While it is not plain whether there was a brothel in New Orleans, and the female followed her alcoholic gambling man to New Orleans where she joined a flophouse and had a son, or whether it is just about alcoholism and gambling addiction, this song is about the pure misery of being addicted (ball and chain).
Evidently, some version of this song has been around for ever and ever amen, but the huge monster of a hit which is still the #4 hit of all time in British history came out by the Animals in 1964 and was done in one take.
It is one of our all time biggies too.
It was gritty and bluesy rock with strident organ chords that just drove into your soul. DON"T DO WHAT I HAVE DONE!
He almost yells it at you. If you don't feel it, something is wrong.
Steven Tyler, who was highly influenced by the British (invasion) groups of the 60s knew this song extremely well. The fact that he jumped to his feet told me something.
What makes Haley's version good is that she interprets the words. Go back and listen to the words. Compare them to the way that poor little Lauren with her beautiful voice did not interpret the words on her beautiful song, so we were left wanting.
I like Lauren's voice much better than Haley's. As Mom said after this week's performances, "I remember Janis Joplin, and how I could only listen to her now and then. That growly voice just gets to you. OTOH, that country guy has a voice that you could listen to all the time." Although she was talking about Scotty, I would put Lauren into that category, too.
You're right, Debb; she is much more marketable than Haley, in terms of voice and image. It's a shame that Lauren's throwing it away. Maybe she just feels intimidated now that Haley has come out swinging and has joined the boys in being really good.
I just read that Lady Gaga is the mentor next week. The theme is songs from the “Lieber/Stoller Songbook.” My response was - Say what?? Apparently they penned a lot of songs in the 50's and 60's. Wikipedia lists these as their stand out songs...
* "There Goes My Baby" (with Ben E. King (as Benjamin Nelson), Lover Patterson, and George Treadwell)
* "Hound Dog"
* "Kansas City"
* "Smokey Joe's Cafe"
* "Yakety Yak"
* "Poison Ivy"
* "Charlie Brown"
* "Ruby Baby"
* "Stand By Me" (with Ben E. King)
* "Jailhouse Rock"
* "Love Potion No. 9"
* "Young Blood" (with Doc Pomus)
* "Is That All There Is?"
* "I'm a Woman"
* "Lucky Lips"
* "On Broadway" (with Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil)
* "Spanish Harlem" (Jerry Leiber and Phil Spector)
Weird theme IMHO. I'm guessing we'll hear Jailhouse Rock and Stand By Me. Not sure about the other two.
I am concerned with the non-harmonious mixture of mentoring they are receiving. Especially for the younger kids, internalizing the coaching of ONE mentor is tough enough, let alone the three judges on stage and many mentors behind the scenes.
My post from the spoiler thread:
I forgot to add that there was a Broadway tribute to them a few years ago. It was called "Smoky Joe's Cafe" and it was hugely successful, so people have fond memories of their songs. Like I said in the other thread, people love singing along to these songs, so this will be either a major trainwreck or major opportunity for the contestants.Quote:
L & S were a songwriting team from the 50's-today. ( I read their memoir, written a few years ago, and they said they were still active.) They wrote tons of songs and worked with a lot of the great singers. In fact, they wrote a whole bunch of classics, several of which reached the top of the charts, for Elvis. He even called them his "favorite songwriters".
They originally wrote "Hound Dog" for Big Mama Thornton, a legendary blues singer. Elvis decided on his own to cover it, and L & S say in their book that they were disappointed, because they thought Mama's version was better. I highly reccommend their memoir, "Hound Dog," because it's a fascinating look at the early music industry and the big stars.
Idol also did its own tribute a couple of seasons back, so this is another sign that they're running out of ideas. :mmm
And how in the heck does this fit with Lady Ga-ga? :confused This just sounds yukky thinking about it.