun loving spirit of early Beatles music, employing techniques like speeding up the action in a Benny Hill-esque fashion, the effects have been much parodied throughout the years, even so far as having Horrible Histories recreate the scene with Aristotle, Plato, Socrates and Diogenes.
Can’t Buy Me Love is not just the birthplace of music video, though. It is the culmination of the free, fun-loving spirit of the film. The following numbers in the film are straight-forward performance scenes, while Can’t Buy Me Love is a breakaway bit of silliness that proves the inventiveness of The Beatles, only the smallest taster of how innovative they were to become. Also, Can’t Buy Me Love is a cracking tune