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Question Time: A 30 Day Bruno Challenge

Day 02: Favourite lyrics from each song on Bruno’s albums

Doo-Wops & Hooligans
Grenade

  • “Tell the devil I said "hey” when you get back to where you’re from" (ooooh, buuuuurrrn)

Just The Way You Are

  • “And when you smile, the whole world stops and stares for a while”

Our First Time

  • “Now here we are. In this big old empty room. Staring at each other, who’s going to make the first move” (This is perfect visualisation. You can see it like on a movie screen and you can hear that nervous tension in his voice)
  • And bonus line - “Like ice-cream on a sunny day, gonna eat you before you melt away” (the very first time I heard the song, I had to rewind and check if I actually heard that. So subtle but scandalous haha)

 Runaway Baby

  • “So many eager young bunnies that I’d like to pursue. Now even though they eating out the palm of my hand. There’s only one carrot and they all gotta share it.” (This line gets a lot of schtick nowadays but I thought it was genius of him to use the bunny-carrot line. And then the way you can hear his mischievous laugh through the last part, yes.)

The Lazy Song

  • “Today, I don’t feel like doing anything” (Firstly, I can relate to this. Secondly, I never realised that I didn’t actually have favourite lines from this song. It’s so basic haaaa)

Marry You

  • “Is it the look in your eyes. Or is it this dancing juice?”

Talking To The Moon

  • “In hopes you’re on the other side talking to me too or am I fool who sits alone, talking to the moon” (*epic cries*)

Liquor Store Blues

  • Oh goodness, I just love all of Bruno’s lines in this song. So yeah, that’s my answer - everything.

Count On Me

  • “You can count on me like 1, 2, 3” (Genius! How exactly has no-one sung this before?)
  • But really, I also love all of these lines. The scenarios describe a perfect friendship. 

The Other Side

  • “It’s better if you don’t understand” (That’s a great life motto right there)

Somewhere In Brooklyn

  • “While we were waiting, started conversating. Before I got her name, along came a train” (I love this song for making a little story come to life in my head)

Unorthodox Jukebox (x)
Young Girls

  • “Keep me up ‘til the sun is high, ‘til the birds start calling my name”
  • “All these roads steer me wrong but I still drive them all night long”
  • “Oh I still dream of a simple life. Boy meets girl, makes her his wife.”

Locked Out Of Heaven 

  • “Cause you make me feel like I’ve been locked out of heaven for too long" (I’m more about the sound than lyrics for this one. I think the hook is actually the cleverest line)

Gorilla

  • "If the neighbours call the cops, the sheriff, call the SWAT. We don’t stop, we keep rocking while they knocking on our door.”

Treasure

  • “Baby squirrel, you’s a sexy motherfucker”
  • “You know (<—-I’m still struggling to hear if it’s actually "know” lol) you could make my wish come true, if you let me treasure you.”
  • “You’re everything I see in my dreams. I wouldn’t say that to you if it wasn’t true.”

Moonshine

  • THE ENTIRE SONG. Literally every single lyric is my favourite and his songwriting here, in both music and words, is why Moonshine is in my all time top 3 Bruno songs.

When I Was Your Man

  • “Same bed but it feels just a little bit bigger now”
  • “All you wanted to do was dance. Now my baby’s dancing, but she’s dancing with another man.”
  • “I hope he buys you flowers, I hope he holds your hand. Give you all his hours when he has the chance”

Natalie

  • "I’m digging a ditch for this gold digging bitch
  • "The good Lord better bless your soul cause I done already cursed your name”

Show Me

  • “Your eyes say “please me” but your lips scared to ask"

Money Make Her Smile

  • “She don’t go where preachers preach. She only go to the church where dollars fall”

If I Knew

  • “I know it breaks your heart to picture the only one you wanna love in someone else’s arms.”
  • “I wouldn’t have done all the things that I have done if I knew one day you’d come”
  • “I wish we were seventeen so I could give you all the innocence that you give to me”
Sheeran backs Swift in Twitter fight

Ed Sheeran has weighed in on the Twitter feud between Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift over the MTV Video Music Awards nominations, claiming he’s on Team Swift.

Popstar Sheeran backed his close friend Swift in an interview with The Daily Telegraph.

“I think everyone knows that Taylor has done nothing wrong in that situation,” he said.

“She didn’t nominate herself for the awards. It’s not her fault, she just made some good videos and people think they’re good.

"And I think the Minaj point is a bit redundant, her point is that you have to be skinny and white to get a video of the year nomination but Beyonce’s 7/11 is in there and that is celebrating the female figure in every form,” he said.

