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Besides deeply personal reflections, there’s more or less nothing left to say about most legendary musicians in this age of universal access and infinite information. Still, in the interest of challenging assumptions, starting nerdy debates for fun, or (most likely) capturing attention someway somehow, revisionist criticism prospers. Bob Dylan’s much-maligned ’80s output now has itsMore »

Is he really a legend or isn’t he? There’s no doubt John Legend is a music industry power-player, the kind of safe yet pliable talent who moves in many circles, who appeals to many demographics, who’s such a lock to appear at the Grammys every year that he inspired this genius tweet from our ow… More »

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Watch Santigold On The Office

Next week is the series finale of NBC’s long running remake of Ricky Gervais’s UK classic The Office, and last night the showrunners finally addressed a serious weakness of the show during its full nine-year run: Not enough Santigold. Finally! Just kidding how beautifully random. Although, Santi’s appearance does come with some internal logic: Ed… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 10, 2013 - 8:51 am

Beasties, Talib Kweli In 30 Rock’s Kidney Song

Steve Earle, Moby, Norah Jones, Michael McDonald, and Tina Fey’s fave Elvis Costello also lent their voices to help Milton Green get a kidney. Watch the “We Are The World” parody here. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / May 15, 2009 - 11:35 am

Clay Chokin

Stereogum reader Joe send us a YouTube that appears to have been deleted (by Team Clay?), but thankfully there’s more than one person with a camera at any event these days. Aiken is caught here, in Illinois, performing “All Is Well” — when all most definitely is not — botching not one but two glory… More »

By: Stereogum / December 4, 2006 - 9:40 am

Who Knows Where That Hand Has Been?

Big week for former American Idol contestants. First Kelly Clarkson comes out and ups her cool by nabbing Mike Watt for her next record, and then Clay comes out … well, more like was outed by Rosie O’Donnell on The View. This during Rosie’s botched defense of Gayken from Ripa’s diss (debate as to whether… More »

By: Stereogum / November 22, 2006 - 12:23 pm

Clay Aiken Covers Mr. Mister

Speaking of the ’80s, can someone punch Clay Aiken in the throat for what he’s done to our favorite Mr. Mister song? Listen to “Broken Wings” here (Win Media), along with really atrocious versions of other rock ballads.

Think Bryan Adams’s “Everything I Do” is cheesy? Wait ’til you hear Clay’s cover. Via MySpace:If… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / September 12, 2006 - 12:35 pm

Attack Of The Eighties Cover Songs

Stereogum listens so you don’t have to.

For Love Songs (out 9/12), ex-NKOTB Jordan Knight puts has-been spin on Phil Collins (“One More Night”), Wham! (“Careless Whisper”), and Foreigner (“Waiting For a Girl Like You”). You can stream that last one at MySpace. Jordan’s bio explains:I think I leaned toward things like George Michael’… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 14, 2006 - 11:27 am

Who Are These Zealous Clay Fans? Can We Neuter Them Too?

The Daily News reports that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has hit a brick wall with a provocative new ad – ostensibly against dog and cat overpopulation – that features Triumph the Insult Comic Dog pooping on American Idol runnerup Clay Aiken. Yesterday PETA said it’s delaying and possibly killing the ad (which… More »

By: Stereogum / November 18, 2003 - 11:37 am