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2014-05-12 06:46:35 AM
See, now subbs tags this 'fail'. But then there's this

http://www.celebritynetworth.com/richest-celebrities/richest-rappers /p harrell-williams-net-worth/

For those too lazy to click, it's $80 million. I am finding it hard to match 'fail' with those numbers. But, hey, perhaps subbs is Dr Dre.
 
2014-05-12 08:10:14 AM

colinspooky: See, now subbs tags this 'fail'. But then there's this

http://www.celebritynetworth.com/richest-celebrities/richest-rappers /p harrell-williams-net-worth/

For those too lazy to click, it's $80 million. I am finding it hard to match 'fail' with those numbers. But, hey, perhaps subbs is Dr Dre.


The guy who made "Happy" has 80 mil? And Dre's about to be a billionaire for his high-gloss Sennheisers? Hey, weren't those hippies outside saying something about income inequality? Oh, sorry, didn't mean to bother your listening to Pharrell on your dope Beatz headphones. Carry on, and as always, America, keep eating something.

[idontwanttoliveonthisplanetanymore.jpg]
 
2014-05-12 08:18:13 AM
I dunno, that video didn't sound anything like, "Been Caught Stealing".


/wait, what?
 
2014-05-12 08:52:40 AM
He hasn't produced anything as sick as that beat he did for Clipse.  Grinding is such a dope track.  This is why producer should stick to making music for others.  When they start doing their own thing, they don't grow at all.  They keep doing the same thing repeatedly because it makes the money.  I think Blackalicious did a song about this.
 
2014-05-12 08:54:19 AM
As someone who has dabbled in music production, this is actually pretty funny to me.  Most producers have formulas they use in their tracks.  Some bring in the hook as an intro, minus drums, and phase them in on the last bar of the loop.  Some go without drums at all, and hold a single-beat pause before letting the full beat drop.  It's good to know that it's not just the amateurs that rely on stuff like that.
 
2014-05-12 08:54:59 AM

question_dj: He hasn't produced anything as sick as that beat he did for Clipse.  Grinding is such a dope track.  This is why producer should stick to making music for others.  When they start doing their own thing, they don't grow at all.  They keep doing the same thing repeatedly because it makes the money.  I think Blackalicious did a song about this.


Was it before or after they became so cheesy as to be unlistenable?
 
2014-05-12 08:57:52 AM
I'd imagine a lot of blues riffs also "sound the same."  Probably has to do with the turnaround.

/yes, music can be very formulaic
 
2014-05-12 09:03:00 AM

SubBass49: question_dj: He hasn't produced anything as sick as that beat he did for Clipse.  Grinding is such a dope track.  This is why producer should stick to making music for others.  When they start doing their own thing, they don't grow at all.  They keep doing the same thing repeatedly because it makes the money.  I think Blackalicious did a song about this.

Was it before or after they became so cheesy as to be unlistenable?


It was on Nia.  The Craft was utter unlistenable crap.  Which was shocking to me after how amazing Blazing Arrow was. I'm not sure that DJ Shadow and the whole Quannum Project was a good thing for the Bay Area scene.
 
2014-05-12 09:15:13 AM

gopher321: I dunno, that video didn't sound anything like, "Been Caught Stealing".


/wait, what?


You joke but I would actually love to hear a Pharrell Williams/Perry Farrell collaboration. I think Farrell's vocals would be a great match with Williams' melody style.
 
2014-05-12 09:18:10 AM

xanadian: I'd imagine a lot of blues riffs also "sound the same."  Probably has to do with the turnaround.

/yes, music can be very formulaic


Excellent example.
 
2014-05-12 09:23:30 AM
I've noticed many songs start with one instrument, play four measures, add a second, four measures, add a third, four measures, and then the singing starts.

Pharrell likes to do the four beats and quickly jump into the song. At least, his songs sound unique from one another and they're catchy.

People have formulas to writing songs. It doesn't bother me.

