British invaded, mostly lost again – American mostly idyll

Tonight was British Invasion night (that’s the 60s invasion for you youts out there). That’s a good theme because there are tons of songs from that era with actual tunes and hooks…surprising how many songs are flung out on the AI stage without any glimpse of a hook.

Once again, there are really two shows going on here: Melinda Doolittle, and everyone else. Melinda’s main competition, Lakisha picked the wrong James Bond theme and the wrong Shirley Bassey song. She chose ‘Diamonds are Forever’ instead of ‘Goldfinger’. There are some serious notes in Goldfinger..not so much in D.A.F.

The ‘if my voice is weak show more skin theory’, expounded by the late Antonella B, was resurrected tonight by the first singer, Haley Scarnato. Haley is no comet. She chose a song, ‘Tell Him’, that could hide her voice. She wasn’t awful, but her outfit will get far more comment than her singing ability.

The guys shone a little more tonight, led by the beat boxer Blake. He did an inventive version of the great Zombie’s tune ‘Time of the Season’ and made it sound interesting (it’s a great song, but it’s been played to death on classic radio, to the point that it’s really hard to actually HEAR the greatness of the song anymore).

The afro’d Chris Sligh did another Zombie’s tune: Tell Her No, and actually did the song justice as well.

On the other end of the scale, Sanjaya actually may have done the world a favor by butchering a Kink’s song (You Really Got Me). If you didn’t know this, the Davie’s brothers – Ray and Dave – really really can’t stand each other. The sheer awfulness of San-man’s version may unite them, at least for a night or two (‘he did WHAT to our song??’).

I was really hoping that San-man (puts you right to sleep unless you are an 11 year old girl, and then he will make you cry because he’s just sooooooooo cuuuuuuuuuuuute) would sing ‘Do the Freddy’, the worst British Invasion song ever, by the hopefully non-revived Freddy and the Dreamers. ‘Do the Freddy’ is to real British Invasion music, as an after-school special on violence is to ‘The Sopranos’. In fact, Sanjaya SHOULD be singing on afternoon specials…THAT’s his audience.

Gina chose a Stones tune. I love the Stones. I love the song ‘Paint it Black’. It’s one of the greatest songs about losing a loved one ever written, but it is not a singer’s song. The competition’s only near-rocker, Gina’ attempted it, but it really didn’t work. She shoulda tried ‘Honky Tonk Women’ or even ‘Wild Horses’.

Tonight’s host were Peter Noone and Lulu. Lulu had one really great song – ‘To Sir with Love’, and based on what I heard tonight, she still can sing. Peter Noone didn’t bother singing tonight. Herman’s Hermits (Noone’s group) were what mother’s of the 60s urged on their children instead of those dreadful Stones and Animals.

I was kinda hoping for Eric Burdon and Marianne Faithful…now THAT would be a show.

It was fitting that Melinda Doolittle ended the show. She came out, and in three notes swept the rest of the peeps from the stage.

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3 responses to “British invaded, mostly lost again – American mostly idyll

  1. Oh my gosh, Marriane rules. For the younger ones, she is one of the original riot grrls. Bikini Kill and L7 bow before her.

    Call or email me the next time there’s a 60s show!

  2. er, Marianne. I look forward to the day I get through a comment without a typo.

  3. Okay. Help me out here, John.
    I haven’t had time to get into Idol, but I finally got around to watching Sanjaya on YouTube a few minutes ago.
    I’ll never be able to listen to ‘Waiting On The World To Change’ again.
    Why is he still in the competition? I understand there is a conspiracy to get people to vote for the worst person. (See: Votefortheworst.com)
    Is the conspiracy against Idol keeping him on, or is it children calling and voting for him?

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