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Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk" - more Michael Jackson or Prince?

I know "Uptown Funk" was released in 2014, but I only started liking it recently. People say that the song is Michael Jackson-esque, particularly Bruno Mars' image. I see more Prince/ Morris Day and the Time (the lyrics "gotta kiss myself, so pretty").

Bart Baker made a parody of the "Uptown Funk" music video,and it features a Michael Jackson impersonator.

Hmm... still don't see it. Bruno's image in the video is kinda early 80s/ pre-Thriller MJ, but has a more "Morris Day and the Time" feel.
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Reply #1 posted 12/21/19 1:36am

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People forget Prince all the time, so you can be sure they won't remember Morris. The song is a total The Time/Prince tribute - everything from the background vocals, the hook, the bridge, all of it. The Time.

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Reply #2 posted 12/21/19 7:21am

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Reply #3 posted 12/21/19 7:39am

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SoftSkarlettLovisa said:

I know "Uptown Funk" was released in 2014, but I only started liking it recently. People say that the song is Michael Jackson-esque, particularly Bruno Mars' image. I see more Prince/ Morris Day and the Time (the lyrics "gotta kiss myself, so pretty").

Bart Baker made a parody of the "Uptown Funk" music video,and it features a Michael Jackson impersonator.

Hmm... still don't see it. Bruno's image in the video is kinda early 80s/ pre-Thriller MJ, but has a more "Morris Day and the Time" feel.


It sounds like MJ’s Jam a little, but I hear the time influence as well, like jungle love
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Reply #4 posted 12/21/19 9:00am

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SoftSkarlettLovisa said:

I know "Uptown Funk" was released in 2014, but I only started liking it recently. People say that the song is Michael Jackson-esque, particularly Bruno Mars' image. I see more Prince/ Morris Day and the Time (the lyrics "gotta kiss myself, so pretty"). Bart Baker made a parody of the "Uptown Funk" music video,and it features a Michael Jackson impersonator. Hmm... still don't see it. Bruno's image in the video is kinda early 80s/ pre-Thriller MJ, but has a more "Morris Day and the Time" feel.


Something like "Kiss myself" is more James Brown than Morris Day. The song in general is about 10 different artists or hooks all rolled into one. The horns, the arrangement, the lyrics - it's a collage.


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Reply #5 posted 12/21/19 5:42pm

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SoftSkarlettLovisa said:

I know "Uptown Funk" was released in 2014, but I only started liking it recently. People say that the song is Michael Jackson-esque, particularly Bruno Mars' image. I see more Prince/ Morris Day and the Time (the lyrics "gotta kiss myself, so pretty"). Bart Baker made a parody of the "Uptown Funk" music video,and it features a Michael Jackson impersonator. Hmm... still don't see it. Bruno's image in the video is kinda early 80s/ pre-Thriller MJ, but has a more "Morris Day and the Time" feel.

Morris says Bruno is ALL HIM..

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Reply #6 posted 12/21/19 7:58pm

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SoftSkarlettLovisa said:

I know "Uptown Funk" was released in 2014, but I only started liking it recently. People say that the song is Michael Jackson-esque, particularly Bruno Mars' image.

I'm gonna say Oops Upside Your Head since the Wilson Brothers were added to the writing credits. But parts of Oops itself came from another song called Disco To Go. I also hear Funk You Up by The Sequence and the horns from Michael Jackson's Jam. Uptown Funk is the kinda thing the Bar-Kays did regularly in the 1980s, a soundalike of something else. razz

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Reply #7 posted 12/24/19 10:25am

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MickyDolenz said:

I also hear Funk You Up by The Sequence and the horns from Michael Jackson's Jam.

I'm about the same age as Mark Ronson and I can say with certainty these are the influences. He may have been blessed a much more privileged life but we shared a lot of the same experience of hip hop, funk, and R&B.

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Reply #8 posted 12/27/19 3:18am

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neither one...
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Reply #9 posted 12/27/19 5:01am

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SoftSkarlettLovisa said:

I know "Uptown Funk" was released in 2014, but I only started liking it recently. People say that the song is Michael Jackson-esque, particularly Bruno Mars' image.

