Ke$ha: Classic or Dud?

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Why no Ke$ha thread? There's only Which Vaccuous Pop Irritant's "Influences" list is this?, and that one is chock full of gushing praise like "a whistleheaded pop irritant" and "i'm not surprised by her list, i'm surprised people actually listen to this hideous music she makes." and "Ke$ha's like a giant pile of crap on Mozart's face." THIS WILL NOT STAND!!!

Because I'm listening to Ke$ha's Animal album right now and I absolutely fucking love it. People go on and on about all the new girl pop stars out there, y'know the Katy Perrys, the Lady Gagas, the Hannah Montanas, the Avril Lavignes, the whoever it was that sang that "touch my man again and I'm-a fuck you up" song, but Ke$ha just destroys 'em. Destroys 'em! But you know what this album REALLY sounds like? (clears throat) "The Crush" by Annie!! (That was the non-album single she did with the Go-Gos revival sound where she sang "She don't know where to beGINNNNN!!") Ke$ha, obviously realizing what an awesome song that was, decided to make a whole album of "Crush"es. And "Tik Tok" is a GREAT SONG, people! I love it when she goes "oh oh oh OH!! oh oh oh OH!!" and I love it when she goes "Nuh-uh-uh-uh nuh nuh-nuh! NUH-NUH-NUH-NUH-NUHHH!!!!" in "Party at a Rich Dude's House." But what say you, ILM?

Mr. Snrub, Wednesday, 14 April 2010 19:49 (ten years ago) link

I love it when she goes "oh oh oh OH!! oh oh oh OH!!" and I love it when she goes "Nuh-uh-uh-uh nuh nuh-nuh! NUH-NUH-NUH-NUH-NUHHH!!!!"

http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/70538/normal_headdesk_medium.jpg

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Wednesday, 14 April 2010 19:53 (ten years ago) link

And in the Def Leppard have-a-catchy-chorus-and-then-have-an-even-catchier-chorus-as-the-refrain department, I count THREE catchy choruses in "Tik Tok":

1. "Pedicure on our TOES!! TOES!! Tryin' on all our CLOTHES!! CLOTHES!!..."
2. "Don't STOP. Make it POP. DJ blow my speakers UP. To-NIGHT..."
3. "Oh oh oh OH!! Oh oh oh OH!!"

Mr. Snrub, Wednesday, 14 April 2010 20:00 (ten years ago) link

"Tik Tok" is a great song for sure, and i'm slowly coming around on "Your Love Is My Drug"

destroy the song about the jukebox

ksh, Wednesday, 14 April 2010 20:02 (ten years ago) link

SNRUB MOTIVATION 103

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 14 April 2010 20:05 (ten years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qt-OY-MzG-I

☀ ☃ (am0n), Wednesday, 14 April 2010 20:05 (ten years ago) link

tlc 'no snrubs'

☀ ☃ (am0n), Wednesday, 14 April 2010 20:07 (ten years ago) link

actual lols @ the YouTube, but end existence

ksh, Wednesday, 14 April 2010 20:08 (ten years ago) link

But you know what this album REALLY sounds like? (clears throat) "My Humps" by The Black Eyed Peas!!

all yoga attacks are fire based (rogermexico.), Wednesday, 14 April 2010 20:10 (ten years ago) link

oops HTML fail

all yoga attacks are fire based (rogermexico.), Wednesday, 14 April 2010 20:10 (ten years ago) link

y'know the Katy Perrys, the Lady Gagas, the Hannah Montanas, the Avril Lavignes

not familiar w/ any of these groups. i take it their bandnames are ironic?

