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Music Corner Why I Hate: Grenade by Bruno Mars



Why I Hate: Grenade by Bruno Mars


Let me start off by saying this, I have tried really hard to like Bruno Mars, I really have. I have listened to every single he has released, but I just can’t get into the songs. I will admit this, Bruno has a great singing voice, but his choice of songs doesn’t seem to reflex what he is really good at. Now that I got that out of the way, let’s look at the video:



The video is okay, but there is still more that could have been done. I would have really liked to have seen some more of the past between Bruno and this woman, that way to show really show the relationship between these two. The video really doesn’t show why the woman is bad, but Bruno does sing about her in his lyrics, which I will get to next. Some other things I find weird about the video, why is there a group of people making causing Bruno trouble in the video? I know it is suppose to mean something, but really, it doesn’t seem to bring anything to the video or song to me. It feels like a forced way to make Bruno look like he is trying to do the noble thing, but nothing is really noble about the woman.


It would have also been nice to actually see more of the woman in the video, to really show what Bruno was going for. The first time we see the woman, is a picture at the 1:39 mark in the video. Something else to note is that it is just a picture or her, and not with Bruno. I understand that there will be pictures of her by herself, but wouldn’t it have meant more if Bruno would have had a picture of him with her, but you can see from the picture that she really doesn’t look happy to be with him. It would have really driven the point home that she really doesn’t care for him, without having to have all the things Bruno would do to show his love. I really don’t feel sorry for Bruno in this video, because I see no reason to. Bruno clearly knows she doesn’t care for him, but yet breaks his back trying to get her to like him. I really don’t care for that, and find it childish that he would go that far, instead of cutting his loses and finding a woman who actually cares for him. Well, enough of that, let’s look at the lyrics and really see why I don’t care for this song.


Song Lyrics


“I’d catch a grenade for you (yeah, yeah, yeah)
Throw my hand on a blade for you (yeah, yeah, yeah)
I’d jump in front of a train for you (yeah, yeah, yeah)
You know I’d do anything for you (yeah, yeah, yeah)
I would go through all this pain
Take a bullet straight through my brain
Yes, I would die for you, baby
But you won’t do the same”


Now, that is just what he is willing to do in the chorus for this girl, but as we all know, she won’t do the same. Seriously man, that is pretty sick, I understand that people say this kind of stuff all the time, and while some people actually do this, that it really shouldn’t be that big of deal for men to get upset about. I understand that a person wants to know that the other person should show that they love each other, but that doesn’t mean you have to say that you will do that to show you really love someone. Add to that, we say in the video that she is cheating on him, which shows that she doesn’t care for him, and that should be the end of that. But, I know that doesn’t always happen, because I have seen it happen in real life. Now let’s look at the second verse.


“Black, black, black and blue
Beat me ’til I’m numb
Tell the devil I said “Hey” when you get back to where you’re from
Mad woman, bad woman
That’s just what you are
Yeah, you smile in my face then rip the brakes out my car”


If this is the kind of woman that Bruno goes for, he is a sick person, and should probably realize, that she isn’t going to really be “loving” anyone. Which brings me to the next point about this woman Bruno likes, we can clearly see she doesn’t have a good personality, so that makes means that Bruno likes her for her looks, and wants her to change so he can have his good looking woman. This is where I really think I am turned off from this song, because Bruno is really whining because this beautiful woman will not love him and doesn’t show affection like he does, even though they clearly don’t have the same personalities. This is a situation that I would tell Bruno he needs to cut his losses, because she isn’t going to change for him, and you won’t do the same.


One more thing lyric I want to point out,


“Should’ve known you was trouble
From the first kiss
Had your eyes wide open
Why were they open?”


Now I know people have pointed this out before, but it really should be asked, how does he know her eyes were opened if his wasn’t? Why does that even matter, maybe she wanted to see his face maybe that is the time that it went all downhill for him there? Think about it, he probably started whining about that to her, which is what started it all, perhaps he is the reason she is like that.


As I said, I have seen something like this happen, which is probably why I really don’t care for this song, because I have seen someone break their back for a girl, and all she did was break his heart, and in the end, they didn’t stay together, even though they broke up and started dating off and on again, and ended up losing more than just a girl in the end. Bruno is simply whining that this girl doesn’t like him the way he wants her to, and that is super annoying, and seeing how I have seen this happen, I really can’t get into this song. Yes, he is hurt about this, but he is too stubborn to move on and forget about this woman who would rather see him die, than stay with him.


