keep it dark (snidegrrl) wrote,
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A while back, an LJ friend who I consider one of the top 5 humorists on my friends list challenged her friends to create an American Idol mix. If any of you idol fans want to take up the challenge and mail it to me, that would be awesome. Above the cut, the track requirements. Below, my picks.

1) In keeping with one of the already announced theme weeks, a Beatles song (or, if you must, an Elvis song)
2) Naturally, a Broadway song, so we can all be trapped in that box forever
3) A song written by Elton John, Burt Bacharach, or Barry Manilow
4) A song that came out in the year of your birth
5) A song that is currently in the top 40 on any of the billboard charts OR a song that has ever been #1 on the pop chart
6)A Motown Song
7) A song which would require you to dance in a way the judges would mock
8) The dreaded Country Week
9) A classic love song
10) A song that is clearly too big for you my friend, you know, something by Whitney, or Celine, or Aretha, or Journey, for instance
11) A song from a genre or performer that you don't think has been spotlighted on AI and which, in your opinion, should be
12) The dreaded jazz or swing night
13) A song which you enjoy singing but which is so non-intuitive for Idol that the judges are like, ??? WTF dawg? E.g., anything by Phish
14) A song featured in a movie
15) Because I can't be bothered to narrow it down further, a song representative of a particular decade (the 50s, or whatever)
16) It's the finals. Break out the big guns. Your most impressive song.
17) Bonus track: 15-30 seconds of you yourself, singing one of these songs. (Optional but encouraged)



1) In keeping with one of the already announced theme weeks, a Beatles song (or, if you must, an Elvis song)

Why Don't We Do It in the Road - The Beatles: Oh who am I kidding. Would Idol let you get away with that? And if this is really going to be a theme this year, I am frankly not looking forward to it.

2) Naturally, a Broadway song, so we can all be trapped in that box forever

Bosom Buddies - Angela Lansbury and Bea Arthur from Auntie Mame: I would have to talk one of the other contestants into doing the Mame part, so I could be Vera Charles. Viewers would eat it up, because we can all relate to being catty to our beloved friends, AND I would get to mention Alice Toklas and Gertrude Stein in front of 30 million people. I don't see a down side.

3) A song written by Elton John, Burt Bacharach, or Barry Manilow

Mama Can't Buy You Love - Elton John: This song is terrible. There is no good reason for me to include it except how awesomely terrible it is, and it's been earworming me lately. And the 70s wikka-wikka guitar.

4) A song that came out in the year of your birth

Evil Woman - ELO: That opening! That falsetto! Those strings! Plus, has anyone ever done an ELO song on Idol before?

5) A song that is currently in the top 40 on any of the billboard charts OR a song that has ever been #1 on the pop chart

Smooth - Santana: This just seemed so very typically Idol. It was one of the first songs my drum teacher made me learn. I guess it hit #1 at some point.

6)A Motown Song

Love Child - Diana Ross: This, as it turns out, was the only song in my entire digital collection performed by a Motown Records artist. I am just not a Motown fan.

7) A song which would require you to dance in a way the judges would mock

Look of Love - ABC: Have you seen this video? This whole song is cheezy goodness. Also, continues to have the top play count. I have a great deal of practice with this song.

8) The dreaded Country Week

Stand Beside Me - Jodee Messina: I don't dread it!! I can't wait for it! I've sung this one several times at karaoke. Also, it's the great egalitarian country song for heterosexuals. Thanks Jodee!

9) A classic love song

When I Fall In Love - (Rick Astley version): I wore the magneticness off my Rick Astley cassette when I was 12. Mostly THIS SONG. Forever!! HAHAHAHAH! Adult me mocks tween me.

10) A song that is clearly too big for you my friend, you know, something by Whitney, or Celine, or Aretha, or Journey, for instance

Before I answer, I have to say this. Journey??? Too big for me??? Oh no no no. Journey fits just right on me. Can I help it that my vocal range matches Steve Perry's exactly?

But I didn't pick Journey, because there was definitely an option that's too big for me:
Against All Odds - MARIAH CAREY VERSION: People, mock her all you want, but she has committed some things to record that are bigger than anyone except Whitney, Celine, Aretha or Tina. She has certainly upped Phil Collins' ante on this one!

11) A song from a genre or performer that you don't think has been spotlighted on AI and which, in your opinion, should be

Greenland Whale Fisheries - Judy Collins & Theodore Bikel: Time for some good ol' American, er, Greenlandic folk music! I'll lose a bunch of votes due to the PETA controversy, but no publicity is bad publicity, right?

12) The dreaded jazz or swing night

Come-on a My House - Rosemary Clooney: After last week I'll need something upbeat. I will only get through this if I can manage to make an "old" song sound "young". HAH.

13) A song which you enjoy singing but which is so non-intuitive for Idol that the judges are like, ??? WTF dawg? E.g., anything by Phish

The W.A.N.D. - Flaming Lips: I think the AI band can do justice to this. Maybe Wayne Coyne writes me an email. Either way, I win!

I got a plan and it's here in my hand
A baton made of light
We're the enforcers,
The sorcerer's orphans,
And we know why we fight


hahahahaha the very thought delights me.

14) A song featured in a movie

The Fairest of the Seasons - Nico: No, I wouldn't sing it like Nico. Although that, too, would be awesome.

15) Because I can't be bothered to narrow it down further, a song representative of a particular decade (the 50s, or whatever)

For What It's Worth - Candy Skins (orig Buffalo Springfield?): This is that "stop, hey, what's that sound" song with the nonintuitive title. If I'm going to evoke a decade, I might as well evoke some politics while I'm at it. Better yet, if my number were 2, I could flash the peace sign and have an excuse!

16) It's the finals. Break out the big guns. Your most impressive song.

I Found Someone - Cher: I thought about my top karaoke pick (Fugees Killing Me Softly, overdone!), but in the end this one is more fun to sing.

17) Bonus track: 15-30 seconds of you yourself, singing one of these songs. (Optional but encouraged)

If you submit your mix to me, with you singing (I suggest more than 30 seconds!) I'll send you mine. With me singing. Otherwise, the only people who can hear this are Jack and the original challenger. :) I found that your gaming mic + Audacity (free!) make completing this task very easy.
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