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The Next Great American Band Episode: "10 Cut to 8 & Top 8 Perform"

Season 1, Episode 4
Episode Synopsis: The remaining eight groups perform Billy Joel songs.
Original Air Date: Nov 9, 2007

10 Cut to Eight Season 1, Episode 4

Down to one hour this week, we lose the original performance from these bands, which of course brings the show closer to home and follows the proven cover-song format. I have to admit, hearing only covers changed my thoughts of some of these acts. And hearing right up front that one of the artist's first CD purchase was Billy Joel's River of Dreams also changed my thoughts that I might still actually be young. His first album was River of Dreams? Wow. My second album was Billy's An Innocent Man purchased in 1983. As a Billy Joel fan I just can't imagine that the first purchase of his music was his 15th and final pop release. Crazy, but that's OK. Gotta start somewhere, right? Anyway, on to the bands. Franklin Bridge: "Big Shot" I can't believe none of the judges commented on how they flubbed half the lyrics. And this clearly was not them being artistic. This was a singer not remembering what was written on the paper. It's a shame, too, because I thought the arrangement was pretty good. I was not impressed when the singer started his soloing, though. That sounded very jumbled to me. Not impressed this week, so that makes two weeks in a row of disappointment after a very strong beginning for these guys. Cliff Wagner & The Old #7: "You May Be Right" If I didn't know the song I would have sworn it was a bluegrass original. Great choice of songs and awesome arrangement made it fit right into their style. Not only that, but these guys seem to be having a lot of fun with this. Every week they make it through here on out, I'll be shocked. But they deserve it, totally. Denver & the Mile High Orchestra: "Tell Her About It" Another perfect song choice and an obvious one since there are a lot of horns in the original and they wouldn't have to mess with the basic rhythm too much. I'm not really arguing here, but why did they get almost triple the time Cliff Wagner did? They got a very good chance to showcase themselves this week and probably turned in their best performance. Dot Dot Dot: "Pressure" For the past two weeks I've been saying that if Dot Dot Dot were any good, I'd be sure to give them props. Well, here it is. This week they were awesome! "Pressure" suited their retro, new-wave style very well, and the singer sounded really good for a change. This is the first week I've actually enjoyed them. I'm not ready to jump on their boat just yet, but this week at least proved to me they have some talent. Sixwire: "She's Always a Woman" This sounded dreadful to me. I thought it was a bad arrangement with way too much going on in the song. I wonder if Dicko has ever listened to the song, though. Sixwire's interpretation of the lyrics was right on the mark and I thought it made Dicko look kind of silly. Tres Bien: "Movin' Out" Actually, I'm still not sure about this one. I was a little thrown off by the slowed-down tempo at first. Then I went back and listened to it and I kind of dug it. But it wasn't anything special. The change in pace of the whole thing is really confusing my brain. It doesn't take much, I know. The Clark Brothers: "She's Got a Way" This is the first week I've really liked these guys. This was a good song choice for them. I don't necessarily agree with the judges' comment that they were the first ones of the night to totally own the song, but I agree that they were very good. I liked seeing their slower side, rather than the crazy pace they usually play. As a general rule I love the sound of the slide guitar, and this really showcased that. Light of Doom: "The Stranger" Totally unrecognizable. I was looking forward to see what they would do with Billy Joel and it turned out interesting. I think they did the right thing. The only person who really had to learn the song was the singer. The rest of the band came up with their own music for it. And what's weird about that is that this sounded the most modern of anything they've done so far. Though I really wish the guitarist would quit the leg kick and the tossing of the guitar - it's just so clich├ęd. I wish they would all just stand still, play their music and maybe do a little headbanging if they need to. Just stop trying to be everything that's cheesy about classic metal. The singer did sound OK this week, though, so it was better than previous weeks, but still not the best. The Muggs and Rocket are out. Did you see the Muggs backstage at the end? Clearly they knew they weren't making it and didn't really care. But it still must be so humiliating for both of them to be in a room with 10 year olds and lose to them. It's cruel for the show to leave the kids in the room to the end. If I were Rocket, I'd quit right now. Sexy ladies can't beat six kids. That's a big flashing neon sign saying, "Quit." I guess the show learned from the debacle of last week and didn't let the exiting bands say anything. So tonight my vote goes to the Clark Brothers with Dot Dot Dot and Cliff Wagner tied for a close second. Tough call on who goes home because none were clearly made to leave. I think Franklin Bridge could be in trouble, but I don't think they will go yet. I have to think this will be Light of Doom's last week on this show. Until next week, friends. Check out clips from American Band in our Online Video Guide. show less
Down to one hour this week, we lose the original performance from these bands, which of course brings the show closer to home and follows the proven cover-song format. I have to admit, hearing only covers changed my thoughts of some of these acts. And hearing right up front that one of the artist’s first CD purchase was Billy Joel’s River of Dreams also changed my thoughts that I might still actually be young. His first album was River of Dreams? Wow. My second album was Billy’s An Innocent Man purchased in 1983. As a Billy Joel fan I just can’t imagine that the first purchase of his music was his 15th and final pop release. Crazy, but that’s OK. Gotta start somewhere, right?Anyway, on to the bands.Franklin Bridge: “Big Shot”I can’t believe none of the judges commented on how they flubbed half the lyrics. And this clearly was not them being artistic. This was a singer not remembering what was written on the paper. It’s a shame, too, becau... read more

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Premiered: October 19, 2007, on FOX
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Premise: A reality series from the producers of `American Idol' featuring bands competing for a record deal. The winning group is chosen by three judges and viewer votes.

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