May 3, 2013

Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines and the 70's Touch

I've been hearing a lot of talk, and a lot of praise in Pharrell's general direction. It started with Daft Punk's latest Get Lucky, and after a week or so has turned to Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines. The single isn't bad, and it won't hurt to give it a quick listen if you haven't already.



My problem isn't with the music. I'm actually happy Pharrell's taking a liking to that era, and I really do hope he continues to bring just a spark of talent from the past to the future. I like him as a producer; there's definitely a lot worse out there.

But I digress. My real problem is with the people hearing all this modern music, saying they enjoy the sound, and not taking a moment to look back at why it exists. This upsets me because there's no way Thicke's Blurred Lines is better than Marvin Gaye's Got to Give it Up, which just happens to be the song Pharrell sampled.


And let me just make it perfectly clear that I have nothing against Robin Thicke's single or Pharell's production. I don't think the song got ripped off, and I don't think any quarreling should be in play. That "modern" track is one very small step in a very positive direction.

http://www.d4am.net/2013/05/robin-thickes-blurred-lines-and-70s.html
Not what I'm aiming for.

I'm just saying, you know, if you like that booty bouncing bass so much, why not take a look at actual 70's music? I know, I know, how could I say such a thing? That would be too simple. All that amazing music is already documented and finding the good stuff is just so easy. Most of us are so used to weeding through all the garbage on the radio that it's not even an idea to begin with.

Try it anyway. If Pharrell has it in him to listen to something old and make something out of it, maybe the rest of us can too. Worst case scenario you start saying groovy a lot more often. Sure beats YOLO though, doesn't it?

19 comments:

  1. I get what you're saying in your rant and agree with it buddy but remember that people are always going to be idiots, it's in the nature of people I guess. I think it's cool that Pharrell decided to pay tribute to this sort of music in the way that he did and have no issues with that, it shows that at least he has good taste, he's a real talent. Blurred lines is my new favourite single after listening to it on here several times, really like it!

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  2. Marvin's is waaaayyy better. He had me moving and grooving when I listened to his song. Robin's song was just, well, okay. I can't believe I'm sticking up for the 70s WTH?

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  3. Well, I'm a child of the 70's so I'm aware of the "oldies". Marvin Gaye wasn't "sampling" somebody else's music and his vocals weren't treated. He could actually carry that tune with his natural voice. There's real talent and then there's, well this piece by Thicke which for me, simply blows chunks.

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    1. I'm not saying I love Thicke's single, because I don't. What I'm saying is that sampling is fair, the rights to do so were bought, and that in doing so we're exposing just a little bit of a genuinely good direction for music to be going towards. Only if people realize why they like the track, obviously. That's why I posted.

      Your opinion made me smile!

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  4. If it wasn't for that video, I probably would have quit listening after a minute. It's a modern throwaway. Good club track, but in terms of artistry its over produced, bland, relies heavily on a lame hook and repetitive sound bites, and has absolutely nothing on the original.

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  5. A post after my own heart. To be honest, I really don't care for Robin Thicke's version, but after hearing Marvin again, this brings me back to my childhood, which consisted of afternoons spent with my dad listening to his Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, and Al Green records.

    I know what I'm listening to for the rest of the weekend...

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    1. I'll consider that my good deed of the week.

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  6. Now I want to watch Boogie Nights again.

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  7. You're review is awesome .... Couldn't have said it better ..... :-)

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    1. Wouldn't really call this one a review, but I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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  8. 23 year old daughter put this song on today - I said whoa - that's Marvin Gaye! Child of the 70's here saying thanks for trying, but not even close to the original artist.

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    1. It's hard to come close to Marvin Gaye! But it could be done better. I think we should just let them try and try again; they're bound to get it right eventually.

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  9. you can try to excuse sampling all you want... call it "fair"... it's a lame practice... especially the degree to which it's used in this era... there have always been covers... and adaptations... but it wasn't ALL that the artists did... now... it's the entirety of the producers repartee... if i took steven kings book... "carrie".. changed all the names.. all the locations... and changed the title... and put it out as my own work.. i'd be laughed out of the industry and ostracized... if you can create... then create... don't modify.... and call yourself a creator... this era is superficial as hell....

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    1. I think it's silly to think it's what all artists do, and I think it's worse to disrespect the era. There has always been music not entirely worth listening to, in every era, the only difference is now people are listening to it. If you don't like artists who sample, don't listen to them!

      Wanna make a bigger difference than changing demographic statistics on your own? Make good music.

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  10. Sure the beat is borrowed but the new song is fun to listen to and makes me want to tap my feet. Kudos for taking a classic and giving it new life. BTW I'm old enough to remember the original

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  11. Has anyone noticed the Daft Punk - Get Lucky and Sister Sledge - We Are Family connection yet? He's nothing but a rip off artist.

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  12. No one has brought up the Daft Punk - Get Lucky / Sister Sledge - We Are Family connection yet. Pharrell is nothing but a rip off artist. And Robin Thicke should be embarrassed for not attributing his success entirely to Marvin. He should be kissing his grave.

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    1. While I do agree that Robin Thicke should be extremely grateful to Marvin Gaye, I think you need to get some information straight on everything else. Pharrell is the vocals to the Daft Punk track, and the connection you're hearing on those tracks is Nile Rodgers, who composed Sister Sledge's 'We Are Family' and worked with Daft Punk on 3 tracks off the latest album, including 'Get Lucky'.

      Yeah, who'd have thought an artist would still have the same style after all these years? Especially after it sold so well. I mean, come on. Right?

      I mentioned Pharrell doing the '70s thing on this post because he's inclining towards it, not just imitating and trying to recreate.

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