I’ve gone over this before, but two things happened recently that made me sad.
First, Levon Helm died. One of the true great voices in popular music. No frills. No posing. Just pure.
Then somebody told me they were watching American Idol and so and so got kicked off the show but in a dramatic scene the judges voted her back on.
I have said this before…
I do not watch American Idol. It’s like pinkeye. I know it’s out there, but I really don’t want to think about it.
And folks you can argue with me all you want, but American Idol is bad for you. It is the pinkeye of television. And it’s a symptom of what everybody gripes about in music. “It’s so hard to find good music and bands nowadays!”.
Well, if you are one of the gazillion watching American Idol, or ‘The Voice’, or ‘America’s got a lack of talent’ whatever the hell is on now, you are part of the problem. Sorry.
Levon Helm would not have made it through the audition.
They also would have been rude to him.
That should be enough for you, but here are just a few others:
Neil Young would have been laughed at.
John Lennon would have been told he looked to arrogant when singing and his voice was too nasally.
Tom Petty? Are you kidding?
Mick Jagger? I could just see that audition, “Are you okay?”
The list goes on and on.
But American Idol is NOT about music or singing as much as you might disagree with me.
It’s about America’s obseesion with being famous.
There is nothing wrong with being famous by making a real contribution to something, but this is only one step up from eating bugs on ‘Fear Factor’.
We are now trying to get pop stars from a game show. Really?
Why didn’t that Ed McMahon show “Star Search” or the Chuck Barris’s “Gong Show” have the same impact as ‘American idol’? Because we knew they were a joke back then? (Okay, ‘The Gong Show’ was strangely entertaining at least…..)
And you are wondering why there will never be another Beatles, Stones or Pink Floyd?
The bottom line is this. If Levon Helm, one of the world’s most honest and greatest voices in music couldn’t make it past an audition, turn the damn show off.
It’s for your own good.