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Thread started 12/17/14 11:55am

dandan

I wonder what P thinks of 'Uptown Funk'? Proud? Jealous?

That song is getting seriously popular now and I wonder how P feels. Does he feel good about how the sound he created is reaching a new generation? Does he think 'shit I could have made that track in my sleep and it's an international #1!'. Does he care at all?

I've heard 'exciting new sound' used to describe it by other famous musicians and DJs haha! eek Reminiscent of MJ is also the most common point of comparison disbelief

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Reply #1 posted 12/17/14 12:06pm

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This song is weak as hell.

U can't think Prince is jealous of this track.

Lol.............I needed that laugh.

[Edited 12/17/14 12:10pm]

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Reply #2 posted 12/17/14 12:09pm

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Prince's only sane response to someone like Bruno Mars would be not to give a shit.

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Reply #3 posted 12/17/14 12:18pm

dandan

Graycap23 said:

This song is weak as hell.

U can't think Prince is jealous of this track.

Lol.............I needed that laugh.

[Edited 12/17/14 12:10pm]


I don't necessarily think he's jealous (hence the multiple possibilities I presented). It's just the fact the song is number 1 in both England and America and is titled Uptown Funk, I wonder if he feels... 'cheated' in some way. As you say, P could make a track like that in his sleep. Is it just Bruno's name that sells it?

[Edited 12/17/14 12:19pm]

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Reply #4 posted 12/17/14 12:18pm

Miles

dandan said:

That song is getting seriously popular now and I wonder how P feels. Does he feel good about how the sound he created is reaching a new generation? Does he think 'shit I could have made that track in my sleep and it's an international #1!'. Does he care at all?

I've heard 'exciting new sound' used to describe it by other famous musicians and DJs haha! eek Reminiscent of MJ is also the most common point of comparison disbelief

Well, the synth horn riffing does sound like horns from an '80s MJ track.

The rest of it screams early '80s Prince to a huge degree though.

A fine effort at a (slightly updated) take on the Minneapolis sound, it's just the vocals that don't sound Princey. My respect for Mark Ronson has increased (tho it wasn't high to begin with razz ) for having the ability to put together this funk, tho the fact the song has 6 writers is funny.

It amuses me if people think this is a 'new sound'. Surprisingly good Prince rip-off though.

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Reply #5 posted 12/17/14 12:21pm

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dandan said:

Graycap23 said:

This song is weak as hell.

U can't think Prince is jealous of this track.

Lol.............I needed that laugh.

[Edited 12/17/14 12:10pm]


I don't necessarily think he's jealous (hence the multiple possibilities I presented). It's just the fact the song is number 1 in both England and America and is titled Uptown Funk, I wonder if he feels... 'cheated' in some way. As you say, P could make a track like that in his sleep. Is it just Bruno's name that sells it?

[Edited 12/17/14 12:19pm]

The song is weak. If folks dig it.....so be it.

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Reply #6 posted 12/17/14 12:21pm

dandan

Miles said:

dandan said:

That song is getting seriously popular now and I wonder how P feels. Does he feel good about how the sound he created is reaching a new generation? Does he think 'shit I could have made that track in my sleep and it's an international #1!'. Does he care at all?

I've heard 'exciting new sound' used to describe it by other famous musicians and DJs haha! eek Reminiscent of MJ is also the most common point of comparison disbelief

Well, the synth horn riffing does sound like horns from an '80s MJ track.

The rest of it screams early '80s Prince to a huge degree though.

A fine effort at a (slightly updated) take on the Minneapolis sound, it's just the vocals that don't sound Princey. My respect for Mark Ronson has increased (tho it wasn't high to begin with razz ) for having the ability to put together this funk, tho the fact the song has 6 writers is funny.

It amuses me if people think this is a 'new sound'. Surprisingly good Prince rip-off though.


6 writers?! eek The songs lyrics are just the usual shallow funk affair whilst the groove sounds like a stock track they'd use for a documentary on Prince lol

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Reply #7 posted 12/17/14 12:54pm

Miles

dandan said:

Miles said:

Well, the synth horn riffing does sound like horns from an '80s MJ track.

The rest of it screams early '80s Prince to a huge degree though.

A fine effort at a (slightly updated) take on the Minneapolis sound, it's just the vocals that don't sound Princey. My respect for Mark Ronson has increased (tho it wasn't high to begin with razz ) for having the ability to put together this funk, tho the fact the song has 6 writers is funny.

It amuses me if people think this is a 'new sound'. Surprisingly good Prince rip-off though.


6 writers?! eek The songs lyrics are just the usual shallow funk affair whilst the groove sounds like a stock track they'd use for a documentary on Prince lol

Yep, according to the Wiki entry for the song, these are the composers - Ronson, Jeff Bhasker, Mars, Philip Lawrence, Devon Gallaspy and Nicholaus Williams. Mind boggles huh?

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Reply #8 posted 12/17/14 1:20pm

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dandan said:

That song is getting seriously popular now and I wonder how P feels. Does he feel good about how the sound he created is reaching a new generation? Does he think 'shit I could have made that track in my sleep and it's an international #1!'. Does he care at all?

