The Problem With... Gym Class Heroes' "The Fighter" Feat. Ryan Tedder

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See also: The Problem With Gym Class Heroes and Adam Levine's "Stereo Hearts"

The 2012 London Olympics are a month away, but I'm not as interested as I was for Beijing 2008. If London's opening ceremony has a TARDIS float, I'll be interested. To tie in to the Olympics, Gym Class Heroes -- the hip, young McDonald's commercial extras with instruments -- got U.S. Olympic gymnast John Orozco for their video for "The Fighter."

It was likely inspired by the 2010 boxing movie with the same name. However, it sounds like they settled for any athlete that was available for the video. Nothing against Orozco or gymnastics; anyone who can hold themselves up with their arms is Superman compared to me.

The problem with "The Fighter" is that it calls back to a similar song from last year, Bad Meets Evil's "Lighters" featuring Bruno Mars. It follows a similar format of rapping verses and singing choruses over a low-tempo rhythm. The choruses even sound alike.

The difference between the two is that "Lighters" had brilliant rappers over a mediocre singer, while "The Fighter" has a mediocre rapper over a brilliant singer. I usually side with prolific songwriter Ryan Tedder over Bruno Mars, but it sounds like he swiped Bruno this time.

If the Olympics still used a 10-point system, I'd give this song a two.

Gym Class Heroes perform at the H20 Music Festival on Saturday, June 9, at the Cotton Bowl.

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Kid_on_the_Rocks
Kid_on_the_Rocks

I think that the rapper (for "The Fighter") is far above mediocre....that's not even a fair comparison, NO ONE is better than Eminem. He may not be as good as Eminem (once again, no one is) but that doesn't mean that he's not still a great rapper. 

I feel like alot of songs have the same kind of set up like that. for instance, one could argue that "Lighters" calls back to a similar songs from years past called "Battle Scars" by Lupe Fiasco

GunDoc
GunDoc

I'm sorry, but is there something wrong with having hope for the underdog?  The song is encouraging and in these times of civil war (Syria), "terrorist threat", men walking into crowded places simply to kill as many people as possible, Charlie Sheen and "Snooky" (whoever in the hell that is) it's nice to see a famous band focus on the resolve and resilience of a young man.  

As far as the author, Shahryar Rizvi, fuck off; your writing and your taste are out of touch with people who actually have to work and struggle to achieve their goals.  Were you one of the little rich kids stuck on your mothers golden nipples and still didn't get all the attention you needed?  Get off of it, besides no one cares about your opinion anyway.

Kandinsky
Kandinsky

Can't the Dallas Observer look for some other writer to replace this Shahryar Rizvi hack?  Honestly the taste level is just not there!

S.D.
S.D.

I'm a fan of both Ryan Tedder and Bruno Mars, but I wouldn't necessarily call Ryan Tedder a "brilliant singer", and most people who've studied music would agree. He's a good singer (and a very talented song-writer!)- I'll give you that; but in terms of vocal abilities, Bruno Mars takes the cake (also note that Mars was signed to Motown Records when he was younger, so he is by no means a "mediocre singer"). However, I respect that everyone has different vocal preferences.

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