Though "Happy" needs to be half as long. I get repetition fatigue quickly with that song and have to flip the radio channel.
 
2014-05-12 09:25:08 AM
Give the man credit. He almost made Ed Sheeran cool.

Almost.
 
2014-05-12 09:31:52 AM

mekki: gopher321: I dunno, that video didn't sound anything like, "Been Caught Stealing".


/wait, what?

You joke but I would actually love to hear a Pharrell Williams/Perry Farrell collaboration. I think Farrell's vocals would be a great match with Williams' melody style.


i would enjoy that, and now that you mention it, i'm kind of surprised it hasn't happened already
 
2014-05-12 09:34:07 AM

bungle_jr: mekki: gopher321: I dunno, that video didn't sound anything like, "Been Caught Stealing".


/wait, what?

You joke but I would actually love to hear a Pharrell Williams/Perry Farrell collaboration. I think Farrell's vocals would be a great match with Williams' melody style.

i would enjoy that, and now that you mention it, i'm kind of surprised it hasn't happened already


They're waiting on their third, who continues to hold out:

www.articlesweb.org
 
2014-05-12 09:39:15 AM

EyeballKid: bungle_jr: mekki: gopher321: I dunno, that video didn't sound anything like, "Been Caught Stealing".


/wait, what?

You joke but I would actually love to hear a Pharrell Williams/Perry Farrell collaboration. I think Farrell's vocals would be a great match with Williams' melody style.

i would enjoy that, and now that you mention it, i'm kind of surprised it hasn't happened already

They're waiting on their third, who continues to hold out:

[www.articlesweb.org image 500x475]


i feel like i should know who that is, but i can't think of who that is
i assume he has a name like perry or ferry or something that would keep the name similarity joke in play...
 
2014-05-12 09:42:44 AM

bungle_jr: EyeballKid: bungle_jr: mekki: gopher321: I dunno, that video didn't sound anything like, "Been Caught Stealing".


/wait, what?

You joke but I would actually love to hear a Pharrell Williams/Perry Farrell collaboration. I think Farrell's vocals would be a great match with Williams' melody style.

i would enjoy that, and now that you mention it, i'm kind of surprised it hasn't happened already

They're waiting on their third, who continues to hold out:

[www.articlesweb.org image 500x475]

i feel like i should know who that is, but i can't think of who that is
i assume he has a name like perry or ferry or something that would keep the name similarity joke in play...


On the right track, you are.
 
2014-05-12 09:43:23 AM

lindalouwho: bungle_jr: EyeballKid: bungle_jr: mekki: gopher321: I dunno, that video didn't sound anything like, "Been Caught Stealing".


/wait, what?

You joke but I would actually love to hear a Pharrell Williams/Perry Farrell collaboration. I think Farrell's vocals would be a great match with Williams' melody style.

i would enjoy that, and now that you mention it, i'm kind of surprised it hasn't happened already

They're waiting on their third, who continues to hold out:

[www.articlesweb.org image 500x475]

i feel like i should know who that is, but i can't think of who that is
i assume he has a name like perry or ferry or something that would keep the name similarity joke in play...

On the right track, you are.


oh, and it's both ;-)
 
2014-05-12 09:46:42 AM
I heard "Happy" for the first time about a week ago. "Oh, so this is what all the fuss is about. It's cute." was my reaction, though I realize I might take a harder line after hearing it a few hundred times. But I was at a fundraising walk a few days ago and when the DJ played Happy, everyone - young and old - danced, with big smiles on their faces. Even cynical old me can't argue with that.
 
2014-05-12 09:51:29 AM

The Why Not Guy: I heard "Happy" for the first time about a week ago. "Oh, so this is what all the fuss is about. It's cute." was my reaction, though I realize I might take a harder line after hearing it a few hundred times. But I was at a fundraising walk a few days ago and when the DJ played Happy, everyone - young and old - danced, with big smiles on their faces. Even cynical old me can't argue with that.


