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2013-06-26 01:56:42 PM
I watched this as part of a Yahoo! article yesterday and many of the comments seemed to be pillorying the Voice for dissing John Lennon as opposed to it being farcical.

Also: no way would he audition with an original song.  Cupid of "Cupid Shuffle" fame did that and got iced.
 
2013-06-26 02:01:47 PM
At least on The Voice, they would have to hear the whole song before deciding if it could go number one with a bullet.

If it was America's Got Talent, he'd be shot down instantly.
 
2013-06-26 02:08:14 PM
I thought once they turned around and the guy said he was John Lennon the joke would be over.

I was hoping that this was a trick on the judges and that they'd turn around and be surprised that they didn't like one of the modern classics in the music world.
 
2013-06-26 02:16:13 PM
Video killed the radio star and reality tv and corporate music killed the industry
 
2013-06-26 02:34:10 PM
Truth be told he wasn't that great of a solo singer. His talent was more in writing songs.
 
2013-06-26 02:43:16 PM
He wouldn't have.

/that is all
 
2013-06-26 02:48:37 PM
Also, the 16 year old girl that won the latest The Voice competition will be very successful in the country circles, she really has talented for that genre.

/not my cup of tea
//but lots of people love it
 
2013-06-26 02:59:29 PM
Please watch the ad below to continue

/Please bite me
 
2013-06-26 03:03:06 PM
"I'd like to say thank you on behalf of the group and ourselves, and I hope we passed the audition."
 
2013-06-26 03:05:35 PM
What Imagine if John Lennon auditioned for The Voice?
 
2013-06-26 03:17:09 PM
i.imgur.com
i.imgur.com
I think there's more pressing "What Ifs" we could be contemplating.
 
2013-06-26 03:41:05 PM
Next: John Lennon auditions for JB's
 
2013-06-26 03:47:46 PM
img.pandawhale.com
 
2013-06-26 03:47:55 PM
He wouldn't make the cut-

Not photogenic enough.
Too "anti-establishment" to be properly exploited.
Actually wants to play guitar solos on his own songs, rather than use a rap interlude.
Disdainful of Autotune.
Old lady so ugly, you could shave her ass and make her walk backwards.
 
2013-06-26 03:48:01 PM
What if I was born with 2 heads, instead of one?
 
2013-06-26 03:49:23 PM

Butterflew: What if I was born with 2 heads, instead of one?


You'd be male
 
2013-06-26 03:50:45 PM
Imagine hacks, judging all the world...you may they're shallow, but they're not the only ones. Maybe someday you'll watch, and see this great conundrum.
 
2013-06-26 03:52:50 PM

HAMMERTOE: He wouldn't make the cut-

Not photogenic enough.
Too "anti-establishment" to be properly exploited.
Actually wants to play guitar solos on his own songs, rather than use a rap interlude.
Disdainful of Autotune.
Old lady so ugly, you could shave her ass and make her walk backwards.





These shows have little to do with talent and everything to do with grooming the quirky contestant that you can exploit, market, and make $$$$$$$$$$ for the network.
 
2013-06-26 03:57:02 PM

EnviroDude: HAMMERTOE: He wouldn't make the cut-

Not photogenic enough.
Too "anti-establishment" to be properly exploited.
Actually wants to play guitar solos on his own songs, rather than use a rap interlude.
Disdainful of Autotune.
Old lady so ugly, you could shave her ass and make her walk backwards.

These shows have little to do with talent and everything to do with grooming the quirky contestant that you can exploit, market, and make $$$$$$$$$$ for the network.


www.virginmedia.com: tempora or mores?
 
2013-06-26 03:58:42 PM

This is a proud day.  I've been here for eleven years and this is my first greenlight


I just wish I had a more clever headline.
 
2013-06-26 03:59:38 PM
Somebody should try talking somebody like Neil Finn into showing up at an audition in an Uncle-Drew-style disguise. He's got 35 years worth of absolute pop gems that never caught on in the US that the judges might never have heard.
 
2013-06-26 04:11:07 PM

wjllope: [img.pandawhale.com image 460x345]


That was beautiful.
 
2013-06-26 04:16:51 PM

Gulper Eel: Somebody should try talking somebody like Neil Finn into showing up at an audition in an Uncle-Drew-style disguise. He's got 35 years worth of absolute pop gems that never caught on in the US that the judges might never have heard.


Either him or Micheal Bolton.
 
2013-06-26 04:17:21 PM

STRYPERSWINE: This is a proud day.  I've been here for eleven years and this is my first greenlight
I just wish I had a more clever headline.


