Bruno Mars/Smeezingtons singles poll

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

‘Neuroscience’ and ‘near death’ pepper (Eazy), Thursday, 16 February 2012 19:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

nonononononoNONONononononoNO

(thinks and smiles) (DJP), Thursday, 16 February 2012 19:20 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

And then she could do "Right Round."

‘Neuroscience’ and ‘near death’ pepper (Eazy), Thursday, 16 February 2012 19:27 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

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

CANDY aka JUNK (some dude), Thursday, 16 February 2012 21:54 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

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

Tim F, Friday, 17 February 2012 07:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 22 February 2012 00:01 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

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

System, Thursday, 23 February 2012 00:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

fuck all five of you

TERMAINTOR 2 (some dude), Thursday, 23 February 2012 03:20 (3 years ago) Permalink

shoulda been six coz I forgot to vote #takethat

Display Name (this cannot be changed):, Thursday, 23 February 2012 04:27 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

"i prefer my shit painted with gold"

billstevejim, Thursday, 23 February 2012 07:10 (3 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, February 23, 2012 1:23 AM (7 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

so is "Fuck You"

TERMAINTOR 2 (some dude), Thursday, 23 February 2012 13:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

Doesn't matter how many times you say it, some dude, you're on the wrong side of the "Fuck You" issue. I loved it the first time I heard it, and so did America. I'll agree about "Lazy Song," though the vehemence of the protests here doth seems too much.

Based purely on my observations, seems like women like Bruno Mars a lot more than men do. I have some ideas about what that means, but I don't know if any of them are especially relevant or true.

Display Name (this cannot be changed):, Thursday, 23 February 2012 14:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

some dude: wrong on chintzy fauxtown novelty songs, wrong for america

TERMAINTOR 2 (some dude), Thursday, 23 February 2012 14:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

i think your observation is that bruno mars is a pretty boy pop star who occupies the same cultural space as nearly every other pretty boy pop star in history

TERMAINTOR 2 (some dude), Thursday, 23 February 2012 14:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

Anybody know about that Sesame Street jam upthread? Thanks.

beachville, Thursday, 23 February 2012 14:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

I do not think that that is my observation, but thanks as always for the condescension!

Display Name (this cannot be changed):, Thursday, 23 February 2012 14:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

just saying, "women like [male pop singer] a lot more than men do" is not a truth bomb in and of itself, especially if you're not actually going to share your promised ideas about it.

TERMAINTOR 2 (some dude), Thursday, 23 February 2012 14:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

In an unstable world some dude's enduring hatred of Fuck You is something I can rely on.

Suede - the fabric, not the band (DL), Thursday, 23 February 2012 14:32 (3 years ago) Permalink

i'm kind of indifferent to it, really, i just think it's hilarious that it's such an acclaimed song and love to troll people about it

TERMAINTOR 2 (some dude), Thursday, 23 February 2012 14:39 (3 years ago) Permalink

lots of ilx posters basically dislike it, i think

also, america (and britain) love a lot of shitty songs

lex pretend, Thursday, 23 February 2012 14:46 (3 years ago) Permalink

5.87: Rate Cee-Lo's "F**k You" out of ten

TERMAINTOR 2 (some dude), Thursday, 23 February 2012 14:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

I loved it the first time I heard it, and so did America.
I loved it the first time I heard it, and so did America.
I loved it the first time I heard it, and so did America.
I loved it the first time I heard it, and so did America.
I loved it the first time I heard it, and so did America.
I loved it the first time I heard it, and so did America.
I loved it the first time I heard it, and so did America.
I loved it the first time I heard it, and so did America.
I loved it the first time I heard it, and so did America.
I loved it the first time I heard it, and so did America.

J0rdan S., Thursday, 23 February 2012 15:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

Why do you hate America, some dude?

Suede - the fabric, not the band (DL), Thursday, 23 February 2012 15:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

not that we need to keep re-visiting this but to clarify my earlier statements in a brief and only semi-trolling way:

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 (3 years ago) Permalink

how do you focus on his retro aesthetic AND see him as original? idgi

also i don't think what people dislike about him or his songs, here or elsewhere, has much to do with the old school aesthetic. the songs that get the most hate ("The Lazy Song," "Billionaire," etc.) aren't particularly old fashioned.

some dude, Thursday, 23 February 2012 18:20 (3 years ago) Permalink

also where is the sellout/authenticity thing even coming from? strawmen galore over here. i think people are in general agreement that dude is talented, has a nice voice and can write a catchy tune, the dischord mainly has to do with what he actually does with that talent.

some dude, Thursday, 23 February 2012 18:21 (3 years ago) Permalink

XP In re: "originality": because instead of doing what most other people are doing (hard-ass Chris Brown aggressive dancing etc) he's doing something different and not seen as much(James Brown / Sam Cooke influence) etc. Not everyone has to be Bjork to seem original yknow.

That's a fair point about "Lazy Song" and "Billionaire" (the crappiness of which is as much about Travis McCoy's basic unlikability), but doesn't address what I think is the main think people (except you!) like about "Fuck You": it sounds like an old kind of song, but it has profanities in the chorus (Lily Allen callback) AND the bridge where Cee-Lo gets E-mo in an Old-schoo way

Display Name (this cannot be changed):, Thursday, 23 February 2012 18:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

I have also just reached the limit of me caring about all this

Display Name (this cannot be changed):, Thursday, 23 February 2012 18:30 (3 years ago) Permalink

BUT AMERICA WILL CARRY THE TORCH FOR ME

Display Name (this cannot be changed):, Thursday, 23 February 2012 18:30 (3 years ago) Permalink

fair enough. i don't even see where any of those bullet points even ties into the thing about women liking him more than men, but i'm not gonna drag it out if your interest in this is even more quickly evaporating than mine.

some dude, Thursday, 23 February 2012 18:31 (3 years ago) Permalink

point #1 was the relevant one here. to WAY overgeneralize (like I have already done so why not continue down that path) I don't hear/see/read any women in the real world talking about "I hate that guy's guts" or "he's shitting all over his own talent" or "Grenade? more like Lemonade haha am I right?" instead, they buy the records, they actually enjoy his performances on TV, etc.

Display Name (this cannot be changed):, Thursday, 23 February 2012 18:36 (3 years ago) Permalink

funny thing is i WANT to like him more than i do, he reminds me of a lot of people i'm a fan of, like he could be a less R&B ne-yo or a more pop patrick stump, and he seems likable enough, but his music just has very low hit rate for me.

some dude, Thursday, 23 February 2012 18:42 (3 years ago) Permalink

Well, he's pretty young, right? Plenty of time for him.

Display Name (this cannot be changed):, Thursday, 23 February 2012 18:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

yeah he could improve with time. i guess there's a bit of a suspicion that people who are THAT successful that early in their career tend not to mess with the formula from there, whether or not that's really true.

some dude, Thursday, 23 February 2012 18:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

man i really dislike this bruno mars person

goole, Thursday, 23 February 2012 18:51 (3 years 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month ago) Permalink

.....

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

That article has more hotlinks than a wikipedia page, wtf

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

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

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

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

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

lol

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

lmao

MrExplorer, Wednesday, 21 January 2015 00:10 (1 month ago) Permalink


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