☀ ☃ (am0n), Wednesday, 14 April 2010 20:14 (ten years ago) link

2010's crop of GvB-approved lolwave groups

ksh, Wednesday, 14 April 2010 20:15 (ten years ago) link

I love it when she goes "oh oh oh OH!! oh oh oh OH!!" and I love it when she goes "Nuh-uh-uh-uh nuh nuh-nuh! NUH-NUH-NUH-NUH-NUHHH!!!!" I love it when she goes "oh oh oh OH!! oh oh oh OH!!" and I love it when she goes "Nuh-uh-uh-uh nuh nuh-nuh! NUH-NUH-NUH-NUH-NUHHH!!!!" I love it when she goes "oh oh oh OH!! oh oh oh OH!!" and I love it when she goes "Nuh-uh-uh-uh nuh nuh-nuh! NUH-NUH-NUH-NUH-NUHHH!!!!" I love it when she goes "oh oh oh OH!! oh oh oh OH!!" and I love it when she goes "Nuh-uh-uh-uh nuh nuh-nuh! NUH-NUH-NUH-NUH-NUHHH!!!!" I love it when she goes "oh oh oh OH!! oh oh oh OH!!" and I love it when she goes "Nuh-uh-uh-uh nuh nuh-nuh! NUH-NUH-NUH-NUH-NUHHH!!!!" I love it when she goes "oh oh oh OH!! oh oh oh OH!!" and I love it when she goes "Nuh-uh-uh-uh nuh nuh-nuh! NUH-NUH-NUH-NUH-NUHHH!!!!" I love it when she goes "oh oh oh OH!! oh oh oh OH!!" and I love it when she goes "Nuh-uh-uh-uh nuh nuh-nuh! NUH-NUH-NUH-NUH-NUHHH!!!!" I love it when she goes "oh oh oh OH!! oh oh oh OH!!" and I love it when she goes "Nuh-uh-uh-uh nuh nuh-nuh! NUH-NUH-NUH-NUH-NUHHH!!!!" I love it when she goes "oh oh oh OH!! oh oh oh OH!!" and I love it when she goes "Nuh-uh-uh-uh nuh nuh-nuh! NUH-NUH-NUH-NUH-NUHHH!!!!" I love it when she goes "oh oh oh OH!! oh oh oh OH!!" and I love it when she goes "Nuh-uh-uh-uh nuh nuh-nuh! NUH-NUH-NUH-NUH-NUHHH!!!!" I love it when she goes "oh oh oh OH!! oh oh oh OH!!" and I love it when she goes "Nuh-uh-uh-uh nuh nuh-nuh! NUH-NUH-NUH-NUH-NUHHH!!!!" I love it when she goes "oh oh oh OH!! oh oh oh OH!!" and I love it when she goes "Nuh-uh-uh-uh nuh nuh-nuh! NUH-NUH-NUH-NUH-NUHHH!!!!" I love it when she goes "oh oh oh OH!! oh oh oh OH!!" and I love it when she goes "Nuh-uh-uh-uh nuh nuh-nuh! NUH-NUH-NUH-NUH-NUHHH!!!!" I love it when she goes "oh oh oh OH!! oh oh oh OH!!" and I love it when she goes "Nuh-uh-uh-uh nuh nuh-nuh! NUH-NUH-NUH-NUH-NUHHH!!!!" I love it when she goes "oh oh oh OH!! oh oh oh OH!!" and I love it when she goes "Nuh-uh-uh-uh nuh nuh-nuh! NUH-NUH-NUH-NUH-NUHHH!!!!" I love it when she goes "oh oh oh OH!! oh oh oh OH!!" and I love it when she goes "Nuh-uh-uh-uh nuh nuh-nuh! NUH-NUH-NUH-NUH-NUHHH!!!!"

Moka, Wednesday, 14 April 2010 20:32 (ten years ago) link

that looks nice

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 14 April 2010 20:32 (ten years ago) link

http://i.imgur.com/y37d4.jpg

Moka, Wednesday, 14 April 2010 20:37 (ten years ago) link

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Wednesday, 14 April 2010 20:38 (ten years ago) link

Fucking brilliant.

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Wednesday, 14 April 2010 20:38 (ten years ago) link

http://avatarfarm.com/forum/forumimages/upsthisthreaddelivers.jpg

ksh, Wednesday, 14 April 2010 20:38 (ten years ago) link

k$h

☀ ☃ (am0n), Wednesday, 14 April 2010 20:39 (ten years ago) link

J0rdan $.

ksh, Wednesday, 14 April 2010 20:39 (ten years ago) link

Mr. $nrub

ksh, Wednesday, 14 April 2010 20:40 (ten years ago) link

dudes, i get that you don't like kesha but can you please step your game up? none of the posts in this thread have been at all funny, this is embarassing.

tmi finney (samosa gibreel), Wednesday, 14 April 2010 21:30 (ten years ago) link

I like Tik Tok actually. I think it's a decent pop song.

fuckin' lame, bros (latebloomer), Wednesday, 14 April 2010 21:39 (ten years ago) link

tlc 'no snrubs'

― ☀ ☃ (am0n), Wednesday, April 14, 2010 4:07 PM (1 hour ago) Bookmark

ok i giggled here, but that's it

tmi finney (samosa gibreel), Wednesday, 14 April 2010 21:40 (ten years ago) link

this thread can be nothing more than a cesspool of embarrassment, given the topic.

