Tuesday, May 23, 2006

American Idle

Slate has a column up on why American Idol is "good" for pop music.

I suppose the author and I have a difference of opinion on the definition of "good," but you can't deny the appeal of the show. Either way, the show's a juggernaut hit that's become inescapable and, for those of us who could frankly give a shiite about the show, it's an interesting window into the mentality that accepts Taylor Hicks' epileptic seizure-dances as somehow equal-to the songwriting and delivery of artists who actually, y'know, write their music.

Not that song stylists and interpreters can't be artists in their own right. Nat "King" Cole is a god to me, as is that corny country showman Garth Brooks - neither of whom wrote much of their own stuff.


At 11:18 AM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

Taylor might very well write and perform his own stuff (I have reason to believe that he does), but as long as he's performing on Idol he has to sing "known" stuff that the band can play for him. I suppose once the whole thing is over we'll know for sure.

At 11:22 AM, Blogger codemorse said...

I'm sort of flabbergasted that he may win.

In both a good and bad way.

Good, because he's about the least "hip" choice that could have been made. Being less hip than that Katherine McPhee(sp?) girl is a feat.

Bad, because he seems like a dad at a wedding warbling with the band. He's got a good voice, but he's just so...goofy.

At 12:06 PM, Blogger Ben Miro said...

You know whatAmerican Idol needs?

The Unknown Comic. And possibly some brief interludes where Simon and Gene-Gene The Dancin' Machine get down to the band riffing.

At 9:42 AM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

Now that he's won we'll see if he has "legs". I'll buy his first album as long as it isn't just a bunch of covers (some covers okay, but not all).

And yes it's more than a little like the Gong Show, especially the first couple of weeks. And now they're doing an all out talent show, a dance show, and a comic show. Dead horse, beaten.


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