@DavidArchie death-stare revisited

sas-interview-screencapDo you remember this look? It’s the look David gave the Snarky Archies when asked if he’d like to follow in the footsteps of … Michael Bublé. (I recall they even took that clip and replayed it in slow-motion to the creepy violins from Psycho, lol.)

Anywayyy, I’ve been seeing a lot of tweets flying by hoping that when David comes back he takes a “young Bublé” path. My take on that is NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

Don’t get me wrong, love Michael! (Don’t buy his cds but appreciate his talent and showmanship… and heck, he’s practically the honourary Prime Minister here.)

Maybe in 10 or 15 years, David could go the crooner route, but puh-lease, not yet! To me, David’s way too original and versatile for that… he also crackles with energy, and has that Latin soul and fire electrifying everything he does.

Anyway, I’m probably in the minority… but for those of you who look at Bublé now and see what a huge success he is worldwide, you might not realize the struggles he had to get there. He’s always been pretty successful here in Canada (radio stations have to play a certain percentage of home-grown music), but at David’s age, he was about to give up music altogether to study journalism.

Then, at 25, singing at a corporate event, he was noticed by an aide to then-PM Brian Mulroney, who wrangled Michael a gig singing for the PM’s daughter’s wedding.

Producer David Foster was a guest at the “royal” wedding. But even though Bublé’s music is right up Foster’s alley (easy-listening), Foster was reluctant to sign him to his label because he “didn’t know how to market this kind of music” (acc. to Wikipedia!)… hmmm. So Bublé had to raise $500,000 on his own to cover the costs of production before Foster would sign him.

The album didn’t come out until 2003 (Bublé was 28 by then) and it did really well here in Canada (in the top 10) but only top 50 in the U.S.

Only after plugging at it album after album, and updating his sound (which was originally very old-school big band), did he finally achieve wider success. What’s even more amazing to me is that I still remember when, even here, Bublé was once considered uncool… sort of a bland Sinatra-lite. But by not giving up, working hard, keeping up with the times without losing himself, touring and touring some more, he proved he had staying power and is actually now considered cool. Remarkable.

He also comes to mind because I read an article in the paper here last week called “Michael Bublé and how autotune became the Botox of pop music,” in which he said this about autotune:

“I think it’s brilliant… For a pop song, I love it.”

For the multiple Grammy and Juno winner, affection for Auto-Tune is not so much a genuine embrace of the technology as a matter of how I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb. “I need to get on pop radio,” he explains. “And if my songs don’t sound like all the other songs, I’m not getting on pop radio.”

Sad, right? … also interesting, Michael told Oprah in an interview that when he was a teenager, he slept with his Bible and prayed to become a singer. 🙂

I would, however, love to see David do a publicity stunt like this someday…

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8 Responses to @DavidArchie death-stare revisited

  1. mlpb3 says:

    Haha – I remember this interview so well and the “Look”. I like Michael Buble, but yes, maybe several years down the road (PS: my daughter gave him that shirt, love how the jacket was open so we could see it! lol)

  2. emmegirl14 says:

    I remember that interview and that look – I was actually looking for this interview a few weeks back. I never did find it, do you have a link? Am with you 100%, “David’s way too original and versatile for that… he also crackles with energy, and has that Latin soul and fire electrifying everything he does.”!!!!!!

    Great read tofan – maybe Buble had to get old enough to be taken seriously by more adult audiences. I truly believe that is what will benefit David during the next 5 years. I think fans connect more with an artist and their music if they know they have actually lived it and truly do connect with what they are singing. I actually saw Buble about 6-7 years ago. Went with a friend who is a big fan. I enjoyed it, loved the songs he sang (mostly covers) bought a couple CD’s but don’t listen to them. That’s D’s fault, not MB’s. :p

    (“And if my songs don’t sound like all the other songs, I’m not getting on pop radio.”…… we live in a cookie cutter world.)

  3. tawna21 says:

    I’m in your corner TOfan. I think David Archuleta is a different breed of duck than Buble. MB is good and I do have a a couple of his songs on my ipod, but I’m very choosy as to which ones I pick up. And yes, it would be awesome for David to do some publicity stunts like the subway gig. He has done a couple on the streets for, I think it was, Fox & Friends(?). I strongly believe that David has the staying power of the greats since he is taking his time to rise to the top. He will not be a flash in the pan. And, even though we live in a cookie cutter world… I totally agree emmegirl… he will not be from the same mould. That’s just the way he is. He’s proven to his fans, and the industry, that he is his own person and will not be dictated to. Gotta love a man who knows who he is. 🙂 ♥ ♥ ♥

  4. Enjoyed reading about Michael Buble & how hard he worked to make it in the business..I really admire his tenacity ~so many would have just given up. I am not one who thinks that David is ready to go down that path just yet…way too much energy as you said Deb and that Latin blood is pulsing through those perfect veins lol ~I do love imagining what he may decide to do musically when he returns…possibilities are endless ☺

  5. peppertara says:

    Ha, I remember that “Snarky” interview. I think you are right TOfan, David will probably never be a Buble type and he definitely is too original and versatile to be limited in any way. Who knows what he may do in the future, heck he could do whatever he wants and sing whatever he wants. One thing is for sure I think, it will always be his heart and his own mind that drives him.
    I do like Michael, hometown boy and yes he did have quite the climb to get to a place where he wanted to be, glad he made it! I have a few of his CDs and have seen him in concert, enjoyed it. He’s another artist who is unique and has that smooth, lovely tone to his voice (in his own style).
    As for David, well he is in a league of his own. The world will wait for what wonderful things are to come. 🙂

  6. TOfan says:

    So apparently someone on The Voice sang Imagine tonight … explains all the “whatever happened to David Archuleta” tweets tonight, lol … plus these:

    … and sorry, had to include this one… someone thinks David is Canadian! 😆 😆 😆

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