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How to make a cover song(s) your own: Kelly Clarkson

October 3, 2009

As someone who didn’t discover Kelly Clarkson until 2005, I gotta say. Homegirl rocks. I often wonder whether or not any Idol contestant, past or present, will have as much legit street cred as Clarkson or Jennifer Hudson. (I guess you could throw Carrie Underwood in that category, too, but I’ve never cared for her…and the country music world is an entirely separate entity. And don’t worry, I’m not dissing the country genre. It’s just a completely separate entity.)

In case you haven’t caught it, MJ posted Kelly Clarkson’s performance of Alannis Morisette’s That I Would Be Good mashed with Kings of Leon’s Use Somebody from last night’s show at Mohegan Sun, aka Mother-of-TopIdol’s Favorite Place in the Entire Continental United States. (Seriously. My mother got on a plane from St. Louis-to-Boston at the butt-crack of dawn one Saturday morning, arrived at my apartment at 11am, and made my slightly-hungover ass get the first-available Zipcar so I could drive us to her favorite “Boston” destination, Mohegan fraking Sun. She then fed me and handed me a $100 bill and told me to get lost. I was lucky to be fed. She has zero interest in food when slots are in the vicinity. My goal is to build her a treadmill with a slot machine on the end of it. Anyway, she gave me another $100 bill when I told her it was time to leave, told me to get lost and come back in an hour. Mother-of-TopIdol was down a couple hundred when we left, I took a wrong turn out of the place and decided I should give her something special. Like an hour at Foxwoods, the bigger-yet-way-more-suckier casino down the road. Foxwoods blows, but I figured she should at least see it once, ya know? We ended up getting home at 5am, but she did win back half her money and got to visit yet one more casino.)

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. covers permalink
    October 6, 2009 5:38 pm

    Most artists play covers, even those who have been at it for decades. They’re a tribute to their influences, a way to connect to new fans, or just plain fun.

  2. Ash permalink
    October 6, 2009 5:04 am

    Well, the NecroPimp making the top 3 shows the mower of Vote For The Worst.

  3. LeighKat permalink
    October 5, 2009 11:14 am

    this was great. there’s a youtube vid circulating of Kelly and her backup singers doing “The Climb”- the song that Miley Cyrus currently signs through her nasal cavity.

  4. 8sourcandy permalink
    October 3, 2009 7:46 pm

    She’s been at this for eight f*cking years and she playing Mohegan Sun and covering other people’s songs? I hope the top three from season 8 fare better. And by top three I mean Adam, Kris and Allison.

    • Lauren permalink
      October 4, 2009 12:19 am

      haha when you said top 3 I automatically assumed them…I tend to block Danny out of my memory

      • TopIdol permalink
        October 4, 2009 1:02 pm

        Well…DUH 🙂

        • Lauren permalink
          October 4, 2009 1:06 pm

          Its funny how subconscious it has become. I sometimes even forget Danny was on the show at all. I still can’t get over how he beat Allison. I have accepted Kris beating Adam yet I can’t accept Allison losing to Danny. It just didn’t happen.

          • TopIdol permalink
            October 4, 2009 1:12 pm

            No. It totally didn’t happen. It may actually be the one thing everyone can agree on. Also considering the fact uh, Allison & Adam were signed immediately after the show. And Danny was not.

            • Lauren permalink
              October 4, 2009 1:22 pm

              Haha thats true. Even Idol producers know that Danny didn’t deserve the number 3 spot. I feel like everyone who ever commented on this blog no matter which member of Kradison they prefer, would agree. A dislike of Danny unites us!

    • October 4, 2009 1:32 am

      You realize that most people play some covers in concert in addition to their own material right? People really need to know what they’re talking about before they start criticizing.

      • TopIdol permalink
        October 4, 2009 1:03 pm

        And it makes for more interesting live shows than ones by artists who keep the same set list every fraking night.

      • 8sourcandy permalink
        October 4, 2009 10:33 pm

        Sorry, I am not criticizing her I am just perplexed. If she is one of a small handful of Idols that have credibility then how will Kris, Adam and Allison fare? My concern is partly because I have very high expectations for them and partly because I fear having to see them at Mohegan Sun. I do see your point about covers and have enjoyed other performers covering songs in concerts. : )

        • TopIdol permalink
          October 4, 2009 10:50 pm

          Britney Spears recently played Mohegan, and Carrie Underwood performed there in the past year…I think. It’s not a bad venue, or one that’s looked down upon whatsoever. Upcoming shows include 3 nights with the Jonas People, Brad Paisley, and Jimmy Buffet. The last time I was there, Barry Manilow was playing and FANILOWS were everywhere.

          Most resort casinos like Mohegan or Foxwoods have a few different venues, all different sizes. Kelly Clarkson was playing the big one.

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