Imagine.
 
2013-06-26 04:18:59 PM

STRYPERSWINE: a more clever headline.


Imagine if John Lennon auditioned for The Voice

But it woudn't have gotten the green.
Some of my worst get greened. Some of my best ( I think, therefore, I'm hammered*) don't

* Dont' judge, Im farkin at werk.
 
kab
2013-06-26 04:19:08 PM
Terribly fake, however you'd have to be pretty naive to not have figured out that shows like this have absolutely nothing to do with music.
 
2013-06-26 04:31:56 PM
My friends and I agree that most singers of 'Classic Rock' wouldn't make it in today's music industry.

I submit that there will NEVER be another song like Gimme Shelter. The break down where Merry Clayton's voice breaks would never have made it to the final cut. That performance was so powerful and magical, they knew they had something special and kept it in the final mix, instead of editing it out. The music of today is manufactured to be perfect in all ways, and the warts and soul of the music suffers.

Just think of Layla without Clapton's voice cracking, or Duane Allman's free for all slide. Think of how it may have sounded with some producer pushing the guitars to perfection in pitch, tone and rhythm instead of the flowing, chirping thunder that they made instead.

This is why I cannot get behind new music, even my favorite artists are no putting out shiatty albums because of production and fine tuning of the songs.
 
2013-06-26 04:34:33 PM
Fake?  You do know that John Lennon died in 1980, right?
 
2013-06-26 04:43:41 PM
Music is banned in Khomeini's Iran
On the grounds that it stimulates the brain
We've done him one better in the land of coke & honey
Using music to put people's brains to sleep

Ever wonder why commercial radio's so bad?
It's 'cause someone upstairs wants it that way
If the Doors or John Lennon were getting started now
The industry wouldn't sign 'em in a million years
-Jello Biafra- Triumph of the Swill


That being said, Lennon was huge because he was a Beatle. If he was some nobody trying to make a hit out of Imagine no one would have listened.
 
2013-06-26 04:45:59 PM
He'd be called an Oasis rip-off
 
2013-06-26 04:47:31 PM

Nickster79: Please watch the ad below to continue

/Please bite me


^This!^
 
2013-06-26 04:55:18 PM

STRYPERSWINE: This is a proud day.  I've been here for eleven years and this is my first greenlight
I just wish I had a more clever headline.


you deserve a cock-punch for...

Nickster79: Please watch the ad below to continue

/Please bite me


this.
 
2013-06-26 05:01:01 PM
I would have liked to see this down with freddie mercury, might drive the point home a little bit better. Lennon didn't have a great voice
 
2013-06-26 05:01:19 PM

HST's Dead Carcass: My friends and I agree that most singers of 'Classic Rock' wouldn't make it in today's music industry.

I submit that there will NEVER be another song like Gimme Shelter. The break down where Merry Clayton's voice breaks would never have made it to the final cut. That performance was so powerful and magical, they knew they had something special and kept it in the final mix, instead of editing it out. The music of today is manufactured to be perfect in all ways, and the warts and soul of the music suffers.

Just think of Layla without Clapton's voice cracking, or Duane Allman's free for all slide. Think of how it may have sounded with some producer pushing the guitars to perfection in pitch, tone and rhythm instead of the flowing, chirping thunder that they made instead.

This is why I cannot get behind new music, even my favorite artists are no putting out shiatty albums because of production and fine tuning of the songs.


I understand your point - but then again hearing Jimmie Page miss notes even on albums always pulls me out of the flow of the song. Maybe i'm the only one, but I happen to pick up on it and it's distracting. And this is even though I've heard these same damned songs thousands of times.
I'm not sure the guy could even play the same lead note for note anyway, missing notes or not... cheers
 
kab
2013-06-26 05:14:44 PM

HST's Dead Carcass: The music of today is manufactured to be perfect in all ways, and the warts and soul of the music suffers.


Not all of it.

But yes, you need to steer clear of pop to find it.
 
2013-06-26 05:21:48 PM

wjllope: HST's Dead Carcass: My friends and I agree that most singers of 'Classic Rock' wouldn't make it in today's music industry.

I submit that there will NEVER be another song like Gimme Shelter. The break down where Merry Clayton's voice breaks would never have made it to the final cut. That performance was so powerful and magical, they knew they had something special and kept it in the final mix, instead of editing it out. The music of today is manufactured to be perfect in all ways, and the warts and soul of the music suffers.

