VIDEO: Janelle Monáe “Tightrope”

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Rex Rabbit, sound engineer for the Bunny Perspective, is back with a new music video review! Here’s a shocker, Rex really likes Janelle Monáe. Why isn’t she more popular, again? Everyone seems to like her.

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  • danbreunig

    What do I think? Well…

    SOLO, REX– S O L O !! You got the skins there, use `em man!

    I kinda see her on her way to the next Wacko Jacko. This current generation hasn’t really had one yet, and such things are cyclical. But since everything today is internet-interconnected and no one really has patience anymore for good things developing, she may just be one more flash in the pan or a one-year-wonder at best. I’m not saying she’s bad, just that culturally that’s our mentality. There are fewer and fewer artists anymore with real mass staying power past one to two years.

    80’s-influenced pop + sci-fi themes = Peter Schilling. There’s a precedent.

    A couple possible references besides Michael Jackson: that opening she sings at the start of the video sounds suspiciously like the funky pinball segments they had on Sesame Street–really funky! And the guys in the black robes with mirror masks made me think of the humanoids from The Black Hole–which would make sense with the love between human and robot theme, since the humanoids were humans turned “robot” via lobotomies.

    Ah, Mike–nice to finally see the man behind the gloves!

    • Thomas Stockel

      Is that true, though? I think it’s always been that way. We have had one-hit wonders since the first 45 was pressed…

      For you too young to know, 45s were these tiny vinyl records with just two songs on them. I know, crazy, right? ;)

      Anyway, I think it is a combination of factors that guy an artist noticed; exposure, talent, studio support and a powerful fan following. You don’t have to have ’em all; just look at Justin Bieber and Will-I-Am for proof of that. Sometimes it takes a couple albums to get an artist noticed. Sometimes it can take years before megafame strikes.

      • danbreunig

        Well yeah, there always will be that, and like you said it’s been that way since the beginning and will always happen as such. What I meant was that I noticed more frequently in the last few years was that there are more and more one hit wonders and flashes in the pan at one time than I can remember. And I really feel it’s because of how interconnected we collectively are now–when any info you want is at your fingers and on whatever device you carry on you, the mystique and discovery of an upcoming artist becomes less. It’s like whatever timeframe it takes for an artist to pay dues and rise to and keep lasting stardom has now been shrunken considerably.

        And yes, I came into the world after 45s and 8-tracks, but I do remember vinyl, and tapes, and when I was a little kid and I first heard of these things called compact discs I thought they would be available only to millionaires.