Archive for February 23rd, 2007

He likes the nightlife, he likes to boogie.

There are two or three reporters at the St. Petersburg Times who absolutely hate Taylor Hicks with the passion of a thousand burning suns. So the Times, because it cares about its credibility (I’d assume; it could have been because the others walked out in protest) sent its only neutral reviewer — a guy who’d never really heard Hicks sing before — to last night’s show. Aaaaaaand? He kinda liked it.

He strapped on a guitar (he wasn’t terrible) for about a third of the set and played his own songs “Hell of a Day” and “The Deal.” You could tell he was having more fun playing his own material. Indeed, Hicks was at his best when he felt free enough to let his salt and pepper shake, and produce enough facial contortions to spook Joe Cocker. His goofy signature dance move – I call it the Jive-Walking Hunchback – is just dorky enough to make you grin…If Hicks wants to blossom, he might do well to let loose a little more often. He’s not a bad showman, but he’s a surprisingly solid musician. There’s no shame in being a modern standard-bearer for the white-bread blues; just ask Huey Lewis or Michael McDonald. Indeed, Hicks’ finest moment was the closing song that’s become his anthem, McDonald’s “Takin’ It to the Streets.” It was energetic, even dynamic, and Hicks’ harmonica work – outstanding, by the way – was really fun. The crowd loved it all. Me, I could have used more of the bluesy stuff. But his career will be fine either way. The Soul Patrol will see to that.

I could use more bluesy stuff, too. Ahh, maybe next time.

So were you wondering last night how it was that de facto Season Five winner (as far as TPTB are concerned) Chris Daughtry had his song “Home” selected to replace Bad Day? According to Variety, it wasn’t part of an evil plot to erase all memory of Taylor Hicks from the collective Idol consciousness:

Unfortunately for the “Idol” producers, Powter was signed to Warner Bros. As a result, his record label reaped big coin, while the “Idol” camp got bubkas. It’s no surprise, then, that this year’s exit song comes from Daughtry, a band fronted by 2006 “American Idol” contender Chris Daughtry — and signed to RCA/19, the official “Idol” record label. But Iain Pirie, head of 19 Entertainment U.S., said the song’s selection wasn’t a matter of keeping things all in the family. Back in October, Pirie had a meeting with “Idol” exec producer and 19 exec Nigel Lythgoe. Given Lythgoe’s role in helping launch Daughtry, Pirie figured he’d want to hear some tracks from the group’s upcoming album. “I brought a rough version of ‘Home’ and played it for Nigel. He called up Simon Fuller right away, and they both agreed right away that the song had the sentiment to be the perfect ‘Idol’ exit song,” Pirie told Daily Variety. “It seemed to fit perfectly.”


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What the kids are sayin’

"I hate them all. The judges, TPTB, the blatant manipulation, the songs, the contestants, everything. I'm a die-hard Cook fan, but for the love of god, at least try to look like you're enjoying yourself up there! Please? Syesha was awesome but she ruined it by being completely shameless and disgusting. Yes, being on American Idol is exactly like the civil rights movement, except for the part where you're fighting to make the world a better place."

"All I can say after the disgusting display tonight of favoritism towards the mediocrity that is David A. - good luck trying to market and make money off of that kid, American Idol. (Not to mention good luck dealing with his father.) All the teeny boppers may buy up his American Idol coronation single, but they will quickly forget about him before the album comes out. And I shudder to think of a David A. album - song after song of unrelenting sameness and heavy breathing. Why they are pimping him for the win is beyond me."

"This show was simply a hot buttered mess tonight. And Jason "needs to be arrested for what he did to I Shot the Sheriff. But I hope he stays. He amuses me. "