Archive for April 13th, 2004

God, I’m prolific tonight…

Apr 13, 2004 in Music

I think I’m gonna buy the William Hung album.

I don’t watch American Idol, although I generally do watch the first few episodes, where they show all the bad singers. I was just gonna write him off as a bad Ricky Martin impersonator whom everyone else liked. But listening to the samples from his latest album has me smirking like the Cheshire Cat.

Behold William Hung massacring such hits as Hotel California, I Believe I Can Fly, and several greats from the Elton John canon (as well as the obligatory Ricky Martin performances)!

William Hung’s success is ultimately the result of an internet meme, ala Mahir Cagri (the Turkish “I Kiss You” guy). His inherent foreign dweebiness is endearing, and his musical performances demonstrate a total lack of self-awareness (which is the key trait of an outsider musician, as defined by Irwin Chusid).

I just hope this doesn’t signal the start of a trend of Ricky Martin impersonators (ala Elvis).

So, I can appreciate the fact that he’s the most commercially-popular musical outsider ever. But perhaps I’m a snob, and prefer my outsider musicians to be obscure musical treasures (esp. those who write their own material). Such as Wesley Willis, or the Shaggs. Folks, you just haven’t lived until you’ve heard Wesley sing about whupping Batman’s ass over the beat of a Casio keyboard rhythm.

Rock over London. Rock on Chigago. Wheaties, The breakfast of champions.

ADDENDUM: Susan Orlean, the New Yorker columnist of Adaptation / The Orchid Thief fame, wrote an excellent article on the Shaggs in 1999. Also check out Orchid Fever, the article that inspired The Orchid Thief (and the film Adaptation).

I’m probably a little late to this party, but…

Apr 13, 2004 in Music

malkmus is stained and it’s not hova’s fault

The Slack Album mashes Jay-Z’s Black Album with Pavement’s Slanted and Enchanted. Fucking brilliant.

Tracks such as In the Mouth, an Encore blend the Pavement source material well with Jay-Z’s flow, while Trigger 4th and 99 Problems Here chop and dice the samples Grey Album-style.

The project is not quite finished, and the mixes are still a little rough, but it sounds amazing so far. The best post-Grey Album remix yet! Check your favorite file sharing service for the album, as his server is a little overwhelmed right now.