I'm gonna say Oops Upside Your Head since the Wilson Brothers were added to the writing credits. But parts of Oops itself came from another song called Disco To Go. I also hear Funk You Up by The Sequence and the horns from Michael Jackson's Jam. Uptown Funk is the kinda thing the Bar-Kays did regularly in the 1980s, a soundalike of something else. razz


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Reply #10 posted 12/27/19 7:01am

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IT MORRIS NOT PRINCE

IT ALSO KIND OF ZAPP

BUT HORN FOR SURE MJ

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Reply #11 posted 12/28/19 12:13am

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Reply #12 posted 12/30/19 7:14am

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There is also "Young Girls" by Collage.

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Reply #13 posted 01/03/20 7:25pm

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PRINCE. MOST DEFINETLEY. MJ WAS NOT IN THAT TYPE OF MUSIC.

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Reply #14 posted 01/04/20 9:23am

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I definently see influences of Michael, and I also see influences of Prince AND Morris Day and The Time.
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Reply #15 posted 01/04/20 11:37am

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I danced to this song at a block party couple of years ago and did steps similar to mjs jam performance and the arm move the jacksons do
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Reply #16 posted 01/04/20 12:29pm

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It's a modernized hodge podge of early 80s funk/R&B. There's too many ingredients from too many sources to simply attribute the song's likeness to only 2 artists of the time.
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Reply #17 posted 01/04/20 4:55pm

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I danced to this song at a block party couple of years ago and did steps similar to mjs jam performance and the arm move the jacksons do


I’m glad you mentioned “Jam” because that was what I was thinking when I spoke of Michael’s influence. I also agree with the person who mentioned James Brown’s influence.
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Reply #18 posted 01/04/20 4:56pm

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alphastreet said:

I danced to this song at a block party couple of years ago and did steps similar to mjs jam performance and the arm move the jacksons do


I’m glad you mentioned “Jam” because that was what I was thinking when I spoke of Michael’s influence.


The horns are exactly like it for sure!
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Reply #20 posted 02/08/20 5:39pm

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For 65 years straight, the #1 genre in music, selling wise, was rock n' roll worldwide. Last year (2017) in June, it got de-crowned by hip hop. Hip hop is the #1 genre. It's hip hop - rock - country - pop or pop - country. ~ Pras
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Reply #21 posted 02/09/20 8:37am

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I'm not a fan of Charlie's(whom requested me as a friend on IG) new song produced by Bruno. Also didn't like the disrespectful remark he said about Prince(r.i.p.) after he transitioned. With him being a crack addict himself that I witnessed personally on the streets homeless. He should know better. But his voice is just as soulful & unaffected and his comeback is admirable for what he went through.

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Reply #22 posted 02/09/20 11:22am

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Disney Makes Bruno Mars Deal; Platinum-Selling Singer Will Star In, Produce Music-Driven Theatrical Film

by Mike Fleming Jr | February 6, 2020 | Deadline

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EXCLUSIVE: After months of discussion, Disney has set a deal with Bruno Mars. The studio will develop a music-themed theatrical narrative feature that Mars will star in and produce. The plot is being kept under wraps, but I’m told that it will consist of mostly original music that he will create and perform.

This comes in the wake of a precedent-setting deal with Lin-Manuel Miranda for the Hamilton musical film, for which the studio paid $75 million for worldwide rights. Both deals had at their center Walt Disney Studios production president Sean Bailey. Integral in the Mars deal was Mitchell Leib, who heads music for the film group.

Mars previously appeared in Honeymoon in Vegas and was a featured voice in Rio 2. I’ve heard that the film has come out of a long series of discussions between Mars and Bailey. Now, they will set a writer or writer-director to turn the idea into a feature.

Mars has won 11 Grammy Awards in 27 nominations, a singer, songwriter, producer, and musician who has sold over 200 million singles worldwide, establishing him as one of the bestselling artists of all time. He swept the 60th Grammys, winning six trophies including the “Big 3” — Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year. A two-time Super Bowl halftime performer, Mars has had more No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 than any other male artist this decade. He’s repped by WME and Felcher & Freifeld.

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