Wednesday, August 10, 2005

The view from the couch.... 

Had a bit of a dilemma: ABC has brought back "Boston Legal" and is running it at the exactly the same time as CBS' "Rock Star: INXS". I ended up taping "Boston Legal" so I could watch it later. I think this confirms my new status as a sofa spud.

Anyway, wanted to watch "Rock Star" at the proper time as I actually do vote after the show is over. Tonight, it was easy to pick who should be eliminated: Jessica massacred "Come As You Are" by Nirvana. I think because Marty got away with "Lithium", she thought she could win over Dave Navarro too. Nope. Will find out tomorrow night if she's outta here.

Suzie re-worked "Losing My Religion" by R.E.M. with great success. She managed to show her creativity and show off her versatility. Impressive.

Mig, the Aussie I'm rooting for, did an outstanding rendition of "All Right Now" by Free. He had the right intensity. I've seen this song covered before, and usually it's too slick and predictable, but this version was exciting. And his low-rise pants and unbuttoned shirt didn't hurt either, heh heh.

J.D. did an adequate version of "Crazy". He's not my favorite....acceptable but not a real standout in any way. And his tude is very annoying. It wouldn't break my heart if he got thrown off the show.

Jordis had an unusual choice: Eric Clapton's "Layla". Not her best performance, but she still sings way better than the other women. If they pick a woman to lead INXS, I hope it's her.

Brandon did a very good version of "It's All Right Now", but I just can't see him singing with INXS on all their music. His style clashes with their slower songs in a big way. I think he's a goner.

Marty took another big gamble, and it kicked ass. He went solo playing his own acoutic guitar and singing "Mr. Brightside" by the Killers. I love the lyrics on this song, but didn't think Marty's voice was strong enough for this sort of showcase. I was wrong. Marty put all kinds of emotion into it, and I believed every word. It may end up not mattering that he doesn't have the greatest voice because he has the charisma and presence of a star already.

Deanna did a fairly good interpretation of "Long Train Running" by the Doobie Brothers, and looked awesome. But she kinda overpowers her songs in places. Her voice is good, but lacks the inflection required of a more subtle song. Maybe if she did a ballad, I could see some versatility.

Ty more than made up for last week's Foo Fighters ouch. He did a really inspiring rendition of Bob Marley's "No Woman No Cry". He completely embodied the spirit of that song. I'm very curious whether he will be chosen for INXS because he does have the best voice. And he does have the confidence to pull it off.

Thanks to the wonders of videotape, I got to see "Boston Legal" tonight as well. I'd never watched it before. It was a bit shocking at first just how rude James Spader's character is, but I began to enjoy it more when I saw this working for him. And William Shatner's character is so over the top that you just have to love to hate him. I will be watching more of this show for certain.

Have been really busy with disability and monetary issues, but I'll have to save the play by play for another day as I'm exhausted and starting to think in gibberish.

"Oh, no, I've said too much." --R.E.M.

Boston Legal... they should just advertise it as
"Spader - Shatner". The pair are pretty entertaining.

The 'new' episodes are actually the remainder of the season - they pre-empted the show to launch "Grey's Anatomy".

Haven't been able to get into INXS: ROCK STAR - I think I'd watch it if there was the chance of seeing a zombie Michael Hutchenance back from the grave to chew on these pretenders to the throne and his venal bandmates.

Fat chance of THAT happening, though.

Robert H.
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