Bruno Mars/Smeezingtons singles poll

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still can't believe this dude managed to release a platinum, AOTY-nominated album called "doo-wops & hooligans"

CANDY aka JUNK (some dude), Thursday, 16 February 2012 15:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

"It Will Rain" is pretty dope

(thinks and smiles) (DJP), Thursday, 16 February 2012 15:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

Is this based on an actual Bruno Mars song?

getting good with gulags (beachville), Thursday, 16 February 2012 15:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

no tyler but can you imagine the trouble we would've been saved if someone had just dropped a bomb on whatever studio flo rida, bruno mars and ke$ha were working in 3 years ago?

CANDY aka JUNK (some dude), Thursday, 16 February 2012 15:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

I can't stand this dude so much that when my mom and sister were talking about enjoying him I was grinding my teeth

although that 'Grenade' song is so over-the-top emotional it's almost hilarious. I like to think he's singing "I'd drink lemonade, for yaaaaaaa" really dramatically

valleys of your mind (mh), Thursday, 16 February 2012 16:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol i will definitely hear the song that way now

CANDY aka JUNK (some dude), Thursday, 16 February 2012 16:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

he's just so unbelievably obnoxious

now that he's infiltrating rap more and more, i hope anyone who ever hated on t-pain takes a long look in the mirror

illuminati girl (J0rdan S.), Thursday, 16 February 2012 16:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

no tyler but can you imagine the trouble we would've been saved if someone had just dropped a bomb on whatever studio flo rida, bruno mars and ke$ha were working in 3 years ago?

― CANDY aka JUNK (some dude), Thursday, February 16, 2012 10:35 AM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

this is lol tho

illuminati girl (J0rdan S.), Thursday, 16 February 2012 16:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

voted cee-lo, but the wiz/snoop joint is an a+ out-of-season summer jam. sounds more like "toot it and boot it" than anything else and bruno notably stays completely out of the way. only thing that makes me rmde is the chantalong at the end.

The Reverend, Thursday, 16 February 2012 17:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

haha it does NOT sound like toot it and boot it

CANDY aka JUNK (some dude), Thursday, 16 February 2012 17:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

this and only this

first period don't give a fuck, second period gon get cut (lex pretend), Thursday, 16 February 2012 17:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

god i fucking hate "youtube that some people can't see presented without comment" posts

CANDY aka JUNK (some dude), Thursday, 16 February 2012 17:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

ok sorry i kinda hate it too sometimes

k michelle's cover of "nothin' on you", an answer record that kind of picks the original's sweet lies apart by speaking directly to the girl once she's been dumped "get over it and get on yo shit - it ain't that crucial, you can find some new dick". changes chorus to -

Beautiful girls all over the world
I know you're in pain, it's all a part of love's game
'Cause he don't deserve you baby
He don't deserve you baby
It's alright to cry but hurry up dry your eyes
He's only one man, don't let him ruin your life
I know he left you lonely
But he don't deserve you baby

first period don't give a fuck, second period gon get cut (lex pretend), Thursday, 16 February 2012 17:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

haha you and your arbitrary mixtape versions of lex-hated artists' songs done by lex-loved artists

CANDY aka JUNK (some dude), Thursday, 16 February 2012 17:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

well, it's a strong tune, and i hate the original cuz i don't like dude's smeary sleazy voice and his lyrics are boring, but i do like k michelle's voice and the angle she takes, so it stands to reason!

first period don't give a fuck, second period gon get cut (lex pretend), Thursday, 16 February 2012 17:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

haha wait, why is the thesis statement here that B.O.B. is obviously lying and planning on dumping the woman

maybe they lived happily every after, or maybe she dumped him for being clingy

(thinks and smiles) (DJP), Thursday, 16 February 2012 17:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

well, it comes off like it's k michelle's interpretation of the original! based on the way the original is made up of clichés and sweet nothings designed to seduce girls, i guess

first period don't give a fuck, second period gon get cut (lex pretend), Thursday, 16 February 2012 17:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

Tt's a total cliche in song for a woman to automatically assume that everything a guy says to her is insincere nonsense in service of getting her to have sex with him so I don't really see how she's any better in this particular scenario, plus those lyrics do not scan to the cadence of the melody at all. She sounds like she never heard the word "deserve" before.

(thinks and smiles) (DJP), Thursday, 16 February 2012 17:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

like, that is the clumsiest, least musical thing I've heard this week, and I heard "Starships"

(thinks and smiles) (DJP), Thursday, 16 February 2012 17:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

1. Grenade
2. uh billionaire i guess
3. uh

Thu'um gang (jjjusten), Thursday, 16 February 2012 17:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Right Round" kind of seems like the odd one out on this list since they're not credited as producers on it, and always seemed more like a Dr. Luke joint to me.

