Sunday, February 5


Uh, or something like that.

Last week, it was announced Madonna will open this year's Grammy telecast -- an honor she's tackled before. But this time, there's a twist: she's performing with the animated band, The Gorillaz. If you've never seen or heard of them, you really should take a little time to check them out. Not only do they have a great sound, but they take this whole cartoon-thing pretty serious. I mean, they use cartoons in the video, and perform live… behind a screen, with the cartoon personas projected above the stage.

Now, I love Madonna. And I'd say that I'm a fan of the Gorillaz (as much as I'm able to make heads or tails of them). I was thrilled for Madonna, the last time she performed on the Grammys. Not because she did an amazing job or anything (she did that strange, seizure-like dance in full Geisha get-up for "Nothing Really Matters"). But she won that night, and she deserved it. "Ray of Light" was one of the best albums of her career.

But unless she's doing one of her full-on theatrical concerts, and it just her and the microphone… well, let's just say that her strongest selling point as a live performer is the look of it all. Live, Madonna is great to watch, and just OK to listen to. And The Gorillaz (live) are interesting to watch, but not much of a musical experience.

It should be interesting to see what happens when they get together. (If you haven't heard Madonna's new single, "Sorry," get your hands on a copy now -- it's great, especially the remix, with guest vocals by the Pet Shop Boys.)

[And Fausto: Shut up! She rocks, and she's been around a lot longer than anyone else -- I'll take her over Cher, anyday.]

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