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The “Fuck You!” Answer video: The OTHER Side of the Story?

I remember back in the day a hit song might inspire an answer record, putting the original in conversation with another track that either exposed a different side to the story’s narrative or just commented on the first. The most famous one I recall is Shirley Brown’s melodramatic “Woman to Woman,” which inspired Barbara Mason‘s answer, from the other woman in the triangle, “From His Woman to You.”

Well, Cee Lo’s increasingly popular “Fuck You” has turned into one my favorite records so far this year, as arch and clever (and catchy) as it is, dnagling in that odd space between old-school throwback and novelty song. Perhaps it’s the novelty of it that has inspired its share of answers and covers, including a version by 50 Cent.

Now comes the female answer. Called “Clearly Obsessed” and perfomed by a singer/actress named Whitney Avalon, the record imagines Cee Lo’s original narrator as a stalker who won’t adhere to the restraining order imposed upon him. It’s funny, a little creepy, but quite a successful moment of quick-fast, Internet-ready pop culture…But a question: Has anyone noticed how the original Cee Lo video for “Fuck You” (which you can see here if you haven’t seen it already) is directed squarely and solely at the woman in question, rather than, as in the song’s lyrics, the guy who’s taken her from Cee Lo? Is it my imagination, or is there a bit of a disconnect there? Was this shift made for purely aesthetic reasons? Or is there some deeper question needing to be asked about gender and representation? I’m gonna mull on this and return to the subject at a later date. Stay tuned y’all…

Til then, here’s the “Fuck You” answer record, in all its fantastically vulgar glory!:

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Ear (and Eye) Candy: New Lady Gaga Song, Robbie Williams, Cee-Lo, & Bruno Mars

Been a while since I did a new music post. Just wanted to share some stuff that I’ve been listening to…maybe you’ll find something you like, too…

{Robbie Williams & Gary Barlow “Shame”}

I’m loving this reunion duet by the two Take That guys, a pseudo-country ditty about missed moments and re-building relationship…The video’s a sorta-homage to Brokeback Mountain, full of longing glances and coy boy-bonding moments. Very cute. Robbie’s always been a bit of a risk-taker, and you gotta love his moxie:

{Lady Gaga “Living on the Radio”}

Apparently La Gaga is debuting snippets of some new songs on her recent tour. This one’s made it to the Internet and I had to snag it, even if I’m a few days late. Cute melody; typical post-superstardom-malaise theme: all rendered in her typical cheeky-sincere way. It’s more “Speechless” than “Bad Romance,” and as much as I love the latter, that’s all right with me…Check it out:

{Bruno Mars “Just the Way You Are”}

The rising Smeezingtons superproducer (and hook singer) behind B.o.B.’s “Nothin on You” and Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire” (and Cee-lo’s Fuck You”) drops his first solo CD in October, and this is the first single. I fall for high glossy pop like this every so often; it hits that spot in me that doesn’t listen to the radio anymore but likes to sing along to blockbuster hits. This one, I’m sure, is about to be one. (I also get a kick outta young artists who give their songs the same name as songs from before they were born. Like they discovered something new…Guess that’s why they call them cliches, right?)

{Cee-lo “Fuck You”}

I know everyone’s heard this by now, but damn if I can’t stop playing it…I HAD to post it. Because it’s brilliant. Because it’s so dazzingly old-school that it sounds brand-new, like someone created this funky, low-down sound just for Cee-Lo’s voice and sense of humor to rock it.

{Elisabeth Withers “Because I Love You”}

I’m adding this not just because I’m related to Elisabeth Withers (she’s married to my step-mom’s brother) but also because she’s such an amazing talent. You might know her from her Tony-nominated turn as Shug Avery in Broadway’s The Color Purple. Lis has a new CD, No Regrets, coming out this month, and this is the single. Another old-school flava’d ditty made full and new by the rich, many-colored vocals that bring it to life. Pick up the album on the 14th. And tell ya friends!

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