SOME STUFFS: “The New Dance Mix USA Vol. 2” released by Phase One

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Holy shit, the brand new installment of The New Dance Mix USA Vol. 2 (Phase One), has been released, and look at this track listing:

01. Britney Spears – Hold It Against Me (Jumpsmokers ClubMix) 5:10
02. Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg – California Gurls (MSTRKRFT Main Mix) 3:26
03. Chris Brown – Yeah 3X 3:41
04. Taio Cruz – Dynamite (Stonebridge Club Mix) 5:57
05. Selena Gomez & The Scene – Love You Like A Love Song (Dave Aude ClubMix) 5:37
06. Lady Gaga – Born This Way (Bimbo Jones Club Mix) 5:45
07. Ke$ha – We R Who We R (Fred Falke Club Mix) 6:15
08. DJ Leon Cormack – Minnie The Moocher (James Anthony Club Mix) 3:35
09. Chessa & The Skinny Kidz feat. Paul Couture & JoJo Pellegrino -Freak Out 3:44
10. Pitbull feat. T-Pain – Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor) (Afrojack FireRemix) 3:37
11. Diddy – Dirty Money feat. Skylar Grey – Coming Home (Dirty SouthRemix) 5:35
12. Erick Morillo & Eddie Thoneick feat. Shawnee Taylor – Stronger (ClubMix) 6:16
13. Michael Canitrot & Ron Carroll – When You Got Love (MichaelCalfan Remix) 5:12
14. Peter Gelderblom – Waiting 4 (2011 Remix) 4:00
15. Red Carpet feat. Marcus Schossow – Alright 2011 4:44
16. Kelly Rowland feat. Lil Wayne – Motivation (Rebel Rock Remix) 3:11
17. B. Martin & Xavier White – City Girls 3:29

I mean god damn, when you have Ke$ha on here and then someone named Chessa as well, you know this has got to be bananas. You can find out how bananas this is, as The New Dance Mix USA Vol. 2 is out (cue Oprah) todayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.

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OPINION: Parents want Katy Perry song to be pulled from the radio

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Singer Katy Perry has received a lot of attention in the last few years for her music, fashion sense, and means of how to promote herself and her music. It’s sexual, it’s titillating, and it can be exciting. Her first single was called “I Kissed A Girl”, which a lot of people did not like because some felt it promoted lesbianism or “same sex persuasion”. To me, it was a sly pop song. Back then, people thought she would be a one hit wonder, I did too. Then she kept at it, and now she’s one of the top pop stars in the world. I’m not a major listener of her music, but I will say that at times when I have listened, I like it. It’s cool, it’s funky, it’s danceable, not a big deal. However, I found out that a group of local parents feel her current hit single is a big deal, and want it removed from one of the radio stations.

The group is called Take A Stand for Kids, or T.A.S.K., and are an organization based in the Tri-Cities, an area known for being “the most conservative area in Washington State”. It also happens to be the place I currently call home. T.A.S.K. take offense to Perry’s song “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” being played on one (just one) of the radio stations in town, KEYW 98.3, known as 98.3 The Key. A lady named Crystal Davison DeCoursey said she heard the song being played on her high school son’s school bus, and couldn’t believe a song like this was being played, which is when she decided to take action and create a group. The mission was for the public to call the radio station, and ask that the song be removed. This is the mission statement:


T.A.S.K. members. Monday, September is the day I’m asking EVERYONE to call The Key at 509-545-9803. They are still playing the Katy Perry’s song, “Last Friday Night” The song promotes not only promiscuity but repeats the phrase “and had a manage (sic) a trois” three times. If you are part of this movement then you need to pick up that phone tomorrow and ask them to remove it from their playlist. This is a family station that markets to young adults and children as “The Best of the 80’s 90’s and Today.” My son’s highschool zero hour bus plays this station on the way to school. Many local shops and restaurants pipe the music in while families with children are giving them business. We need your help! Please be polite and after your call please like this post. We can DO this! 🙂

98.3 The Key is not a radio station “that markets to young adults and kids”, in fact their demographic is for people between the ages of 25-40. As shown in the description above, their slogan is that they play “The Best of the 80’s 90’s and Today”, but that’s primarily adult contemporary pop. No R&B, no soul, no hip-hop, no hard rock, no heavy metal, nothing that some would call “freaky” music.

