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“Hey, Eugene” by Pink Martini

Posted by on Oct 24, 2014 in Best Playlist Ever!, Pop Music!

Ever heard of Pink Martini?  No?  Don’t worry…you aren’t alone.  In a world where Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea and Nicki Minaj have two or three hits out at a time, a band like Pink Martini doesn’t stand a chance.  They perform grown-up music (for grown-ups!), covering several styles and decades of music.  A lot of their material is pretty esoteric and sophisticated, so it almost feels like they’re slumming with “Hey Eugene!,” a straight-up pop song about being young and carefree in New York City and dancing to Rufus.  For a bunch of eclectic cool cats, they can sure write a lighthearted Top 40 hit.  Actually, that is wishful thinking on my part; this song was not anywhere on the charts, although Cee Lo Green did pretty well “F*** You,” a song that has a verrrry familiar “Eugene-esque” chord progression.  (To be fair, I have no proof that Cee Lo or any of his people are listening to Pink Martini and lifting their material.  But, still…I gotta wonder.  See below.)

Hey Eugene!

“Hey Eugene!” came out in 2007.  Three years later, Cee Lo Green cashed in with “F***You,” which sounds to me a whole lot like a sped-up version of “Hey Eugene!”  Take a listen (to the clean version) and judge for yourself…

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