Whitney Houston R.I.P.

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"He's dead? Why didn't you say so!"

Let A Man Come In And Do The Cop Porn (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Monday, 13 February 2012 19:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

Sales of Whitney Houston albums have soared on both sides of the Atlantic following her death in Los Angeles.

Whitney - The Greatest Hits is at two on the US iTunes chart, while Whitney Houston - The Ultimate Collection is second in the UK iTunes chart.

Some fans reacted angrily on Twitter after The Ultimate Collection's price was temporarily raised on iTunes UK.

The price was increased from £4.99 to £7.99 but has since reverted to its former cost.

Several fans on Twitter described the alleged price hike as "greedy" and "shameful".

iTunes and Sony Music, Houston's record label, declined to comment on the matter.

pfunkboy (Algerian Goalkeeper), Monday, 13 February 2012 21:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

sealed bodyguard for 150 bucks is about as frenetic as things got on the ebay front.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/REMEMBERING-WHITNEY-HOUSTON-The-Bodyguard-Original-Soundtrack-LP-New-Sealed-/180818106575?pt=Music_on_Vinyl&hash=item2a199958cf

scott seward, Monday, 13 February 2012 21:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

nowhere near MJ numbers the weekend of his death, but, you know, that's to be expected.

scott seward, Monday, 13 February 2012 21:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

telling that the bodyguard ost was the one people really wanted. more so than the studio albums. though the first two did okay for a minute there.

scott seward, Monday, 13 February 2012 21:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

its not oop is it?

pfunkboy (Algerian Goalkeeper), Monday, 13 February 2012 21:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

well its more a case of there being less vinyl copies than the actual studio albums too. i'm sure the cd is still in print. it must be.

scott seward, Monday, 13 February 2012 21:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

Love in Any Language!!! We had to sing that, too.

The Whitney song we sang was "One Moment in Time."

tokyo rosemary, Monday, 13 February 2012 21:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh I love "One Moment"

Janet Snakehole (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 13 February 2012 21:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

went to a bar in soma last night to see optimo - there was a whitney houston shrine (complete with several candles burning) in the front entryway. lots of drag queens in full-on sequined whitney evening gowns. stirmonster played 'i wanna dance with somebody' twice - first time acapella, the second time with bonkers EQing - the crowd went wild obviously

geeta, Monday, 13 February 2012 21:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

nice

scott seward, Monday, 13 February 2012 21:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

"How did the Arab world react to Joey Strummer’s death? That guy spoke more truth in one song than some people sing, say or write in a lifetime."

You know, that was a question I hadn't asked myself yet.

pplains, Monday, 13 February 2012 21:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

gotta love the comments section on any blog

curmudgeon, Monday, 13 February 2012 21:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

Also, I never thought about it until this weekend, but had she taken her husband's surname, she would have been a Whitney Brown.

pplains, Monday, 13 February 2012 21:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

and that my friends, is the big picture.

pplains, Monday, 13 February 2012 21:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

joe strummer once said he cared, but he never really gave a fuck :(

scott seward, Monday, 13 February 2012 21:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

Meanwhile, over on Fox News comments thread, racist spewing:

http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/39912_Fox_News_Commenters_Respond_to_Whitney_Houstons_Death_With_Deluge_of_Hatred_and_Racism

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 13 February 2012 21:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

She couldn’t face life without the “bling bling”, she knew she would never have any more “kaching kaching”

didn't know Jessie J was a racist Fox News commenter but it all makes sense now

some dude, Monday, 13 February 2012 21:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

racism in the comments section you say?

lol u watched the grammys (buzza), Monday, 13 February 2012 21:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

aw - strummer seemed like a nice guy. i randomly ran into him and jah wobble (?!) at a poetry reading in london 12 or 13 years ago. we convinced him to play songs for me and my friends on his acoustic guitar - 'white riot', etc - and he happily obliged. he certainly didn't need to be as nice as he was to us.

geeta, Monday, 13 February 2012 21:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

talk to rudimentary peni, not me!

scott seward, Monday, 13 February 2012 21:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

they're the ones with the problem with him. me, i just like the hits.

scott seward, Monday, 13 February 2012 21:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

xxpost geeta I love that story <3

Janet Snakehole (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 13 February 2012 22:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

joe strummer once said he cared, but he never really gave a fuck :(

― scott seward, Monday, February 13, 2012 4:46 PM (2 hours ago) Bookmark

i loled

Bo Jackson Overdrive, Tuesday, 14 February 2012 00:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

Was anyone else forced to hear her Star Spangled Banner every morning in public school? It's one of those rare songs I've easily heard over 1000 times, and I'm pretty sure I have every last nuance of that performance memorized.

billstevejim, Tuesday, 14 February 2012 08:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

Pop music hadn't had time to digest The Terminator (1984) and Donna Haraway's "A Cyborg Manifesto" (1985) when Whitney Houston released her 1980s albums. Thus, they were still in robot, not cyborg, mode. Fine robot music, for sure, esp. the robodisco of "So Emotional" and "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" (as well as its proper homecoming in "I Wanna Dance With Numbers"). But she didn't realize her cyborgian potential until "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)," her greatest single.

