Discuss: Does Basim rip off Bruno Mars with Cliché Love Song?

In the minutes after Basim won Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, plenty of Eurovision fans rolled their eyes and dismissed him as a bad Bruno Mars cover act. Others moaned that “Cliché Love Song” lived up to its title. Hand on heart: I was one of them. But after listening to this song on loop for the past hour, I can now say that I have seen the light. Denmark is headed for the Top 10.

It’s true the number takes inspiration from Mr Mars. It’s a toe-tapping ditty that mixes reggae, soul and R&B. But it does so with flair and style and without any pop pretence. Basim, who appeared on stage looking like a slightly disheveled cherub, is too adorable to be despised and too normal to cast as a superstar. He’s a Joe Schmo who happens to be able to sing. It’s all rather endearing.

Lyrically the cliché comes off as witty and fresh. He puts a mirror in front of all the gooey sentiment of love songs, has a giggle, but ultimately accepts there is a lot of truth beneath the sugar.

I’m in love. What about you?

Cliché Love Song lyrics — Basim

Scooba-dooba-dap-dap-di-di-die
Scooba-dooba-dap-dap-di-di-die
I love you
Yeah
Come on

I met this lady
She was lookin’ so damn fine
But she was crazy
It was all about party time

And lately
I felt like something’s wrong
So flaky
And shaky
When the sun went down

Yeah
Boom, boom, boom when she walked the room
Even girls they whistle

I know it’s hard to get her
She’s a special girl
Oooo

It feels like..

Scooba-dooba-dap-dap-di-di-die
Scooba-dooba-dap-dap-di-di-die
I love you
Another cliché baby

Scooba-dooba-dap-dap-di-di-die
Baby I would do whatever you like
I love you
Another cliché baby

Whoa
Whoa
Whoa
Another cliché baby

Like Katy Perry (so sexy)
She could kiss a lovely girl
Taste likes cherry
Yes she could rock her world
On cloud seven
I never felt like this before
She took me closer to heaven
Oh my god let’s go

Boom, boom, boom when she walked the room
Even girls they whistle

I know from the pizza guy
That you’re a special girl

It feels like
Scooba-dooba-dap-dap-di-di-die
Scooba-dooba-dap-dap-di-di-die
I love you
Another cliché baby

Scooba-dooba-dap-dap-di-di-die
Baby I’ma do whatever you like
I love you
Another cliché baby

Tell me what I gotta do
Just give me that little clue
Another cliché baby
Oh

Now I’m feeling blue
I gotta break through
To you
You

Oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh

Cliché baby
Yeah

It feels like
Scooba-dooba-dap-dap-di-di-die
Scooba-dooba-dap-dap-di-di-die
I love you
Another cliché baby

Scooba-dooba-dap-dap-di-di-die
Baby Ima do whatever you like
Another cliché baby

Scooba-dooba-dap-dap-di-di-die
Scooba-dooba-dap-dap-di-di-die
I love you
Another cliché baby

Scooba-dooba-dap-dap-di-di-die
Baby Ima do whatever you like
I love you
Another cliché love song

Related Links

WATCH: Basim to DR: “Now I have to do a Eurovision show!” (DR)
VISIT: Basim’s official Facebook page

Willy Lee Adams contributed this report from London. You can keep up-to-date on the latest Eurovision news and gossip by following the team on Twitter @wiwibloggs and by liking our Facebook page.

Photo: BT