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christy

Although I really can't stand Gwen Stefani OR that song, it always makes me laugh to hear the little "clip-clop" of horses hooves she has in the background of "Wind it up". I like to imagine that she is galloping around banging coconuts together a la Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

James Derek Dwyer

Poor GWEN! Her new look a la Raffaella Carra is sooo wasted on this crappy new cd... even the new Janet sounds better than this tired ole junk.

Shot of Love

Yo-Yo's got a touch of Bob Dylan in her with this lyric:

How many more rounds must I go
In order to let my people know
Times were hard, things have changed

That smacks of three Dylan songs that I can think of. Too bad that song isn't on iTunes.

vida

"Wind it Up" is a crappy MIA knockoff.

Penny Woods

That clip of Wendy Williams is the most useful clip of the Wendy Williams Experience ever.

Lara

i LOVED "the sound of music" as a kid, and now i'm excited that i get to dance to it at the club. i think "wind it up" is what it is: a catchy dance tune that means nothing.
i like it (but probably only for the next week or two).

Christa

I think Rich hits the proverbial nail on the proverbial head when he suggests that fascination with Gwen may stem from her nothing-is as nothing-does honesty. She's a bit mad, yes, but doesn't the radio need a little bit more spectacular nothingness to its mostly-despicable pop froth? (Rather than, say, spectacular nothingness in no-dude-I'm-like-really-serious clothing?) Besides, this is a woman who is making oodles of oodletastic money from a public image that is, nowadays, all about "being pink" -- whatever that means, yes, but methinks it's a pretty accurate summation.

Me, I'm loving the musical remix thing. A top forty princess actually referenced "The Lonely Goatherd," man. There ought to be a plaque somewhere. What's old and campy has once again been made new and campy. How postmodern, how insane, how refreshing!

Ha, it's not even her singing the clip from "The Sound of Music." She's Milli Vanilling it.

Sophia

I found a mix of Wind It Up that doesn't have the yodeling, and it's actually pretty catchy.

Megan

...made of mouths smacking creamy food...

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Bwa.

trick please

Props on the chihuahua, nippy pun. Funny, funny stuff. I too had a WTF moment when I 'saw' Whitney on a Ray J track. I could not bear to listen. Why does it hurt so bad? Why? Clive Davis better get on it.

Mary: over her and her no more drama, non-drama.

shareefa: Quien?

Gwen: If it has a nice beat people will dance to it. But as you pointed out even she admits its fluff.

care

haha nippy. rich, you crack me up.
i absolutely detested "wind it up" the first time i heard it with the yodeling, etc. but now that it's resided IN MY BRAIN FOR THE LAST WEEK, i don't feel i can say anything bad about it. actually, now i can't say anything not in yodel form. thanks a lot gwen.

xnowhereboyx

I rock rough and tough with my afro puffs.

Geez I miss the '80s: http://youtube.com/watch?v=rv4SiMAzTGY
(Confidential to Lara -- check this one out)

Although "Rich Girl" was a poor-girl's remake of the basically unknown Lady Saw original from ten years ago (someone mixed Gwen's version with the original Lady Saw version here http://youtube.com/watch?v=oZ-GP-lmtGw -- you can close your eyes so you don't have to see some queen lipsynching the whole thing) and Gwen knew she could get away with it and come off looking like she did it first, I think using the SoM sample in "Wind It Up" is really an attempt to do something original and different in the pop music world of today. I imagine the writing session to go something like this: "Everyone's doing the '80s now. Everything's been done already. Fergie is ripping off my brand wholesale. We need something so crazy that no one else can do it without being accused of plagiarism (said without a hint of hypocrisy). Why don't we use Supersonic and call it Gwenalicious? No... I know -- let's see that Bitchess try to do a song with yodeling!!"

I love reading your entries on music because your wit just keeps hitting the spot. "Feminism without the semantics" made me tingle and the Mary J Blige part made me cream my jeans.

Tom

The thing about Gwen is, and I believe one of the main reasons why people are so attracted to her, is that she is probably the only mainstream artist that doesn't take herself seriously. She's out to make fun dance music with these two solo albums, and god bless her for it, because in a sea of other pretentious artists she is our only saving grace for that fluff we really need. While The Killers are comparing themselves to David Bowie, and Justin is comparing his sophmore album to 'Thriller' and Christina is failing miserably recreating a genre nobody cares about, Gwen really is our Sweet Escape.

