History YMMV / ToddInTheShadows

22nd Oct '17 6:49:07 AM Bengson26
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22nd Oct '17 2:49:29 AM Bengson26
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** During his diatribe against awful British pop in his review of "Want U Back", he cited as examples the Romanian pop duo The Cheeky Girls, whose accents at least should have been a hint, and the Irish twin act Jedward - though the latter is more forgivable as they broke out on a UK talent show. The former did get their bad reputation though their success in the UK, though. Also, he showed some hint towards the Music/CrazyFrog being British, but the animation was actually from Scandinavia.
** In his "Deuces" review, he says Ashlee Simpson was kicked out of the pop world for lip-syncing. Ashlee had three more hits from her next album after the incident. Still, [[NeverLiveItDown the SNL incident is what the media and public remember]] as her CreatorKiller.
** In his "Black and Yellow" review, he does his Finish The Rhyme bit with Wiz Khalifa's line "And my car look unapproachable", which he ends by mocking him for not even trying to come up with a good rhyme in the next line. However, Wiz had actually rhymed it (though stretching it painfully) with the two ''previous'' lines, one of which Todd had even played beforehand: "Stay fly like I'm supposed to do".
*** Additionally, in his review of "OMG", he gets mad at Usher's "rhyming" "wow" with "style", but the line ending with "wow" had already rhymed with the previous line, which ended with "pow pow pow", so ending with a different word is more excusable in the next two lines. Not only that, but will.i.am had 100% of the writing credit, although Todd did mention that early in the review.
** Cited the "Music/MarvinGaye sample" in his "Blurred Lines" review. There's no sample credited in the song. Pharrell tried to pull off a SuspiciouslySimilarSong to the Gaye song in question, so it was understandable that Todd and a large part of the Web were fooled, but in the end both lost in a lawsuit regarding the song and were forced to pay Gaye's descendants $7.5 million due to the judge finding the song infringing of "Got to Give It Up"'s copyright.
*** He also stated that all three were happily married men when Pharrell was only engaged at the time. (It's likely Todd got confused by an interview Thicke gave where he sarcastically claimed "all three of us are happily married with children" while doing a bad [[Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy Ron Burgundy]] impression.)
** In his "Holy Grail" review he says Justin Timberlake had never had a flop before ''Film/RunnerRunner''. Considering Justin was in ''Film/TheLoveGuru'', ''Film/BadTeacher'' and ''Film/InTime'', Todd seems to have dropped the ball.
** During his diatribe against NuMetal, Todd lists ThreeDaysGrace as one of the bands. Three Days Grace are a PostGrunge and AlternativeMetal band, not NuMetal.
*** He also lists Crossfade and Puddle of Mudd in there; they're both also PostGrunge bands.
** He mentions several times that Music/CeeLoGreen's "Fuck You" chart success was attributed to ''{{Series/Glee}}'' covering it. He fails to mention that the song's resurgence was around the time it was nominated for Record and Song of the Year at the Grammys which may have contributed more to its success.
** In his review of "Cooler Than Me", he makes fun of Mike Posner's name, because of how uncool it is. He compares his name to Taio Cruz, saying that Taio Cruz had no choice but to be a pop singer due to his name. However, Taio Cruz is just a stage name.
** As mentioned below, he calls [[Music/ImagineDragons "Demons"]] a sell-out despite the song coming out long before the band's success.
*** This is even {{Lampshaded|Trope}} in his worst of 2013 list where he [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments hilariously]] claims it to be the result of time traveling.
--> '''Todd''': Goddamn it, quit time-traveling, Imagine Dragons! How am I supposed to like a band that breaks the laws of physics? Screw you, lawbreakers!
** He mentions Fall Out Boy seems to always be competing with Panic! at the Disco, despite the fact both bands are signed to the same record label, and members of Panic! are actually big Fall Out Boy fans (in fact it was thanks to FOB that Panic!'s music career got kick-started). Though, to be fair, Panic! ''does'' tend to emulate Fall Out Boy in a lot of ways & others have noticed their similarities, so it's understandable.
