Amerie - 1 Thing

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I have been hearing this one a lot lately. I love this song. The way they produced the vocals is brilliant. The drums sound really great too. The whole song is just ALIVE!! Am I alone on this one??

Johnny Badlees (crispssssss), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 00:00 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Na na na na na OH!


Probably my single of the year thus far.

The Brainwasher (Twilight), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 00:03 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

BIG FUCK OFF DRUMS

mark p (Mark P), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 00:05 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

yes, wonderful song. Rich Harrison is on fire right now. (he also did "Crazy In Love" and it totally shows)

also, she is HAWT

JaXoN Hole (JasonD), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 00:06 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

http://www.emimusicpub.com/worldwide/img_content/photo_rich-harrison_profile.jpg

Harrison vs. Hongro in the world series of pop

Alba (Alba), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 00:10 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

(this is great, yup. When does it come out in the UK? Amerie's never really had a proper hit over here)

Alba (Alba), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 00:11 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I didn't know it was the same cat who did the Beyonce tune. Yeah thats really obvious though. I just can't say enough about all the vocals in there. I love the part where it sounds like she's saying "gobble gobble gobble" and of course that part in the middle where they layer the vocals and make some really cool chords out of all the harmonies. Gene Yuss.

Johnny Badlees (crispssssss), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 00:13 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

oh, and he did Destiny's "Soldier" which is another of my faves lately

JaXoN Hole (JasonD), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 00:20 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

it's all about DING DONG DING DONG DING

Al (sitcom), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 00:22 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I love the part where it sounds like she's saying "gobble gobble gobble"

I thought that, too!! It's great, she sounds like a turkey that swallowed a melodica!

jaymc (jaymc), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 00:23 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

There's a 30 sec clip of the video here. This is going to be huge, isn't it?

Alba (Alba), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 00:23 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i can't give Rich too much credit, because he also did that really annoying new j.lo/usher beat with the fucking looping horn.

JaXoN Hole (JasonD), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 00:24 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Hmm.. "Soldier" is definitely another great vocal track. Great song actually. But the beat is DEAD. Its ironic considering how much he brought the music in "1 Thing" to life.

Its already huge! I see this video every time I turn on the TV.

Johnny Badlees (crispssssss), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 00:24 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I should watch TV more.

Alba (Alba), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 00:25 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Amerie's never really had a proper hit over here

Not really here, either -- she's never cracked the top 20, at least.

jaymc (jaymc), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 00:26 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

("Why Don't We Fall in Love" peaked at #23.)

jaymc (jaymc), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 00:26 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

It also sounds EXACTLY like "Get Right" and a thousand other monotone singer BADASS KILLA DRUMLINE songs.
I love it to death and have probably listened to it forty times to day.
DINGDONGDINGDONG DING!

Forksclovetofu (Forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 00:27 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I don't even watch much TV at all. Its just played every 30 minutes on BET cause its tied in with that new Will Smith movie. Thats prolly helping her out a bit.

Johnny Badlees (crispssssss), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 00:27 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

This is some definite barnburner shit. The best part is when the strings swell towards the end.

Matt Chesnut, Tuesday, 8 March 2005 00:27 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

it's just about to crack the top 40 (at 45 last I checked), which makes me so happy. it was a white label at first, like 3 months ago, and the label tried to supress it because J.Lo wanted this track to be her first single (which is why she ended up with one of Usher's leftovers). I'm glad Amerie prevailed, J.Lo woulda ruined it.

Al (sitcom), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 00:28 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

also apparently the drums are sampled from "Oh, Calcutta" by the Meters, which surprised me -- RH is from DC and has played in Go-Go bands, so I almost assumed it was just a sped-up Go-Go track (which is what it sounds like, esp. w/ that woodblock).

Al (sitcom), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 00:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Why is the internet (or me) so crap when it comes to finding out when a record is going to be released (in the UK)? I know I don't really need to know, but I want to now.

Alba (Alba), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 00:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Ridiculously good. Must be number one for months.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 00:37 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Is it possible we'll all hate it by the end of the summer?

