Sunday, December 25, 2011

The Top 100 Songs of 2011 -- #37: "MoneyGrabber" -- Fitz & the Tantrums

Plenty of throwback performances were put in this year, but perhaps none were as intriguing as that of Fitz & the Tantrums. The LA neo soul six-piece released their debut Pickin' Up the Pieces last year, but word-of-mouth didn't really reach the general public until earlier this year.

Featuring the charismatic Robert Fitzpatrick, himself an indubitable cross between soul singers like James Brown and the theatrics/look of David Bowie (basically, think of Bowie doing soul, and here's your result), the band broke onto the scene with "MoneyGrabber," a fitting example of their retro-ish musical tendencies.

The song is incredibly funky, a welcome breath of fresh air to this year's rock music charts. An air of classic Motown precedes it, and that's before Fitzpatrick and singer Noelle Scaggs enter into the fray.

Its energy is infectious, too. Joyous youth abounds on "MoneyGrabber," despite its lyrical content.

And speaking of that lyrical content, I think everything can be summed up in the chorus: "Don't come back anytime, you've already run me dry / This is your payback, money grabber." Oh, snap!

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