Saturday, May 18, 2024

Enrique Iglesias Samples Shirley Temple Classic In X Rated New Song


Enrique Iglesias is kind of at the low end of what’s left of the music business. A Ken doll following in the footsteps of his onerous father, Enrique has often invited skepticism about whether he’s actually singing at all. (Remember the Howard Stern incident?)

In the latest episode of his weird career, Enrique has just released a new record called “Tonight (I’m  F—ing You).” That’s right. Taking Cee Lo Green even further, the teen pop idol has just gone for it. Since he has the insights of a gnat on all his other records, there’s not much left for Iglesias to sing about. So he sings the “F word” away, as if it were just another bouncy tune in his repertoire of nonsense.

But get this: jammed into the new video for “Tonight (I’m F—in’ You)” is a sample of Shirley Temple‘s classic record, “On the Good Ship Lollipop.” I’m sure Enrique has no idea who she is, but Shirley Temple Black is a former US Ambassador and US Chief Protocol officer. She was also the most famous child star of all time. I’m sure neither she nor the estates of the composers of that song would be thrilled to know what they’ve been tossed into.

In the video, the scene cuts from Enrique singing this coarse, low class (class tells, doesn’t it?) love song to rapper Ludacris sitting in a limo. The driver has just changed the radio station from “Tonight” to “Good Ship.” Ludacris tells him change it back. Ha ha!

Sidney Clare and Richard A. Whiting wrote “Good Ship.” Whiting died young, but his daughter, Margaret Whiting, now 86, went on to become a famous singer. Clare is credited by the Oxford English Dictionary for inventing the term “rock and roll.” They were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.

I don’t want to sound like Tipper Gore on a high moral horse here, but don’t record companies have some responsibility for good taste? It’s not like Iglesias is a rapper who’s defined by vulgarity. He’s a rich kid with questionable abilities who’s stooped low to make a buck. Yuck.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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