Ex’s & Oh’s

This is a fun song I’ve been hearing on the radio recently as I’ve been doing my travels. The video’s a little silly, but no less silly, I suppose, than many other videos have ever been. And the song is super-catchy in any event. Enjoy.

28 Comments on “Ex’s & Oh’s”

  1. I just heard this song for the first time a few days ago and immediately had to Shazam it. VERY catchy, indeed.

  2. andreablythe – Bay Area, CA – Andrea Blythe is a cohost of the New Books in Poetry podcast. She is the author of Your Molten Heart / A Seed to Hatch (2018) a collection of erasure poems, and coauthor of Every Girl Becomes the Wolf (Finishing Line Press, 2018), a collaborative chapbook written with Laura Madeline Wiseman. She is cohost of the New Books in Poetry podcast, serves as an associate editor for Zoetic Press, and is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association. Learn more at: www.andreablythe.com
    andreablythe

    I love this song and Elle King’s other songs. She’s fabulous.

  3. I agree with Bridgett Ellis. You see lots of videos with male leads surrounded by scores of barely clothed women. Nice to see a reciprocal video w/ a female lead surrounded by scores of barely clothed men! And it is very catchy. I can see that I’ll have to buy 2 copies…a video for me, and audio only for my daughter!

  4. This song was all over HBO’s ad for HBO Now back in the early summer. I first heard it while watching the Cricket World Cup on ESPN and, like Beej above, immediately put Shazam to work. Fun song and fun video, even if the hunks of beefcake make me feel most inadequate. Time to put my gym membership to work!!

  5. isabelcooper – Boston, MA – I'm Izzy. I write stuff: mostly vaguely fantasy stuff, and most notably the following books: Hickey of the Beast, published March 2011 by Candlemark and Gleam Romance novels from Sourcebooks: No Proper Lady Lessons After Dark Legend of the Highland Dragon The Highland Dragon's Lady Night of the Highland Dragon Highland Dragon Warrior Highland Dragon Rebel Highland Dragon Master I also like video games, ballroom dancing, and various geeky hobbies like LARPing. I have been known to voluntarily purchase and eat circus peanuts. Like, a whole bag at once.
    isabelcooper

    Heard this on the radio the other night, and had to go out and buy it, because: love.

    It’s now on the Aggressive And Purposeful Eyeliner Application playlist.

  6. The video only cements my initial thoughts that this was a ripoff attempt at the style of theme music of True Blood.

  7. D. Paul Angel – I am in my 40’s (the new "20" they say!), am originally from California, and now live in Portland, OR, but would eventually like to "retire" to Hawaii. I am, most definitely, a “Nerd’s Nerd.” I can recite huge tracts of Monty Python, can force Star Wars quotes into nearly any conversation, find serenity amongst fireflies, enjoy hitchhiking to the beach with my towel in hand (remember the Hawaii bit), have found precious little to dislike about Tolkien, and find any argument favoring Picard over Kirk to be both fascinating and most illogical. My foundation in Science Fiction began with Asimov, but Heinlein’s wit brought it to the front of my conscious. Although I am still recovering from the amount of time spent wheeling through Jordan and Sanderson’s epic, I have found long series, such as Scalzi’s, no longer make me feel like an old man (The new 20, right!?). I've always had a love of comics, particularly the far side of Bloom County where Calvin lived, often casting pearls before swine whilst doing the foxtrot over the hedge. Even though I already have 2 puppy-dogs I love, Zack and Satia, I can’t help but think how awesome having a magical creature would be; even if I do worry that caring for it would leave me feeling hagrid. I am more comfortable tweeting than facebooking, and I'm not athletic enough to be a tumblr. I'm also an airplane nerd and a licensed, albeit non-current, pilot. I've travelled enough to know I want to travel more, I've read, cover to cover, The Bible, Koran, Book of Mormon, Science and Health, and a smattering of Eastern philosophies, and I was one of the early board members of Cerimon House. I can bake bread from scratch, grill, and cook; and I've failed, miserably, in learning at least 4 different programming languages. I write, commit photography, and am learning the ins and out of drawing and illustration. I have long straddled that shady realm between the wholly physical and utterly imaginative, and I'm working towards taking up residence in the latter. I'm an expert in all forms of philosophocating, but find it is best done with open eyes, compassion, and humor; preferably with pleasant company, snacks, and an ample supply of delicious beverages. I have also been known to make the occasional pun.
    D. Paul Angel

    She did a promo for the local radio station that was hilarious. I forget the exact words, but is was basically “You’ll like 94.7 and this somg. Or else.” She pulled it off very well.
    And, yes, a very catchy song!

