It all started with one European show called "Idols". Three judges auditioning a bunch of musical talents (or disasters), that's mostly what the show was all about. And at the end of the line was a record contract for the winner who can then soar his way into stardom. Realizing its popularity among the pop-loving populace the Americans came up with their own American Idol, based on the same concept. After four seasons they did yield some considerably talented artists like Kelly Clarkson and Bo Bice, but they also managed to endorse a few humiliations like Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barinno and Clay Aiken. Now this show made it's mark all around the globe including the southeast of Asia. So downright inevitably India came up with Indian Idol and Fame Gurukul (seriously, is it possible to invent a dumber name?). And if only they featured any talents it could have been justified. Gathering freak-shows from every nook of India these, two are dubiously the utmost idiotic shows aired in entertainment history.
So at this point Rockstar INXS enters the scene. Now, what is Rockstar INXS? Surely, if you have any relation with cable television then you must have noticed it by now. It's the new "Idol"-istic reality TV show, which would be better termed as "Rock Idol". The gig is about finding a new rock n roll singer for INXS. INXS is an old Aussie band probably from the late 80's and early 90's. Despite the stats they flash at you each time their name is mentioned, I personally think the band never made it big-time. Sadly (or should I say gladly) their addict of a vocal died sometime in the mid 90's and that was the supposed end of INXS. That is until they came up with the idea of handpicking rock talents from three continents and choosing one of them as their new vocal.
So basically, Rockstar INXS is the same thing as all the "Idols". It's just like all the others, where loads of talented singers are exploited in some way. The selected singers stay at some deluxe crib, in this case the famous Rockstar Mansion in Hollywood (if it's America it just has to be Hollywood). They sing their hearts out, give their best and every week someone is eliminated. And thus they proceed to the end as slowly as possible. They even have an episode each week, which only shows how the singers are preparing for their next performance. And they also try to add some drama here and there, which is totally meaningless. Since INXS isn't known by much of our generation, they also brought along Dave Novarro (was once in Red Hot Chili Peppers, I don't know when) and supermodel Brook Burke, who is hosting the show, for their popularity. I could just say that the whole idea is pointless, but it still earns a lot of cash and it might be the only reason the band members are in for.
Without all its shortcomings Rockstar INXS can be very entertaining for people like me, who consider rock music as an essential daily mind-fodder. It adds a bit of variety to what you listen to. What sets it apart from the other shows is that, the rockers are really talented and they revamp classics like you've never heard them before. Some of the covers I really liked was R.E.M.'s Losing My Religion, Stone Temple Pilot's Interstate Love-song, The Killers' Mr. Bright Side and Britney Spears' Baby One More Time (it was originally covered by Travis). They are suppose to air the final episode the same Thursday you will be reading this, so you can still catch some of the performances if you haven't seen them yet or you could just go to the website www.rockstar.msn.com and watch all the performances from week one. Some of their original songs are simply awesome.
But the bottom line still stands, if it is a vocalist INXS is looking for then it will never work out. I mean, the band members are like in their mid forties and fifties and the singers are in their twenties and early thirties. Their outlook about things will be totally different. How is it ever possible for them to cope with that and create contemporary rock music? If you ask me, I'll say INXS are just not the chart topper types and they never will be. But here's to all the rockers who got on the Rockstar stage and took the audience by storm. ROCK ON.
[Note: To all the INXS, Ruben, Fantasia, Clay, Abhijit, Amit, Rahul, Prajakta and Fame Gurukul fans, do not bug my superiors with hate-mails. Questions, comments, criticism and pure malice directed towards the author can be sent at the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.]
Due to space constraints last week the whole of Horrific Appendages wasn't printed. Here are the two monster siblings that got left out.
Nine-headed serpents were also found in Hindu mythology. The story of Hercules and Hydra are explicitly described in Greek myths. Artifacts of the Hydra include pot paintings of ancient times. Some poets said that the Hydra had so many heads that even the potter couldn't draw them.
The there was Aeneas, who by the aid of a woman called the sibyl drugged him. And the other was Hercules who captured him by his might and took out of the Underworld and brought him back to the upper world. This was the twelfth and the mostly deadly labor of Hercules. After completing this he became immortal.
So, that's about it for this week. Join me when I come back with more deadly ancient monsters.
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