Wednesday, December 28, 2005

The Music was Hauntingly Familiar

I need some advice. I was looking at the Lindsay Lohan CD that my niece received as a Christmas present. (Of course not from me. I am guilty of getting her Herbie: Fully Loaded, but only because it was Christmas Eve and I was tired of shopping.) Well, as I was scanning the track listing I saw something that really shouldn't have been there - "Edge of Seventeen". At first I thought maybe she just ripped off the song title and it was really a crappy song about her own accelerated adolescence. No such luck. I checked out the lyrics and it is, in fact, the Stevie Nicks classic. My question is this - what do I do now?

I don't want to listen to it. In fact, I'm sure my life will be much better never having heard what I'm sure will be an atrocity. But, do you understand how strong a force morbid curiosity can be? Of course you do. You've all rubbernecked on the road, just dying to catch a glimpse of a bloody, mangled body. Afterwards you kick yourself for looking because when you close your eyes to go to sleep, that image is all you see. I'm afraid if I lay ears on Ms. Lohan's rendering of Stevie's song, it might actually get stuck in my head. It may burrow into a nice little, comfy hole behind my cerebellum and pop out at inopportune moments. All I know is, I'm dangerously close to popping it in the CD player. Please, me down.

The thing is, what makes Stevie Nicks impossible to cover is the uniqueness of her voice. Now, I know a lot of people don't care for her. I've heard the goat comparisons. Whatever. I happen to think she is a rock goddess, and so do a lot of other people. Even if you don't like her voice though, it's so distinctive that any time someone covers one of her songs, it's impossible not to compare the remake to her original. Her voice will always be in your head. And the problem that most people have when they cover her is that they try to emulate her, rather than sing as they normally would. And what ends up happening? THEY sound like goats. It just doesn't work. Why do people continue to try? Especially those with limited vocal ability, like little Lindsay.

Should I listen? If I don't, the wondering may drive me crazy. But if I do, there's a good chance I'll break the CD and the player in a fit of rage.

Rock Icon

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Princess Wild Cow said...

Do not listen...make that a mantra. Keep repeating it over and over and do not give in. It will be like an ear worm if you do and you will never get it out of your head. Trust me.

Wontar said...

I agree. Don't listen. If you listen to it then you'll be reminded of it whenever you hear the original. That's no way to treat a classic. It'd be like pasting Hallmark cards on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

Kate said...

Well you could listen in the hopes that it is so bad it's good, I guess.

LoraLoo said...

My first reaction is listen so you can have a good chuckle. I agree, it's pretty impossible to cover a Stevie Nicks song. BUT, it will probably stick in your head like a horrific jingle and give you one hell of a headache. So don't do it!

Stevie Nicks is definitely a rock Goddess.

Writeprocrastinator said...

F*ck*n' blasphemy this! Today's kids don't hold sh*t sacred! Pundits complain that the little monsters don't learn any values and there goes your proof. You'd think that her parents could stop suing and slugging each other long enough to explain to her why great things should never be desecrated by average...oh never mind.

Don't listen to this song, Becks. You know this and the Simpson sisters are just part of a greater conspiracy to make everyone drive a railroad spike through their own heads.

Teri said...

Don't do it! Don't listen!

Bar Bar A said...

stop!!! I hope it's not too late. Just don't do it Becky, you won't respect yourself in the morning. I agree with you on Stevie as a talent, but she bugs me as a person because of how whiney and complaioning she can me....very prima-donna-ish.

But I did see her live back in the day and was mesmerized by her voice and long flowing gowns.

Just don't give LL the satisfaction.l For Stevie's sake, just say no.

Anonymous said...

Ok, I just read this post and I'm sick to my stomach to know this "cover" even exists. I agree with the masses here. I know you Reb, and I am telling you, if you listen to this it will damage you for life!!! Fifteen years of friendship can not be wrong!! :)


pia said...

Don't listen. Nobody wants to hear Lindsay Lohan sing a Stevie Nicks song--bet if you introduced her to your niece she'd love her

Got my 11 year old niece hooked on Annie Lennox---she's a perfect IPOD/walkman singer--remember the first time I heard her--was on a walkman--thought I had found nirvana

Chelsea's Mama said...

As a fellow Stevie Nicks fan I must intervene know you ain't gonna like Lindsay's version anywhere near as much as Stevie's....if anything you are introducing your niece to a kiss ass song....not necessarily a kick ass singer...but, regardless,,,,,

Writeprocrastinator said...

It just hit me, you know what this is like? Justine Bateman doing "Satisfaction."

Neo said...

Becky -I love that song! It's so easy to play on guitar too!

But Lindsay covering it?


Have a safe and wonderful New Years!


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- Neo

Bonanza Jellybean said...

I was really hoping you were making up the fact that this even EXISTS.

Don't listen. Your soul will be scarred. Permanently.


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