February 18, 2007

How can you purport to hope to be a pop star if you don't already have the lyrics to "Be My Baby" etched on your heart?

For some reason I can't quite understand, Jeremy is running elaborate descriptions of "American Idol" episodes.

4 comments:

Drew W said...

First of all, I detest “American Idol” and its glorification of mediocre pop singers. I once left a long-winded post to that effect a year or two ago on this blog, which I won’t repeat. Nevertheless . . .

In August of 1995, a good friend (who gave me my first job in music journalism) invited me and my then-wife to his wedding. My then-wife was then-very-pregnant -- nine months’ pregnant -- and decided that we had to cancel on the wedding because she might go into labor at any moment. I was extremely unhappy at the prospect of missing my friend’s wedding and made a pretty big stink about it. (She had ruled out my going there alone, to make matters worse.) Against her better judgment, and none too pleased with me, we attended the wedding at my insistence.

Among the guests at the reception was Ronnie Spector, who sang “Be My Baby” with the band. We considered it the perfect benediction for our unborn child. Did it have a positive effect on our now-eleven-year-old girl, who’s grown to be incredibly knowledgeable about the pop hits of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s? I can only assume so.

jeremy said...

The AI posts are guest posts by someone who once did AI coverage (among other things) on her own blog but has since discontinued it, and I invited her to be a special AI correspondent on mine.

Ann Althouse said...

Hi, Jeremy. Does that really explain why?

johnstodder said...

I never read your American Idol posts, but you drew me in with "Be My Baby." The great but possibly homicidal Phil Spector goes on trial next month. "Be My Baby" is the first cut on disk two of "Back To Mono," the indispensible Spector collection, and that disk has been in my car CD player for the past six weeks. Nothing like the opening moments of that song to get me back on my feet if the day has gone south.

We wouldn't need American Idol if Phil Spector was still active in pop music.