“Blurred Lines” Should Be Our National Anthem & You Know You Want It
By: Connor Lenahan
This weekend I ended up in New York City for reasons that are still not 100% clear to me. In no way am I complaining, I love New York, but normally we come up with some excuse (IE: Seeing a Knicks game, visiting friends, espionage, etc.) when we head up to the city.
Today I noticed an incredibly odd phenomenon. On at least six different occasions while walking around SoHo I heard the song “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke, TI and Pharrell.
I’m talking cars with the windows down, street vendors, clothing stores, it was weird, and I could not escape this song. Out of nowhere, you would hear the beat that is catchy enough to start a revolution if the lyrics were tweaked to call for an international kerfuffle with Iran. This song has basically dominated the year so far, and I couldn’t be happier.
I have good luck for running into celebrities in random places. I happened to be in Los Angeles over the Easter weekend, and had Easter brunch at the Bel Air Hotel. This was a star-studded day. Sidney Poitier, Jimmy Iovine and Soulja Boy were all there, making for a fun celebrity filled morning.
Except for the biggest sighting: Robin Thicke. No lie, at the time, I only recognized him because I am insane. Now, he is one of the biggest pop stars on the planet along with Justin Timberlake.
We ran into him about a week (give or take) after “Blurred Lines” released as a single and about a week later the song exploded.
I do try to have a sophisticated musical taste (Steely Dan, Fiona Apple, etc.) but seriously this song is incredible. I start dancing every time I hear the song. It’s wonderful, and I can count on one hand the number of people who don’t like this song that I know.
Summer songs are awesome. Full of energy, endlessly fun to play at parties, catchy, the works. “Blurred Lines” is a perfect example of a summer song.
Cowbell bopping back and forth, groovy bass lines, great sing along portions (“Hey, hey, hey,” “Erreybody get up,” “I know you want it” and pretty much every other line of the song), easy to dance to – all of these factors make “Blurred Lines” into a behemoth at the top of the iTunes singles charts, seemingly not moving since June.
The interesting part to me is Pharrell. He sings some harmonies and produced the track, but this was the second summer smash he had been a part of.
After a lengthily absence, Daft Punk came back to music with Random Access Memories and its immediate success was due in large part to “Get Lucky,” which featured Pharrell as the vocalist.
So, in reality we had two songs fighting for the title of “Song of Summer 2013.” “Blurred Lines” ended up crushing “Get Lucky” partially due to the relative length of the songs (4:23 vs. 6:06) but truly because “Blurred Lines” is and forever will be the greatest song ever made.
I just find it funny that Pharrell had won the summer regardless of what ended up as a bigger hit.
So, needless to say, today was a funky day in NYC. I loved every minute of it. Long live “Blurred Lines”
Connor Lenahan (@ConnorLenahan) is the founder and editor-in-chief of Connorlenahan.com. He is a freshman at Boston University, majoring in journalism.