We Are The World

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    Feb 13, 2010 8:38 AM GMT
    Tonight, WATW premiered before the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics. This was an abbreviated version of the video/song. Since I work closely with the Hollywood community and a few of my clients were involved in this project, I was particularly interested in its result.

    Here are two perspectives:

    The talk about town is this: a) "valiant albeit disappointing (to the extent of uninspired) effort, lets pray it raises awarness and money for relief in Haiti; and, b) creatively: the producer(s) lost their direction and the director missed the mark, big time."

    Personally, the original sings rings (ad infinitum) around this latest version with ease. While the original version showed musical balance and synergy by showcasing its talent in complementary and digestable singluar or group vingnettes - this latest version was a rotten buffet: first, absurd musical style selections that bounced up and down like a Richter scale during a bad earthquake (truly, no pun intended), showcased talent (whether singular, paired or group) that produced little or no feeling or heartfelt impact whatsoever; and, an apparent director (who edited the filmed footage) on crack! I was appalled and saddened by this result.

    What did you think?

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    Feb 13, 2010 1:27 PM GMT
    I wasn't impressed. I thought it was rather lame.
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    Feb 13, 2010 1:37 PM GMT
    it stunk...really really bad.....and i think all these celebrities only did this to try and further their careers...they didnt really give a fuck about haiti...its like a band wagon and these assholes lined up to jumped on it. It would have been better if they just used the original group that sang the last version as they are real artists. Sometimes..its best to leave things in its original form..it would have been better if these individuals would have written a new inspiring song.
  • Celticmusl

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    Feb 13, 2010 1:57 PM GMT
    I don't blame the musical talent at all. If this was a train wreck they were just the hapless passengers.

    Biggest mistake: Using the original song.
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    Feb 13, 2010 2:01 PM GMT
    I caught a tiny bit of news footage and I think they were showing lil wayne. It was awful, pure shit. A singer should never have more metal in his mouth than the studio he's working in.
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    Feb 13, 2010 2:19 PM GMT
    From what little I saw of it, it looked like a mess. The jump from gangsta rap to cheery pop was abrupt and made no aesthetic sense (I can understand that the makers tried to update the song by incorporating 1990s music, but they just tacked it on like some vestigial limb that only detracted from the whole). It just felt like so many current remakes: decaying and unnecessary.

    The original, for all of its gooey sentimentality, is significantly better.
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    Feb 13, 2010 2:58 PM GMT
    i don't even know if i should even give my thoughts on this ... but here goes.. First off the message was clear - We are the World - so representing an assortment of talents in the redo of the song was applicable and relevent.
    Second this represents those who were committed perhaps to the cause of raising more then awareness but the needed funds to aid.
    Third - - omg... really must we be that technical about the production and direction of the video and song... Micheal's original vision for the song was to gather an industry under one umbrella to express their love for the world when it is in NEED.

    Its so amazing how whenever great people try to come together in efforts to make a difference... immediately someone critic finds the 'FAULT' and 'NEGATIVE' FIRST.

    MY OPINION of WE ARE THE WORLD 25 (for HAITI) was that it was beautiful. The message was clear... and the idea that they expressed and showcased more talents in this version on showed a greater appreciation for the industry in this decade. Of course garnishing all varieties will not please everyone but overall can we sit back and embrace the MESSAGE...
    its all for L O V E

    i digress..
    dMarq
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    Feb 13, 2010 3:02 PM GMT
    NickoftheNorth said The original, for all of its gooey sentimentality, is significantly better.

    Gooey sentimentality is never a good sell.
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    Feb 13, 2010 3:19 PM GMT
    it was wretched
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    Feb 13, 2010 3:30 PM GMT
    I gotta tell you people, it was absolutely embarrasing and rotten. What idiot decided to edit an "abbreviated" version? Was there a need for one?

    Let's hope the REAL full-length version is less choppy, but I'm afraid the decision to do a short version (and not tell the audience it was a short version) was the all time most assinine move. I hope they fire the fucker who decided they needed one. Probably some dumbshit NBC exec.
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    Feb 13, 2010 3:47 PM GMT
    I just listened to it and watched it. Who are some of the people in it? Some of them made a good contribution, but many more of them should have ended up on the cutting room floor. What a sad commentary on music today. Where are the real singers of yesterday?
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    Feb 13, 2010 3:48 PM GMT
    Finally. The full version is MUCH better. Watch it now and forget you ever saw the short version last night.