It's one of those catchy, cute songs that will gets you moving and smiling for a bit.  In 10 years, I don't think people will be able to hear it without rolling their eyes or talking about how cheesy it is.  But for now, it'shiatting the right notes.
 
2014-05-12 09:53:41 AM

The Why Not Guy: I heard "Happy" for the first time about a week ago. "Oh, so this is what all the fuss is about. It's cute." was my reaction, though I realize I might take a harder line after hearing it a few hundred times. But I was at a fundraising walk a few days ago and when the DJ played Happy, everyone - young and old - danced, with big smiles on their faces. Even cynical old me can't argue with that.


Oh, then please, allow me.

It happened when Bobby McFerrin released "Don't Worry Be Happy." It happened when R.E.M. released "Shiny Happy People." It's happening now in the time in which Pharrell Williams's label must have paid off a few mega-broadcasters to make sure "Happy" was played once every 8 minutes for the next 2 years. People bond to some song, they have no idea what it's about, they have no idea what it means, but the word "Happy" is in it, and it sounds kinda happy, and the happily self-lobotomized look at anybody who has just a few more brain cells as if he/she were the Elephant Man. "But, how can you not like the song? It must makes me feel so good!" Really? And, what's the song about? "Um....well...I mean, the songs's called...UGH! YOU'RE JUST JEALOUS! YOU'RE A HATER!"
 
2014-05-12 10:00:23 AM
In other news, Pharrell Williams has more than one song.
 
2014-05-12 10:05:53 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2014-05-12 10:31:52 AM

EyeballKid: The Why Not Guy: I heard "Happy" for the first time about a week ago. "Oh, so this is what all the fuss is about. It's cute." was my reaction, though I realize I might take a harder line after hearing it a few hundred times. But I was at a fundraising walk a few days ago and when the DJ played Happy, everyone - young and old - danced, with big smiles on their faces. Even cynical old me can't argue with that.

Oh, then please, allow me.

It happened when Bobby McFerrin released "Don't Worry Be Happy." It happened when R.E.M. released "Shiny Happy People." It's happening now in the time in which Pharrell Williams's label must have paid off a few mega-broadcasters to make sure "Happy" was played once every 8 minutes for the next 2 years. People bond to some song, they have no idea what it's about, they have no idea what it means, but the word "Happy" is in it, and it sounds kinda happy, and the happily self-lobotomized look at anybody who has just a few more brain cells as if he/she were the Elephant Man. "But, how can you not like the song? It must makes me feel so good!" Really? And, what's the song about? "Um....well...I mean, the songs's called...UGH! YOU'RE JUST JEALOUS! YOU'RE A HATER!"


I agree with what you're saying (to a point) but the sad reality is that's what people (the masses, I mean) want. I used to do the DJ duties at the fundraising Walk I mentioned above. I used to consider it an opportunity to get some good music out. I'd play some Magnetic Fields, some Shakespear's Sister, Kirsty MacColl, Basia, deeeeeeep soul cuts, with only minimal nods to current top 40 to keep the youngsters from slashing my tires. Then one year I was short on songs and threw Funkytown into the mix, and the crowd went crazy. They didn't want to hear my shiat. They wanted Funkytown.

And sure, 10 years from now Happy will be a joke and there will be a new, non-joke Happy to take its place. And you and I will hate it. But "people" will love it. We have to make our peace with that.
 
2014-05-12 10:42:20 AM
There's an opening beat looped four times and that's it.

Welcome to 90% of hip-hop songs.  Shocking.
 
2014-05-12 10:57:15 AM

EyeballKid: The Why Not Guy: I heard "Happy" for the first time about a week ago. "Oh, so this is what all the fuss is about. It's cute." was my reaction, though I realize I might take a harder line after hearing it a few hundred times. But I was at a fundraising walk a few days ago and when the DJ played Happy, everyone - young and old - danced, with big smiles on their faces. Even cynical old me can't argue with that.

Oh, then please, allow me.

