Friday, August 19, 2005

It gets more silly by the second

Are our attention spans really that short? Have computers, MTV, American Idol and all the rest of that stuff really blown out our collective ability to hang in there with an audience?

I don't know how old Hiliary Duff is and I don't really care, but I'm pretty sure she is still in her teens. She already has a greatest hits collection? Do people really need her "Most Wanted" collection. I bet she knows (and the money makers directing her career) know they better strike while the iron is hot.

It reminds me of what they did with Martika earlier this year, a nothing late '80s artist who had been forgotten by the masses. But when Eminem took her sole big hit "Toy Soldiers" and turned it into a hit ("Like Toy Soldiers") on his 2004 "Encore", Sony BMG hurried and released a Martika greatest hits collection. Anyone who saw (or met Martika - we were both on a television show together around 1986?) her knows she had little to no talent.

Here are other greatest hits collections that are a joke (they only had a hit or two, why bother?):

"The Best of Toni Basil: Mickey & other love songs" (I can't believe this was released!)
"Walking On Sunshine: the Greatest Hits of Katrina & the Waves" (Oh, please)
"Belinda Carlisle - Her Greatest Hits" (do any of these hold up, no!)
"Tiffany - Greatest Hits" (she should even be embarrassed)
"The Best of Naked Eyes" (if I hear "Always Something There to Remind Me again, I'll scream)

But there are a few bands that only scored big a time or two that should be checked out...Listen to these, really!

"The Very Best of Soft Cell" (artisty beyond "Tainted Love" to be sure)
"Look of Love: the Very Best of ABC" (sounds as good today as ever)
"The Fixx: Ultimate Collection" ("Driven Out," "Red Skies," "Stand Or Fall," "Saved By Zero," and much more. This is great)
"Blown to Smithereens: The Best of the Smithereens" (you can't go wrong here. One great rocker after another...)
"Big Star Story" (if you don't know this band, you should!)
"The Hollies' Greatest Hits" (they are great too)
"Retrospective: the Best of Buffalo Springfield" (Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Richie Furay - amazing stuff)

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