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Single Serving: Double Feature: First Course: Handlebars by Flobots 
By psychologist, Dr. Bruce L. Thiessen, aka Dr. BLT 

When I read Brain Mansfield's review of the Flobots, in USA Today, 

http://www.usatoday.com/life/music/news/2008-06-22-flobots_N.htm 

especially his comments on their burgeoning hit song, Handlebars, I wondered if we were listening to the same band, or the same song.  I double checked.  Sadly, we were.

There's a fine line between being influenced by a particular artist or artist(s) and copying their style(s).  On Handlebars, the Flobot's sound like they are ripping off the rap style of Eminem, and ripping off the musical style of the band Cake.  You can't have your fake Cake and eat it too.  

I must admit, that the lyrics to Handlebars are brilliant, if not directly corresponding to my political sentiments, but John McCrae, frontman for Cake is capable of matching and surpassing that lyrical brilliance and he and his band do it with originality, as does Eminem.  

I'm not just saying that because Cake included me on their 2002-MTV-Video-Nominated music video for Short Skirt/Long Jacket. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vd34vJohGXc 

How could such a... 

Short Part/ (on a )Long Cake Music Video...
words and music by Dr. BLT & Brian Benson, (c)2006
http://www.drblt.net/music/shortPartpart2.mp3 
possibly make me biased? :) 

Rather, I believe that any objective person listening to this song, and being familiar with both Cake and Eminem will agree.  Lyrically, the band may be good at impressions, and may be able to ride their bikes "with no handlebars," but on "Handlebars," they need to find their own bikes to ride on.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
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