In his essay “An Anthropologist Underwater: Immersive Soundscapes, Submarine Cyborgs, and Transductive Ethnography,” Stefan Helmreich provides an excellent definition of cyborgs that helps get at the distinction between RoboWhitney and CyborgWhitney: "Cyborgs need not be material compounds of flesh and machine; anything that can be described in terms of information dynamics can be considered a cyborg. The boundaries of cyborgs are subject to shifting and expanding as they are networked to other feedback dynamics across scales and contexts" (627-8). RoboWhitney hasn't networked to other feedback dynamics. That's what "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" and "So Emotional" are about. She isn't dancing with somebody but she wants to. She remembers the way that we touched but we're not touching right now (and note how the lyrics appeal to the distancing sense of vision to heighten the sense of disconnection; even the production tends towards discrete sound-images as much as a Wall of DX7). More importantly, the thwarted desire implies the self-presence that identifies all robots from Phil Oakey to the love duo in the underrated Heartbeeps to David in the equally underrated A.I.: Artificial Intelligence. Like the aforementioned, she can't help but broadcast her thereness because she's perpetually letting us know how frustrated she is in her casing (which is how many critics have described her post-"Memories" work in general).

CyborgWhitney makes herself available for networking. Crucially, "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" is the rare diva song where "I" is never mentioned. She has significantly lessened what Mark Sinker calls "the sense of regality, of dreadful awful majesty of style and skill as a weapon, the sense of renunciation, the sense that her role leaves her the loneliest person of all." She sings it down and invites us commoners in, not eradicating loneliness but finding a temporary prison for it. Nothing is forever in this network save for the infinite play of information dynamics. The song traces not a line from Whitney to a lover but a skein of flickering vectors, a series of points where for every win, someone must fail, where falling in love is sometimes wrong, sometimes right. There's a point where we exhale but a point back to where we're gasping for air. Even our identities are only momentarily whole when networking with another and looking inside ourselves only gets us halfway there. But, and herein is the song's genius, this holds true as much for Whitney here, in this modest moment (it's her shortest #1 single too), as it does for us which means at long last we can interface with her. We say shoop shoop as if to vault over language in an attempt to express the peace in this point of contact but even that is connected to other points back to The Sweet Inspirations and Salt-n-Pepa. It's Whitney Houston's cyborg manifesto and it holds out Haraway's world-changing vision. As Helmreich puts it, "Haraway found an unexpected, ironic, utopian promise in the figures of cyborgs initially created to automate warfare or de-skill workers; cybernetics opened up possibilities for recoding our human bodies and selves, for short-circuiting the idea that a durable 'nature' dictated our destinies. Somewhere in cyborg bodies might whir a liberatory consciousness."

Kevin John Bozelka, Tuesday, 14 February 2012 09:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

what the

plee help i am lookin for (crüt), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 09:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

"all robots from Phil Oakey" <-- best bit

mark s, Tuesday, 14 February 2012 09:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

looks like banaka got to someone

I spend a lot of time thinking about apricots (DJP), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 14:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

Battlestar Houstonica

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 14 February 2012 14:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

that reads strongly like c&p'd k-punk

tl;dr skl;dr (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 14:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

(no offense kjb if it isn't)

tl;dr skl;dr (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 14:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

seemed more like a car alarm to me

Public funeral will apparently be in the 18,000-seat Prudential Center in Newark. Everything about it is appealing, everything the traffic will allow...

Was anyone else forced to hear her Star Spangled Banner every morning in public school?

would've turned me full Commie

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 15:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh look, it's shithead

why don't you link us to the withering appraisal of The Bodyguard on your stupid webzine?

some dude, Tuesday, 14 February 2012 15:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

u have a webzine, Morbs...?

tl;dr skl;dr (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 15:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh wait nm

the real shithead is (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 15:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

my ukrainian coworker just told me that ppl are devastated about whitney in russia - 'the bodyguard' was a massive box office hit there and she later played in moscow and kiev

Prince Rebus (donna rouge), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 17:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

so, no public memorial.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2012/02/14/whitney-houston-nj.html

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 18:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

i would have liked to have seen bin laden's reaction to this news.

Poliopolice, Tuesday, 14 February 2012 18:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

The Singles Jukebox has a few things to say.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 22:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

Dan better not read those "So Emotional" appreciations, he will hunt and slay.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 14 February 2012 22:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

we're lucky no one chose "Where Do Broken Hearts Go."

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 22:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ain't it shocking how terrible this song is?

I spend a lot of time thinking about apricots (DJP), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 22:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

it's not shocking actually

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 22:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

ha well played

I spend a lot of time thinking about apricots (DJP), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 00:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

Dolly Parton is set to earn millions from Whitney Houston's cover of her song I Will Always Love You, it has been revealed.

The track, which Whitney covered for the soundtrack of The Bodyguard, was originally penned by Parton in 1973.

Last month, Parton revealed to CNN that Houston's cover had already raked in lots of cash for her.

'When Whitney did it, I got all the money for the publishing and for the writing, and I bought a lot of cheap wigs,' she said.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 17:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

and if one of her other songs had been the one everyone bought someone else would've earned all the money...

pfunkboy (Algerian Goalkeeper), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 17:02 (2 years ago) Permalink


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