Whitney Houston R.I.P.

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filmed where i work!!!!

surm, Sunday, 12 February 2012 04:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

how i will remember her: summer of 1985, after her first album, opening for jeffrey osborne on the pier in nyc. she came out in a floral print dress, very unassmuing, no superstar trappings yet, opened her mouth and SANG.

everybody was blown away. RIP.

demolition with discretion (m coleman), Sunday, 12 February 2012 04:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

geeta, Sunday, 12 February 2012 04:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

And we have Grammy tribute:

http://ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com/66502545.html

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 12 February 2012 05:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

The big four of 80s pop were MJ, Whitney, Madonna and Prince. We're down to half of them now. (George Michael would arguably be the fifth, and we almost lost him last year.)

for whatever reason, wanna add brooce to this roster. figure he's in for the long haul.

Little GTFO (contenderizer), Sunday, 12 February 2012 06:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

Clive's party is still happening!

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/entertainment/post/2012/02/live-clive-davis-pre-grammy-party-continues-as-planned/1

An emotion Clive Davis came onstage at 9:38 p.m. PT.

"I don't have to mask my emotions. I do have a very heavy heart. I am personally devastated. She was so looking forward to tonight," he said. (She was not scheduled to perform, only attend.)

"My heart goes out to her daughter Bobbi Christina and her mother Cissy." Davis talked about the party-goers as Houston's extended family. "Whitney was a beautiful person and she had a talent beyond compare. She graced this stage with her regal talent so many times. So, simply put, Whitney would have wanted the music to go on."

He dedicated the evening to Houston and said the gala went on with the blessing of her family. "Now, ladies and gentlemen, let the music begin."

Tony Bennett came on stage and said, "First, Michael Jackson, then Amy Winehouse and now Whitney Houston. I'd like to have every gentleman and lady in this room to get the government to legalize drugs."

da croupier, Sunday, 12 February 2012 06:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

Tony Bennett came on stage and said, "First, Michael Jackson, then Amy Winehouse and now Whitney Houston. I'd like to have every gentleman and lady in this room to get the government to legalize drugs."

hmmm

textile in thighville (get bent), Sunday, 12 February 2012 06:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

never mind that mj died from "legal" drugs anyway (thanks, conrad murray).

textile in thighville (get bent), Sunday, 12 February 2012 06:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

I kinda assume that when Clive Davis dies he has a squad of goons at the ready to make sure he's properly mourned or else.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 12 February 2012 06:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

s.clover, Sunday, 12 February 2012 06:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

never mind that mj died from "legal" drugs anyway (thanks, conrad murray).

and amy winehouse died from getting off alcohol too quickly. Not sure drug legalization would have kept any of these people from becoming addicts.

da croupier, Sunday, 12 February 2012 06:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

that said if tony wants to campaign for legalizing pot i'm for it

da croupier, Sunday, 12 February 2012 06:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

Damn, didn't know she sang backup on (Chaka's) "I'm Every Woman" until just now.

This is really sad. RIP

Race Against Rockism (Myonga Vön Bontee), Sunday, 12 February 2012 06:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

when people vanish behind a veil of something, you sort of lose sight of them in the moment, but keep waiting for them to emerge as something else. and you hope it won't be like this. RIP, whitney.

Little GTFO (contenderizer), Sunday, 12 February 2012 07:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

Loved the voice, hated 90% of the material. I also think I projected too much of her negative influence on so much 90s pop (as someone noted above) onto Whitney herself at the time.

That said, I'd been sorta hoping for a quote-unquote respectable career resuscitation over the last cople years. Give her a nice stripped down production and some songs tailor made for her by, say, Cee Lo or Raphael Saadiq along with some choice covers---not saying it would have been amazing, but certainly interesting.

I Fucked Up (jer.fairall), Sunday, 12 February 2012 07:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

her voice was gone, though.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Sunday, 12 February 2012 07:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

reminds me of charlie louvin. he had a brief career resurrection before he died but unfortunately the chief selling point of the louvin bros and his earlier solo work was his high, pure voice, which had been almost completely devastated by old age. so listening to those records was as much sad as inspiring for me.

houston's voice hadn't degenerated that bad, but it lost about everything that had given it its unique character, and she had taken to speak-singing and using autotune to obscure the flaws.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Sunday, 12 February 2012 07:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

Million dollar bill was a really great track.

s.clover, Sunday, 12 February 2012 07:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

This is so fucked up. Was at a bar when I heard and people were cracking really cruel jokes, but that's New Hampshire I guess. Fuck this state.

wolf cola, everyone (thewufs), Sunday, 12 February 2012 07:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

no that's "bars"

plee help i am lookin for (crüt), Sunday, 12 February 2012 07:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh shit :( horrible horrible news to wake up to.

my favourite whitney songs were her late 90s comeback ones, but "i will always love you" was my first memory of being completely awestruck by the power of a voice.

