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May 03, 2006

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Mango

I had no idea Jan released a new track on her site this week. Her M.O. has always been gimicky... I'm not surprised she's pull a stunt like this.

I miss the olden days when artists could and would be a little more risky with their choices. Money and corporate interest seem to be the driving force more than ever.

Anyway, I hope she comes back with some bangin' sh*t. I really liked I Want You, All Nite and Put Your Hands On from Damita Jo.

wowsers

excellently written article although sometimes I was a little lost in what point you were making. good insight. also, i do predict her new album will be a flop. she's getting old, not regenerating new scintillating imagery for us, she's not fresh/she's beat, she's a tired work horse and we know it. for a woman that has spent her whole career sharing her quasi-real personality, i don't think she can or will fake it and doesn't really know who she is or who to pretend to be anymore. she's not an "i-love-being-an-uber-celebrity!!!" celebrity a form of celebrityism we voyeuristically adore to luxuriate in. addt'l we can't connect to her "own" personal choices in men/love. she's not fending off her 40-ishness as vehemently as other celebrity women, she's seeming to seep into it...she's unable to connect with the pop/youth/current-- i always felt like the superbowl performance was circa 1989. we like electric eccentricity in our celebrities. her sheepish, sad quality is not working. we want the old janet back forever or atleast one that believes in herself, is full of vitality and radiance and not ashamed of what she does (bold).

nOva

I want some edge and attitude this time around. I really wished she'd told the press and the public to "get over it" with respect to the nipple incident. She's kinda a punk for the way she carries things and that ANNOYS me. She's so much bigger than a lot of these bitches working today, yet doesn't realize she can be humble without be being mincemeat.

I like my Janet with a whip.

Dave

Madonna still did pretty well in the early 00's with the Music album though.

Joe

it's not awful...but of course no candle to the original debbie deb version. a freestyle (and roller rink) classic! i prefer my jackson in the form of la toya!

http://www.churchoflatoya.com

Queen Lena

I gotta tell you...I like it. It sounds so harsh at first, but then I was diggin it the further into the song I got.

Arthur James

Excellent.

I'm beginning to think I would even enjoy your commentary about a phonebook.

Thanks.

P.S. - I gots my filthy ho' hickeys. Now on to my abs of steel. Thanks for the inspiration!

Penny Woods

Rich, your article is much better than the one those hacks at Media Take Out wrote about this song. That's all I have to say.

david

pretty fierce. the song, that is... your commentary is just plain FLAWLESS!

rod

The Winston and the Model skits just don't hold a candle to when you talk about music, doll. The passion and knowledge is, like, a billion times better than the music-crit you find in conventional mags.

But don't stop with the Winston and the Models.

alex

best critique i've read on this song by far!!! i hate this remake. as much as i luvs me some janet, she need not EVER give a gift this horrible. i totally agree with wowsers, janet use to be fresh. she always set the trends never followed them. most ppl believe cause jd helped mariah make a comeback that he is guaranteed to do the same for janet. what most dont see is that he didnt create anything new w/ mariah. she sang over a few catchy but soon-to-be forgotten beats. whoop-tee-do. that mimi album will never be put in any "classic" category in my opinion. most of those singles could've been done by others. and i thought some of her singles sounded the same. but i digress. i really hope janet steps it up w/ this album cause otherwise it might be time to hang up the nipple ring and retire. although i'd still hop at the chance to see her in concert again. oh yeah boooooooooooo janet booooooooooo for this single.

Brandon

When I first heard the song I hated it, but the more I listen to it I find myself liking it in strange way. I do miss the soothing background harmonizing found in most of her work, yet there is something about this song that sort of nags at you until you find it bearable.
Damita Jo was a great album with unfortunate timing, if that same album came out a year later, I think it would've done much better. People were still on the witch-hunt when it came out, and it was simply overlooked by everyone but the core fans.
I am inclined to believe this was never meant to be a album or single song simply because it lacks the usual polish of even her worst work. It just seems like a two day deal, I mean just look at how many songs didn't make Damita Jo. I know at least 4 that I have heard personally.

Brandon

Oh... and lets be honest, It doesn't take much to be better than the original, where Debbie deb seems to only partially be on tempo. The biggest advantage has is a better break, the beat to janet's version lacks dancability even though its slightly easier on the ears. Maybe its nostalgia for most of you, but to me, the original isn't great enough to have remade in the first place.

Don Baiocchi

There's so many things wrong with Janet's career I just want to grab her and her Virgin producers by the shoulders and slap them! I grew up a huge Janet fan and have just gotten more and more disappointed with her. Remember when she actually had other things on her mind than sex? And remember when she did decide to sing about sex, she actually made it sexy?

And when will Virgin update her platinum certifications? They're loooong overdue. No other diva is overlooked by their record company the way Janet is (which is no one's fault but Janet's).

I'm hoping this is just a slump because, frankly, I think it was her turn. Mariah, Madonna, Whitney - they've all had their lows, but Janet had remained somewhat consistent until Damita Jo. Even though The Velvet Rope didn't do so well, it was critically acclaimed and was WAY more experimental, risky and entertaining than anything Janet's bland, uncreative peers could have pulled off.

