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Robin Thicke and Chicago


Craig MacDonald

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I came in briefly from shovelling snow this evening and caught 2 minutes of Robin Thicke performing with Chicago on the Grammys'. Is it just me or did anyone else think that Robin Thicke's performance with Chicago, was awful..? I thought his voice simply didn't compare to either of the two chicago singers, and it seemed like Thick was trying to impress everyone with silly runs while the Chicago singers were singing rich true notes and sticking to the wonderful original melodies..

 

Maybe I'm just too old, but I thought it was awful.

Craig MacDonald

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To respectfully offer a counter-opinion....

 

I thought that this was the most hip thing Chicago has done in 75 years. :P Thicke sounded great whilst exuding substantial rock power and stage presence - things the old fellas seemed to be lacking a bit. Thicke also managed to remove from my mind the image of Wonder Bread dipped in milk that Chicago often evokes for me.

 

On a more serious note, it looked like all of them were having a blast on stage and it seemed to me that Thicke was showing the band the respect they rightly deserve. And I was impressed by Chicago's playing and singing.

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Dave, I really didn't have the luxury of seeing the whole performance I just saw the very tail end of it.. so my comments were based on limited view. I wouldn't disagree that this isn't the coolest thing Chicago has done recently, but I just thought Thickes voice sounded weak compared to the other voices..

 

again I think my age is showing..

 

Craig MacDonald

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Kas that was exactly what I was thinking and from my perspective Thicke didn't come off well (and lot's of others disagree).. Kind of like looking at a painting by a hack beside a masterpiece.. (perhaps an exaggeration..)

 

Thanks for all the posts, the different perspectives are very interesting!!

Craig MacDonald

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Well if you're doing the casino circuit, I think that's a given.. that said, as I listen to the clip again, the Chicago guys do have a bit of that "lounge singer" style.. not sure which comes first.. playing the casino circuit or the lounge singer style.. ;-)

Craig MacDonald

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To respectfully offer a counter-opinion....

 

I thought that this was the most hip thing Chicago has done in 75 years. :P Thicke sounded great whilst exuding substantial rock power and stage presence - things the old fellas seemed to be lacking a bit. Thicke also managed to remove from my mind the image of Wonder Bread dipped in milk that Chicago often evokes for me.

On a more serious note, it looked like all of them were having a blast on stage and it seemed to me that Thicke was showing the band the respect they rightly deserve. And I was impressed by Chicago's playing and singing.

 

^ I agree with this ^

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GregC and Dave,

 

After looking at the clip again.. I'm starting to side with you guys on this.. as I watch this again.. they're starting to look like a lounge act.. great music but it could have easily been Inglebert Humperdink up there.. (did I spell his name correctly?)

 

Thicke was respectful and did have some good stage presence.. so I'm officially changing my opinion..

 

 

Craig MacDonald

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I missed the show so thanks for posting the clip. I think it sounds great. Calling Chicago a lounge act?? They opened for Hendrix back in the day and were huge, huge and bigger than huge. I will say this, modern casino's are pretty hard rock now because that's the age of the audience that goes to some of them. Sort of like how some of us talk about give retirement homes a few more years and it's going to be "quiet" rock stuff there too.

 

RT is a front man and he gets to front Chicago? How cool is that? All I can say is I'm definitely an old fart who grew up with them, I still have the old CTA album and I agree with Dave Weiser. Good show and Thicke was fine as the front and everybody looks like they're having fun. Sooo, what's the problem?

 

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Bob. I moved camps.. I'm sort of with you on this.. btw I realize that the "lounge act" comment is a little hard to take for those of us who grew up with Chicago.. 25 or 6 24, I'm a Man and lots or great heavy stuff (along with all their great ballads etc.)..

Craig MacDonald

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GregC and Dave,

 

After looking at the clip again.. I'm starting to side with you guys on this.. as I watch this again.. they're starting to look like a lounge act.. great music but it could have easily been Inglebert Humperdink up there.. (did I spell his name correctly?)

 

Thicke was respectful and did have some good stage presence.. so I'm officially changing my opinion..

 

 

now you are becoming more objective :)

Why fit in, when you were born to stand out ?

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I've loved Chicago since I stole the "Chicago II" album from my sister in 1971.

 

In truth, I didn't watch but 90 seconds of the Grammies last night - that was all I could take of Jamie Foxx's ad libbing as he presented one of the awards. Thankfully, technology allows us to view the highlights the next day without all of that.

 

That said, I thought the Robin Thicke/Chigago segment was hip and well done. I have more respect for RT than I did at this time yesterday.

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