Monday, December 26
Review of iTunes Celebrity Playlists - Steve Perry
This is a section where I talk about the iTunes Celebrity Playlists feature and review one of the artists selections, today I am doing Steve Perry's (which you can access here). Steve Perry prefaces his selection here by saying:
"These are some of my favorite tunes. There are so many more that it was TUFF to cut it down to 25. As you can see, I love all kinds of music..."
Just reading that selection one would already assume that Steve Perry is a pre-teenage girl. Most of his list readily confirms this, especially the the opening of TLC and Coldplay. Perry says about Waterfalls - "When I first heard this tune, I knew it was going to be a hit", when I first heard Hoobastank's The Reason, I knew it would be a hit, but that doesn't make it a good song, does it?
It actually seems, from reading further, that Steve Perry only likes songs that he immediately likes. Song 2 - "I liked it immediately". Hollaback Girl - "I loved it right away" - Hey Ya - "Loved it from the very first moment I heard it" - Hot in Herre - "When I first heard this on the radio, I really like the, It's getting hot in here, I think I'll take my clothes off chorus." Thanks for specifying the chorus you liked there, I was really confused for a second.
Another way of judging these playlists is seeing if an artist "pimps" themselves on it. Perry does do this a grand total of THREE TIMES, saying about Don't Stop Believin' - "this was always one of my favorite J-tunes". He calls Journey songs J-tunes - please kill me now. About Go Away he says "this continues to be one of my hidden faves." Well it can't really continue to be a hidden fave after you tell the whole world can it? Also he apparantly wrote Stay Awhile (one of his "fave Journey tracks") in Lake Tahoe. I can die happy now knowing that information.
Does Steve Perry's list have some redeeming qualitites? Well you can't argue with his variety, putting Four Tops and Nelly on the same list is quite a feat. And he picks a couple of good songs (anyone can do that really). But his pathetic attempts to be cool are... well... pathetic. He calls Eels "real Ball-Z". I almost expected him to say about Gwen Stefani - like LOL, OMG she is so HAWt#$*@!#! - Steve Perry's playlist gets a D
Here's the full list with three of them available for download:
TLC - Waterfalls
Coldplay - Clocks
Sam Cooke - Cupid
Four Tops - I Need Your Loving
Blur - Song 2
U2 - Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
Blind Faith - Can't Find My Way Home
Gwen Stefani - Hollaback Girl
The System - Don't Disturb This Groove
Eels - In the Yard, Behind the Church
Kasbian - Club Foot
Outkast - Hey Ya!
Journey - Stay Awhile (Live)
Filter - Take a Picture
Simon & Garfunkel - The Dangling Conversation
Sarah McLachlan - Angel
Steve Perry - Go Away
Eels - It's a M************r
Journey - Don't Stop Believin' (Live)
Nelly - Hot in Herre
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