Yeah, two in one day. Remember how I said you’d be seeing a lot of these? I was serious. So, without further adieu, let’s talk about the latest viral smash, “#SELFIE” by the Chainsmokers.
The song is the latest in a line of songs that got popular on the internet and then crept their way onto the charts, like “The Fox,” “Gentleman,” “Gangnam Style,” “Harlem Shake,” and “We Might Be Dead Tomorrow,” which is already out of the top ten, despite having debuted at #9 yesterday. The song is also supposedly one of those “so bad it’s good” types of songs, so it’s more like “Friday” than any of those other songs I mentioned. One problem.
It’s not that bad. Don’t get me wrong, it’s bad. But what no one seems to understand is that it’s intentionally bad. So many people seem to think that the Chainsmokers are just a girl and a DJ who thought they could make a good song. What is wrong with these people? This is more “Gangnam Style” social commentary than “Friday” ridiculousness. It’s all a joke. And you guys fell for it.
What I like about this song is that it’s commenting on something that hasn’t really been commented on, at least in music. Sure, it has some mean/valley girl parodies in there, but it’s mainly about how selfies are further reinforcing said stereotypes by providing a perfect outlet for them to be shallow and manipulative. This is a parody of modern young adult culture more than anything else.
However, it’s not the best commentary. Most of the jokes that are cracked have already been said before, way too much of it is setup for a later joke, and the beat sounds eerily like “Gentleman,” PSY’s overall unsuccessful follow-up to “Gangnam Style.” I’d comment on the lyrics, but there’s really not much to say that I haven’t already said. I may have to release a third Music News-ic tonight, since this one was also really short.
So in sum, is the song listenable? No. Is it bad? No. Overall, I give it a C+. Like if you like, favorite if you favorite, follow if you follow, follow me on Twitter @BreakingPOORLY, and as always…
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