By Lori Bosworth
Robin Thicke, whose hit “Blurred Lines” is shaping up to be the most popular song of the summer of 2013, will be appearing at the Molson Amphitheatre on Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 5 p.m. during the KiSS 92.5 Wham Bam Festival. Other performers include Avril Lavigne, Classified, Nikki Williams, Shawn Desman and Set It Off at this end of summer Toronto concert. Thicke bears a striking resemblance to his father, Canadian actor Alan Thicke, who starred in the eighties’ sitcom, Growing Pains.
R&B fans will recognize that “Blurred Lines” begins with a rift that is reminiscent of Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up” and Thicke’s falsetto voice stylings are borrowed heavily from Prince. Featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams, the song is a nod to 80s’ R&B with a contemporary beat.
Thicke’s video for “Blurred Lines” has stirred up controversy due to its blatant sexism featuring barely dressed models (and topless models in the racier version) while the male singers are all dressed. The models parade across the screen while having their butts slapped and smoke blown in their face, and ride dogs, goats and bikes to lyrics that convey the singer’s idea that “good” girls are in fact “bad” girls who really want it. The video even features a tiny stop sign on the derriere of one of the models, implying that ‘no’ really means ‘yes.’ All of which means when you have a tight, catchy melody sung by a mediagenic star, you can get away with anything.
Tickets for the KiSS 92.5 Wham Bam Festival are $30.75, $43.25, $66.25 and $88.25.