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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The EFF YOU song

By now, you've probably heard that catchy, chart-topping tune with the expletive-laden title and lyrics. The cleaned-up version is called "Forget You." Radio stations tag it the "F.U." song. But most everybody knows the original title is a blantantly profane: "F*** YOU".

The snappy, little hip-hop ditty is all over the place. It's won a gluttony of accolades and awards including the Grammy for Best Urban Alternative Performance. An American Sign Language version of the song is on YouTube. Well...kiss my middle finger...could that be any easier to perform?

Celebrity A-lister, Gynneth Paltrow performed it on the TV show, Glee. Paltrow also belted it out at the Grammys with the song's recording artist, Cee Lo Green....AND the Muppets...as back-up singers. Let's see...the Muppets, funky dancing and raunchy lyrics. My how Sesame Street has changed. That's about as bizarre as Eminem--no stranger himself to repulsive lyrics--doing conservative Ford commercials. Oh wait. The raging rapper's not only doing the commercials...he's driving the product instead of smashing the windows or stealing the hubcaps.

Just this week, the song was featured on the season premier of Dancing With the Stars....for a Fox Trot dance routine, no less. Fox Trot and rap-hop in the same hemisphere? That's like Hilary Clinton and Moammar Gadhafi pairing up for a stint on DWTS.

But truth be told...I like the song...the sanitized version. I just can't help it. The lyrics are just plain lame. But it's upbeat, energetic, colorful and obsessively addictive to listen to. Kind of like 'Don't Worry, Be Happy" with an Fbomb attitude.

I have to wonder though. Have we lowered our musical standards to such depraved depths that just because a vulgarity-infused song has a zippy ring to it, it can command huge mainstream popularity? The answer obviously is a resounding "yes". Would a sassy tune about Hitler or Osama Bin Laden, sung by a cheery dude in sunglasses and baggy pants, curry the same gleeful favor? If it was infectiously cute and you could dance to it....you betcha. Whether we like it or not, MTV is the cultural barometer of our pop musical taste. Elvis, no doubt, is swiveling over in his grave. Sphere: Related Content

12 comments:

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

I'm old enough to remember when people were scandalized by Elvis's hip-swinging, and then, of course, by rock 'n roll. Music keeps pushing the limits. I wish it would become edgy to be creative in other ways, rather than more and more profane..

Coffeypot said...

I'll stick to Country with all the momma's, truck, trains, cheating, and drinking going on.

KeLLy aNN said...

I love that song!
The video is even funnier...
He also does a version of
Kung Fu Fighting for Kung Fu Panda

Sue said...

Yeah. What Blissed-Out Grandma said.

=)

Oklahoma Granny said...

Count me in the minority here because I have no idea what you're talking about. I didn't even watch DWTS because this season's stars just didn't appeal to me.

ReformingGeek said...

I saw the sign-language version today. Offensive but catchy and funny. I got over it.

:)

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Well F me .... I'm with Coffeepot, I'll stick to someone done me wrong songs.

diney said...

I thought I was pretty up to date but I 'fess I haven't heard this one - maybe it's just as well as I would be getting on my soap box again. Already cross about the whole sexualisation of our kids by music and media. the S & M song by rhianna is bad enough and has been banned in our house when it comes on the radio - who wants their 11 year old to be singing about sex with chains and whips for godsake??

Marcia from WV said...

I like the FU song (with the revised lyrics, of course) and I like your blog. Glad I found you!

MerCyn said...

I am definitely out of it. My daughter-in-law used to listen to her favorite radio station and sing along - until one day she realized what she was saying. She is a lot more careful about singing along when the (young pre-school)kids are with her!

Joyce Pitrone Hawkins--Wrinkles Don't Hurt said...

Hello there,

Just found your blog tonight and I am have fun reading it. BUT, I do have to make a correction in your latest blog, "The EFF YOU song". You say, "That's about as bizarre as Eminem--no stranger himself to repulsive lyrics--doing conservative Ford commercials"...guess what? Eminem is not doing Ford commercials.....he's doing Chrysler commercials. That was a big deal in my town...the Detroit area.
I look forward to reading back through your blog.

Boomer Pie said...

Joyce, point taken. It is Chrysler not Ford. Thanks for taking time to comment and for joining my followers.

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