But having watched it myself, I found it enjoyably terrible. A bit slow, perhaps, and ill-at-ease, but as long as they spell your name right, who cares, right kid?
SNL has a long history of delivering subpar performances of all kinds. Sometimes it makes me think they deliberately send a mutilated or delayed mix into the monitors just to throw the performers off and to create controversy. But I'm just being paranoid. Chance are, everyone's bad performances are their own fault. Too much partying and not enough practice!
Just for the heck of it, what do you say we look at some other underwhelming performances, which, for the record, I mostly love?
10) Sinead O'Connor: OK, musically, it wasn't a bad performance of Bob Marley's "War." A capella, no less! But ripping up the picture of the Pope and announcing "Fight The Real Enemy" derailed her career in a serious way. Of course, with all the child molestation scandals rocking the Catholic Church in past years, she now seems rather prescient. Maybe we owe her an apology?
8) Eddie Money: Sure, smoking gives your voice that rasp. But not if you tear the filters off and smoke the entire pack right before you go onstage. Then the voice of experience becomes the voice of death warmed over. If you ever wanted to hear the reaper sing "Baby Hold On To Me," just grab a copy of Eddie Money's performance on SNL back in 1977. If you think subpar performances on SNL are a new invention, just roll the videotape. Or whatever it is you people do these days.
6) Ke$ha: Ke$ha's performance was so bizarre that it was argued whether or not that was the point of the whole thing. Personally, I like the little nervous eye movement before "Tik Tok" kicks in, like she's checking with her dad in the wings for her cue. Her unconvincing rap is painful, but the laser harp bit at the end is the sight of ambition failing.
4) Marianne Faithfull: It actually ended up sounding kinda cool. But there's no getting around the fact that Marianne couldn't reach most of the notes and they're not out of her range. The story goes that she'd asked a back-up singer for a popular drug before her performance and was steered to someone who gave her something that numbed her vocal cords. The backup singers do seem really psyched throughout the songs.
2) Kanye West: "Love Lockdown" wasn't supposed to sound that bad. It's just that the vocoder that helps disguise West's voice wasn't working all that great. So, we had to experience the man's talents without the sufficient help of technology and that's a problem, since he's sorta like a singer sponsored by Radio Shack.
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