I don't think you ever have to apologize for Bruno Mars.
He was funny on Saturday Night Live. And I think he stole apo's girlfriend (Mary Louise Parker).
Nope! Wrong Mars. She dated
Veronica Charlie Mars.
I'll take this as an excuse to link to my previous comment on Bruno Mars.
I haven't listened to anything off his new album, but my overall impression is that he is (a) essentially likable and charismatic and (b) has no notable aspects to his music beyond "charismatic pop star." I wonder who would be the best 80s music comparison for him. For example, could you say that Bruno Mars is a contemporary version of the Thompson Twins (I don't particularly like that comparison, but I'll throw it out there as a starting point)?
I've actually disliked much of his music until this song.
Fair enough, I was rambling. I'll listen to the song at some point when I'm not at work.
Oh, don't get me wrong. This song is no better than his other music. And I didn't dislike the other songs for being musically bad. I just didn't like them.
So, this is such an awesome song. But does the fact that it is called "Teutonic Terror" and appears to be affirmatively pro-Teutonic Terror make it automatically pro-Nazi? I say no, but have some doubts. I don't really want to be listening to skinhead material and this one seems to be not really on the line but maybe somewhere close to the line.
Halford, when did you start having qualms with bigotry?
I found it okay until "Your sex takes me to paradise." That line is too stupid for me.
Doesn't he know he needs to have two tickets to get to paradise?
What's stupid about "You get what you ask for ... Right in the face!" "Medieval maurauders" and "We will ... Give 'em the axe!"
Fairly sure I saw Accept low down on the bill at some 80s festival. They had some Rob Halford (the other one) imagery going on on at least one record sleeve:
[Sort of NSFW]
Halford: are you familiar with the pirate metal scene? I may have linked before. e.g. Scottish band Alestorm. First and second more pirate-y, third more metal.
No, I hadn't heard that stuff before. I kind of love it but man you weren't kidding about the pirateness.
I had Balls to the Wall on cassette, but I've never seen Accept live and hadn't really thought about them at all until I heard recently that they had a 2010 album that's awesome (turns out, it is).
Yeah, I assume it started as a gag, and fans went for it. It's not really my sort of thing, but I appreciate the way they go at it with gusto.
I tried singing this song in kareoke. It is a real hard song to sing.
Death Throes of the Terrorsquid!
I love this song. it's objectively better than every other bruno mars song I've listened to, though. his rocking early 'the police' thing really works here but he often tips over into wussiness and meager mopey balladry.
I didn't listen to the Bruno Mars song, but "Alestorm" was great in a sort of "this is a thing now??" way.
There's also bagpipe metal which can be surprisingly awesome.
Hammered dulcimer black metal a la Botanist is harder to take.
Alestorm was great in a sort of "this sucks" way.
I listened to the song this morning and thought it was fine, but it conformed to me exception of Bruno Mars having no emotional content beyond, "pop star."
I remember hearing a gospel singer described as, "her voice intense with the joy and pain of believing." I here no joy or pain (or intensity) in Mars' voice, but he is a good singer and a good performer.
The moment I liked best was the bridge at the end when he sings, "Can I just stay here? / Spend the rest of my days here?" I really enjoyed his voice at that spot.
The prude in me was rather squiked-out when "Blow My Whisle" got real popular with some pre-tweens I know. They are just going to love this song, which doesn't even bother with the double-meanings.