Monday, June 17, 2024

Harry Styles Makes a Turgid Solo Debut, And Steals a Lick from Badfinger on “Saturday Night Live”


Tell me something I don’t already know: Harry Styles sang a new song on SNL and ripped off a well known lick from Badfinger’s “Baby Blue.” How many songwriters did that take?

It took FIVE apparently to write “Sign of the Times,” a turgid 5 minute ballad that went nowhere on the show. At one point, Harry stepped back from the mic and turned around, yet the falsetto he’d been singing continued.

What did I expect? Something better. Styles and his team have had a long time to work on these songs, on this album. I do hope the Ham-Evans Badfinger estate sues his ass for that lick. How embarrassing.

While we wait for the clips to come up, here’s Badfinger for you kids:

Here’s Harry:

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