Monday, September 01, 2014
Meghan Trainor - All About That Bass
Could this be the big summer song of 2014? I can't think of another huge hit this summer, other than "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift which I wrote about recently. It's very late in the summer, but Meghan Trainor is hitting BIG right now with her catchy throwback pop tune, "All About That Bass". Take Amy Winehouse's hit "Rehab", add some Robin Thicke "Blurred Lines" and a dash of Betty Everett's "Shoop Shoop Song" and stir in a healthy helping of Ringo Starr's "No-No Song" and you have a musical brew that could produce That Bass if shaken And stirred.
Aside from the musical nod to 60s girl groups, "All About That Bass" has a slight edge in the vein of Nicki Minaj's Anaconda which itself references "Baby Got Back". It's been one year since Miley Cyrus twerked at the MTV Video Music Awards, but apparently people are still obsessed with butts. Meghan Trainor is seemingly within a normal healthy weight range but she is not a size two and is fine with that. While standing up for girls and women who some might consider plus sized, she describes the advantages of having a bigger booty. However, she does mention "Skinny bitches" and perhaps thin people are equally capable of realizing their advantages and being happy with that. Whatever body size you are genetically predisposed to, it might be good to strive to be happy with yourself.
Ultimately, perhaps it is wise to consider that maybe Perfection Does Not Exist and rather than compare oneself to a perceived societal norm, energy is better spent on becoming comfortable in one's own skin and trying to be the best one can be - physically, mentally and spiritually. One way to be happy with your body is to move it! Why not get up and dance along to this video! The beat is there and you can copy some of the moves as you watch. After all, this is a summer hit, and summer is all about having fun, so stay calm and keep on dancing!
Friday, August 29, 2014
YouTube Sex - Stripping Naked in Public
Hello my dear readers! I have been checking my stats. We get about 400 page views a day, lately. It seems that several keywords that people search on before they come here have some variation of "YouTube Sex" in them. There are keywords such as youtube se x, youtube sex, you tube sex, and sex on youtube. So to satisfy my readers (pander to my readers?) who want something youtube sex related, here are two videos of people stripping down to their underwear in public. I know the title of this post is YouTube Sex - Stripping Naked in Public, but there is no actual sex acts going on in these videos, nor is anyone naked. But there are lots of people in their underwear, so I hope that satisfies you! 50 years from now, or 100 years or more into the future, when someone is curious about what kinds of undergarments were worn in the early years of the 21st century, researchers may come across this post and learn all they need to know about underwear considered stylish or at least popular in entertainment pieces in the distant past.
We'll start off with a video from way back in 2001 by Alt Emo power pop punk band, Jimmy Eat World. The song is called "The Middle" and tells us that everything everything will be alright alright, kind of like The Beatles told us in Revolution. It went to #5 on the Billboard chart, and you probably remember both the song and the video, which was on heavy rotation on MTV. A bunch of 20-somethings are having a wild house party, and Jimmy Eat World is the entertainment. The theme of the party is - party in your underwear! Panties, bras, boxers, briefs - they are all here in many colors and varieties. Those wearing these under things are in quite good shape, in a stereotypical manner of speaking, according to what society considers to be hot bods. One guy wants to be different from everyone else in the crowd, and you can see what happens to him as the others dance, jump in the pool, drink and make out in refrigerators!
Here's a very recent video by a very new band, that is in a sort of competition with One Direction for the tween to teen and beyond pop music market. One Direction is from the UK and is receiving hundreds of thousands of views on their videos, including the song every teen knows all the words to - "(That's) What Makes You Beautiful". Their competition is 5 Seconds Of Summer, or 5SOS, who are of similar age, appearance and sound, but from Australia. In addition 5SOS play their own instruments and have a little harder rocking sound, which still using the same pop hooks. Last winter, 5 Seconds Of Summer released a song from their new album, titled, "She Looks So Perfect". This video has "only" 70 thousand views; less than most 1D videos. Maybe some tweens are banned by their parents from watching this? "You look so perfect standing there in my American Apparel underwear!" School kids, diner patrons, supermarket shoppers and even a cop strip down to their underwear for no apparent reason, other than to attract attention to this video!
Perhaps you too like to strip down to your underwear in public! Well you better plan ahead and make sure you're wearing new and Clean underwear! Get some at Amazon - they sell everything. Sure, you go there to buy books and music and DVDs and electronics, but dang it get some new clean underwear there too!
