Whitney Houston R.I.P.

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"You Give Good Love" is still the shit. She sounded so sweet and ready for non-Clive-Davis-validated experience.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 12 February 2012 02:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

I remember the EC MTV thing. I thought he had said, "Please. Let me write you some good songs."

Ah, I think you're right.

Steamtable Willie (WmC), Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

scott seward, Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

Elvis Costello would be, like, the last person I'd ask to write Whitney Houston songs.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

for better or worse she was stuck with these ridiculous, histrionic, hysterical songs; the little things like "Memories" were just that.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

he'd probably write her bacharachy stuff. i have mixed feelings about that.

textile in thighville (get bent), Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

iirc there was a lot of criticism of whitney in the 80s for the sound of those first two records.. 'in living color' did a really mean sketch on her for singing pop songs and not being much of a dancer.

i wonder about that. then we got new jack whitney (those songs was great) but if you look up the shows on youtube they have her during the faster songs with all this choreography (it is kind of awkward) and not singing live. like it wasn't enough at the time that she had the most amazing voice in the world

seriously, THIS GUY (daria-g), Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

she couldn't be anything other than WHITNEY HOUSTON singing songs that made Clive Davis wet. It's up to us to separate the crap.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

I mean -- imagine Tennant-Lowe giving her a Dusty Springfield number. As awesome as this looks on paper I don't think it would've worked.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

this is depressing me so much in this way where i feel like i could just as easily have started a joke thread about it. i think i've mentioned before that the first single i ever owned was her version of i will always love you, which still feels about perfect. i listened to it last maybe about a week ago. it was a gift from my aunt who i guess passed the black sheep mantle to me sometime during the course of my teenage years. i still own that cassette but i've lost the cover. it still feels like we were making some sort of pact. i guess i have this thing with whitney where i've kindof loved her music in this weirdly personal way, thinking about it almost feels autobiographical. but her voice was so clean, and her singing so efficient and capable. and i feel like a big part of her later narrative was how the messiness of her life gradually encroached on that voice. i find it hard to draw the line with her, where one thing starts and another ends. that career comeback with wyclef. her being the absolute opposite of lauren hill. the clean lines of her voice, dancing in a blackout. and all the things people will say about her being "troubled". and bobby brown. and the absurdity of it. and bittersweet memories, that is all i'm taking with me. RIP.

judith, Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

the clean lines of her voice,

otm

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

http://youtu.be/3JWTaaS7LdU

judith, Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, it was either then or another occasion when Costello wondered why she was doing "The Greatest Love": "That's for when you're 37 and living in Vegas", approximately. So maybe getting disgusted, then apathetic with the biz so young made her more likely to compensate (yes, I'm auditioning for Nancy Grace)

dow, Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

xpost - oops, can't type - those songs *were* great

the really sad thing to me was that single 'million dollar bill' from a few years back, song ok i guess but you could just hear that voice was gone

seriously, THIS GUY (daria-g), Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

vocal track of how will i know:

http://jakefogelnest.com/post/17460767716

scott seward, Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah i like that song, but you can tell her voice has suffered on it

xp about million dollar bill

horseshoe, Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

isolated vocal tracks from "How Will I Know" - smart as a whip.

http://jakefogelnest.com/post/17460767716

xp scooped in the xpost

unlistenable in philly (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

Rest in peace.

EZ Snappin, Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

the reverb on so many of her vocal tracks sounds so dated which is a shame

judith, Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

vocal track of how will i know:

http://jakefogelnest.com/post/17460767716

― scott seward, Saturday, February 11, 2012 10:11 PM (2 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

oh jesus christ

call all destroyer, Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

no -- whitney houston

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

i love million dollar bill but it's absolutely a referendum on her state. in many ways an oddly appropriate exit note though there's an inevitable flood of material on the way that will outchart it

little clouds of citrus spritz as i peel (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

I am really sad. She was one of my favorites as a kid and just . . . not surprising but fuck. How will I know was one of my first favorite songs as a kid. :(

wolf kabob (ENBB), Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

do you remember the video? i was so obsessed with it + thought she was the prettiest ever.

horseshoe, Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

"How Will I Know" redeems that zippy Narada Michael Walden sound.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah i loved her as a kid, i wonder if my cassette of 'whitney' that i got in 1987 is still around here!

seriously, THIS GUY (daria-g), Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

certainly she does more with him than Aretha did in that period.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

do you remember the video? i was so obsessed with it + thought she was the prettiest ever.

― horseshoe, Saturday, February 11, 2012 10:15 PM (2 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Hell yeah I do! I did too. Aw, it's just so sad. Listening to those isolated vocals now. Man. RIP.

wolf kabob (ENBB), Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

wolf kabob (ENBB), Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

We also did a dance to "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" in a dance class I took the year it came out and I swear I still remember at least 1/2 of the moves. Loved that one too.

wolf kabob (ENBB), Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

First one to post the David Byrne cover gets four SB's.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

do you remember the video? i was so obsessed with it + thought she was the prettiest ever.

omg me too! i got a perm and tried to do my hair like that. it didn't work out so well but i kept trying

seriously, THIS GUY (daria-g), Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

she really pulls off that purple eyeshadow magenta lipstick gigantic metallic minnie mouse bow look

horseshoe, Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

i think "i wanna dance with somebody" might still be my favorite whitney song, real talk. or "it's not right, but it's ok."

horseshoe, Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

she sparked some early heterosexual identification for me on friday night videos

little clouds of citrus spritz as i peel (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

^^^she lived a worthwhile life then

mookieproof, Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

one more notch on her bedpost

little clouds of citrus spritz as i peel (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

she sparked some early heterosexual identification for me on friday night videos

― little clouds of citrus spritz as i peel (forksclovetofu)

this is hilarious to me bc i feel like i had a completely different experience of whitney as i hinted above.

judith, Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

Wow, "How Will I Know" sounds so much better without the music tracks.

A damn shame. Also I'm going to throw up if I see another Facebook post that starts out "I didn't like her music much, but..."

thirdalternative, Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

Haven't seen much of that sentiment yet!

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

although I didn't like her music much but

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

that was a beautiful post btw judith, you should write something longform on your whitney fandom, would read

Peace (peaceful) (The Brainwasher), Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

Just heard about this. Oh man... :,-( RIP

Laughing Gravy (dog latin), Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

fond memories of that thunderpuss remix... rip

teledyldonix, Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

I had no use for her really but damn RIP. her impact on the genre is pretty undeniable.

max buzzword (Shakey Mo Collier), Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

scott seward, Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

I didn't really like the influence she had on pop tbh but respek regardless

Chris S, Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

The expression on that single sleeve is terrifying

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

This is really sad.

Big fan of turn of the 90s, ripped jeans, "I'm Your Baby Tonight" Whitney

RIP

Master of Treacle, Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

scott seward, Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:46 (2 years ago) Permalink


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