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We Are the World 25...

February 14, 2010 - Jennifer Brookens
Hearing the remake of "We Are The World" this weekend really made me feel old. Not in the fact that I remember listening to the original over and over again, but all I felt like doing is griping about, "These artists today, what the blazes passes for talent?!"

OK - I know complaining about who was/wasn't featured and what could've/should've been done violates the whole purpose of the cause here. BUT that being said... 1) ANYONE WHO HAS TO RELY ON AUTOTUNE TO SING 3 LINES SHOULD'VE BEEN RELEGATED TO THE CHORUS!!! Considering talented, even legendary singers like Gladys Knight were skipped over for solos for autotune artist solos?! Um... can we say 'slap-in-the-face?!' (I'll admit I was OK with the remake until that point).

2) Say what you will about the rap... But it leads to my next point: Why not just write a whole new fund-raising song for Haiti?! Why shouldn't the Haiti tragedy get its own song if you're going to go as far as re-writing a 25-year-old song? That brings me to...

3) "We Are The World" is an 80s relic, and probably should've stayed in the 80s. Sorry Michael Jackson fans, and yes I was admittedly moved by seeing his original part kept and seeing his sister Janet singing along with him for the new version. But the song is kind of cheesy by today's standards, and probably why it was never heard on the radio after 1985. I loved it in 5th grade, but now I listen and realize The Boss sounds constipated and Cyndi Lauper manages to put 3 syllables into the word "change."

But like the decked-out Christmas sweater, it's the thought that counts. If anything, maybe it will bring back a little bit of nostalgia and for a moment remind us there are people worse off in Haiti, in Africa and even in our own backyard that could use a helping hand...

Judge for yourselves...

We Are The World 25

The original USA for Africa

 
 

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