It happened when Bobby McFerrin released "Don't Worry Be Happy." It happened when R.E.M. released "Shiny Happy People." It's happening now in the time in which Pharrell Williams's label must have paid off a few mega-broadcasters to make sure "Happy" was played once every 8 minutes for the next 2 years. People bond to some song, they have no idea what it's about, they have no idea what it means, but the word "Happy" is in it, and it sounds kinda happy, and the happily self-lobotomized look at anybody who has just a few more brain cells as if he/she were the Elephant Man. "But, how can you not like the song? It must makes me feel so good!" Really? And, what's the song about? "Um....well...I mean, the songs's called...UGH! YOU'RE JUST JEALOUS! YOU'RE A HATER!"


The song is about some sort of room that doesn't have a roof. It is also about rhyming "roof" with "troof".
 
2014-05-12 11:00:37 AM

EyeballKid: The Why Not Guy: I heard "Happy" for the first time about a week ago. "Oh, so this is what all the fuss is about. It's cute." was my reaction, though I realize I might take a harder line after hearing it a few hundred times. But I was at a fundraising walk a few days ago and when the DJ played Happy, everyone - young and old - danced, with big smiles on their faces. Even cynical old me can't argue with that.

Oh, then please, allow me.

It happened when Bobby McFerrin released "Don't Worry Be Happy." It happened when R.E.M. released "Shiny Happy People." It's happening now in the time in which Pharrell Williams's label must have paid off a few mega-broadcasters to make sure "Happy" was played once every 8 minutes for the next 2 years. People bond to some song, they have no idea what it's about, they have no idea what it means, but the word "Happy" is in it, and it sounds kinda happy, and the happily self-lobotomized look at anybody who has just a few more brain cells as if he/she were the Elephant Man. "But, how can you not like the song? It must makes me feel so good!" Really? And, what's the song about? "Um....well...I mean, the songs's called...UGH! YOU'RE JUST JEALOUS! YOU'RE A HATER!"


Bobby McFerrin has, for a long time, rued the day he put out that song because he feels it's overshadowed everything else he's done.

And like food and fashion, with music most people just like what they like *shrug*
 
2014-05-12 11:09:02 AM
My dad always used to listen to The Ink Spots when I was a kid.  I know, I know, it's a hundred years ago.  Nevertheless, listen to EVERY ONE OF THEIR SONGS and they all start exactly the same.  DUN dun dun dun, DUN dun dun dun, DUN dundundun.

I mentioned it to him once and he could never listen to them again.

DUN dun dun dun, DUN dun dun dun, DUN dundundun...I don't want to set the world on fire...
DUN dun dun dun, DUN dun dun dun, DUN dundundun...If I didn't care...
DUN dun dun dun, DUN dun dun dun, DUN dundundun...We three...

And so on...
 
2014-05-12 11:12:55 AM

EyeballKid: The Why Not Guy: I heard "Happy" for the first time about a week ago. "Oh, so this is what all the fuss is about. It's cute." was my reaction, though I realize I might take a harder line after hearing it a few hundred times. But I was at a fundraising walk a few days ago and when the DJ played Happy, everyone - young and old - danced, with big smiles on their faces. Even cynical old me can't argue with that.

Oh, then please, allow me.

It happened when Bobby McFerrin released "Don't Worry Be Happy." It happened when R.E.M. released "Shiny Happy People." It's happening now in the time in which Pharrell Williams's label must have paid off a few mega-broadcasters to make sure "Happy" was played once every 8 minutes for the next 2 years. People bond to some song, they have no idea what it's about, they have no idea what it means, but the word "Happy" is in it, and it sounds kinda happy, and the happily self-lobotomized look at anybody who has just a few more brain cells as if he/she were the Elephant Man. "But, how can you not like the song? It must makes me feel so good!" Really? And, what's the song about? "Um....well...I mean, the songs's called...UGH! YOU'RE JUST JEALOUS! YOU'RE A HATER!"


ugh THEY DONT EVEN KNOW WHAT IT MEANS
 
2014-05-12 11:20:54 AM

SuperChuck: In other news, Pharrell Williams has more than one song.


