Parodies of Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" amuse, make you think
It's controversial, catchy and, let's face it, a little DUMB, too ... exactly the type of thing that gets a second life online in parody form! Check out these funny and thought-provoking takes on a leading candidate for Song of the Summer of 2013: Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines"!
- Have you heard "Blurred Lines" yet? If not (and I can't believe you've escaped it!), check out the video here! (Yes, that's '80s sitcom "Growing Pains" star Alan Thicke's son with rappers T.I. and Pharrell Williams.)
It's THAT tune with the upbeat percussion ... and annoying chorus of "I know you want it." Right, it must be the 1950s again.
- I almost hesitated to post it because it's SO catchy -- you won't get in out of your head any time soon. But to appreciate the parodies, you must get familiar with the admittedly funky original!
- Now listen to how indie pop group Vampire Weekend bring all of the cheesiness into FULL focus! Hey, what rhymes with "Hug me"?
- Slate points out how perfectly at home this take would be on "Saturday Night Live" -- right down to how it features enough cowbell to please even Christopher Walken! I'm not the only person who thinks of Robin Thicke's tune as the world's longest supercut of lame pick-up lines, apparently!
- UPDATE: This Auto-Tuned version with the former president is TOO MUCH! Hat tip to Whitney Smith, Indy's FruGal, for tweeting it to me!
- When's the day when the notion of our former President as Woman Chaser in Chief isn't funny? Not this day. Anyway ...
- Once I heard Vampire Weekend's goofy take, I started poking around for more parodies ... and came across this awesomely feminist version of a song that's, let's face it, pretty rape-y and retrograde in its pick-up politics. It's interesting to see what happens when they swap around the video's gender identities!
- Leave the parody aside -- listen to how these women can SING!
- Here's the same idea in an earlier video on YouTube ... but less glam and funnier ... and HAIRIER!
- Given how women are crawling around like dogs in the original video, it was a natural for Pet Collective to go canine in their "pet-ody."
- And as a child of the '80s, I couldn't help but chuckle at this mashup with a theme song I remember all. too. well.
Back to that Song of the Summer of 2013 titleAnyone who thinks "Blurred Lines" is a better song than Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" needs to fine-tune their musical taste, in my opinion. They both share an assist from Pharrell, but "Get Lucky" also pulls in the legendary Nile Rogers. Plus, you know: DAFT PUNK. (Did I mention I'm a child of the '80s?)
Listen to the original or one of the many fine covers (such as this slightly spooky atmospheric take from Daughter) as an antidote to Robin Thicke's silliness!
And if you want one last song-cover laugh, listen to Florence + the Machine's inebriated lead singer Florence Welch "Get Drunky." Cheers!