Alright, so the boys by the names of Dahvie Vanity and Jayy von Monroe (and even Garrett Ecstasy to an extent) have absolutely captured my heart, forever and ever. I am IN LOVE with their music, and have been since I listened to that first song (actually, I can’t remember the first song I listened to by them). Though Blood on the Dance Floor has always been my guilty pleasure, I must say that they got SO much better after Jayy von Monroe replaced Garrett Ecstasy (and I’m not saying this because I think Jayy is better-looking). I’m saying this because I can actually tell where Dahvie stops singing and Jayy begins–did Garrett even sing, or was he just the screamer? But this being put aside…
Since October 2009, the boys have been releasing singles to the buildup of their newest album, Epic, in October 2010. When I first started listening to them in about February, I was VERY foolish, and believed that their December single, “Sexting,” was the first song Dahvie released with Jayy. But I was wrong (fortunately). And my incorrectness there led me to make this post a review of Blood on the Dance Floor’s singles from October 2009 to June 2010.
1. Horrifically Delicious (October 4th, 2009)
2. Success is the Best Revenge (November 5th, 2009)
3. Sexting (December 16th, 2009)
4. Designed to Kill (January 14th, 2010)
5. Inject Me Sweetly (feat. Jeffree Star)(February 16th, 2010)
6. Candyland (March 30th, 2010)
7. What Dreams Are Made Of (May 15th, 2010)
8. Lose Control (June 1st, 2010)
Horrifically Delicious is BOTDF’s October single from 2009. It was never a song I listened to much, since the build-up in the very beginning hurt my ears and my speakers (namely because I listen to their music WAY too loud). But despite this, it’s definitely one of my favorite songs by them. The chorus…is…heavenly. *fangirl faint* If there was ANY song that you could have introduced Jayy in, it was this. It definitely fits along with the new style they introduced in OMFG Sneak Peak and I Scream I Scream, so Jayy’s introduction flows in seamlessly with the current style of the band. Typically, when a new member replaces an older one, it’s noticeable, because their style changes. With BOTDF, there wasn’t the slightest change, and for me, I never knew that Jayy had even replaced Garrett until their March single. >.> But this song is just true artistry–you should definitely give this a listen.
Success Is The Best Revenge is such a fun, bouncy song! I fell in love with it in the first three seconds, listening to it’s preppy beats. It sounds like something that I would be playing through a giant boombox if I ever decided to break into my best friend’s room at 1:00 in the morning. I especially love the part that goes F-F-FUCK YOU. I’m not sure why I like it so much; I just do. This definitely competes for my favorite single featuring Jayy von Monroe. >.<
Sexting is definitely a doozy, with it’s X-rated lyrics and stated sexual themes. Obviously, the song is talking about the practice of sexting, or using cellphones and internet connection to deliver sexual favors to other people; some kids like this, adults are horrified by it. But either way, it was definitely the inspiration for BOTDF’s December single, and it was a sure-fire hit, ranking as their top song on iTunes. It’s catchy, pulsating beats that are very similar to Pac-Man are totally catchy. I could see people in the summer rockin’ out to this song, their windows and sunroofs rolled down, their hair being tousled in the breeze. But anyway, I digress. I do believe that it was the first BOTDF song I’ve ever listened to, and boy, do Jayy’s vocals stand out well in this song! I’m tempted to believe that Jayy’s in this band only because his voice direly contrasts Dahvie’s somewhat squeaky one. But it definitely showcases both of their talents in this song.
Designed To Kill was a song that actually blew me away. In this song, Dahvie and Jayy actually sing instead of that “melodic rapping” (that’s what I call it) thing that they do in every song. There’s only one problem: if they can’t actually sing live, then this song will sound TERRIBLE. The actual melodic part of the is riddled with accidentals that would sound horrendous if the note isn’t hit accurately, and let’s face it: bad singers can’t hit those notes. But all in all, the recorded version sounds amazing, and Dahvie is like the rhyming king. I could sit all day and listen to him rhyme. This song is good in itself, but is probably the weakest of all of these singles. The good thing is, it can still be weak, but still be awesome. It’s hard to explain~ This means you need to LISTEN to it. 😉
Inject Me Sweetly is their song featuring Jeffree Star; from what I had once read in an interview, a Jeffree Star concert is where Davhie met Jayy. But despite this, “Inject Me Sweetly” is along with “Designed To Kill” in the weakest tracks area. Jeffree and Jayy have voices that are so similar that they’re almost indistinguishable. The song itself isn’t that memorable, and it isn’t something that you’d hear in a club and try to look up to put on your mp3 player later. All in all though, it’s not that bad. The comparisons that are made in this song are unique: comparing sex to drug injections, sex addiction to drug addiction, and to an extent, orgasm to overdose. It’s a strange way of looking at things, but it gets the job done, nonetheless, and is one of their most interesting songs lyric-wise.
Candyland is a fun-bopping song, a lot like “Sexting” in beat, rhythm, and sound. I love how Jayy gets to sing the chorus, and the lyrics make me giggle if I’m in a good mood. I love to shake my head to the song, especially when I’m wearing giant earphones. The whole idea of a song based around a sexual interpretation of candy is really interesting; it’s just more proof that BOTDF writes very intriguing songs (although sexual interpretations of candy are quite common). Though this song isn’t as powerful and straightforward as “Sexting” and has a more cutesy, poppy sound, it’s a nice release from them.
What Dreams Are Made Of is BOTDF’s May single, and is just tons of fun wrapped up into just a few minutes! This song has more melodic aspects than the others, and showcases off the voices of Dahvie and Jayy excellently. It has a more mainstream pop sound than their other songs, and is reminiscent of something that Katy Perry would do. At the part where Dahvie sang na, na, na, nanana na na, I thought he was going to end it with a yeah, yeah, yeah, goodbye. >.< I can picture someone cruising through Hollywood, California blaring this through their stereo. The song has more of an “I don’t give a fuck” and “I’m better than you” vibe, and it’s really good to listen to when you’re doubting yourself and are in need of that reassuring word that people just don’t seem to know to give you. It’s a good pick-me-up track.
Lose Control is my FAVORITE single out of all eight of these. It’s definitely got a rougher, more rock-ish edge than the others. It’s a lot like a techno-punk rock song, with good electric guitar and synthesizer use. The music and the vocals complement each other beautifully, and I swear, I’m going to set the chorus as my ringtone. It’s almost as though Dahvie and Jayy pulled out all the stops on thing song, and it’s fantastic. If EPIC! is anything like this song, I am going to be in love with the album. Form the BOTDF stuff I’ve listened to (I haven’t listened to the entirety of their two albums), “Lose Control” is completely different from their other work with it’s rock feel. In my opinion, they should do more of this~ It’s very, VERY good.
Reason for Rating:
Blood on the Dance Floor is good–purely and simply good; these eight singles showcase what I do believe are eight of their finest pieces. Dahvie and Jayy are artists in their own right, even though some might see the music they produce as totally senseless. They’re an absolute joy to listen to, and if you can, give them a try. HOWEVER–these singles aren’t for the faint of heart. If you dislike heavy cussing or sexual themes, then these singles–or this group, for that matter–are not for you.
Success Is The Best Revenge
What Dreams Are Made Of