Alba (Alba), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 00:39 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The bast part is that vocal loop. Oh-oH Oh-Oh OH (Oh Oh Oh)

The Brainwasher (Twilight), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 00:39 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Al: great info there! I LOVE Get Right, but it would greatly benefit from a lack of Jello.

I also love the subtle vibes at the tracks end and the slight scratchy quality of the vocals at the start that begins to loosen as the song continues.

Forksclovetofu (Forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 00:42 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah Brainwasher. That part you're talking about is great. I'm sitting here seriously racking my brain trying to think of ANY other song I've heard where the vocals were produced in such a kick-ass fashion. And produced is the key word there of course. I'm blown away by this song. I'm not usually BLOWN AWAY by new songs that often either.

Johnny Badlees (crispssssss), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 00:49 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

amerie is the best thing to happen to the world. 'I just died'!!

cozen (Cozen), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 00:50 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Accoring the this site (http://www.puregroove.co.uk/Default.asp?CategoryID=1&Quantity=0&ContextID=9467&Record=9569) the 12''Single has been out since January 5th. I wonder if it's out in the US...

The Brainwasher (Twilight), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 00:56 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

That's a white label, not a proper release.

Alba (Alba), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 01:02 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

(oh, and 1/3/2005 means 1st March 2005 in UK date format!)

Alba (Alba), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 01:03 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I'm such an idiot.

The Brainwasher (Twilight), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 01:09 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Nah.

There's a lo-fi mp3 of another new Amerie track 'Talkin' About' at http://www.ohamerie.com/

They also say they have a hi-res video of '1 Thing' at http://www.ohamerie.com/video/, but I haven't tried it yet (and the lo-res wmv one has no picture on my player).

Alba (Alba), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 01:24 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

this is easily my single of the year so far, btw. it's ridiculously fantastic, it deserves to own the world. better than "crazy in love" or all of j-lo's stuff combined.

and forksclovetofu = otm about the gushy ending.

mark p (Mark P), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 02:05 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

also, it makes me really happy to know that j-lo wanted this and didn't get it.

mark p (Mark P), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 02:10 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

This song could not have happened with J-Lo. You couldn't do those kinds of things with her voice. Jennifer Lopez and her dumb fat ass can fuck off.

Johnny Badlees (crispssssss), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 02:13 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Even for a movie tie-in, that video is seaux haute.

Matt Chesnut, Tuesday, 8 March 2005 03:14 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"also, it makes me really happy to know that j-lo wanted this and didn't get it."

Is this true? Amerie's voice is so pretty, and J-Lo's voice is fucking nails on a chalkboard. Give her ALL of J-Lo's songs from now on.

billstevejim, Tuesday, 8 March 2005 04:05 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I'm afraid that this song will not sit well with me after overexposure. But for now, I adore "1 Thing."

billstevejim, Tuesday, 8 March 2005 04:07 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"also, it makes me really happy to know that j-lo wanted this and didn't get it."

Is this true? Amerie's voice is so pretty, and J-Lo's voice is fucking nails on a chalkboard. Give her ALL of J-Lo's songs from now on.

-- billstevejim (billsteveji...), March 8th, 2005.

I heard Amerie say so in an interview, so yeah, it's true.

Al (sitcom), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 04:14 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Can I just say, while I Love 1 Thing, I still think Get Right is pretty fantastic - especially for the extended breakdown.

Jedmond (Jedmond), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 04:39 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I hope all of this "1 Thing" love will spill over into people checking out Amerie's ridiculously slept on first album.

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 06:04 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Tim OTM

Have y'all heard this Bobby Valentino joint yet tho? Oh man.

djdee (djdee2005), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 06:09 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

ok here you go. I'm being lazy with the writing because I'm tired but check it out, its a really good song.

djdee (djdee2005), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 06:29 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

(I think Tim will love this)

djdee (djdee2005), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 06:38 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Yr description makes it sound great dee but I'll have to wait until I visit my parents next to check it out...

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 06:43 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Single of the year. I love this song so much - the little guitar stabs and the "DING DONG DING DONG DING!"

I can't quite put my finger on what makes it so great - maybe how it seems like there's a Jay-Z-style guest verse right around the corner, but it never actually comes? (The Juelz Santana remix isn't bad, but I'll take the original every time.)

