Thursday, November 8, 2012

Cult of Personality: Ke$ha & Nate Ruess - "Die Young" (Jungle Thunderdome?)

"Die Young" is a mildly apocalyptic, sugar-coated "dance til we die" jam along with some half-assed satanic rituals/pseudo-orgy-tinged visuals... complete with that inherent layer of Hipster sleaze and over-produced shitty-ness. Ke$ha's your typical she'd-be-hot-if-she-showered-more-often kinda dirty [blonde] girl; But I must say, she's really cleaned up a lot since first bursting onto the music scene with Animal/Cannibal EP (2010). Nate Ruess, who scored 2+ MAJOR hits this year with fun., helped Ke$ha co-write "Die Young" and Dr. Luke, Benny Blanco, and Cirkut all had a hand in the production end of the Electro-Acoustic hybrid track. Ke$ha's second album, Warrior, is slated for a December 4th release and will also include a handful of note-worthy appearances from Iggy Pop, Wayne Coyne, Ben Folds,, and Patrick Carney (The Black Keys).

Like I was starting to say up there, before some debonair young fellow rudely interrupted, Ke$ha's visual accompaniment for the first video-single pulled from Warrior is honestly one long, strange twisted trip. "Die Young" abruptly kicks off with a morbid image of Ke$ha being pulled and carried out of a hearse and into a dust-filled ghost town by a few chiseled men. Miss Sebert and her scantily-clad, cult-like followers then manage to slither their way into a boarded up abandoned Mexican church. What ensues next seems to be a slightly choreographed Dance PARTY/softcore orgy, which is accented by quick flashes of either a pretty, glammed-up Ke$ha or wrestling wolves, Illuminati idols, and things of that nature. A shit-ton of boob-grabbing, pelvic thrusting, and all sorts of sleazy hi-jinx goes down... until Ke$ha eventually surrenders to the PARTY-wrecking Federales outside.

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