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The obligatory Grammy blog

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grammy_logoSunday was the 51st annual Grammy’s, and while I watched some of the sluggish show,  I admittedly couldn’t bring myself to sit through the entire thing.

And while majority of the show was pretty lame, there were some high points that are worth noting

Radiohead’s performance of “15 step” with the University of Southern California marching band was great. It was the first time Radiohead performed at the Grammys. Even though Radiohead’s album In Rainbows was released in 2007, it was up for album of the year and unfortunately lost to Robert Plant & Alison Krauss Raising Sand.

Foo Fighters Dave Grohl and Sir Paul McCartney performed “Saw her standing there.” According to reports, the Foo Fighters may be getting back into the studio to work on its next album as early as this summer.

Then there was Blink 182’s announcement that they are getting back together. Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker, who was severely injured in a plane crash in September 2007, appeared with his left arm in a sling.

Blink 182’s website confirmed their reunion, and the band’s twitter feed reads, “Hi. We’re blink-182. To put it simply, We’re back. We mean, really back. Friendships reformed. Summer 2009.”

The trio has taken quite different paths over the past four years since the band broke up.  Boxcar racer, Angels & Airwaves, The Aquabats, +44 and The Transplants all were graced by Blink members.

Will Blink’s yet to be named 6th studio album be worth the listen? Perhaps, but the band really hit its peak with Dude Ranch released more than a decade ago.

All in all, the Grammys are an overproduced charade that fails really delve into the music business. The really progressive artists aren’t even on the Grammys radar. Plant hit the nail on the head when he said, “In the old days we would have called this selling out.” 


Written by David Young

February 12, 2009 at 8:06 pm

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  1. David,

    I agree the excellent, enhanced 15th Step was the best part of the show. I would say that Blink improved with each album and climaxed at the end with the untitled album. I look forward to shearing whether they continue in that vein.


    March 1, 2009 at 9:03 pm

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