I knew that one day I would completely turn into my father…I just didn’t expect it to be over Glee.
Had my daughters last eve and as we are driving home to their house “Jump” by Van Halen comes on my cd player…a live version I have with Hagar providing vocals as opposed to the original Roth version.
My eldest, from the back seat, gleefully proclaims (pun completely intended), “THIS SONG IS FROM GLEE!”
I used to make fun of those silly kids that thought the quote “No one expects the Spanish Inquisition!” came from some rock band and not Monty Python…and yet here I sat, with the actual band that wrote the tune playing in the background, correcting my daughter.
“Honey, this song isn’t from Glee. Glee ripped it out of the hand of true blood rock n’ rollers and has turned it into a commercialized mockery that, though likely making Van Halen a lot of money in royalties, makes me feel like intestinal reflux cannot be far behind.”
Her inevitable response, “Huh?”
We then proceeded to our evening at their house where, whilst patiently waiting for the newest episode of Chuck, my girls finished their homework and then decided to attack daddy’s eardrums with sounds from Glee.
Normally, where music is concerned, I tend to suspend judgement…unless it is some television show that, though having seen, I despise due to its insistence on murdering tunes I grew up on. When I heard they were doing an episode of AC/DC songs…I considered it might be time to arm myself.
For the record (no pun intended), after hearing the Glee cast *ahem* sing “Jump”…I stand by my initial judgement on this. HORRIBLE!!!! HORRIBLE!!! Were he dead, David Lee Roth should be rolling in his grave.
However, they did do an interesting version combining The Police’s “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” and Gary Puckett’s “Young Girl”. Difference is that, unlike “Jump”, combining these two created something new and more creative. They mixed the two together in such a way, that it was a bit fun to listen to…admittedly, I still prefer the original versions of both of those tunes (downloading Puckett’s as I type this) but it wasn’t bad.
Unfortunately, I did make the error of asking to hear the Glee version of the Stones “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” after that…meaning that the other tune I liked is certainly the exception and not the rule.
Oh well…like everything else, music is a copycat industry.