TV on the Radio
A wee novelty project, not quite and album and a wee bit more than just an EP, but mostly this serves as a reminder that before he sold/souled out and took the easy-easy money CeeLo Green had passion and vibrancy and was innovative and interesting and could rap or sing a hell of a hook…big soul voice beaming proud.
So TV on the Radio is CeeLo spinning lines and rhymes over well-known/loved TV theme tunes. It kicks off with the them to Taxi – so that’s me sold.
And some of these tunes are served as big pop bangers in their own right – the Knight Rider theme has been used in this context before of course.
Highlights – in terms of cleverly subverting the original, having fun, making something new, including Wonder Woman (using the theme from Family Ties) and You’re A Good Man Cee Lo Brown (with the Peanuts theme, again well-loved and used, but cleverly appropriated here too).
It’s nice to find things like this – because CeeLo seemed to just be taking the big money, even before that shitty Fuck You/Forget You fiasco of a song. He went into hiding for a bit and then snuck this out last year. I hope he does more of this sort of thing; it’s fun and even (sometimes) funky.