My New Hero

4 comments May 2nd, 2006at 11:41pm Posted by Eli

I mean, yeah, Stephen Colbert is pretty cool and everything, but this here is pretty hard to top:

After performing his hit “Gold Digger,” with its old Ray Charles sample, [Kanye West] played old-school D.J., giving the crowd a snippet of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” then Michael Jackson’s “Rock With You.”

“I’m going to play you one of my favorite songs,” he then said. “I swear it’s not a joke.” It was “Take on Me,” by Ah-Ha, one of the most fey radio hits of the 80’s. Mr. West did a New Wave dance around the stage, looking as serious as he said he was, and the crowd… appreciated the perfection of the counterintuitive cheesiness.

Awesome. I don’t get real excited about live shows, but I wish I could’ve seen that one…

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Music,Weirdness

4 Comments

  • 1. four legs good  |  May 3rd, 2006 at 12:12 am

    Take on me?

    I hate that song. I will confess, however, to liking “rock with me” and Al Green.

  • 2. Zap Rowsdower  |  May 3rd, 2006 at 10:21 am

    I’m not sure I’ve heard enough Kanye West to say that I like him, but I do like the fact that he’s been breaking the mold of the stereotypical rap/hip-hop artist.

    And it takes guts to think that “Rock With You” and “Take On Me” have any dancability cred to them…

  • 3. Buckeye, Dealer of Rare Coins  |  May 3rd, 2006 at 8:50 pm

    Take On Me is one of the great bubble gum pop rock songs of all time. Plus cool video.

    Though my favoire a-ha song is The Sun Always Shines on TV.

  • 4. Eli  |  May 3rd, 2006 at 8:53 pm

    Zap and Buckeye, cool. 4legs, not cool.

    And Sun Always Shines On TV is *great*.


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