Aggh! So great it makes both my frontal lobe and limbic system ache.
Janelle Monae, “Tightrope” – from the album The ArchAndroid (2010)
Great song. Great video. AMAZING dancing. Beautiful – people, singing, dancing, concept. It doesn’t get much better than this.
The thing it brought most to mind for me, on the first couple of listens (I’m going to be playing this all week – HEAVY rotation), was James Brown. In part for the funkiness, and the horn section, but mostly for the exuberance, the unrestrained, over the top pleasure, the gonad groove of it all. Like “Sex Machine” coming on at Melkweg or Nickie’s when you’re toasted enough to be loose, but not too toasted to jump, and everyone does jump onto the floor and throw it every which way.
It also made me think of another exuberant funky r&b dance song, Archie Bell & The Drells, “Tighten Up” (1968) – and there is something there, I think, beyond just the connection of the names.
(thanks to GreatDismal for the hook-up)
- Janelle Monáe | Official Website: Photos, Blog, Videos, Interactive, Chat and more. – jmonae.com.
- The Playlist: Janelle Monae – “Tightrope” [ft. Big Boi]: “It’s just a star performance all around, and god knows we need those lately.” (via Pitchfork.)
- Janelle Monáe, ‘The ArchAndroid’ (Wondaland Arts Society/Bad Boy): “Janelle Monáe boasts so much shape-shifting talent that she had to invent an android persona just to begin to accommodate it.” (via Spin Magazine Online.)
- Janelle Monae – Tightrope (Live): “Janelle goes crazy, crowdsurfing and dancing with fans. MUST SEE” (via NME.COM.)