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October 1st, 2012 at 6:21:38 AM permalink
I just posted a review of Dancing Queen, which plays at the NYNY. Was I being too harsh? I've been in a salty mood lately, and when I am the poison pen has a tendency to come out.

As always, I welcome all comments and corrections.
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October 1st, 2012 at 6:57:33 AM permalink
Why in the world would they include Motown songs from the 60s in a show about ABBA? Right there the whole thing loses credibility.

I'm not a big fan of ABBA or disco music in general, but with a name like "Dancing Queen" I would've expected there to be dance routines done to the songs, but it sounds like there was none of that.

Wiz, I don't think you were too harsh with your review. If someone wants to do a tribute show to a certain group, whether it be ABBA or The Beatles or whoever, they should remain true to the music and not insult that group's fans.

(edited) BTW, I too don't like it when lyrics are changed to make them politically correct. I never heard anything about "Bridge Over Troubled Water" supposedly being about drugs -- I personally think it is one of the most beautiful songs Paul Simon ever wrote -- but if Ms. Rimes didn't like what she thought the lyrics were about, why did she record the song at all? Why not just leave it alone and sing something else?

I have the same quibble with the Kentucky Derby, when they sing "My Old Kentucky Home" and change the lyrics to " 'tis summer, the children are gay." If they find the original lyrics so offensive why not just use some other song? How easy would that be?

Songs reflect the times in which they were written. In a way they are a musical reflection of our history. If part of "Old Man River" bothers you, leave it out of your repertoire. If you can't sing a song the way it was written and accept that it was written that way because it made sense at the time, then just don't sing it.
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October 1st, 2012 at 7:25:17 AM permalink
Header says "Absinthe." I assume that's just a placeholder.
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Nice review. Negative reviews are often more entertaining than positive ones. Roger Ebert sells his negative reviews packaged together in books.
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I saw Jubilee! this weekend. I thought it was really excellent.
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October 1st, 2012 at 7:31:36 AM permalink
(The link goes to a page called Absinthe.)

I like an honest review, and would have been irritated by Motown hits.
The Abba catalog can support a 65 minute show you would think!
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October 1st, 2012 at 7:32:27 AM permalink
Mike, I agree with your review. My wife and I wasted our time and money on this show early in September. I was very disappointed.
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October 1st, 2012 at 7:46:49 AM permalink
Normally I would have complained more about the non-ABBA songs, especially those outside of the 70's, but by the time they played the first non-ABBA set I felt the show already couldn't get any worse. The arrangement of every song was the same, so what difference did it make? If anything, maybe I was a little glad they were perverting the music of somebody besides ABBA for a change.

Regarding the interpretation of "silver girl" being a heroin needle, in any forum about music lyrics there will always be somebody claiming that to be the case, as well as lots of other drug references in the song. I used to know a guy who found a Satanic plot in just about everything outside of the most conservative churches, which is where I first hear the theory.

Thanks for the correction on the header.
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October 1st, 2012 at 8:04:10 AM permalink
So, exactly how bad/different were these covers? Are we talking Marilyn Manson performing Sweet Dreams, or more like Nicki French's Total Eclipse of the Heart?
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October 1st, 2012 at 8:12:50 AM permalink
Wow, I never realized there were that many cover versions of "Bridge ..." And Lee Ann Rimes was the only one who felt compelled to change the words?

It's one of what I call my "rainy day" songs, along with Barber's "Adagio for Strings". I once heard the "Adagio" on the radio on a beautiful, sunshiney day and it immediately put me into a sad mood for the rest of the day. "Bridge" does that to me too. I can't listen to it if I'm feeling happy and energetic.
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October 1st, 2012 at 8:16:26 AM permalink
Quote: rdw4potus

So, exactly how bad/different were these covers? Are we talking Marilyn Manson performing Sweet Dreams, or more like Nicki French's Total Eclipse of the Heart?



I'm not familiar with those covers you refer to. I could compare it to karaoke (I can never remember how to spell that word) music. The arrangements were too electronic, bland, and fast. The singing was also the same in every number. Certainly better than I could do by an order of magnitude, but lacking in feeling, if you know what I mean. By the way, I suspect the vocals were at least partially lip synched.
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October 1st, 2012 at 8:23:01 AM permalink
I generally despise juke-box musicals. Xanadu was the only exception.
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