Closing Statement


I really think Bruno should stay away from songs like this, simply because his voice isn’t really suited for this. Bruno might actually want to catch a grenade before he tries to do another song like this but there is a good thing about him releasing this song, I got to see this parody of his song:



Music Corner Why I Hate: Stupid Hoe by Nicki Minaj

The Music Corner has yet another video that is, well terrible.


Why I Hate: Stupid Hoe – Nicki Minaj

Well, this has to be one of Nicki’s worst songs to date, so here is the video to see why.

If anyone can tell me what is going on in this video that would be great. This is bad and I would go as far as to say it is worse than LMFAO stuff I reviewed. The beat is all over the place, and very annoying, plus I feel that most rappers are now trying to give everyone seizure with their videos, seeing how they feel that if they have a lot of flashes in the video, it will somehow make it less crappy.

Nicki, doesn’t help the video with what she is wearing either, and I have to wonder, how much make-up was used for this video, and who ever did make-up, I hope they were fired. Every scene of this video is annoying, and they try to cash in on planking, when it isn’t even popular anymore, they would have looked better if they would have Tebowed, at least that is still relevant, somewhat.

And what is with her eyes around the 2:39 second mark? That looks terrifying, and will probably haunt my nightmares now.

Song Lyrics

The lyrics, what can I say, it’s stupid.

“You can suck my diznik if you take this jizzes
You don’t like them disses, give my ass some kisses
Yeah they know what this is, givin this the business
Cause I pull up and I’m stuntin’ but I ain’t a stuntman”

This is not writing this is rambling. I don’t even think some of these words are actual words. This doesn’t make any sense, and I really hope this isn’t a sign of future songs from Nicki’s new album.

“You a stupid hoe, you a, you a stupid hoe [x3]
You a stupid hoe, (yeah) you a, you a stupid hoe
You a stupid hoe, you a, you a stupid hoe (stupid, stupid)
You a stupid hoe, you a, you a stupid hoe (you stupid, stupid)
You a stupid hoe, you a, you a stupid hoe (you stupid, stupid)
You a stupid hoe, (yeah) you a, you a stupid hoe (you stupid, stupid)”

That is supposed to be the chorus of this song. There is nothing fun about this, it is to repetitive, and clearly only composed of four words. This shows that she clearly didn’t work too hard on this song, and I wish she would have never released it.

“Yes, My name is Roman, last name is Zolanski
But no relation to Roman Polanski”

Clearly Nicki is trying to be Roman for this song, I guess, and all I can say is stop it, I don’t like it, and neither do the other 534,937 people who have disliked your video as of this writing.

“Stupid hoes is my enemy
Stupid hoes is so whack
Stupid hoe shoulda befriended me
Then she coulda probably came back”

Stupid hoes is not your only enemy anymore, poor writing can also be added to that list.

“I am the female Weezy… ”

I think you are right, because I haven’t cared for him in a while now, and if you keep it up, you will fall into that same category.

Closing Statement

This video is so bad and I really didn’t try, because remembering this video just isn’t worth it. Nicki has released a new video, and it is far better than this, but that isn’t saying much.

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Fyreharticles – My (Current) Top Ten Favourite Anime Opening Themes

Ah yes, anime. From my humble beginnings watching Sailor Moon & Pokémon as a kid, to watching the likes of Hellsing, Trigun & Tenchi Muyo! Ryo Ohki as I got older, it seems like I’ve always had some sort of interest in anime, even before I knew what I was watching was called anime. Continue reading


Music Corner Why I Hate: Call Me Maybe


Why I Hate Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen


This song has been haunting me for weeks now, what with all the radio play it gets and all the covers of the song that don’t help. Here is the video and see if you can guess the ending to the video within the first 30 seconds:



So I hope you guessed the ending, because I was able to call it the very first time I saw this video. As for the rest of the video, what is there to say? She looks like she is 12, but she is really 26, but at the end of the video, looks like she is dressed like a 60 year old lady.


The first part of the video is pretty lame, what with her reading the lame sexy book that only people who are past their sexual peak would read. It also doesn’t help that the only reason they have that book is to make a poor excuse for a dream sequence that only lasts a few seconds and serves no purpose to the video.
The second part of the video isn’t any better with the car wash scene. Clearly she doesn’t know what to wear to try to get the attention of a guy, I mean seriously, you are 26, why are you wearing the tank top and short shorts and not a bikini? We also see that a short fall will knock you out because it is only logical for that to happen. This is also where we get the pointless dream sequence that is barely there and makes the video drop yet another level.


