I get upset when people complain about how bad the 80's were for music. When they say the 80's were a terrible time for music, what they really mean is that the 80's were a bad time for popular music. There's a huge difference. For instance, nowadays no one really complains about the quality of music because, even if you don't prefer Top 40, the internet and iTunes and iPods have allowed everyone and their mothers to search for and find exactly the type of music that suits their fancy. The Top 40 music is as bad now as it was in the 80's. But, if you look hard, you'll find that the eighties provided a great deal of quality music. We don't have to judge the 80's solely on Flock of Seagulls (“I Run” is a pretty cool song, actually). American Idol
is venturing into 80's music this week and, as I did with the guys yesterday,
today I've chosen 80's songs for each of the female performers. These are my ideal choices and, though I know American Idol
would never clear some of these tunes, in a perfect world this is what Wednesday's show would look like.
Kady Malloy – “Brass in Pocket” by The Pretenders
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Kady is all but dead in the water if she doesn't pull off a great performance this week. I've chosen this awesome Pretenders song for a few reasons – it would allow Kady to perform with some attitude (Chryssie Hynde had attitude
), Kady could play off her looks (the Haley Scarnato
tactic) and the song is relatively easy to sing. You may know this song as the one Scarlett Johannson sang karaoke to in Lost in Translation
Amanda Overmyer - “Should I Stay or Should I Go” by The Clash
This may seem like a ridiculous choice, but Amanda needs to do something ridiculous to stop embarrassing herself. She's not going to win this competition, or advance much further, with just her voice, so she has to do a couple things. Play on her strengths (being different) and choose truly great songs. This would be a wild pick and could turn into something buzz-worthy.
Syesha Mercado - “P.Y.T.” by Michael Jackson
This is pretty straight-forward. I couldn't pick sixteen 80's songs without including MJ. This song isn't as popular as others, and would thus play down the comparisons to the original. And, I love the song and think Syesha could perform the hell out of it.
Asiah Epperson - “The Greatest Love of All” by Whitney Houston
We learned last week that Asiah believes she can sing big songs. After Simon ripped her a new one for her gall, Asiah can do two things – either back down and sing something smaller or try and prove that she really can sing a diva song. And, there's no bigger diva than Whitney.
Kristy Lee Cook - “Hurt So Bad” by Linda Ronstadt
I presume Kristy Lee will sing something country at the urging of the judges. While Ronstadt isn't all the way country, this would give Kristy a song with some weight. She might seem more professional and mature after a song like this.
Brooke White - “Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman
“Fast Car” is one of the best and emotional songs of the 80's. Since she hasn't been admonished for guitar overuse just yet, Brooke could whip that guitar out again with this song. If she pulled it off, it could resonate on a David Archuleta
Ramiele Malubay - “Call Me” by Blondie
This would be like last week's performance, only with a way better song. I also felt that Blondie should be represented.
Carly Smithson - “What's Love Got to Do With It” by Tina Turner
This could be a show-closer. Carly is probably the only lady who could do Tina justice and if she wants to pull away from the pack a little bit, this would be right up her alley. I bet that someone sings a Tina song this week – Carly is probably the likeliest candidate.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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