Tuesday, August 16, 2011

2000's Guilt #12: Elton John “I Want Love” (2001)

Following 9/11/01, MTV temporarily switched their format to playing mostly videos for about a month (or maybe longer)... This is when most of us saw The Strokes' "Last Nite" for the first time, as well as repeated airings of Robert Downey Jr lipsynching to a very Beatles-influenced Elton John track... If it wasn't intentionally meant by Elton John & Bernie Taupin to sound like a Jeff Lynne engineered McCartney album from 1995, then whoever produced it probably wanted it to sound that way. The song also helps us to recognize Elton John as the original godfather of reer, the specific vocal inflection popularized by Pearl Jam and ruined shortly afterwards by Hootie, Creed and Nickelback. Elton's is more country-flavored, however, which isn't nearly as embarrassing.

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