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Monday, September 17, 2007

Cee-Lo Isn’t Prince and I Know He’s Not Trying to Be, but Still, This Didn’t Need to Happen

posted by on September 17 at 12:17 PM

I managed to avoid the VMA’s all week while on vacation in NYC, but last night, while unpacking, I caved. I also learned something about Cee-Lo…

Everyone’s talking about how terrible Britney’s VMA performance was—she looked stoned/dying/dead, but is that really shocking? Of course not, given her recent romps to rehab and all. She’s a mess.

What is surprising, though, is the fact that the Foo Fighters/Cee-Lo collaboration for Prince’s “Darling Nikki” wasn’t better (and by better I mean to say “less of a complete train wreck.”)

You’d think that after decades of doing it they’d finally master the art of mixing for live television, but 80% of the time MTV’s rock performances manage to sound muddy, hollow, or completely off balance.

This Cee-Lo/Foo performance and Mastadon’s sonic clusterfuck obviously suffered by the lack of a good mix, but I also think that Cee-Lo shouldn’t sing rock songs, no matter how sexy he tries to make them sound. I like it when he does the soulful stuff, the hiphop and/or R&B stuff… and he handled the first part of the song fine. The first part of the song is pretty hot and Cee-Lo has a hot voice.

Then the song climaxes, the guitars get loud and distorted, and he starts to “rock out.” That’s when he loses me, that’s when I wonder what the fuck he’s doing. Cee-Lo can sing, but Cee-Lo can’t rock.

Dave Grohl, though, that guy has a voice for rock.

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well lets see: fat guy in overly tight, boring t shirt tries rocking a song that sucks in the first place w/ aging guys in boring clothes. what did you expect?

Posted by reality check | September 17, 2007 3:56 PM
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@1--youre saying "darling nikki" sucks? seriously? reality check for real.

but since youre judging music based on t-shirt selection you must really know what youre talking about.

Posted by jz | September 17, 2007 3:59 PM
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"Darling Nikki" is a great song, first of all. And I think the Foo Fighters can rock and Cee-Lo can sing.

I don't care if they wear tight t-shirts, boring t-shirts, or play the song completely naked, I expected something awesome from the combination of the three.

Actually... maybe they should've been naked?

Posted by Megan Seling | September 17, 2007 4:47 PM

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