Spinspin Sugah, Thursday, 15 April 2010 00:16 (ten years ago) link

idk, i get image-bombing a thread like yesterday's but high-fiving each other while painfully humourlessly shitting all over a thread about a pop star with a recent #1 single stinks of not-the-kind-of-thing-i-post-on-ilm-for.

tmi finney (samosa gibreel), Thursday, 15 April 2010 00:26 (ten years ago) link

it's what a Lady Gaga thread would've looked like 15 months ago. gotta let it simmer a bit longer before you can wait for the tl;dr analysis and epic cultural debates to warm up.

nu bay deejoning (some dude), Thursday, 15 April 2010 00:29 (ten years ago) link

to be fair, it's a fucking mr. snrub thread

J0rdan S., Thursday, 15 April 2010 00:31 (ten years ago) link

i'm pretty much expecting that i'll like this album, i would listen to it sooner but i'm awash in albums that have leaked this week so it'll probably have to wait.

tmi finney (samosa gibreel), Thursday, 15 April 2010 00:36 (ten years ago) link

there's a lot of animosity towards Kesha, not just here, I kinda get it and I kinda don't. Musically she's a lot like Katy Perry who hasn't been on the receiving end of nearly as much haterade so I assume most of it comes from the fact that she dresses like a homeless 90s club kid that makes people hate her so much.

Dinosaur is probably my favorite song off her album but minus that horrible horrible ballad it's pretty solid.

musically, Thursday, 15 April 2010 00:48 (ten years ago) link

"waking up in vegas" is better than any ke$ha song but "tik tok" is miiiiiiiiiiles better than any other KP joint -- perry's voice is just insufferable imo, and yes i find boilerplate autotune to be more pleasing

J0rdan S., Thursday, 15 April 2010 00:51 (ten years ago) link

Kesha's joints are so stale it's like she has arthritis people. I mean come on.

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 15 April 2010 01:10 (ten years ago) link

My big question for Ke$ha, if I ever receive the honor to speak with her, would regard the 200+ songs that were recorded during the 7-year period while she was recording "Animal." I need to know if there's any way I can have a copy of the 10 worst songs from those sessions as I'm sure this would be a remarkable CD.

billstevejim, Thursday, 15 April 2010 15:50 (ten years ago) link

How do I get her management's contact info? I need this.

billstevejim, Friday, 16 April 2010 00:27 (ten years ago) link

If the dude on the left wasn't a douchebag, this would be funny.

billstevejim, Saturday, 17 April 2010 15:28 (ten years ago) link

did anyone ever stop and think maybe WE are the aliens?

lesley gorguts (latebloomer), Monday, 19 April 2010 02:46 (ten years ago) link

srsly, Princeton Tiger. It's called a lavalier microphone. You can get a workable one for about $15. xxp

Johnny Fever, Monday, 19 April 2010 02:58 (ten years ago) link

srsly!

billstevejim, Monday, 19 April 2010 05:31 (ten years ago) link

is this ILM's entire Ke$ha chat?

Britain's Obtusest Shepherd (Alan), Wednesday, 21 April 2010 12:49 (ten years ago) link

It's sprinkled over several other threads as well; basically poke around at the female pop music threads and you're likely to see mention of her.

HI DERE, Wednesday, 21 April 2010 13:04 (ten years ago) link

basically poke around at the female

strategy for life

http://awthum.com/2010/04/19/kesha-rips-off-how-i-quit-crack

dmr, Wednesday, 21 April 2010 13:54 (ten years ago) link

dud btw

dmr, Wednesday, 21 April 2010 13:55 (ten years ago) link

idk why people everywhere want to read "ke$ha chat" so badly. but since you ask

Which Vaccuous Pop Irritant's "Influences" list is this?

from here down on So, it's 11 days into 2010; what records are worth worth buying / hearing / downloading?

jukeboxing at http://www.thesinglesjukebox.com/?p=1988

but come on she is neither good nor interesting!