Just think of Layla without Clapton's voice cracking, or Duane Allman's free for all slide. Think of how it may have sounded with some producer pushing the guitars to perfection in pitch, tone and rhythm instead of the flowing, chirping thunder that they made instead.

This is why I cannot get behind new music, even my favorite artists are no putting out shiatty albums because of production and fine tuning of the songs.

I understand your point - but then again hearing Jimmie Page miss notes even on albums always pulls me out of the flow of the song. Maybe i'm the only one, but I happen to pick up on it and it's distracting. And this is even though I've heard these same damned songs thousands of times.
I'm not sure the guy could even play the same lead note for note anyway, missing notes or not... cheers


I think it kinda depends.  Sometimes a "mistake" can really bring a song to life, show a bit of soul that otherwise wouldn't be there.

Jimmy Page's misqueues (especially live) are rather distracting.
 
2013-06-26 05:32:54 PM
redsquid:


That being said, Lennon was huge because he was a Beatle. If he was some nobody trying to make a hit out of Imagine no one would have listened.

This right here. The song is very comtemplative and served as a counterpoint to his other songs. If he were actually auditioning for the voice, he would've played The Ballad of John and Yoko or something AND would've put a little more effort into the performance. But, the point still stands. Also, the video editor went a little overboard showing the disdain on the judges' faces.
 
2013-06-26 05:34:11 PM

wjllope: HST's Dead Carcass: My friends and I agree that most singers of 'Classic Rock' wouldn't make it in today's music industry.

I submit that there will NEVER be another song like Gimme Shelter. The break down where Merry Clayton's voice breaks would never have made it to the final cut. That performance was so powerful and magical, they knew they had something special and kept it in the final mix, instead of editing it out. The music of today is manufactured to be perfect in all ways, and the warts and soul of the music suffers.

Just think of Layla without Clapton's voice cracking, or Duane Allman's free for all slide. Think of how it may have sounded with some producer pushing the guitars to perfection in pitch, tone and rhythm instead of the flowing, chirping thunder that they made instead.

This is why I cannot get behind new music, even my favorite artists are no putting out shiatty albums because of production and fine tuning of the songs.

I understand your point - but then again hearing Jimmie Page miss notes even on albums always pulls me out of the flow of the song. Maybe i'm the only one, but I happen to pick up on it and it's distracting. And this is even though I've heard these same damned songs thousands of times.
I'm not sure the guy could even play the same lead note for note anyway, missing notes or not... cheers


Jimmy Page was sloppy. Gloriously, brilliantly sloppy. I thank god for that.
 
2013-06-26 05:50:56 PM

downstairs: Jimmy Page's misqueues (especially live) are rather distracting.


I only saw him live once, with The Firm at Joe Louis. I don't remember exactly but ~1985 maybe?
Anyway, he did the violin bow thing (just stupid noise IMHO) and otherwise made a mess of his non-bow leads all night long. Concert was still fun - I wasn't expecting Lizst-level virtuosity in the first place, and maybe he was more polluted than normal...
And how does playing a Les Paul (very flat bridge) with a violin bow make sense in the first place? Violin bridges are much more bowed than guitar bridges for a reason. /rant off, csb, etc... cheers
 
2013-06-26 05:56:19 PM

Bathia_Mapes: Truth be told he wasn't that great of a solo singer. His talent was more in writing songs.


Nor was he a particularly good musician. Paul pretty much owns that crown (of the four Beatles, though no one did slide guitar like Harrisson). But his songs were so brutally honest, angry, and vulnerable that crappy voice and clunky guitar playing are easy to overlook. If Paul weren't the sappy one, there would be no "best Beatle" debate. But he was, which is why Lennon seems to have resonated with more people, myself among them.
 
2013-06-26 06:00:16 PM

downstairs: wjllope: HST's Dead Carcass: My friends and I agree that most singers of 'Classic Rock' wouldn't make it in today's music industry.

I submit that there will NEVER be another song like Gimme Shelter. The break down where Merry Clayton's voice breaks would never have made it to the final cut. That performance was so powerful and magical, they knew they had something special and kept it in the final mix, instead of editing it out. The music of today is manufactured to be perfect in all ways, and the warts and soul of the music suffers.

Just think of Layla without Clapton's voice cracking, or Duane Allman's free for all slide. Think of how it may have sounded with some producer pushing the guitars to perfection in pitch, tone and rhythm instead of the flowing, chirping thunder that they made instead.

This is why I cannot get behind new music, even my favorite artists are no putting out shiatty albums because of production and fine tuning of the songs.