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    Feb 13, 2010 4:06 PM GMT
    Right from the beginning I thought it was an AUTO TUNED DISASTER. And last night when they said "stay tuned for the full version with Miley Cyrus" I thought "yes that pretty much sums up how I felt about this agonizing clip." As a HUGE MJ fan, I would imagine MJ would've probably rolled over in his grave had he heard this or knew it was being put together. I'm still just stunned at how much auto tuning was used. In this situation, they should have just left the original alone, or have came up with their own song. Don't get me wrong, I think the cause was great, but as for the song, simply a disaster.
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    Feb 13, 2010 4:09 PM GMT
    Wow! I am glad I didn't ever see the edited version, because the full length version above gave me chills. It was every bit as good as the original in that it integrated many different voices, styles, and genres (including Michael Jackson) into one cohesive meaningful song with a singular message that "We Are The World". I loved seeing everyone from younger new artists like Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus to established current artists like Pink, Black Eyed Peas, Celine Dion and Jennifer Hudson, to the old classics like Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Gladys Knight and Lionel Richie. I think they did a great job. It's an immense undertaking to not only bring these artists together in one studio, but also to edit down such a song to capitalize and showcase on the collective talent as well as each individual talent. I loved it!
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    Feb 13, 2010 4:11 PM GMT
    I fucking hate Justin Bieber.icon_evil.gif
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    Feb 13, 2010 4:24 PM GMT
    I thought it was awesome. Never saw a shortened version, but this one is amazing.

    Music has changed a lot since 1985.. I'm glad they made it representative of different artists and styles vs. just a big chorus. And I don't miss Bob Dylan.
  • irishkcguy

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    Feb 13, 2010 4:40 PM GMT
    People's hearts are in the right place, but it was a crap song 25 years ago. Not much has changed.
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    Feb 13, 2010 4:48 PM GMT
    I just heard the full length and in terms of production value and musicality, it's far above the original. It was beautiful the first time around for being hastily put together and under produced. The first version everyone just got a little blurb where they seemed to be trying way too hard to put their fingerprints and unique style on the song. The new version is more truly collaborative, and while everyone still remains uniquely themselves, they are adapting to create a more cohesive and nuanced piece of music. This is well thought out. Vocally and stylistically, they more effectively mirror what they are trying to say about The World. Differences between the artists are celebrated, but their underlying unity dominates. I feel that this is what the original was trying to accomplish, but when you take the artists as a metaphor for The World, it accentuated their differences far more than their similarities.
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    Feb 13, 2010 6:26 PM GMT
    When they showed the short version last night, they meshed pieces together without any slow down time to take in the emotion, skipped half the singers in the full version, and Janet Jackson's lips were at least a second behind the lyrics that were playing. Trust me, last night was a catastrophe.

    Who here works in the industry? Find out whose decision it was to air a chopped up version before an audience of billions last night, thereby destroying the efforts of so many artists.
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    Feb 13, 2010 6:29 PM GMT
    no bitch......we are the CHILDREN icon_twisted.gif
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    Feb 13, 2010 6:30 PM GMT
    wrestlervic saidWhen they showed the short version last night, they meshed pieces together without any slow down time to take in the emotion, skipped half the singers in the full version, and Janet Jackson's lips were at least a second behind the lyrics that were playing. Trust me, last night was a catastrophe.

    Who here works in the industry? Find out whose decision it was to air a chopped up version before an audience of billions last night, thereby destroying the efforts of so many artists.



    I agree!! I watched the short version thankfully AFTER I had already seen the long version, and it was a train wreck. Who ever threw that mess together deserves to be fired, after all it was viewed by a HUGE TV audience across the globe. It did a huge disservice to the integrity of the whole piece. I don't understand why they could not have just shown the video in its entirety the way it was meant to be seen, as I thought it was beautifully done.
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    Feb 13, 2010 6:36 PM GMT
    Well hopefully people will be watching in 26 more minutes. At 2:00 pm today EST they are airing the Full version simulataneusly in many countries. I'm guessing NBC will be the place to watch it. I might even hold off my trip to The Dollar Tree just to watch it again, the right way.

    Vic
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    Feb 13, 2010 6:41 PM GMT
    what a cheese factory lol, I couldnt get into it...I guess it was the way they dressed too, they could of been more humble (sunglasses??!! icon_eek.gif ) then the autotune really grind my gears >:l oh well I guess is the tought that counts :

    ps~Can Randy Jackson really sing???icon_confused.gif
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    Feb 13, 2010 6:56 PM GMT
    It's terrible and Justin Bieber looks like Danny from A Shot of Love with Tila Tequila. He is a lesbian.
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    Feb 13, 2010 7:00 PM GMT
    both versions were awful, the song itself is the problem so much drivel and sappiness