So, is it me? Or are the Black Eyed Peas really embarassing?

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Just saw a clip of them playing at the DNC, and it made me shudder with contempt.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Thursday, 5 August 2004 21:49 (seventeen years ago) link

They're the bee's knees!

adam. (nordicskilla), Thursday, 5 August 2004 21:50 (seventeen years ago) link

They're like the new MC Hammer. Who doesn't like MC Hammer?

Sonny A. (Keiko), Thursday, 5 August 2004 21:51 (seventeen years ago) link

They're like the new Len. Who doesn't like Len?

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Thursday, 5 August 2004 21:52 (seventeen years ago) link

No no no, Len isn't embarrassing

Sonny A. (Keiko), Thursday, 5 August 2004 21:54 (seventeen years ago) link

They're a bunch of prize twats.

Wooden (Wooden), Thursday, 5 August 2004 22:45 (seventeen years ago) link

They are much loved by fresh faced, pretty, environmentally concerned young girls in sweatshop-made clothing, often with tattoos of maori symbols or dolphins on their toned calves, and for that they deserve my envy.

adam. (nordicskilla), Thursday, 5 August 2004 22:50 (seventeen years ago) link

I mean...that is so obviously MY target demographic!!!!

adam. (nordicskilla), Thursday, 5 August 2004 22:50 (seventeen years ago) link

This thread should have been created around the time of the NBA playoffs.

Gear! (Gear!), Thursday, 5 August 2004 22:51 (seventeen years ago) link

i think they're ok. "where is the love" was embarrassing, but the 2 singles since: "shut up" and "lets get retarded" i think, were cool.

weasel diesel (K1l14n), Thursday, 5 August 2004 22:54 (seventeen years ago) link

Tonight, on I Love 2003.

Alba (Alba), Thursday, 5 August 2004 22:54 (seventeen years ago) link

len are smelly

weasel diesel (K1l14n), Thursday, 5 August 2004 22:55 (seventeen years ago) link

Ooooooooh, that's cold.

adam. (nordicskilla), Thursday, 5 August 2004 22:56 (seventeen years ago) link

xpost, but it works.

adam. (nordicskilla), Thursday, 5 August 2004 22:56 (seventeen years ago) link

re: BEP - their dancing is so goofy, I bet they could have been cast as characters on Cop Rock.

Joseph Pot (STINKOR™), Thursday, 5 August 2004 23:12 (seventeen years ago) link

btw, what is Len? sounds disturbingly familiar.

Joseph Pot (STINKOR™), Thursday, 5 August 2004 23:23 (seventeen years ago) link

They're a lot less embarassing now that they're "for the kids" rather than "for the white college students."

"Where Is The Love?" is hard for me to hate, what with the distorted keyb solo and the chorus that reminds me of "Torn."

CeCe Peniston (Anthony Miccio), Thursday, 5 August 2004 23:24 (seventeen years ago) link

"Where is the Love" is vastly overrated.

"Request Line" is one of my favorite songs to come out of the last decade.

H (Heruy), Thursday, 5 August 2004 23:43 (seventeen years ago) link

Actually, "Request Line" makes me want set the planet on fire, but that's more Macy Gray's fault than anyone else's.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Thursday, 5 August 2004 23:46 (seventeen years ago) link

They're the new Arrested Development. Make of that what you will.

Harold Media (kenan), Thursday, 5 August 2004 23:48 (seventeen years ago) link

i love Macy's voice!!! Her guest on that song and on the Red Hot & Riot version of "Water No got Enemy" are highlights goddammit!!

H (Heruy), Thursday, 5 August 2004 23:49 (seventeen years ago) link

btw, "Request Line" is the ONLY song I've ever heard by them I realy like, everything else leaves me snoozing.

H (Heruy), Thursday, 5 August 2004 23:51 (seventeen years ago) link

they make me embarressed.

Alex in NYC, you didnt even say hi to me yet. :-\ i hope you remember me...

Caitlin O'Neil (kurdtkobain205), Friday, 6 August 2004 00:05 (seventeen years ago) link

The girl in BEP is heart-stoppingly beautiful

beyond that, worthless

roger_adultery, Friday, 6 August 2004 00:11 (seventeen years ago) link

The girl in BEP is heart-stoppingly skanky.

