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September 07, 2005

Rock Star: INXS Thread

Bumped for the elimination show. Don't read if you're on the west coast and don't want to know about the show.

Oh, and if the three people watching the show post comments, try to avoid giving any spoilers in the first 100 characters of text-- because your spoiler will show up in the Most Recent Comments section, and people will end up reading them even if they want to avoid it.

If you can't think of anything to pad out your comment, try writing "the quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog and then stole his snausages" or something before your actual comment.

So, anyway, if you're watching, you know that:

JD can't sing, and is very arrogant regarding his spectaculr non-talent. Plus, I continue getting a weird vibe off them. Three weird vibes, actually:

1) Nazi skinhead

2) gay hustler

3) The Talented Mr. Ripley

There's a fine line between driving ambition and creepy ruthlessness. Try to stay on the right side of that line, JD.

Suzie's too cutsie and not right for the band.

Jordis has no soul. She's a folkie, not a rocker. Or maybe a folk-rocker like Alannis Morissette or Fionna Apple or someone. But she doesn't really do rock or dance pop very well.

She has this amazing voice when she lets her voice crack and warble to reach notes she can't in her normal range, but her normal range is flat, boring, shaky, and too pretty. I don't know why she just doesn't sing most of a song in that incredible fifth gear of hers... except, I guess, maybe it's impossible.

Mig seems like he's trying out to replace David Cassidy in the Partridge Family band. He's a professional and has a good voice, but his instincts tend towards syrupy ballads and boy-band crap. I was rooting for him a while ago, but he continues descending into a spiral of over-cute Leif Garret emoting and Vegas crapitude.

Marty pretty much locked the whole contest tonight. He's not exactly right for the band, but his mix of Kurt Cobain, Mick Jagger, Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious is interesting. And his song "Trees" certainly seems catchy enough to be top ten hit.

And on the original songs...

Did no one but Marty realize that they were trying out for INXS and therefore should sing a song that INXS could actually put on a record? Mig and Suzie did sappy adult-contempory ballads, and Jordis channelled Lenny Kravitz. Only Marty did something that seemed like it could be on an INXS album.

(Well, JD did too, but that song was just a reworking of an actual INXS song they had him write lyrics to a couple of weeks ago... does that count as an "original" song? Why didn't he just write new lyrics to New Sensation and call that his original song?)

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posted by Ace at 08:40 PM

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