A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Classic," the hit single from pop duo MKTO who got their start in the Nickelodeon TV show Gigantic, is a cute and catchy song about embracing retro styles and trying to stand out and be authentic in a "world gone plastic." There are a few mildly sexual lyrics, which include "I want to thrill you like Michael/ I want to kiss you like Prince/ I want to get it on like Marvin Gaye"; a line about "tripping out like the '60s"; and the video shows a few "classic" cocktails -- but these references pay homage to classic eras of the past and overall the song is tame enough for older tweens.
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What's the story?
"Classic" is the second hit single from breakout pop/rap duo MKTO, which is made up of two former stars of Nickelodeon's show Gigantic, Malcolm David Kelley and Tony Oller. Oller handles the singing duties, doing his best Justin Timberlake impression, while Kelley backs him up and adds a brief rap verse. The song celebrates classic beauty in a world "gone plastic" with shout-outs to various historical eras and figures like Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Hepburn, Prince, Beyonce, and Marvin Gaye.
Is it any good?
The song is bouncy and clean, sort of like a mix between MGMT's smash-hit "Electric Eel" and Capital Cities' "Safe and Sound." However, the lyrics are corny to a fault, the rap verse is weak, and the whole thing feels very inorganic and commercial. It's not bad pop music, it's just not great either.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the concept of "retro" and why cultural artifacts from the 20th century have so much appeal to young people. How does music and art from the past help people feel connected to history?
The guys in MKTO were TV stars before they started making music together. Does it matter to you if entertainers are involved in multiple fields? Why do you think so many actors from Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel have gone on to have successful second careers in music?
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