If you like "Happy," you may also like such tracks as "Lapdance" when he was part of N.E.R.D.
 
2014-05-12 11:30:14 AM

chrisco123: My dad always used to listen to The Ink Spots when I was a kid.  I know, I know, it's a hundred years ago.  Nevertheless, listen to EVERY ONE OF THEIR SONGS and they all start exactly the same.  DUN dun dun dun, DUN dun dun dun, DUN dundundun.

I mentioned it to him once and he could never listen to them again.

DUN dun dun dun, DUN dun dun dun, DUN dundundun...I don't want to set the world on fire...
DUN dun dun dun, DUN dun dun dun, DUN dundundun...If I didn't care...
DUN dun dun dun, DUN dun dun dun, DUN dundundun...We three...

And so on...


Takes one note to know a John Lee Hooker song.

And I'm just fine with that.
 
2014-05-12 11:59:15 AM

Khellendros: The Why Not Guy: I heard "Happy" for the first time about a week ago. "Oh, so this is what all the fuss is about. It's cute." was my reaction, though I realize I might take a harder line after hearing it a few hundred times. But I was at a fundraising walk a few days ago and when the DJ played Happy, everyone - young and old - danced, with big smiles on their faces. Even cynical old me can't argue with that.

It's one of those catchy, cute songs that will gets you moving and smiling for a bit.  In 10 years, I don't think people will be able to hear it without rolling their eyes or talking about how cheesy it is.  But for now, it'shiatting the right notes.


This right here made me smile
/filterpwned
 
2014-05-12 12:13:39 PM

DubyaHater: Khellendros: The Why Not Guy: I heard "Happy" for the first time about a week ago. "Oh, so this is what all the fuss is about. It's cute." was my reaction, though I realize I might take a harder line after hearing it a few hundred times. But I was at a fundraising walk a few days ago and when the DJ played Happy, everyone - young and old - danced, with big smiles on their faces. Even cynical old me can't argue with that.

It's one of those catchy, cute songs that will gets you moving and smiling for a bit.  In 10 years, I don't think people will be able to hear it without rolling their eyes or talking about how cheesy it is.  But for now, it'shiatting the right notes.

This right here made me smile
/filterpwned


Wow.  Didn't even catch it when I posted it.  *snrk*
 
2014-05-12 12:50:44 PM

HaywoodJablonski: SuperChuck: In other news, Pharrell Williams has more than one song.

If you like "Happy," you may also like such tracks as "Lapdance" when he was part of N.E.R.D.


Pharrell is talented, but I don't think he's been as good w/o the other Neptunes. Those first two N.E.R.D. albums were awesome.
 
2014-05-12 12:58:39 PM
If he wrote all those hit songs, including the date rape ballad, then why on earth would he keep the worst of the lot for himself?
 
2014-05-12 02:08:11 PM

The Why Not Guy: people (the masses, I mean)


What's the opposite of masses? I really want to join them
 
2014-05-12 02:38:33 PM
Hey, at least he only uses the same intro for each song, instead of just playing the same song over and over again.

cdn.pigeonsandplanes.com
 
2014-05-12 04:27:22 PM
Because he's hackneyed?
 
2014-05-12 05:20:47 PM
"Happy" by Pharrell, in 140 characters or less:

♫ (indistinct crooning) Because I'm happyyyyyyyyy ♫

Repeat for 3 minutes.
 
2014-05-12 07:16:22 PM
Wait, someone uses a musical cue for the pace of the beat before starting the song proper? Someone should tell drummers of this insanely easy trick!
 
2014-05-12 11:10:32 PM
What's a "Pharrell"?
 
2014-05-12 11:13:29 PM

Nix Nightbird: What's a "Pharrell"?


Oh, OK... That piece of crap. Now I know who he is. Another plagiarist who can't actually play or perform anything, but is really good at looping his equipment over someone else's song before leaving the room to have a piss.

