October 27, 2009

That Song Must Die 10

I have to knock the balloon boy story off the top of my blog. What better way to do this than with a new "That Song Must Die!"

But... oh no! One of these songs is growing on me!

1) "It's Me, Bitches"

This might actually be a decent song if it weren't for the singing/rapping. And the weird whooooooop! noise. Which means I guess I think the drums are OK. Not safe for work language in this one. Don't people get bored with this stuff. "It's me, bitches" is essentially a rap version of "Pop goes the weasel." It even has a kid dancing. To profanity. Charming!

2) Take U to Da Movies

What the...? If you listen to just one Sudanese rapper today, listen to this one. BANGS is his name, though he inexplicably does not wear them in his hairstyle. There is something compelling about the innocent title and refrain, and the electronic tune played on a $20 Casio keyboard from 1983.

Maybe I've been working too hard, but now I feel like a trip to the movies. "YEEEAH." Lord help me, but this song is starting to grow on me. But it is not for me to say which song must die -- that's your job. Tell me: WHICH SONG MUST DIE? And why?

Unrelated Bonus: While searching for "bangs" I found this picture, and I'm pretty sure this girl is made of a space age polymer.

Posted by James at October 27, 2009 12:42 AM
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I made it half way through "It's Me Bitches" and I _had_ to shut it off. Repetitive and irritating. I tried not looking at the images (again, repetitive and irritating) and concentrated on the lyrics. This did not improve my impression of this dreadful "song."

Regarding "Take U to Da Movies," this was kind of a sad attempt at rap. The melody sounded like it was being plinked out on a child's toy piano. I actually felt bad for the "singer"; watching him and his really cheaply shot video made me uncomfortable--he put his heard into it and it's just pathetic.

Still, unlike the other video, this wasn't violent, rife with images of women as objects, or full of profanity, so my desire to shut it off was more to stop the repetitive plinkiness than a desire to flee.

It is for these reasons that I choose "It's Me Bitches" as the "song" that must die.

Posted by: Patti M. at October 27, 2009 7:43 AM

Yay!! TSMD is back!!

It's Me Bitches must die because it is much, much more cacophonous than Take U to Da Movies. That is, it's rappier and more annoying. Take U is no treat to the ears either, but at least it has some melody to it.

Plus, this guy is willing to spring for popcorn. Though I'm not convinced that "take you to the movies" and "popcorn" aren't euphemisms.

Posted by: Julie at October 27, 2009 7:47 AM

It's Me Bitches must die... I couldn't handle it...

I agree with the polymer comment on that picture you found... omg... that it a total photoshop job

Posted by: Jay at October 27, 2009 7:50 AM

Though I'm not convinced that "take you to the movies" and "popcorn" aren't euphemisms.

I wondered about that as well. Hmm...

Posted by: Patti M. at October 27, 2009 7:59 AM

I was really hoping for popcorn.

Posted by: James at October 27, 2009 8:23 AM

I'm kinda new to this... Does the format imply that one song must live?

Bangs needs work. His video and lyrics might play in Sudan but here, this looks like a high school music class project. I'd give him a B and suggest that he look elsewhere for his college major.

Swiss Beatz (is that the guy or the band?) at least seems to be professionally produced. I found the "whoop" pretty annoying. But, since the most potential seems to lie here, I guess it lives.

Bangs dies!

Posted by: Heavy Bopper at October 27, 2009 8:32 AM

Yes! You've captured the essence of it. The poignant crux of That Song Must Die is that one song usually lives.

And the fun is in the reasoning behind the choice.

Your take is interesting and (as far as I can remember) novel -- measuring the potential. But I have to wonder who is most malleable in this case. Is it Swiss Beatz with obvious dollars backing him or is it BANGS with more heart than talent and only pictures of money to his name?

10 years from now we'll look back and say "what?"

Posted by: James at October 27, 2009 8:52 AM

The young lady in question consists only of bytes and photon-emitting phosphors and/or liquid crystal display units.

Posted by: givesgoodemail at October 29, 2009 1:31 PM

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