Sheeran jokingly got involved in his own Twitter spat with fellow Video of the Year nominee Bruno Mars after being challenged to a WWF smackdown.

“@BrunoMars any way we do dis you gon’ come up short,” tweeted Sheeran.

“That Cut deep..U always know how to sheer me to the core. I can’t believe we’re Sheeran this in public. How dare u!” replied Mars.

Sheeran told The Daily Telegraph that he knew Mars was joking and wouldn’t be offended.

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The 30 Day Bruno Challenge

These questions are an adaptation of The 30 Day MJ Challenge (by michaeljosephjackson). Alex (wanderinghooligan) and I have changed some of the questions to make them relevant to Bruno. I hope to see more stories and thoughts from everyone! :)

  • Day 01: First song of Bruno’s you can ever remember hearing
  • Day 02: Favourite lyrics from each song on Bruno’s albums
  • Day 03: Favourite song from each album
  • Day 04: Least favourite song from each album
  • Day 05: Your current favourite songs
  • Day 06: A project that you wish we had “behind the scenes” footage for
  • Day 07: Favourite memory associated with a Bruno song
  • Day 08: A song that brings you to tears, or nearly
  • Day 09: Your favourite written interview
  • Day 10: Your favourite video interview
  • Day 11: Favourite song feature and/or songwriting collaboration
  • Day 12: A song you would like Bruno to cover
  • Day 13: A song you feel is underrated
  • Day 14: Favourite music video
  • Day 15: Favourite piece of dance choreography
  • Day 16: Your 10 most played songs, according to your music player
  • Day 17: A song you love to sing along with
  • Day 18: Favourite song done live
  • Day 19: Top 5 favourite unreleased songs
  • Day 20: A playlist you’d make to introduce a friend to Bruno’s music (10 songs, any released and/or unreleased)
  • Day 21: Recount your own personal journey of becoming a fan and identifying as a Hooligan.
  • Day 22: Have you ever performed for an audience or recorded yourself performing a Bruno song?
  • Day 23: A song that deserves its own music video but doesn’t
  • Day 24: An artist you would like Bruno to sing a duet or collaborate with
  • Day 25: Your reaction when you hear Bruno’s music being played in public
  • Day 26: A music video you wished you co-starred in with Bruno
  • Day 27: Your Top 3 live covers that Bruno has done
  • Day 28: A song you would like Bruno to sing to you personally
  • Day 29: A track you usually skip over
  • Day 30:  Your top 15 songs of all time (any released and/or unreleased)
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(via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPf0YbXqDm0)

Day 09 - A song that makes you want to dance

Mark Ronson - Uptown Funk ft. Bruno Mars

Bruno Bonnell, figure de The Apprentice, télé-réalité de M6

La chaîne M6 va lancer à la rentrée une nouvelle émission en prime time : “The Apprentice: qui décrochera le job?”. Et c'est Bruno Bonnell, chef d'entreprise rhodanien, co-fondateur d'Infogrames, qui tient le rôle principal de l'émission.

C'est une télé-réalité qui risque de faire grincer des dents à l'heure du chômage de masse. The Apprentice débarque en France à la rentrée. La chaîne M6 va lancer courant du mois de septembre ce programme qui existe déjà dans une vingtaine de pays. Le concept est simple: 14 candidats (7 garçons, 7 filles) vont s’affronter durant six épisodes pour remporter un CDI dans une grande entreprise.

L’émission va tourner autour de la figure de Bruno Bonnell, un patron rhodanien, PDG de Robopolis et co-fondateur d’Infogrames, éditeur à succès de jeux vidéo. “On a souvent une image dégradée du monde de l’entreprise. J’ai la volonté avec cette émission de faire découvrir le monde de l’entreprenariat aux Français”, explique-t-il.

L’homme de 56 ans incarne un patron exigeant et sans concession à l’instar de Donald Trump, le milliardaire, candidat à l’investiture Républicaine pour l’élection présidentielle de 2016, qui a joué ce rôle aux Etats-Unis. Et le business man français n’hésite pas à démontrer son caractère de bateleur lors des debriefings des cas pratiques. C’est lors de ces mises en situation que les jeunes loups s’affrontent. Par exemple, lors de la première épreuve, deux équipes emmenées par un chef sont formées. Chaque camp doit monter une entreprise de pressing et réaliser le plus important chiffre d’affaires. Le leader de l’équipe perdante est convoqué par Bruno Bonnell. Il doit au préalable nommer deux coéquipiers, responsables selon lui de la défaite. Sur ces trois personnes, une doit quitter le jeu.  