What’s the issue? Look at the lyrics:

There’s a stranger in my bed,
There’s a pounding my head
Glitter all over the room
Pink flamingos in the pool
I smell like a minibar
DJ’s passed out in the yard
Barbie’s on the barbeque

There’s a hickie or a bruise
Pictures of last night
Eended up online
I’m screwed
Oh well
It’s a black top blur
But I’m pretty sure it ruled

Last Friday night
Yeah we danced on tabletops
And we took too many shots
Think we kissed but I forgot

Last Friday night
Yeah we maxed our credit cards
And got kicked out of the bar
So we hit the boulevard

Last Friday night
We went streaking in the park
Skinny dipping in the dark
Then had a menage a trois
Last Friday night
Yeah I think we broke the law
Always say we’re gonna stop-op
Whoa-oh-oah

This Friday night
Do it all again
This Friday night
Do it all again

Trying to connect the dots
Don’t know what to tell my boss
Think the city towed my car
Chandelier is on the floor
With my favorite party dress
Warrants out for my arrest
Think I need a ginger ale
That was such an epic fail

Pictures of last night
Ended up online
I’m screwed
Oh well
It’s a blacked out blur
But I’m pretty sure it ruled

Should kids be listening to this song? Maybe not, but even of kids are, do they really understand what’s going on? I think if a young kid hears music that’s upbeat, they want to dance. They’re not wishing they could go into a pool, get drunk, pass out, lay on a bed and have someone give them a hickey. If they do, as a parent that should be your issue, not Katy Perry’s. Now, is the song that offensive or threatening to where you’d want to take the option away from others to listen to it? Other than the word “screwed”, which in the context of the song is slang for “I messed up”, as in “I did a mistake”, and not its other meaning which has a sexual connotation, there are no vulgarities in the lyrics. The words may allude to certain actions, but that’s what song lyrics and its stories are: they create a perception of a scenario, they are not a true document of events that happened. They can be, but a story in a song does not have to be factual, just as a story in a television show or movie is not something that happened/happens in real life.

Here’s something else to keep in mind. As of this writing, Katy Perry is 26 years old, a month away from her 27th birthday. As far as I know, that means she is an adult. This means she is an adult singing lyrics about adult situations in a risque but not explicit manner. The song was co-written by Perry along with co-producer Lukasz Gottwald, a/k/a Dr. Luke, who is 37; co-producer Martin Karl Sandberg, a/k/a Max Martin, who is 40; and singer/songwriter Bonnie McKee, who is 27. This means that four grown adults were responsible for a song that describes an adult situation. This song was released last year on her album, but released as a single this past June. That’s three months ago. The song went to #1 in the U.S. and a few other countries around the world. According to Wikipedia, the song was also #1 on the Billboard Adult Pop Song chart. Adult.

Now, that’s not to take away the fact that the song is suggestive, but people who may not like the lyrics do have the option of turning the station, or turning it off. Is it necessary to ban the song, a #1 song at that, so that no one else has to listen to it because you take offense to it? I take offense to music I think is crap, but as the saying goes, “to each their own”, I’m not calling radio stations to say “this song is horrible, in fact this entire genre is horrible, stop.”

T.A.S.K. wanted the public to call the radio station and have it removed from the air, and try to get rid of it by calling the programming department. However, most radio stations across the United States are no longer programming locally. The roots of those changes happened in the late 1970’s, but started to become something most radio stations used since the late 80’s/early 90’s. Most radio stations are programmed by someone else thousands of miles away, and that programming was probably organized two weeks ago, if not two months ago. While the local on-air announce can shift songs and commercials (PSA’s) around, a lot of times that announcer has little to no say on what is played. On a pop radio station, you will not hear the same song every four to six hours. If you keep listening to the radio, you may hear it every 60 minutes, and you’ll hear the same 10 to 15 songs over and over and over. That’s how songs become bigger-than-big hits, because the radio station has a hand in what gets played and how many times.

Wanting a song banned from the airwaves seems foolish for a number of reasons. One: much of the youth who are listening to/consuming music today probably do not use the radio as their primary means. There’s the internet, there’s iTunes, there’s Spotify, there’s YouTube, the radio is honestly the least of your problems, especially if you weren’t aware that this song has been available to the public for a year. T.A.S.K. take issue with the song being on the radio, and ask parents if it’s okay that this song about drunken sexual parties and promiscuity is worthy of being exploited on YouTube. Keep in mind that the song isn’t Perry saying “I did this, oh my gosh, now I want you to do it too”, she is singing a fictional story written by her and others. Are people really taking offense to fairy tales?

