Friday, July 12, 2013


Justin Timberlake, "Take Back the Night" (...)

JT's latest single, off the promised sequel to The 20/20 Experience, is called "Take Back the Night." It's about dancing, basically. There's no nod here to the other meaning of the phrase, which could, I guess, be a case of outright celebrity obliviousness. (As a friend pointed out, that's actually probably the best-case scenario here.) The track sounds more classically JT than a lot of the songs on the first 20/20, to my ear, but I'll be side-eyeing until his next release, "March of Dimepieces," drops.

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Shouldn't the Take Back the Night sign read "tonight"


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This is so stupid. The song isn't even good enough to distract me from him repeating the phrase over and over again. Take back the night from what exactly, in this song? Next up, a song about wearing fedoras and suit vests, with the refrain, "My body, my choice," right?

It's just another case of wondering, wow, really, out of the many people who doubtlessly had to sign off on this, not one had a problem with it and spoke up?


@yeah-elle That's what pisses me off about it. It's like when Jennifer Lopez performed for that Turkmenistan dictator. They pay people to have judgment for them, and they still decided, nah, let's ignore that information.

Lily Rowan

@yeah-elle Seriously. It was definitely googled by someone who had to sign off! (Or, the assistant of the person who had to sign off.)


@Lily Rowan Right?? Even if Timberlake himself is an oblivious human-shaped collection of fancy suits, rockery, and moldering N*Sync memorabilia (and as Emma and her friend pointed out—this is best case scenario), surely someone on his team had heard of Take Back the Night before. It's not exactly some obscure, niche, ephemeral thing. It's been taking place every damn year since the mid-70's in cities and towns around the whole damn globe. It predates Timberlake himself. HOW?

Lily Rowan

@yeah-elle My point is, it's not like someone had to already know about it. There are magical ways of finding how if and how phrases have been used already!


@Lily Rowan Oh no, you're totally right. It just upsets me even more to think that someone probably did know about it already, and just didn't care.


"March of Dimepieces" OH MY GODDDD


This song is alright but not great. The only two songs on 20/20 that I care for are "Suit & Tie" and "Mirrors." The rest of them are all too long, I'd say bordering on bloated and/or indulgent. I have moved on to being eat up with "Blurred Lines" for the foreseeable rest of the summer.


Well this is depressing. Is this real life?

Also is it just me or are JT's eyes dead?


@Gulf of Finland And, you know, the thing about a Timberlake... he's got lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll's eyes. When he comes at ya, doesn't seem to be living... until he bites ya, and those black eyes roll over white and then... ah then you hear that terrible high-pitched screamin'.


@Vicky Timbernado?

I'm Right on Top of that, Rose

Take Back Take Back the Night! Let's take back the phrase from those buzzkill ladies let's take back the party culture that has disappeared in America let's take back being young let's take back my personal relevance oh god how can i get back to when i was really popular and making memorable music


I am so sad about this. So, so sad. I hope people write long things about how sad/angry this makes them and JT is overwhelmed by the outrage and apologizes and holds TBTN fundraisers at every concert he has for the rest of forever because that is the only way this can make me feel even the least bit happy.


Really? This after your horrible video where you treated naked women like college art installations? Fuck you.

I feel better.

Lisa Frank

This is worse, but it reminds of me of Jay-Z coming out with those "Occupy All Streets" t-shirts and then when questioned about it saying something to the effect of "Whoa, whoa we can't blame the 1% for all of these problems." Ugh, fuck off.

When you just say that ‘the 1 percent is that,’ that’s not true," Jay-Z said. "Yeah, the 1 percent that’s robbing people, and deceiving people, these fixed mortgages and all these things, and then taking their home away from them, that’s criminal, that’s bad. Not being an entrepreneur. This is free enterprise. This is what America is built on.”


I feel like Thriller-era MJ (who is probably too good for this anyway) would've really made this song pop. This is strangely low energy.

Chareth Cutestory

I heard a DJ announce the title on the radio today and I was REALLY disappointed when the song wasn't JT's feminist response to "Blurred Lines."

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