Mind-Blowing Juxtaposition!!

Would you ever have dreamed that Carly Rae Jepson and NIN would sound so good together!!

Listen to and comment on the juxtaposition–be detailed!! by Monday for a handful of Extra Credit points! (Three, to be exact!)

Really, Trent??

Really, Trent??

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5 thoughts on “Mind-Blowing Juxtaposition!!

  1. I seriously cannot quit listening to this song. It’s beautiful. Thank you for telling us about this! I think that the juxtaposition of the two songs is demonstrated in two main ways.
    1. The most obvious way that I could think of, is that in “Call Me Maybe,” Jepsen gives the boy she meets (supposedly) her phone number and asks him to call her, placing him in control of further contact and their future, “here’s my number, so call me maybe.” Whereas in the Nine Inch Nails song, Reznor uses the lyrics “I’d rather die than give you control.” Which is about as opposite as you can get to Jepsen’s providing a stranger with her personal phone number.
    2. The other juxtaposition that I picked out is that the reoccurring theme in the Nine Inch Nails song is money and the struggle we all have to obtain it. Lyrics such as “God, money I’ll do anything for you” and “God, money’s not one to choose” lend a sense that he wants nothing more than wealth to get by. In Jepsen’s song, she starts her song off with “trade my soul for a wish, pennies and dimes for a kiss,” which implies that she would give away her precious money for a kiss from this mystery man and would even bargain her life and soul for a chance to get what she wants. Also, there’s the part in the NIN song about “black as your soul” which perhaps could have some sort of juxtaposition there, but I’m not sure. Anyone have any other ideas?

    Bridgette Petzoldt
    Period-3

  2. Going off of the money, I find it interesting in NIN’s lyrics:
    “God money’s not looking for the cure.
    God money’s not concerned about the sick among the pure.”
    There’s a focus on money not being spent on where it should be: to improve the lives of the less fortunate where as Jepson stating:
    “Pennies and dimes for a kiss” and
    “I threw a wish in the well”
    suggest that she is one of these people spending money on less important things. Going off of this NIN would probably view Jepson’s frivolousness with money as a negative quality, as if she were one of the people with a black soul that their song references, a person they would never ally with. Then in Jepson’s song she states:
    “I’d trade my soul for a wish”
    as if she herself doesn’t quite value her soul, and seeing as her advances on whatever guy she is singing to fail, it’s as if this guy doesn’t want to be allied with her soul any more than NIN would. Also I think it’s dumb that she would sell her soul for a wish when literally four lines ago she had a wish and just decided “hey let’s throw this in a well.”

  3. NIN’s song juxtaposes with carly rae jepsen’s because Carly is completely under the control of a guy: “I beg, and borrow and steal
    Have foresight and it’s real
    I didn’t know I would feel it,
    But it’s in my way.” Whereas NIN’s song is all about how he will never let anything control him, such as money: Head like a hole.
    Black as your soul.
    I’d rather die than give you control.”
    I also notice that in NIN’s song he IS under control in the beginning: God money I’ll do anything for you.
    God money just tell me what you want me to.
    God money nail me up against the wall.
    God money don’t want everything he wants it all.
    and then he moves to breaking free: No you can’t take it
    No you can’t take it
    No you can’t take that away from me. The juxtaposition of this is that Carly is hooked throughout her entire song: Before you came into my life
    I missed you so bad
    I missed you so bad
    I missed you so, so bad.

    Lastly, Carly said she is literally willing to pay pennies and dimes for a kiss, where NIN is talking about all the ridiculous powers money has over people and how they frivolously use it.

  4. Well ladies and gents, lets all consider how each of these people look. I have never listened to or am familiar with NIN, but I am guessing the lead singer is the guy in the picture above. And as I sit, sipping on my berry zinger tea, I can’t notice how odd of a couple these two people SHOULD make. Black haired dude, dark clothing, “hi-I-like-metal” look, compared with the ever gorgeous Carly Rae Jepsen (even if she is something like 27.) However, when blended together, a mash-up of their music actually isn’t bad. That’s why this is so mind-blowing. This should be like mashing a potato with ice cream – but it isn’t. it is like peanut butter and jelly. Two unlikely things that actually mix to make and amazing combination.
    Not to mention that, we have the most obvi of obvi juxtapositions. The songs are so different. Carly sings about getting a guys number – my number, of course – while the NIN song actually has a deep meaning. In fact, when I googled “lyrics of ‘head like a hole'” one of the first auto completions that came of was “the meaning of-.” I would sing ” Call me Maybe” when Carly didn’t call back after our 1st date; I would sing “Head like a Hole” after I realized how she spends the bajillion dollars she makes every second.
    Kyle 6th period.

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