There are great songs that stand the test of time. Then there are those terrible songs that refuse to die. I give you..."We Are the World 25 for Haiti" (which I think is the correct title), directed by Paul "Crash" Haggis:
Things to watch for in this video:
-The 12-year old boy who somebody decided would be an obvious choice to kick off the proceedings (1:28-1:40).
-The ghost of Michael Jackson, never one to miss an opportunity to piggyback on previous success, dueting with still-living sister Janet (2:20-2:32).
-Wyclef Jean warbling between keys like a prepubescent boy (3:14-3:22)
-Brian Wilson comes out of his hole (4:31). You will notice that Brian Wilson appears to be very confused throughout this whole video, and he never seems to be singing.
-Akon, T-Pain and Lil Wayne being autotuned--with Weezy appropriately taking Bob Dylan's part (and doing a fairly faithful job) (4:46-4:57)
-Unfortunately, someone decided that Lil Wayne's part was the best time to let out...Carlos Santana, because apparently he is the only guitarist in the world with enough celebrity cachet (why God why is this the case?)
-Jeff Bridges (4:55)
-Jamie Foxx, who I guess defaults into Ray Charles impressions for no appropriate reason (5:38-5:48)
-LL Cool J, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes and others busting out a wall-of-unlistenable group rap that reminds us why these sorts of things rarely work (5:51-6:30).
-Kanye's verse, which includes the lines "Like Katrina, Africa and Indonesia/And now Haiti needs us/they need us, they need us" (7:07-7:26).
I'll never understand the impulse behind something like this. I realize that it's obviously a worthy cause, and musicians have a lot of pull where politicians and nonprofits may not, but what kind of person is inspired to donate based on pap like this? What does it say about America, that we are so stingy about giving money to other countries until Swizz Beatz shows up and somehow validates the cause? And these types of videos--the hugging, the clapping, the palling about in the studio, the self-congratulatory vibe--always give me the creeps.
I know I've previously talked some smack about "Do They Know It's Christmas?", but I'll take Geldof and Midge Ure over this, always.
Now, if someone made a video of the Brian Wilson/Lil Wayne afterparty, that I would pay money for.