*** On top of that, in his "Uma Thurman" review, he gets a few facts wrong. He said Fall Out Boy were struggling with their third album, ''Infinity On High'', when it was their fourth, ''Folie à Deux'' that they really struggled with. It was also a hiatus, not a break up, that they did after 6 years of constant touring & music making that burned them out. When they reformed, they didn't "come crawling back to each other." Patrick & Pete started writing new material, then Andy & Joe were brought in to help. They subsequently recorded ''Save Rock and Roll'' & relaunched the band. They also were only more overtly Emo for ''From Under the Cork Tree'', then phased most of it out by the time ''Infinity on High'' was written & recorded, so they weren't always Emo. He also seems to think ''Folie'' & ''Infinity'' are one album, judging by the way he put the music video for their song, "I Don't Care" in for the video clips used, though that could be reading into things a bit.
** One he admits to in the One Hit Wonderland episode about Blue Swede's cover of "Hooked on a Feeling," where he discovered they actually had another top ten hit ("Never My Love") when he'd already committed himself to doing the episode. Though he argues they still count as a one hit wonder, as that second hit had nowhere near the staying power of "Hooked on a Feeling" and is completely forgotten today.
** In the prelude of his review of "Talk Dirty" he goes off on Jason [=DeRulo=] for supposedly calling the girl he's singing about "a shit girl". The lyric is "Baby you're the shit, girl." A popular (albeit, in this context, kind of stupid) way of expressing something is awesome.
** Todd claims the song "Let Her Go" is a four chords of pop song. Well, it is, however the failure comes in when the chords he pulls up are I-V-vi-IV and the chords to "Let Her Go" IV-I-V-vi. An understandable mistake, but a mistake nonetheless.
** He says that Rockwell's follow-up single "Obscene Phone Caller" didn't chart, when it actually peaked at #35.
** He got attacked on Twitter for saying that [[UsefulNotes/GoldenRaspberryAward Razzie]] voters don't watch the movies beforehand, which he later apologized for.
** He accuses a number of artists for piggybacking off Music/ArianaGrande in 2014, one of them being Music/{{Zedd}}. Zedd already had a few Top 40 hits before "Break Free" and was already well established in the electronic music fandom/scene even before breaking into the mainstream. Todd really doesn't have a reason for this, as two of Zedd's songs were in his Bottom/Top Ten songs of 2013 (Stay the Night and Clarity).
*** And why would Mac Miller try to ride Ariana's coattails when "The Way" was her first hit? Probably because she was well-known from ''Victorious'' at the time. But even then, Miller had a cult following.
** Todd calls Iggy Azalea's "Black Widow" a needless ripoff of Katy Perry's "Dark Horse". The irony of this is that "Black Widow" was originally going to be a Katy Perry song, but once she wrote the hook, she dropped the track ''since it would have been too similar to "Dark Horse"''. As a result, the hook was given to Iggy Azalea, and she filled in the rest of the time with rap. (Perry still has a writing credit).
** When about to get to "Suit and Tie" on his Best Hit Songs of 2013 list, he says that Justin Timberlake hadn't had a hit in seven years. Before 2013, he did have two hits, albeit neither of which he was the lead act on - "4 Minutes" with Madonna in 2008, and "Carry Out" with Timbaland in 2010, the latter of which he even reviewed.
*** To be fair, he may have been thinking in terms of solo hits.
** He says "Blank Space" rose faster on the charts than "Shake it Off" did. "Shake it Off" debuted at #1 whereas "Blank Space" took a few weeks to get there. On the radio charts this straight as "Shake It Off" got stuck behind "All About That Bass" for several weeks before going #1.
** When talking about Cameo's "Word Up", he says he's not sure who Larry Blackmon's calling out with his "sucker [=DJs=]" line. As quickly pointed out to him on Twitter and acknowledged by him, the line has Larry backed up by blatant Music/RunDMC lookalikes. (Made more amusing if one recalls one of his lines from ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights''.)
** When talking about Hot Chelle Rae's "Tonight Tonight," he points out that the second verse doesn't rhyme. It really does, but only the first and third lines ("tattoo" and "you").
** In his "Uma Thurman" review, he implies that Foile a Deux was Fall Out Boy's third album. It was actually their fourth.
