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Monday, October 25, 2004

Behind The Music

While I was busy cleaning up from after my impromptu Game 1 World Series gathering Saturday Ashlee Simpson apparently got caught trying to lip-synch on Satruday Night Live.

The incident invoked the specter of Milli Vanilli, the gold standard by which facile pop music fakery is measured. Looking back at that more innocent time, what seems amazing now is that people bought "Girl You Know It's True" by the truckload. (Know anyone who'd admit to owning it now?)

I do admit to enjoying it a great deal when vapid pop stars are exposed for something less than they appear to be. Although given all the artifice that the American public seems willing to tolerate - just looks at how fake nearly every aspect of Britney Spears' stardom appears to be - it would be odd if this alone brought Ashlee Simpson down. (It doesn't help, however, that her whole marketing angle is that's she's more "real" than her sister Jessica, whose very name is virtually synonymous with a blonde popstar unburdened with real thoughts in her head, unless they involve trying to figure out where the wings are on buffalo.

It turns out Ashlee will get a chance to redeem herself at tonight's Radio Music Awards show. A true cynic would wonder if the whole SNL thing was just another publicity stunt.

Speaking of bad popstars...Britney Spears is apparently out to prove that not only can she ruin a good song with a dumb version of "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," but she can also ruin a song that wasn't very good to begin with in "My Prerogative." The first idea was pinched from, among others, Vanilla Ice, but the second marks a low we haven't seen in pop music since at least Kid Rock's inexplicable rendition of Bad Company's "Feel Like Makin' Love." I can't be the only person who's noticed that Britney Spears can't sing her way out of a paper bag.


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