  8. That’s a catchy song indeed. I don’t listen to a lot of music, but another one that caught my eye is Postmodern Jukebox’s cover of “All About That Bass”.

  9. Elle King is amazing. I caught her live show a couple a weeks ago and she’s a ridiculously engaging, charismatic performer.

    I do prefer the first version of the Ex’s and Oh’s video, myself.

  10. D. Paul Angel – I am in my 40’s (the new "20" they say!), am originally from California, and now live in Portland, OR, but would eventually like to "retire" to Hawaii. I am, most definitely, a “Nerd’s Nerd.” I can recite huge tracts of Monty Python, can force Star Wars quotes into nearly any conversation, find serenity amongst fireflies, enjoy hitchhiking to the beach with my towel in hand (remember the Hawaii bit), have found precious little to dislike about Tolkien, and find any argument favoring Picard over Kirk to be both fascinating and most illogical. My foundation in Science Fiction began with Asimov, but Heinlein’s wit brought it to the front of my conscious. Although I am still recovering from the amount of time spent wheeling through Jordan and Sanderson’s epic, I have found long series, such as Scalzi’s, no longer make me feel like an old man (The new 20, right!?). I've always had a love of comics, particularly the far side of Bloom County where Calvin lived, often casting pearls before swine whilst doing the foxtrot over the hedge. Even though I already have 2 puppy-dogs I love, Zack and Satia, I can’t help but think how awesome having a magical creature would be; even if I do worry that caring for it would leave me feeling hagrid. I am more comfortable tweeting than facebooking, and I'm not athletic enough to be a tumblr. I'm also an airplane nerd and a licensed, albeit non-current, pilot. I've travelled enough to know I want to travel more, I've read, cover to cover, The Bible, Koran, Book of Mormon, Science and Health, and a smattering of Eastern philosophies, and I was one of the early board members of Cerimon House. I can bake bread from scratch, grill, and cook; and I've failed, miserably, in learning at least 4 different programming languages. I write, commit photography, and am learning the ins and out of drawing and illustration. I have long straddled that shady realm between the wholly physical and utterly imaginative, and I'm working towards taking up residence in the latter. I'm an expert in all forms of philosophocating, but find it is best done with open eyes, compassion, and humor; preferably with pleasant company, snacks, and an ample supply of delicious beverages. I have also been known to make the occasional pun.
    D. Paul Angel

    I just heard the promo I was struggling to quote earlier, more or less, “Thanks 94.7 for being the first Portland radio station to play my song Exs & Ohs. I hope you like it. Or I’ll come find you.” Delivered deadpan with perfect timing. It made me literally LOL :-)

  11. “Meh.”

    So somebody says on their blog they like something, and you think it’s a good use of your time to add this? No content or addition to the thread, just expressing your dislike?

    Not every thought you have needs to leave the comfort of your head.

  12. I had to YouTube ‘Stray Cat Strut’ by The Stray Cats and Chris Isaac’s ‘Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing’ to confirm my memory that this is a sound that has been around a long long time. (And Yeah! for that) I think it’s all the lovely field of Rockabilly, for which there is a Wikipedia entry with enough links to while away a weekend. Thanks for the heads up on this video, John.

  13. Thanks, I think I’m gonna have to add that to my collection. In my head I see this being sung in a slightly seedy, smoke filled bar/night club.

    @Jake, thanks for the reminder on Stray Cat Strut… been ages since I heard it.

  14. The song’s catchy enough. But am I wrong in thinking that it’s about how much fun it is to break other people’s hearts? That doesn’t seem very nice.

    I do wish someone had told her that plurals should almost never use apostrophes. More likely someone told her the opposite, which gives me a sad.

  15. Came to comment about Rob Schneider paternity, saw that I’ve already been scooped, now have to settle for simply saying I dig this song, regardless of the lyrics or her grammatical choices in the title.

  16. Caught her live just a couple weeks ago, despite this not being one of my normal genres of music. She’s a very talented and energetic performer (same goes for her band). It felt much more authentic than many gigs I’ve been to. If you like smoky bluesy rock, you could do worse than a live Elle King gig.

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