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WOOKINPANUB
02-18-2013, 10:02 PM
I've been meaning to post this for months, even more so since their big win at the Grammys. They're wildly popular and I must admit I find a certain appeal to the few songs of theirs I've heard; that certain appeal being the harmonies. ButI can't get past the lead singer, who sounds like Kripky (Kwipky) on The Big Bang Theory. Am I the only one that can hear nothing but his speech impediment when he sings?

Ever since the first (of the umpteenth) time I heard ". . .give me just a second I need to get my stowy stwaight" I have been pehpwexed that I've never heard anyone else mention it.

God help me when I heard someone compare him to Freddie Mercury I almost plotzed. They may be going for some Queen-like arrangements but to compare Nate J Fudd to Freddie is a travesty.

Is anyone else hearing what I hear?

GrandWino
02-18-2013, 10:12 PM
I like them a lot. "We Are Young" is catchy as hell.

The official name of the band is fun., by the way, lowercase f with one period at the end.

WOOKINPANUB
02-18-2013, 10:21 PM
I like them a lot. "We Are Young" is catchy as hell.

The official name of the band is fun., by the way, lowercase f with one period at the end.

Sowwy.:(:p

drewtwo99
02-18-2013, 10:31 PM
I've listened to We Are Young and Some Nights about 30000 billion billion times since they came out and I've *never* noticed any sort of speech impediment.

I agree that comparing his vocals to Mercury is hilariously wrong though. He doesn't sound ANYTHING like Mercury and they use autotune a lot to hit artificially high notes (and they don't even try to make it sound natural, it sounds like auto tune).

Lucas Jackson
02-18-2013, 11:32 PM
I like them. My GFs roommate plays the constantly but I have to say I do love them. I don't hear the impediment you speak of but I also agree that Nate is no Freddy.

I like every song on their album, my favorite being Stars. (http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=WCjy0OdNtrc&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DWCjy0OdNtrc&gl=GB)

SeaDragonTattoo
02-19-2013, 01:19 AM
I think you're hearing an auto-tune hitch. The auto-tune is annoying to me in general, and speech impediments such as lisping I find annoying, too, so I would be surprised if I hadn't picked up on something like that by now. I just hear an auto-tune issue. I don't know why they use it so much. I get it as an effect, but they use it even with some of the regular, non-harmonized parts such as the beginning of that song. That's what my ear hears, anyway.

I don't get it. Nate doesn't need it, the track he did with Pink is unadulterated as far as I can hear (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpQFFLBMEPI&list=LLzjh3pdDFbJNkFZ8LIKis9w), and there are other tracks where he sounds fine, too. I guess it's just part of what fun. uses for their "sound." I still somehow like them for the most part, but I have to skip that one horrible track with the extra-crazy tuning that gets super shrill, I don't remember the name.

JSexton
02-19-2013, 10:32 AM
I'm reasonably certain that the overuse of autotune in Some Nights is intentionally over the top. I think the song is about the compromises he made to finally get an album on the charts after struggling for a decade doing his own thing. Right before the autotune kicks in, he sings "when I hear a song, they sound like this one" and then goes nuts with autotune. Pretty sure he's making fun of everyone else.

At least, that's my take.

GrandWino
02-19-2013, 10:38 AM
I wouldn't compare Nate to Mercury either, but they definitely have a theatrical Queen-like sound in their arrangements (I'm listening to "Some Nights - Intro" and it sounds like it could be off of Night at the Opera.)

Sicks Ate
02-19-2013, 10:46 AM
God help me when I heard someone compare him to Freddie Mercury I almost plotzed. They may be going for some Queen-like arrangements but to compare Nate J Fudd to Freddie is a travesty.

Is anyone else hearing what I hear?

I wouldn't compare him to Freddie Mercury, but a friend thought I might like fun. before I was aware of them and loaned me the disc. I listened to about 1-2 minutes of each song, and texted her something along the lines of "Bet you a dollar these guys were a Queen cover band before they got big".

So my first impression was also a Queen-like proclivity in arrangements.

Edit: Or, what he said but posted before me because I had to go get tea in the middle of typing my post:

I wouldn't compare Nate to Mercury either, but they definitely have a theatrical Queen-like sound in their arrangements (I'm listening to "Some Nights - Intro" and it sounds like it could be off of Night at the Opera.)

Freaky.

WOOKINPANUB
02-19-2013, 08:31 PM
Thanks for the feedback; never considered it could be an autotune thing, but then I'm not particularly savvy regarding that stuff. I do know what autotune is, and usually can detect it when I hear it so this is news to me.

Honestly, I don't mean to belabor the point but everyone's comments have me even more puzzled. I can't not hear the singer's odd pronunciation (or lack of) of "r"s. Even after having it pointed out, none of you listened for it and heard it?

That's really a rhetorical question; I'm not trying to turn any fans against them, it's just such a glaring thing to me. Oh well, everyone enjoy!

drewtwo99
02-19-2013, 08:39 PM
I just turned the song on and have it blasting loud straight into my ears... and I'm not hearing any r -> w conversion.

I don't hear fweind or stowwy at all.

melondeca
02-19-2013, 09:38 PM
I preferred his voice when he sang for The Format.

typoink
02-19-2013, 09:42 PM
Mostly ditto, melondeca, although I thought Aim & Ignite was a solid album, too.

