guilty pleasure monday: you’re no good (linda ronstadt)

linda ronstadt is one cool, determined, strong lady with a killer voice. as the original female rock arena queen, she has taken some incredibly gutsy artistic risks by moving away from her stock and trade – country rock – and trying her hand at opera, broadway, nelson riddle pop standards (long before the likes of rod stewart was singing them), and traditional hispanic mariachi music. i have tremendous respect for her, even though i’m not fond of a ton of her catalog. she has been a very generous performer, too, featuring music from then-lesser-known artists like warren zevon and elvis costello.

okay, sure. when i was like 11 or 12, i wanted to BE linda ronstadt. i wanted to be jet-setting around with governor moonbeam, or the eagles, or any of those folks, preferably not fueled on cocaine. i wished i had a HUGE voice that could probably knock down a tower of speakers with a single note.

but i didn’t. and i still don’t. still, that won’t stop me from trying whenever you’re no good comes on the radio.

(of course, this is the weirdest video of it i’ve seen. ronstadt is playing live in a prison wearing a dorothy-from-oz dress. guess toto was too scared to come along.)

G-d help anyone within earshot when this song comes on (my kids cover their ears on demand. it’s THAT painful.) and yes, i know she’s covering it, just like she’s covered a zillion other songs. but in this case, no one’s ever captured the angst that she conveys. angst coupled with anger: i bet she’d probably rip you to shreds if you were the song’s subject.

probably why the prisoners watching her didn’t move a muscle during her performance.

her original, for purists her prefer her without the wizard of oz get-up.

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3 Responses to “guilty pleasure monday: you’re no good (linda ronstadt)”

  1. Oh hell YES!! We can sing it out of tune together πŸ™‚

  2. girl, if i ever get lucky enough to get out your way, you can bet on it πŸ™‚

  3. I like the original version. I played it on my computer and sang with it at the top of my lungs!

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