Back on the scene after last week’s back to basics catastrophe. To be honest, I’m not as committed to this show as I am to others but I’m watching it so you don’t have to (or so that you know you’re not the only one!). Anyway, let’s get to this week’s recap.
Where last week was about the individual, the musicians were put into groups tonight to focus on programming, playing as a team and sonically reproducing the feel of Last Train to Paris. While it’s apparent that many of the musicians weren’t formally trained or know the fundamentals, they’re here now because they’ve taught themselves or have a natural ear for music. Broken up into 4 bands, the musicians had three days to three songs (Point of No Return by Expose, Pleasure Principle by Janet Jackson and Take On Me by A-Ha).
Out the gate, Brockett was hype. “Once we get the sounds right… there’s nobody gonna play with the kinda feel I can play on these records. Trust me,” he proclaimed. I liked that kind of confidence and from what we’ve seen so far, Brockett can really back up all the tough talk. He can afford to run the keys all he wants in his group though, because he’s the only keyboardist there.
In the next group, Lynnette was on keys along with Jason aka J-Sweet and they weren’t meshing quite as well as they needed to. Everyone cannot be the leader/music director but at this point, with it being a competition and all, I don’t think that’s an easy concept to swallow. Hence, discord. I really like Lynnette though. I feel as though she’s hella talented and humble which is a rare combination. What I’ve noticed is that J-Sweet has a very negative and defensive attitude. Every time Lynnette says something or asks a question, J-Sweet gets super condescending and patronizing. Ew. It’s not the way to rally a team if you ARE the leader. To be fair, I don’t think Lynnette should react by running away.
Group 1 with Tom on guitar seemed to have the judge’s and other musician’s approval with Pleasure Principle. Group 2 stepped up with Joy on drums and Brockett to kill Point of No Return. Group 3, Lynnette and J-Sweet’s team, started off with Pleasure Principle and they came together at showtime. As a performer, I know a lot about having craziness throughout rehearsal only to blend once curtains are up. Kudos. Group 4 had a very full, melodic sound for Take On Me. Tres enjoyable. So damn, who was going to be cut?
Joy the drummer… CUT. She wasn’t feeling the music enough and personally, I didn’t like that one face she made all the time. Kind of like that face girls get in the club when they’re trying to drop it and watch their own butts at the same time. Yeah, like that. Could have guessed Joy’d go with all that obvious foreshadowing in the beginning of the episode. “We’re the only two girls in the house,” said Joy. Sike!
Alex on guitar… SAFE. They called his swag “undesirable” but he lives another day. His ego, on the other hand, was cut the hell up.
J-Sweet on keys… CUT. The judges noted his issue playing well with others despite the fact that he played the keys well.
In Last Train to Paris news, Diddy been shopping his album around, letting folks hear it. Apparently, guy from London asked the Diddaroni to “make a ‘Boom Boom Boom” type record. Basically, give us a number one hit in every country. Give us what Crazy was to Gnarls Barkley. Well, can’t refute that. Radio still has a lot of influence on the charts and vice versa. You can have a lot of good cuts on an album but without a bangin radio cut or club jammie, who will be motivated to hear them?
Looking forward to next week because the background singers come into the house! Maybe my commitment to the show is ready to be renewed!
Most Important Lesson Learned This Episode: Contrary to what you might have heard, the Bunny Hop has nothing to do with Hip-Hop. That’s just corny and wack.