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Saturday, December 04, 2021

Proving that the music industry has nothing but love for gimmickry, Cee Lo Green’s controversial track “Fuck You” is on the Best Record slate for the 2010 Grammys (albeit listed as the scrubbed “F*** You”).

Should he win, Green says he will sing the song during the live televised ceremony. And, to steal a joke from Conan O’Brien: If Green loses on Grammy Night, he’ll really sing that song…

In actuality, the G-rated version “Forget You” will grace the Grammy broadcast. When the chips are down, mainstream practicality trumps four-lettered expression. As was the case with Chic’s disco classic “Le Freak”:

[Says Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers] “We were so pissed off at what had happened. I mean, it was Studio 54, it was New Year’s Eve, it was Grace Jones, and we were wearing the most expensive outfits that we had — back then, in the late ’70s, our suits must have cost us a couple of thousand bucks each, and our really fancy shoes had got soaked trudging through the snow. So ‘Fuck Off’ was a protest song, and we actually thought it was pretty good — ‘Aaaaahh, fuck off!’ It had a vibe. I was thinking ‘This could be the anthem of everybody who gets cut off on the street by a cab driver or any kids who want to say this to their parents.’ You know, ‘Hey, I wasn’t saying it, man! I was just playing the record.’

“We really had pretty big designs on completing the song as ‘Fuck Off’. You’ve got to remember, we didn’t think of that prior to sitting down and playing. Once we did sit down and play and started singing that hook, it sounded good; just as good as ‘freak out’.”

I feel safe in assuming that “Freak Out” will endure in the popular consciousness a lot longer than “Fuck You” will.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 12/04/2021 03:04pm
Category: Celebrity, Pop Culture
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