Thursday, July 5, 2012

Duets proves me right . . . finally

You know, I’ve been waiting patiently for the reality show Duets to feature a Queen song, but it’s taken six episodes to get there. Man, the show is boring. I almost gave up recording each episode because it was so freakin’ painful getting through its slow pacing to uncover any Queen tunes.

But no luck until tonight when Robin Thicke and Jennifer Nettles did a decent jazzy rendition of Crazy Little Thing Called Love. It reminded me of Michael Bublé’s version but not as much fun.

Why was I expecting a Queen song? I remember watching the season opener when the host Quddus, a nice Canadian boy, mentioned that the show’s winner would get a recording contract with Hollywood Records. What? Isn’t that Queen’s record company in North America? Surely they’d want to promote their biggest act by featuring some of their songs. Which they finally did . . . tonight, thank goodness.

Watching Nettles power through CLTCL reminded me of the YouTube video I saw months ago showing her band Sugarland doing a backstage rendition of Somebody To Love. Clearly she has an affinity — or someone in Sugarland does — for Queen.

What about the other three Duets judges? Do they have any legacy with Queen outside of this reality show? I found John Legend performing Killer Queen, a mashup of some kind with Robin Thicke, and a State of Shock duet between Kelly Clarkson and Robin Thicke. (Hey, it’s co-written by Freddie so that’s close enough.)


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