We finally end on the band performance with the big payoff that the video was leading up to, the guy she has been crushing on the whole time, is gay! No offense to anyone, but that ending is simply stupid. Why do this, why not have a better payoff or make a better video that will actually make it better.


Let’s end this with the music, it was okay the first time I heard it, but after the 5th time I heard it in one day it really gets annoying, plus with all the parodies I have heard makes it even worse. Now let’s look at the lyrics and see if that can save this song.


Song Lyrics


I threw a wish in the well,
Don’t ask me, I’ll never tell
I looked to you as it fell,
And now you’re in my way

I’d trade my soul for a wish,
Pennies and dimes for a kiss
I wasn’t looking for this,
But now you’re in my way


So this is how we start off, this stuff is boring and dull, and uncreative in every way. There is no attempt to make this a really good song and is simply a sign of poor writing, now I see why Justin Beiber must like this music.


Your stare was holdin’,
Ripped jeans, skin was showin’
Hot night, wind was blowin’
Where you think you’re going, baby?


This is what she does to rhyme stuff, please stop. This isn’t good, and it isn’t entertaining anymore.


Hey, I just met you,
And this is crazy,
But here’s my number,
So call me, maybe?

It’s hard to look right,
At you baby,
But here’s my number,
So call me, maybe?

Hey, I just met you,
And this is crazy,
But here’s my number,
So call me, maybe?

And all the other boys,
Try to chase me,
But here’s my number,
So call me, maybe?


So this is what everyone is going crazy for. The second part of the chorus has become a meme and is one of the reasons this song has become so annoying. There is so much better stuff out right now that it is sad to see this song get so much attention.


You took your time with the call,
I took no time with the fall
You gave me nothing at all,
But still, you’re in my way

I beg, and borrow and steal
Have foresight and it’s real
I didn’t know I would feel it,
But it’s in my way


Versus two doesn’t add anything to the song and there really isn’t anything else I can add that will not be along the lines or boring and dull, so this seems like a good place to stop because there is no redeeming qualities to this song.


Closing Statement


This song is bad, and it doesn’t help with all the parodies, but there is one that I like:

The Fox

PTVP Music Roundtable – Chinese Food, The Fox, and Give it 2 U

The Fox



Hey peeps. Something a bit different for this week. Jeff, Gil, JB, Thomas and Zell put their minds and ears to the test to review popular songs of today. This first Music Corner will be a doozy. We have Chinese Food from Alison Gold, The Fox from Ylvis, and Give it 2 U from Robin Thicke (w/h Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz). Let us know your thoughts and give us some suggestions for the future.

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Top 10 Most Underrated Styx Songs

Hello readers, I’m a big fan of classic rock. I’ve listened to classic bands like Boston, Rush, Journey, REO Speedwagon, and many more. I love all of them but the band that I personally seem to connect with the most is Styx. I just love their musical style and the ever evolving sound that they have. Now when most people think of Styx, they think of songs like Renegade, Lady, Mr. Roboto, Come Sail Away, Snowblind, and Blue Collar Man. I think those songs are great but I also think that there are songs by Styx that don’t really get the recognition that they deserve. So I present my opinion on the top 10 most underrated Styx songs.


#10 – Love is the Ritual

In 1983, Styx guitarist and vocalist Tommy Shaw left the band to pursue a solo career. The band was stuck with a decision to either wait for him or replace him. Styx ended up going on hiatus until 1990 when they came back together with a brand new guitarist and vocalist in Glen Burtnik. During their hiatus, the era of Glam Metal and upbeat rock songs was booming. To capitalize on this,  Dennis DeYoung had Burtnik use of of his songs called Love is the Ritual on their new album. Many fans have criticized this move because it really departs from the traditional Styx sound. The song itself though rocks in my opinion and is definitely underrated.

#9 – Mother Dear

In 1975, Styx had a much different look to it. Tommy Shaw had not yet joined the band to for the classic line-up and a man named John “J.C.” Curulewski was their guitarist and one of their songwriters. This was also the year that Styx had finally broken into the big leagues by signing with A&M Records after 4 albums released by the Wooden Nickel label. They released the album Equinox during this year and one of the songs written by Curulewski was titled “Mother Dear”. After Curulewski’s departure from Styx, the band pretty much retired all of his songs. This one was rather good despite it’s unorthodox message to it.

