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review from monae's recent local show opening for bruno mars- "amateur hour performance art":

Just when it seemed as though wunderkind Bruno Mars -– he of the coy, boyish charm and the golden songwriting pen and the voice you could just pour over ice cream –- could do no wrong, well, then he does.

He picks Janelle Monáe as his partner on the “Hooligans in Wundaland Tour,” leaving many of us out there in the undersold 1stBank Center crowd Sunday night wondering, “What just happened?”

Mars has Cee Lo Green on speed dial following their brilliant collaboration on “F**k You,” and he even manages to make B.o.B. look like a genius (“Nothin’ on You” was a Mars vocal highlight Sunday night, even without the Atlanta rapper’s silly but infectious rhymes all over it).

But Monáe and her amateur performance-art hour was so tedious and painful, I don’t know what even Mars could have done to fix it. Were those cape-clad dancers dressed as “Star Wars” Ewoks or extras from the “Scream” franchise? The “Alice in Wonderland” backup singers made no sense with the rest of the cast’s “Matrix” saddle shoes and Monáe’s Grace Jones sunglasses. And the song choices could not have been more jangling. We went from Nat King Cole’s “Smile” to “I Want You Back” from the Jackson 5 to Monáe’s own funkadelic “Tightrope.”

Give the Grammy award-winning singer props for the groovin’ 11-piece band, and during “I Want You Back,” there were moments it sounded as though Janet and Michael were in the house. But those dance moves have got to go –- everyone lying down on the stage as legitimate choreography went out in, um, 1978.

what does anything meme? basically (Hunt3r), Monday, 27 June 2011 13:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol

the Sandalled Vandal (dog latin), Monday, 27 June 2011 13:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

brilliant parody imo

Don't start the chain you know? (forksclovetofu), Monday, 27 June 2011 15:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

8 months pass...

Congrats on scoring a #1 hit ... as a featured guest on a Fueled by Ramen release.

Cuba Pudding, Jr. (jaymc), Thursday, 8 March 2012 15:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

man that song is so bad. The voice epitomizes everything I hate about a certain kind of male singing.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 8 March 2012 15:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

some dude, Thursday, 8 March 2012 16:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

I have only ever heard this song in ads

Vaseline MEN AMAZING JOURNEY (DJP), Thursday, 8 March 2012 16:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

it basically blew up off of being in a super bowl ad

some dude, Thursday, 8 March 2012 16:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

Huh. Yeah, when I listened to it last week (after noticing it had hit the top 5), it sounded vaguely familiar but I had no specific memory of ever having heard it on the radio or anything.

Cuba Pudding, Jr. (jaymc), Thursday, 8 March 2012 17:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

it basically blew up off of being in glee iirc

Pup Shalom Dog Costume (forksclovetofu), Friday, 9 March 2012 03:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

the song was gaining traction before Glee, and raised in profile after it was on there, but it really didn't explode until the Super Bowl commercial

HalfNelson (some dude), Friday, 9 March 2012 13:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

I don't really like this song, but I like the rest of the Fun. album. I'm pretty happy for the dude that made The Format's Dog Problems getting a #1 hit, but I wish it wasn't with this song.

stan this sick bunt (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 9 March 2012 16:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

jon otm, though i like this song okay

Whiney vs. (BradNelson), Friday, 9 March 2012 19:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

NYT on it all

“I started falling in love with the Drake album and the Kanye album, and I thought, that’s really theatrical, and it’s hip-hop music, and I make really theatrical music,” Mr. Ruess said. “Why can’t I add a hip-hop element?” He said his idea was “to take that ’70s songwriting style but modernize it a little bit more.”

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 10 March 2012 16:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

when I read the story this morning and that quote, I thought, "Wait, is this a Ryan Tedder story?"

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 10 March 2012 18:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

The spike in popularity is even more rare for an alternative rock outfit: It has been more than a decade since a rock band had a song enter the pop chart in the top spot. (Nickelback did it in December 2001 with “How You Remind Me.”)

wow NYT really badly mangled the factoid that fun. are the first rock band to hit #1 with their first Hot 100 hit

hilarious that his idea of HARNESSING THE POWER OF HIP HOP is to hunt down the token white guy on Kanye's production team

some dude, Saturday, 10 March 2012 20:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

It's prom night in America.

Suede - the fabric, not the band (DL), Saturday, 10 March 2012 20:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

nah this song will be inescapable in May because of graduation ceremonies, not proms

some dude, Saturday, 10 March 2012 20:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

Showing my ignorance of the rituals of American youth there, but I'd have thought it works in both cases. Wherever young people feel a bit happy, a bit sad, a bit nervous, a bit drunk.

Suede - the fabric, not the band (DL), Saturday, 10 March 2012 20:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

Janelle's wasted on it though. She just sort of glides by. I was expecting more of a turn.

Suede - the fabric, not the band (DL), Saturday, 10 March 2012 20:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

singles jukebox review
http://www.thesinglesjukebox.com/?p=5019

God: Huummm (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 10 March 2012 20:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

the token white guy on Kanye's production team

um, what about Mike Dean?