Amerie is so good. I have no problems with a scenario in which this song is "Crazy in Love"-level inescapable.

Daniel Cohen (dayan), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 07:03 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I can't quite put my finger on what makes it so great - maybe how it seems like there's a Jay-Z-style guest verse right around the corner, but it never actually comes?

Ha ha - spot on.

Alba (Alba), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 09:33 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

in a shock move I adore this song! The mid point between "Get Right" and "Crazy In Love" (it's remarkable how much it sounds like "Get Right", actually, and while I love "Get Right" it also makes me realise how much better it would be if Amerie had sung it instead of J-Lo). Is there a consensus on how to pronounce Amerie yet? AAH-merie? AY-merie? A-merie?

the Bobby Valentino song is hot too, so swoonsome.

The Lex (The Lex), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 10:12 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

AM-erie (rhymes with scam), if Juelz is to be believed in the intro to the remix.

Daniel Cohen (dayan), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 15:35 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

WTF youze guyz is crazee, "Touch" is a great song, and a very atypical sound for Lil Jon as well. What killed the momentum was the fact that the single had been around for so long that the hipsters like us were over it by the time the public caught on. Okay that's not it. But it's not a bad song by any means, so sez me and I'm often right.

Haikunym (Haikunym), Thursday, 19 January 2006 06:59 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

haha yeah i don't really know what that means, it was only out on the album for a month or so before it got pushed as a single/video with T.I. on the remix. but whatever, I meant that aside from not liking it as a song it was a poor single choice, "Talkin' About" or any of the more "1 Thing"ish tracks would've probably sold more copies of the album.

Alex in Baltimore (Alex in Baltimore), Thursday, 19 January 2006 07:02 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

TI is amazing on the 'touch' rmx - it's the equivalent of 'baby boy' for me, at the time 'crazy in love' and '1 thing' were inescapable and incredible and year-defining but i actually prefer the more ostensibly generic follow-ups.

was 'man up' on the american version of the album? it's listed as a bonus track on my copy and is probably my favourite non-single.

The Lex (The Lex), Thursday, 19 January 2006 08:44 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Whoa.

Rockist_Scientist (RSLaRue), Thursday, 19 January 2006 12:53 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I like the way you get a succession of auditory images: bells ringing (okay, maybe metaphorical, but the metaphor gets pretty fleshed out with the bing bong part), car keys, high heels.

Also, I am amazed that I'm not annoyed by the breathy spoken part near the end of the song. It could have been just some sex kitten sort of thing, but it comes off more like there's really a subject behind it, with an inner life.

Rockist_Scientist (RSLaRue), Thursday, 19 January 2006 14:05 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I was thinking about this track today. It has such an amazing start and doesn't have any wasted space. Fantastic. I can take or leave the album though, especially "Touch".

Kv_nol (Kv_nol), Thursday, 19 January 2006 15:24 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
So what else is there that's a lot like this that I might not have heard?

Rockist_Scientist (RSLaRue), Tuesday, 11 April 2006 22:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

mos def & diverse - wylin out (rjd2 remix)

-+-++-+++-+, Tuesday, 11 April 2006 22:33 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Toni Braxton - Take This Ring

It's better in some ways...

The Brainwasher (Twilight), Tuesday, 11 April 2006 22:38 (twelve years ago) Permalink

(I still can't believe he produced the single off the last Duran Duran album)

(xpost "Take This Ring" is my shit)

Alex in Baltimore (Alex in Baltimore), Tuesday, 11 April 2006 22:39 (twelve years ago) Permalink

yup 'i just died' and 'why dont we fall in love' sound "a lot" like 'one thing' you herbs

redman - watch yo nuggets

-+-+-+++-+, Tuesday, 11 April 2006 22:41 (twelve years ago) Permalink

actually most golden age erick sermon beats - so whatcha sayin!!!

+-+-++-+, Tuesday, 11 April 2006 22:41 (twelve years ago) Permalink

dilated peoples - triple optics

+-+-++-+, Tuesday, 11 April 2006 22:42 (twelve years ago) Permalink

So what else is there that's a lot like this that I might not have heard?