I've heard 'exciting new sound' used to describe it by other famous musicians and DJs haha! eek Reminiscent of MJ is also the most common point of comparison disbelief

There is a clear Prince influence BUT calling it "Uptown Funk". THAT is Prince-bait. I think it was designed from the ground up to get his attention, which it no doubt has. I wouldn't be surprised if Ronson was trying to instigate a collaboration.

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Reply #9 posted 12/17/14 1:20pm

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If anything, I would think Prince could show the youngsters just how UPTOWN FUNK is really done but "jealous?" Nah!
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Prince died of an overdose of the drug Fentanyl. Of which, it is very highly fucking likely that he never even knew he'd taken.
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Reply #10 posted 12/17/14 1:28pm

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Noodled24 said:

dandan said:

That song is getting seriously popular now and I wonder how P feels. Does he feel good about how the sound he created is reaching a new generation? Does he think 'shit I could have made that track in my sleep and it's an international #1!'. Does he care at all?

I've heard 'exciting new sound' used to describe it by other famous musicians and DJs haha! eek Reminiscent of MJ is also the most common point of comparison disbelief

There is a clear Prince influence BUT calling it "Uptown Funk". THAT is Prince-bait. I think it was designed from the ground up to get his attention, which it no doubt has. I wouldn't be surprised if Ronson was trying to instigate a collaboration.

If that was Mark's goal...............he failed.

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Reply #11 posted 12/17/14 1:32pm

MoBettaBliss

Graycap23 said:

This song is weak as hell.



agreed

first listen i thought it was ok, nothing special... a few listens later and it's just disposable pop wrapped in a funk wrapper

the song has no meat to it

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Reply #12 posted 12/17/14 1:44pm

Noodled24

Graycap23 said:

Noodled24 said:

There is a clear Prince influence BUT calling it "Uptown Funk". THAT is Prince-bait. I think it was designed from the ground up to get his attention, which it no doubt has. I wouldn't be surprised if Ronson was trying to instigate a collaboration.

If that was Mark's goal...............he failed.

Perhaps. But only because of Prince's inability to work with people. Ronson is a very talented guy.

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Reply #13 posted 12/17/14 1:47pm

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Noodled24 said:

Graycap23 said:

If that was Mark's goal...............he failed.

Perhaps. But only because of Prince's inability to work with people. Ronson is a very talented guy.

I', a big Ronson fan...........but this track is weak.

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Reply #14 posted 12/17/14 1:59pm

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I think he's probably slightly pissed off, but at the end of the day it's still Prince's sound that Bruno is ripping off so people (most probably young people) that look more into the genre will somewhere along the way discover Prince. Which is never a bad thing.

6 writers though?? That takes the piss.

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Reply #15 posted 12/17/14 3:06pm

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I like Bruno but he is more of an MJ/JB rip off. There is nothing "Prince" about him. To even compare him to Prince is an insult to Prince. And yeah, the song is weak as fuck. Makes me miss his last album.

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Reply #16 posted 12/17/14 4:14pm

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Sorry but this is like (I like) Funky Music with a non-plastic, synthy arrangement. It's noodling left and right -- I like the energy but it's almost a funk spoof rather than the real thing.

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Reply #17 posted 12/17/14 4:58pm

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It pays uncredited homeage to Prince. I want to believe it was made as a nod to our Purple Friend - but I also wonder if the song was even offered to him as a collaboration, as Noodled24 mentioned. It would have been fantastic - if Prince actually agreed to do the song. Since he didn't, Bruno is doing his own thing and how Princely that is, ultimately is up to the listener's interpretation. A much better "rip-off" and homeage to Prince's sound is by Felix Da Housecat, with "We All Wanna Be Prince."

Yep, Bruno and Mark defintaely wanna be Prince -- as we all should.

Here's the video clip:

http://youtu.be/LoXRlxKZkr4

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Reply #18 posted 12/17/14 6:32pm

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Prince's only sane response to someone like Bruno Mars would be not to give a shit.


yeahthat

I like bruno mars and this track is fun, but Mark ronson essentially assembledit from every funck record he's ever heard smile it's cute, and its fun, but Prince has zero cares to give lololol

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Reply #19 posted 12/17/14 6:38pm

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its good that he's reviving that sound I guess. It doesn't do much for me though.

[Edited 12/18/14 20:54pm]

Change it one more time..
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Reply #20 posted 12/17/14 6:41pm

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Really? Seriously? A lot of you think this song is weak. Uh no. This song is definitely funky and of course it's all Prince inspired. Anyone that knows anything about Prince's music would recognize the abc buildiing blocks of this song. Heck, I am just happy the word funk is on popular radio. I tell all my friends and peeps I am into funk, namely Prince. They don't even know what that means. Can you believe that shit? I have no idea what Prince thinks but if I had to guess I would say it's about time we got some funk up in this joint (the radio that is). And he knows it's a nod to him. It just might make him go into the studio and grab that one eyed bass and start thumb slapping a groove together. In my eyes anytime funky music gets out there it's all good. Time to add uptown funk to my house party mixes. I always try to keep it funky!!!

