I am not a huge fan of American Idol. I haven’t really watched it since Bo Bice was robbed back in season whatever that was. Bice was the last Idol contestant who truly owned the show. From the moment he stepped on stage, he ruled it. He was the standard by which all other performers had to be measured by. (Sadly, his recording career is marred by the mundane production that plagues pop/rock/country today.)
Recently, however, I found out that they had finally gotten permission to do some Beatles tunes. I was interested in how they would do.
Truth be told, I was more than a little concerned what they would do to my beloved Fab Four’s music.
I was right to be concerned.
Amateurs, no matter how good they are, should not cover the Beatles. And whoever does the arrangements for American Idol should be shot for perverting these classic tunes into the pop garbage that has been spewed in the past two weeks. For one thing “Eight Days a Week” and “I Just Saw a Face” are rock songs, not country songs. What on earth is wrong with these people?
The Beatles should not be covered by people who think they can “improve” them. You cannot improve on the Beatles. It is like trying to reinvent sliced bread or change the rules to chess. I do not mean to insult any of the talented amateurs on American Idol but changing the Beatles is like suggesting Michelangelo or Leonardo da Vinci needed painting lessons. To alter the work of great artists is to reduce them to the common and mundane.
I know not everyone will agree, but I think Beatles tunes were done exactly how they should have been done. The songs were written to the style they were played in. Unlike other musicians, they wrote their stuff in such a way that it just is. You don’t mess with it.