So, I recently watched the video to We Are the World 25 - a remake of the classic, We Are The World. Remember that old chestnut; a group of
This time the egos have landed again singing to benefit those affected by the earthquake in Haiti.
Yeah, yeah, I know a good cause.
OK, so the first thing that bothers me is Jamie Foxx using the word "amazing" when introducing the song. You know me, I hate the overuse of that damn adjective - so there's that.
Anyway the song kicks off and here is this little boy singing, who is he? Why is he opening up the song? Is he a star? Was there a rider in Michael Jackson's will indicating that if anyone ever redid this song, a prepubescent child would have to sing it? Whatever, he was awful.
Then a a bunch of other people start singing, I did not recognize half of them. Eventually, Barbara Streisand shows up - she sings her line, does not even break a sweat, and for a split second, the younger generation is shown how it is done.
Celine Dion is there as well, she looks like she's in pain. Her voice makes my ears bleed.
Pink sounds good. Long live Pink.
A couple of these guys are using vocoders, WTF? Are their voices that weak they need to use studio trickery? Oh wait a second, of course they do, what was I thinking.
Wyclef Jean is singing in Haiti's native tongue, which is, as I understand it, a combination of Creole and French. Good for him, but he sounds like he's yodeling. His singing gives me a headache.
They also added a bunch of new verses to this song, as if the original wasn't dreadful enough.
When we finally see a group shot, I notice Gladys Knight and Brian Wilson in the crowd. Excuse me? One of the greatest soul singers of all time, and one of the geniuses of rock, and neither got a solo? Who did they have to step aside for, T Pain?
I gagged when Jamie Foxx started doing his lousy imitation of Ray Charles.
There was a lot more, most of it pretty lame.
Look, I hope this stunt raises a ton of money for the folks in Haiti, and if you have not already, please send some money, but as for the video and song, you would do better sticking red hot pokers in your ears - the effect will be startlingly similar.