Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Best ‘American Idol’ theme night evar!

Last night on “American Idol” the theme was inspirational songs. You know, like “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

Weak show. Very meh. Those tunes did not bring out the hotness in a Top Eight that’s already low on candlepower.

So I have a suggestion for a future “American Idol” theme night. It would be a different route for them to take... but different is good.

The theme is: Songs of Anguish and Despair.

I mean, for real, let’s see what these pretty motherfuckers are made of when it comes to heart and soul. Below are a few of my recommended songs, matched with some of this year’s contestants:

1. “Gloomy Sunday” – Billie Holiday

Brooke Smith damn near brought herself to tears last night with “You’ve Got a Friend.” I want to know how she’d handle a melody and lyric with the proven power to inspire suicides. (She should not wear that lemon-yellow dress she had on a couple of weeks back.)

2. “Alone Again (Naturally)” – Gilbert O’Sullivan

All the little girls love David Archuleta. They’d love him even more, I say, if he can show he’s felt some pain in his life. Like a woman breaking his heart. Or having to bury his father.

Kid has a nice voice. He could work it out on this one, he could do his thing, throw it down... yeah! You know what? That right there? Molten hot!

3. “My Shit’s Fucked Up” – Warren Zevon

Blissed-out Jason Castro... America’s favorite slacker. Dude, put that ukulele down, strap on an acoustic gitbox, wipe that grin off your face, and imagine real hard what it feels like to have cancer.

Or a degenerative palsy.

Then sing this jawn and prove to Simon Cowell that you’re in it to win it.

4. “William’s Cut” – Kristin Hersh

Kristy Lee Cook, can we talk? You ain’t gonna win this thing, you know that, right? No matter many times you sing “God Bless the U.S.A.” So why not “take a risk” and step outside your “comfort zone”? Think heroin addict.

And if you’re feeling really bold and sassy, borrow Jason’s ukulele. Shit could work, I’m telling you.

5. “Everything Goes to Hell” – Tom Waits

David Cook could win it all this season. Matter fact, I predict he will. (Even though half the time he reminds me of Jack Black in Tenacious D mode.) For you, David C., this Waits tune would be a right fine vessel for your grungy bad-boy sex appeal.

Say what, David C.? You’re unconvinced? Maybe this’ll seal the deal: Tom Waits was a big influence on Chris Cornell. You don’t believe me? Then unscrew yourself from Cornell’s jock, turn around, and ask him yourself.

Just playin’! You’re all right, David Cook. You’re all right.

6. “In the Year 2525” – Zager & Evans

Michael Johns could totally rock this creepy dystopian anthem. Or maybe he couldn’t. I don’t care... as long as he doesn’t murder any more Aerosmith songs.

Michael might rise as high as the Top Three in this competition. But “American Idol” is just a prelude to his true calling: servicing middle-aged women as a high-end gigolo.


Eric said...

I want to hear Kristie Lee sing "The Future" by Leonard Cohen

Bklyn6 said...

How about "Strange Fruit"?

I purchased Nina Simone's "Protest Anthology" (thanks for the heads up, UBM!) and I'm lovin' the interviews.

Anyway, Nina calls "Strange Fruit" the "ugliest" song she's ever heard.

Let's hear an AI contestant sing that joint.

Undercover Black Man said...

^ That's one for Syesha! Thanks, Bklyn6.

foilwoman away from home said...

Mr. UCBM: I'm going to link to this post in DC Blogs Noted tomorrow (which, I hope, will send some traffic this way). If you don't want to be listed, email me at foilwoman at gmail before midnight (I can delink afterwords if you're out or whatever). Thanks.

P.S. Oh, why am I linking? Because I liked it.

Undercover Black Man said...

^ I am most grateful for the linkage, Foilwoman.

Hope all's well in DC.

LA said...

Great post.

I nominate Neil Young's "The Needle and the Damage Done."

Undercover Black Man said...

^ And that takes care of Carly Smithson. Thanks, La!

LA said...

My pleasure, UBM.

Des said...

I nominate White Lines...but instead of the lyrics, the contestant has to beat box the instrumental track.

or what about Timothy by the Buoys?