A random look at the life and times of Jim Rising recovering radio addict and newspaper columnist.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

R E S P E C T !!!

“Hey Nineteen That's 'Retha Franklin. She don't remember The Queen of Soul
Steely Dan-“Hey Nineteen”.

I watched the Grammy awards. Well some of it. I get bored easily and I was channel surfing and stumbled across it a few times. I was unlucky enough to see someone called Beyonce embarrass herself and call into question what the current generation of musicians really know about music history.
I couldn’t tell you a single song that Beyonce is responsible for. I am out of the age demo that listens to pop radio and to tell you the truth I mostly listen to talk radio and NPR anyway.
But when Beyonce introduced Tina Turner as the” Queen” on the Grammy show aired February 10th I was a little taken aback. You wouldn’t ever introduce a musician as the “King” unless you meant Elvis. “The hardest working man in show business?” You of course refer to the late great James Brown. Google “Worlds greatest rock and roll band” and you will get The Rolling Stones as the lead entry. And do the same for “Queen of Soul” and you do NOT get Tina Turner. You of course get the one and only Aretha Franklin. Franklin has won twenty Grammy Awards in total during her nearly half-century long career (she first charted in 1961), and holds the record for most Best Female R&B Vocal Performance award with eleven to her name (including eight consecutive awards from 1968 to 1975 - the first eight awarded in that category). Tina has won eight herself, no mean feat but still not in “reefa’s” league.
Beyonce has won 7 Grammy awards.
Beyonce meant no harm I am certain. But it pissed Aretha off enough that she was quoted as saying "I am not sure of whose toes I may have stepped on or whose ego I may have bruised between the Grammy writers and Beyonce," Franklin said in a statement issued by her publicist. "However, I dismissed it as a cheap shot for controversy."
Tina Turner is 69 now-and to be sure she deserves a lot of credit for getting up and shaking her booty on stage. To be honest she looked old and haggard. And she was wearing pants! Tina’s legs and her short skirts were the subject of many a fantasy on the part of men of a certain age. To see her in pants, well, I guess we all are getting older.

Beyonce is 27. She seems to be talented and for sure is pretty. Most female pop singers trade as much in the currency of looks as they do sound.

Aretha is 66. She was never what one would consider a sex symbol. But she sings her ass off.

Who is the “Queen”?

Consider this. The films these three have starred in:

Beyonce starred in a terrible remake of “The Pink Panther.”

Tina was in “Mad Max beyond Thunderdome.”

Aretha was in “The Blues Brothers”.

I rest my case.


Ubiquitous said...

Mrs. Murphy: We got two honkies out there, dressed like Hasidic diamond merchants.
Matt Murphy: Say what?
Mrs. Murphy: They look like they're from the CIA, or somethin'.
Matt Murphy: What they want to eat?
Mrs. Murphy: The tall one wants white toast, dry, with nothin' on it.
Matt Murphy: Elwood.
Mrs. Murphy: And the short one wants four whole fried chickens, and a Coke.
Matt Murphy: And Jake. Shit, the Blues Brothers.

Jim Rising said...

Can I help you boys? Got any fried chicken? Best damn chicken in the state! I'll have four fried chickens and a coke. You want chicken wings or chicken legs? No, four fried chickens...and a coke. And what you want? Got any white bread? Mmmm mmm. I'd like some toasted white bread please. You want butter or jam with that toast? No m'amm. Anything to drink? No m'aam, a coke.

Jim Rising said...

Jake: [fakes accent] How much for the little girl? How much for the women?
Father: What?
Jake: Your women. I want to buy your women. The little girl, your daughters... sell them to me. Sell me your children.