Earlier this week, I read this article on the school newspaper website. It caught my eye since I sometimes debate with other music folk about the artistic validity of a one-hit wonder (a topic that is a much longer post for another time). What is important to note are the following thoughts that popped into my head while reading:
- What is this song called "Call Me Maybe?"
- So is this Carly Rae Jepsen gone from the music scene? Is that why this is a one-hit wonder?
- Huh...who is Carlos Pena Jr.?
- Whoa, whoa there. "Cultural phenomenon" is a pretty fucking heavy statement for a pop hit that is currently climbing the charts. I'd reconsider your word selection.
- Very nice, writers, getting the music director of Off The Beat (a well known a capella group on campus) to comment. This guy actually has the music theory background to explain things.
"Wait, Rio, don't you go out? Didn't you ever hear this song? They play it like everywhere"
It sounds familiar. All well-written pop songs do. But clearly I have either been deaf or too drunk this entire time. You see, it wasn't just this article. There was also this (courtesy of BroBible):
"It's okay if you were, it's a catchy song". As I finished laughing at "Protein, bro", I did a little more research into this song that clearly everybody has heard but me.
Parodies, remixes, covers...even freaking celebrity singalongs.
All this research and investigation has lead to one exciting conclusion...
Damn it, I gotta get out more.
Today it's a internet sensation pop song by a 3rd place finalist on Canadian Idol. Tomorrow, it could easily be something I actually care about.
While I clearly am more than little late to the party, I will finish off this post by sharing this remix with you. Nick Luebke, from the University of Wisconsin, definitely did a good job of putting his unique twist on this pop wonder. I'd go so far as say his lyrics are better than original. Just sayin'. Enjoy, and I'll reemerge from my subterranean living after I caught up on sleep.