Please help me identify this song, so I can buy it from Amazon and listen to it a thousand million times and maybe someday put it on a mix cd!
May 24, 2010 12:11 PM   Subscribe

Hivemind, can you help me identify this song? Beat : strong, very danceable. Vocals : female, thick (like honey). For part of the song, she ends each line with "uh huh." I feel like it's a (recent) popular song, but every time I hear it, there's too much ambient noise for Shazam! to identify it.
posted by Afroblanco to Media & Arts (44 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Do you remember any of the lyrics? Can you capture an audio sample next time you hear it?
posted by tantivy at 12:19 PM on May 24, 2010

Could it be KT Tunstall's "Black Horse And The Cherry Tree"? It's "woo hoo" instead of "uh huh" but it's fast, has a danceable beat, and has been popular for a few years.
posted by ocherdraco at 12:21 PM on May 24, 2010

Response by poster: hmmm, no. The voice is kinda similar, but the song I'm thinking of is a lot more like electronica -- in fact, it may be all electronic.

Good song, though!
posted by Afroblanco at 12:25 PM on May 24, 2010

Fastlane, by Esthero? (Sorry, no link to audio.)
posted by hammurderer at 12:32 PM on May 24, 2010

Response by poster: no, it definitely has more of a "dance" sound and less of an "r&b" sound.
posted by Afroblanco at 12:33 PM on May 24, 2010

Response by poster: (last comment was for greg nog)
posted by Afroblanco at 12:33 PM on May 24, 2010

TiK ToK by Kesha?
posted by prenominal at 12:36 PM on May 24, 2010

Response by poster: Hmmm, not Tik Tok. I'd say the song is more "hipster dance night" and less "mainstream dance club" if that makes any sense.
posted by Afroblanco at 12:58 PM on May 24, 2010

Goldfrapp comes to mind...
posted by General Malaise at 1:23 PM on May 24, 2010

Could be something by The Gossip - maybe Standing in the Way of Control or Pop Goes the World.
posted by sprocket87 at 1:46 PM on May 24, 2010

The Teaches of Peaches...
posted by tartie at 1:54 PM on May 24, 2010

Robyn - Bum Like Me ?
posted by rollick at 1:55 PM on May 24, 2010

Where did you hear it? Party, grocery store, sbux? Knowing this can help direct a diagnosis.
posted by yoyoceramic at 2:22 PM on May 24, 2010

Response by poster: You know, I thought it was Peaches at first because the vocalist sounded like her, but I think this song is pretty recent and I don't think Peaches has had a hit recently.
posted by Afroblanco at 3:58 PM on May 24, 2010

Somebody ... Lady GaGa? ... somebody sampled Peaches recently, in a mainstream radio song. Not sure if that's useful or not.
posted by Alt F4 at 5:46 PM on May 24, 2010

17 by Sky Ferriera ?
posted by jeffamaphone at 5:56 PM on May 24, 2010

Is it this:
posted by Philemon at 6:23 PM on May 24, 2010

Response by poster: If it helps, I would describe the vocal style as more "talky" and less "singy." But it's not rap or hip-hop.
posted by Afroblanco at 6:39 PM on May 24, 2010

Lady Gaga: Poker Face?
(talky in parts, dance, but not really hipster)
posted by prenominal at 6:51 PM on May 24, 2010

Response by poster: No. It is not Poker Face.
posted by Afroblanco at 7:10 PM on May 24, 2010

That's Not My Name by The Ting Tings?
posted by tantivy at 8:33 PM on May 24, 2010

Here's a long shot: KLF - 3 A.M. Eternal
posted by Sutekh at 8:38 AM on May 25, 2010

Britney Spears - Circus?
posted by nicebookrack at 10:24 AM on May 25, 2010

I really hope this works out. I'm dying to know what it is.
posted by jeffamaphone at 6:08 PM on May 26, 2010

Well, did you figure it out yet Afroblanco?
posted by jeffamaphone at 9:49 AM on June 22, 2010

Response by poster: No. And I haven't heard it since. I'm even considering getting in contact with the DJ from the wedding where I last heard the song.
posted by Afroblanco at 3:15 PM on July 8, 2010

Maybe we should go clubbing this weekend.
posted by jeffamaphone at 4:50 PM on July 8, 2010

... well? Did you go clubbing and find out the answer?
posted by tantivy at 11:08 PM on July 13, 2010

No, AB never got back to me. I'm still up for a fact-finding mission though.
posted by jeffamaphone at 5:19 PM on July 14, 2010

I'm strangely obsessed with this question; where have you heard it, other than at the wedding?

