Monday, October 11, 2010

Shayne Ward's Dubious Comeback

This blog is a raised middle finger to musical snobbery. I couldn't give a fuck about credibility and wasn't particularly fussed when I heard Shayne Ward's new single was a cover of Nickelback's "Gotta Be Somebody". As far as I'm concerned, it's better to butcher a piece of shit than fuck up something truly magnificent. I'm looking at you, Joe McElderry. My only problem with Shayne's comeback is the fact he's wearing clothing. That and the blatant laziness. Unlike most of his contemporaries, 2005's X Factor winner has the money behind him to come up with something fresh and original. Instead he takes three years to cover a generic rock song from 2008 that nobody liked in the first place. Good job! For his sake, I hope the vomit inducing lyrics about being sad and lonely get middle aged housewives into a CD buying frenzy but I'm moving on. His previous two albums didn't really do it for me and this insipid effort is the final straw. I don't even like the cover. Shayne looks gaunt. Lay off the exercise and eat some Tim Tams before you end up resembling Aaron Carter! The only saving grace is the trashtastic remix package. I can't believe they roped in Almighty. I guess Bimbo Jones drew the line at this shit! In all fairness, Andy does a good job. It's not quite as fabulous as his take on Usher's "OMG" but you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. The always reliable Moto Blanco also deliver a fun interpretation but for pure low brow trash value you can't really beat an Almighty mix of a Nickelback cover. Brace yourself and give it a listen (below).

7 comments:

John said...

I think you know where I'm gonna go with this...

First off, dude doesn't have the money behind him, otherwise some of the stronger songs from the last album would have been released. If you go to the Sony UK website, you'll see Joe McE, JLS, Alexandra, and even Leona featured at the top, but no Shayne. If anything, it seems like they're hoping it'll flop so they can drop his skinny butt. (And you know me well enough to know I agree with that part of your assessment.)

But having said all that, on listening to the song a few times, it grew on me. Having heard the original many times (and even having blogged my begrudging like of it), he does bring something different to it. I predict you'll hear the remix a bunch of times, and then go back to the original and find it's not as bad as you thought at first listen.

Or not. My predictions are kind of out there sometimes.

Anonymous said...

Bitter, party of one, your table is ready.

Calen said...

"You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear!" - hahah - I watched Sister Act last night!!!!

I happen to love this song (both the original and the remix you've posted)

I think Shayne's cover sounds far better than the original, and we must remember that he has a record contract, and probably didn't have a choice in the single (Kelly Clarkson anyone?)

His new album has some good producers on it, so don't throw him under the bus just yet ;)

Jay said...

UTTER SHITE

Mike said...

I really want to like it but it's just vile. The remixes have camp/trash appeal but I highly doubt this shit will grow on me. Sorry guys.

Cyril said...

"My only problem with Shayne's comeback is the fact he's wearing clothing" If u look at the photoshoot for his new album on youtube, the guy continue to take his clothes off and show his abs. SOrry Mike but the nickelback original was awful so Shayne's cover can't be worse.

Shayne is great and sexy but he lacks good material

Anonymous said...

Yuck.


Who are Almighty anyway??