Number None, Saturday, 10 March 2012 21:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

i guess dean's in the mix, but not as much as bhasker, no i.d., etc.

some dude, Saturday, 10 March 2012 21:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

Its about a girl losing her virginity. The peeling of the apple is the foreplay, but then when the moment comes she gets nervous. And when she cuts herself thats the cherry popping and when she puts the blood on her lips it shows shes not an innocent little girl anymore. Look at her facial expressions
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flagp∞st (dayo), Saturday, 10 March 2012 22:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Why does she say confusion is a walrus?

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 20 April 2012 16:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

Can't wait for the Janelle Monae Wars 2012 edition.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 20 April 2012 16:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 6 September 2012 03:03 (1 year ago) Permalink

7 months pass...

Number None, Saturday, 13 April 2013 17:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

Ooooh!

MarkoP, Saturday, 13 April 2013 21:25 (1 year ago) Permalink

that's a very specific time

teddy dominatrix (dyl), Saturday, 13 April 2013 22:07 (1 year ago) Permalink

https://soundcloud.com/atlanticrecords/queen-feat-erykah-badu/

into it

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 23 April 2013 00:47 (1 year ago) Permalink

I kind of dig it. Unfortunately, if I let it go to the next song on Atlantic, I get reminded that Twenty One Pilots is a thing.

MarkoP, Tuesday, 23 April 2013 02:05 (1 year ago) Permalink

it's enjoyably corny

brb buying poppers w/my employee discount (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 23 April 2013 04:13 (1 year ago) Permalink

is it peculiar that she twerk in the mirror? is it peculiar that she twerk in the mirror? is it peculiar that she twerk in the mirror? is it peculiar that she twerk in the mirror? is it peculiar that she twerk in the mirror? is it peculiar that she twerk in the mirror? is it peculiar that she twerk in the mirror? is it peculiar that she twerk in the mirror? is it peculiar that she twerk in the mirror? is it peculiar that she twerk in the mirror? is it peculiar that she twerk in the mirror? is it peculiar that she twerk in the mirror? is it peculiar that she twerk in the mirror? is it peculiar that she twerk in the mirror? is it peculiar that she twerk in the mirror? is it peculiar that she twerk in the mirror? is it peculiar that she twerk in the mirror? is it peculiar that she twerk in the mirror? is it peculiar that she twerk in the mirror? is it peculiar that she twerk in the mirror? is it peculiar that she twerk in the mirror? is it peculiar that she twerk in the mirror? is it peculiar that she twerk in the mirror? is it peculiar that she twerk in the mirror? is it peculiar that she twerk in the mirror? is it peculiar that she twerk in the mirror? is it peculiar that she twerk in the mirror? is it peculiar that she twerk in the mirror? is it peculiar that she twerk in the mirror? is it peculiar that she twerk in the mirror? is it peculiar that she twerk in the mirror? is it peculiar that she twerk in the mirror?

sandra dayo connor (The Reverend), Tuesday, 23 April 2013 18:26 (1 year ago) Permalink

rap at the end is a bit too extra tho :/

sandra dayo connor (The Reverend), Tuesday, 23 April 2013 18:27 (1 year ago) Permalink

haha the extra-ness of the rap was what brought me round to this

(which i like, but i've been too busy looping quadron and kelis to give it my full attention)

flamenco drop (lex pretend), Tuesday, 23 April 2013 18:28 (1 year ago) Permalink

"oh no/the booty don't lie"

Chuck E was a hero to most (s.clover), Tuesday, 23 April 2013 18:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

love the deep groove w/ horns ~4 min in.

Chuck E was a hero to most (s.clover), Tuesday, 23 April 2013 18:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

the rap is pretty great in its own way too. like not many performers can keep it that posi without just inducing eyerolls.

Chuck E was a hero to most (s.clover), Tuesday, 23 April 2013 18:33 (1 year ago) Permalink

new quadron?

sandra dayo connor (The Reverend), Tuesday, 23 April 2013 18:35 (1 year ago) Permalink

okay this is fantastic

Call me at **BITCOIN (DJP), Tuesday, 23 April 2013 18:38 (1 year ago) Permalink

quadron

in here rev, and be sure to watch the video

flamenco drop (lex pretend), Tuesday, 23 April 2013 18:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

ugh this shit is endless, i'm very sorely tempted to turn it off at the 2:30 mark

some dude, Tuesday, 23 April 2013 18:47 (1 year ago) Permalink

oh well second half is better at least

some dude, Tuesday, 23 April 2013 18:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

erykah kills it and the bit at the end was pretty exciting.

keen for this album, the last one was a real mess of ideas but a lot of them stuck

monotony, Tuesday, 23 April 2013 23:08 (1 year ago) Permalink

Yeah, I'm hoping the new one will be shorter and more concise. New song is cool, probably a grower.

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Tuesday, 23 April 2013 23:28 (1 year ago) Permalink

Can't. Stop. Playing. This.
So many fresh new tunes this week. And it's only Tuesday.

mike t-diva, Tuesday, 23 April 2013 23:34 (1 year ago) Permalink

oh no, the booty don't lie.

cherry blossom (soda), Tuesday, 23 April 2013 23:47 (1 year ago) Permalink

Maybe I'm just in the wrong mood, but Q.U.E.E.N. is totally boring to me.

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 24 April 2013 15:34 (11 months ago) Permalink

7/10 for the first half, 9/10 for the second half!

mike t-diva, Wednesday, 24 April 2013 16:22 (11 months ago) Permalink


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