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2007, TV Show

The Next Great American Band Episode: "7 Cut to 6 & Top 6 Perform"

Season 1, Episode 6
Episode Synopsis: The remaining six groups perform tunes written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
Original Air Date: Nov 23, 2007

Top 6 Perform Season 1, Episode 6

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you all decided not to take a vacation this week simply because chatting with me is way too important to miss. No, no, no. Instead I'm hoping that Sunday night you'll pull it off the DVR and comment Monday morning. The first thing I must say is holy cleavage batman! Sheila E. got them out and up to the chin this week. It was even the first thing my wife noticed. Apart from Sheila, this was an odd week for me. For the first time this season, I thought the overall show was pretty boring. As a rock fan, I have loads of respect for The Rolling Stones (I guess I should say "Mick Jagger and Keith Richards" since that's how the show labeled every song). I understand how talented they are, but overall they never really excited me. But that's not at all why I thought this was boring because aside from "Jumpin' Jack Flash" I enjoy all the originals. In fact, I simply thought it was dull because no one chose "One Hit (To The Body)"! [wink, wink] Tres Bien: Cody and his invincible titanium jaw chose a good song in "Get Off My Cloud". The singer was more dynamic than usual and lost the guitar this week. But the judges were right on with the issues. The key change was poor and the riff of "Satisfaction" in the middle didn't really work. Denver: Hearing Denver do his Aaron Neville impersonation was the highlight of the show for me. I'm a huge Aaron Neville fan. Not because of his music, but because of the huge Milk Dud on his face. In this superficial world where you have to look good to be a star, I've always been fascinated that a man that walks around with a donut attached to his mug could have had such a fine career. Anyway, their cover of "I'm Free" was not good at all. I had the same problem with Denver as I have had in the past few weeks; He's just an average frontman. He's got a good voice but lacks the persona. Dicko and I were really on the same page for a change because I agreed that this was out of their genre. They played this in a rock style and they aren't a rock band. It didn't fit them well and in turn they were kind of weak. Sixwire: Their drummer Chuck played with Engelbert Humperdinck! Engelbert friggin' Humperdinck. I'd like to say that's cool, but I'm not sure. It's not like playing with Tom Jones which is undoubtedly cool. It's not like playing with Avril Lavigne which would be like totally not cool. I suppose it's somewhere in the middle, but closer to Mr. Jones. Tonight, for the first time, Sixwire had a ton of energy. It was nice to see that side of them, but at the same time it really showed me how generic they are. There's nothing unique about any of their performances. Really, nothing. Still, I can't say they were that bad. Light of Doom: I always get a kick out of their videos. Statements like "when he was younger he used to race motorbikes" are just laughable. Younger! Like what, 9? And that one kid is a "freestyle walker." Oh c'mon, that just can't be real. I fart a whole bunch of ways too, so I guess that makes me a freestyle farter? Don't try stealing that one, I'm copyrighting it. The performance was a mess. The kid couldn't sing in that key and he even admitted it. So why chose that song? It's not like there aren't hundreds of other Stones songs that they could have done. I know I've been saying their style isn't very original, but when they take the metal out of the song and perform just rock music, they sound even more generic. I admit that I hate "Jumpin' Jack Flash" by itself, so that adds to my distaste for this, but the performance of it wasn't good either. Clark Brothers: This is the most baffling band for me personally. I've listened to this performance four times now. The thing I noticed in all four is that I loved the slide guitar using the flying V. Very cool. Listening to it live, I thought "Gimme Shelter" really needed drums to get the full impact. But then the second time, I really took to Ashley's vocals and by the fourth time I'm just sitting there marveling at the overall musicianship of these guys without giving one thought to the missing backbeat. I still don't think they will win it, but I am starting to come around to where most of you guys are in thinking they certainly have the most talent of any of the bands still left. Dot Dot Dot: Man, the one dude puts the dots on his face with a Sharpie. C'mon, show some dedication and tattoo those suckers there. I mean, that's like a dollar store inking. Three sticks and you're done. One thing Dot Dot Dot does well, is picking a good cover to do. "Let's Spend the Night Together" was a really solid choice, but as Dicko pointed out, the keys were very cheesy so the song didn't come off with as much power as it should have. They had a chance to be the best of the night and didn't quite make it this week. I'm not sure I agree with Dicko though that Adam should present himself like he commands attention not like he's desperate for it. Maybe Dicko should listen to and watch some of the bands in Dot Dot Dot's genres first. The desperate vibe is given off by 90% of the successful bands in emocore, screamo and retro new wave scenes. Unfortunately, my favorite group on the show, Cliff Wagner & The Old #7 go home this week. They all seemed quite grateful for the opportunity at least, but I can't picture this will expand their sound like they claim. And are they really friends with all the other bands? Will it be weird when one of the Light of Doom moms come home and find their son in the basement playing PS3 with Cliff Wagner? Oh yes, it will. Despite it being an unspectacular week for me, I still have a vote to cast and thanks to the fourth listen, it will be for The Clark Brothers. And again, I say Denver is next to go home. Until next week, friends. Rock out to the Clark Brothers and the rest of the bands in our online video guide. show less
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you all decided not to take a vacation this week simply because chatting with me is way too important to miss. No, no, no. Instead I’m hoping that Sunday night you’ll pull it off the DVR and comment Monday morning. The first thing I must say is holy cleavage batman! Sheila E. got them out and up to the chin this week. It was even the first thing my wife noticed. Apart from Sheila, this was an odd week for me. For the first time this season, I thought the overall show was pretty boring. As a rock fan, I have loads of respect for The Rolling Stones (I guess I should say “Mick Jagger and Keith Richards” since that’s how the show labeled every song). I understand how talented they are, but overall they never really excited me. But that’s not at all why I thought this was boring because aside from “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” I enjoy all the originals. In fact, I simply thought it was dull because no one chose “... 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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