Every week (just about) the contributors to The Irrelevant will share the one thing we've been into this week. It can be a movie, a book, a song, an album, some youtube video, a random meme, or twitter user, anything that's been taking up more space in our mind than it should. We want to share this with you because we like sharing things we're into.
Childish Gambino - This is America
CNCO - Sólo Yo
This week I discovered four new awesome Spanish songs, but only one really stuck out. I’ve heard CNCO on Spotify and have been slightly obsessed with some of their tracks, well just two. One of the songs I heard was their remix with Little Mix on “Reggaetón Lento” and that was also when I got the sneaking suspicion I was listening to a boy group.
“Sólo Yo” came up in my new release playlist and I have played it maybe five times a day everyday. The thing is I don’t care about looking up the group or reading their history or listening to other songs to be honest. I barely watched the video today to find out what these guys looked like and I kind of regret it. I mean 12 year old me would have been all over that, but I just want to listen to the song over and over again and mostly for dancing purposes since I didn’t pay attention to the lyrics. That was also something that I kind of regret looking up because...well they’re a boy band and when you get down to translations it's not too far off from a One Direction song. However, my favorite part is the mini breakdown where they sing:
Y es que tú te vuelves loca
Mami, se te nota
Lo dice tu boca, ah ah ah
That rhythm is so catchy. The ending stands out too, rather than just fading out there's a super short sax solo that closes out the song and it feels a little out of place, but it works. You don't have to know what these guys are saying, you'll get that it's a love song and definitely one you can groove to.
The History of Comedy
This week a lot of things came out among them Childish Gambino’s This is America video. I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been hearing this song at least three times a day since I heard it on Sunday. Also everybody and their mother is talking about the song. I’m not because I’m better than that.(Ed. Note: Sorry Joseph, his words not mine.)
This week what really grabbed my attention is The History of Comedy documentary from CNN. The History of Comedy came out last year but with the power of streaming I got to see it this year. The series has eight episodes which covers the spectrum of modern comedy. Well anything that was televised at least.
I had some problems with it like it covers every little about National Lampoon but it gets a nod nonetheless. Mad magazine also is mentioned in the same sentence as National Lampoon. I think both of these publications had led to some counter-culture comedy and of course the birth of anti-comedy which we see later in the eighties.
The series website is also pretty great some little featurettes that wasn’t shown on the show.
Overall the series is a great conversation piece and something I still think about even as I’m seeing other things. Also this is one of the better trailers of the show if you need some convincing.
There's approximately 374 Netflix Original shows out there and I don't fault anyone for not wanting to invest any time into the endless barage of Netflix Original after Netflix Original. That being said, Everything Sucks! is a completely enjoyable, quick, easy, and feel good view that I would encourage anyone who's looking for a "snack" show to watch.
The show is set in the 90s, and they showcase that off right away in the description of the show. That fact alone made me click it if only to see if it actually IS 90s, growing up in the 90s I am of course an expert. From the top of the show The Mighty Mighty Bosstones start playing and I was in. From there the references to movies, and music of the 90s were all over the place. I especially liked when they showed an Oasis CD arriving via mail, CD clubs were so cool.
Most of the characters in the show are exaggerated stereotypes. You have your A/V nerds, your Drama kids. Surprisingly no jock. What really stands out are the two main protagonists of the show. Jahi Di'Allo Winston who plays Luke, and Peyton Kennedy who plays Kate are so good that every time they're on the screen I don't care about the weakness of the other characters. Luke is a freshman who is obviously talented in film making, has a complicated relationship with an absentee father and is being raised by his single mom, while Kate is a sophomore who's being raised by her single dad who just so happens to be the principal. Luke is enamored with Kate the moment he lays eyes on her, but Kate is dealing with figuring out her sexuality. His pursuit of her and the way their relationship evolves is so compelling and sweet, sensitive, and sincere it's one of the best things I've seen on any show. They both deliver standout performances. These two young actors have the potential to be huge stars, and I hope they do.
Sadly, Everything Sucks! is canceled, so there won't be a season 2 but the 10 episodes that exist of this show are well worth investing a day in. Watch this show and be delighted.