Thunder by Imagine Dragons/Feel It Still by Portugal. The Man – Pop Song Review

Is it just me or has indie rock lost its indie mojo in the Commercials Era of music?

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  1. I pay for music all the time, I still buy all my songs from iTunes.

    As far as music videos go, they still seem to get plenty of views on YouTube.

  2. Oh, yeah! I have heard both of these songs through commercials. These both will probably get on my top 10 of 2017. I’m just happy that’s there’s still some happy music around. Plus, I still buy most music unless there’s no clean version for a song or unless iTunes doesn’t have it.

  3. Maybe the lyrics were misinterpreted and it’s suppose to be “I’m a rebel just for Kix, now”.

    Kix is a brand of American cold breakfast cereal introduced in 1937 by the General Mills company of Golden Valley, Minnesota. The product is an extruded, expanded puffed-grain cereal made with cornmeal.

    • If you have to explain a joke, it’s not funny.

      • The Real Silverstar

        That wouldn’t have been funny even without the explanation. When a joke dies, the proper thing to do is bury it, not make love to its’ corpse.

        • Why does everything have to be funny or meant as a joke to you two?

          • A sense of humor is a universally recognized indicator of intelligence, which probably explains why people like yourself don’t understand or appreciate it.

            If you’re saying that your original statement *wasn’t* intended as a joke, that somehow makes it seem even sadder.

            Your home planet just contacted Earth. They need you to come back immediately.

          • The Real Silverstar

            Whiny little bitch asks: “Why does everything have to be funny or meant as a joke to you two?”

            You’re on a website specializing in COMEDY and ENTERTAINMENT videos, and you’re wondering why folks come here for laughs? Broseph, you ram your foot in your mouth so much I swear you must wear chocolate shoes.

            If that wasn’t supposed to be a joke, then you’ve just outed yourself as a condescending weirdo with zero social interactive skills rather than merely a lousy comic. Dream big.

            Seriously, we all know that this ADD ass-face routine of yours is just an act and you secretly just crave the attention (since it’s probably the only way you can get anyone to give you a second look), but that was weak sauce, even for you. Troll harder next time.

          • So are you under the impression that your replies are funny? After all, you’re on a website specializing in COMEDY and ENTERTAINMENT videos. So in replying to my comment it’s REQUIRED to be the same, right?

            For that matter do you find every post on this site to be humorous and mine are somehow unique for not inducing your otherwise strangely broad sense of humor?

          • First, you wouldn’t know funny if it bit you in the underwear. You make these bad jokes and then when someone comments on it, you pretend that you don’t understand the concept of humor because you must figure that since you can’t be funny, you might as well just be confusing. You seem to perceive this to be some form of dadaism, but it’s really just jokes being poorly delivered or executed.

            Second, Don’t go there, buddy, because if you go there than *I’ll* go there, and if I go there, I will be so there that you’ll wish that you had stayed right here. It’s painfully obvious that your original comment was meant as a joke, and spare me the excuse that you only view these COMEDY and ENTERTAINMENT videos and sites for the sole purpose of analysis, because you and I both know that’s BS. You like to play this Sheldon Cooper-esque anal retentive weirdo character because it amuses you, but no actual human being could be as out-to-lunch as you pretend to be and still qualify as a human being. Clearly what’s happening here is that you’re trolling for confused or outraged responses.

            When you troll a forum, be prepared for push back. You don’t get to do that without being called on it.

            Besides, I’m pretty sure that you like the attention.

          • The Real Silverstar

            Blah blah blah.

            Stop trying to pretend that you’re anything other than an unfunny troll. No one’s buying it.

            Just stop.

          • Who’s pretending? I never claimed to be funny. But you two… You’re bullies that need to be stood up to.

          • The Real Silverstar

            So you admit to being a troll. Want some salt to go with that foot?

            As for the latter accusation, yeah, no. You troll these discussions all the time, and you openly admit to doing so, we’re not the bad guys here. The troll doesn’t get to play the victim card. We’re not being bullies for pointing out your obnoxious attempts to disrupt discussions here. Not accepting your tomfoolery is not bullying. Not accepting your disruptions is not disruptive.

            Respect is EARNED, Sparky, it’s not an entitlement; you haven’t said or done anything here to earn my respect. Start acting like an intelligent person with something worthwhile to contribute to conversations and that’s how I’ll treat you, but as long as you choose to play the part of space alien clown who says bizarre things to get confused and outraged reactions from people, then I’ll continue to acknowledge and treat you as such.