I understand your point - but then again hearing Jimmie Page miss notes even on albums always pulls me out of the flow of the song. Maybe i'm the only one, but I happen to pick up on it and it's distracting. And this is even though I've heard these same damned songs thousands of times.
I'm not sure the guy could even play the same lead note for note anyway, missing notes or not... cheers

I think it kinda depends.  Sometimes a "mistake" can really bring a song to life, show a bit of soul that otherwise wouldn't be there.

Jimmy Page's misqueues (especially live) are rather distracting.


This. I've seen some world-class guitarists fark up on stage, but they recover so brilliantly, everyone who caught it isn't sure whether or not it was intentional. Page just lumbers out of it, it seems.
 
2013-06-26 06:05:09 PM

wjllope: downstairs: Jimmy Page's misqueues (especially live) are rather distracting.

I only saw him live once, with The Firm at Joe Louis. I don't remember exactly but ~1985 maybe?
Anyway, he did the violin bow thing (just stupid noise IMHO) and otherwise made a mess of his non-bow leads all night long. Concert was still fun - I wasn't expecting Lizst-level virtuosity in the first place, and maybe he was more polluted than normal...
And how does playing a Les Paul (very flat bridge) with a violin bow make sense in the first place? Violin bridges are much more bowed than guitar bridges for a reason. /rant off, csb, etc... cheers


Why use a bow when you can use the whole violin?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBiJ-K0IpDA
 
2013-06-26 06:06:53 PM

Cortez the Killer: Jimmy Page was sloppy. Gloriously, brilliantly sloppy. I thank god for that.


Robert Plant, on the other hand, was always perfect
 
2013-06-26 06:11:03 PM

kab: Terribly fake, however you'd have to be pretty naive to not have figured out that shows like this have absolutely nothing to do with music.


THIS

It's why I can never understand people getting upset.

As I say to people, the genre of these shows isn't music, it's reality TV. The minute the lights are out at the end of the final, the winner's star is already fading. In the UK, we've had over a decade of these shows, and only 2 winners that got anywhere, both of whom had already been working in music.

There's a lot to be said for musicians doing what the Beatles did - going somewhere and playing for months on end to tough audiences, refining what you are. Many of these acts get instant fame, and when that even slips a little, they have no foundation to fall back on.
 
2013-06-26 06:14:15 PM

LewDux: Cortez the Killer: Jimmy Page was sloppy. Gloriously, brilliantly sloppy. I thank god for that.

Robert Plant, on the other hand, was always perfect


Man-That guitarists tone is terrible. I'm sure he was going for a sitar sound, but geesh.
 
2013-06-26 06:31:27 PM
I'll give everyone Page sucking it live, and on some of the early studio stuff.

I can just imagine some AOR Producer listening to Kashmir saying: "I don't get it." Or D'yer Mak'r or Carouselambra or Custard Pie or The Ocean or No Quarter. All classics, but none are conventional.
 
2013-06-26 06:31:33 PM
It occures to me that people itt should listen to more indie rock/pop instead of turning on the classic rock or top 40 station because it's easier. All of these things and more lie within these incredibly poorly defined blanket terms. Go explore. The hipsters don't bite. I promise.
 
2013-06-26 06:32:35 PM

farkeruk: kab: Terribly fake, however you'd have to be pretty naive to not have figured out that shows like this have absolutely nothing to do with music.

THIS

It's why I can never understand people getting upset.

As I say to people, the genre of these shows isn't music, it's reality TV. The minute the lights are out at the end of the final, the winner's star is already fading. In the UK, we've had over a decade of these shows, and only 2 winners that got anywhere, both of whom had already been working in music.

There's a lot to be said for musicians doing what the Beatles did - going somewhere and playing for months on end to tough audiences, refining what you are. Many of these acts get instant fame, and when that even slips a little, they have no foundation to fall back on.


Just curious when did Underwood star start to fade?  not defending the shows but AI has put out some folks who had created decent careers out of their win
 
2013-06-26 06:40:20 PM

sadbad: It occures to me that people itt should listen to more indie rock/pop instead of turning on the classic rock or top 40 station because it's easier. All of these things and more lie within these incredibly poorly defined blanket terms. Go explore. The hipsters don't bite. I promise.


I'm more into 90's shoe gazing music than I am the 00's navel gazing. They all try to be deep and introspective and eclectic when they should be trying to build something instead of trying to remain obscure. Plus, most of it is talentless noise disguising itself as 'indie music'.

But,l I hear what you're saying.
 
2013-06-26 08:10:42 PM
I'd have preferred to see a "what if Iggy Pop auditioned for American Idol?"  myself.
 
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