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"What I Am" vs "Don't Give Up"

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by Beauregard, Jun 21, 2012.


Which do YOU prefer?

  1. What I Am

    9 vote(s)
  2. Don't Give Up

    2 vote(s)
  3. Pop Stars Don't Belong on Sesame Street

    0 vote(s)
  4. An Orange Sings Carman

    3 vote(s)

  1. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Hey, for some reason these two songs always get lodged in my head and I get them mixed up all the time (possibly due to some auto-tuna), but my question is, which is your favourite?

    Also, I'm wondering if the new Sesame Street movie will carry a similar message to these songs (which would work great for an Ernie vs Bert movie...where they would obviously start out antagonistically come to appreciate each other at the end.)
  2. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    It'd help if they didn't make the music videos look like carbon copies of each other.
  3. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Yeah, they are very much a green-screen situation.
  4. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Is it a style thing, or is plain white background just cheaper?

    As for the music itself... I dunno... What I Am is a better song bar none. In tone and substance. Plus, it comes down to Will I. Am (who I really like) and Bruno Mars (who's "Soul Sister" song drives me nuts, and it's one of the worst pop songs out there, with that pointless "......Toniiiiiiight" thrown it at the end of the chorus).
  5. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Actually, that's not Bruno Mars, that's Train who does that song... and I actually like it myself.
  6. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    I noted when I first saw "Don't Give Up" it was clearly made based on the positive response to "What I Am" (song about confidence, celebrity, white background). I think the first one is better, though the second one isn't that bad. I don't listen to most modern music, so I can't say anything about the artists. I don't think it's fair to hate the songs based on the artist performing it.

    I will say this, Bruno Mars looks like he's having a lot more fun than Will.i.am was. But then again, everyone's said that.
  7. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member


    Then what the crap is that song Bruno Mars sings?
  8. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Are you thinking of "Girl you're amazing, just the way you are"?
  9. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Ah... they sound all the same to me.

    I don't care how positive those songs are, they're dangerously close to what I call "wuss Rock."

    This dude LOVES him some Rolling Stones and Queen, though.
  10. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Well, I think pop songs of today aren't as bad as they were back in the 90s... I mean, talk about a scene when you've got a school bus full of pre-teen kids singing along with the radio to lyrics like: "Picture this, we were both buck naked, bangin' on the bathroom floor."
  11. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    Don't Give Up for the win most definately! I always loved Kate Bush and i thought it was a dream come true for her to duet with Peter Gabri...what?...oh...never mind...
  12. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Firstly, a couple of weeks ago I was listening to "What I Am" and I started to feel really emotional. I don't even know why. Is that weird?

    Anyway, I have to say, I enjoy What I Am better as a song. It seems to have a lot more energy on the performers part (except for Will I.Am, that is), and it's just catchier to me. However, Bruno Mars' vocals are far better, so the song gets some points for that.

    Also, does the song remind anyone else of the Smarter, Stronger, Kinder song?
    MikaelaMuppet likes this.

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