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October 1st, 2012 at 8:30:30 AM permalink
Quote: tsmith

And Lee Ann Rimes was the only one who felt compelled to change the words?



Maybe others did too. The only reason I know that Rimes changed the lyrics was that I used to like her, and bought the CD with that cover on it. However, after hearing the change in lyrics I lost all respect for her.
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WongBo
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October 1st, 2012 at 8:50:09 AM permalink
Covering a song is fine and usually requires permission from the artist.
I am surprised Paul Simon approved her changing the lyric.
I can't imagine the ego required to change a song that was so hugely popular,
arguably the defining song of S+G.
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October 1st, 2012 at 9:36:59 AM permalink
Quote: Wizard

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.


There is enough public relations crap out there, so its really good to have an honest opinion even if you later feel your barbs were a bit too sharp. Why write pablum, that is what publicity hacks have to write. You are free to be more honest even if at times you later think it was too honest.

I'm not the type for shows or rock 'n roll songs. I would have expected the performers to be costumed in a style reminiscent of actual ABBA appearances in concerts or videos and I would expect it to be ABBA music, not ABBA via dubstep or something.

As to peripheral decorations in a multi-use venue, heck, can't they just buy these presentation boards used at trade shows wherein you set one side to a theme for one show and then flip it over to show a theme for the next show. Its like a quick set change... takes two minutes. Nothing fancy, just simple and suggestive of the era.

As to lyrics changes, I too am opposed to them. I'd actually favor something like Steven Foster's works in the original vernacular rather than the "sanitized" racially neutral versions we hear today. At a memorial performance for a young Freshman girl one of my favorite nightclub acts sang Dirty Old Town and I felt it was almost an insult to her memory that they sang the politically correct "chamber of commerce" version rather than the original lyrics. An insult to her memory and an insult to the audience. Perhaps others are less sensitive to such things.

I know there are zillions of rumors about double meanings in song lyrics and also some people still think its "There's a bathroom on the right". I guess whatever they enjoy hearing is best.

So, keep the review unedited. If you were a bit too harsh on them, leave it. That is better than pablum.
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October 1st, 2012 at 10:19:26 AM permalink
The 'I've Got Sunshine' song is called My Girl.

I actually don't mind when songs are updated or changed, but only if they are better or substantially different after the change. I quite enjoy Marilyn Manson's version of Sweet Dreams because it becomes ironic. However, the audience reaction seems to mirror yours, in that the changes pretty much sucked the life out of the music.

I share your appreciation for 70's music since we're contemporaries (okay, I'm a year older) but I understand it isn't considered cool. When my sister (who is your age) and I go on a road trip she breaks out her iPod full of stuff she can't listen to without her husband rolling his eyes because I'll sing along with her.
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October 1st, 2012 at 10:44:58 AM permalink
Quote: WongBo

The Abba catalog can support a 65 minute show you would think!



I'm pretty sure the quintessential ABBA Gold album is at least 60 minutes long, though that album does include a couple slow numbers that obviously wouldn't fit into the high-paced, high-speed show.

I don't think the review is too harsh either. I'm not sure why Vegas feels like they need to reinvent Mamma Mia! Yes, it had a nice run, but if MGM wanted it back, it wouldn't be hard to find the right venue for it. They got rid of it for a reason.

I also don't understand the inclusion of songs that aren't ABBA, especially when the poster said it was a tribute to ABBA. You could ALMOST claim false advertising and ask for your money back, though I'm pretty sure that would get you nowhere very quickly. Tribute shows tend to be really bad... in fact, tribute bands tend to be bad, unless they cover a certain era, and aren't specific to one group. There's an 80s band based out of Chicago called Sixteen Candles that was amazing.

I'm not much into drag performing, but this might work better as a drag dance revue... at least it would give the audience a guessing game while sitting through an otherwise horrendous performance.
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October 1st, 2012 at 10:55:32 AM permalink
There's a group out of Australia, called Human Nature, that does a Motown tribute. For a bunch of white guys not only do they sound just like the original groups -- even the girl groups! -- but also use all the same tight back-up dance steps.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evskwHR12UU
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October 1st, 2012 at 11:10:02 AM permalink
Quote: tsmith

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?



I understand your point here but singing 'the darkies are gay' is a pretty direct reference to the racist system of several years ago. Although I admit when I hear the song I still snicker at that part, so maybe it would be best not to sing it at all.
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October 1st, 2012 at 11:30:19 AM permalink
Quote: bigfoot66

I understand your point here but singing 'the darkies are gay' is a pretty direct reference to the racist system of several years ago. Although I admit when I hear the song I still snicker at that part, so maybe it would be best not to sing it at all.



This is an interesting example of PC-gone-bad. So, "darkies" is a problem here, but not "gay?" Then why does Maria suddenly have to feel "bright" in West Side Story? These children can be gay, but Maria can't? Really?

It's like how the TV edit of Die Hard with a Vengeance replaces "you racist MFer" with "you racist melon farmer." Because replacing cursing with actual racism in a sentence about racism makes sense...
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October 1st, 2012 at 11:41:49 AM permalink
I found it absurd when in the video for The Homecoming Queen's Got a Gun that they changed the lyric from the album version "Are you having a really bad period?" to "You'll get suspended if you don't quit it!" in the video. I'm not big on censorship of anything, but it is strange what we find offensive sometimes.
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October 1st, 2012 at 12:08:25 PM permalink
Like when Warner Brothers released a classic Bugs Bunny DVD collection that included the WWII era cartoon "Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips". That caused a big stir too.
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