'Dreamgirls': Is Eddie Murphy going to (gulp) sing?

9498__eddie_lReading MTV News’ story about the upcoming Dreamgirls soundtrack, and specifically, Underdogs producer Harvey Mason Jr.’s praise for Eddie Murphy’s contributions to it, got me thinking about the comic actor’s previous musical efforts. Anyone else out there remember his poetically awful video for "Whatzupwitu"? You know, the one with the winged hearts, the children’s chorus, and a jaunty splash of Michael Jackson? If you haven’t seen it before (or even if you have), I implore you to click here and check it out, then file it under ”new jank swing.”

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  • jason

    oh michael, thank you for reminding us of that completely strange video. i remember it fondly. what a piece of junk. but, in dreamgirls he may do ok, we shall see (who cares!?!? Jhud is in it, all i need to know)

  • Ellipsian

    “Whatzupwitu” is bad. Holy-wow bad. But “Boogie in Your Butt” pretty much takes the cake, doesn’t it? Anything called “Boogie in Your Butt” trumps everything. It’s the end-all, be-all, right? I mean REALLY.

  • Karla

    OMG – I love Michael all arms akimbo street attitudinal, like he’s down or something. And the body language between the two – Eddie sort of “WTF am I doing here?” and Michael all “I ain’t afraid, watch me mock him.”
    And OMG 2 – Michael looks eerily like LaToya – what was that, a few facial surgeries ago? He shoulda stopped there. Or never begun.
    But beyond all that – Eddie has a good voice, serviceable for a musical. But didn’t I hear somewhere that they had to bring in a dancing or singing stand-in for Eddie on Dreamgirls?

  • Andrea

    My toddler is currently in a Shrek phase and asks to watch “Sheh” every afternoon, a request to which we lovingly oblidge, as it saves us from channel surfing that inevitably ends with Richard Karn on “Family Feud.”
    Anyhoooo, Eddie Murphy has a few bits of singing lines here and there, and IMO, they’re not so bad … especially after Day 34 (and counting) of endless Shrek-watching.

  • cj

    thanks a lot for bringing back that nightmare

  • EP Sato

    Hey man, that “Party all the Time” song was pretty good. Besides, now that Charlie Murphy’s become the funny one, we need a Murphy to become the singer of the family.

  • Sarah

    Maybe Beyonce (Dreamgirls’ costar) can help Eddie Murphy remake “Party All the Time,” Murphy’s other “major hit” (ahem). The video will feature Jay-Z in place of Rick James, bopping in the producer’s booth.

  • EP Sato

    Oh hey, anyone remember when Arsenio Hall created his alter ego “Chunky A”? “you make me say OW” was so bad that guests on his show would frequently embarrass him with Chunky A jokes.
    Speaking of which, why did Eddie and Arsenio stop working together? They were pretty darned funny as a duo.

  • blackpower

    Eddie had hits that I still listen to right now. “Party All of Time, With all I know, How Could It Be, and Put Your Mouth on Me”, were all HOT! People never accepted him as a singer because he was in the prime of his comical career. Its the same reason why Jamie Foxx’s 1st album failed so badly. Revisit those songs listed above and you all will be pleasantly surprised.

  • Ceballos

    Eddie Murphy’s a pretty talented guy, and I think his singing is going to be just fine.
    Even though I enjoy “Party all the time” i wouldn’t point to it to show off his vocal prowess, but he did a nice job impersonating Michael Jackson’s and Stevie Wonder’s singing during his 80s comic heydays.
    It’ll probably be over-the-top and funkified in “Dreamgirls” like his bits in the “Shrek” movies. It’s so good to see him involved in a high quality live-action project because he’s so tremendously talented.
    P.S. Last I looked, co-star Jamie Foxx’s album, while not a critical smash, sold barely a shade 2 million copies and is double platinum…so i don’t really see how it “failed so badly.”

  • Ceballos

    Oh my bad, the person below me was reffering to Fox’s first album…yeah, that was a miserable failure!
    “failed so badly” is actually being nice. ;)

  • EP Sato

    To Ceballos-
    Jamie Foxx’s post Ray album did rock and sold a buncha copies, but his first album was done around 94 or 95. It was an R& B album. One of the opening quotes from the intro song was “Wasn’t he Wanda?”, a reference to his old “In living color” days.
    That album was top of the props, well written and very smooth listening. But it sold like 10 copies so a lot of people didn’t know about his singing talents.
    I Agree with Black power that Eddie’s got a pretty decent voice and reiterate that Party all the time was a pretty good song. While his album was called one of the worst albums ever made, the song DID win some award as best pop track of the year or something. Of course, I can’t remember what award that was to save my life…

  • Ceballos

    One last thing:
    Michael…enough with the jank! Seriously. It’s gonna be time for an intervention soon.

  • EP Sato

    My bad for adding a correction when you had just written one.Sorry about that.

  • Ceballos

    That’s cool man…I just wish Popwatch had a way to edit your own post that to have to enter a totally new post to correct a typo or a small mistake.
    Otherwise, Popwatch is the tops!

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