I’ve got a song stuck in my head, so that’s what I’m writing about today. Wicked has descended upon the New Orleans theater scene again. And I spent my Mother’s Day with my mom and daughter seeing it … for the third time. And I cried my eyes out during Defying Gravity … for the third time. (I can’t explain it. Maybe my period is coming.) Anyway, as the touring production was arriving, my friend, Vanessa, introduced me to Popular Song which lifts some of its melody and theme from one the showstoppers in Wicked. It was released by British singer-songwriter Mika and it features (because I am listening to the clean version, ladies and gentlemen) the vocal accompaniment of Ariana Grande (from Nickelodeon’s Victorious).
Despite the fact that I am most definitely not 13, THIS is the song I’ve had stuck in my head.
The story line has these two “misfits” addressing the popular kids. They lament about how they’ve never been popular and are only now getting attention from the in-crowd because they sing (professionally, one can only assume) popular songs that these jerks actually like. Who’s speaking … the gothy characters or Mika and Ariana? The song is multi-layered, like a bubble-gum flavored onion. (sarcasm face)
The video was just released a few weeks ago:
So, did you watch the video? Or did you just skip down to this paragraph? Cheater! Watch the video, especially if you know the song from Wicked. They did a good job weaving the original melody in with the new one. But seriously, at what high school IN HELL would these two not be popular? I’m supposed to believe that beautiful Ariana Grande would lose the attention of a boy to the goofy, blonde, horse-toothed, dead girl? Please. Miss Grande is one of the prettiest teenage girls I’ve ever seen. And this is coming from a (static noise)-year-old woman! Oh, and Mika? At the very LEAST, I would think his British accent and talking car would have managed to get him a little social action. I’m really not buying that they’re the dungeon-and-dragony outcasts here.
Still, I LOVE the song and its video. Here are just a few of my favorite lyrics:
Standing on the field with your pretty pompoms
Now you’re working at the movies selling popular corn
You hid during classes and in between them
Dunk me in the toilets, now it’s you that cleans them
You were singing all the songs I don’t know
Now you’re in the front row ’cause my song is popular
DO YOU PEOPLE KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS?!!?
Exactly! If I can just get ODNT to be number one on Google … or write a NY Times Bestseller … or (ooh!) maybe win on Wheel or Fortune or something, I can exact my revenge on all the jackasses who gave me a hard time as a kid. Plus, apparently all the cool kids are now pumping gas and scrubbing toilets. (My apologies to gas pumpers and toilet scrubbers who were not mean to me.) Also, I really like the idea of turning these people to stone. Although I might actually want to keep them around to serve as an example for any future jackassery in my life.
Who’s with me?