Moonchild
02-19-2013, 10:48 PM
I like "Carry On" and "Some Nights" a lot, but I have to say I'VE NEVER HAD A SONG GET STUCK IN MY HEAD like "Some Nights." It's to the point that I can't even listen to it. No kidding, it was playing in my head so consistently one night I had trouble performing sexually. :eek:

apollonia
02-20-2013, 07:52 AM
Ever since my husband watched a music video of fun. and asked "Is that Mark Wahlberg????" I can't unsee it. (https://i.chzbgr.com/maxW500/6550955776/h20834363/)

Labrador Deceiver
02-20-2013, 08:55 AM
The first time I heard Some Nights I told my wife that fun. sounded like the bastard love child of Queen and Chumbawamba. I didn't mean that to sound quite as critical as it does.

ZipperJJ
02-20-2013, 10:56 AM
I'm not a fan of fun. Mostly because they are severely over-played on the radio stations I listen to. They've got 3 songs in rotation right now and it's just too much. Too much.

I am also not a fan of African drums and autotune in my modern rock. Pretentious to my ears.

bobkitty
02-20-2013, 12:28 PM
I'm reasonably certain that the overuse of autotune in Some Nights is intentionally over the top. I think the song is about the compromises he made to finally get an album on the charts after struggling for a decade doing his own thing. Right before the autotune kicks in, he sings "when I hear a song, they sound like this one" and then goes nuts with autotune. Pretty sure he's making fun of everyone else.

At least, that's my take.

(nitpick)
The line is "When I hear a song, it sounds like a swan"- ie, swan song, which ties it into the lines before all being about endings. The line just ahead of the auto tune is "man you wont believe the most amazing things..that can come from some terrible lies" where lies is the auto tuned word.

(/nitpick)

Your interpretation of the song, however, is correct.

I lovelovelovelove Some Nights, have a growing appreciation for whatever the new song on the radio is, think the duet with P!nk is all kinds of awesome, but hate We Are Young with the fire of a thousand suns.

actualliberalnotoneofthose
02-20-2013, 01:22 PM
I'm not a fan of fun. Mostly because they are severely over-played on the radio stations I listen to. They've got 3 songs in rotation right now and it's just too much. Too much.

I am also not a fan of African drums and autotune in my modern rock. Pretentious to my ears.

Same here. We might listen to same station(s). They have 3 overplayed singles. "We are Young" seems like it's been in heavy rotation for 2 years. Whenever someone mentions fun and how they are new I am perplexed. Same goes for a few other newer or recently crossed-over bands I've been hearing on alternative rock radio for years.

SurrenderDorothy
02-20-2013, 01:27 PM
(nitpick)
The line is "When I hear a song, it sounds like a swan"- ie, swan song, which ties it into the lines before all being about endings. The line just ahead of the auto tune is "man you wont believe the most amazing things..that can come from some terrible lies" where lies is the auto tuned word.

(/nitpick)


Really? I could swear it's "they sound like this one". And it's "some terrible nights" (https://twitter.com/OurNameIsFun/status/186517895143104514), too. "Sound like this one" makes so much more sense, I think

Anyway, they're my current love. I don't listen to a whole lot of really any music radio, so it usually doesn't bother me when something is overplayed. Same happened with Dog Days are Over and Rolling in the Deep. I heard "Some Nights" play once on the radio and instantly loved it. Snagged the album when it was $3.99 on Amazon. It's okay. I really like some of the songs and others are unbearably poptastic and sound like the stuff I hated a few years ago.

All-in-all, I have a feeling that in about six months, I'll be pretty much out of love with them and rather embarrassed that I ever listened to them on purpose. For now, though, I'm quite enjoying them.

MsWhatsit
02-20-2013, 01:32 PM
Really? I could swear it's "they sound like this one". And it's "some terrible nights" (https://twitter.com/OurNameIsFun/status/186517895143104514), too. "Sound like this one" makes so much more sense, I think


It's "nights." (https://twitter.com/OurNameIsFun/status/270315957078081536)

drewtwo99
02-20-2013, 05:16 PM
I thought it was nights at first, then looked up the lyrics online where someone had typed (nights/lies) because it was ambiguous. Then I listened again and again and it REALLY sounds like lies.

But thanks for the twitter link! Now we know they intended to say nights... but it's really bad enunciation on the "n" there.

MsWhatsit
02-20-2013, 05:22 PM
I agree. If not for the band itself confirming "nights" there's no way I'd believe it.

Just Ed
02-20-2013, 05:46 PM
Honestly, I don't mean to belabor the point but everyone's comments have me even more puzzled. I can't not hear the singer's odd pronunciation (or lack of) of "r"s. Even after having it pointed out, none of you listened for it and heard it?I've heard of fun., but don't think I've ever heard their music before (don't listen to much radio, and when I do, it's classic rock). So - not sure if it's due to being primed for it or not, but I can definitely hear what you're talking about; more so on "story" than "straight", but it's there.

Rollo Tomasi
02-20-2013, 09:07 PM
I just heard "Some Nights" today and made sure to listen very closely for what the OP is talking about. The only time I heard it was when the singer said "try twice," which comes out sounding like "twy twice," at least to my ears. But that seems to me to be just an instance of the singer getting the words a bit twisted, not a speech impediment or an affectation. Other than that, all r's seemed to be present and accounted for. And "story straight" sounds perfectly normal to me in "We are Young."

WOOKINPANUB
02-20-2013, 10:43 PM
I've heard of fun., but don't think I've ever heard their music before (don't listen to much radio, and when I do, it's classic rock). So - not sure if it's due to being primed for it or not, but I can definitely hear what you're talking about; more so on "story" than "straight", but it's there.

I know; wite!(?)

I guess the overwhelming opinion is that it's a fig newton of my imagination so I'll just suffer in siwence silence. No big whoop.

By the by, I heard the duet with Pink (???) and like it a lot. In fact, as I mentioned, I like everything I've heard by them as a whole, just not the singer. I aint no hater.

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