لوووووووووووووووووووول (lex pretend), Wednesday, 21 April 2010 14:01 (ten years ago) link

LOCK THREAD

Yonder Mountain Zing Band (Tape Store), Wednesday, 21 April 2010 15:29 (ten years ago) link

otm

dmr, Wednesday, 21 April 2010 17:00 (ten years ago) link

i have heard a couple of songs of hers that i like a lot: Dinosaur and Backstabber. Tik Tok is ok

la senora (surm), Wednesday, 21 April 2010 17:03 (ten years ago) link

tik tok is kind of a top heavy song for me

la senora (surm), Wednesday, 21 April 2010 17:03 (ten years ago) link

I only made it through a song and a half. I really don't like what I've heard so far. :-(

this iphone speaks many languages (DJP), Thursday, 17 August 2017 17:16 (two years ago) link

this is nice

I’m honored to have this strong motherfuvkin woman choose to sing a song that’s so special to me. Slightly dying with happiness❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/sOxrRCGZB2

— kesha (@KeshaRose) August 28, 2017

maura, Monday, 28 August 2017 13:06 (two years ago) link

what with the new taylor swift song being embarrassing, the door is still open for y'all over here on team kesha

imago, Monday, 28 August 2017 20:35 (two years ago) link

also what with kesha just being the superior person/popstar in just about every conceivable way

imago, Monday, 28 August 2017 20:36 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Record is really good too, agree with Brad that the country-tinged songs are the best.

the last famous person you were surprised to discover was actually (man alive), Saturday, 23 September 2017 19:53 (two years ago) link

damn. i have no idea what the country market is like, but i feel like she could have a hit with that. great selection on her part, gives me some of the same goosebumps as "praying" did on first listen.

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 24 September 2017 01:11 (two years ago) link

she's so good. i'm excited to see her next week

maura, Sunday, 24 September 2017 14:16 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

Praying has to become a karaoke classic.

Van Horn Street, Friday, 22 December 2017 05:22 (two years ago) link

i do not want the people at my typical 'roke watering hole trying to sing it.

fuck you, your hat is horrible (Neanderthal), Friday, 22 December 2017 05:40 (two years ago) link

(not cos of the song, but cos of the two off-key regulars who mistakenly think they're divas)

fuck you, your hat is horrible (Neanderthal), Friday, 22 December 2017 05:42 (two years ago) link

seems kind of a downer for karaoke

sick, fucking funny, and well tasty (katherine), Friday, 22 December 2017 16:20 (two years ago) link

welcome to the karaoke selections of off-key regulars

Newb Sybok (Doctor Casino), Friday, 22 December 2017 17:31 (two years ago) link

one of my exes goes to the same place I go on occasion and she has it in her head that she has a great voice so she sings slow, showstopping ballads by Celine Dion and other diva songs and so is so wildly off key as to render the songs incomprehensible.

I almost want to dare her to do this one to see what she does to it when the whistle note comes.

fuck you, your hat is horrible (Neanderthal), Friday, 22 December 2017 19:47 (two years ago) link

this is exactly why Praying has to become a karaoke classic.

Van Horn Street, Saturday, 23 December 2017 03:11 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

Great performance, but the Grammys spinning Kesha's comeback (a triumph over the industry that tried to block her from making an album) as a victory FOR the industry was really gross

Evan R, Monday, 29 January 2018 16:30 (two years ago) link

yeah, I got into this recap, but it's somewhat mindboggling how many people hosting/showcased/otherwise on the Grammys were JUST in the news for sexual harassment/predatory/general pustularity. and this is just the known ones.

algorithm is a dancer (katherine), Monday, 29 January 2018 16:34 (two years ago) link

(the ads against the Grammys were also weirdly retrograde: women fainting over Old Spice, women indulging in the sinful low-calorie offerings of Fiber One, the existence of Fifty Shades)

algorithm is a dancer (katherine), Monday, 29 January 2018 16:35 (two years ago) link

five months pass...

finally got around to listening to Rainbow. there's some really awesome stuff on there, huge surprise for me. didn't really like her older work for the most part. "Woman" and "Let 'Em Talk" are the showstoppers but there's several other good tracks here too

Nhex, Friday, 6 July 2018 15:20 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Kelly Clarkson has shot right up in my estimations since the story about the songwriting credits

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 28 August 2018 07:49 (one year ago) link

nine months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXz3qeYQP0A

dyl, Saturday, 8 June 2019 19:50 (eleven months ago) link

obviously better than a tidy ballad but I'm not 100% sold, to be honest, on pivoting to amanda palmer (musically)

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Sunday, 9 June 2019 14:52 (eleven months ago) link

mm yeah i dunno

Nhex, Sunday, 9 June 2019 18:16 (eleven months ago) link

i am not into the corny cabaret sound of this song
still applaud the audacity of making this rather unappealing song & the middle finger

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Sunday, 9 June 2019 18:56 (eleven months ago) link

Trying to imagine a scenario where someone would request that this be played, and I just cannot. She coulda kept this in her diary.

