Monday, August 23, 2010

...and the horse you rode in on

F**k You - Cee Lo Green

This is new territory for me. When I created this blog, I never thought I'd write about a song that I had only heard for the first time that same day. Then again, Fuck You (apologies to those with sensitive eyes, the double asterisk got old real quick), isn't your ordinary song.

Many of you may know who Cee Lo as the singing half of Gnarls know, that song Crazy that was all over the place a couple of years ago? Some people might classify them as a one hit wonder, but, actually, I think one of their best songs was Run:

But Run wasn't what caught my attention today. Imagine a song with classic Motown/early Stax sound, mix in some teenage heartache and a little humor and you have this (warning: NSFW, but very listenable during your downtime).

(UPDATE: Apparently there are some copyright issues with the song being on YouTube, which is why the link below might not be working. If it isn't and you're resourceful and want to find the song online elsewhere, I'm sure you can. You can find it here on Cee Lo's YouTube page if the below link is kaput We now have the official "Fuck You" video here.):

The song had me at, "I'm sorry/I can't afford a Ferrari,/but that don't mean I can't get you there./I guess she's an XBox/and I'm more Atari,/but way you play your game ain't fair".

You might be offended at the lyrics, but you can't deny that it's a catchy song that does a pretty damn good job of capturing teenage heartache.

One of the things that fascinates me about music is how people discover songs or artists they like. I'll confess to the musical equivalent of judging a book by its cover, having bought several CDs based on what the cover looks like...sometimes the old adage applies, sometimes it doesn't.

And contrary to Billy Joel in It's Still Rock and Roll to Me, sometimes you can "get the sound from a story in a magazine, aimed at your average teen". A good music review in a magazine can open of a world of music (two British publications come immediately to mind - Q and Word).

I mention all of this because today's discovery came to me thanks to a Twitter mention of the song from Wall Street Journal music critic Jim Fusilli (yes, they have a music critic...a great one at that). His article about Fuck You can be found here.

As for Fuck You, it will be interesting to see how it gets airplay. I almost wrote "if it gets airplay", but it's hard to keep a catchy song down, and this one's catchy.