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What’ll It Be, Part 2

March 26, 2009

So, in the first part of What’ll It Be, AKA Should We Be Scared Right Now About Album 3?, the theme was pretty much “I Won’t Worry,” a theme I will be sticking with when looking at the probable Tokio Hotel/Desmond Child collaboration. This is sort of hush-hush officially, I think, but Child temporarily posted something about working with Tokio Hotel on his Official Site, apparently unaware that anything that has even the slightest thing to do with Tokio Hotel’s new album spreads across the entire fandom within twelve seconds of it being mentioned on the internet. Plus another 15 minutes for fans without internet access to hear about it. You know that awesome scene in Return of the King where they light the beacons across Middle Earth? That’s what happens when someone in the Industry mentions the new Tokio Hotel album. Literally.  I’m serious.

Anyway. We all know about it.

Desmond Child is definitely a hitmaker known for jumpstarting, and, in some cases, resurrecting careers. His famous collaborations include Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Bon Jovi, and KISS, as well as more current acts like The Ramsus.

Now, there have been cases where artistic compromises have been made. I’m not going to candy coat it. KISS’s “I Was Made For Lovin’ You” is a notorious example. It’s a classic now, but The KISS Army wasn’t exactly thrilled in 1979 when they put out a what could only be described as a Disco song:

Still… that was awesome, I don’t care. And it was a different time. Nothing is so dominant today as disco was in ’79.

Some of my favorite Child collaborations are with Bon Jovi, who were really just another hair band until they started putting out stuff like this:

Don’t laugh. Aside from the fact that it was a huge hit, Bon Jovi is one of the few bands from the ’80s who’ve maintained a relevant 20+ year rock career, thanks in part to hits like that. And it’s a good song.

I think my very favorite is Alice Cooper’s “Poison.” God, I love this song. No, it doesn’t sound like “School’s Out” or “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” but it is fucking brilliant:

I wouldn’t listen to these songs assuming the Tokio Hotel collab is going to have the same feel. Aside from the fact that Tokio Hotel is not Alice Cooper, Bon Jovi, or Kiss, these are also older songs. “Poison” and “Living On A Prayer” feel like the ’80s, and “I Was Made For Loving You” obviously feels like 1979. I’m not really sure what now “feels” like, but Desmond Child knows. I can’t wait to see what comes out of it.

Oh, and hoping for a big, shiny, singalong anthem. Eee!


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