Just for fun; let's have a match where Simon Cowell faces S.A.W.

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  1. Blazer

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    Simon Cowell has a lot to answer for: One direction, X-Factor, American Idol, America/Britain's got talent and probably the biggest crime committed against music, ruining Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah"

    Because after having John Cale and Jeff Buckley do some superb versions of the song, it was Cowell who took it to the commerce by having it be the Sing off song in his talent scout TV program "X-factor" Ever since then everybody and their goldfish has covered that song and each version is more over the top than the previous one and the new releases seem to follow each other up like bullets from a machine gun.

    And thus, that song is ruined by overexposure, making it one of those songs that bring forth uncontrollable rage in me as soon as I get just a faint whisper of...

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    Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman are what you can call an entrepreneurial success story, in the early eighties, they founded their own studio and ditto record label and started to release songs from a hotchpotch of artists, writing them songs which the artists had no input in and making them stars overnight. The three of them made good money on their aptly named "assembly line."

    All good and well if not for a very big "BUT": those songs were devout of anything even remotely resembling sincerity and even less originality as they were all sounding alike and as soon as an artist of theirs was going "When can we get into the studio, I wrote a lot of songs..." they'd be dropped and would fade into obscurity. THAT is one very serious crime against music.

    But that's not their biggest offense, they did way more than just that.

    Pete Waterman, who wrote this song, said that in Astley the label had their very own Smokie Robinson, Astley had musical talent for days. The song almost sold itself while Astley's fidgety "I don't know what I'm doing here" appearance had people going "This is different, a pop star who doesn't look like a pop star." and despite the fact that "Never gonna give you up" is a TERRIBLE song with a very dated production, it became a huge hit. And 20 years later with the "Rick-Roll" fad brought Rick Astley back from obscurity, the man has now released the album "Fifty" and is touring with the Foo Fighters, this was all because of what Pete Waterman noted: Astley has GENUINE musical talent. But as the company's policy dictated, he was swiftly dropped by them when he expressed his desire to record songs he wrote himself. Which is also why Rick Astley wasn't around during the nineties.

    Okay this is all pretty serious, anything more we can add to this list?

    Oh yeah, there's more still, they are the ones who brought in an Australian actress and made her a pop star, they are the ones who gave the world Kylie Minogue who turns to be more persistent than she should be.

    And the biggest crime of them all?

    They are the ones who gave us THIS guy.
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    Yup, they are the one who we can hold accountable for giving the word the wonderful presence of Simon Cowell.

    So it's the battle of the student versus the former teachers.

    Discuss
     
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    Just another pop music entrepreneur in a sea of many. Harmless and entertaining.
     
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    Well, umm, I think that, umm.

    Nope. I got nuthin'.
     
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    I think I must have missed something.o_O

    Yup, you do not want me on your Trivial Pursuit team.:oops:
     
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    I'd rather go after the person(s) that dropped that ******* Justin Bieber on us.
     
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    Yeah, imagine a performer demanding a songwriting credit/publishing rights to music he wrote & performed.

    I imagine the 3 of them singing in unison...
    "Where's the money in that for us?" Probably off key too.
     
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    Simon Cowell.

    Milking the emaciated cow of talent to the last drop.

    Freak-wrangler extraordinaire.
     
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    If I had to vote for either of them, I'd go for S.A.W.

    They launched Kylie's career - and she's far more listenable than any of the tawdry sh*te from any 'X Factor' karaoke show.
     
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