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Klondike Solitaire. It revs up like an engine and steamrolls your ears and heart. Full of playfulness and youthful exuberance and wonderful musical surprises. Produced at age 24, this is the best and most complex arrangement that Bruce Springsteen would ever offer. Partially because he got less ambitious, and partially because almost nothing from from anyone can compete with this song.
Unconventional song structure. Beautiful, quixotic, and desperate, and it bats lead off on his seminal album. How do you create a seminal classic album? Helps to open with one of the best first verses ever:. The screen door slams, Mary's dress waves. Like a vision she dances across the porch as the radio plays.
Roy Orbison singing for the lonely. Hey, that's me, and I want you only. Don't turn me home again, I just can't face myself alone again. Don't run back inside, darling, you know just what I'm here for.
So you're scared and you're thinking that maybe we ain't that young anymore. Show a little faith, there's magic in the night. You ain't a beauty, but hey, you're alright. Oh, and that's alright with me. Some would say the "Dancing in the Dark" music videocomplete with horrible white people dancing and teenage Courtney Cox, and they would be right even though the song is great.
He has also written dozens of redundant or forgettable or even bad songs, but none of them are truly awful. This song is basically four seconds of music on infinite loop. Can't stand it. Also, often mistaken for a patriotic anthem most notably by Ronald Reagan when it's actually a lament for Vietnam vets. It's probably his most well-known song and that's a damn shame. The ultimate Bruce playlist turned out to be 29 songs and 2 hours long, and I forced myself to be picky. Desmondo Greatness Index: Michael Jackson.
Posthumously profiling the Wiz kid who would be King. A tremendous performer from day one. He was a national sensation by age 9, and, like few child stars do, delivered on his potential in adulthood. Released the best-selling album ever, with over twice as many copies sold as the next I Love You Baby - Puff Daddy & The Family - No Way Out (CD. All-time 2nd-bestselling solo artist worldwide. King of Pop, moonwalker, glove-wearer, crotch-grabber just talking about his own right nowchimpanzee owner.
The word extravagant doesn't quite do justice to MJ's entertainment philosophy. The live megatours were world-class dance, lighting, and effects productions. The Super Bowl halftime show trend began with MJ in The previous two years had featured figure skaters and Disney characters.
Every year Album) has featured superstar musical acts. He starred in a video game where he fights off thugs and rescues little girls to the MIDI tune of his hit songs this is how I first heard "Billie Jean". He made a DisneyWorld 3-D sci-fi movie ride with Francis Ford Coppola, which was pretty awesome if my memory of serves correct. Undoubtedly this is one of the loudest and beefiest resumes imaginable for this category. I'm going to dock him a point for a rap sheet of pretty weird personal drama that earned him the nickname "Wacko Jacko".
Years of bizarre and disturbing incidents and accusations most certainly disrupted his opportunity to rule the music world for a little bit longer, to say nothing of ending his life prematurely. I grant him a lot of credit for successfully convincing us of the coolness of a bunch of really strange noises. You know, like " Nah! He was a tremendous singer all around, of course.
Some of the best singer friends I have, to whom I would defer expertise, obsess over his skills. I don't know if he lip-synced his live vocals, but if he really was singing note-perfect through all that choreography, well that is truly impressive. He performed the material of others as a Jackson 5 member and early solo artist.
Then he wrote a couple tunes for Off The Wallgot it up to about half of Thrillerand wrote or co-wrote almost everything on Bad and Dangerous. He was ambitious enough to want to do this as he corralled more control of his career, and I have respect for that.
It's not the safe thing to do. And he wound up authoring some of his best stuff. I'm impressed with the distinct natural rhythm in his melodies, which are also always very catchy.
Lyrically, it's whatever. For the most part I'm completely unaffected, but sometimes he compels. No better example than "Billie Jean", in which he shrewdly casts doubt over whether the singer's side of the story is actually the truth. And here we've uncovered the King of Pop's kryptonite. To the best of my knowledge, he didn't play much, if any, instruments on his recordings except simple supplemental rhythms or his live shows.
He did participate in the producing and arranging. I'm a casual fan of MJ's work at best. The Jackson 5 era can be summed up in 3 songs, if not less. Most of Off The Wall doesn't appeal to me because it's so time-stamped with disco. I like much of Thrillerand a few songs on Bad.
Nothing after that is worthwhile. Most of his songs are cheesy or extremely dated or both. The band is the real star of this track, but Michael's prepubescent voice plays off perfectly, and it's an amazing performance from a little kid. One of the best Motown songs. Represents the epitome of every good thing about his solo career.
A deliberate attempt to monetize America's heartstrings by the adults who were exploiting him at the time, people who probably had a significant role in his metamorphosis into a loon. Lolzies at the first line " You and I must make a pack ". This song should be called "A Cry For Help".
Introduction to the Desmondo Greatness Index. An attempt to systematically determine who is the greatest musician of modern times present. To uncover the best all-around musical talent through the cheap facade of a mathematical process. Any popular musical figure in American culture not limited to American artists sinceminus the following exclusions: Artists who suck. I'm not going to force myself through 30 Billy Idol Ray Cyrus Joel songs just to write a more well-researched hate letter. Exclusions subject to change depending on the mood of the author.
Recently established acts. Artists who have emerged in the past 10 years or so are not in play until they put together a resume worth discussing. The previous qualifier already took care of most of the omitting here.
Lack of longevity is a deal breaker. We're searching for the greatest, and that demands both quality and quantity. Purely Classical and Jazz artists. Genres such as these will be ignored as I don't spend enough time in them to have anything worth saying. However, folks who fused these genres with pop and rock will be discussed. Assessments per category will be scored, with extreme bias, on a 1 to 10 scale.
An average of the five categories will determine a total DGI score. No scoring or results will be predetermined. Is it Black Girl Lost or shorty owe you for ice? How do the successful reconcile a beautiful experience with a dark mess left behind?
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