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09 February 2009 @ 11:44 pm
A modest proposal  
I've been checking out some clips from last night's Grammy Awards ceremony, and I'm ready to declare a moratorium on the use of marching bands in live performances. Yes, it was awesome when Outkast did it in their loopy performance of "Hey Ya" in 2004, and reasonably entertaining when Kanye West used a brace of bands for his performance of "Gold Digger" in 2006. But when Radiohead brought in the USC Trojan Marching Band to back them up on "15 Step"? Well, that was just dire. I'm tempted to renew my membership in the Recording Academy just so I can make this happen.

You know, that Outcast performance is too awesome not to embed. Here it is in all its insane glory:

Current Music: Tears for Fears - Shout
Kate: HSM Go Drama Club! _orangedaykatesti on February 10th, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
Oh man, that performance. My roommates and I were all so drunk and we found it so amusing.

I, by the way, am actually a sucker for the marching band thing. I just can't help it - it's a band geek sickness, maybe.
John Heaton: musicjheaton on February 10th, 2009 11:29 pm (UTC)
Look, I love marching bands too, but the Radiohead performance just squandered the opportunity. Why go to the trouble of hiring a marching band and just having them stand there playing chords?