Bruno Mars/Smeezingtons singles poll

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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

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 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

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

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

Anybody know about that Sesame Street jam upthread? Thanks.

beachville, Thursday, 23 February 2012 14:18 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

Why do you hate America, some dude?

Suede - the fabric, not the band (DL), Thursday, 23 February 2012 15:25 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

BUT AMERICA WILL CARRY THE TORCH FOR ME

Display Name (this cannot be changed):, Thursday, 23 February 2012 18:30 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

man i really dislike this bruno mars person

goole, Thursday, 23 February 2012 18:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

I mostly like him, except "The Lazy Song" make me want to watch him die a slow, incredibly painful and brutal death, preferably in front of all of his loved ones

(thinks and smiles) (DJP), Thursday, 23 February 2012 18:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

"yound wild & free" is ok, and yes it is more than superficially similar to "toot it & boot it."

otherwise i really can't stand all of these.

goole, Thursday, 23 February 2012 18:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

I love Grenade because it is so ridiculous and floridly melodramatic, but that's because it is funny to me.

Nicole, Thursday, 23 February 2012 19:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

He's the thinking-man's Jason DeRulo.

Fonz Hour (Eazy), Thursday, 23 February 2012 19:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Fuck You" - This is just a fun, bitter song. It hits all the same buttons as "Hey Ya!" so I understand why so many people here hate it.

"Right Round" - This song is pretty much wholly indefensible but the chorus cracks me up like a mug so I like it more than I normally would.

"It Will Rain" - This is slightly melodramatic but a good enough song.

"Grenade" - I unreservedly love this song. It's so ridiculously wounded and earnest.

"Just The Way You Are" - This song describes perfectly how I feel about my wife. I pretty much pity anyone who can't share in the sunny joy shooting out of this song; life is too short to not appreciate someone else's uncomplicated happiness.

"Nothin' On You" - see "Just The Way You Are"

"Rocketeer" - I've heard this song maybe three times. It has a nice melody but beyond that I have zero opinion on it.

"Billionaire" - I am not sure how a song that says "if I had a shit-ton of money, I would feed a bunch of people, try to help disaster victims, then split the rest with family and friends after I bought myself a couple of cars" is worthy of criticism on a socio-economic level; are you maybe overthinking this?

"Young Wild & Free" - I have heard this song three times. I don't remember how it goes at all but I remember that I loved it every time I heard it.

"The Lazy Song" - This song is Bieber-level irritating. Fucking pustulent unforgivable bullshit raghr fuck everyone for listening to this kill you in yr sleep

I have not heard any of the other songs.

(thinks and smiles) (DJP), Thursday, 23 February 2012 19:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

otm about "Just The Way" and "Nothin'," i never really got the hate for those songs because they're so effectively sunny and sweet

some dude, Thursday, 23 February 2012 19:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

well i for one am perfectly okay with hating bruno mars and janelle monae the same amount

pre-tennis ball head-era chris brown (J0rdan S.), Thursday, 23 February 2012 19:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Fuck You" -- done to death on these boards but i'm just sick of it and the sentiment is nasty

"Right Round" -- you'd think a shuffley beat would be up my alley. the bright jokey trancey kind of aesthetic that runs through a lot of pop right now is just not for me. what are we europe? the fuck is with this stuff. (incidentally i think there's a youtube troll meme going on this song where there are dozens of videos with different or deliberately garbage audio)

"It Will Rain" -- smarmy, treacly, plodding, can't stand it

"Grenade" -- see above

"Just The Way You Are" -- see above

"Nothin' On You" -- this has some light charm but in the context of already hating mars it's not enough of a lift i guess. BOB is chattering and grating.

"Wavin' Flag" -- didn't know he was behind this tbh. really bad.

"Mirror" -- i kind of like the beat on this

"Marry You" -- really cheap and cynical

"Lighters" -- just no

"The Lazy Song" -- i'm getting a really heavy private college talent show vibe from this. like i can already hear a million bad covers contained in the original, kind of a thing

"Bow Chicka Wow Wow" -- ha the one bit of fake neal schon almost saves this for a second

"Rocketeer" -- at this point these are like http://www.theonion.com/articles/taco-bells-five-ingredients-combined-in-totally-ne,3781/

"Billionaire" -- see above

"Get Sexy" -- really forced and weak.

"Young, Wild & Free" -- i like this!

goole, Thursday, 23 February 2012 19:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

the bright jokey trancey kind of aesthetic that runs through a lot of pop right now is just not for me. what are we europe? the fuck is with this stuff.

this is probably overstated considering how much i've liked plenty of gaga, k8y perry and kesha singles. it's the 'jokey' part that gets on my nerves instantly.

goole, Thursday, 23 February 2012 19:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

well i for one am perfectly okay with hating bruno mars and janelle monae the same amount

― pre-tennis ball head-era chris brown (J0rdan S.), Thursday, February 23, 2012 2:31 PM (9 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

her pompadour alone makes me hate her so much more than bruno and his pompadour

some dude, Thursday, 23 February 2012 19:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

you leave my spiritual little sister alone, dicks

(thinks and smiles) (DJP), Thursday, 23 February 2012 19:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

"young, wild & free" would be either no 1 or 2 on my list

pre-tennis ball head-era chris brown (J0rdan S.), Friday, 24 February 2012 04:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

does bruno mars sing the hook on this?? can barely tell it's him, thank god

pre-tennis ball head-era chris brown (J0rdan S.), Friday, 24 February 2012 04:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

Miracle Ship

the endless white snow has never felt more textile (loves laboured breathing), Thursday, 3 May 2012 02:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

(I apparently can only deliver jokes in fractions)

the endless white snow has never felt more textile (loves laboured breathing), Thursday, 3 May 2012 02:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

lolz

Moka, Thursday, 3 May 2012 07:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

7 months pass...

http://www.unorthodoxjukebox.com/

kinda digging this, although i keep waiting for a song around the corner that will make me regret saying that

RIP Gramp C (some dude), Wednesday, 5 December 2012 21:58 (1 year ago) Permalink


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