Saturday, September 07, 2013

Teenage Kicks?

Help me out here: I don't know what I think of this.

Okay, so it's the latest declension of the Menudo/N'Sync/Backstreet Boys corporate monster. I get that.

But I'll bet even Feargal Sharkey never had an arena full of teenage girls screaming like this at that song.


UPDATE: If you're anything like me, you might need a palate-cleanser.


steve simels said...

I'd say this is just as good -- by which I mean thoroughly bad-- as that cover version of the Stooges' "Search and Destroy" by EMF. The putzes that did "Unbelievable."

The best you can say about it is it proves these guys have good record collections.

NYMary said...

Or their manager does. What's next? "Your Devotion"?

steve simels said...


Hannes A. Jónsson said...

Truly dreadful. Two great songs (Blondie's "One Way Or Another" is in there as well) completely ruined. However, these guys are introducing them to a new audience, and that's positive. In my formative years, people like Leif Garrett and Shaun Cassidy were covering stuff like the Beach Boys and the Rascals, and that made me seek out the originals, and for that I am eternally grateful to the teen idols of my youth and even blog about them now and again.

MikeAdamson said...

It's a great song and if it means the kids get to hear it then that's a good thing. I've heard worse.

MikeAdamson said...

As I relisten to it the kids are singing along so I guess they already know it. Again, heard worse.

Anonymous said...

Another angle to consider is that when one of these seemingly disposable, flavour-of-the-month pop acts covers a song by, say, an Underrated Power Pop God, the act's version may be horrible but the God may wind up getting a very nice royalty cheque. I used to talk to Marshall Crenshaw semi-regularly and one day he mentioned to me that he was looking for a CD E.P. by frothy UK artists S Club 7 (who were, if memory serves, marketted by the same people who were behind the Spice Girls.) I asked why and he said that they had actually done a cover of his classic "Someday, Someway" (his only Top 40 hit). Apart from wanting to hear what kind of a job they did on it,
he also figured he'd get a decent chunk of change as the writer of the song. I found one for him on a subsequent trip to England and sent it to him. Maybe that S Club money makes up for the coin he should have received had more his (wonderful) versions of his own songs been big hits. J. Lag.