Tom

The thing about Gwen is, and I believe one of the main reasons why people are so attracted to her, is that she is probably the only mainstream artist that doesn't take herself seriously. She's out to make fun dance music with these two solo albums, and god bless her for it, because in a sea of other pretentious artists she is our only saving grace for that fluff we really need. While The Killers are comparing themselves to David Bowie, and Justin is comparing his sophmore album to 'Thriller' and Christina is failing miserably recreating a genre nobody cares about, Gwen really is our Sweet Escape.

lpiel

I haven't heard the yodels mix anywhere--I probably would've lost my jaw on the changing room floor if that'd been the version stuttering out of H&M's speakers.

Seems like the track's hit the mainstream yodel-free.

Tremayne

While we're on the subject, do you remember a female rapper named Boss? She was like REALLY gangster and kinds scared me as a child. Whenever I ask people about her, I get blank stares and google searches are too broad and ultimately give me nothing. Is there a Boss or is this just a figment of my overactive imagination???

xnowhereboyx

"from what I remember about the whole Boss thing, ya know she came out all hard like she was from the streets and she was this and that, and came to find out she went to damn prep school, and she was raised in the suburbs...she was in other words a "studio gangsta"..."

http://www.metrotimes.com/editorial/story.asp?id=6344

http://www.amazon.com/Born-Gangstaz-Boss/dp/B0000024IY

Jelinas

I don't care much for Gwen's solo stuff (in spite of my undying love for No Doubt), but I do have to give her ups for not trying to be all relevant and stuff. That's my biggest beef with pop music in general: most pop "artists" are light on the talent and even lighter on the substance, however poignant they try to be. Those who are big on the talent (Xtina and Kelly Clarkson actually have ossom voices, I must admit) are way light on the substance, which just makes me cry out, "Kelly! Why are you wasting all that talent on crap??"



Whatever happened to the good ol' days of Mariah Carey? She crazy, but girl can write a song. And saaaang.



That's why I like artists like Gwen and Weezer. They're fun and don't take themselves too seriously and poke fun at those who do. Kinda like Rich. ;-)

JH

Yo-Yo was ace, and I totally miss 70's soulful samples in rap songs.

Gwen's going for a Peggy Lee kind of look but, as per usual, is reading more as a Lorraine Gary!

Jenn

I read this blog all the time and I've never commented. So, I figure there is no better time to say that I love it.

Second of all, when I first started reading this, the first thing I thought was to ask if you had ever heard of Lily Allen (I'm assuming you have). I rarely find myself truly liking pop music, but right now I'm addicted to her, my favorite songs being "Not Big" and "Friday Night". I mean, who wouldn't like a song about threatening to "tell your friends your rubish in bed"? There is also that mention of crackwhores in one song that catches you a bit offguard.

Joe

The first time I heard Rich Girl, the "na-na-NA-na-na-NAAA" chorus was stuck in my head so badly, I thought I was gonna go fucking *insane*. Thank God, the Harajuku Girls are gone - I just thought they were there for set dressing and to give blah Gwen the vibe of "exotic". I like Wind It Up - it's fun, danceable and allows drunk queens on Halsted to shriek "WINDITUP!!!" and spill their Long Island Iced Teas all over the damn place. This is precisly what Gwen intended.

Todd

I've been a big Gwen fan since No Doubt, but unlike most I like her better solo. She's 100% committed to making a crazy, moronic, fun as hell albums and I love her for it.

I've heard The Sweet Escape, and while there are definitely NO stand out singles like Hollaback Girl (seriously, Wind It Up might just be the most commercial song there) its serious fun. My faves are "U Started It", "Early Winter" and "Don't Get it Twisted" (in which she procalims 'this is the most craziest shit ever', gwen's bringin bad grammar back).

I hope to see a sweet escape review here!

Tanith


San Fernando Bjork.


Lindsey

Gwen is scary looking now and "wind it up" sucks...

Anyway have you seen this?
http://community.livejournal.com/howtheylooknow/352928.html#cutid1

:( :(

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