I haven't like a movie musical so much since Purple Rain. I thought Nicole Kidman was great in Moulin Rouge but felt the rest of the movie was a little too cerebral for a musical -- which is supposed to move you and appeal to the emotions -- which is what Burlesque does.
Next up -- yes, I did read e-mails today -- thank you for the praise regarding "Kat's Korner: The 80s (where Cher proves them all wrong)" and "Kat's Korner: Cher demonstrates this is far from over" and, as my grandmother said over and over growing up, it is what it is.
Meaning if I had the time, I would have done them so much differently.
I'm glad people enjoy them.
Huge credit goes to C.I. who, as usual when I'm last minute-ing things, acted as editor.
The second piece?
If C.I. hadn't been editor, it would never have gone up. I went over to her house at about 10:30 Thursday night and was near tears. I had seven different pieces I had started and I couldn't finish any of them. They all grabbed different facets. C.I. got scissors and cut each paragraph out and then we worked on piecing what would match up together. C.I. would say, "Lose that sentence, put that one here, etc." After all of that, about 80% of the piece was written and I just had to write a little bit around it.
Will I do another series like the four-part one on Cher?
Only if I get amnesia. It was too much pressure. In part due to the fact that I had hoped to do at least one on a weekend but Third had been crazy and we've worked so many hours on that each weekend that there was never time. Right now, I'm just glad the series is over. And that I only promised four-parts.
Phill Marder of Goldmine magazine is advocating for Cher being in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame:
Her debut chart single, Bob Dylan’s “All I Really Want To Do,” with Sonny singing background, preceded Sonny & Cher’s signature classic “I Got You Babe” on the Hot 100. Entering the list the same week as the version by The Byrds, who were coming off the No. 1 “Mr. Tambourine Man,” Cher’s take powered to No. 15, while the Byrds’ version stopped at No. 40. For an unknown to go head-to-head with a future Hall Of Fame group coming off a No. 1 hit should lead to a quick trip to oblivion, but Cher’s version stomped the favorite and established her. Her album of the same name peaked at No. 16 a couple months later.
“I Got You Babe” was a terrific record on any level, soaring to No. 1. Magnificently produced and arranged, and catchy as all get out, when Hal Blaine’s drums really kick in as the song winds down, car radios were about to explode. But somewhat overlooked are the lyrics, which spoke to a generation of young rockers – “Don’t let them say your hair’s too long, I don’t care with you I can’t go wrong.” I’m not going to tell you you had to be there, but as a teenager with shoulder-length hair in 1965, I can tell you every measure of support helped. And when it was someone as cool as Cher championing the cause, it really hit home.
With Sonny & Cher churning out hits, Cher’s solo career continued to soar, a rare occurrence in the music industry. Seldom does an artist score simultaneously with solo and group hits – Phil Collins is a recent example – but Cher did it. She followed her opener with one of her most underrated efforts, “Where Do You Go?,” which peaked only at No. 25, but her next was a tremendous effort, the very strange “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down), penned by Sonny, which came in at No. 2 in the U.S. and reached the top 10 in eight other countries, including No. 3 in the U.K. Later the same year, Nancy Sinatra did a smoking version, used in “Kill Bill,” and most recently The Raconteurs, led by Jack White, have been including a remarkably decadent cover in concert.
I did not know he was advocating for Cher, good for him, and thank you to Bryan who e-mailed that to me. I'm advocating for Cher -- see Mike's "Turkey Day" from early Friday morning -- for many reasons including being a huge fan of Cher's. I also think, as I argue in the series, that Cher's the epitome of rock. But another point to the series is that woman are being ignored repeatedly by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You have over 70 men inducted as solo performers but you can count the women inducted as such on both hands.
This is outrageous and that's part of the series as well.
It's too late for this round, they already announced the nominees. But next year, I hope Cher's name is on the list and I hope people realize how few women are in the Hall and that reporters covering the nomination point out how few women get nominated and how a woman has to break every record in the world while a man has to be only a minor footnote -- and not even a footnote to rock -- to be nominated, see Dr. John (nominated this year).
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"