Electroman: Not An Electrothief!

21 Feb

The Velvet Onion has been alerted by many of our peelers to the new single from cyborg-voiced singer T-Pain, in collaboration with Italian producer Benny Banassi.

Why is this relevant, we hear you ask?  Well, the song is called Electroman… and main hook throughout the song sounds more than a little familiar…

Quite understandably, a lot of Boosh fans were somewhat irate at the thought that Noel & Julian’s classic Electroboy song [itself a pastiche of early 80s new wave!] from the first series of The Mighty Boosh had been ripped off so outrageously.  But fear not, we at TVO held back before posting a response, to find out the whole story.  After all, whilst he’s a successful rnb musician in his own right, T-Pain is perhaps best known in England for his hilarious collaboration with The Lonely Island… so its clear he has a sense of humour.  Perhaps there was more to this than meets the eye?

© Ultra Records Inc

And, it turns out there was, as T-Pain and Banassi asked permission from Noel Fielding & Julian Barratt to sample the track.  On his Twitter account, the star fended off the abuse he was receiving by more vocal aspects of Boosh fandom, explaining that he himself is a fan of the show, and sent the track to the Boosh boys for approval before its release.

With Dave Brown wading into the melee to confirm T-Pain’s side of the story, all that is left for us to do is to tell you that the track, should you wish to download it, is available via iTunes from the 6th March.  To preorder the EP single for £2.49, click here.

Of course, this controversy could do wonders for the Boosh’s popularity Stateside, where T-Pain is particularly successful.  With 300,000 Twitter followers, its safe to say that a lot of people heard about the Boosh for the first time yesterday, which can only be a good thing, surely?  Still, if by chance this track still isn’t to your liking, here is the original to restore your palette to its usual Booshy flavourings…

11 Responses to “Electroman: Not An Electrothief!”

  1. Susan February 21, 2011 at 6:03 pm #

    It’s an OUTRAGE! Actually I don’t know what to make of this. I wonder when the Boosh album will surface? I, for one am dying to hear it!

  2. M. Eileen February 21, 2011 at 6:11 pm #

    not a fan of t-pain but i respect that he likes the boosh and actually got permission for this from Noel and Julian for this. I don’t think it’s really that big of a deal. to me they’re still completely different song.

  3. didymusbrush February 21, 2011 at 10:08 pm #

    I have to admit… I’m kinda fond of it. But then, as much as I usually hate autotuned nonsense, I have a soft spot for T-Pain. I blame the boat. ;-)

  4. sixleggedspider February 22, 2011 at 1:26 am #

    This is hard for me to wrap my head around!!! T-Pain does Boosh, eh?I always found him really annoying, and although i still can’t stand his music, i have a newfound respect for him now that i’ve learned he obviously has a great sense of humour. Who’da thunk it?
    I don’t know whether to feel happy for the Boosh lads that this might lead to more people discovering their lovely work, or a bit sad that a redo- well not excactly redo i guess but anyhoo- by such a commercial artist kinda “cheapens” the magic of the Electro Boy experience. That must sound uber neurotic… is anyone else with me there?
    Oh well, life is full of little surprises isn’t it? :)

  5. texasliv February 22, 2011 at 6:32 am #

    Not a fan, but I can imagine J & N giggling with delight when they had this request come across their desk. It is slightly better than the Old Gregg ” do you love me” mix that was recently out on Valentines Day. Like all die hard fans-the boosh are so good the first time round, they don’t need any altering!

  6. SMayhem February 22, 2011 at 3:40 pm #

    I think both this and the Ori Kawa Love Games are such good fun! Julian is a great song writer and people wanting to remix and sample his music is understandable and a compliment to him. I expect he and Noel were rather pleased to allow others to make versions of the songs.

  7. Krystal Coretti February 23, 2011 at 7:12 am #

    I do like it. Glad he’s a fan! :)

  8. Lauren February 24, 2011 at 5:21 pm #

    I find it really hilarious to imagine T-Pain sitting in his million dollar stateside penthouse watching the Boosh on his fancy flat screen TV!
    I think its great for Noel and Julian but I’m not very fond of the song. The original is definitely the best :D


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