Pink - 'Funhouse'
Forgive me, ChartBloggerers, but as there is a LOT going on in this song, for reasons of space, we're all going to have to forgo the usual opening paragraph shenanigans and just get straight down to business. I know we all love the bit where we would normally have a bit of a think about pop music in general, or where an artist is up to in the career so far, or what the writer may be having for their dinner, but all of that is going to have to go, or we'll end up with a massive essay that no-one is going to read.
And yes, I know, it's entirely possible that no-one is going to read this in any case an...OH MY GOSH I'M WAFFLING. QUICK! WE NEED TO GET TO THE STUFF ABOUT 'FUNHOUSE' BY PINK! RIGHT AWAY!
(Here's the video. It's literal.)
Stuff About 'Funhouse' by Pink - Condensed Version:
For someone who is contemplating arson on...wait, is it an actual house or a stale situation in her life?...anyway, for someone who is thinking about burning something down, she sounds awfully calm. If this is a deliberate homage to the dead-pan Talking Heads song 'Burning Down The House', she deserves a TICK! for it. So here it is: TICK!
Can't stop myself singing "shut up and let me go". The Ting Tings are touring with Pink in America. Potential for jamming: Huge.
"This used to be a fun-house, but now it's full of evil clowns" - you get what she's shooting at here, and actually, written down it works better than it does out loud. Out loud though, via the medium of popular song, it's just plain weird.
Don't burn down the house full of evil clowns, Pink, they won't get out in time, not in those shoes. And what if one of them is new at the job? Surely he won't have had time to become truly evil. He might just be a bit of a swine. That's no reason to kill him! Just leave the house and go to a new house: A house you can have fun in, and operate a strict 'No Clowns' policy on the door. You're Pink, you can afford it.
Scary horror-movie funk needs scary horror movie sound effects to really capture the scary horror movie thing. This has a game go at it, but settles for proper funky rock music instead, which is fine, but feels like half-measures. Speaking of which...
The bit where she counts backwards from 9 to 1 and then there's a popping sound, and she cackles as says "fun" is also just plain weird. Not least because the popping noise sounds more like that thing you do with your finger in your cheek, rather than a bottle popping (and is it supposed to be a bottle of something flammable, or something drinkable? Or both? Firelighter smoothie, anyone?). The effect ends up being more a kind of Eeyore-ish sarcastic sadface "fun" than an actual fun happyface "fun". It's a little confusing.
Whoo! Dark swing bit in the middle...OMG there should totally be some fairground sound effects on that bit! That would RULE ALL!
"Once a tickle, now a rash" - ICK TO THE POWER INFINITY
Thank you for making it this far with me. That is all, you may go.