TOM JONES : TALKING REALITY TELEVISION BLUES [2021]

Η πρόταση του stcigar είναι το νέο single του Tom Jones, από το περσινό του άλμπουμ με διασκευές – Ο TJ κάνει αγνώριστο το Talking Reality Television Blues του Todd Snider.
Οι “αναλύσεις” που διαβάζει κανείς στο διαδίκτυο περί ομοιότητας του κιθαριστικού riff της διασκευής με εκείνο του “I Might Be Wrong” των
Radiohead, είναι αν όχι τίποτα άλλο βαρετές : το original riff δεν είναι ακριβώς η επιτομή του original..
Ό,τι μετράει πάνω απ’ όλα εδώ είναι η στίχοι και η εκφορά τους.

Stcigar’s proposal is Tom Jones’ new single, from the cover – only album he released last year – TJ makes Todd Snider’s Talking Reality Television Blues unrecognizable.
The “analyses” one reads on the internet about the similarity of the guitar riff of the adaptation with that of
Radiohead’s “I Might Be Wrong”, are if nothing else boring : the original riff is not exactly the epitome of the “original”…
What counts above all here is the lyrics and the way he delivers them.

Well, come gather around and I’ll sing you a song
About a crazy old world that’s coming along
‘Til one day some fool made the decision
To turn on the television
Of course, radio reported we’d all ignore it
Paper said, we’d have no time for it
But before you knew it, you knew Milton Berle
And we all had a new escape from the world
All tuned in, before too soon
We were watching a man walk on the moon
He made it look as easy as driving a car
Video killed the radio star
I got the talking blues
Talking blues is easy to do
All you gotta do is rhyme a line or two
Rhyme a line or two and then
You don’t even have to rhyme again
See? I can say anything I want to now
But you know, within reason
Say, sitcom catchphrase, game show nation
Television soon defied explanation
As the situation took to such a degree
That eventually we all heard about cable TV
Of course, free TV news swore we’d ignore it
That your average family could never afford it
But again, they were wrong, and eventually
Everybody wanted their MTV
We were all tuned in but now the shock
Was watching a kid do a thing called the moonwalk
Sliding backwards really
It was eventually too far
Reality killed that video star
I got the talking blues
So simple at first it was hard to foresee
The impending collision with reality
But it soon seemed TV turned on itself
When the real world came on like it was something else
Of course, actors all acted like they weren’t floored
Hoping eventually that we’d all get bored
But one after another, we pretended not to act
As we hurdled ever-forward towards alternative facts
Then a show called The Apprentice came on and pretty soon
An old man with a comb-over had sold us the moon
We stayed tuned in, now here we are
Reality killed by a reality star
I got the talking blues
Hillbilly


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5 Comments

  1. Baydreamer March 24, 2022 at 5:18 pm

    This is definitely different for Tom Jones, an eye-opener, and those lyrics are profound.
    Thanks for sharing, Oannes.

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  2. Resa March 25, 2022 at 11:22 pm

    I’m a huge fan of Tom Jones. This is a departure for him… and good for him!
    My first job out of Fashion Design and Technology College was designing and making the mask for the killer in “Prom Night” (starring Jamie Lee Curtis) if you’ve ever heard of it. Leslie Nielson was in it. I have some fun & interesting stuff here.
    My second job was solidly beading 4 spandex bathing suit outfits for the back up dancers on Tom Jones – TV show, which was shot in Toronto. I can’t find any vids… It seems there was legal issues, and it was NOT shot in Vancouver. It was shot in Toronto. I keep finding BS/lies/inaccuracies on Wiki.
    “Tom Jones” was a syndicated television variety show, hosted by Tom Jones, that aired during the 1980-1981″ is all I could find.

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  3. Liz Gauffreau March 26, 2022 at 12:24 am

    Whoa, that was depressing. Please, please, give me another chance to reclaim my brain. I swear I won’t waste it.

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    1. Oannes March 26, 2022 at 9:44 am

      Too late now, dear Liz. Too late for all of us! 😪
      Open criticism to an institution by mainstream artists only proves how fearless the institution is – I guess so anyway.

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