Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Story and Some Stats behind the Song - The Lazy Song

"The Lazy Song" is one of the smartest and most enjoyable songs that Bruno's ever done!  The genius of this song, in my opinion, lies in its simplicity.  It's a song that anyone and everyone can relate to.

Bruno Mars' "The Lazy Song" - Official Music Video

The lyrics to this song are your best musical friend when you're having one of those days when you just "don't feel like doin' anything" ... and I do mean, "nothin' at all"! 

(Uh-huh, right?  Those lazy days ... c'mon people, we all have 'em!  ... So as I said, pure and simple genius!)

Bruno Mars' "The Lazy Song" - Official Music Video

Bruno, in an interview, said about the song, "When we were recording the album, we were over-thinking a song, and it happens all the time.  When [you're thinking] 'this has got to be like the Beatles!' and it's like, 'no it doesn't ... just write something!'  And, being frustrated with all that, we came up with this [The Lazy Song]."

The song was written by Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, and K'naan.

K'naaan was in the studio with Bruno, Ari, and Phil because, at the time, they were working on the "Celebration Mix" of "Wavin' Flag", Coca-Cola's promotional anthem for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The song was, of course, produced by The Smeezingtons (Bruno's Production Company, consisting of Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, and Ari Levine.).

The Smeezingtons L-R:  Ari Levine,
Phil Lawrence, and Bruno Mars.

The Smeezingtons L-R:  Ari Levine,
Phil Lawrence, and Bruno Mars.

In an interview with Sound on Sound, Ari commented on the song saying that it was "... a very tough song to write, even though it is so simple.  That song happened one day when we were hanging around the studio ... we were kind of burnt out, and we didn't feel like working.  We felt lazy."

Good grief, guys!  If this is what happens when y'all are feeling lazy ... No wonder your songs are ALL so funking enjoyable!

The song was released on February 15, 2011.  According to Wikipedia, It spent a total of 27 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at Number 4 (not bad!!).  The song sold 6.5 million copies, making it one the best selling digital singles of 2011! 

Now, as for the Official Music Video? ... Well, what can I say? It's "The Lazy Song" as told by Monkeys!  Freaking hilarious and, again, genius! 

Bruno Mars' "The Lazy Song" - Official Music Video

Phil Lawrence is even in the video!

Bruno Mars' "The Lazy Song" - Official Music Video

Definitely one of my favorite Videos from Bruno!  What's not to love?  It's Bruno dancing around (smooth moves BTW, Brunz!) With Chimpanzees!

The Monkeys behind the masks are actually the dance crew Poreotics!  Nice job, guys!

Poreotics in Bruno Mars' "The Lazy Song" - Official Music Video

About Poreotics, Bruno said, "I called these guys up, I had this idea and they were cool with it!  I said 'I'm gonna put you guys in monkey masks, come through [and] shoot a video with me!'  and they were, like, 'what?!'.  They came through and thank God they did 'cause the video wouldn't have been what is without them, so, thank you, Poreotics, you guys are the best!".

All the instruments you hear on the song are played by Bruno and Ari Levine.

The video was directed by Bruno and Cameron Duddy (Cameron, with Bruno, directed several videos on Bruno's second album, Unorthodox Jukebox.). 

According to Wikipedia, as of March, 2016, the official music Video has over 860 million views on YouTube!

Well, Hooligans, that wraps it up for now.  Be sure to keep checking back for more Fun Facts, Stats, Stories, Quotes, Updates and General Info … all about Bruno Mars!

Also, be sure and check out the Official Video of "The Lazy Song" below.  Courtesy of BrunoMars' official YouTube channel!

And, Hey!  Don't miss Phil at the very end of the video!

Bruno Mars' "The Lazy Song"
Bruno, front center; Poreotics, behind Bruno; and Phil, back left. 

And check even further below that, to see an Interview with The Smeezingtons, courtesy of, The GRAMMYS ' official YouTube channel!

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