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Trevor Sayers brings us “New Dance In School”: The Reggae Version of “Respect and Obey Authority”

January 13, 2011

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You know what, I should probably backtrack a bit here. This probably isn’t reggae, technically speaking. Probably wouldn’t be fair to call it dancehall either.

In fact, I actually have no idea how to classify it. So, for now, I’m just going to call it “Faith-Based, Reggae-Like, Dancehallish, Childrens’ Music.” Or, in other words, crap.

Now, I’m not sure if Trevor Sayers was simply trying to capitalize on the enormous success of X-tReMe Power’s “Respect and Obey Authority,” but it sure as hell seems like it, and that’s not cool.

That said, I must say Sayers’ use of the cat in this song was quite innovative, at least within this genre. Respect.

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T, Respect and Obey Authority!

December 22, 2010

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Don’t hate (yet) — as far as songs that brazenly call for you to avoid sticking it to the man go, X-tReMe Power’s “Respect and Obey Authority” is likely a classic.

Of course, given the extremely limited sample size meeting the aforesaid criteria, that’s probably akin to saying the Crop Circle Song is a sublime example of pseudo-paranormal-related mantra music from an unsigned artist, but that’s beside the point.

I’m just trying to determine what’s more disappointing here: The obtuseness of the message itself, or its performance.

I mean, maybe I’d be more inclined to keep it under 70 on I-95 tomorrow…if these kids could actually sing. Sing or at least break out some percussion beyond that of a Rock Band drum kit (and an unconnected one at that).

For the record, I don’t blame you, kids. As bad as that was for my ears, you’re still the true victims of all this.

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