Continuing the journey down my youtube favorites list, I give you the infamous “We Are the World.” This tune was written by Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson sometime in 1985, as a response to the horrendous Ethiopian famine which killed over a million people. I guess it did some good as it raised between 50-60 million dollars according to Wikipedia, which is all well and good, but honestly, no one remembers the humanitarian crisis, but rather the image of all those super famous humans gathering in one room to belt out this piece of classic schmaltz. Now, from a distance, this song really sucks. Its cheesy, overwrought, and covered with a layer of outdated 80s glitter, but still, there is no denying the underlying charm of all these ultra-stars, and a few artists manage to give this thing some heat by the end. Here are a few random comments I have for you before enjoy the vid.
#1. Billy Joel, I love you, but go home, also that goes double for Kenny Loggins (for sucking), Kenny Rogers and Paul Simon (for making insanely strange faces.)
#2. Bruce Springsteen, you absolutely RULE the end of the song when you manage to hold your own with Stevie Wonder, but wouldn’t like you like a new take of your first line earlier in the song? You make this face in which you look like you were shot in the stomach. Although, I gotta hand it to him overall, this is the coolest look he ever had. He’s like a combination of Elvis, the Fonz, and Dean Martin. Man, what a rock star.
#3. We can all agree, this is Steve Perry’s greatest moment in music history. I think Journey is horrible, but what a soaring voice this guy has.
#4. This video marked the beginning of when Michael Jackson thought it was a good idea to basically dress up as the fifth member of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band…for the rest of his life.
#5. The story goes that Prince skipped out on the recording of this song for some ego bruised reason…which, ironically makes Prince the most genuine superstar out of this whole group. Why? Because Prince wasn’t about to pretend he didn’t have an ego, unlike every single one of these stars, who tried their damnedest to make you believe they were selfless.
#6. And lastly, Bob Dylan and his disciple Bruce Springsteen are dressed exactly the same. Must have been awkward…Tags: 80s music, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Dean Martin, Diana Ross, Elvis, Hall and Oates, Journey, Kenny Loggins, Kenny Rogers, Lionel Richie, Michael Jackson, Paul Simon, Pop, Prince, Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Rock and Roll, Sgt. Pepper, Steve Perry, Stevie Wonder, the Fonz, The Jackson Five, Tina Turner, We are the World, Willie Nelson, willie simpson