The video for Daughtry 's new single "Waiting for Superman" has just debuted online , and it tells the compelling story of a guy who heroically tries to help people, but isn't appreciated or thanked for his efforts.
In the clip, Chris Daughtry serves as narrator, singing the song as we see various people in distress and our hero, an unassuming looking young man, trying to help them. Like a real-life Superman, he pushes a woman out of the way of a speeding bicycle, but all she does is yell and berate him for pushing her. He tackles a thief who snatched a woman's purse, only to be unfairly accused by the police of stealing the purse himself. He literally pulls a suicidal man down from a ledge before he can jump, but all the guy does is yell and scream at him for stopping him from jumping.
Still, that doesn't stop our hero from doing good deeds. When he sees a teen crouching in an alleyway, being taunted and teased by a group of bullies, he springs into action, chasing them all away, taking the girl's hand and leading her home. As he delivers her to her mother, the police show up again and nearly cuff him, but let him go. Finally, the girl he helped runs to him, puts her arms around him and hugs him -- giving him, at long last, the thanks that he deserves.
"Waiting for Superman" is the lead track from Daughtry's new album Baptized , which is due November 19. If you pre-order the deluxe version of the album now, you'll get a free download of the song, plus another brand-new track called "Long Live Rock & Roll."
And speaking of rock and roll, Daughtry's always been known for their hard-charging rock sound, but on Baptized , they're changing things up a bit. There are a few electronic influences on "Waiting for Superman," while " Long Live Rock & Roll " has a folky, acoustic sound, with humorous lyrics. So, at this point, does Chris consider Daughtry to be a rock band, or a pop group? Is it important for him to be on the pop charts?
"At our core, we are a rock band," Chris tells ABC News Radio. "We have drums, and guitars and all the ingredients of what a rock band is. But I think it is important: for us to be successful, we have to have very accessible songs. Which is something we've always done -- we've always had that in the back of our mind when we were writing."
In other words, Chris says, Baptized doesn't represent some kind of radical musical departure for Daughtry. "I've always been a sucker for a great pop melody, so those things have always been a part of my songwriting," he explains. "So I don't think it's any different time around. I think we're just really...outside the box."
Or, as Chris told Rolling Stone recently, "I love... Katy Perry ... Pink , Imagine Dragons , even Mumford & Sons and the Lumineers , so [the album has] all these aspects of everything I love that's out there. I wanted to experiment a little bit with those kind of sounds and incorporate it in what we do."
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