Today, it is my fiancee Lisa's birthday. I gave her the opportunity to pick today's song. She chose the biggest solo hit by one-half of Gnarls Barkley.
The song, despite its angry and profane title, is a spot-on soul throwback by a singer with a huge voice. If not for a few of the lyrics, I could easily see a group like The Four Tops play this song. The subject matter is straight out of blues - rejection and heartbreak, with a little revenge mixed in. As Nick Levine called it in his review for Digital Spy, the single is "a middle finger extending from the fist of a pop single - and a gloriously catchy Motown stomper of a pop single at that."
The video is a gem, too! I love the gloriously profane young Cee-Lo walking into this little diner.
Yes, there were two clean versions released so this could be a huge hit, so if the above offended you, try this version instead:
This song was so huge, it was performed on the hit television show Glee. By an Oscar winner! And the reason that 1. this song is getting posted in this blog and and not Totally Covered and 2. this post isn't getting the Guilt-Free Sunday tag is that I really love the Gwyneth Paltrow version of this song. She did a fine job!
And, for those who thought 1. Cee-Lo wouldn't be a fan and 2. Gwyneth Paltrow could not sing need only watch this performance from the 2011 Grammys, when the did the song together. And told each other that they really hated each other's ass right now. Surprisingly, THIS performance worked. And Gwyneth knew the words better than Cee-Lo.