But the other thing that pisses me off about Janet's career is that the mainstream media only seems to pay attention to her when it's negative. She gains wait! We saw her nipple! Her last album bombed! Her tour isn't selling!

But when All for You had first-week sales figures in the 600,000+ range (coming off the commercial disappointment of Velvet Rope, no less), no one batted an eye. When Ray of Light debuted to the 400,000+ range, you'd have thought that Madonna cured cancer. That pissed me off.

Sorry, the rant is over.

Jude

Just to echo what others have already said, less drunkenly, in the comments, excellently written and well-thought-out critique and commentary. I've loved Janet since I was a very small teenager--just part of being my age, I suppose--and thought she was very unfairly and Puritanically demonized after the Super Bowl situation. But I'm still waiting for her to come back full force, true diva style, and show us what we've all been missing.

Great job as always. I've become a real fan of this blog.

starstattoo

I think Esthero's version, sung as the chorus of a pre-Fergie Black Eyed Peas song, beats both of these all to hell.

Coy

Yeah, Janet has been taken for granted. She's performed so successfully for a number of years that we just expect it. And, as you pointed out Rich, like most of the other "divas" she has a bad time of it.
I didn't hear "Weekend", I did hear how awful it was. Someone mentioned about her not being fresh...that probably was her attempt at something fresh (if a remake can be fresh) and she got slammed. So I can only guess her new single will follow the Janet J Formula. We'll see. I also agree that she should been brazen about the titty flinging incident. I lost all respect for Justina Timberlake after he punked out.

JC

THIS IS A REALLY INTERESTING ARTICLE...I AM A HUGE FAN OF JANET JACKSON AND WAS ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE COUNTING DOWN UNTIL THE SUPRISE GIFT WAS REVEALED. i DON'T BELIEVE THAT IT WAS A TRACK RELEASED TO TEST THE WATERS....THE OFFICIAL JANET WEBSITE HAD NOT BEEN ACTIVE IN OVER A YEAR....THE SAME OL'FORMAT AND NO UPDATED NEWS. JANET TAKES HER FANS VERY SERIOUS.....NOT MANY PEOPLE KNEW THAT THIS SONG WAS GOING TO BE RELEASED AND LET ALONE HER NEW MESSAGES ON HER WEBSITE...NO PUBLICITY WHAT SO EVER....TO DO THIS DOES NOT SEEM LIKE A MARKETING PLAN THAT A VETERAN IN THIS GAME WOULD PULL....JANET IS ACCEPTED BY HER FANS BECAUSE WE LOVE HER VOICE. PEOPLE ALWAYS TALK ABOUT HER VOICE...AS TO STAY THAT SHE DOESN'T HAVE ANY TALENT...YES THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF WOMEN IN THE UNITED STATES WHO HAVE BETTER VOICES...NOT EVERYONE CAN SELL MULTI- MILLION UNITS AND RELEASE SEVEN-EIGHT SINGLES FROM ALBUMS...UNHEARD OF....SO MANY YOUNG SINGERS/ENTERTAINERS HAVE BEEN INFLUENCED BY JANET....SHE IS A TRUE ICON WHO DOESN'T NEED GIMMICKS TO SELL RECORDS...SHE CAN RETIRE AT ANY TIME AND STILL HAVE A COMFORTABLE SPOT AMONG THE ELITE ENTERTAINERS IN THE WORLD....SHE IS ALMOST 40 YRS A MULTI-MILLIONAIRE AND HAS A BOYFRIEND WHO IS ALSO A MULTI-MILLIIONAIRE....I GUESS SOME PEOPLE WILL ALWAYS JUST BE JEALOUS OF JANET HER TALENT AND HER CAREER.....MAKE SURE YOU PICK UP THE NEW ALBUM...SOMETIME IN SEPTEMBER....HOLLA!

Milan

I was JUST going to say what 'starstattoo' said. Esthero has such a powerful voice that doesn't get nearly as much attention as it should. Her rendition of "Weekend" (even if only a hook for another song) is by far the best version of the song in existence. That says something.

Foxy

20 Years Old is a bit cutesy for a title, no? Me thinks thou doth protest too much, Miss Jackson.

Brandon

Jumpin' music
Slick DJs
Fuck machines
and Razorblades

Like these: http://www.fuckingmachines.com/php/menu.php

???

Rich

Well, the original lyric is "fog" machines, but I wouldn't put it past sing-with-a-cock-in-my-mouth Jan to put her own freaky spin on it.

Brandon

The lyric is Laser-Rays not Razorblades. I though that too, my brother even though it was "Razor Raids", whatever that means.

H

Don,
You are right on...Although Janet's singing chops have been, well, chop-less, her videoes, her Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis songs, and her public image has been stellar throughout the years, not to mention the social issues she injecs into the public once a while, she has never reached, nor never will, reach Madonna-like levels of fame, and I think this has to do with her being black...nothing more, nothing less

H

oops...I mean the fact that she is black and we live in a racist culture...duh

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