That bird from The Black Eyed Pies. Woohoo! She's welcome to some C-Man lovin!

Wooden (Wooden), Friday, 6 August 2004 00:17 (seventeen years ago) link

http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/clippings/photos/bdo04/bep/bdo04_136.jpg

"heart stoppingly"?

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 6 August 2004 00:20 (seventeen years ago) link

well, something in me just died.

CeCe Peniston (Anthony Miccio), Friday, 6 August 2004 00:21 (seventeen years ago) link

It's all about the tummy.

Harold Media (kenan), Friday, 6 August 2004 00:21 (seventeen years ago) link

Jane Child's bustin' loose

CeCe Peniston (Anthony Miccio), Friday, 6 August 2004 00:22 (seventeen years ago) link

Hahahahahahahaha

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 6 August 2004 00:23 (seventeen years ago) link

Dee Snider NO!!!!

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Friday, 6 August 2004 00:23 (seventeen years ago) link

So let's see...when Black-Eyed Peas sort of sucked in an anonymous way, everyone hated them, and now that they really suck, the defenders spring out!

Gear! (Gear!), Friday, 6 August 2004 00:24 (seventeen years ago) link

Excellent observation, sir. They did, do, and will continue to have limp old beats and wack-ass rhymes. This is not a situation that can be improved unless they hire Rakim or something.

Harold Media (kenan), Friday, 6 August 2004 00:31 (seventeen years ago) link

but now they suck like the mickey mouse club rather than like weak undie shit. It used to be "we don't do crime, we don't do gangsta" now it's "we do the jerry lewis, we do the frug!"

CeCe Peniston (Anthony Miccio), Friday, 6 August 2004 00:34 (seventeen years ago) link

fine alex jesus christ forget you too

Caitlin O'Neil (kurdtkobain205), Friday, 6 August 2004 00:37 (seventeen years ago) link

They seem like they could be the band to play at the Juice Bar in Power Rangers and teach everybody to have safe sex and say no to drugs and that people in wheel chairs aren't handicapped, they're handicapable.

David Allen (David Allen), Friday, 6 August 2004 00:39 (seventeen years ago) link

Maybe, but that's hardly the point ("Isn't hip-hop supposed to be HARD?"). Limp old beats. Wack-ass rhymes.

Harold Media (kenan), Friday, 6 August 2004 00:44 (seventeen years ago) link

Hip-hop is also ideally not supposed to suck completely.

Gear! (Gear!), Friday, 6 August 2004 00:44 (seventeen years ago) link

i like how they make their videos look like the ads the songs in question have been featured in. it's a very troy mcclure touch. ('you may remember us from such campaigns as ...')

maura (maura), Friday, 6 August 2004 00:48 (seventeen years ago) link

Adam and Miccio own this thread

Sonny A. (Keiko), Friday, 6 August 2004 00:51 (seventeen years ago) link

If by "this thread" you mean "open-toed shoes", then yes I suppose we do.

adam. (nordicskilla), Friday, 6 August 2004 01:01 (seventeen years ago) link

fine alex jesus christ forget you too

Cripes. What the hell is this about?

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 6 August 2004 01:06 (seventeen years ago) link

Hi Caitlin. Take a chill pill.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 6 August 2004 01:06 (seventeen years ago) link

Maybe, but that's hardly the point ("Isn't hip-hop supposed to be HARD?"). Limp old beats. Wack-ass rhymes.
-- Harold Media (1u...), August 6th, 2004.

I don't care either way, they're lame and sound like something from the early 90s and remind me of DARE.

David Allen (David Allen), Friday, 6 August 2004 01:08 (seventeen years ago) link

Pazz and Jop '04

33) Reigning Sound - Too Much Guitar (In the Red)
34) Rare Afterschool Special Beats and Rhymes: 1983-1991 (Stones Throw)
35) A.C. Newman - The Slow Wonder (Matador)

Gear! (Gear!), Friday, 6 August 2004 01:21 (seventeen years ago) link

I don't care either way, they're lame and sound like something from the early 90s and remind me of DARE.

I think we're ultimately attacking the same problem.

Harold Media (kenan), Friday, 6 August 2004 01:23 (seventeen years ago) link

The early 90's were GREAT, mind you, but the early 90's warmed-over, not so much.

