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Tuesday, October 28, 2008


posted by on October 28 at 9:50 AM

I can’t stop watching the music video for Beyoncé’s new tune “Single Ladies”:

I’ve watched it about 50 times and could watch it 50 more times. Some of the hidden power of Beyonce’s video is revealed when compared to Grace Jone’s recently released video for the tune “Corporate Cannibal,” a video and song that best expresses the kind of evil at the root of the current collapse of global capitalism.

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I'm willing to bet you're watching it with the sound off.

Posted by Banna | October 28, 2008 10:11 AM

Are you fucking serious?????????

Posted by Dick | October 28, 2008 10:13 AM

Also, can any staffers confirm that Charles is currently in a stall in the Stranger men's room with a laptop?

Posted by Banna | October 28, 2008 10:14 AM

charles, other than featuring photogenic, well-built women of color in b&w, these videos have nothing in common. really.

Posted by ellarosa | October 28, 2008 10:22 AM

@1 - You forgot to add "in the nude. And with some handi-wipes near by."

Posted by Wack wack | October 28, 2008 10:25 AM

Yeaaahh, I kinda have a thing for this video too. She's beautiful (I'm transfixed by that ass. . . geezus. . .) and a genius at writing songs that are fun to hear. Even if they're stupid.

Posted by violet_dagrinder | October 28, 2008 10:25 AM


I was thinking more like a travel size bottle of Jergens.

Posted by Banna | October 28, 2008 10:28 AM


Don' get out much do you?

Posted by Geegee | October 28, 2008 10:29 AM

I don't care what others think. I love her. Love her.

Posted by Balt-O-Matt | October 28, 2008 10:31 AM

That song = very catchy. Damn.

Posted by Julie in Chicago | October 28, 2008 10:34 AM

@9 - But do you beat off to her? Because that's the main thrust of Charles's, uh, thrust.

Posted by Thunderbirds are GO! | October 28, 2008 10:35 AM

Utterly terrible. I got half-way through before I just couldn't handle any more.

50 times? 50? Hidden Power? What the hell is wrong with you?

Posted by WillBilly | October 28, 2008 10:37 AM

Jennifer Hudson got the Oscar, but she also got the murdered family.

Meanwhile, Beyonce is content to do a "Pon de Replay" knockoff, neglecting to add a hook.

(This song makes "Womanizer" seem sophisticated.)

Posted by David Schmader | October 28, 2008 10:39 AM

Charles you already mentioned the Grace Jones song awhile back and discussed it's meaning. To use it again to justify watching the Beyoncé video just seems weak.
Even though Grace is a good artist, much different than Beyoncé she is stalled in her music. She sounds like she did in the late 80's, which is not too terrible because she could be worse like Beyoncé who is more of a celebrity generated from PR spin that is about her looks than actual talent. What you should have mentioned is Grace distorted herself to draw attention to the concept of physical beauty in women. But you just created a post from some weak connection because you are transfixed by the physical attraction to Beyoncé. No matter how intellectual you try to make your post sound it comes off as trivial.

Posted by -B- | October 28, 2008 10:41 AM

Except for the very end, is that video done all in one take? That's impressive, but as impressive as Feist's video for 1234.

Posted by Jesse | October 28, 2008 10:44 AM

I like that the video still makes her look like a hunchback. HAH.

And they're all off in synchronization.

I refuse to watch/listen to this. It will infuse popular culture soon enough and I won't be able to escape it. But I will try.

She lept way, way over the shark when she sang for the direct tv commercial. O-M-G I hated her so much after the millionth time I had to view that. Tivo, where were you when I was in need?

Posted by Nay | October 28, 2008 10:46 AM

Two words: Mexican Breakfast -

Sloggers should know better!

Posted by Soupytwist | October 28, 2008 10:53 AM

I agree, it's impressive to see a pop star full-out dancing with only the bare minimum of editing FOR ONCE. The song and the dance are aggressively appealing.

Posted by meatwhichdreams | October 28, 2008 10:53 AM



"at writing songs that are fun to hear"

Can YOU write a catchy pop song? I sure as fuck can't. And she sure as fuck can. :)

Posted by violet_dagrinder | October 28, 2008 10:58 AM

Did no one notice that most of the dance moves are a direct ripoff of an old Fosse piece featuring Gwen Verdon that was all the rage with the video mashup crowd earlier this year?

Posted by Evil Timmy | October 28, 2008 11:01 AM

@17 - I can't believe it took 17 comments for that link to appear. Where my gays at?!

Posted by The General | October 28, 2008 11:01 AM

Geez. If The Stranger web site didn't regularly take about 5 minutes to digest my submission my post wouldn't have been redundant.

Posted by Evil Timmy | October 28, 2008 11:03 AM


Schmader, we are in a fight.

