Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Nice Try, Willow Smith But You're No Ashley Tisdale!

Unless you've been living under a rock or have no computer (which is basically the same thing), chances are you're already familiar with Willow Smith's "Whip My Hair". Over the past couple of weeks the song has become a cult phenomenon with parodies and cover versions flooding the internet. At first I thought it was just the novelty of Will Smith's daughter releasing a single but "Whip My Hair" is genuinely catchy - albeit in a slightly annoying and repetitive kind of way. I guess I also find it amusing that a 9 year old girl has put all the pretenders in check. "Whip My Hair" is fiercer than anything RiRi or CiCi has released in years! Willow also brings her A game to the video (below), which isn't half as cringeworthy as I expected. I'm not sure how I feel about a bunch of kids dancing like Kaci Battaqlia at a strip joint but it's cute and colourful. Most of all, it warms my heart that Willow recycled Eva Simons' wig from "Silly Boy"! Respect. However, as much as I'm warming to the new and improved Rihanna, there's one hurdle I can't quite overcome. Every time I hear "Whip My Hair" I get the urge to play Ashley Tisdale's stunning and vastly superior hair anthem.

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Of all the flop albums released by Disney queens (Vanessa Hudgens, Emily Osment etc), Ashley Tisdale's appropriately titled "Guilty Pleasure" is the most underrated. Released in 2009, the diva's sophomore album is a veritable treasure trove of trashy pop music. It only spawned one single - the fabulous Kelly Clarkson rip off "It's Alright, It's OK" - but has since developed a cult following thanks to amazing gems like "Hair". I almost wet myself laughing the first time I heard Ashley's ode to luscious locks. What drugs where the songwriters smoking when they came up with this stunning verse?

Tonight I'm gonna fix it up real nice
My Shirley Temple curls, I want you to mess 'em up
I'll put on a bow 'cause I want you to know
That you got your name on my heart


The track is utterly ridiculous from beginning to end but I'm completely obsessed. I love the jawdroppingly bad lyrics, revel in the tacky chorus and ache for the diva's read thin vocals. "Hair" is a slice of pop trash heaven! I guess that's my problem with "Whip My Hair". Willow is just too classy to compete with a heavenly being like Ashley. Team Tisdale all the way!

11 comments:

The Prophet said...

Both are defining anthems, I don't know which one I love more!

And Willow is fierce, but she hasn't slayed RiRi and CiCi just yet. Bey on the other hand...

Matt said...

lol i love that u love Ashley!

Anonymous said...

Whip My Hair is the song of the year!

Anonymous said...

I was waiting for you to mention Guilty Pleasure Mike...the whole album is good! It pains me to admit but many of the recent disney queen albums are really good. Disney are pretty good at putting together a great group of songwriters and producers.

My favorite track is "Tell me lies"

Mariah said...

Ciara > Willow > Rihanna > Shit > Beyonce

and I love Ashley! I think I'm going to download her album now.

And the recent Disney princesses have been amazing. Miley, Emily Osment, Selena Gomez, Taylor Momsem...

the writer said...

Willow is trying too hard to be the next Ciara.
Disney Princesses, except Miley, have been realising very good albums lately.

Mike said...

Guilty Pleasure is amazing!! Ashley is so much better than Britney and Miley!!

And I agree Willow wants to be CiCi. I have no idea why beause that flop can't even give her shit away!

Ashley forever!

Anonymous said...

you have to take a listen to emily osment's "fight or flight". it's the best pop album i've heard all year!!!

willow should go back to kindergarten.

Alex K said...

PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's Alright, It's OK is a P!NK RIP OFF NOT A KELLY CLARKSON RIP OFF UGHHh

Also, the best song on that album is TELL ME LIES.

Mike said...

Emily's album is great.

And I love Tell Me Lies too!

Anonymous said...

You people are ridiculous...Willow totally knocks Ashley out of the water simply based on age. She is only 9 years old and is amazing so imagine how far her career can come by the time she's Tisdale's age...and maybe she won't even be doing a lame ass show on CW.