Even though I avoid American Idol like the plague, it can be interesting to hear the conversations the day after the show airs.
After the recent finals I was amused to hear the commentary on Kelly Clarkson's performance of Never Again.
"All she does is scream."
I pulled up YouTube and searched for Kelly's American Idol performance of Never Again. Interestingly enough, not only was Kelly not screaming, but she seemed to be channeling many of the classic rock vocalists of the last thirty years.
Is this what Idol has done to us?
Have we come to regard godawful performances of pathetic power ballads as the new standard for popular music?
I hope not.
Whether you like Kelly Clarkson or not, you have to admit at least she's trying.
Kelly would be the first to admit Pat Benatar has been a major influence. Here's Pat in a performance from 2005, with that same gravel voice style Kelly is channeling, singing Hell is for Children. No candy ass power ballad there.
I recently blogged about the first true all-female rock band, The Runaways. Thankfully, the Runaways weren't the last. The current torch bearers are The Donnas. A dash of Kiss with a swirl of the Ramones, The Donnas will never be massively popular, not in today's music environment, but they can rock.
Here's a live clip of On The Rocks from a recent Donnas performance.
'til we never have to listen to another American Idol "winner's" Power Ballad
Keep the Adventure Alive,