Thursday, September 24, 2009

Listening Post

I'm always a big fan of being surprised when it comes to music. I especially like it when someone I'd otherwise probably discount hits me with a song that just floors me.

Such is the case with Fergie's Velvet.

There's no video for this, but it's another case of a song not really needing one. I challenge you to not close your eyes, sway a little and nod your head (to say nothing of grabbing the first person that walks in front of you and kissing him/her) while listening to this.

Here's Velvet.


A Bowl Of Stupid said...

Sorry kid, gotta disagree (through a caveat) -- while it is admittedly catchy, it's got no soul. It's just another typical overproduced pop song.

Put this up against anything from Sia, Zero 7, Morcheeba, Massive Attack, Karsh Kale (or any of the similar originals it's attempting to copy) and the difference is immediately recognizable.

Chez said...

Yes, I like the acts you mention. But still -- you've been smoking pot, catching malaria, eating lizard testicles and having sex with 13-year-old boys in subcontinental Asia for the past two years.

Your opinions are skewed.

kanye said...

Sasquatch Sings The Blues -- Learning to Krall -- Defiling Julie many potential titles for this post.

It doesn't do anything for me. The phrasing is awkward and it makes is sound like she's dragging the tempo, even though she isn't.

It'll probably go double-platinum.

FabMax said...

I have to agree with A Bowl of Stupid. It is catchy. But you can all but hear the computer supporting her voice, which is subpar to begin with. (And I'm being generous here.)

Kevin Davis said...

A Bowl of Stupid - awesome blog, you are my hero.

Disclaimer: I don't dislike Fergie, but I do think she represents everything that is soul-less and wrong in the universe - a modern-day Beezlebub if you will. The picture Chez managed to find is probably the one split second that she looks remotely attractive before huddling back into her underground lair.

That being said, the only thing I hate worse is judging music based upon whether the artist is underground, famous, or a sell-out. Having "indie" friends in LA and going out to indie clubs before taking a reporter position in Texas bred an extreme dislike for associating the "goodness" of music with how many people listen to it. I happen to think Eminem is one of the greatest artists out there, regardless of his mainstream success, but I also like shit like Blu & Exile, The Strange Fruit Project, and other under-the-radar groups.

I've never heard this track before but I have to say I like it, and I bet you a new surfboard that if Chez put the artist as Sneaker Pimps you'd like it too.

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dick_gozinia said...

I hate Fergie. So, I hate this song sight unseen. I respect the fact that Chez can look past such things and appreciate art in spite of the artist, but that ain't me.

This chick could cure cancer while simultaneously giving me a blowjob and I'll still hate her for ruining the Black Eyed Peas.

Kevin Davis said...

I don't get it.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, not moving me at all either. But you've done a pretty good job in the past of providing the teeming masses with quality choices! Keep swinging.

CNNfan said...

1. Add Video
2. Stir Music until completely dissolved.
3. Wah lah! Millions of views and a 5 star rating:

When in doubt, remember Chez is a professional.

Kevin Davis said...

CNNfan, why such a bitter bee? Cheer up Charlie!