#8 –  Father OSA

These days, Styx doesn’t really give much attention to their first four albums. With the exception of Lady, Styx has pretty much retired everything from Styx I to Man of Miracles. This song in particular comes from their second album titled “Styx II”. I guess that was a thing back then which really was popularized by Led Zeppelin. Anyways, in the middle of the album, Dennis DeYoung plays an intro of Little Fugue in”G” leading into this song; which in my opinion is an amazing prog rock song that really does not get the credit it deserves.

#7 – A Day

John Curulewski was probably well known for his unorthodox tone in his songs. This one is no different. In this little piece, he is simply talking about your average day from dawn to dusk. It also deviates in speed and tempo from the beginning to the middle. It begins in an almost calm and soothing way and goes into an upbeat guitar solo, then just goes straight back to a slow and calming tone. Basically, this song takes you for a ride. Overall, this is a great piece of music from Styx that is relatively unknown to casual listeners.

#6 – Golden Lark

I’ve been on a lot of message boards and Youtube videos. A lot a people are pretty quick to dismiss the Man Of Miracles album. I read thing like it being simply “..the album before Equinox”. While it may not have been Styx’s most memorable work, there is a song on there that I think is really underrated. That being Golden Lark. This is not a hard rocking song at all. But it really is a beautiful work from the band. Dennis DeYoung is on lead vocals and plays the main melody for the song.

#5 – Queen of Spades

Many Tommy Shaw’s era Styx fans are quick to shun Dennis DeYoung for putting out works like Babe, and Don’t Let it End. But the man was also capable of putting out some really heavy stuff when he wanted. Perfect example of this is none other than Queen of Spades from the Pieces of Eight album. This song here takes you into near Heavy Metal territory. Note that when this album was released, heavy metal was still quite in it’s infancy and coming into it’s own. From what I gather, this song never really got much play in live concerts and never really got truly recognized by casual listeners.

#4 – Man in the Wilderness

From my research, I came to the conclusion that fans online think that The Grand Illusion was the best Styx album that the band put out. It’s hard to argue with that too. It had classics like The Grand Illusion, Come Sail Away, Miss America, and Fooling Yourself. But one song that I think doesn’t get as much recognition from fans is Tommy Shaw’s B side song Man In the Wilderness. It starts off slow but then works its way up into a hard rock song. And the message that Shaw conveys through the song seems very genuine if you know how he came about to writing it.

#3 – Lords of the Ring

This song, from the Pieces of Eight album, definitely has a more throwback feel to it. It feels like a throwback to Styx Wooden Nickel days. If I had to select an album, I might say Man of Miracles. But the whole song is actually two tracks of the album. It begins with an intro called “The Message” and goes right into the main song afterwards. This song was written by Dennis DeYoung, but was sung by lead guitarist James “JY” Young.  The overall composition is great in my opinion. To my knowledge, this song hasn’t had much recognition or live play. At least until recently when Styx had their “Grand Illusion and Pieces of Eight” throwback tour.

#2 – Claire De Lune – Ballerina

If there’s one thing I love about Styx, it’s the fact that they took chances and combined certain songs with classical tunes of the past. Dennis DeYoung did just this in the last track of the Crystal Ball album. In the end he, Tommy Shaw, and James Young came out with a masterpiece of a song that just blows my mind every time I hear it. What I love about this song is the guitar solo that is shared between Shaw and Young at the end. Some of the greatest guitar work by both guys is shown in this number. I think it’s so unfortunate that to my knowledge, this song received very little to no live play in concert. And because of that I think this song is extremely underrated.

#1 – Suite Madam Blue

Why is Suite Madam Blue ranked at number one? After all, it has had live play in concerts right? Yes, but the reason I think that this song may be the most underrated Styx song of all time is the fact that a lot of people seem to forget about it. Instead they focus on other songs that Dennis DeYoung wrote such as Babe, Mr Roboto, Come Sail Away, Don’t let it End, Lady, and the other things that they either love or shun. But most seem to forget that DeYoung had written Suite Madam Blue. This song is probably one of the more emotional songs by Styx and one of the most beautifully composed pieces. At one point it even goes into a full blown metal song. Plus the message about America is strong and ever present in this master piece. Suite Madam Blue is probably one of the greatest songs written by Styx, but unfortunately gets lost in the shadow of their other works.

These are the 10 songs by the classic 70’s rock band Styx, that I truly think do not get enough credit. What do you think? Do you have another song in mind? Let me know down in the comments and thanks for reading!