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Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you fun songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, Malcolm Kelly and Tony Oller (better known as MKTO) perform “Classic,” a 2013 feel-good anthem that pays tribute to “old school chic.”
In the song, the duo serenades a girl who is way out of their league. Her style is reminiscent of a bygone era — a time when Hollywood starlets lit up the silver screen.
The opening line sets the scene: “Ooh girl you’re shining / Like a 5th Avenue diamond.”
Oller told MTV News that the song is about natural beauty. As the lyrics affirm, in a “world gone plastic” this girl is “classic.”
The pop/hip-hop duo’s “Classic” charted in 16 countries, including a #14 position on the US Billboard Top 100 chart. It was also nominated for “Catchiest New Song” at the 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards.
Both accomplished child actors, Kelly and Oller met as teenagers in 2010 on the set of the Nickelodeon series Gigantic and decided to form a band. Their YouTube covers caught the attention of bigwigs at Columbia records and MKTO scored a record deal.
While MKTO clearly stands for the combined initials of Malcolm Kelly and Tony Oller, the artists insisted that their group name meant much more. Oller told IvoryMusic.org, “It also stands for what our album kind of is: Misfit Kids and Total Outcasts – just like the kids we were in high school.”
Established in 2010, MKTO had a successful run until March of 2017, when Oller posted news via social media that the band had broken up. Fans rejoiced when the pair announced a reconciliation in June of 2018. Then, a little more than three years later, Oller reported that he and Kelly had parted ways.
Please check out the video of MKTO performing “Classic.” The lyrics are below if you’d like to sing along…
“Classic”Written by Lindy Robbins, Andrew Maxwell Goldstein, Emanuel Kiriakou and Evan Bogart. Performed by MKTO.
Hey! Where’s the drum?
Ooh girl you’re shiningLike a 5th Avenue diamondAnd they don’t make you like they used toYou’re never going out of style
Ooh pretty babyThis world might have gone crazyThe way you saved me,Who could blame meWhen I just wanna make you smile
I wanna thrill you like MichaelI wanna kiss you like PrinceLet’s get it on like Marvin GayeLike Hathaway write a song for you like this
You’re over my headI’m out of my mindThinking I was born in the wrong timeOne of a kind, living in a world gone plasticBaby you’re so classicBaby you’re so classicBaby you,Baby you’re so classic
Four dozen of rosesAnything for you to noticeAll the way to serenade youDoing it Sinatra style
Ima pick you up in a CadillacLike a gentleman bringin’ glamor backKeep it real to real in the way I feelI could walk you down the aisle
You’re over my headI’m out of my mindThinking I was born in the wrong timeLet’s start the rewind, everything is so throwback age (I kinda like it like it)Out of my leagueOld school chicLike a movie starFrom the silver screenOne of a kind living in a world gone plasticBaby you’re so classicBaby you’re so classicBaby you’re so classic
Baby you’re class and baby you’re sickI never met a girl like you ever til we metA star in the 40’s, centerfold in the 50’sGot me tripping out like the sixtiesHippies Queen of the discothequeA 70’s dream and an 80’s bestHepburn, Beyoncé, Marilyn MansonGirl you’re timeless, just so classic
You’re over my head I’m out of my mindThinking I was born in the wrong timeLet’s start the rewind, everything is so throwback age (I kinda like it like it)Out of my leagueOld school chicLike a movie starFrom the silver screenYou’re one of a kind living in a world gone plasticBaby you’re so classicBaby you’re so classicBaby you’re so classic
Credit: Screen capture via Youtube.com / MKTO Band.