MarkoP, Thursday, 16 February 2012 17:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

two out of three Smeezingtons have writing credits, though

CANDY aka JUNK (some dude), Thursday, 16 February 2012 18:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

Too much indie hate for this guy around here imo. Some good stuff here; he's actually pretty talented, wish he'd let himself stretch a bit commercial artists gonna be commercial.

Display Name (this cannot be changed):, Thursday, 16 February 2012 18:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

tbf hipsters would be all over "The Lazy Song" and "Bow Chicka Wow Wow" if they were sung by Gnarls Barkley

CANDY aka JUNK (some dude), Thursday, 16 February 2012 18:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

haha it does NOT sound like toot it and boot it

― CANDY aka JUNK (some dude), Thursday, February 16, 2012 9:11 AM Bookmark

It's got the same kind of upbeat looped soul piano and the choruses are v similar in melody. YW&F is slicker for sure, though.

The Reverend, Thursday, 16 February 2012 19:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

Would like to hear Lana Del Rey do "Grenade."

‘Neuroscience’ and ‘near death’ pepper (Eazy), Thursday, 16 February 2012 19:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

nonononononoNONONononononoNO

(thinks and smiles) (DJP), Thursday, 16 February 2012 19:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'd catch a grenade for you
in my polka dot swimsuit
at the drag race holding a white handkerchief
running a comb through your pompadour
I'd do anything for you

CANDY aka JUNK (some dude), Thursday, 16 February 2012 19:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

It would have this great tension between her ice-queen delivery and the grandiose promises.

‘Neuroscience’ and ‘near death’ pepper (Eazy), Thursday, 16 February 2012 19:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

And then she could do "Right Round."

‘Neuroscience’ and ‘near death’ pepper (Eazy), Thursday, 16 February 2012 19:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

you spin me right round baby right round
like a record baby
a 45
on my sassy mama's victrola
black and white movies
stickball gaaaames

CANDY aka JUNK (some dude), Thursday, 16 February 2012 19:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

the worst of these are seriously some of the most atrocious songs of my lifetime

― illuminati girl (J0rdan S.), Thursday, February 16, 2012 10:04 AM (4 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

otm

flopson, Thursday, 16 February 2012 20:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

Why is this a poll? This is like asking "which pile of vomit is least fermented."

billstevejim, Thursday, 16 February 2012 21:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

tbf hipsters would be all over "The Lazy Song" and "Bow Chicka Wow Wow" if they were sung by Gnarls Barkley
― CANDY aka JUNK (some dude), Thursday, February 16, 2012 1:23 PM (3 hours ago) Bookmark

Are you sure hipsters are really that stupid?

billstevejim, Thursday, 16 February 2012 21:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

the ones that went nuts for "Fuck You" are, yes

CANDY aka JUNK (some dude), Thursday, 16 February 2012 21:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

its equally obvious that "fuck you" would not have been a hit among hipsters if bruno mars had sung it but i dont think it works the other way, esp for "the lazy song"

flopson, Friday, 17 February 2012 00:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

well yeah i'm trolling mostly but i still feel like those songs are all pretty interchangeable in terms of their musical merit or senses of humor

CANDY aka JUNK (some dude), Friday, 17 February 2012 00:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

about a month ago i finally found myself having to give in and accept that i actually love a bruno mars song ("it will rain")

also like or tolerate:

right round
nothin' on you
fuck you
grenade

teledyldonix, Friday, 17 February 2012 06:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

Billionaire probably annoys me more than any other song in recent memory, particularly for being so historically/politically tone deaf

Chris S, Friday, 17 February 2012 06:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

Nothing is interchangeable with "The Lazy Song". Nothing.

Tim F, Friday, 17 February 2012 07:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 22 February 2012 00:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

My mom was arguing with me about how it is impossible to dislike "The Lazy Song", and it was in fact the greatest song of the past year. This disturbed me a great deal.

Nicole, Wednesday, 22 February 2012 01:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

It upsets me to ponder even for a moment the worldview vantage point from which "The Lazy Song" is a great song.

Like think about how sad (emotionally) you must be to hear this song and really vibe with it.

