Sunday, June 16, 2019

Weekend Diversion: More Random songs

Back in March, I shared some random songs that I got to like because of the music video channel I watch. This eclectic batch of songs is just like those in that I got to know all but one through their music videos first. All three are sometimes played a lot on the music video channel, so I’ve gotten to know them all quite well—sometimes a little too well, maybe.

DNCE - Cake By The Ocean [Explicit Lyrics]

In September 2015, US pop band DNCE released “Cake By The Ocean” (video above), which is about sexual intercourse. According to Wikipedia, “The song's title originated from Mattman & Robin's [the Swedish duo who served as producers] repeatedly confusing the phrase ‘sex on the beach’ for ‘cake by the ocean’."

The DNCE’s lead singer is Joe Jonas, who also co-wrote the song. He's probably better known as one of the Jonas Brothers, a group that rose to fame through Disney Channel, moved to more adult music, and recently started recording again. I thought he looked familiar, but couldn’t quite place who he was until I read up on the song, Doh! At any rate, he’s certainly moved away from the Disney days.

The song reached Number 6 in Australia (3x Platinum), 7 on the Canadian “Hot 100” (2x Platinum), 10 in New Zealand (2x Platinum), 4 in the UK (2x Platinum), and 9 in the USA on the Billboard’s “Hot 100” (3x Platinum).

Bob Sinclar - Love Generation

In 2005, Christophe Le Friant (stage name Bob Sinclar), a French record producer, house music DJ, and remixer, released a song called “Love Generation”. It’s a catchy song, not the least because of the whistling. The man watering his lawn in the video of the song is Bob Sinclar. The vocal is by Gary "Nesta" Pine, who has often featured on Sinclar's records. This is the only song of these three songs that I heard on the radio.

The song reached Number One in Australia (Platinum), 2 in New Zealand, 12 in the UK, and Number One in the USA on the Billboard’s Dance Club Chart. It was also a big hit around Europe.

Pitbull - Give Me Everything ft. Ne-Yo, Afrojack, Nayer [Explicit Lyrics]

Finally, the most successful song in this bunch, "Give Me Everything", a song released in March 2011. It was written and performed by American rapper Pitbull (real name Armando Christian PĂ©rez) American R&B singer Ne-Yo, and Dutch DJ Afrojack, and featuring additional vocals from American singer Nayer. It was Nayer’s vocals that made me notice the song. The song was Pitbull’s first Number One in the USA.

The song reached Number 2 in Australia (6x Platinum), 1 on the Canadian “Hot 100” (7x Platinum), 2 in New Zealand (2x Platinum), Number One in the UK (2x Platinum), and Number One in the USA on the Billboard’s “Hot 100”.

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Because I watch the video channel often enough, I see these videos relatively often. If I didn’t I wouldn’t have heard two of them, but, as it is, I know them a little too well, maybe. It happens.


rogerogreen said...

The Jonas Brothers are performing in Albany in September. Damn, I'm busy that night...

Arthur Schenck (AmeriNZ) said...

They're not everyone's cup of tea! I think they're actually pretty underrated as a pop act, which I think is more because of their association with Disney Channel than about their music which, of course, people can disagree about. Arthur's Law, and all that.

Arthur Schenck (AmeriNZ) said...

LOL, there have been a few "honorary" street names that have been odd or even ill-advised. Fortunately, that can be fixed:


rogerogreen said...

I think my antipathy is more that they "renamed" S. Pearl St as Jonas Brothers Way (temporarily to be sure). They've had Sinatra, Springsteen and McCartney at that venue, and they rename it for THEM?