Friday Jukebox: Danger Mouse, the Great and Mighty


Sam Wilkinson

According to a faithful reader, I'm Ordinary Times's "least thoughtful writer." So I've got that going for me, which is nice.

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  1. Avatar Glyph says:


    My only teensy quibbles: while Gnarls and Cee-Lo are pretty great, that Femmes cover, while not terrible, just doesn’t do anything different enough to make me ever pick it over the original (the Femmes’ s/t debut being a perennial classic of adolescent frustration, passed down from horny geek to horny geek, the “punk starter kit” as a friend has referred to it. I’ll be sad if kids no longer get that one slipped to them by their older siblings. Don’t tell me this has already happened, I don’t wanna know.)

    And, I prefer this Keys song:

    Now, off to pull up “Grey Album”, haven’t listened to it in a while.Report

    • Avatar Chris in reply to Glyph says:

      The Cee Lo cover of “Reckoner” is pretty awesome, though. Cee Lo has to be one of the most talented people in pop music right now. His hip hop is odd, his singing is odd, and his personality is odd, in a genre that usually doesn’t reward odd with the kind of chart success that Cee Lo has had.

      This post is also awesome (I don’t get Timbaland, but I definitely get Danger Mouse). I am not a Black Keys fan, mostly because I think the bulk of their songs are boring, which is disappointing because of how talented they clearly are, but other than that…Report

  2. Avatar dhex says:

    i like the idea of the grey album a lot more than i’ve enjoyed listening to it.Report

    • Avatar Tod Kelly in reply to dhex says:

      This has been my experience with that album as well.

      Still, I tend to give pop artists that always push out of their expected framework a lot of leeway to have missteps along the way. So as I do with Dylan, Young, and Costello, I find myself encouraging DM to feel free to do things that don’t quite work in order to get to all of the things that work so transcendently.Report

      • Avatar Glyph in reply to Tod Kelly says:

        Huh, I liked it pretty well when it came out. Not every single track was seamless, but that was part of the charm.

        leeway to have missteps along the way

        Try being a Bob Pollard fan sometime. Insanely prolific, legendarily restless (the sheer number of songs, bands and side projects is dizzying) – and fully capable for misfiring for entire albums (sometimes several in a row).Report

      • Avatar dhex in reply to Tod Kelly says:

        yeah i mean i definitely wouldn’t scold him for it.Report