mark sinker's essay on it last year was pretty incredible - http://freakytrigger.co.uk/ft/2011/11/i-am-the-0-00000001-percent/

first period don't give a fuck, second period gon get cut (lex pretend), Sunday, 12 February 2012 08:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

youtube autocorrect already suggests "whitney houston dead" :(

first period don't give a fuck, second period gon get cut (lex pretend), Sunday, 12 February 2012 08:07 (2 years ago) Permalink


dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Sunday, 12 February 2012 08:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

RIP Whitney

dayove cool (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 12 February 2012 08:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

RIP

White 'Poop' Jesus (snoball), Sunday, 12 February 2012 09:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

really sad news to wake up to. RIP :(

marcus junius ubiquitus (c sharp major), Sunday, 12 February 2012 09:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

James Mitchell, Sunday, 12 February 2012 10:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

"How Will I Know" is probably my ultimate favourite, but I love all of the big songs from The Bodyguard, esp. "I Have Nothing". I don't care how schlocky it is. It's like a tidal wave.

RIP Whitney.

Tim F, Sunday, 12 February 2012 11:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

;_; RIP

lag∞n affiliated (The Reverend), Sunday, 12 February 2012 11:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

'tidal wave', 'massively massive' indeed...

:-(

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 12 February 2012 12:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

That 98/99 Whitney comeback was really great - certainly better than the Bodyguard balladosaurus era. 80s dancepop Whitney forever though. RIP.

Matt DC, Sunday, 12 February 2012 12:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

Works shockingly well:

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 12 February 2012 13:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

Wait, this is the better one:

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 12 February 2012 13:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

I really like the Whitney mash-ups, because they underscore something in her voice that the boilerplate '80s pop backing didn't always convey. And again, that's the real tragedy, that she was rarely matched with music that truly suited her vocal talent. And she truly didn't give a shit, either.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 12 February 2012 13:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

2nd one is great

da croupier, Sunday, 12 February 2012 13:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

I really like the Whitney mash-ups, because they underscore something in her voice that the boilerplate '80s pop backing didn't always convey. And again, that's the real tragedy, that she was rarely matched with music that truly suited her vocal talent. And she truly didn't give a shit, either.

This. We are mourning someone who started her career singing a Hugh Hopper song with Material and Archie Shepp and spent the rest of her career pretending that none of them ever existed. I'm not sure it's a tragedy or anything bit it's definitely a waste.

Naive Teen Idol, Sunday, 12 February 2012 13:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

It's pretty much the classical definition of a tragedy, isn't it?

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 12 February 2012 13:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

I dunno, I think the original music for "How Will I Know" is fabulous.

Tim F, Sunday, 12 February 2012 13:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

The Material collaboration is an anomaly; her voice was still embryonic. Houston was custom designed for big productions.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 12 February 2012 13:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

It's a crying shame we never got Whitney Houston Tortoise dubs.

Andy K, Sunday, 12 February 2012 13:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

xpost "How Will I Know" would have been fabulous for anyone.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 12 February 2012 13:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

damn -- I didn't know Jermaine Jackson had three productions on the debut album (only knew the duet).

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 12 February 2012 13:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

The only cluster of songs which leaves me cold: the blockbuster trilogy from Whitney ("So Emotional," "Didn't We Almost Have It All," and "Where Do Broken Hearts Go").

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 12 February 2012 13:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

It's pretty much the classical definition of a tragedy, isn't it?

A tragedy is a waste of epic proportions. This was hardly that. She's more a victim of her era than anything. Had she arrived 15 years earlier--or later--her material and collaborators would have been, at a minimum, far more interesting.

Naive Teen Idol, Sunday, 12 February 2012 13:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

Well, it is a waste of epic proportions. No one would fault her voice, an incredible thing. The tragedy is that despite that voice, and beauty, and fame and money and success, fate had other plans for her. Hooking up with Bobby Brown, of all people, only enhanced the classical Greek aspect of her fall.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 12 February 2012 13:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

Like, most people confuse tragedy with anything bad that happens. But in the classic sense, it's really inevitable self-destruction. See: I believe we are in the catharsis stage of the narrative.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 12 February 2012 13:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

(Creepy true story: in I want to say elementary school music class, all those years ago, the day the teacher taught us what a "figure" was he used Whitney Houston as an example. Like, a creepy punny example, as in, "check out Whitney's figure!" Left an impression, I guess.)

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 12 February 2012 14:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

...because they underscore something in her voice that the boilerplate '80s pop backing didn't always convey. And again, that's the real tragedy, that she was rarely matched with music that truly suited her vocal talent...

which is why when her vocals were isolated as in the first few minutes of this, it is utterly wondrous

danzig, Sunday, 12 February 2012 14:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

It would have been nice if she made a full album with Kashif and Paul Laurence around '82-'84, or Jam and Lewis around '85/'86, or Foster and McElroy around '90/'91. She still MOVED/affected millions of people! I see no "waste of epic proportions" in that.

Andy K, Sunday, 12 February 2012 14:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

OTM andy k

the "boilerplate backings" weren't the point.

first period don't give a fuck, second period gon get cut (lex pretend), Sunday, 12 February 2012 14:19 (2 years ago) Permalink


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