Tim F, Wednesday, 22 February 2012 01:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Thursday, 23 February 2012 00:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

fuck all five of you

TERMAINTOR 2 (some dude), Thursday, 23 February 2012 03:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

shoulda been six coz I forgot to vote #takethat

Display Name (this cannot be changed):, Thursday, 23 February 2012 04:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

Wait Bruno Mars wrote 'fuck you'? I would've voted for that and yeah whoever said that a hipster like myself would love Lazy Song if it was sung by Cee-lo is otm. Why is there anything wrong with that idk.

Moka, Thursday, 23 February 2012 06:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

cuz it's a dogshit song that's completely reprehensible on many, many grounds that transcend who happens to be singing the song

J0rdan S., Thursday, 23 February 2012 06:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh I know the song is dogshit. I was just saying I'd prefer any Bruno Mars song with Cee-loo singing it instead of him. I guess the polemic was that someone upthread was debating that we should prefer the real Bruno Mars' version just because he is the composer but that is utter bollocks. Lazy Song by Bruno Mars is offensive as performance and composition and with Cee-lo it would only be offensive as composition.

Moka, Thursday, 23 February 2012 06:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

"i prefer my shit painted with gold"

billstevejim, Thursday, 23 February 2012 07:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

uptown funk came on at about 1am on sunday morning at a festival i was at on the weekend and ppl went ballistic

also uptown funk >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> happy & fck you

uxorious gazumping (monotony), Thursday, 18 December 2014 12:05 (1 month ago) Permalink

Each single made me loathe his voice more, but "Uptown Funk" presents the best setting for it. Better grit than awful falsetto. Or: James Brown >>>>> Sting.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 18 December 2014 12:38 (1 month ago) Permalink

even if it's Dan Hartman-produced Brown.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 18 December 2014 13:01 (1 month ago) Permalink

"Uptown Funk" is whatever but there are more pressing issues going on in the world than Bruno's Kool & the Gang cosplay. Like getting Sam Smith out the paint.

Dej & the Fommly Loaf (The Reverend), Thursday, 18 December 2014 14:41 (1 month ago) Permalink

Middle-aged people fucking love this song ime.

Dej & the Fommly Loaf (The Reverend), Thursday, 18 December 2014 14:42 (1 month ago) Permalink

^^^ OTM

the farakhan of gg (DJP), Thursday, 18 December 2014 14:43 (1 month ago) Permalink

middle aged people fucking love bruno mars

J0rdan S., Thursday, 18 December 2014 14:44 (1 month ago) Permalink

^^^ also OTM

the farakhan of gg (DJP), Thursday, 18 December 2014 14:49 (1 month ago) Permalink

True but I feel like it's ESPECIALLY the case with this one.

Dej & the Fommly Loaf (The Reverend), Thursday, 18 December 2014 14:53 (1 month ago) Permalink

My middleaged mom fucking loves Uptown Funk. She says she put it on at her workchristmasparty, and all the young people thought she was cool. I'm young, and I think it's cool as well, so I believe her. BradNelson is right that it sounds like Vines cobbled together, though, it has that EDM-like structure, or perhaps like a K-pop track. I love it for that. And the SNL performance was amazing.

Frederik B, Thursday, 18 December 2014 17:22 (1 month ago) Permalink

it sounds like Vines cobbled together

I have no idea what the fuck this is supposed to mean. Like a bunch of shorter sections cobbled together? Like people have written songs for ages?

Dej & the Fommly Loaf (The Reverend), Thursday, 18 December 2014 17:45 (1 month ago) Permalink

it definitely sounds more like a bunch of different loosely related vamps strung together than verse/chorus/bridge, even if it actually is structured like a pop song. like, the Prince song it's most analogous to would be "It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night" (although obv it's more The Time than Prince proper).

christmas with the canks (some dude), Thursday, 18 December 2014 17:48 (1 month ago) Permalink

"It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night" and The Time existed long before Vine videos, as do funk jam songs structured like this, so using that as your comparison point comes across like you've never heard of James Brown, Prince, Morris Day, Parliament, or really any funk band that existed before 2010

the farakhan of gg (DJP), Thursday, 18 December 2014 17:54 (1 month ago) Permalink

this one particularly:
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guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 18 December 2014 17:55 (1 month ago) Permalink

"It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night" and The Time existed long before Vine videos, as do funk jam songs structured like this, so using that as your comparison point comes across like you've never heard of James Brown, Prince, Morris Day, Parliament, or really any funk band that existed before 2010

lol thanks dan

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Thursday, 18 December 2014 18:00 (1 month ago) Permalink

i just think it sounds super disorganized and about its own "moments" in a way that zero of your examples necessarily are

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Thursday, 18 December 2014 18:01 (1 month ago) Permalink

glad y'all like this song though it's pretty good!