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Question Time: A 30 Day Bruno Challenge

Day 21: Recount your own personal journey of becoming a fan and identifying as a Hooligan.

Now here’s a story that I love to recount (I’m sure there are those of you who have heard it a countless amount of time aha). 

My journey started very distinctly with Grenade at the start of December in 2010. A friend of mine had posted the music video on facebook and being curious about this name that kept cropping up everywhere, I clicked to watch it. In doing so, I understood why he was getting recognition. Bruno Mars had an incredible, high soaring voice that was full of passion. I would definitely say that I’m an incredibly picky person when it comes to what I listen to and Bruno had managed to win me over in just one song. At that point, I was had not much awareness of the Top 40 as I was listening solely to Michael Jackson (plus Idina Menzel and a select number of Broadway musicals - my other obsessions). So I went on to check if Bruno could really deliver that same talent elsewhere. YouTubing led me immediately to his live cover of Dirty Diana. Not only what this a song from MJ, but DD is also one of my all time favourites in the world. Bruno, of course, absolutely nailed it. I had never heard of a MJ cover that impressed me in such a way. He could reach all the notes and put in all the emotion that was required - and he could play the guitar while singing like that. My jaw was most definitely hanging open in wonder and shock by that point.

So from that moment on, I started following his career as a fan and did my research about him by googling. I downloaded the EP and then the album - loved them - and listened to DW&Hs pretty much every day for a very long time. But the moment I became obsessed (same as for both Idina and MJ) was when I started youtubing for videos of him in interviews and being his funny self. The different Funny Moment compilations were definitely a great help in that. For me to really love an artist, there’s got to be the creative talent as well as the heart and personality to go with it. If someone can make me laugh and feel so incredibly happy both on and off stage, that’s so worth being a dedicated fan for. 

I was following his website/facebook/twitter updates (his weird goofy tweets were always the things I looked forward to) but I was pretty much fangirling by myself. I had no clue of the “insider” behind the scenes knowledge. That part of it came when I joined tumblr. The blogs I followed helped me to learn more about Bruno and everything related to him. There’s only so much you can learn by yourself, you know? I’ve always had community forums to go on with my previous obsessions - Bruno doesn’t have them. Everyone’s on tumblr and/or twitter, which are pretty hard to keep up with as there are no individual "threads" for topic discussions. I don’t remember when I made my own tumblr but I was beginning to reblog a few pretty graphics in December 2011. I started posting my own things and getting active in the tumblr world around May/June 2012 when I found some new Bruno things of my own (I remember it started with finding the ‘Count On Me’ video with Jaimo and the discovery of the private Genentech concert).

So it was sometime in my beginnings on tumblr, I thought that I thought that I could identify and actually deserve to be labelled as a proper Hooligan. Prior to that, I felt more like an “outsider” fan who just looked in on the truly obsessive fans (which is what I am now aha).

And that’s my story :)

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Day 18: Favourite song done live

Runaway Baby was most definitely a major favourite of mine for DW&Hs. I didn’t watch concert footage from all the shows, but I did search for a lot of Runaway Baby performances. It was one of the songs that Bruno did absolutely everything for. It had the full band choreography and the breakdown section with the James Brown/megaphone segment. Absolutely ADORED it to pieces. It didn’t matter that I knew what the routine was, each repeated viewing got me so energised and pumped! Other highlights for me were Top Of The World (wish he recorded and released it officially) and Grenade (for those glorious live arrangements in all the different versions).

I have yet to experience the Moonshine Jungle, but from what I’ve gleamed so far from the bits and pieces I’ve watched, I know for sure, that I’m going to have so many favourites for UJ. It’s all in the spicing it up for concerts with new band/vocal arrangements and choreographed moves. I already know that Gorilla and Our First Time (extreme version of the DW&H tour version) will be topping the list :D

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A month goes by so quickly!

Day 30:  Your top 15 songs of all time (any released and/or unreleased)

Of all time, hmmmm. The only ones I’m always certain of are the top 3: Grenade, Moonshine and Natalie. Everything else varies day to day and even just now, I’ve redone so many choices! As of right now, my choices would be as follows. 

