To be honest with you, I’ve questioned the judgment of the music industry as a whole since Crystal Waters’ “Gypsy Woman” hit the airwaves back in ‘91.
The good news is that there haven’t been too many songs since then with that irritating combo of a lackluster track and mind-numbing lyrics.
I’ll give “Gypsy Woman” some credit for having a bit of a social message, but the only thing music fans are getting from Rebecca Black’s “It’s Friday,” is a headache and probably the urge to invest in a thesaurus.
I’m pretty sure Rebecca set a new record for the number of times the words “partying” and “fun” can be repeated in one single.
I’m not going to pretend that all pop or R&B songs need meaningful lyrics. In Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Starting Something,” I believe he called someone a “vegetable,” but it’s a hit ‘cause the track cranks and MJ’s vocals make everything sound better.
However, Rebecca’s song, whose video has racked up more than 12 million views on YouTube, is more of an anti-hit. It’s popular because it’s like a bad karaoke video made at the amusement park after too many rides on the upside-down coaster and a mouth full of cotton candy.
Initially, I thought it was an amateur video with impressive production quality. Seriously, I was wondering how she got her friends and older brother to give up a weekend to put it all together.
However, a Google search confirmed that “It’s Friday” is a legitimate effort from an aspiring music artist.
The only thing worse than the annoying hook, the lame call-and-response, Becky reciting the days of the week and the lyrics, is the brother who tries to spit some rhymes in the song.
Actually, I’m not quite sure it can be considered a rhyme, since his words don’t actually do that. His earring is nice, though.
I don’t know the brother’s name, but if he was hoping for a career in the rap game, I think it’s safe to say, that will never happen–no matter the day of the week!
Watch the madness.
– Tracy L. Scott
Tracy L. Scott is a freelance writer and editor, based in the Washington, D.C. area. She is a Relationships columnist for Examiner.com.