Monday, November 07, 2005

Don't holla back, girl. Please don't holla back

Gwen Stefani's pop stardom irritates me. To me, she's a two-legged, one-note "cover song" of the powerhouse that Madonna built. I mean, when you're going to do a rendition of someone's hit song (or hit style or look), you've really got to bring it fresh and improved. Seems like a nice, charming, sensible girl but just a musically immaterial girl.

Well, the Washington Post states my point best here, in an article titled "Gwen Stefani's Patriot Center Fashion Show":

Stefani's concert at the Patriot Center on Saturday was a colorful, elaborately staged celebration of style, like a runway show writ large. It was an impressive feat, given that Stefani is like a virgin when it comes to such extravaganzas and that, unlike Madonna, she doesn't really dance, no matter how funky the music may be.

For one thing, her show was marked by a vocal sameness because of her relatively limited range. The most memorable singing of the night came when the bassist Meshell Ndegeocello took over the vocals at the end of "Luxurious."
Meshell Ndegeocello's latest album, Dance of the Infidels, is a jazz triumph on which she doesn't sing one note. Rather, she brings in powerhouses Lalah Hathaway and Cassandra Wilson to handle the sultry vocal duties, while Ndegeocello masterfully composes and orchestrates.Ndegeocello's voice was rich and soulful, in stark contrast to Stefani's often pinched singing.

Madonna looking ab fab in Spain at the MTV AwardsOn the other hand, ever able to wonderfully "do Madonna" is Madonna herself. She's receiving rave reviews -- naturally! -- for her performance at the MTV Europe Awards on the weekend. Making a Disco Feverish splash as the opening act, our girl "Mad" kicked off the show with "Hung Up," the first single from her forthcoming album, Confessions of a Dance Floor.
Mon congrats, (Material) Girl. You can holla back any time.Vogue!
PS -- Miss Stefani might even take a lesson in how to "do Madonna" from no less than the five and dime store man of the hour. We aren't likely to see Mr. Candy Stick -- or is it Mr. Magic Shop? -- donning breast cones on his relentlessly tattooed body. But he certainly knows a thing or twenty about Shameless Self-promotion, a la Madonna.
This shameless self-promoter keeps it real... real ridiculous in a manner we've not seen since Madonna Marketing 101. With a movie hitting the big screen in a few days, this guy's PR machine keeps spinning and spinning. Check out his latest goofy blurt, mentioned at, on the topic of gays in the military. Oops, in the G-G-G-G G-Unot game. With all of the ludicrous and wild PR swings he's taking weekly to pre-promote his film, he's coming off a bit like a fake, crap-talking wrestler.


Blogger THE MATERIAL BOY said...

Though I don't abhor Gwen as much as you may do, but I love how highly you regard the one and only Madonna.

November 09, 2005  
Blogger Viqi French said...

material boy, yes i'm a huge fan madonna fan, too. can't wait to hear all of her new music.

November 10, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

madonna video is not as good as it could be. maybe she is losing her touch.

November 12, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gwen Stefani gets a bad rap from those who believe she is copying Madonna. She does her own thing without trying to be someone else.

Gwen is nice to her fans as a star. Madonna was probably a bitch, which is one reason we like her. So they are two very different people and Gwen is great in her own right.

November 14, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Screw 50 Cents. The only thing that sucks worse than his music is probably his movie.

November 14, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At a time when stadium acts are growing older, and fewer acts have the box
office draw to fill their place, Gwen Stefani has bucked the trend, rising to
the top of pop stardom. Compared with contemporaries Britney Spears, J-Lo
and Jessica Simpson, Stefani is a much better idol. For one, she's sane. For
two, she's a happily married mother with a successful clothing line and no
time in rehab. In short, she's a normal -- perhaps ├╝berwealthy -- everyday person.

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