The Dude Abides: What the American Idol Top 10 Should Sing for 80s Week – Nick Fradiani
WHAT HE SHOULD SING: “Fascination,” The Human League
Yes, there is a very specific reason I think Nick Fradiani should sing a song most people only know from playing Grand Theft Auto Vice City (best of the series, BTW). You know, this one:
This song is a perfect example of why 80s music is awesome. That song is a piece of garbage and borderline unlistenable more than two or three times a year, right? How in the hell do you cover it?
If you’re wondering where you heard it before, it’s from a 2011 Kingsford Charcoal commercial and it’s god damn genius. The way it’s stripped down is right in Fradiani’s wheelhouse. If he picks up the pace ever-so-slightly, everyone’s heads will explode because Fascination is one of those songs you don’t know the words to and you don’t realize what it is until the chorus hits.
When he hits the chorus? Panties. Drop.
Fradiani has a huge realm of songs to choose. I love me some Yacht Rock, but I’m hoping he stays away from that genre (unless it’s James Ingram) and looks to do something like covering “Fascination,” but let’s be honest – this is a terrific choice.
My favorite part about 80s week is Fradiani is literally the only contestant who was alive during the genre. It would be fitting if he actually picked a song older than he is, but if I’m the other Idols I’m making all sorts of jokes about Fradiani having an unfair advantage because he was alive when these songs were on the radio, then asking him what it was like to have to own a CD player.
And if he doesn’t dress up like one of the “Dick in a Box” guys, fail. If you think he’s not showing up with pants so tight you can see his wiener outline, you don’t know how people dressed in the 80s.