  1. Grenade
  2. Moonshine
  3. Natalie
  4. Gorilla
  5. Runaway Baby
  6. When I Was Your Man
  7. Liquor Store Blues
  8. Show Me
  9. Locked Out Of Heaven
  10. The Other Side
  11. Mirror
  12. Young Girls
  13. Talking To The Moon
  14. It Will Rain
  15. Dance In The Mirror

And that concludes the 30 Day Bruno Challenge :)

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Day 15: Favourite piece of dance choreography

I used to be completely infatuated with the Runaway Baby choreography. I was already obsessed with the song (it had a lot to do with the funky bass riff) but seeing the live performance with those dance moves (that I didn’t expect to see him to do) took it to a whole other level. And then it went to another level again, when he brought out the what-the-fuck-just-happened splits on the Grammys :O

But now in this new ‘era’, there so much new choreography that it’s hard to pick a favourite. It’s extremely difficult to choose. I know that each time I see a new dance move, I get so incredible happy. He sets some moments out for dance breaks/segments and you know that Bruno uses them to hit those beats and grooves exactly. They’re not entirely fancy so you can actually try them out yourself. I love that cause you’re able to get a visual and automatic body movement when the song comes on. And let me just say this…Bruno knows how to move his hips - that’s why there are so many incredible variations of pelvis thrusts and body rolls. I’d be lying if I said that they don’t cause an effect on me. Annnd he knows damn well, that those hip moves are his strongest asset.

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Day 13: A song you feel is underrated

As an artist, on the whole, I still feel Bruno’s quite underrated in the public eye. He’s getting there with increasing recognition but I think there are those who underestimate him by a fair amount…But that’s not the question so shhh ;)

Two songs I can think of right now are Liquor Store Blues and Moonshine. Lyrical content, vocals, production of the soundscape. No matter how many times they play, I don’t get even a little bit bored of them. Mostly, for me, these two are about the lyrics. He’s telling stories that are different to his other songs. For one, they’re not about girls. Moonshine is particularly clever because it’s a personification of alcohol (That’s my chosen interpretation anyway. It may have started off as a song for the drink and then applied to talking about a girl, but either way, it originates with a night of Moonshine).

To be fair, every song gets a share of underrated-ness. It just depends on who you talk to. 

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Day 25: Your reaction when you hear Bruno’s music being played in public

The same as with Michael. My head snaps up and my ears zone in on the music. There’s an automatic wave of happiness, pride and mushy gooey love. If someone were to look at me, they’d see a massive dorky smile for seemingly no reason. If the song plays in a shop I’m in, it’s likely I’ll stay in there just to hear it until the end (I once stayed in HMV for more than I needed to because they started premiering Unorthodox Jukebox on the speakers as soon as I stepped in. I was walking aimlessly from Young Girls until Treasure).

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Day 10: Your favourite video interview

The Definition of Doo-Wops & Hooligans has become my default answer since Trisha kindly uploaded it my desperate self :D I love getting to see Bruno speaking candidly and joking around with Phil. But in addition to that, they’re also giving just straight facts and stories about how they came to work with each other and the way they write songs. Behind-the-scenes information are things I really want to know.

But really, I have too many favourite interviews to count. They’re our way to communicate and learn about Bruno as a person off-stage. Usually each video ends with new “in-jokes” for the fanbase and plenty of laughter, because that’s how hilarious Bruno is. I didn’t get hours worth of UJ Funny Moments out of thin air ;) I think videos are key to that leap from “appreciator” to “fan” to “dedicated for life”. If the person can grab you with their art but also their candid personality, that’s worth sticking around for, right? :) 

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Day 03: Favourite song from each solo album

  • DW&Hs - Grenade. I played it solidly every day for many many months. It’s actually still played at least once daily and we’re nearing 3 years later. After watching the music video, I was a complete gonner and head over heels in love with the guy. When you put that much passion into your voice, that’s when you know you have a singer who really performs. And not to mention, it showcases a ridiculously high vocal belt. But…if you’ve been following this tumblr, you know I always have severe feels for Grenade in all its shapes and sizes.
  • UJ - Moonshine. Every time it comes on, I get chills and I feel rather empowered by it. The way the lyrics were written is perfect and the production is just that big power pop sound. And then give me The Futuristics Remix and I’m sorted for life. I alternate between Moonshine and Natalie but lately, Moonshine has been the one. Let me just explain Natalie while I’m at it though ;) Natalie is just that bad ass song with a bad ass beat for a bad ass man talking angry about a bad ass bitch. That’s just what it is. That first listen on the website? I couldn’t move past Natalie onto the next track until I replayed it a few more times. Three things: the clapping rhythm, that “mmmMMMmmm” echo in the background vocals and a climatic chorus.