Scott Marks 9:44 a.m., May 21
Music Notes (Carly Simon, Paul Anka, Michael Jackson)
I never cared much for Carly Simon. By that I mean, I never cared much for her songs.
As a kid, I remember her hit “Anticipation” was a ketchup commercial. The song “You’re so Vain,” bugged me because it’s written poorly. I mean, she’s singing “You’re so vain/You probably think this song is about you.” And, well…at that point, the song is about him.
She also says “But you gave away the things you loved/And one of them was me.” Newsflash Carly: Maybe he didn’t love you, then. Maybe he was just trying to get you into bed, as you claim he does with women in the rest of the song.
But I digest, the late breakfast I just ate.
The fourth most famous Simon in music (behind Paul, Cowell, and even LeBon), is suing Starbucks Coporation. Not because someone spilled hot coffee on her, but she claims their now-defunct music venture, didn’t adequately promote an album of hers last year (This Kind of Love). The lawsuit claims the album wasn’t available in a number of the Starbucks stores during the key early months after its release. And when the disc was finally stocked, the price was slashed.
I think someone needs to tell Carly that…music is a tough sell these days. Paul McCartney, a friggin’ Beatle, signed with the Starbucks people as well. And his disc sold like crappuccino.
It’s going to kill her even more to see that Paul Anka, who has about a fourth of the talent Simon has, is going to be making millions very soon.
You see, the first Michael Jackson post-humous song (This is It) was co-written by Anka in the early-80s. He apparently recorded two songs with the King of Pop, back when he was just the prince of pop.
When Anka first heard the song, he made a phone call, and quickly worked out a deal to get half the publishing royalties.
Anka said he was going to re-release the song, and that it was all an honest mistake. And, with that tune being the theme song of the movie that’s going to be released in late October…Anka is probably going to be touring soon.
One of the gloves Michael Jackson wore in the Victory tour in the mid-80s, sold for over $70,000 at auction recently.
I’m guessing very soon, Anka will tour again. And he’ll be wearing gloves covered in diamonds.