Friday, January 21, 2005

Shania, what happened?

Some would say she never fell because she never flew.

Back in college, there was a great radio station called "Young Country" in Seattle. Actually, it was one of those national brands that I think flopped. But they had this advance release of a song called "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under" which was a fun, catchy little song and the DJ predicted big things for the new artist. I remember hearing that one day and remember them making the prediction.

Although much cooler was the unauthorized "Whose Bed/Pour Some Sugar On Me" (Def Leppard) remix that they would play. Not your average country station, that. I think Shania was married at the time to the guy who did the sound editing for Def Leppard or something.

Anyhow, she has this new song called Party for Two. I haven't really been interested in much of anything she's put out lately and each time this song would come on MusicMatch, I'd hit the skip button and queue up the next song. I was in the car the other day and thought I'd give her the benefit of the doubt.

Remember in the 80's they'd get as many sitcom stars together as possible for a Made-for-TV movie? The plot was always the same. The prom/big party/etc. is at the end of the week. Exposition is people hanging out talking about it. Then the thing happens. And then the next half the movie takes place between the end of the event and the next morning. Lots of the kids end up in a restaurant talking, some kids regret nearly having sex, some parents finally track down their kids after a wild night of missteps, and parents and kids come to a better understanding and respect for one another. Invariably in those movies there would be one or more made-for-the-movie songs. Often performed by a "band" at the dance/big party/etc.

Well, this song "Party for Two" sounded like it had been written for that purpose. To be background noise, occasionally potted way down as character spoke to one another in the foreground while the "band" was out of focus in the background and people acted like they were dancing even though there was no beat for them to dance to since the music was added later. That is, this song stunk really bad.

Now I know Shania Twain has become VH1's "Awesomely Badder Fashion" go-to gal, never letting them down, but why does this song suck so bad? And why have all recent songs been stinkers propelled only by her bizarre fashion statement at awards shows and her former rapid rise?
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