** In his "Shake It Off" review, he calls the bridge rapping when it's actually more of a chant similar to what cheerleaders would use.
** In the "Hello"/"Hotline Bling" review, Todd bases most of his criticisms of "Hello" off being about a specific ex-boyfriend, specifically the one from "Someone Like You." Adele herself has clearly stated the subject of the song is far bigger than that. Specifically, it's about every relationship she can think of, including friends and family.
** Alluded to in the "Worst of 2015" list. He mentions that he heard about the controversy surrounding "[[Music/LittleBigTown Girl Crush]]" long before he actually listened to the song. The song was supposedly banned from various country stations for being about homosexuality, but once you listen to the song, the "Girl Crush" in question only exists because the singer is in love with a man who is in love with another woman, and she wants to be like this other woman in order to attract the man. Todd criticizes the song for employing BaitAndSwitchLesbians: the song was controversial as if it ''actually was'' about lesbians and got [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity all the same press]], but was still a generic pining ballad. It also doesn't help that most of the "controversy" over its homosexual overtones was manufactured by the label.
*** When discussing "Bad Blood" he misinterprets the "You know, it used to be MadLove" lyric in the "[[TotallyRadical mad skillz]]" way.
** In his One Hit Wonderland on "Mickey," he says Bring it On came out in 1998. It actually came out in 2000.
** When talking about ''Jadakiss'' "Why" in his "Worst Hit Songs of 2004 list" it was clear he didn't do much research (or just does not know much about rap music) as he missed several meanings in the song. For example taking the line "Why, at the bar you ain't taking straight shots instead of poppin Cris" at face value and assuming it was just about alcohol, when that line was clearly a double-meaning referring to the previous line in the song asking why 2Pac and Chris (Notorious B.I.G.) were killed. The lyric was actually asking why Biggie's killer didn't shoot up his after-party instead of killing Chris. Then when talking about the line asking "Why Denzel have to be crooked before he took it" (the best actor Oscar) Todd mentions how that was not the only Oscar Denzel won an Oscar, while that is true, ''TrainingDay'' was his first time winning an Oscar for Best Actor(as opposed to best Supporting Actor in "Glory") and it was the first time since 1963 that a black actor had won a Best Actor Oscar, and many felt it was far from Denzel's best performance (many thought he should've won an Oscar for his portrayal in "Malcolm X" instead), therefore the line was actually pointing out how black people in the industry can only get awards if they subjugate themselves to whites or conform to stereotypes, also many of the lines that Todd says are stupid questions are actually perfectly reasonable (I.E. asking how Arnold could possibly be elected as governor of California, especially considering he had no degrees in finance, policy, or law and hed also never held an elected office before this and was handed the highest office in the state of California)
*** I guess Todd just thought some questions were more important to consider than others. Just flat-out stating Washington didn't win an Oscar before ''Training Day'' is false, double meaning or no. Plus, a lot of the other questions are pretty stupid.
** In his ''Top Ten Best Hit Songs of 2011'', he says that ''[[Music/FosterThePeople Pumped Up Kicks]]'' probably isn't about a school shooting. The band has actually stated that it is written from the point of view of a potential school shooter, with Columbine itself having been in mind, and one of the members of the band has a cousin who survived the massacre.
** During his review of "Scars To Your Beautiful", he said that "Firework", "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You))", "All About That Bass" and "Fight Song" came out five, four, two and one year ago respectively. But they were definitely older than said (Firework existed as early as 2010, even, when the ''Teenage Dream'' album released).
*** He may have been referring to when the songs became hits ("Firework" topped the charts in late 2010 and early 2011, and Todd reviewed it in 2011).