Posted by Lindy West | October 28, 2008 11:03 AM

It's interesting how cheap music videos have become. There was a time when the record companies would make a large investment in the video of a star of her caliber.

Posted by Curmudgeon | October 28, 2008 11:04 AM

she outta whore this song to ee robins.

Posted by frede | October 28, 2008 11:08 AM

Charles, I'm totally with you on this. I continue to be spellbound by the thing. It's thrilling in the same way that episode of planet earth with the birds of paradise doing their startling, excellent displays is thrilling, and such a relief from videos weighed down by story lines. It also more or less perfectly transposes the effect of the dance to which it's a reference (, in terms of the response elicited by those now-silly pelvic isolation moves

Posted by C | October 28, 2008 11:13 AM

I love the Gwen Verdon video with "Single Ladies" playing over it. Cracks me up for some reason.

But yes, I saw a hip hop dance troupe here in NYC dance to the song on Sunday and they tore it up. It's been in my head since then and I haven't been able to stop watching the video either.

Except it's kinda sad how Beyonce is good on all the typical booty-shaking, but is sloppy on the moves that need to be precise and exact. Her backups blow her out of the water.

Posted by Nixor | October 28, 2008 11:14 AM

I'm now going to watch Gwen Verdon 50 times in a row, that's for certain.

Posted by Fnarf | October 28, 2008 11:14 AM

beyonce knowles and shakira is all that a man can ask for.

Posted by SeMe | October 28, 2008 11:18 AM

btw @20... I'd call it an homage rather than a ripoff.

Posted by Nixor | October 28, 2008 11:23 AM

What? Nobody posted the totally gay, totally twink amateur version yet? I'm shocked!

You know someone had to do it.

Posted by Reverse Polarity | October 28, 2008 11:47 AM

...i used to hate her - ' i cain't pay my automo-bill'- and now i hate to like her..

Posted by reverend dr dj riz | October 28, 2008 11:57 AM

She must have a great waxer.

Seriously: when did the French cut come back? Nothing is less complimentary to a woman's figure. Beyoncé is the most beautiful woman on earth, yet her butt looks like a square block of cheese in that cut.

Posted by TVDinner | October 28, 2008 11:59 AM

Is this a bubblegum song?

Posted by Sargon Bighorn | October 28, 2008 12:04 PM


As someone who DOES get out much I can honestly say that, yes, Beyonce is one smart lady when it comes to her collaborations and music. A person CAN be a "genius" in concern with certain aspects of a given field while at the same time be incompetent in any other respect.

Beyonce knows what she is, knows what her strengths are and she uses them in consistently brilliant ways. While I'm not a fan of a lot of her music- I do feel like when it comes to creating driving, catchy, memorable beats and rhythms she really is a genius. When it comes to using her image and her sex appeal she is also a genius. When it comes to exploiting it with dance she is, once again, a genius.

When it comes to content or lyrics? She's a moron. But please, do not be ignorant or too high and mighty by suggesting that she is not brilliant in other respects. She knows what she's doing, and although the depth of her content is more shallow than a dollhouse saucer-dish, the strength of her tunes and sexy image more than make up for it- as long as you are in the mood to dance.

Posted by Johnny Liverwerst | October 28, 2008 12:05 PM

@34 - Well, it was certainly "sticking" to Charles. Heh. Heh heh. Heh heh heh. Heh heh. Heh.

Posted by Heh heh | October 28, 2008 12:07 PM

@35 - "I do feel like when it comes to creating driving, catchy, memorable beats and rhythms she really is a genius."

Mmmmm - spoken like another true "genius".

Tell you what, when that footage of her slaving away in the studio, progamming and putting together those "memorable beats and rhythms" all by her big-bootied self, you come back and give us a holler, you hear?

Fucking moron.

Posted by Boom boom BAP | October 28, 2008 12:12 PM

Pardon me - when that footage pops up on YouTube, is what I meant to say.

Fucking moron.

Posted by Bap bap BOOM | October 28, 2008 12:13 PM

19 - "fun to hear" is entirely subjective, and "genius" is quite a stretch for someone who does not write her own music and minimally involved in its production.

Posted by brandon | October 28, 2008 12:24 PM

@34: bubblegum is the highest form of pop art.

Posted by Fnarf | October 28, 2008 12:30 PM

Whatever about Beyonce's ass, you guys--check out that lady's sweet bionic arm! Dang!

Posted by Anne | October 28, 2008 12:36 PM

Bap bap BOOM, get a life. Or better yet, read my entire post instead of centering in on a single thing I said.

Taken out of context one could be a moron, such as you, and conclude something that I did not mean. Go back and read it again. Guess what I mentioned. Come on, it's rather important!

I'll just give you the answer: "collaboration". She worked together with incredibly talented people. Of course she didn't sit alone in a studio and compose all this music by herself! But she did sit in a studio with talented musicians and work it out. Some of the greatest musical works in history were the product of collaboration. And while I do not, for a single second, think of Beyonce as one of the greatest musicians of our time, a lot of what she helps to produce really is impressive.

