I’d read the phrase ‘my milkshake brings all the boys to the yard’ in Time magazine and then somewhere online and figured I should learn where it comes from (I don’t listen to the radio anymore). It’s from ‘Milkshake’ on Kelis’s new album Tasty. It’s another one of those songs that has such a great funky, sexed-up, Prince-worthy bass arrangement – but stupid lyrics. For this song – the verses are dumb but the ‘la la la la the boys are waiting’ has a nice edgy sex-worker feel – and the intervals of the melody are fun too. I feel the same about ‘Oops… Oh My!’ by Tweet and Britney’s ‘I’m a Slave 4 U’. All three are great horned-up songs that tap your root chakra but the words behind them betray the lusty pop arrangements. Just like I think that Destiny’s Child’s ‘Survivor’ song had a great melody but that ‘I’m a survivor, I’m gonna make, I’m a survivor, keep on survivin” is just a stupid stanza. If you’re gonna pay the high priced arrangers to do such great music why not hire a better librettist?
I totally just trashed my argument by using the word librettist.