Battle of the Beach Music: 1984 vs. 2014
Madonna, "Borderline" vs Iggy Azalea "Fancy."
She came out of nowhere, has the 2014 summertime anthem and boasts an enticingly unapologetic style all her own. Like Madonna 30 years ago, Iggy Azalea is the pop star of the moment. To cop a phrase from back then, she's "tripendicular." But does she have what it takes to become The New Classic?
Get back to me when she's surpassed global music superstardom to become one of the most loved, hated, emulated, written- and talked-about women of her quarter-century.
ZZ Top vs. Z-Ro
Summertime is a good time to celebrate local music. Every Houston artist has a mixtape or CD out, so please play some of it at the beach so we don't have to listen to pop radio stations all afternoon out there. Mere paragraphs ago, I related how we rocked on the shoreline way back when. I'm sure I heard "Legs" at least once at Stewart Beach. Today, I'm happy to hear a lot more hip-hop everywhere, and Z-Ro is a favorite.
I grew up in Hiram Clarke; he's from right next door in Mo City. In many respects, my Houston experience is way more similar to his than the Top's. If you see me out at the beach this summer, I'll be the old man playing "Crooked Officer" when the beach patrol rolls by.
1984 MJ vs. 2014 MJ
As is often the case, it all comes down to Michael Jackson. His posthumous duet with Justin Timberlake, "Love Never Felt So Good," is getting good buzz, with some listeners recalling "Off the Wall." Surely, the talented Timberlake takes the song to a better level, but Jackson is an idol of his, so let's give credit where it's due. Nice to see Mike can still be a thriller.
Since the song was actually written 30 years ago, is this a 1984 song or a 2014 song? Doesn't matter. When music makes the day under the sun and on the surf better, we're all winners.
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