fripodding and valentines: "happy valentine’s day" andré 3000


I think, if such an argument exists, it can be argued that there may not be definite “Valentine carols,” if you will. I contend that there are, at least, a few. What would bring such a discussion? The countless love songs that one could dedicate to another on such a special day of love. Or… The countless anti-love songs one could dedicate to another on such a sappy day of love. Depends on your mood and “romancism” at the time.

Such a song, I believe, captures both moods. Honestly, I think it leans more towards the “happier” side of the Valentine theme, but the song I’m talking about is Happy Valentine’s Day by one of my idols, the great Andre 3000 of OutKast. This song is found on The Love Below side of the multi-platinum, Grammy winning, double album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. It is meant to be jammed to very loudly all day on the 14th of February, even though the song states everyday is the 14th.

In this song, Andre voices a character named Cupid Valentino, who is an updated version of the classic Cupid we all know and love (or hate). Instead of wielding a bow and arrow, this Cupid brandishes a gun. And based on the album picture, it’s a shiny pink metallic looking pistol.

On a side note, this song and image inspired me to write an updated version of Cupid based on this representation. I also did some homework on the Cupid character, the stories, the family background, personality traits, so forth and so on… Then I thought of a few storylines to throw him in, coming up with a trilogy that has separate stories that work on their own, but together would be considered the Chronicles of Cupid. I’ve only completed the outline to the first story, the second would be a reincarnation of a favorite film Love, Actually, and the third would be a modernized retelling of the story of Psyche. This is one of my first independent screenwriting projects I started once I decided screenwriting would be something I’d pursue professionally. But I stopped working on these projects so I could focus on smaller projects, eventually working my way up to feature length. Unfortunately, I keep seeing other modern Cupids popping up on TV and I pray none of them have guns. (Strange prayer, I know.)

Anyway, this song has both Andre singing and rapping, which he does all over this album. The album is based on the concept of love, and this particular song deals with Cupid hunting down people running away from love, and Cupid’s revenge since he doesn’t get the respect he deserves. Well, that’s my interpretation of it. At the end, the chorus chants “[expletive] that Valentine’s Day!” as if to say “bump this stupid holiday.” Again, my interpretation. And those that dislike this holiday would appreciate the sentiments.

Whenever I begin making music videos, this is one I’d love to tackle. I’ll admit, my version might seem a bit violent since I’d take the lyrics literally and incorporate Cupid shooting that pink gun at people, but don’t fret, there won’t be blood. Just lots of love. Or reluctant love. But it’ll be fun! And yes, this video would be a taste of what I have in mind for how this character acts in my stories. It’d be awesome if Andre could be involved and star as Cupid Valentino himself in both the video and movie(s). But after some careful YouTubing, I found these two gems, with the first being super close to what I had in mind. They get so much props from me, it hurts.

And lastly, another version brought to you buy somebody who knows how to play Sims 2 very well. Actually, I don’t know, I stopped at the first one… but still, check this version out too.

Happy/[Expletive] Valentine’s Day, Indoobians!

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