Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Rihanna, "S&M"

This new Rihanna video is pretty great in an old, candy-painted, classic-days-of-MTV-surrealism way. Directed by Melina Matsoukas, it's like Busta Rhymes meets Tom Petty meets Cyndi Lauper meets Devo. With Perez Hilton bound and gagged and made to crawl around on all fours like a dog.

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johnpseudonym (#1,452)

Still waiting for the Prince William and Kate Middleton-themed ball gags to hit the market.

Bobby Womack (#4,074)

I like Rihanna, but I've noticed that many of her songs rely to some degree on her singing nonsense bits:
This song: the first minute is filled with "na na na", as is the chorus
What's My Name: the first minute is filled with "oh na na", as is the bridge
Rude Boy: the bridge ends with a "oh na na"

Does she just run out of lyrics?

Chris Conroy (#3,983)

Ah-ha, so you've noticed that all three of those songs (plus "Only Girl In The World," which starts with "La la la la") are produced and partly written by the same production team: StarGate, from Sweden. They also produced Ne-Yo's "So Sick," Beyonce's "Irreplaceable," and many other songs that relied on suspiciously-similar acoustic guitar / piano backing tracks, before switching gears to suspiciously-similar programmed dance tracks. So, uh, there are only a couple tools in their toolbox. But they're awesome tools nonetheless!

Also, to be fair, pretty much ALL major pop hits have a "na na" / "oh oh" / "la la" bit these days. It's the hook du jour.

who cares. lets all fuck

Matt (#26)
Dave Bry (#422)

You're right. This Lizzy is always right.

(Also: "Roisin dudh: A Summer of Megadeth Legend")

bookofsand (#9,632)

Meh. Depeche Mode made the definitive pop statement on S&M 23 years ago: http://vodpod.com/watch/1305056-depeche-mode-strange-love Just try to see past the Astley-esque dance moves.

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