In Briefs: Ohs in Pop Songs

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: This just occured to me, reflecting on the Katy Perry song.

If you took the “Oooh Oooh” from California Gurls and played it right after the “Ooh Ooh Ooh” from Tik Tok, and the “Ooh OOh OOh ooh” from Miley Cyrus’ Party in the USA….I think it’s almost the same noise.  I would love it if someone put them all together, for the sake of furthering my cynicism and bitterness.

JESSICA BADER: I believe all three songs are from the same producer.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: That is fascinating!  And ridiculous!  I guess it’s easier than writing lyrics.

AKIE BERMISS: I work with a few pop singers — and you’d be amazed at how heavily Oohs figure into the song-writing process.

ZOE RICE: Bad Romance is so made by the Ohs. I don’t know Miley’s song, and I can’t remember the Oohs in tik tok, which I’ve only heard once or twice, but Lady Gaga can ooh or ohh any day and I’ll love it :-)

MOLLY SCHOEMANN:  They are pretty catchy.

AKIE BERMISS: Agreed on Lady Gaga, she’s pretty much mastered the retro-art of the Oh/Ah… but i suspect that in about a year or so its going to be tired.  She’ll need something else.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: Have to say, I’m experiencing a bit of Gaga backlash.  Now that the world has embraced her, I like her less.

DAVE TOMAR: It’s true.  She needs to abide the Madonna principle.  Without doing any research to back it up, I presume that Madonna is no stranger to ‘ohhs’ and ‘oohs.’  But she changes costumes every year.

I’m not sure Lady Gaga has that level of charm though.  She’s more like a Vegas act gone international.  I give her this, she’s a more convincing female than RuPaul.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN:  Speaking of Lady Gaga’s looks, can I take a moment to bemoan the fact that aside from her there are very few celebrities/actresses/singer/songwriters who do not have tiny, pert, cookie-cutter noses?  Or that those who do, tend to have work done to ‘fix’ them (ahem, Ashlee Simpson).  As someone with a less than perfect profile, I wish I had more prominent-nosed role models in Hollywood.  But I probably never will!

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