Funky Music? White Boy?

31 Mar

Ok.  There was a certain level of sacrilege on American Idol tonight.  This was wrong on so many levels. 

I cannot wait to hear Dave White’s take on this one.

How in the world could even attempt this classic Idol “moment”…has he not heard?   There is only ONE Boogie.

— now, THAT is some emotion.


Posted by on March 31, 2009 in american idol, Funny, taylor hicks


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22 responses to “Funky Music? White Boy?

  1. Linn

    March 31, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Amen! Amen! Amen! That was just WRONG!!!!!

  2. tandjam

    April 1, 2009 at 12:43 am

    Adam has a lot of talent but he ain’t funky, that’s for sure! No funk no where in that performance… and that seems a little wrong, doesn’t it?

  3. colette

    April 1, 2009 at 1:18 am

    Adam has showmanship, and an agile voice. But he sure ain’t funky, and he sure can get shrieky and hard-sell and grating.
    Her personifies what’s wrong with Idol these days, IMO: they’re desperately trying to jazz things up, make them more dramatic, and that’s why the hype on Adam has been fierce from the beginning.

    And would anybody on Idol ever admit that Taylor did anything right? He’s still a total black sheep, as far as I can tell, because….why? He only had one platinum record? He’s the only reason I got into watching Idol, and he brought a lot of viewers into the show and stirred up a lot of passion. Even though I’m disappointed in the music he’s made post-Idol, I think that AI should thank him, not erase him!

    Meanwhile, the only thing that gives me pleasure as I monitor Idol is to see the progress of Kris Allen — soulful, smart, inventive and a genuine musician, rather than an audience demographic. They aren’t promoting him at all, but he’s gaining fans on his own steam week by week….

  4. music maven

    April 1, 2009 at 6:52 am

    I have to admit that I was really surprised that at least Randy did not refer to Taylor’s PTFMWB performance and how that song SHOULD be done.

    Who lknows? Taylor has gone against the grain from the get go and they have done NOTHING to assist his career. I can’t wait for the day when they are off the air and the truth about the structure and motives.

    If you think about it, when Idol first came out everyone thought that it was just a really big talent show and hence the appeal…then, each year the “manufacturing” has become more and more apparent. By the time they figured out Taylor’s popularity/lead, it was too late to try to deliberately sabotage him on the show. I think it was apparent from the coronation that Taylor wasn’t going to exactly “play the game” and he’s not “formula” enough to make them money.

    They (Fuller, AI, 19, Davis) are self interested. Taylor did not mean money to them and he likely burned a few bridges. You would think, however, that some entertainment journalist would be asking the question, though. Taylor has not publicly dissed AI and is likely under threat of litigation if he does so. However, he’s nothing but complimentary to Idol when interviewed, so it really has made AI look petty and against the very thing they say they are for (advancing young and emerging artists).

    Only after they’re off the air will we begin to understand what really goes on….you think Dreamgirls was interesting….

  5. LISA

    April 1, 2009 at 6:59 am

    I was just waiting for the judges to say, Adam,Adam,Adam we had a guy on Season 5 named Taylor and dude he could boogie,you justt made the wrong song choice dude. Just a little snark! I so agree with everything said above,time will tell.

  6. little Deb

    April 1, 2009 at 7:27 am

    colette, I’m with ya on Kris. Natural talent – not manufactured.

  7. music maven

    April 1, 2009 at 7:49 am

    I have a “six degrees of separation” connection to Kris so I was pulling for him from the beginning, but he’s really starting to come out of the woodwork. He was excellent last night.

  8. shrewspeaks

    April 1, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Adam’s PTFMWB was only mezzo…not contemporary nor with enough cheese to make it interesing. Taylor did that song proud! Talk about balls out crazy ass commitment to the moment performance.

    MM you said “however, that some entertainment journalist would be asking the question, though.” about AI ignoring Taylor. I feel if Taylor’s first cd had been critically excellent and yet AI refused to recognize him then yes the reporters would be asking WTF?

    Now, Kris…this guy is really catching my eye. I believe he really has solid talent. He is much more interesting to me than Danny Gorke and in some ways he is more interesting than Adam. There is an unexpected freshness to his journey thus far. Besides, he did Bill Withers justice! Yup, I think I am jumping on the Kris train.

  9. colette

    April 1, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Kris has a lot of musical talent, but he’s also shrewd — just as Taylor was.
    Quietly, stealthily, out of the limelight, you build a following — and then you don’t disappoint them! You ratchet it up, week by week, until you get to a zenith performance like Taylor’s “Something” or David Cook’s “Always Be My Baby.” And you do it with MUSIC. Cute only goes so far on this show, thank heaven…..

    As for the manufacturing aspect — I can just imagine they’re thinking, hmm, what kind of “package” would Kris be? I have no idea what his original music is like. But I doubt this smart kid would allow himself to be ground into overcooked Top 40 hip-hop mush…

  10. shrewspeaks

    April 1, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Rewatching the Taylor clip again really makes me wish Fox had spent a fraction of the money and put the YabbaDabbaBoogie variety hour starring TH on last night instead of that waste of human space Osborne retreaded thing.

  11. JenAdams

    April 1, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Thank you MM for expressing this! It was all I could think of last night.

