Robin Thicke has done his dad proud: The singer’s father says he’s a fan of his son’s smash hit “Blurred Lines” and its titillating video. “I liked it right away. It’s an earworm, that bass and those vocal licks stick with you right off the bat,” Alan Thicke told the Village Voice. “I was as impressed with the track as I was with the video.”
The elder Thicke – who famously played Jason Seaver on Growing Pains – noted the prevalence of covers and copycat “Blurred Lines” videos as a mark its quality. “I don’t know if it was by design,” he said, “but it’s good that they did something that was so visually simple enough and straight-forward enough that it could be reproduced and copied by those choosing to parody it.”
Alan Thicke also had a good suggestion for “Blurred Lines” as a TV theme song. “It might have worked on Modern Family which seeks to re-establish the family genre and new forms of nuclear families,” he said, noting the ABC show “could have been called Blurred Lines.”
The actor also dished some dirt on his son’s earliest days in music. “Actually, [Robin] started with some dance moves. He was a big fan of Michael Jackson and songs like ‘Smooth Criminal,'” Thicke said. Robin and actor friend Brian Austin Green made a video to “Smooth Criminal,” and from there, the budding singer started mimicking musicians he liked. “He could do Stevie Wonder, Prince and Billy Idol, so he started doing what his favorites do as he evolved his own sound and approach to music,” Thicke said.
But Robin soon overtook his father musically. “Way back in those early days when he was 15 or 16, I used to write a few songs with him to show him form and structure a little bit,” Thicke said, “but by the time he was 17 he was already better than me so I had to just share him with the world at that point.”