Tom Hawking on Ke$ha’s apology in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting.
It’s given me reason to be very suspicious of Ke$ha. Just to add to the mounting evidence, if you listen to the album commentary on Spotify, Ke$ha begins explaining “Die Young” by saying, “My new song ‘Die Young’ is a song I’m really proud of.” Was she forced to say this in the album commentary as well?
The Ke$ha nontroversy seemed pretty straightforward. I’m just making a wild guess: Ke$ha came up with a couple of ideas for a song she’d like to sing. Producers came up with a fairly blase chorus (“let’s live like we’re gonna die young!”). Ke$ha said, “meh, that’s OK. I dunno. I really wanna just yell to everyone, ‘PUT YOUR MOTHERFUCKING PHONES UP!’” Producers said, “You can’t sing that in your single, Ke$ha, come on. Speaking of which, this is Bonnie McKee.”
Anyway, I’m sure that “in the wake of Sandy Hook” Ke$ha did not feel that “go fuck yourself” was an appropriate response to anything, even something well within her rights to respond to with “go fuck yourself.” You can see why she wouldn’t say that, right? Instead she said what was true, that this chorus that she didn’t like is now coming back to make her life more miserable than having to sing the fucking thing every night. (You really think Ke$ha didn’t want “Gold Trans Am” on the album proper?)
The important point is still that anyone suggesting “Die Young” has anything to do with young people actually dying can go fuck themselves, that it isn’t for Ke$ha to say this, and that hey, at least we know that Ke$ha wasn’t personally responsible for one of the worst choruses on her new record! Hurrah! That doesn’t mean that she can’t be proud of the song as a whole (or the parts she wrote) or that she, like, wouldn’t say that in the commentary track for the song!
Carly Rae Jepsen vs. Ke$ha - “Only Wanna Call You Maybe”
By request from Katherine.
SEE WHAT I MEAN
they’re even about the same subject more or less.
ETA: also, this part. CRJ: “Ripped jeans, skin was showing —” Ke$ha: “So?”
Y’know, part of me is tickled by this kinda thing, but the other part is like, “Duh, everyone, this is what pop music has been like since the 1950s. People don’t mash-up Muddy Waters songs with Robert Johnson songs and go, ‘THEY’RE THE SAAAME SOOOOONGGGG!’” But that’s also because the zeitgeist doesn’t care about Muddy Waters or Robert Johnson all that much (a neverending tragedy in itself).
Eh, that’s not really the intention. Of course lots of songs are “the same song” — but only some songs tickle you to combine ‘em! (I don’t think this is a great mash-up — not enough difference for interesting contrast.) But the point is more to satisfy an itch you get listening to one song or the other. You get the mental mash-up out of your head by making it a reality.
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