Yes, but he’s a HOT crack-addled monkey.

“Like a crack-addled monkey” is how a lot of people describe Taylor Hicks’…errm…”dance” moves. I tend to agree, but I think it should be intended as a compliment, not an insult. Those who insult him act like he’s onstage trying to be the next Baryshnikov or something…but clearly, they’re just not getting it. Unlike Top 40’s plethora of interchangeable pop tartlets or R&B smooth movers, Taylor’s moves aren’t choreographed. They aren’t designed to show off any particular body part. They aren’t designed to scream “I’m sexy!” His moves are a reflection of who he is–a man who feels music, who’s excited to perform, and in my best guess, a man whose body responds almost automatically to the stimuli that are the furious beating of drums, the intense plucking of a bass, the electric crunch of a guitar, and the sweet squeal of a saxophone. The man can’t contain himself, and personally, that’s what I love about him.

Last night’s Leno performance started off with a fairly contained Taylor–a Taylor, even, who was playing to the camera, something you don’t see every day. But midway through the performance, the irrepressable Taylor bust through, and the rocking, spinning, jumping and on-the-knees wailing started, and the performance started to get good. Have a look for yourself.

YouTube link here in case the video doesn’t show up…which would be about par for the course.

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3 Responses to “Yes, but he’s a HOT crack-addled monkey.”


  1. 1 Bobo December 3, 2006 at 12:45 am

    Woman, have you heard ‘Abraham,Martin & John’…this man can deliever us a message without moving a finger, much less a leg! Well, he does have to move to play the hormonica…but honestly, the passion, the message, the emotion….god I can’t believe we are discovering this cover by him so late in the day!

  2. 2 idolicious December 3, 2006 at 10:03 am

    Heard it, downloaded it, listened to, going to track down a professor of mine who know MLK personally to pass it along to him. It’s amazing. Actually, while Dancing Taylor makes me grin from ear to ear, Sit-and-Sing Taylor (hee…do they go on sale for Christmas? I want one!) really speaks to me. I love that he’s got both sides covered as an entertainer.

  3. 3 Bobo December 3, 2006 at 11:45 am

    Aw…I don’t know if I could be trusted to play ‘nice’ with a Sit&Sing Taylor…much less a Dancing Taylor! But I’d be willing to give it a shot (in the privacy of my own home :p)


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