Christina Milian feat. Young Jeezy, "Say I"

All the obvious reasons as to why it couldn't possibly be as jaw-droppingly revelatory as "1 Thing" (Cool & Dre instead of Rich Harrison, CM instead of Amerie, Jeezy instead of blissful silence) absolutely apply, but it's been my go-to track when I want to hear a sample set ablaze like a Viking funeral ship.

James.Cobo (jamescobo), Wednesday, 12 April 2006 02:55 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Actually I always associate Christina Milian's "Whatever You Want" with "1 Thing", although it's going for more of a smoove disco vibe. I guess maybe the fact that it has Joe Budden on it, and Joe's "Pump It Up" was a bit like "1 Thing", provides something of a conceptual link.

Tha Rayne's "Didn't Ya Know" is fabulous too.

Also try Mya's "Fallen (Zone 4 Remix)"

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Wednesday, 12 April 2006 06:07 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i meant work the angles not triple optics

-+-++-++-, Wednesday, 12 April 2006 10:59 (twelve years ago) Permalink

...and er it still doesnt sound anything like 1 thing?

super obvious answer = amerie 'talkin about' off the same album, hot as hell but too close to 1 thing to ever get some shine; or even better yet 'loves off the chain', a stupendous unreleased classic tacked onto the 'touch' promo, and with its own weird danny krivit re-edit 12. u can trawl thru the lost richcraft archives all day long for similar kicks, janet jackson - 'pops up', mary j blige's 'out my head'... jennifer lopez 'whatever u wanna do' as well, shadowing 'get right'....

non richcrafts to greater / lesser xtent

lil mo - dem boyz
nicole wray - if i was your girlfriend
rihanna - let me
yummy bingham from tha rayne/ jadakiss - 'come and get it' (sorta)

ummmm

rtcotm (mwah), Wednesday, 12 April 2006 13:06 (twelve years ago) Permalink

fallen rmx is a good call! who is zone 4 anyway? all i know is he did that, 'back in the mud' rmx - bubba sparxxx / pastor troy / loadsa guys, and that gorgeous rmx of gwen stefani 'luxurious' last year

rtcotm (mwah), Wednesday, 12 April 2006 13:09 (twelve years ago) Permalink

young leek 'jiggle it' lol amirite

rtcotm (mwah), Wednesday, 12 April 2006 13:10 (twelve years ago) Permalink

zone 4 is polow da don from jim crow. he's also done luda's "pimpin all over the world" and a will smith track and i'm pretty sure he's producing half of rich boy's album.

strongo hulkington is a guy with a belly button piercing (dubplatestyle), Wednesday, 12 April 2006 13:20 (twelve years ago) Permalink

yeah i see sfj already solved the mystery

'pimpin all over the world' as well, awesome! whatever will finney say

rtcotm (mwah), Wednesday, 12 April 2006 13:25 (twelve years ago) Permalink

good call with Lil Mo's "Dem Boyz." actually, Chucky Thompson productions in general, since he was kinda the proto-Rich Harrison.

it's kind of a bummer that "Jiggle It" might cross over outside of Baltimore, I guess Young Leek is the new B. Rich.

Alex in Baltimore (Alex in Baltimore), Wednesday, 12 April 2006 13:47 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i've never heard of b-rich, but young leek has a proper 12 on def jam u can buy in shops and stuff. he's the new j-kwon if anything!

ohh ok i didnt know that wz chucky thompson. yeah, his and faith evans 'mesmerized' cd fit in here too at a pinch, i'm not sure what else

rtcotm (mwah), Wednesday, 12 April 2006 14:58 (twelve years ago) Permalink

B. Rich was a one hit wonder circa '02, "Woah Now" was on BET all the time but I don't know how much radio play it got in other places.

Young Leek got signed last year after having that one song out for like a month, so people around here are pretty mad about it. but the producer of that track, Blaq Starr, has done a ton of Baltimore club hits.

Alex in Baltimore (Alex in Baltimore), Wednesday, 12 April 2006 15:08 (twelve years ago) Permalink

six months pass...
Anyone else heard "Take Control"?

