Wednesday, April 25, 2007

What Sucks...Live Blogging Things That Shouldn't Be Lived Blogged: Christina Aguilera's 'Ain't No Other Man' Video



Christina Aquilera has always seemed to be a little more “about the music” than most of her contemporaries. I mean here’s an artist who’s despite her flash, does have quite a voice and is always seemingly trying to re-invent herself and expand as a vocalist. Her latest album is a a tribute to the great singers of the 30’s and 40’s- the Etta James’ and Billy Holiday’s that paved the way for her. Maybe it would be interesting to take a look at what Christina has to say musically, while her peers seem so content to define their styles in the tabloids.

:01- Okay, here we go.
:08- Okay, a title sequence, nice, there’s a car…
:16- Yeah more shots setting the “1940’s” scene, I get it, it takes place “back in the day”. This is a video, not a movie. Jesus, this thing has better production quality than “Lord of the Rings”.
:43 Okay, Christina makes an appearance… there she is, cool taking off some sort of robe…
1:08 Yeah she’s moving around in some kind of silk thing that is seriously clinging to her body. And there are some pretty back-up dancers.
1:13 Nice we’re backstage now and Christina seems to be wearing very little- I guess that’s what women of the era wore backstage, I suppose she’s trying to be as realistic as possible.
1:20 Wow, she’s doing what I can only believe happens whenever girls were getting dressed together in that time, she’s dancing around with other young women in her underwear.
1:33 Well now she’s taking off that little robe thing and shaking herself. So playful, the other girls are dancing too. I guess there was a lot of camaraderie between singers back in those days. Despite race issues that permeated every other aspect of society. Ha! Oh, now they are dressing her! I guess a lot goes with the job of a back up dancer. Now she’s standing on a little pedestal and they are all touching her! Wow. Heh.....PLEASE KISS EACH OTHER! PLEASE KISS EACH OTHER!
1:39 PLEASE KISS EACH OTHER!
1:41 PLEASE KISS EACH OTHER!
1:43 PLEASE KISS EACH OTHER!
1:45 PLEASE KISS EACH OTHER!
1:53 Now the scene has shifted to a slumber party.
1:56 OH, PLEASE SWEET LORD KISS EACH OTHER!
1:58 OH, PLEASE SWEET LORD KISS EACH OTHER!
2:00 OH, PLEASE SWEET LORD KISS EACH OTHER!
2:02 OH, PLEASE SWEET LORD KISS EACH OTHER!
2:05 OH, PLEASE SWEET LORD KISS EACH OTHER!
2:08 OH, PLEASE SWEET LORD KISS EACH OTHER!
2:10 OH, PLEASE SWEET LORD KISS EACH OTHER!
2:12 OH, PLEASE SWEET LORD KISS EACH OTHER!
2:14 OH, PLEASE SWEET LORD KISS EACH OTHER!
2:16 OH, PLEASE SWEET LORD KISS EACH OTHER!
2:18 OH, PLEASE SWEET LORD KISS EACH OTHER!
2:20 OH, PLEASE SWEET LORD KISS EACH OTHER!
2:22 Okay, we’re out of the slumber party! No! Now she’s just on stage by herself, singing!
2:25 Heh, go back to the slumber party. Heh. Go back and kiss your friends!
2:27 GO BACK AND KISS YOUR FRIENDS!
2:29 GO BACK AND KISS YOUR FRIENDS!
2:31 GO BACK AND KISS YOUR FRIENDS!
2:32 Okay, now we’re back in some hall way and her super hot fiends are back as they are dancing through some apartment building.
2:34 – 2:41 PLEASE KISS EACH OTHER!
2:42- 2:53 PLEASE, PLEASE KISS EACH OTHER!
2:55 We’re breaking it down now.
2:56- 3: 55 Come on already! Kiss your back up dancers! What the hell is wrong with you? Did you know Etta James kissed HER backup dancers?
3:58 - to End: What, no girl-girl kiss? This video sucks!

Ahem, so as you can see, Christina is “Back To Basics”, and by “Basics” I mean she’s is exploring her gifted voice and a refining her electric presence as a performer.

5 comments:

DouglasG said...

In the first paragraph you say "Emma James" but got the correct "Etta James" later...

Otherwise, you were correct. Her history of the 40's seems to come from "The Fabulous Baker Boys" and "Johnny Dangerously"

Chris DeLuca said...

I have a readership of factcheckers!

thanks for the catch.

corrected.

cd

Anonymousfornow said...

You should add Emma James on to WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

DouglasG said...

We live to serve!

Anonymous said...

Seems like Christina Aguilera's playing a 1940s whore, which is what she may referencing when she suggests she's "back to basics." The only difference between this video and Lady Marmalade, or whatever it's called, video where she's actually playing a whore is that it's missing Lil' Kim, Mya and Pink.