Howdy ladies and gents and welcome to another edition of the Random Blog series, today I’m going to be talking about a song that has attached itself to my head for just around a month now and is so addictive that I just have to talk about it. The song in question is called “Please Mr. Kennedy“.
Now for those of you who watch films frequently, you’ll know what song I am referring to immediately, but for those not in the know here’s a quick summary. The recent Coen brothers film, Inside Llewyn Davis came out in the UK last month and while the main response from the film is positive, there a great number of people that disliked the film passionately. Love it or hate it, one can’t deny the quality of the soundtrack which is just amazing. But there is one song in particular that stands out from the rest and that is “Please Mr. Kennedy“.
Just have a look at the scene and song below:
Haha, good stuff. Loads of people agree that this scene is arguably the best part of the film because it is so light-hearted, silly, fun and hilarious. Literally after the film ended this was the song that I was thinking about for hours afterward and when I found the song on YouTube I was all over it. I think because of the moody and quite depressing nature of the film, when a song like this comes so out of left field, you can’t help but get down with it because of the charm and upbeat nature.
I fell in love with song not only because its funny but also because it sounded good too. While I’m not overly keen on folk music, there are exceptions to the rule and this song just had me. The instrumental side of things is gorgeous and then there’s the vocals, Oscar Isaac has a lovely voice, Justin Timberlake is a proven talent in the world of music and he continues to excel here too and Adam Driver’s hilarious contribution with his bellowing voice was especially fun. Isaac and Timberlake compliment each other very well and their vocals blend like butter on toast, Isaac is the secondary singer in this trio but his contribution should not be overlooked. Timberlake is the star here and his voice is more suited to pop and R&B, but surprisingly it works nicely here and when he gets to put his vocals to work at those high points it he is awesome. But of course the person most people were paying attention to was Driver, he’s the separate guy who sings and shouts the backing parts and he is amazing, his voice is so deep and the delivery of his lines is SO funny with those facial expressions. Tell me after this song is over that you couldn’t hear the words “OUTER SPACE!”, playing in your mind over and over again haha.
So to conclude, I don’t know whose idea it was to put this song in the film, but whoever it is deserves a medal as “Please Mr. Kennedy” might one of the most memorable songs in recent film history. Obviously that is a big statement, but besides the songs from Frozen‘s soundtrack, I don’t think I’ve found a song so addictive and fun. Together Isaac, Timberlake and Driver crafted a song that’s catchy and all-round fun.