I’m a huge admirer of Robin Thicke’s talent. All controversy aside, he’s really good.
He taught himself how to play piano at the age of 11 and was discovered by Brian McKnight at age 14.
He released a debut album that didn’t go anywhere. I’m sure lots of people didn’t know what to do with a white R&B singer who looked like a hippie in the early 2000s.
After that bomb, he wrote songs for Christina Aguilera, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Mary J. Blige and Pharrell Williams.
It wasn’t until his album, “The Evolution of Robin Thicke”, that he spawned a hit. Granted, it wasn’t a mainstream pop hit, but an R&B hit. “Lost Without U” is a beautiful song and one that first made me say, “Ooh, who’s that?”
When I first heard “Blurred Lines“, I loved it! I thought, “Man, that is a sexy, awesome song.”
When I first saw the video, it rubbed me the wrong way, a little bit. Not overly so, just a little bit. I think it’s hard to understand, unless you’re a woman, how it feels to have a Terry Richardson-esque video with naked women dancing around fully dressed men singing about how much “you know you want it.” It feels kinda dirty and not in the fun way. I didn’t really hold it against him though. I know what the publicity machine needs to do.
Then the whole Miley twerking fiasco happened. I was honestly more insulted by the horrible, latex, nude booty shorts and flapping butt cheeks of one Miley Cyrus than the grinding of Robin Thicke.
Then there was the Marvin Gaye controversy. Pharell openly admits that he and Thicke took a big page out of the Gaye hit “Got to Give It Up”, a song that I also love.
People got up in arms. How dare he borrow from something so sacred. I couldn’t care less. I don’t think the song is a direct copy. Inspired, yes, copy no. We all know you can’t copyright chord changes or arrangements.
Honestly, I think that people just need something to bitch about. I’m looking at you Nicolas Payton. Ha!
I would imagine that, as a wife though, it might feel a little different. Hence the Thicke-Patton divorce.
Yes, I saw the picture of Robin grabbing some groupie’s butt in a mirror reflection. Gross. Unless, they had an open relationship, I’m sure that this, coupled with all the controversy, drove their marriage over the edge.
How many marriages, founded in obscurity, survive a catapult to fame, controversy and infamy? How many marriages survive, period?
His latest album is a 15 song ode to getting his wife, Paula Patton back. Do I think that will work? Hmmm, I don’t know. It depends on the real motivation for his work. Is it to just prolong the controversy or is it a true call for his wife to return?
The album is being panned and has been a sales loser. But maybe this is were Robin actually shines. Outside of the penetrating lime light.