Harold Media (kenan), Friday, 6 August 2004 01:24 (seventeen years ago) link

i'm really disappointed with the route the black eyed peas decided to take.

"joints and jam" "weekends" and "request line" were quite enjoyable.

reo, Friday, 6 August 2004 01:43 (seventeen years ago) link

They always have been (and always will be) a great singles band. It's really a toss-up between "Weekend" and "Hey Mama" as to what their best single is.

VengaDan Perry (Dan Perry), Friday, 6 August 2004 01:46 (seventeen years ago) link

i was just messing with you alex :)

Caitlin O'Neil (kurdtkobain205), Friday, 6 August 2004 03:02 (seventeen years ago) link


Elephunk [A&M, 2003]
In which the unbelievably dull El Lay alt-rappers fabricate the brightest actual pop album of 2003. They remain unbelievable, but in pop that's just one more aesthetic nuance. Titles like "Let's Get Retarded," "Shut Up," and the guitar-driven "Anxiety" are what you'd hope except cleaner--tremendous ups every one. You can bet new member Fergie, a showbiz lifer who also put in a tour as JC Chasez's girlfriend, lured her pal Justin down for "Where Is the Love," an actual hit that actually called out "the CIA." Terrorists, the song claims. Rhymes with "The Bloods and the Crips and the KKK." A-

Hehehe (Vic), Sunday, 8 August 2004 11:50 (seventeen years ago) link

also aren't parts of their songs on this album in Tagalog? since i have a filipino friend who's really into them and sez they get all the pronunciation right,and that it's impressive. they're just a fun band with colorful videos, gosh does everyone here truly hate retarded-ness ? ("fun")

Vic (Vic), Sunday, 8 August 2004 11:53 (seventeen years ago) link

Um, seeing as one of their members is of Filipino descent, it's not all that shocking that they'd be able to get Tagalog correct.

VengaDan Perry (Dan Perry), Sunday, 8 August 2004 11:55 (seventeen years ago) link

okay i didn't know. but its still cool nah ?

Vic (Vic), Sunday, 8 August 2004 11:57 (seventeen years ago) link

i mean, yes, that where is the love song was unforgivable on multiple levels, but i truly thought their silly aesthetic that's so good-natured and almost approaching the point of self-parody, would win some more admirers on ilm. "hey mama" is just such an irresistable - and comparatively unconventional - radio blessing, i don't understand how it could be overlooked, especially on here. also i don't think BEP fans care about things like "embarassment" - that's such a negative vibe man!!

Vic (Vic), Sunday, 8 August 2004 12:05 (seventeen years ago) link

neither do i as i typoed embarrassment etc

Vic (Vic), Sunday, 8 August 2004 12:06 (seventeen years ago) link

It's by BEP = ILM automatically hates it because it's a pop song that isn't by:

A) A British man
B) A woman under 24

VengaDan Perry (Dan Perry), Sunday, 8 August 2004 12:08 (seventeen years ago) link

okay so i just heard it again post-download, and must admit it's more enjoyable when one's drunk, and that i like Fergie's "la-la-la-la" part the best is a tiny part of the song, but it's still not anything as abominable as some would make it sound here. and the macy gray one was fine too.

Vic (Vic), Sunday, 8 August 2004 12:13 (seventeen years ago) link

That's not true Dan - "Where Is The Love" was a ILX hivemind hit!

I enjoy their new style but "Weekend" might be their peak - at any rate it's the great unifier in that *everybody* rushes to the floor for it. It's sort of the inverse/equivalent of Under Construction in that sense.

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Sunday, 8 August 2004 12:18 (seventeen years ago) link

http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0330/clover.php

Sterling Clover (s_clover), Sunday, 8 August 2004 18:05 (seventeen years ago) link

The last paragraph of Sterling's review is embarrassing.

jaymc, Sunday, 8 August 2004 18:14 (seventeen years ago) link

rock critics be talking about girlfriends

CeCe Peniston (Anthony Miccio), Sunday, 8 August 2004 18:16 (seventeen years ago) link

two reviews in the new Voice bring up girlfriends in the first sentence.

