This week took a very old tradition of the recording industry center. We are, of course, talking about the response song.
Response records are songs that “respond” to a previous recording by another artist, who sometimes directly addresses a particular event, other times plays its themes. The novelty has been around for decades and has gone from blues to R&B to country to hip hop and is often a response from one gender to another.
The trick was originally designed to capture the sales moment of the original song. Rarely has it achieved equal success, but certainly gave fans and the industry something to get stuck in the wake of a hit.
Eg. The song from Andrea Carroll from 1
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More popular was Back in the Soviet Union., a 1968 track by The Beatles that responded to Chuck Berrys Back in the US There is also Lynyrd Skynyrds Sweet Home Alabama, the answer to Neil Youngs Southern man. Young demanded this:
I heard Mister Young sing about her
Well, I heard ol ‘Neil put her down
I hope Neil Young will remember that
A southern man does not need him
Recently was Sia’s 2014 song Big girls cry was the answer to Fergies Big girls do not cry, while Katy Perry is californian girls with Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z and Alicia Keys responded with their New York tribute, Empire State of Mind. It was the first time both the original songs and the answer Hit. Nr. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
In this latest round, Sabrina Carpenter’s Skin is, according to widespread fan speculation, the answer song on Olivia Rodrigo’s Driver’s license.
Rodrigo, who starred in Disney High School Musical: Series, debuted her song about a lost love and hit No. 1. The lyrics tell to see her ex move on. But it also contained a perceived excavation of who he continued with: “And you’re probably with the blonde girl / Who always made me doubt / She’s so much older than me / She’s all I’m unsure of. “
Fans identified “the blonde girl” as Carpenter (known for the Disney show) Girl meets the world and Netflix Work it). Carpenter is blond and four years older than Rodrigo.
The carpenter’s response was quick. Two weeks after Rodrigo’s release, she responded Skin, referring to someone trying to get “under my skin.”
“You told your page / So I have to tell mine” and “Maybe ‘blonde’ was the only rhyme,” Carpenter wrote. She added: “You can try / Getting under mine, under mine, under my skin / While he’s on mine / Yeah, everything on mine, everything on mine, everything on my skin / I wish you knew that, even if you can not get under my skin if I do not let you in. ”
So far no songwriter has commented. If the answer record tradition holds, it is likely where it will remain.