There was a leaked song around the time of your original question -- "Dance" by Kelly Clarkson, that's supposedly from her upcoming new album. I don't want to post a link to it, what with it being leaked and all... But it's easily searchable enough and available on some music blogs, if you want to listen to the full version. Youtube has a very brief clip.

But obviously this can't have been it if you heard it at a wedding! Did it sound eightyish and vaguely like newer Depeche-Mode synth in parts?
posted by prenominal at 8:05 AM on July 15, 2010

Response by poster: Couldn't find the Kelly Clarkson song. MeMail me a link, maybe? Not sure about the Depeche Mode synths, can't speak to that. I just remember a strong beat, and that the vocalist sounded a LOT like Peaches in Fuck The Pain Away.

Anyway, I just emailed my buddy whose wedding this song was played at. Hopefully he can put me in touch with the DJ. Somewhere in his collection is this song. IT DOES EXIST, I promise you.

And jeffamaphone -- you know, there really are more reliable ways to get ahold of me for making weekend plans!

posted by Afroblanco at 8:36 PM on July 15, 2010

The DJ Batsignal has been lit...

He may have been doing a mashup at the time, he did quite a few that night.
posted by schyler523 at 9:58 PM on July 15, 2010

I can't imagine what could be more reliable than Metafilter.
posted by jeffamaphone at 10:14 PM on July 15, 2010

The DJ suspects it may be one of two songs:

Dirty Projectors - Stillness is the move
xx - Crystalized
posted by schyler523 at 6:52 AM on July 16, 2010

Ironically the meetup in Portland this weekend is probably going to delay a ruling on these until Monday. How will we last the weekend in such suspense?
posted by jeffamaphone at 1:22 PM on July 17, 2010

Response by poster: Okay, so I listened to the two songs that the DJ suggested, as well as the Kelly Clarkson song. And, unfortunately ... no dice.

The best way I can describe the song -- a vocalist whose voice sounds like Peaches on "Fuck the Pain Away," and music sounds similar to La Roux's "Bulletproof."

And of course, the "Uh huh" chorus.

Someday, I shall find this song.

I've even created a Pandora station, and seeded it with the suggestions from this thread. My quest will not cease.
posted by Afroblanco at 12:13 AM on July 29, 2010

Okay, we're going to Bubble Lounge this week.
posted by jeffamaphone at 3:26 PM on August 2, 2010

Well, we totally failed. Sorry everyone.
posted by jeffamaphone at 3:05 PM on August 6, 2010

Best answer: I found it. I found it I found it I found it I found it I FOUND IT!

And you're going to hate me. Because it doesn't sound anything like how I described it. Except for the chorus. Which kinda sounds like how I described it.

The song? Home, by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes.

And yes. Sorta countryish. Not electro at all.

Please don't kill me.

Anyway, if you want the full story... it's actually not exciting at all, but sort of inevitable. My buddy hosts a TV night at his apartment, and this week we were watching the show Community. And they play this song at the end of the episode Debate 109. And when I heard it, I knew this was the song.

But you know what? It's a good song. A damn good song.

And y'all have introduced me to a whole genre of music that I wasn't even aware of. So I guess that's something.
posted by Afroblanco at 10:13 PM on August 23, 2010 [2 favorites]

Here they are, performing on Letterman. I never thought I'd describe hipsters as "adorable," but you can't watch that and not think they aren't the cutest thing ever.
posted by Alt F4 at 10:33 PM on August 23, 2010

Response by poster: And to be fair, the chorus for Home kinda has the same beat as the verse part of Bulletproof. Man, that would be awesome if somebody did a mashup of the two... I wonder if anybody's thought of that yet.
posted by Afroblanco at 10:42 PM on August 23, 2010

We hate you. But it is forgiven, because this song is too happy-making for killing.

Now, what is this genre?
posted by iamkimiam at 5:41 AM on August 24, 2010

No chance we would have heard this in the club, I suspect.
posted by jeffamaphone at 11:33 AM on August 24, 2010

Response by poster: I think I heard it first at Elbo Room, actually. But Shazam failed me.
posted by Afroblanco at 3:38 PM on August 24, 2010

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