CeCe Peniston (Anthony Miccio), Sunday, 8 August 2004 18:19 (seventeen years ago) link

I suppose it is kind of news to readers that we occasionally have them.

CeCe Peniston (Anthony Miccio), Sunday, 8 August 2004 18:19 (seventeen years ago) link

yeah its an old review.

but hey.

Sterling Clover (s_clover), Sunday, 8 August 2004 18:21 (seventeen years ago) link

now playing: "shut up". I still like that track a whole bunch. i mean this whole album -- "smells like funk" and "labor day, its a holiday", and "sexy" and gotdamn.

i don't understand why people don't like them. are they not "ghetto" enough for corny indie fuxx?

Sterling Clover (s_clover), Sunday, 8 August 2004 18:23 (seventeen years ago) link

haha sterling in pazz'n'jop I equated Fever To Tell with a new girlfriend in one quote and Liz Phair with an ex in the other.

CeCe Peniston (Anthony Miccio), Sunday, 8 August 2004 18:30 (seventeen years ago) link

They're too corny for ghetto indie fuxx actually.

x-post

R.I.M.A. (Barima), Sunday, 8 August 2004 18:30 (seventeen years ago) link

for serious -- "isn't hip-hop supposed to be HARD?"!!! Its "supposed tto be" whatever the fuck it wants, punk. And if it wants to be about love and dancing and sill drawled lines about weekends and strange electro samples, then its supposed to be about that too!

Sterling Clover (s_clover), Sunday, 8 August 2004 18:35 (seventeen years ago) link

I was gonna say, ask Whodini!

CeCe Peniston (Anthony Miccio), Sunday, 8 August 2004 18:36 (seventeen years ago) link

i'm all for more sap in our lives.

Sterling Clover (s_clover), Sunday, 8 August 2004 18:37 (seventeen years ago) link

also more bouncin bollywood samples!

Sterling Clover (s_clover), Sunday, 8 August 2004 18:39 (seventeen years ago) link

rock critics be talking about girlfriends

Initially I thought it was meant that Sterling's girlfriend was Bonecrusher. This raised questions.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 8 August 2004 18:41 (seventeen years ago) link

I can't stand them, I must say. "Hey Mama" is like dancehall but too clean or something.

Ronan (Ronan), Sunday, 8 August 2004 18:41 (seventeen years ago) link

so yeah kenan you want hard music you can identify with? go listen to skrewdriver or something

(/pre-emptive racial agitation)

Sterling Clover (s_clover), Sunday, 8 August 2004 18:41 (seventeen years ago) link

yeah i feel sometimes i'm the only one that like the new album.

twelve, Sunday, 8 August 2004 19:06 (seventeen years ago) link

OH YEAH like St.Nick@Catucci say one time so gratified that Cheed &Cambria video so gay-content, like it's refrechingly dif among all those machette mungster mookboys in most video and tv, and he's right (on!) and there at the beginning of his very next piece he quotes his *girlfriend* 's friend or whas it previous piece.It's all good though.I'm happy for him anyway you do. IM COMING RIKWANDO JUST GET THE DAMN CAR STARTED. I gotta finish this first. Hic! Oh yeah, Black Eyed Peas! That girl's abs are too good, I JUS HATE HER. That's high praise comin from me. HEY

BigFatDrunkChickWithABoomBox, Sunday, 8 August 2004 19:10 (seventeen years ago) link

Allo? Is this on now please?Yes, I would like to say that mamere took me and Jaqui to see the Black Eye Pea and she is so beautiful. I want to be just ike her powerful when i grow up now. Stanku.

A Little Girl, Sunday, 8 August 2004 19:19 (seventeen years ago) link

bet they are embarressed now
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/film/3558286.stm

zappi (joni), Thursday, 12 August 2004 12:33 (seventeen years ago) link

Will.I.Am's style icon is Michael Jackson. In The Wiz.

R.I.M.A. (Barima), Thursday, 12 August 2004 12:40 (seventeen years ago) link

Band members lit candles during the recording session but forgot to blow them out

What do you expect from a group calling their next record "Monkey Business", anyhow?

R.I.M.A. (Barima), Thursday, 12 August 2004 12:44 (seventeen years ago) link

The prosecution rests.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Thursday, 12 August 2004 12:47 (seventeen years ago) link

As soon as a Roots apprentice blows up...