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Reply #21 posted 12/17/14 7:08pm

CharismaDove

Why do people think Prince is 'jealous' of fellow funk acts like D'Angelo and Bruno Mars? Is it not possible he either likes/dislikes the work? Why does jealousy even have to come up? D & Bruno aren't even on Prince's level.

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Reply #22 posted 12/17/14 8:49pm

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Really? Seriously? A lot of you think this song is weak. Uh no. This song is definitely funky and of course it's all Prince inspired.

[Edited 12/17/14 19:13pm]

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i think the song is nothing much dressed up in 80s funk aesthetic. And it's certainly not all Prince inspired...

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Reply #23 posted 12/17/14 11:52pm

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vinaysfunk said:


Really? Seriously? A lot of you think this song is weak. Uh no. This song is definitely funky and of course it's all Prince inspired.





A lot of people didn't say it was weak. One person said it, repeatedly and presented their personal opinion as fact.

I work in a large office & EVERY time this song comes on the radio, the staff sing along, chair dance etc... I'm not overly keen on the song, but it's catchy as hell. If that means it's 'weak', I wish Prince would get in the act more!
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Reply #24 posted 12/18/14 12:19am

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Aerogram said:

Sorry but this is like (I like) Funky Music with a non-plastic, synthy arrangement. It's noodling left and right -- I like the energy but it's almost a funk spoof rather than the real thing.


"Funk spoof"?

A good description of it. If you've seen the video it's like a comedy show music segment. Bruno and the other guys are just acting in it. Could be from one of those shows that make only a small fraction of their watchers laugh, but they're popular because the entire family can watch them together.


On a rather unrelated note, I always thought "(I Like) Funky Music" had a lot of potential, but Prince ruined it with the clumsy production style its given.

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Reply #25 posted 12/18/14 12:23am

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I think what ever he thinks, this track and even Mark Ronson's album may just be what the charts needed, he has antoher track out with the forgotten rapper (and registered sex offender) Mystikal (Shake that ass but watch yourself) check it out its called Feel Right and seems quite James Brown influenced.

It's pretty clear that he is trying to bring back the Funk and for chart music it can only be a good thing, who knows where it might lead for artists like Prince if it catches on though?


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Reply #26 posted 12/18/14 12:26am

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Noodled24 said:

dandan said:

That song is getting seriously popular now and I wonder how P feels. Does he feel good about how the sound he created is reaching a new generation? Does he think 'shit I could have made that track in my sleep and it's an international #1!'. Does he care at all?

I've heard 'exciting new sound' used to describe it by other famous musicians and DJs haha! eek Reminiscent of MJ is also the most common point of comparison disbelief

There is a clear Prince influence BUT calling it "Uptown Funk". THAT is Prince-bait. I think it was designed from the ground up to get his attention, which it no doubt has. I wouldn't be surprised if Ronson was trying to instigate a collaboration.



The album is quiet Funk influenced, check out the track with Mystikal sounds pretty James Brown Influenced, Stevie Wonder also appears on the album "Uptown Special"

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Reply #27 posted 12/18/14 12:46am

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dandan said:

That song is getting seriously popular now and I wonder how P feels. Does he feel good about how the sound he created is reaching a new generation? Does he think 'shit I could have made that track in my sleep and it's an international #1!'. Does he care at all?

I've heard 'exciting new sound' used to describe it by other famous musicians and DJs haha! eek Reminiscent of MJ is also the most common point of comparison disbelief

Nothing special with this track, it's reasonably funky and def ol skool, I like it alright don't get me wrong but nothing special, and honestly Prince can record 5 songs like that every day if he so wishes. It's not a hit because it's especially good, it's a hit because it's been intensely marketed by the record company and its media accomplices. I think something like this could easily come out of a session recording between P and Nile Rodgers, as evoked in the P/Rodgers interview. And The Gold Standard is funkier than that anyway nod

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Reply #28 posted 12/18/14 7:23am

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It's funk-lite. It's a tight jam but it's not as smoothly and cohesively produced like "Treasure" and "Locked Out of Heaven", lacking the potent old school feel that those 2 tracks possessed. It's more of an amalgamation of the different takes on funk (i.e. GAP Band, Rick James, Chic, etc.) with each of those respective features piled on top of one another rather than connected together.

Like I said, it's a tight jam but it's more of a disappointment than anything. It harkens back to happier times of music without reviving the feeling of music during those times. It's not great, it's not good, it's not bad, it's decent and nothing more. I'm inclined to think that if this weren't a Mark Ronson song and was Bruno's, the latter and his team would have done this track justice and made a tune that was more than catchy, danceable watered down funk from several sources with no foundation to tie all the elements together. Prince has no reason to be jealous of this.
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Reply #29 posted 12/18/14 7:33am

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We don't have to make everything a competition.
Just somewhere in the middle,
Not too good and not too bad.
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