Anyone responsible for "Milkshake" deserves to be hated.
 
2014-05-12 11:18:56 PM

chrisco123: My dad always used to listen to The Ink Spots when I was a kid.  I know, I know, it's a hundred years ago.  Nevertheless, listen to EVERY ONE OF THEIR SONGS and they all start exactly the same.  DUN dun dun dun, DUN dun dun dun, DUN dundundun.

I mentioned it to him once and he could never listen to them again.

DUN dun dun dun, DUN dun dun dun, DUN dundundun...I don't want to set the world on fire...
DUN dun dun dun, DUN dun dun dun, DUN dundundun...If I didn't care...
DUN dun dun dun, DUN dun dun dun, DUN dundundun...We three...

And so on...



Holy shiat you're right. Every song.
 
2014-05-12 11:23:27 PM

The Why Not Guy: EyeballKid: The Why Not Guy: I heard "Happy" for the first time about a week ago. "Oh, so this is what all the fuss is about. It's cute." was my reaction, though I realize I might take a harder line after hearing it a few hundred times. But I was at a fundraising walk a few days ago and when the DJ played Happy, everyone - young and old - danced, with big smiles on their faces. Even cynical old me can't argue with that.

Oh, then please, allow me.

It happened when Bobby McFerrin released "Don't Worry Be Happy." It happened when R.E.M. released "Shiny Happy People." It's happening now in the time in which Pharrell Williams's label must have paid off a few mega-broadcasters to make sure "Happy" was played once every 8 minutes for the next 2 years. People bond to some song, they have no idea what it's about, they have no idea what it means, but the word "Happy" is in it, and it sounds kinda happy, and the happily self-lobotomized look at anybody who has just a few more brain cells as if he/she were the Elephant Man. "But, how can you not like the song? It must makes me feel so good!" Really? And, what's the song about? "Um....well...I mean, the songs's called...UGH! YOU'RE JUST JEALOUS! YOU'RE A HATER!"

I agree with what you're saying (to a point) but the sad reality is that's what people (the masses, I mean) want. I used to do the DJ duties at the fundraising Walk I mentioned above. I used to consider it an opportunity to get some good music out. I'd play some Magnetic Fields, some Shakespear's Sister, Kirsty MacColl, Basia, deeeeeeep soul cuts, with only minimal nods to current top 40 to keep the youngsters from slashing my tires. Then one year I was short on songs and threw Funkytown into the mix, and the crowd went crazy. They didn't want to hear my shiat. They wanted Funkytown.

And sure, 10 years from now Happy will be a joke and there will be a new, non-joke Happy to take its place. And you and I will hate it. But "people" will love it. We have to make our pea ...


Dude...so youre the guy that plays deep cuts that no one wants to hear at the festival for all ages?  Just throw on some Katy Perry for the kids and some Dancing in September for the adults and everyone is happy.
 
2014-05-13 02:21:48 AM

Nix Nightbird: good at looping his equipment over someone else's song


Kinky
 
2014-05-13 08:30:35 AM
Am I really the only one who thinks "Happy" is just an elaborate remix of "If You're Happy and You Know It"? Wake up, sheeple!
 
2014-05-13 08:35:52 AM

Nix Nightbird: Nix Nightbird: What's a "Pharrell"?

Oh, OK... That piece of crap. Now I know who he is. Another plagiarist who can't actually play or perform anything, but is really good at looping his equipment over someone else's song before leaving the room to have a piss.

Anyone responsible for "Milkshake" deserves to be hated.


Oh hey everybody...it's THAT guy!  Say "hi" to THAT guy, everybody!

Everybody: "Hi THAT guy!"

THAT guy: "Shuddup...rap is crap...not real music...push a button and it does everything for you...hippity-hoppity...what with their biatches & hoes...listen to REAL music, like Yngwie Malmsteen and Joe Satriani!  Now get off my lawn!"
 
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