Friday, September 04, 2015

When's the "Ex's and Oh's" Lawsuit

Hey no recap of my last Social Matter essay since I took two weeks off. Weird anniversary for me as August marked 10 years blogging. The first few years were mostly fun, and then I managed to get serious. Part of getting older, plus part of leaving behind a trail of my thought for my kids in case anything happens to me. I still try to make this place fun.

This Sunday's Social Matter essay is on Viktor Orban and why is he the lone leader of any European nation taking a stand against the immigration invasion. Forget just making a stand, why is he the only one saying anything negative about it and assailing multiculturalism? What allows him that freedom?


Have you heard that "chick who gets around and is awesome" song that was released last year but has had a steady push into this summer? Hmm, that's a dozen or so songs. Let me be more specific, the rock one. Still not specific enough... the one ripping off the Black Keys' "Howlin For You". Still a bit confused that a song in 2015 would rip off a 2011 song? Here goes.

Rob Schneider's daughter released a song called "Ex's and Oh's". Nepotism: the secret to Hollywood's decline. How else would Jonah Hill get roles?

Sounds a bit funky and rocky and dirty. Oh yeah! That song is so kewl. She is being, like, skanky, but she owns it, and like, this is so goddamn subversive and playful as she toys with language like men. Oh man, how awesome! #Eyeroll. But... good God... why does it feel like I've heard this song for years? It sounds an awful lot like the Black Keys' song from three years earlier.

Keep in mind that Marvin Gaye's greedy family went after Robin Thicke, Pharrell and TI for money from the success of "Blurred Lines" that sounded similar to "Got to Give It Up (Part 1)". While I think those two songs sounded similar, the lawsuit seemed a bit greedy. Most music is derivative anyway, and there have been far worse offenders (my favorite). When the lawsuit commences for this new instance, can I get a finder's fee for it?


peterike said...

My eyes!!

I love the now normal situation of an overweight, unattractive girl displaying herself like she's Marilyn Monroe or something. You so sexyyyy grrrrlll! Blech. Nepotism indeed. Future cultural historians will call this "the Amy Schumer effect."

And OF COURSE there's black guys in the video, because we must ALWAYS at least suggest race mixing, if not show it overtly (ok, I didn't watch all of it so I don't know if it gets any more direct).

Since pop music is now entirely derivative and producer-driven, it's easy enough for any connected celebrity spawn to become a "star." I think that "Friday" video (82 million views and counting) showed the world that ANYBODY could have a hit and become "famous."

I really don't like the Black Keys and I don't like that song neither.

Suburban_elk said...

Wait a minute, Rob Schneider is jewish?

the now normal situation of an overweight, unattractive girl displaying herself like she's Marilyn Monroe or something

Pithy. And of course the funny part of that ridiculousness is that it’s not just the hippy bleach-blonde daughters of second-rate Hollywood celebs, who espouse that attitude.

Are stretch pants and vagina creases suitable for display at the grocery and the mall, the coffee shop? Often times old guys and young bucks, they are all like “yeah check out that ass” and “you can see her c___”, … but really?

PA said...

Imagine President Donald Trump meeting Vladimir Putin. After all the photo-ops they walk off together and talk about their mistresses, present and past for half an hour. They laugh without a care. Then a bit of heavy silence. Then both men look each other in the eye and say "Let's stop this madness." And they do.

Glengarry said...

Loved your historical pic of Woodrow Wilson smirking in front of a literal Cathedral, by the way.

Anonymous said...

Woodrow was just a puppet of Bernard Baruch, it was Wall Street who wanted the US involved in WWI.

Anonymous said...

I was a fan of Rob Scheineder and Adam Sandler when I was younger... I was really dumb.

Snitchy said...

i've been searching around to find out who the drummer and guitarist on "Ex's and Oh's" were because they sounded so much like the Black Keys! No official word I can find anywhere, but apparently the Black Keys drummer, Patrick Carney, worked on production for Elle King's new album.. So maybe they're credited somewhere, but I can't find anything specifically saying they were the session guitarist and drummer.

wbhist said...

Actually, there are quite a few other tunes in essence if not specifics "Ex's & Oh's" is highly derivative of, besides the aforementioned Black Keys' piece. I can think of three myself: The tempo in general is reminiscent of that of such numbers as Perez Prado's "Patricia," The Dave Clark Five's "Bits and Pieces" and The Honeycombs' "Have I the Right" (with the kind of Joe Meek-esque audio compression of the last two in there somewhere - and the DC5 frontman/namesake's engineer had worked with Meek). Lyrically, it has much in common with the "plot" (such as it was) of the aforementioned Amy Schumer "comedy" Trainwreck: no man wanting a stable relationship for keeps would want to associate themselves even remotely with the Schumer / Elle King types. And this is the type "song" that one could see spinning on a 45 record with circa 1961 RCA Victor "dog on top" label, mastered on an old-style Scully lathe with 16 pitch lead-in, 2 pitch lead-out and two turns of 32 pitch "catch" groove before reaching the concentric locked groove.

But Ms. King (whose voice sounds like her vocal cords will hemorrhage any minute now, yet another example of how today's "singers" don't take much care, if any, of their voices or have any trainers/coaches to help them use their voices properly) is hardly the only offender in this regard. Take Meghan Trainor and John Legend's "Like I'm Gonna Lose You" duet whose key and tempo were basically ripped off from Sam Cooke's "Bring It On Home to Me." Can easily see the Hugo & Luigi logo (relevant point in the wake of Luigi Creatore's recent death) spinning on that one.

Son of Brock Landers said...

Wbhist - Im a DC5 fan, so now I am mad I didnt hear the Bits & Pieces connection

wbhist said...

Reading on the web, I noticed another "rip-off" moment in "Ex's And Oh's." The part where Ms. King intones, "Dey always wanna come, but dey never wanna leave," appears derivative of "Tennessee" Ernie Ford's 1955 smash "Sixteen Tons," especially two lines in Merle Travis' composition: "Another day older and deeper in debt," and "If de right one don' getcha, den de lef' one will." You may want to hear that older song to notice that resemblance.