Cousin Slappy, Monday, 10 June 2019 02:15 (eleven months ago) link

I can easily imagine people requesting this be played

(it's better if I think of it as a one-off/leak, like the dozens floating around during the animal/warrior years)

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Monday, 10 June 2019 14:17 (eleven months ago) link

yeah i could see this fitting fine into the sequence of an album.

Good morning, how are you, I'm (Doctor Casino), Monday, 10 June 2019 17:51 (eleven months ago) link

(in a late-period modest-mouse album kinda way)

Good morning, how are you, I'm (Doctor Casino), Monday, 10 June 2019 17:52 (eleven months ago) link

four months pass...

new single "Raising Hell" with Big Freedia out tomorrow

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Wednesday, 23 October 2019 18:08 (seven months ago) link

i realized that i am very much kesha

on Harmony Korine's The Beach Bum: "I saw the movie and that was inspiring to me because, as a bum, I very much relate to that character."

johnny crunch, Thursday, 24 October 2019 01:01 (seven months ago) link

"raising hell" kicks so much ass

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 29 October 2019 15:32 (seven months ago) link

wait what is the beach bum quote from?

petey v, Tuesday, 29 October 2019 16:07 (seven months ago) link

I'm kind of obsessed with the way she pronounces the word "couldn't" in the line "if you couldn't tell."

The trailer for her new album is great.

“Life is like driving across the country in a pretty small Astrovan, with your whole family in it, for 90 years. Because I think life is a vacation from where we go when we die.”

Lily Dale, Tuesday, 29 October 2019 16:55 (seven months ago) link

xp it was in entertainment weekly

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 29 October 2019 22:48 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJ2iBrXVkRY

phenomenal songwriter

american bradass (BradNelson), Thursday, 12 December 2019 18:24 (five months ago) link

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiGUnl7kEOw

this album is gonna be incredible

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 29 January 2020 17:29 (four months ago) link

"don't circumcise my circumstance"

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Friday, 31 January 2020 02:41 (four months ago) link

Bless you, Kesha.

tangenttangent, Friday, 31 January 2020 12:07 (four months ago) link

A great mix of classic club Kesha and conservational country Kesha. All the preview singles sound fantastic in context too. Probably a fraction overlong, but who cares, it's amazing.

tangenttangent, Friday, 31 January 2020 12:17 (four months ago) link

“birthday suit”!!!!

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 31 January 2020 14:43 (four months ago) link

the country-leaning songs here are so amazing that i long for a full country kesha record, but then it wouldn't provide me with the interdimensional bridge between all iterations of kesha that is "kinky"

only track i'd delete from this is "bff"

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 31 January 2020 15:07 (four months ago) link

‘Kinky’ and ‘BFF’ were both ones I’d lose tbh, but the rest are wonderful. The ‘Island in the Sun’-reminiscent intro has me fantasising a Kesha-Weezer super gig. ‘Tonight’, the title track and ‘Birthday Suit’ are immediate faves and I feel guilty for dismissing ‘Raising Hell’ earlier in the year what was I thinking.

tangenttangent, Friday, 31 January 2020 19:42 (four months ago) link

*intro of ‘Honey’

tangenttangent, Friday, 31 January 2020 19:43 (four months ago) link

I like this new album so much more than Rainbow tbh

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Saturday, 1 February 2020 19:49 (four months ago) link

my feelings on this album will hinge on whether there's a 'rainbow' or a 'spaceship' equivalent probably

opden gnash (imago), Saturday, 1 February 2020 19:58 (four months ago) link

i don't think either is present, but the album's offering other pleasures

maybe i love "kinky" bc it'd be a pretty sick k-pop song

american bradass (BradNelson), Sunday, 2 February 2020 15:25 (four months ago) link

this album handles its pop moves better than rainbow (cf. the run from "tonight" to "honey" vs. "hymn" -> "praying" -> "learn to let go," the former is better to me on just a pacing level) but rainbow is still the weedier and weirder of the two? but then again high road has "the potato song," which seems to follow up on "rich straight white men" and take kesha further into the alt universe amanda palmer territory (which is fine with me, she's a good enough songwriter to pull it off) and then there's "father daughter dance" the most devastating thing she's ever put on a record? idk, both records are all over the place

american bradass (BradNelson), Sunday, 2 February 2020 15:33 (four months ago) link

i would prob think "bff" was ok if wrabel were deleted from it

american bradass (BradNelson), Sunday, 2 February 2020 15:34 (four months ago) link

two months pass...

Relistening to this now and it's even better.

tangenttangent, Friday, 3 April 2020 22:02 (two months ago) link


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