** Todd says that Adina Howard's "Freak Like Me" follows G-funk's lead by sampling George Clinton songs. An easy mistake, as the two songs sampled - Music/SlyAndTheFamilyStone's "Sing a Simple Song" and Bootsy's Rubber Band's "I Wanna Be with You" - are by Parliament/Funkadelic contemporaries and veterans, respectively. [[note]]Funny enough, Todd also points out that it sounds like Dr. Dre's "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang," which ''also'' doesn't actually sample a George Clinton song - rather, it samples Leon Haywood's "I Want'a Do Something Freaky to You."[[/note]]
1st Oct '17 9:38:29 AM nombretomado
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** He's been getting backlash from Music/FallOutBoy fans after putting "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light 'Em Up)" on his "Worst Songs of 2013" list, despite saying that he likes FallOutBoy and many of their songs, such as "Dance Dance". To be fair, he stated in the video that he ''was'' expecting backlash, and what most people took issue with was that Todd called them assholes when they're actually nice and {{adorkable}} guys. He also received some flak for putting "[[Music/ImagineDragons Demons]]" on the same list.

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** He's been getting backlash from Music/FallOutBoy fans after putting "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light 'Em Up)" on his "Worst Songs of 2013" list, despite saying that he likes FallOutBoy Fall Out Boy and many of their songs, such as "Dance Dance". To be fair, he stated in the video that he ''was'' expecting backlash, and what most people took issue with was that Todd called them assholes when they're actually nice and {{adorkable}} guys. He also received some flak for putting "[[Music/ImagineDragons Demons]]" on the same list.
6th Sep '17 6:27:05 AM UchuuFlamenco
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** During his diatribe against awful British pop in his review of "Want U Back", he cited as examples the Romanian pop duo The Cheeky Girls, whose accents at least should have been a hint, and the Irish twin act Jedward - though the latter is more forgivable as they broke out on a UK talent show. The former did get their bad reputation though their success in the UK, though. Also, he showed some hint towards the Crazy Frog being British, but the animation was actually from Scandinavia.

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** During his diatribe against awful British pop in his review of "Want U Back", he cited as examples the Romanian pop duo The Cheeky Girls, whose accents at least should have been a hint, and the Irish twin act Jedward - though the latter is more forgivable as they broke out on a UK talent show. The former did get their bad reputation though their success in the UK, though. Also, he showed some hint towards the Crazy Frog Music/CrazyFrog being British, but the animation was actually from Scandinavia.
16th Aug '17 10:05:39 PM ChemicalQuelea
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** His joke about Ke$ha (as she was then) knowing the location of a penis became a lot more horrifying after she filed a lawsuit against Dr. Luke, alleging (among other things) rape.



** His joke about Ke$ha (as she was then) knowing the location of a penis became a lot more horrifying after she filed a lawsuit against Dr. Luke, alleging (among other things) rape.
16th Aug '17 10:04:28 PM ChemicalQuelea
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*** To be fair, he may have been thinking in terms of solo hits.


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** His joke about Ke$ha (as she was then) knowing the location of a penis became a lot more horrifying after she filed a lawsuit against Dr. Luke, alleging (among other things) rape.
20th Jul '17 11:32:32 AM BugsFan17
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** Todd's many jokes at Music/LinkinPark's expense become much harder to take after frontman Chester Bennington's suicide in 2017. Todd himself expressed dismay over Bennington's death and said he came to appreciate the band after a while.
6th Jun '17 11:59:37 PM BugsFan17
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** Same for "Bad and Boujee," on top of all the problems it already has.
4th Jun '17 6:27:29 AM Piterpicher
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* CounterpartComparison: Some fans and viewers have noted a similarity between Todd and ''ADoseOfBuckley'' (his musical autopsy videos anyway) but all admit that Todd is nicer to the songs.

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* CounterpartComparison: Some fans and viewers have noted a similarity between Todd and ''ADoseOfBuckley'' ''WebVideo/ADoseOfBuckley'' (his musical autopsy videos anyway) but all admit that Todd is nicer to the songs.
20th May '17 11:18:19 AM BenMitchell90
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*** Similarly, in his ''Theater/{{Evita}}'' video, he mentioned that going by the movie, Eva Peron just seemed famous for being famous, "like Kim Kardashian, except she somehow became a country's First Lady", dismissing the idea as ridiculous before showing a "[[Music/KanyeWest Kanye]] for President 2020" article. Looking back, even if this never happens, the fact that Melania Trump actually did become a country's First Lady makes the thought a little less ridiculous.
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