I thought "Hit Me Baby One More Time" was a fun show to watch. I love all these singers I use to like in the past. It was exciting to see Tiffany, A flock of seagulls, and Arrested Development, among others, take the stage again. Tiffany's rendition of Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway" was pure fun! I thought the crowd they employed was not in the right age group for this show. They were young and didn't seem to understand who these singers were. This show was fun to watch for a few episodes but not as an ongoing series. That is why it was a great summer series!
What a show this Hit Me Baby 1 More Time is!! The premise is to bring out bands from the past to have them perform one of their old hits and cover a recent hit. Then the audience votes who was best, and the bands sink back into obscurity once again. Seeing commercials showing who some of the bands were going to be assured I'd tune in: Flock of Seagulls, Loverboy, Vanilla Ice, Tommy Tutone, Wang Chung.
I hit play on my TiVo for the first episode in the wee hours of this morning and found myself treated to low low production values. The show looked like something straight out of the late 70s! And be still my heart. When the first band was raised on a platform from below to take the stage, it became abundantly clear -- there would be no more hot tight red leather for Loverboy. A fat aging Canadian standing woodenly in the middle of the stage with equally unrecognizable people around him . . . aaaaaah, Loverboy of the new millenium. A "where have they been" segment indicated they're still performing some 100 shows a year. I guess we're all guilty of wanting to relive our past, performers and audiences alike, so why not go see these uninspired-but-decent-sounding Canucks? Maybe they're coming to a town near you soon.
CeCe somebody was up next. The song was familiar, but nothing else about her was. But pitting someone whose heyday was 10 years ago against acts from 20 years ago hardly seems fair.
Nevertheless, out from the depths next was A Flock of Seagulls. Remember the funkified hair and wacky glasses? Well, our beloved lead singer (who was the only original member onstage) is now a tired old guy in a workout outfit and baseball cap with a compensation ponytail down his back and a voice that should have gone into retirement years ago rather than trying to hold onto hits from the 80s. You hear the screams from the audience, Mike? They're screaming about the memories you're killing for them. It's going to be hard not to think of this sadness when hearing original Flock recordings. Sigh.
Do y'all remember Arrested Development? They made rap even your mother couldn't hate. Weren't there something like 47 members in the group? Well, apparently only 5 had the foolishness to sign up for this ride. What was the lead rapper's name? Screech or something like that? He sounded almost as out of breath as I would have out there with my fat sorry ass. And again, this is a band from only a decade ago. Is that fair to Loverboy and Flock?
The final performer was none other than the I-can't-believe-she's-not-from-New-Jersey Tiffany. I think she was trying to win votes by bending over in a low-cut shirt a lot, but who can say for certain. Hard to know what else to say about her. A no-talent from the 80s with no talent now. I could sing this well, but I'd certainly look even worse in that shirt than she does. The really good news is that she should have a new album out soon. It's always nice to have CDs come out that I can completely ignore at the record store.
And the winner is . . . well, does it even matter?
Loverboy, Flock of Seagulls, and Tiffany should have stayed under whatever rock they've been hiding under since they disappeared. It was good to see Cece Peniston again but overall she wasn't anything too spectacular. Arrested Development stole the show and thankfully the studio audience voted them the winner. Their version of Los Lonely Boys "Heaven" breathed some life into a chorus that was mainly looped on it's album of origin. Tiffany seems to have come a little ways vocally from where she was when she released her cover of "I Think We're Alone Now". One still has to wonder why the audience cannot hear the word "now", as if her air has run out by the time she gets to the end of that line of the chorus. At first it sounded as though she may pull off Kelly Clarkson's "Break Away", but the good start quickly dissipated. All in all week two was much more worth catching than this premiere episode.
I thought it was cool to see all the bands. I was listening to "I Ran" before the show started. It's odd though seeing all the old bands so old and fat. Especially A Flock of Seagulls. He lost his hair!!!! (Oh...) Good job Arrested Development! Can't wait to see more!
I really loved seeing all these wonderful bands from when I was growing up. It amazes me that Arrested Development sounded as great as they did thirteen years ago. Thay really sould come out with a new album. I can't wait to see whats in store for us next week.
I enjoyed this show. It was fun to see that Flock of Seagulls was fat and totally lost his voice. He was so bad! Tiffany got a huge round of applause, but then was just ok. Arrested Development sounded the same and ended up winning the evening's competition. They really were head and shoulders above the rest.
Gotta wait and see how the rest of the shows go, but I added it to my Season Pass collection on my TIVo.
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