Basically, it sounds kinda like "1 Thing", but less minimal and less good, but you probably already guessed that. Of course, there's a lot of room between "1 Thing" and "bad", and this falls somewhere in there. Rich Harrison is Rich Harrison, (or someone else is Rich Harrison, that's been happening a lot lately) big horns, extraneous percussion, etc. I like the dark surf guitar and the use of the male background vocals. (That whole pre-chorus section is a nice build.) Amerie's singing is more soul shouter-ly than usual (which in my book is a plus, though I realize a lot of ILMers don't like soul shouters, but boo to them). The best moment is at the begining of the second verse. "I gotta tell you how much I love it/ When you kiss my neck in public/ I try my best not to blush" and totally sings that last line with a blush. The song needs more a hook though.

Rodney is a group! (R. J. Greene), Friday, 20 October 2006 18:16 (twelve years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

"Rolling Down My Face" rips off Limp Bizkit lolololol

The Reverend, Sunday, 27 January 2008 07:37 (eleven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

still on the "uh-oh-ee-oh" tip and why not!

I’ve seen a lot in my days as an mp3 blogger (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 13 May 2009 18:12 (nine years ago) Permalink

Nice.

Bianca Jagger (jaymc), Wednesday, 13 May 2009 18:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

omg this is so up my street! :-D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2QyDI6b9K0

jed_, Saturday, 11 December 2010 17:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

listen semi-properly here: http://www.phonicarecords.com/product/view/67503

jed_, Saturday, 11 December 2010 17:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

that's pretty grand

I don't even know where I'd FIND destiny's balls (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 11 December 2010 18:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

nice

o let's not do it and say we did (The Reverend), Sunday, 12 December 2010 00:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

yeah love it. i wish theo did more cheesy stuff like that, hes so good at balancing it w/ real skill & um ... weirdness? aggressiveness?

lotta diamonds ... but prolly more display names (deej), Sunday, 12 December 2010 00:06 (eight years ago) Permalink

BIG FUCK OFF DRUMS

flopson, Sunday, 12 December 2010 00:38 (eight years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Brzxkb5lx_Q

BringTheAuBonPain, Wednesday, 22 August 2012 07:15 (six years ago) Permalink

yup

The Reverend, Wednesday, 22 August 2012 07:32 (six years ago) Permalink

great tracks

"Batshit crazy," the foam clog tycoon said. (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 22 August 2012 20:10 (six years ago) Permalink

i kind of wish the sample was actually in tune with the track

bert yansh (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 22 August 2012 21:17 (six years ago) Permalink

six years pass...
three months pass...

Blimey

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0eJX_fBpOIM

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 4 February 2019 23:08 (one week ago) Permalink

Pretty good! (Ridiculous video, but whatever.)

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 4 February 2019 23:10 (one week ago) Permalink

Love it... I nominated / voted for the double EP in the albums poll (think it was my #2!); but I don't expect to see it place, due to apparent lack of interest here.

i stan corrected (morrisp), Monday, 4 February 2019 23:18 (one week ago) Permalink

It's just, like, perfect modern R&B to me... somehow it hits dead-center of a sweet spot

i stan corrected (morrisp), Monday, 4 February 2019 23:20 (one week ago) Permalink

The EPs felt like terrible joyless trend chasing to me :(

Get Me Bodied (Extended Mix), Tuesday, 5 February 2019 02:23 (one week ago) Permalink

:( is right!

i stan corrected (morrisp), Tuesday, 5 February 2019 02:50 (one week ago) Permalink

not just trend-chasing but devoid of anything that made her seem like such a unique and singular presence when she was first releasing music

she looks great in that video though

boxedjoy, Wednesday, 6 February 2019 14:11 (one week ago) Permalink

i've been listening to Because I Love It a lot lately and that's just emphasised how disappointing those EPs were

ufo, Wednesday, 6 February 2019 14:17 (one week ago) Permalink

I can’t believe you guys are listening to the same EPs as me!!

(but I’ve gathered that my tastes don’t necessarily jibe with too many others on here, esp. when it comes to pop/R&B, so I won’t trip...)

i stan corrected (morrisp), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 15:15 (one week ago) Permalink


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