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Thursday, 18 December 2014 18:02 (1 month ago) Permalink

make a brad wanna retire, man

christmas with the canks (some dude), Thursday, 18 December 2014 18:02 (1 month ago) Permalink

Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson are such a natural match of tasteful retro nerds but my feelings on the song kind of split the difference between how i feel about them -- Mars has undeniable skill/star quality and has written a few hits that aren't full-on genre pastiches, but Ronson is just a well connected rich kid who'd probably be making mashups if he didn't have access to big stars to collaborate with.

christmas with the canks (some dude), Thursday, 18 December 2014 18:06 (1 month ago) Permalink

It's just that those sections are particularly short. I said it was like EDM before, which is how I've mainly thought about it. That build to the drop where the horns come in - and those horns are Antibalas, right? That The Time song doesn't do the same at all.

Frederik B, Thursday, 18 December 2014 18:08 (1 month ago) Permalink

those horns are Antibalas, right?

!!!!!

Dej & the Fommly Loaf (The Reverend), Thursday, 18 December 2014 18:24 (1 month ago) Permalink

Wiki says: 'the airtight turnarounds and sharp horn lines in "Uptown Funk", courtesy of members of Antibalas and Dap Kings, didn’t come easy.'

Frederik B, Thursday, 18 December 2014 19:24 (1 month ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

honestly if you dont like uptown funk you prob just dont like funk, or cant bring yourself to admit that bruno mars can actually get funky in a convincing way. sure its kinda pastiche but its better than around 85% of dre3000s funk pastiches, and well funk is hard to do well in 2015 so i take my hat off to him and ronson. the first time i heard it i did think 'wow, this sounds like about 5 diff songs bolted together' but the more i hear it, i hear less joins, and just hear a superb funk record, albeit one that could have come out in 1982 and not been much different. i personally could have done without him using the b-word but thats just cos it means i cant play a song like this with my nephew. anyway, the bassline on uptown funk is more memorable than any bassline on black messiah (and i LOVE that album) in terms of retro-ish funk in 2015 (even if they are referencing quite diff periods). bruno mars actually makes me think of what van hunt would have liked to be, if van hunt didnt mind cribbing from old famous hits, and if he could write more songs that are as immediate and catchy as old famous hits.

StillAdvance, Sunday, 18 January 2015 11:23 (1 week ago) Permalink

also seeing as ronson is usually just a bit bland and tasteful (tho he has always had a good pop ear), the fact this is pretty ballsy surprised me.

StillAdvance, Sunday, 18 January 2015 11:24 (1 week ago) Permalink

i personally could have done without him using the b-word but thats just cos it means i cant play a song like this with my nephew.

can't wait for the kidzbop version, sure to be fire

gr8080, Sunday, 18 January 2015 13:29 (1 week ago) Permalink

i like "Uptown Funk" and think it's pretty well done, but i kinda feel like there's a fast approaching expiration date on it being enjoyable at all as it seeps into every movie trailer and completely saturates pop culture

some dude, Sunday, 18 January 2015 13:54 (1 week ago) Permalink

Wow, that was a lot of negativity to sift through before I found something actually intelligent.

1 Several female people I know focus on Bruno Mars' doo-wop voice and old-school trappings (vocal harmonies, dancing, hair) and see him as more original than, say, the average person on ILX or this thread

2 I have seen people actively angry at him for these things here, don't know what's different between the way he does this and say the retro thing of Raphael Saadiq / Janelle Monae / etc.

3 People also seem hurt that he is a very successful singer and songwriter and producer; I don't care if people don't like his songs -- I obv don't mind a few of them and actively like others -- but are we really going back to days of "fuck that guy he's a sellout" or "authenticity check" or the like?

4 I would hope people (and esp that tall drink of water some dude) wd know the minor facetiousness of my earlier comment about America but I still don't know if this is actively not liking the song or passively being pissed about success of said song

