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Monday, February 09, 2009

Grammy Thoughts

Quick thoughts on performances in order of appearance:

1. U2 "Get On Your Boots": boring. Man, I really hate this song. It all seems so rehashed. Sorry, but what's happen to this incredible band?

2. Al Green with Justin Timberlake "Let's Stay Together": Decent. Obviously, put together in the last minute to make up for Chris Brown & Rihanna bail outs.

3. Coldplay with Jay-Z "Lost & Viva la Vida": I actually enjoyed the broken down part with Jay-Z because Chris Martin was singing well since he was not constantly jumping around like a wind-up toy. The second half was not as interesting; they're already accused of ripping off an artist for their song of the year, then why would they blatantly wear Sgt. Pepper jackets to this event? At least, they apologized to Sir Paul McCartney.

4. Carrie Underwood "Last Name": Nashsnooooozzzzze. Wait. Who's that guitar player?! She's awesome.

5. Kid Rock: The only redeeming factor for me is his drummer. I'm glad that he's stuck with her so long; she's great.

6. Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift "Fifteen": I must admit I like Taylor Swift, not her music per se, but the whole Taylor Swift genre. Needless to say, I got up and went to the bathroom during this.

7. Jennifer Hudson "You Pulled Me Through": Stellar. I loved her at the Superbowl, too. My condolences to Jennifer and her family for their losses.

8. The Jonas Brothers with Stevie Wonder "Superstition": Stevie is pure genius, and he has to have the biggest heart in the universe.

9. Katy Perry "I Kissed a Girl": Earthsuit toured with Katy back in her days as Katy Hudson, and not much has changed; she was crazy then, and she's crazy now. My friend Josh plays bass for her now, and he tore it up! Good job, Josh!

10. Estelle with Kayne West "American Boy": first performance of the night I got excited about. First of all, I love this song. Estelle was right on point, and both Kayne and her looked amazing. I thought I was watching a performance straight up out 1985!

11. Kenny Chesney "Better as a Memory": Nashboring. How is this so big?!

12. M.I.A. with Kayne West, Lil Wayne, T.I. & Jay-Z: I love M.I.A. and much respect to her performing preggo. Her part on this song was hype! Everyone else was stellar, too.

13. Paul McCartney with Dave Grohl "I Saw Her Standing There": Great match-up. I wouldn't be surprised if they did a tour together. One of the better performances of the night even though this is not one of my favorite Beatles' tunes.

14. Sugarland "Stay": Even though they might be trying to hard sometimes, this performance was good. I think she sang the hell out of it.

15. Adele "Chasing Pavements": Decent even though I was expecting more. I thought the mix was a bit off, but it came together towards the end. Sugarland cameo at the end was interesting.

16. Radiohead "15 Steps": Brillant! I wish, however, the mix was a bit better. Nevertheless, most innovative & interesting performance of the night.

17. T.I. & Justin Timberlake "Dead and Gone": Okay. Not too into this song.

18. Smokey Robinson, "Duke" Fakir, Ne-Yo & Jamie Foxx "I'll Be There" and "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)": Well done.

19. Neil Diamond "Sweet Caroline": I got up to get something to drink after the first 30 seconds.

20. Tribute to Bo Diddley featuring John Mayer, B.B. King, Buddy Guy & Keith Urban: Cool.

21. Lil Wayne & Robin Thicke "Tie My Hands": I'm happy that NOLA is still getting some attention. The city is still in vital need of recovery.

22. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss "Rich Woman" and "Gone, Gone, Gone": I'm not a fan at all. Why did this win album of the year?

23. Stevie Wonder "All About Love": Since when did Stevie Wonder become exit music? It was sad to see him playing up there all alone as if the service was over and everyone was going to go stuff their faces. But was it more sad than the Jonas Brothers stepping all over him in the previous performance? No.


Guru Marine said...

Holy cow, Carrie Underwood's guitarist ripped it all over the place! I honestly thought it was a dude from an 80's hairband at first. Her name is Orianthi: http://orianthi.net

Loretta said...

Loved Estelle & Kanye. That song totally takes me back to those days. Idk why, but I think of Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band everytime I hear Amer Boy.

Jamie is a natural Four Tops!

AK & RP: It couldn't help but win. The instruments used as well as stellar musicians, everything about it. Dougie, who's into Lady Gaga these days and can't stand this type of music loves Gone Gone Gone and said he was happy it won.

The whole Stevie/JB: a major faux pas hopefully never to be repearted again.

Congrats on the EP. Bought two copies, one for David's 22 Bday comin up. The songs are great!! Especially Clockwork.

Anonymous said...


What the heck does "nashboring" mean??

Melanie said...

Wow... you can be harsh. LOL ;)
Funny, I liked some of the songs you didn't and didn't like a few that you did. I guess that is how it should be. I liked U2's performance, couldn't really get into Radiohead's performance, although all of the marching drums were awesome. I thought his vocals sounded off. (And I like their music.) We agree on Coldplay to a point. I'm not much into rap at all, though.
I liked Carrie Underwood's performance and the guitar player WAS awesome. :)
Jennifer was completely amazing.
I loved Paul McCartney's performance. But my memories of the song included lots of screaming girls. :)
No slam against the back up musicians, but I had the hardest time watching Katy Perry. I kind of like Hot and Cold, can't stand, "I Kissed a Girl." She was definitely outclassed by most of the other female vocalists.
I hated the Rap Pack, and if I had to choose a rap performance, probably preferred TI's type of rap. But in all fairness, not a big rap fan.
I had mixed feelings about Neil Diamond's performance. He can obviously sing the notes, but for portions of songs he does this "sing talk" that I don't care for too much of the song. I noticed the same thing when I saw him live. I still enjoyed it, but it could have been so much better. Stop talking Neil and sing. You can do it! LOL
I agree with you about the "Four Tops" performance - it was outstanding.
I agree about Adele and Sugarland.
I had not heard Robert Plant and Allison Kraus before the Grammy's. I rather liked the music, actually.

chris zak said...

I can see where you're coming from with McCartney touring with the Foos. Have you heard his latest Fireman record he did with Youth? The guy has rediscovered his artistic edge. And to be honest, it's not just him. They sound good as a band.

Isn't it wierd how the Grammys in recent years have left everyone underwhelmed? It's not even worth talking about sometimes...or watching, thanks to online resources anymore.

Regardless, Perry sounded a little out of breath in each verse but kicked ass in every chorus. It makes me wonder what kind of performer she ought to be. Limits? Not sure, given that this *was* the Grammys.

I got so pumped up with the Radiohead performance. I only got to watch it on youtube and the mix was pretty trying once the Johnny and Thom came in. Still, so imaginative. How could you not be floored?

Kvon said...

"The Grammys" are an event in which the worlds most renowned performers get together and compete to be more boring than Neil Portnow.


Christiaan said...

Oh please DO continue to make these lists with your (sometimes cynical) comments on them.. i enjoy it!

I agree with the u2 song & the coldplay song.. altough I really like both bands (sadly, more of their old stuff than the new.. but yeah, that's life). It is good to say critical, I think, so that the bands don't have the feeling everything they make is good? I'm not sure but I sometimes have the feeling bands get lazy when they are famous and don't push very hard anymore.

That is sometimes why I wish Mute math to never be as famous as u2, but that probably isn't fair for all the hard work you put in it.

Cheers and I'll be reading your blog from time to time.

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