T.A.S.K. want to bring this issue to all businesses that advertise with this radio station, and they’re asking if it’s okay that this song is being heard by anyone who walks into their stores or places of business.

Of course, you can read the description above and read it all for yourself and I have to ask myself: it’s 2011, are we really going back to the stone ages for this? This is the same area that once played an edit of George Michael‘s “I Want Your Sex”, where for years you’d only hear it as “I want your OW!” Three years later, when Color Me Badd‘s “I Wanna Sex You Up” became a hit, it received a lot of airplay as is, but “I Want Your OW!” was still played, and would remain that way until that radio station was bought by a company in the late 90’s.

Here’s a comment from the T.A.S.K. page about asking for people to ban the song:
Perhaps we are going to have to target the bus drivers, the malls, the schools and the other places that play these songs. I’d encourage everyone to patronize Chick-fil-A as they are a family-friendly, Christian business. The music they play is always appropriate. Perhaps, in addition to opposing what is played, we can encourage those businesses who play appropriate music, etc. to continue to do so. Let them know that we are patronizing them because they are family-friendly and clean.

I completely understand why you wouldn’t want to hear a song due to spiritual beliefs, but to force that on other people on companies just because you feel everyone should believe in your good word? If that’s the case, then pass a law where all music played at stores and businesses are instrumental. Wordless music, with song titles that are non-offensive numerals. Or non-offensive symbols, colors, and shapes.

Bottom line: no one is forced to listen to Katy Perry or this song. There are many other radio stations in town that you can choose, including an NPR station that plays classical music. There are religious stations that play Christian music or offer words of praise. There are other styles of music to choose from if Perry’s provocative style of dance music is too much. That’s one reason why we have choices, if you do not like something, you have a choice in “something else”. Will this song cause young kids and teenagers to try their first beer, get high, have threesomes in whatever bizarre combination, and pass out without knowing what happened the night before? No. If you feel that threatened about music and lyrics, teach your kids common sense and allow them to make the decision for themselves.

Can I share a story about me? I grew up listening to Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Santana, Led Zeppelin, and Alice Cooper. I became a fan of hip-hop, as I did thrash and speed metal, love black and death metal. I was involved in my local punk rock scene. I love experimental noise. If I became the product of what all of this music is meant to represent, I would be at graveyards digging up dead bodies and eating whatever remains were in there. I would be killing animals and sharing their flesh with my alcoholic friends. I would be in a gang, going on nightly drive-by;s and killing everyone. I would rob banks, I would do everything that would put me in jail but getting away with literal murder. But you know what? I didn’t do any of that. I don’t smoke. I didn’t drink alcohol for years not for any religious beliefs, but because I didn’t like it. I’ll have a wine or wine cooler every now and then, and if in a party situation *amongst adults*, I’ll have a drink if need be. As a kid, I looked at album covers with beautiful black women that were nude. One of those women was covered in red and had a massive tattoo, and not only that, she was straddled on a big conga. I stared, sure, but I was a young kid who was more thrilled about seeing “big ol’ boobies” but having absolutely no clue on what I’d do with them if I had them in front of me. Now, sure, but I’m a grown adult.

If anything, just turn off the radio. You can ignore the song, no one is forcing you, your children, or your family to listen to Katy Perry. There are over a million other songs to choose from, a lot of them without words, a lot of them without offensive connotations or stories. It’s just music. Music is meant to be beautiful, so if not beautiful to you, keep in mind someone else things that song is just fun and not a threat. There are a lot more important concerns than a song that describes a fictional story that you may not have a liking to, describing things you will never do nor want to. Songs offer peaks into other worlds, there are choices. Don’t take away that choice from someone who doesn’t agree with you.

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FREE MP3 DOWNLOAD: Katy Perry’s “California Gurls (Black And Yellow Refix)”

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Listen to the radio, watch the TV, and Katy Perry has managed to become more than a one-hit wonder. I don’t know how, but she has, and “California Gurls” is one of the reasons for her current success. Put the songs in the hands of a quality producers and have them rework it. This is what Al Fingers did, so now you can download his mix, which he calls the “Black And Yellow Refix”. Not a remix, but a Refix, so perhaps its his way of saying “this is how it should be”. How would Kila Mea Wifa Wiz Khalifa feel about this? No idea. Anyway, you can download the track or stream before you do so by clicking to AlFingers.com.