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29 June 2007 @ 02:08 pm
Dear LJ...  
How do those comments taste? Yummy? Are you getting fat yet? *kicks*

So, yesterday I mistakenly deleted a bunch of comments that I thought were just links to comments in my LJ mailbox. Argh. Mostly for the Veronica story I wrote for Elissa-- where badboy_fangirl and deadbeat_nymph restored theirs for me manually! So very sweet. :)

We saw Rory O'Shea Was Here on Wednesday (a.k.a., Inside, I'm Dancing outside the U.S.) and really liked it. Wonderful performances from the leads, especially the physically challenging part Steven Robinson had.

Got sucked into the reality show, Age of Love, and it's probably wrong that the bachelor in question went from "okay" in commercials (mute button!) to "wow, very charming" as soon as the Aussie accent came flying out when the sound was on. God, I am such a sucker. :\

This fun link is from my husband, and the summaries are probably the funniest part: The 100 Worst Musical Covers. Check out #1-- an artist covering his own song. And yet, I agree. ;)

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elanurel: Rock Onelanurel on June 29th, 2007 11:59 pm (UTC)
Check out #1-- an artist covering his own song. And yet, I agree. ;)

OMG. ;-P

Seriously.

Although I was actually surprised that Duran Duran's version of "911 is a Joke" only made it to #12. The entire album it comes from is such a stinkeroo that my inner fifteen-year-old simply weeps whenever she thinks about it. I mean, with classics like "White Lines" and the remake they did of "The Chauffeur" (ironically named "Drive By," which is pretty much what I want to do to the brain trust in the band who decided that Simon Lebon reading poetry could, in any way, be forgiven; like Clapton, they massacred their own song) and the mere notion that Duran Duran can even be remotely badass enough to do a Zeppelin song justice...they should have been a lot closer to #1. Although the entire album does get dissed by the reviewer...
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on June 30th, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC)
Seriously.
I'm just amazed that an artist could take everything about his song that worked and completely bypass it.

Wasn't the lyrics, dude. Or the basic melody. It was the energy, the rhythm, the boiling guitars. All of which you removed! *whispers* Bonehead. :0

which is pretty much what I want to do to the brain trust in the band who decided that Simon Lebon reading poetry could, in any way, be forgiven;
Oh dear. That's the worst part of "Nights in White Satin" for me-- the pretentious poetry and froofy musical interlude. The mournful main portion of the song is terrific.

and the mere notion that Duran Duran can even be remotely badass enough to do a Zeppelin song justice...they should have been a lot closer to #1.
God. Duran Duran doing Led Zeppelin is such a frightening though! :0
mercurybard on June 30th, 2007 12:18 am (UTC)
I had a record of the Kylie Minogue cover of "Locomotion" and played it constantly when I was 4-5!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on June 30th, 2007 06:39 pm (UTC)
:D Well, you were just a child then. I mean, 5-year-olds still groove on "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" and such. :)
mercurybard on June 30th, 2007 08:24 pm (UTC)
I was more of a Disney songs girl. Thank goodness I grew out of that, though I doubt my current musical tastes are much better. ;D
The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on June 30th, 2007 03:33 am (UTC)
William Shatner's Rocketman totally should have been higher.

But phew! What a walk down Memory Lane.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on June 30th, 2007 06:40 pm (UTC)
I need to listen to his "Rocketman" and compare it to the horror that was his "Lucy In the Sky.... With Diamonds!" cover. :0
The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on June 30th, 2007 07:32 pm (UTC)
Nimoy's songs in general are ... disturbing. But at least usually weirdly hilarious, I mean... Shatner is just WTF???? in the bad WTF???? kind of way.

I was embarassed to see with how many of them I wasn't even aware that they covers. But as a product of the 90s, I have special hate for all the blonde teenie bombshells and especially barbie nasal girlgroups covering "deep, yo!" songs.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on June 30th, 2007 10:23 pm (UTC)
Shatner is just WTF???? in the bad WTF???? kind of way.
He really is, at least for the "singing." For a lot of other stuff, he's hilarious, but these song covers... it's like he's choosing to make fun of his weird Kirk line delivery, but doesn't realize that it's laughable. :0

Now, for Nimoy... Search for "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins" on YouTube, and you'll definitely find weird. And you'll hear that song in your head forever, too. ;)
bluesister on June 30th, 2007 05:28 am (UTC)
That list of covers is painful to read--I can't imagine listening to them. Did Kicking Against the Pricks by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds make the best list? That's what covers are supposed to be like.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on June 30th, 2007 07:26 pm (UTC)
I didn't look at the "Best" list, but I should.

Some of the worthy covers that come to mind (or hated, depending on your viewpoint), are

"Superstar" covered by someone in the 90's (it's really creepy, kind of a Ted Bundy version of the song).
"American Woman" covered by Lenny Kravitz. I still like the original much better, but his is an interesting and entirely different rendering of that song.
"Heart Full of Soul" covered by Chris Isaak. Some might consider this one sacrilege, but it's definitely a different interpretation of the classic Yardbirds song.

Can't think of others right now, and no "Best Cover" link anymore off of that site! Rats. :\
bluesister on June 30th, 2007 07:29 pm (UTC)
One that freaks me out is Rod Stewart singing a Tom Waits song, Downtown Train, I think. Rod's being all Vocalist and doesn't seem to have considered the words or anything. Not that I'd ever want to go up against Tom himself.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on July 19th, 2007 07:32 am (UTC)
You've disappeared! Don't leave us-- we miss you. :(

Hope you're coming back~~~ *crosses fingers*
she said mysteriously: peace through musicresounding_echo on June 30th, 2007 05:39 pm (UTC)
I have absolutely no problem telling you you are wrong about Layla. The original is brilliant but even if you don't care for the acoustic version it does not deserve to be at the top of the worst list.

:clutches the song to her chest:
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on June 30th, 2007 07:29 pm (UTC)
:D That's why they're called opinions-- they're not fact, and they vary from person to person.

I truly despise Clapton's accoustic version of "Layla." The original song had energy and a great guitar sound (though the piano part was a big mistake). The accoustic version removes the energy (by slowing it down and changing the rhythm), removes the great guitar sound, sucks all the drive and energy and feeling out of the song, and adds a somnambulant "backup singers" touch to the song for that special lesbian overtone that further alters the mood of the song but does not in any way make it more musically interesting.

Sorry. Hate it! :0