This summer we brought music back a few decades! Between the 70’s sounds by Robin Thicke and Bruno Mars to liberating 90’s boy bands with Back Street Boys and *NSYNC — retro music is IN.
Not too surprising — oldies always come back. Only, in this case, 90’s music is starting to be considered old and 20-somethings have some throwbacks to be excited about. Unless it’s a tease. Thanks for the VMA reunion performance, *NSYNC — but it’s time for you to go back on tour. At least BSB knows whats up.
Venturing even further back in time, another decade has really made a comeback. The new pop-music trend of the season is the rebirth of 1970’s funk. I don’t hate it. Justin Timberlake is all over the board with Take Back the Night and Suit & Tie ft. Jay Z. Daft Punk brings us back with Get Lucky and Bruno Mars’ dabbles with some 70’s tunes in Treasure. There’s just something so incredibly sexy about these high-pitched voices and funk sounds!
This style of music has even helped a very special celeb to finally get his
career off the ground first hit single. I say that very carefully because I honestly had no idea who he was until this year. Although, I’m sure others have. My research reveals that he has done a number of successful projects and performances in the music industry since the early 2000s… but I’ve been listening to music my whole life, so…. yeah. Regardless, I thought the song was by a duo called “Rob & Thicke” for the longest time until I heard a radio host refer to Robin as Alan Thicke’s son. Oops.
I’m obviously referring to Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines ft. T.I. and Pharrell. The song? Genius in my opinion. The video was released on March 20, 2013 and attracted more than a million views in days after it released on Vevo.
Thicke attributes his inspiration to a recently adopted mindset. The singer explained to the Breakfast Club his foray into a more poppy sound.
“The last year I’ve been wanting to have more fun. I think I took myself very seriously as an artist and I wanted to be like Marvin Gaye, and John Lennon and Bob Marley and these great artists and songwriters that sang about love and sang about relationships.”
Maybe he wanted to be like Motown legend Marvin Gaye a little too much. Gaye’s family was not too happy about the similarity between Blurred Lines and Gaye’s Got To Give it Up.
Thicke, along with co-writers Pharrell Williams and T.I., reportedly filed a preemptive suit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles requesting a ruling that Blurred Lines does not infringe on Got To Give It Up.
According to FOX News, Thicke has reportedly admitted he drew heavily on Got To Give It Up, in writing and recording, Blurred Lines, telling GQ in May “one of my favorite songs of all time was Marvin Gaye’s ‘Got to Give It Up.’ I was like, ‘Damn, we should make something like that, something with that groove.’
However, Thicke and co.’s lawsuit reportedly states the “intent in producing ‘Blurred Lines’ was to evoke an era. In reality, the Gaye defendants are claiming ownership of an entire genre…. The reality is that the songs themselves are starkly different.”
Gaye’s family has reportedly nixed a hefty settlement offer from pop singer Robin Thicke’s reps in the ongoing copyright infringement battle.
Gaye’s son, Marvin Gaye III, told TMZ.com, “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.”
On a lighter note, there’s always the “aw” factor…
“…then the last year, my wife and I just really wanted to have fun again, we wanted to be young again and we wanted to dance again and go out with our friends, so I wanted to make music that reflected that culture also,” Thicke said.
In comparison to last year’s summer hits, 2013 traded in 2012’s pop-princess sounds such as Taylor Swift’s We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together and Miss Carly Rae’s Call Me Maybe which birthed thousands of viral parody videos by a wide-range of diverse groups. Not to mention, Nicki Minaj’s Starships was an instant classic as well. Girls will be girls, I guess. And, this summer they were taken over by JT, Robin, Bruno, and Daft Punk among others.
They say history repeats itself and music is definitely not an exception. I really have no clue as to why funk is finding its way back onto radio airwaves, but like I said.. I don’t hate it — and those voices have me swooning.