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Controversial Videos, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj
Back in the 80s, when MTV actually still Was Music TeleVision, the concept of music videos was fairly new. No one knew exactly what to do or what could be done with a music video. Before MTV and the Music Video revolution of the very early 80s, videos were made for a very few songs as promotional material, designed to boost record sales. But on 8/1/81 when MTV went on the air, or over cable actually, it seemed that every sing needed to have an accompanying video to make it a legit song. That meant that many videos were made on low budgets. Bigger budget videos tried to outdo each other for attention. By late 1983, Michael Jackson released a 13-minute music video for "Thriller," directed by famous Hollywood film director John Landis.
Taylor Swift goes back through the years and alludes to styles and cliches used in previous songs and videos. This is what happens in the entertainment world. People "borrow" lyrical ideas and video looks that others have used in the past. If done right, with enough modification and injection of personal style, people accept the allusion to past works and it helps them identify with the current offering. However, if people feel that the artist is blatantly ripping off previous works, they will complain of plagiarism. Both opinions are represented in reviews of Taylor Swift's new song, "Shake It Off".It is likely that Taylor Swift will Shake Off most criticism of her latest song, "Shake It Off" because the song is actually about ignoring haters. Have a look and decide for yourself. Is this popular new Taylor Swift video, with 3 million views on day one and now 15 million views on day two, a tribute or a rip off or something entirely different?
Yesterday saw the release of the new Nicki Minaj video, Anaconda. This video is also controversial, also features elements from the past, and includes lots of dancing. In this case, the connection to the past is deliberate. The song includes samples from the 1986 hit dance song, "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-a-Lot. That song told of Mister Mix's appreciation of women who had a figure that was little in the middle but having much back. His Anaconda didn't want none unless she had buns. He obviously liked big butts and he could not lie about it.
So Nicki Minaj made a video celebrating the effect of her twerking butt on someone's Anaconda. In addition to twerking scenes, the video features banana eating and whipped cream shooting on Nicki's chest. Some say this video promotes porn and strip clubs. Take a look and decide for yourself. If you are a parent with young children, you might be interested to see this very popular video by Nicki Minaj that got 10 million views on day one, and decide if your children should see this or not.
Where do you buy your music? Why not get it at Amazon.com! They sell everything there! Shop at Amazon.com for music, electronics, clothes, even food! Here are some items available at Amazon related to Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj. Have a look, and check out other things for sale at Amazon as well. Happy Shopping!
Friday, August 15, 2014
Taylor Swift Videos
Taylor Swift is everywhere these days! She was on the Teen Choice awards last week. See the video below of Taylor Swift on The Tonight Show with Jummy Fallon, doing a segmant of the Ew Skit! She plays Natalie Benson - she is 13, and she likes to chill out all the time and eat apricots. She drew a Pegacorn! It's part Pegasus and part Unicorn. Taylor Swift is quite a cute little nerd girl with braces!
5 years ago, Taylor Swift gave us one very romantic song and video, "Love Story". It is about two young people who meet at school, prompting Taylor Swift to have a flasback to the early 1800's. She dances with her new found friend in her flashback, much like Mister Darcy would dance with Elizabeth in the Jane Austen classic, "Pride and Prejudice". In the song, the characters are named Romeo and Juliet, so there is the allusion to that Shakespeare play as well. Juliet's father tells Romeo to stay away from Juliet, but they do sneak off for romantic rendezvous. It all works out in the end!In addition to a brand new album, Taylor Swift is also in a movie that just hit the big screen, "The Giver" in which she plays the role of Rosemary. This social science fiction film just came out on August 15th, is based on the book of the same name from 1993, and stars Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites, Alexander Skarsgård, Odeya Rush, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift. You can watch the The Giver Official Trailer on YouTube, here.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Remembering Robin Williams
In the 80s and beyond, Robin starred in many popular movies including Good Morning Vietnam, Mrs. Doubtfire, The World According to Garp, Patch Adams, Awakenings, The Dead Poet Society and many more. Robin performed stand up comedy at break neck speed, improvising often and going off on extended joke sprees at the slightest trigger. He appeared often on late night shows leaving the host and audience gasping for air after laughing heartily.
Recently Robin Williams was a performer on American Idol Gives Back, a charity show with the American Idol judges. He played the role of the winner of Russian Idol, and did several minutes of jokes and improv. Today we present two representative videos from the long laugh filled career of Robin Williams. The first video is the pilot episode of Mork and Mindy, starring Robin Williams and Pam Dawber, with guest stars Henry Winkler as The Fonz and Penny Marshall as Laverne De Fasio. The second video is of Robin Williams on American Idol. Watch, laugh, and celebrate the life of Robin Williams.
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