Olympic moment to look forward to: When Johnny Weir meets Lady Gaga
The most musical of Olympic events is figure skating, although often the soundtrack choices veer toward the traditional. It's not until the non-competitive exhibition event at the end of the games that we get a peek at the true musical tastes of the competitors.
That's why Pop & Hiss thinks it's a shame that U.S. figure skater Johnny Weir wasn't consulted for the Team USA Soundtrack that's selling on iTunes. There's some Mariah Carey, Gloriana, Puddle of Mudd, Sugarland and 3 Doors Down, but from start to finish, the thing is absent a whole lotta fun, instead opting for mid-tempo songs with silly, wannabe-taken-seriously lyrics. Yes, we know, as NBC's mini soap operas keep trying to remind us, these Olympic sports are deadly serious events, and competitors are no mere mortals. They deserve only the most pompous of ballads.
Thankfully, Weir brings some lighthearted risk-taking to the events, and should he skate in the Feb. 27 exhibition gala, there's a good chance he'll be on the ice to Lady Gaga's "Poker Face." Sure, it's a chart-topping hit, but if you're wearing pink and feathers, your music better not be Sting. Additionally, these exhibition events are typically filled with the likes of Coldplay and U2, so let's credit Weir for being a little more flippant in his musical choices, although points also go to teammate Evan Lysacek for recently incorporating a dash of the White Stripes.
Still, this writer's heart belongs solely to Jessica Dubé, the Canadian who survived a blade to the face, and skated earlier this week with partner Bryce Davison to "Requiem for a Dream." It was a well-chosen contemporary choice, and one that came from one of cinema's modern great composers, Clint Mansell.
-- Todd Martens