Happy 30th, Britney! Maybe Now You Can Finally Put These Performances Behind You
Where were you in...'81? Rocks Off was in junior high, spending long, solitary afternoons in his bedroom listening to Moving Pictures and Dark Side of the Moon and wondering why no girls seemed to be interested in playing Squad Leader.
The face that launched a thousand Bob Doles
But 1981 also saw several key musical milestones. Billy Idol left Generation X, and Iron Maiden played its first show with a new lead singer by the name of Bruce Dickinson.
It also marked the birth year of one Britney Jean Spears. The "Toxic" and "Slave 4 U" singer has crammed a hell of a lot of living into three decades: two marriages, two sons, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and over 100 million albums sold. Pretty impressive.
30 may or may not be the new 20, but it should give one a chance for a fresh start. Rocks Off is confident the coming decade will see much more success for Britney, and nothing like this meticulously compiled selection of her worst performances.
Musicians trying their hands at acting is a rich tradition, dating all the way back to, oh, Vanilla Ice in Cool As Ice. Britney gives it her all in her motion picture debut, earning her first acting award (a Razzie, but something to put on the mantel nonetheless). Fun fact: Crossroads was written by Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rimes. And people are surprised at that 2.7 rating on Metacritic?
Britney & Kevin: Chaotic (2005)
Britney shouldn't be too disappointed by the abrupt cancellation of her and (then) hubby Kevin Federline's show. Lots of programs only run five episodes. Of course, they're usually British.
Rocks Off assumes this if from the show. If not, I'll travel back in time and delete it.
"Gimme More" -- The 2007 VMAs
One critic dubbed this performance "one of the worst to grace the MTV awards." That puts it in rarefied company along with about 600 other acts.