          • You’re saying this in response to a comment about breakfast cereal. I’ve done nothing to insult you directly yet. I’ve only asked questions to understand why you reacted so strongly to something so simple. Which of us says bizarre things to get confused and outraged reactions?

          • OK, the above was admittedly an overreaction to a poorly told joke. That’s true. Those statements stem from earlier experiences with you that I wanted to address. You made some statements in an earlier video about racism that I found to be *very* offensive as an African American. Either these statements stemmed from insensitivity of the subject matter or just plain ignorance, in any case, they didn’t sit well with me. If you were trying to be funny, I didn’t find it funny in the slightest. If they were just ignorant statements, then you need to become better informed on the subject before you speak. In other words, exercise your brain before you exercise your mouth.

            As for your other claim, you’re certainly entitled to your opinion, but it seems to me that we were really as horrible as you’re making us seem, there would be more than one person complaining.

          • Thank you for admitting that, and if you are still checking this page let me explain my position.

            While growing up I was taught that skin color doesn’t matter, that all citizens of my country have equal rights, and that while these were not true in the past it has been resolved in modern times. I believed these things.

            So when I see someone that makes a big deal about race I consider that to be outdated thinking. I acknowledge that something could have been used in an offensive manner in the past. I don’t think in the context of modern thinking that same thing would convey the same meaning.

            To me someone who thinks skin color does matter is being racist. To say different people should receive unequal treat sounds racist. These statements ignore history and deny the progress that has been made to address such attitudes.

            I didn’t know what skin color you are and it makes no difference to me. You’re just anonymous text on a screen. And I sincerely hope that you I am the same.

          • That’s a serious accusation and one that shouldn’t be tossed out so liberally. Being opinionated and being a bully aren’t synonymous. I could just as easily make an accusation about you being a troll or a spammer due to past interactions that were already mentioned. I find it hard to believe that your “Kix” line wasn’t indented as a joke, yet you continually claim that you weren’t trying to be funny. That doesn’t leave too many options as for as internet behavior goes.

            And again, you’re the only one here making that accusation, so maybe, just maybe, the problematic person is the guy that you see when you look in the mirror.

          • Sorry, I’m siding with Skard on this one. He made it clear his first comment wasn’t meant to be funny, but an observation on how so much music is being discovered through ads now. If you guys weren’t so desperate to pin any general comment as unfunny this argument would have never have happened. Get help.

  4. Todd, I want to thank you until the end of time for reviewing Feel It Still. For the past few Tuesdays during my therapy appointments, that song ALWAYS played on the local radio when I was there. However, I didn’t expect the music video for it to look the way it does.

    And actually, there ARE technically 3 Pokémon named Thunder; 2 of them are Legendaries, and the other is an Eeveelution. I also did notice the music being used in all those ads.

  5. People still watch commercials?

  6. Little known band “Feldberg” got into pop the other way around: started making commercial jingles, then one of their jingles got popular out of the blue, so they expanded it, published it, and made a semi-popular record.
    At least one.
    Forgotten now, for the most part.

  7. As a Metal head I’m still safe, ads still only annoy me

  8. And that’s why I’m for natural classical forever in all it’s forms, arrivederci.

  9. Well natural instrumentation or instruments with occasional toleration of electric or electronic ones, plug it in, plug it in, I should use this very video as a great example demonstration in my Writing for the Electronic Media class part of the Mass Media course at the CUNY Kingsborough Community College, if only my deadbeat, ignorant professor allowed it for extra credit and was impressed by my comforting, unexpected knowledge of you and your work Todd, particular this video.

  10. Since I live under a rock I don’t have this problem. I also think it’s funny that these bands are still allowed to be called indie because being featured in any ad means you’re pretty much mainstream at that point.

  11. Thanks, man. This was pretty awesome. Also surprisingly deep.

    Back to the silly stuff: OHW, “Move Any Mountain”, The Shamen. Just to expand your horizons beyond good ol’ rock.

  12. (First comment ever! Yay :D) Wow. I am really behind on the charts. I hadn’t recognized any of these songs in the past month, even though I listen to pop music. It’s not like I don’t watch TV, since my siblings always put it on while I’m eating breakfast, it’s just that the advertisements didn’t come on I guess. I did actually hear “Thunder” a few weeks ago but I guess it was so boring that I thought it was just from some random indie band. “Feel it still” is definitely a better song, at least in my book.

  13. You make a good point of how advertising is one of the only ways bands have to be noticed anymore, but with NetFlix, TeeVo, and Ad Block making it possible to skip or ignore ads, how long before even that is not an option?

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