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What? A Good Black Eyed Peas Song?

Black Eyed PeasSign #3,934 of the Apocalypse: I think I like a Black Eyed Peas song.

The implications of this are enormous. I may even have to change the purpose of my blog. Can I still ridicule them and keep my dignity?

It’s “I Gotta Feeling.” And, dare I say it, it’s a good Black Eyed Peas song.

For once, the rapping takes a back seat, and the melody is simple but not annoying. In fact, it’s downright hummable. (Disregard the Auto-Tune.) The bass line is a familiar I-IV-vi-IV pattern. Fergie’s bridge is even more melodic, even though I still can’t stand her voice. And even the rapping is not as awful as some I’ve heard – it’s on the beat, and of course, less is more when it comes to rap. The result is an uncluttered, focused…What’s the word I’m looking for?…oh yeah, song.

Please help.

“I Gotta Feeling” – Lipdub by University of Quebec (One take!)

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Peter Lee

9 Comments

  1. Now is the point to activate the denialist reaction. It may be possible to like a BEP song, but never desirable. Indeed, it is extremely dangerous. Admitting this to yourself is going to destroy your soul, admitting it publicly could have cosmic consequences well beyond anything Dr Brown envisaged in regard to interference with the time continuum.

    I recommend you clear out your ears, put yourself on a strict diet of good music, and then compare these to the BEP song.

  2. The pre-Fergie peas had their moments, but Fergie (and the damnable auto-tune!) is always a deal-breaker in my book. What this song needs is an artist with a solid ethos willing to cover it.

    Fairly impressive video, though.

  3. That’s the first time I’ve heard the song (I managed to get about halfway through it), and I don’t intend to hear it again.

    My initial thought was: yes, it is a song, but not a very good one.

    I also thought that the song sounded as though it came from the television program Glee, albeit ‘sung’ by people with deeper voices than the teenage Glee cast members. (I hesitate to use the word ‘sung’ here because of the amount of technology involved to keep all those voices in tune.)

    However, I was entertained by the student video until I realised: why are those students wasting their time with a song that will be forgotten as soon as it’s finished instead of doing something much more productive like studying?

    (I know that students need their ‘downtime’, so if they wanted to have fun miming to a song, why couldn’t they have lip-synched to something – anything – by The Beatles, or perhaps something like Kate Bush’s “Sat In Your Lap”, a song about learning?)

    As for grappling with the notion of liking a Black Eyed Peas ‘song’, I dare say that’s a matter for your and your conscience (or maybe you and the people around you). If it helps, my guess is that if you mention that you like the song to the people you know and love, and they don’t snigger or point and laugh, then you’re fine.

  4. Man, I am so glad to hear you say that this song is actually not that bad. I catch myself singing along with it every time it comes on in the car. I think it’s just got such a catchy tune and beat to it. BTW, that video was so much fun to watch! I can only imagine how fun it must have been to make. My favorite BEP song still has to be “Where is the love” though. Before this song, that was the only one I could bare listening to.

  5. crud. that should be bear listening to? anyway, you know what I mean.lol It’s been a long week with the kindergartners…

  6. There is a (singular) Peas song I like a lot. It’s “Let’s Get It Started” (might be the Spike mix or something). The song above I do not like. Ignore the Auto-tune? It’s so present, so vicious, so in-your-face and so over. The thing about the Auto-tune effect is that it Doesn’t Sound Good. It’s freakin’ annoying. I got through less than half of this song.

  7. Well, I must say that I do like that new song by Jay-Z with Alicia Keys, Empire State Of Mind. Not quite in the class of your lapse in taste, but it surprised me nonetheless.

  8. i dont really like the song. its a catchy hook, of course, but the rest is like nothing. I liked their old stuff, the new record sound so pop to me

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