    And yes, Shrewbie, now that is a variety show I could enjoy.

  12. spinshack

    April 2, 2009 at 9:52 am

    I liked Adam. Thought he brought the “Little Richard” aspect into the song. Seriously none of you really thought the show would give any sort of nod to Taylor’s take? Too bad really – one of his best and more entertaining performances too.

    Perhaps young Adam is taking a page out of the How to Win Idol manual that Mr. Hicks basically rewrote. He’s a smart guy.

  13. colette

    April 2, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    No spinshack, Adam is no dummy. And he’s waking the joint up at least.

    But to me he’s sort of a screechy glitz-rock throwback, sorry.

    And where are the next Paul Simons, Paul McCartneys, Al Greens, Mark Knopflers? Shamless promotion for the “Happy Set” I posted here a few days back — check it out).

    But it’s not just a Baby Boomer’s lament. I’m waiting and hoping for REAL new superstars who deserve to be touring into their 60s with a huge repertoire of hits, the ways these guys are…..

  14. texan

    April 2, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    I liked it! Has something unGodly happened to me?

  15. kanniduba

    April 3, 2009 at 5:54 am

    Zan liked it too Tex, and really couldn’t believe that I didn’t. LOL So you aren’t alone.

    And let’s face it…American Idol will never produce a “REAL superstar.” There will be plenty of pop stars—but the real superstar quality musicians aren’t interested in playing the part in a manufactured talent contest more interested in ratings than in music. It will continue to be entertaining, and will continue to be a platform to launch music careers (hopefully well deserved music careers) but the next Paul McCarney/Al Green/Mark Knopfler? Not gonna happen. Sorry Colette! I had better put my rose colored glasses back on. The world is much prettier when I’m wearing them! 😉
    And I agree with Spinshack…I would’ve been SHOCKED if they had nodded to Taylor’s performance. In fact, if you recall, both Randy and Simon hated it. Neither of them had anything positive to say about the performance…and all Paula said was that it was “the authentic Taylor we all love.” I thought Ryan might have made a snarky comment about the whole falling on the floor bit, but no.
    Kris Kris Kris….watch this guy. He’s stealthy. 😉

  16. music maven

    April 3, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Ok, texan and Zan?!? You guys must be on some good meds.

    I knew Wild Cherry, sir. And, you are NO Wild Cherry.

    Seriously. I gave Adam cred on “Tracks of My Tears”…loved it. However, his general style makes me throw up a little in my mouth. Sooooooo over the top and dramatic. He reminds me of a David Lee Roth wannabe. But that’s just me…to each his own.

    As for me an my house, we is for KRIS!!!

    KD, I think you are exactly correct that even though Idol likes to say they create superstars, they really don’t. The closest they’ve come is Carrie Underwood and that’s in Country, where superstars are born (and die) every day. BTW, just where is Chris these days? Sure is quiet.

  17. spinshack

    April 3, 2009 at 10:32 am

    kanniduba, I agree Kris is one of those quiet types.

    I love Adam’s over the top approaches he’s rather tongue in cheek working this show. He certainly gets the folks on their feet. Like a shot of adrenaline when he hits the stage.

    I was wondering about The Daughtry myself MM. Seems he put out that first album, then a remake of said album and nothing since. No talk around either, that I’ve heard, of any plans on a new original album.

  18. Dee

    April 3, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    Chris is laying low until all this AI crap is over for the season. He’s probably below ground in a bunker someplace out of fear he might be asked to sing on the show this year. LOL.

  19. colette

    April 4, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Kanniduba — of course you’re right about the AI machine and their disinterest in mega-talent — BUT I think a lot of young musicians are trying to get over their (well-founded) allergy to the show, because record companies aren’t getting behind great singer-songwriters anymore. They’re desperate and scrambling to save the bacon with more Rhiannas, Pinks, Ne-yos, whomever. Every now and then a guy like Brett Dennen or Jack Johnson sneaks into the party, but it’s always by “stealth.”

    Anyway, I always need a reason to watch AI and I found one in Kris. Go, baby!

  20. Linda T

    April 5, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Count me in as a huge Adam fan, but that’s all I’ll say about that since I’m in the minority here. I’m in the majority in that I love Kris as well.

    One of the things I love most about Kris is that there is absolutely no “backstory” to him. No performances with Wicked, no cute family members to toddle around, no inspirational disability stories, no workingman oil rig persona, nuttin. The producers are doing nothing to pimp him and still he’s climbing steadily up the ranks. I really know absolutely nothing about him except that he’s a cool guy with a great voice, some nice versatile instrumental skills and an infectious shit-eathing grin. Very refreshing!

    Is it wrong of me to wish that he doesn’t win so that he doesn’t become a cog in the AI machine, but just gets recognized enough so that he can establish a moderately successful music career?

  21. amy

    April 6, 2009 at 11:39 am

    adam lambert ellicits the gag reflex in me like no other contestant in history has. He is beyond cheesy and no one seems to notice but me! I loathe him!

    Too harsh? My apologies, I’m not having a pleasant idol season so far.

  22. amy

    April 6, 2009 at 11:41 am

    BTW, I like Matt Giraud…yummy!


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