To say something as horribly elitist and ignorant as "you need to be able to do everything yourself to be considered a genius" is to admit you have no idea what you are talking about, and that YOU, in fact, are the true idiot.

And @39- from what research I was able to garner she does, in fact, have a rather heavy hand when it comes to her music and its production. Where are you getting your ideas from? Pure speculation?

Posted by Johnny Liverwerst | October 28, 2008 12:41 PM

#20 this is just cemented proof that Bob Fosse's choreography was so solid and timeless that it could be set to anything.
Gwen Verdon just out-danced Beyonce.

Posted by gfrancie | October 28, 2008 12:55 PM

Charles, just start a soft core porn blog and be done with it.

Posted by burgin99 | October 28, 2008 1:02 PM

@42 - Spending about 20 to 25 lines discussing - nay, defending - Beyonce, yet telling someone else to get a life. My, what a humorous little piece of snot we are.

Posted by Yawwwwwwwwwwwwn | October 28, 2008 1:06 PM

johnny liverwurst. the point still stands; she doesnt actually write her own songs by herself and most certainly isnt the lead song writer or producer of her music. the claim was that she writes and produces this all herself.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | October 28, 2008 1:26 PM

Thank you 17,20, and 27 for making my day

Posted by Non | October 28, 2008 1:47 PM


The claim was not that she writes and produces this all herself. I said it at the beginning of my original comment, and I said it again in the follow-up comment: she collaborates with others.

So does Bjork (someone who, in my opinion, really IS one of the greats), so does Bowie, so do so many other amazing artists. And while, I must stress AGAIN, I do not think Beyonce is on the same level or caliber as those artists, I do not think she should be punished or insulted or called a hack for collaborating on her music production.

I'm sorry if my original statement didn't repeat the word "collaboration" more than once, but it is there, and that is what I meant. She is no singer/songwriter, but that is not a requirement to be really, really good at what you do.

By the way, I am in no way a Beyonce fanboy. While I enjoy a couple of her songs I mostly avoid her work. This defense I'm giving may make me appear otherwise, but it's true. I just hate it when people go "OMG you like something MAINSTREAM or POPULAR? EWWWWWWWWW GROSS!" It's juvenile and immature.

Posted by Johnny Liverwerst | October 28, 2008 1:56 PM

@46: who gives a shit who wrote it? Are they buddies of yours? If it's a good song, it's a good song, period. If you're more concerned about the tabloid personality, then yes, it's just AWFUL what's going on here, but if you're listening to music, LISTEN to it. The Beach Boys didn't play on Pet Sounds, either, but SOMEBODY did, and it was good. I think this is a pretty good record.

Posted by Fnarf | October 28, 2008 2:14 PM

i vote "genius" as the most over-used word of all time.

go ahead and call me an ignorant elitist, johnny, but if an artist cannot "do everything" his/herelf, they are not a musical genius. if that word applies to beyonce, it has no meaning whatsoever.

Posted by brandon | October 28, 2008 2:34 PM

A better comparison for Beyonce/Fosse:

Although I'm not sure WTFs happening at the end.

Posted by sasha fearsome | October 28, 2008 3:20 PM

Fnarf, look who originally applied adoration to a person for their great talent in creating the songs and seems ignorant of how songs are made. It wasn't me. A good song is a good song but crediting someone with song making ability when it's mostly singing ability really doesn't hit the mark right.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | October 28, 2008 3:53 PM

And when someone such as Beyonce uses auto-tune software when recording, they really don' have much singing ability anyway.

Posted by KeeKee | October 28, 2008 4:20 PM

I don't know from auto-tune software but I know kick-ass production and fun, effective pop hooks when I hear them.

Haters are way off on this one...the song rules.

Posted by Matthew | October 28, 2008 4:50 PM

@48 - Continuing in your now quite impressive train of ignorance, trying to slot Bowie in with the big-bootied bore or the little Icelandic penguin when it comes to their "collaborative" methods is about so off the mark as to be ridiculous.

Enjoy the ass. Just try not to talk about music. Of which you know squat.

Posted by Honey, I think the wurst has gone off | October 28, 2008 6:58 PM

She ripped off these gals...

Posted by Mikey | October 28, 2008 8:39 PM

Charles - you give me the creeps time and time again but I have to agree with you that that video is transfixing. ... Although I think I may like it for reasons other than yourself.

Posted by kittenchops | October 28, 2008 9:08 PM

Ha! There is this one part around the 1:30 mark where she does this insane kick-boxing type move 2 or 3 times that I feel I need to teach myself. Also interesting, apparently she didn't even want a ring from Jay-Z,,20231956,00.html?xid=rss-topheadlines

Posted by thecandyqueen | October 28, 2008 10:40 PM

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