Cee Lo Green says he only recorded the hit single “F-ck You” to be an asshole.
Really? Because I usually use that phrase around people I love and admire. Hey, f-ck you, thanks for putting the star on top of the Christmas tree.
While everyone thought the Cee Lo Green anthem “F-ck You” was the best pop song heard in years, Cee Lo originally recorded the song to be a jerk towards his record label, who wasn’t liking any of the songs he was previously recording.
“I did ‘F-ck You’ to be an asshole, to be spiteful toward the [record] label. Because it had taken about three years to do The Lady Killer, and I just felt that after recording almost 70 songs I could not please them. [Then] “F-ck You” comes to mind, and ironically, this is the one they love. It’s probably the last song I [recorded].”
He then adds that everyone thought it was going to be super successful so they went ahead and recorded all the “clean” versions they could (Like the lamely titled “Forget You”) in the off-chance it became a hit, and it did.
He also adds that he has a little bit of resentment towards Glee doing a cover of that song featuring Gwyneth Paltrow on their show. When Cee Lo and Gwyneth performed the song at the Grammy’s, most people wondered why the hanger on (Gwyneth) was doing Cee Lo’s song. Apparently the Grammy’s wanted Gwyneth more than Cee Lo and that was the “compromise” he got: Sing it with her, or not at all.
“Initially they [the Grammys] wanted to do a live performance of the Glee version of the song, and I was like, NO” says Cee Lo.
Personally, I want to thank Cee Lo for making sure that Glee catastrophe didn’t occur. If some blonde chicks in cheerleading uniforms were parading around the Grammy stage I would hope that people boycotted the show. Thankfully, that didn’t happen, but Cee Lo still didn’t get the performance he hoped for.
He continues: “When they do the Grammy highlights 20 years from now, I’m sure Glee will have long since been off the air, and I didn’t want that to be my one and only Grammy moment. It was a compromise; I came up with the idea of doing [it with] the Muppets and I asked Gwyneth if she’d be a part of it. She was up for it, and she did it as a favor for me.”
Imagine that phone call… Hey Gwyneth, it’s me Cee Lo Green. Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy aren’t available the night of the Grammys. You wanna sing “F-ck You” with me?