Knowing Lorde as well as we do now (What? We’re best friends, duh), we’ve come to expect a certain level of candidness, especially when it comes to voicing her opinion on just about anything. From feminism to the overuse of Photoshop, Lorde has earned many a slow clap from her fans for being young, smart, and speaking her mind. What caught me a little off-guard today, however, was reading that she absolutely hates the song “Royals.” Which is her song.
“I listen to people covering the song and putting their own spin on it, and I listen to it in every single form except the one I put out…and I realize that actually it sounds horrible! It sounds like a ringtone from a 2006 Nokia! None of the melodies are cool or good! It’s disastrous. Awful… But for some reason, in the context of the way I released it, it just worked.”
Don’t get me wrong, I love more than a few “Royals” covers, and not just the ones done by college a capella groups. But I do think she’s being a little bit of a grumpy Gus about her own song – mostly because it’s actually a pretty great song (it’s not as played out as “Let it go”, at least) and partly because she’s too young to be so hard on herself about a number one hit. Speaking of young, what was she, like seven in 2006? Those Nokia phones were cool back then, young lady! I spent copious amounts of time mastering Snake during freshman core classes. In 2004, so there.
I guess this just goes to show you that even young musical geniuses who win Grammys still take part in a little self-loathing every now and then. I can’t decide if that makes me feel better or worse. Thoughts?