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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Best Song This Summer (NSFW)

I know, summer hasn't officially ended, but I'm ready to declare the season's best song.

This isn't because I can predict the future. After all, I've read Taleb's The Black Swan, so I know the dangers of prognostication (a danger Taleb himself has pointedly ignored lately!).

It's because this song is SO fresh, SO catchy, and SO mind-bogglingly sing-along-able that I can't imagine another song coming out over the next few weeks that would touch it.

The song is Cee Lo Green's "Fuck You" -- the first single from his upcoming album, "The Lady Killer." The YouTube video of the song already has several million hits, as well it should. The viral success of the video has even prompted coverage from the normally profanity-averse NPR.

The times, they are a-changin'. (Then again, when weren't they?)

You remember Cee Lo Green, don't you? He's the vocal sparkplug behind Gnarls Barkley, the super-duo whose hits include "Crazy" and a cover of "Gone Daddy Gone." Point is, this man's got chops.

And I'm sorry if the F-word offends your sensibilities. I'm sorry if its mere presence so bothers you that your entire experience becomes tainted. And I know this song will never hit the mainstream airwaves (without some serious editing, anyway).

But George Carlin was right: it's just a word. People use it, and to deny its place in our cultural lexicon is foolishness.

As I get older, I find myself getting less and less patient with anachronistic priggishness. I believe in descriptive, not proscriptive, linguistics.

And Cee Lo uses the F-word masterfully in a song that expresses all the emotional contradictions of running into a former lover while the wounds are still fresh. He's got a powerful voice and the music pulses with a fresh energy that still manages to pay homage to its Motown roots.

Catch the lyrical video here.

Better yet, buy the mp3 and put it in your morning shower playlist. It's guaranteed to get your blood flowing.

by Cee Lo Green
From the forthcoming  album, "The Lady Killer"


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