Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Ali Campbell Craps Out The Classics
Ladies and gentlemen, a few words about UB40 alumnus Ali Campbell.
His new release, "Great British Songs" has hit a nerve usually reserved for Rod Stewart, American Idol, or anyone who thinks "Napoleon Dynamite" is funny. This record has absolutely nothing going for it.
This viscerally horrible release, and quite possibly the worst thing I've heard in the last 20 years, is a collection of your favorite British hits, all given the "Air Jamaica" TV ad treatment, in a soulless attempt at recreating the success of his band's 1983 LP "Labour Of Love," which was a huge hit, I suspect, because no one watching MTV had any idea that other reggae artists aside from Bob Marley existed.
Who's the brilliant putz who gave a thumbs-up to fake, white reggae versions of "Paint It Black," "Honky Tonk Woman" and "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother?"
"Great British Songs" is lazy and cheap and manufactured and unlistenable and offensive. Oh, and by the way Ali, the guy who wrote "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" is from Passaic.
To paraphrase Peter Clemenza, "They shoulda stopped him at the beginning. They shoulda never let him get away with that. They was just asking for trouble,"
Listen for yourself. I created a 4 minute sampler of the whole record. I bet you give up after 2.
"GREAT BRITISH SONGS"