5 Repeat point 4 except substitute "Bruno Mars" for "the song"
― Display Name (this cannot be changed):, Thursday, 23 February 2012 18:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

honestly if you dont like uptown funk you prob just dont like funk, or cant bring yourself to admit that bruno mars can actually get funky in a convincing way. sure its kinda pastiche but its better than around 85% of dre3000s funk pastiches, and well funk is hard to do well in 2015 so i take my hat off to him and ronson. the first time i heard it i did think 'wow, this sounds like about 5 diff songs bolted together' but the more i hear it, i hear less joins, and just hear a superb funk record, albeit one that could have come out in 1982 and not been much different. i personally could have done without him using the b-word but thats just cos it means i cant play a song like this with my nephew. anyway, the bassline on uptown funk is more memorable than any bassline on black messiah (and i LOVE that album) in terms of retro-ish funk in 2015 (even if they are referencing quite diff periods). bruno mars actually makes me think of what van hunt would have liked to be, if van hunt didnt mind cribbing from old famous hits, and if he could write more songs that are as immediate and catchy as old famous hits.
― StillAdvance, Sunday, 18 January 2015 11:23 (2 days ago) Permalink

i like "Uptown Funk" and think it's pretty well done, but i kinda feel like there's a fast approaching expiration date on it being enjoyable at all as it seeps into every movie trailer and completely saturates pop culture

― some dude, Sunday, 18 January 2015 13:54 (2 days ago) Permalink

Bruno Mars is a talented songwriter (if you don't agree then just admit you don't like pop and be okay with it, it's really not a big deal) and an impressive fucking performer (e.g. Superbowl Halftime 2014, he fucking killed it--that's when I knew he was going to really do something big in his career, don't believe me, just watch: )

See what I did there? Lol I'll stop

7 @ the Golden Shovel (sassarfrasco), Tuesday, 20 January 2015 04:13 (1 week ago) Permalink

i also love the trinidad james thing
― J0rdan S., Wednesday, December 17, 2014 5:06 PM (1 month ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

haha i was about to say that's the worst part
― christmas with the canks (some dude), Wednesday, December 17, 2014 7:44 PM (1 month ago) Bookmark

it bothers me. doesn't look like james received any credit either.

billstevejim, Tuesday, 20 January 2015 04:17 (1 week ago) Permalink

That's ridiculous. Funk music owes it's life to James Brown. You can't bag on Bruno Mars just for being influenced by James Brown and if he wants to mirror his performances after James Brown performances I don't think that's the worst thing in the world. James Brown put on a damn good show. If music isn't supposed to live on in other musicians then tell Kevin Parker he'll never be John Lennon... he hasn't figured it out yet.

7 @ the Golden Shovel (sassarfrasco), Tuesday, 20 January 2015 04:24 (1 week ago) Permalink

.....

The Reverend, Tuesday, 20 January 2015 04:32 (1 week ago) Permalink

Bruno Mars is a talented songwriter (if you don't agree then just admit you don't like pop and be okay with it, it's really not a big deal)

hahahaha fuck off m8

bae sremmurd (monotony), Tuesday, 20 January 2015 07:40 (1 week ago) Permalink

"the worst of these are seriously some of the most atrocious songs of my lifetime"

This resonates. "the Lazy Song", "When I Was Your Man", "Just The Way You Are", "Marry You", "Billionaire" - this is a trail of devastation with few parallels. Mars does actually remind me a bit of Billy Joel, in that he tends to write the kind of songs that one could imagine a really irritatingly precocious 10 year old coming up with and being really pleased with.

Freedom, Tuesday, 20 January 2015 11:48 (1 week ago) Permalink

is sassarfrasco not only getting trinidad james mixed up with james brown, but mystikal mixed up with bruno mars?

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 20 January 2015 16:21 (1 week ago) Permalink

xp to the guy upthread who doesn't like the "language in Uptown Funk: the radio edit says "trick" instead of "bitch" so you can play that version for your nephew (although is a prostitution reference any better than a common meaningless swear word, despite the former somehow being less explicit in our culture?)

IMO Uptown Funk is a bit too knowing for me to enjoy it unconditionally, but it is damn catchy. But the firs time I heard it I was in the car with my mom and she went "ooh I like this, this sounds so 70s" and to me it sounds like thats exactly what Mars and Ronson wanted. I like throwbacks, but such self-conscious, purposeful, targeted throwbacks leave a bad taste in my mouth.

MrExplorer, Tuesday, 20 January 2015 22:35 (1 week ago) Permalink

That article has more hotlinks than a wikipedia page, wtf

MrExplorer, Tuesday, 20 January 2015 22:53 (1 week ago) Permalink

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 20 January 2015 23:03 (1 week ago) Permalink

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 20 January 2015 23:03 (1 week ago) Permalink

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 20 January 2015 23:04 (1 week ago) Permalink

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 20 January 2015 23:04 (1 week ago) Permalink

lol

gr8080, Tuesday, 20 January 2015 23:22 (1 week ago) Permalink

lmao

MrExplorer, Wednesday, 21 January 2015 00:10 (6 days ago) Permalink


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