Monday, August 26, 2013

8.26.13 Bee-otch of the Day: Robin Thicke

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Name: Robin Thicke
Age: 36
Occupation: pop singer
Last Seen: ??
Bee-otched For: being forced to give it up


You learn a lot when you get old.

Twenty years ago, like any youngin', I listened to top 40 music. Back in the day, top 40 was a mix of rock, pop, dance and even a dash of sappy AC music from Elton John and Michael Bolton.

Nowadays, top 40 is quite different. Radio stations that specialize in what is now called CHR - Contemporary Hit Radio - don't play a lot of AC anymore, or even rock for that matter. Instead of playing what the people want to hear, it's all about what consultants and labels dish out.

What led to CHR's downturn in the 90's was due to fakes such as Milli Vanilli and their lip-synching, Black Box and C&C Music Factory using skinny models to pose for the obese Martha Wash and Vanilla Ice getting "Under Pressure" from Queen and David Bowie for ripping off that tune for his mega-hit "Ice Ice Baby". Throughout that decade, it was about the flannel and less about pre-manufactured fakes.

Now, the format is back to being that: fake. And the man who is proving that point is none other than Robin Thicke, whose irritating "Blurred Lines" is the #1 song of the Summer of 2013. True, the video for that tune is one of the raciest of all time with half-naked models parading around Thicke (although you can clearly see a landing strip in one of those thongs), but a sexy video doesn't make the song even better, sadly.

Just say that to the family of Marvin Gaye.

Last week, Thicke dropped a bombshell when he decided to sue the legendary Motown star's estate to prevent them from suing him. The reason is because there's a lot of similarities between "Blurred Lines" and Gaye's #1 pop hit from 1977 "Got to Give it Up". Both songs sound like they were recorded in a crowd, both songs have the same rhythm and both use a lot of falsetto.

Gaye's family has turned down a six-figure settlement from Thicke in the process, stating that there are similarities to the two songs, which Thicke did not use with permission.

Gaye's son, Marvin III told TMZ “We’re not happy with the way that he went about doing business let alone suing us for something where he clearly got his inspiration from at the least. That’s caused my family a lot of duress.”

Ya know, this is why I hate top 40 music. IT LACKS ORIGINALITY. Marvin Gaye was a talented man who left us way too soon. Thicke is a dork whose daddy gave him everything growing up and is proving how much of a goddamned attention whore he is with his #THICKE bullshit and the fact that he even tried to prevent the Gayes from suing him in the process. Sorry, but I don't buy into that.

Maybe he can join Vanilla Ice and flip houses.

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