This is surely what Aaron Spelling said when he entered heaven this past Friday night. He was 88 years old and by far one of the biggest pioneers in television history. Not to mention it was this man's sperm that created Tori Spelling. Long before Paris Hilton arrived on the scene as a "I'm a celebrity because my dad is one", Tori already had the market cornered. Aaron Spelling created some the best and most popular shows of the 20th century, while launching the careers of some of the best known celebrities on the planet.
In the 70's and early 80's I watched shows like Charlie's Angels, The Love Boat and Dynasty. There was one episode of Charlie's Angels, where they went on the Love Boat to solve a crime. There was also an episode of Love Boat when it went to Fantasy Island! Woo Hoo! Aaron Spelling single-handedly launched or revived the careers of celebrities like Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith, Shannen Doherty, Heather Locklear, Jason Priestly, Luke Perry, Tori Spelling, John Forsythe, Linda Evans, Joan Collins, Alyssa Milano, Ricardo Montalban, Cheryl Ladd, Kristin Davis, to name just a few. It's such a shame that he died, as he will surely be missed by much of Hollywood. I'm sure his funeral will look like a television who's who. I know I'll miss the guy and any other tv shows he had up his sleeve. His last show was Charmed and it was one of my favorites. It's last season ended this past spring.
Now you know your song is a total Madonna rip-off when the straight 30-something male DJ on a Portland Maine radio show notices how much your song sounds like Madonna. Case in point is the new song "Public Affair" by Jessica Simpson. The second the song starts you can hear what sounds like the twinkle keyboards from Madonna's song "Lucky Star." Once the beat starts, it's clearly a sample or blatant rip-off of "Holiday." Once Jessica starts singing--or rather breathing really heavy--it sounds like Kylie Minogue. Then you start to hear a melody remnant of Britney Spears "Anticipating"--which itself sounds like a Janet Jackson vocal. Then at the end, Jessica blatantly rips off Diana Ross's "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." I guess this would be okay if the song were actually catchy, but the rip-offs are just way too distracting. Q97.9 spent about 10 minutes talking about what a rip-off this song is. Here's what I don't get. She has an amazing voice and now she's got more money than God, why can't she hire a song writing team that can come up with something that's even remotely original? What's her pimp daddy Joe thinking? Seriously, this is a throw away song if I ever heard one. I think that Madonna, Kylie, Janet and Diana should take her in an alley and beat the crap out of her.
On a happier note, one of my new favorite shows is "Where My Dogs At?" on MTV2. This show is about 2 stray dogs that make their way around Hollywood. And to say the skewer celebrities is a monumental understatement. What they have to say about people like Britney Spears (pictured here), Jessica Simpson, Paris Hilton, Nicole Ritchie and Angelina Jolie is laugh out loud funny!