JILL SCOTT

nickalicious (nickalicious), Thursday, 12 August 2004 16:41 (seventeen years ago) link

one year passes...
you know what's insane? You can control the black-eyed peas with the push of a button!

gear (gear), Saturday, 20 August 2005 03:20 (sixteen years ago) link

Somebody's been fucking around with the remote again.

http://sorryigotdrunk.com/images/fergie_1.jpg

milozauckerman (miloaukerman), Saturday, 20 August 2005 03:28 (sixteen years ago) link

Funny, the "delete" button didn't work on them.

Oh man, that advertisement is sooooo irritating.

Edward Bax (EdBax), Saturday, 20 August 2005 03:30 (sixteen years ago) link

three years pass...

YO THE PHONE GO RING-A-LING-A-LING-LING RING-A-LING-A-LING-LING RING-A-LING-A-LING-LING RING-A-LING-A-LING-LING RING-A-LING

CAUSE THE GIRLS WANT DING-A-LING-A-LING-LING DING-A-LING-A-LING-LING DING-A-LING-A-LING-LING DING-A-LING-A-LING-LING DING-A-LING

Hæpte up out myn bedde, turn myn flagon (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, 17 June 2009 04:47 (thirteen years ago) link

seven months pass...

Has it been established that they have fucking horrible song titles?

"I Gotta Feeling" specifically is fucked since it literally means "I Have To Feeling."

billstevejim, Thursday, 4 February 2010 08:22 (twelve years ago) link

you wouldn't mind if they were swedish

figuratively, but in a very real way (amateurist), Thursday, 4 February 2010 08:51 (twelve years ago) link

I've griped about the title of "I Gotta Feeling" before

The Reverend, Thursday, 4 February 2010 09:19 (twelve years ago) link

circa the dutchess, when will.i.am was doing some really great production work and fergie was proving herself to be a surprisingly excellent pop star, i came round to the idea that BEPs were actually a pretty good thing, and now they just annoy me for not being better.

لوووووووووووووووووووول (lex pretend), Thursday, 4 February 2010 09:24 (twelve years ago) link

Had no idea she was the girl from Kids Incorporated.

kingkongvsgodzilla, Thursday, 4 February 2010 13:50 (twelve years ago) link

the only UK top 40 hit to use Gotta as Got A prior to BEP was Ice-T's 'Gotta Lotta Love' in 1994.

the more you know

mdskltr (blueski), Thursday, 4 February 2010 14:35 (twelve years ago) link

I've griped about the title of "I Gotta Feeling" before

I see it as a subtle tribute to Slade.

o. nate, Thursday, 4 February 2010 19:57 (twelve years ago) link

twelve years pass...

fuck i know i'm going to have to play this at the club and maybe i will like it at some point, but today i just can't, it's so empty and cynical

Black Eyed Peas, Shakira, David Guetta - DON'T YOU WORRY (Official Music Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=me19SUmWu2s

the cat needs to start paying for its own cbd (map), Friday, 17 June 2022 19:17 (two weeks ago) link

i like david guetta the most out of this combo, he's been doing nice work lately imo

the cat needs to start paying for its own cbd (map), Friday, 17 June 2022 19:19 (two weeks ago) link

re: BEP - their dancing is so goofy, I bet they could have been cast as characters on Cop Rock.
― Joseph Pot (STINKOR™), Thursday, August 5, 2004 7:12 PM bookmarkflaglink

poor guy, nobody laughed at his obscure TV show joek

Slowzy LOLtidore (Neanderthal), Friday, 17 June 2022 19:31 (two weeks ago) link

it's funny how this new song sounds like it could have come out in 2011. I don't know if that's refreshing or not, but this really feels like no time has passed between that era of BEP and now.

Slowzy LOLtidore (Neanderthal), Friday, 17 June 2022 19:32 (two weeks ago) link

also hilarious that will.i.am jacked the most obvious Marley chorus for the hook.

Slowzy LOLtidore (Neanderthal), Friday, 17 June 2022 19:34 (two weeks ago) link

The Close Encounters + Arrival video is cuet

Whiney G. Weingarten, Friday, 17 June 2022 19:40 (two weeks ago) link


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