Earlier today Sam Smith released “Writing’s on the Wall,” his song for the upcoming James Bond film Spectre. I’m not a Bond fan, but I am a fan of listening to music and giving my opinion on it, so I gave it a whirl. I have to say I really did not enjoy the experience. I found it a little boring and pretty unmemorable, and Sam’s voice sounded particularly grating to me. (I’m not the biggest fan of it to begin with, #sorrynotsorry.) I thought the background orchestration was the best part.
You can listen to the full song on Spotify, or hear a 2-minute preview from BBC radio below.
It turns out I’m not the only one who wasn’t thrilled by the tune. A Twitter search of terms related to the song revealed a lot of negative responses. Some people have even accused Sam of ripping off Michael Jackson’s “Earth Song.” Because there’s nothing I love more than Twitter snark, I pulled some of the most scathing tweets for your perusal.
People who would have done a better song then Sam Smith: Adele. Florence. Lana Del Rey. Shirley! Me. The dead cat outside.
— Simon (@thisissimonsays) September 25, 2015
The cat comparison seemed to be a popular one.
My plan: Watch the opening of the new bond film. Go get popcorn during God awful Sam Smith theme. Come back after strangling cat noise ends.
— chad clark (@themorleyman) September 25, 2015
Like I said.
Sam Smith’s #Bond theme: what Earth Song would’ve sounded like if covered by Beaker from The Muppets.
— Barry Marshall (@BarryMarshall81) September 25, 2015
Well, that’s just not fair. Sam at least has a wider vocabulary than “meep.”
Really don’t like Sam Smith’s song for James Bond. It sounds like James Bond died and there was a lot of rain involved.
— pablo (@typicalella) September 25, 2015
Started listening to Sam Smith’s Bond song. In related news, I immediately stopped listening to Sam Smith’s Bond song.
— Jay Stringer (@JayStringer) September 25, 2015
This one might be my favorite.
Sam Smith said this is a grower. I’ve heard it 39 times and all I want to grow now is a tree to hang myself. #WritingsOnTheWall
— CHⒶOTIC RDER (@Chaorderjim) September 25, 2015
Anyone who has listened to #WritingsOnTheWall is allowed to take the rest of the day off. Go home, rest and heal up. You’ve suffered enough.
— Angry Salmond (@AngrySalmond) September 25, 2015
Wish I’d seen this earlier.
— Aadya (@aadya_100) September 25, 2015
Sorry, Sam. A for effort.
— Michael Anderson (@mtacomputingltd) September 25, 2015
Badum bum chh!
— David Schneider (@davidschneider) September 25, 2015
I see what you did there.
The new James Bond theme song by Sam Smith is my new sleep inducing melody. I yawned and yawned and yawned and
— Ali F. Kısakürek (@_AFK_) September 25, 2015
…yawned and yawned and…
I’m not equating my tiredness to the 15hr shift yesterday. Or the 5hrs sleep I got. I’m blaming that Sam Smith song. Its sapped my lifeforce
— Stuart Shepherd (@stu_shepherd) September 25, 2015
Hey, maybe they can sell it as a sleep aid.
Sam Smith’s Bond theme is so boring that it probably measures and then sprays deodorant from exactly 15cm away. #writingsonthewall
— Harry Clayton-Wright (@HClaytonWright) September 25, 2015
This is the most creative burn I’ve read in a while. Snaps.