Yes, a bit late to the party on this one (hello, I live in a cave), but I checked out Bruno Mars performance on SNL this weekend. He and his band were dressed in a purple-blueish suit jackets with skinny black pants and ties a la The Temptations, and Bruno’s hairdo — or should I say coiffure — was in a pompadour, reminiscent of 1950s doo-wop singers. A bit like the male response to fellow B.o.B collaborator Janelle Monae‘s signature rockabilly look.
The first song he did, was his current hit, “Just the Way You Are,” which was good, but not particularly captivating (see below), but his second jam, a double-whammy of a performance with a “Nothin’ on You” intro segueing into a hypnotic rendition of “Grenade,” that instantly made me take notice. And just like Elvis’s “Hound Dog” performance on the Ed Sullivan Show before him, Bruno’s song about cold, heartless lover who did him wrong was punctuated by a few well-placed hip swivels:
All in all I think “Grenade” is a stellar song that should climb up the charts if and when it’s released as a single — I mean that is if everyone can look past the shudder-inducing horror that are the lyrics of the chorus: “I’d catch a grenade for ya” — really? Because just catching a grenade is not really going to help me OR you, we are still going to blow up. Deactivating the grenade would be a lot more useful, but I digress. The lyrical content (sans chorus) and Bruno’s performance style actually reminds me a lot of Michael Jackson circa Bad.
Although Bruno’s style seems to be a bit all over the place — from homey acoustic-based Jason Mraz ditties- to overly produced, epic Coldplay-sounding songs, he covers all the contemporary hit sounds — but his undeniable stage presence, impressing singing chops, and genuine god-given talent just might carry this guy all the way to the top. Looking forward to seeing where his career goes — hopefully he can stay away from jail and drugs and keep this train headed in the right direction.
Here’s that video of “Just the Way You Are”: