Pop Drivel

weed's picture

So I was strangely compelled to watch Paris Hilton's new music video. A few thoughts:

1) The song's not bad for pop drivel. It's catchy and listenable. I'm not putting it into the Pantheon along with U2 during the late 80s early 90s, but it's ok.
2) The actual video is not what I'd expected at all. Paris did the "Can't Buy Me Love/The Girl Next Door" route where the poor, picked on boy has the hot girl raise his status in school. Why can't anyone make a good, funny movie these days without ripping off the 80s? Is it because the 80s covered all possible good teen coming of age type movies? Did John Hughes ruin it for everyone for the rest of eternity?
3) I totally recommend The Superficial if you have that curiosity about celebrities but like to make fun of them because you feel ashamed for being curious about celebrities.
4) From a musical squib point of view, how much of that song is Paris' talent and how much is being able to buy the best producers and such in the music industry?

My $.02
Weed

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matthew's picture

I like 'em as much as the next guy...

So I like pretty girls as much as the next guy, but am I weird for not finding Paris Hilton even moderately attractive? I mean, she's not ugly, but if I were in high school, I'd have picked the fat girl over her. She just does nothing for me.

Then again, I like fake boobs :)

As far as the music goes, yeah, not bad.

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rowan's picture

Not bad

Actually, kinda catchy. Pardon me while I go flog myself for thinking so, but there you have it.

1)Good lord, it's no U2, but it's not painful to listen to. Even though I'm sure it's horrifically over-produced, it doesn't *sound* that way. Not like all of Brittany and Christina's recent stuff. I'd actually liken it to some of Hillary Duff's work, which was also, though ultimately forgettable, pleasant to listen to.

2) I don't think all comedy rips off the 80s. The Horrific Cruetly is Fun genre that was spawned by There's Something About Mary, for instance. But there's no denying that the Teen Movie genre has all of its roots in that decade. As a shameless teen movie lover myself, I think the genre has evolved in its own way since then, but it's not too hard to trace the origins.

But that's not ncessarily a bad thing. The major driving force behind a lot of these movies is nostalgia, and to our generation nostalgia means "remember the 80s." Cartoon Network's first big break onto the scene was Space Ghost Coast to Coast, which drew a lot of its appeal from the fact that we all grew up watching Space Ghost. We're the cable Syndication Generation, and all of that starts in 1980-something. And if a teen movie broke too far from the formula... well, it might be a good movie, but it wouldn't be a teen movie.

Examples of truly stupdendous teen movies in recent years that didn't just rely on cookie-cutter reproduction of John Hughes' work include:

The New Guy - which captured the hierarchy of the highschool social structure with its "lunch table hill," a literal multi-tiered hill in the high school courtyard, with the different social echelons being assigned to different plateaus. Also, Eliza Dushku in at least eight different bikinis. And wearing a bandana as a shirt.

10 Things I Hate about You - A neat Shakespearean twist on the genre, and the introduction of Heath Ledger onto the scene. It succeeded in adapting "The Taming of the Shrew" where Cruel Intentions failed in adapting "Dangerous Liaisons."

American Pie - This was the big one of the past ten years, I think. Completely started a resurgence in the genre. Probably it's biggest innovation was taking the brand of sexual humor normally relegated to college films (Animal House, Revenge of the Nerds), and transposed it into a highschool setting.

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Sammy G's picture

Shocker of the Year

And the 2006 winner for "Shocker Of The Year" on barnson.org goes to...

Then again, I like fake boobs :)

We'd like to thank all our contestants for playing.

I don't find Paris Hilton attractive in the if-I-had-to-choose-one-celeb-over-the-other kind of way. Meaning, if we happened to be at a bar somewhere and she was single and I was single and we started talking, I wouldn't end the conversation on account of her being unattractive, because she certainly isn't unattractive. But I don't find her attractive enough to make me want to watch videos. I mean music videos.

I can't believe I'm posting this.

Remember that Matt wrote "fake boobs" first. He started it.

weed's picture

Speaking of 80's Hits

Wasn't "One Night In Paris" a big 80s hit song? Oh wait, that was "One Night in Bankok". My bad.

If you compare those titles at face value, which one do you think would be the title of a porno?

I agree with Sam's assessment of Paris' beauty. She's alright, but she's no Melissa by the pool from Saved By The Bell.

I always feel like a wierdo because boobs do nothing for me. Okay, strike that. I AM a male, so boobs do do something for me, but it seems less in degree than most males. I'd take nice legs and derriere over a big rack anyday.

And as OK as this song is, it's no "Rocket Man" by William Shatner. That's the unquestioned pinnacle of celebrity "singing" right there.

I don't understand Sam's shock at Matt's statement about fake boobs. Matt's a silicon man in all it's forms (and please don't correct me about how it's saline now...go with the joke! ;)

My $.02
Weed

My $.02
Weed

matthew's picture

Musical Squib...

4) From a musical squib point of view, how much of that song is Paris' talent and how much is being able to buy the best producers and such in the music industry?

I love your use of random Harry Potter allusions...

OK, so as far as I can tell, she can hold a note. However, pitch correction is really, really common in the industry today. As a matter of fact, it's so common that it takes artists who put their foot down to prevent it from being used on their recordings in mainstream pop. Nobody hits every note perfectly, and the technology has advanced enough that light use of pitch correction to make an imperfect performance perfect is pretty much unnoticeable. You can chiefly hear it on the attacks and decays of notes, and Paris is pitch-corrected pretty consistently on this song.

The parts of her harmonizing with herself are partially electronic, and partially her. Her voice is heavily compressed, as she doesn't seem to have much breath support. Run-of-the-mill stuff, mostly. The song wins a kudo from me for avoiding intense overproduction.

Overall, though, the song is pretty simple and doesn't feel overproduced. For an example of a song that's way, way overproduced, listen to Britney Spears' Toxic.

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matthew's picture

I think it's funny...

I think it's funny that Paris Hilton has parlayed moderate notoriety due to an internet video of her having sex with somebody into a singing, acting, and commercial TV career. It just makes me giggle.

(Yes, I know she was somewhat noteworthy before because she's a Hilton. I'd never heard of her until that video started circulating, though.)

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Ben's picture

hm

I admit that I haven't partaken of Ms. Hilton's video, mainly because the very sight of her makes me want to retch. While she might be moderately attractive in a "make sure you wear a condom and don't tell her your real name" kind of way, her sheer vapidity and the fact that her entire claim to fame is being filthy rich makes her hideously unattractive to me.

And give me real boobs any day. I'd rather see a natural A-cup than synthetic D's.

Oh, and since I haven't seen the video, I can't comment on the music. However, I can't seem to get Fergie's London Bridge out of my head, silly at it is.

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