Monday, December 3, 2007

You raise me up

GL and I meandered through New York City this weekend. Lo and behold, at a crappy bar ($4 PBRs?) is Josh Groban. Yes, THE Josh Groban.

Nice guy, bad music.

fin.


UPDATE: for all the fans out there...
Josh Groban - "You Raise Me Up"

101 comments:

Doris said...

Well, that's rather rude, considering he did pose for a pic when he could have said he just wanted to hang out, and refused. Yeah, he IS a nice guy. Which is more than I can say for you right now....

Patty said...

Yeah - I think that was a pretty rude remark too since Josh didn't have to stand there and let you take his picture. And his music is beautiful!!
an irate fan

Grinchy said...

*coughbadmusiccough* (?) What are you thinking? The guy is by far and away the nicest and most generous (with his time) mega-star and you have the audacity to insult him? I understand difference in musical taste, but the guy didn't have to pose with you when he was on his own time!
----Feeling like a Grinch in Iowa
Merry Christmas!!!

Anonymous said...

Josh was nice enough to pose for a picture with you when he didn't have to. The least you could do in return is say something nice about him.

Anonymous said...

Do the world a favor and go find an artist that you LIKE and just TRY to find them in a normal setting like that. NOT GONNA HAPPEN! Josh is the ONLY one I've seen thus far that is SO generous with his time, EVEN HIS DOWNTIME! How DARE you post such a RUDE comment! I suggest you take that "bad music" part from your post or you're going to make even MORE Grobanites angry than you already have and I really don't want to see you blasted with comments just because of your personal opinion.

Do the world a favor and LISTEN TO HIS MUSIC before making such a statement.

Jerk.

Nancy said...

Hmmm - you got your picture taken, and posted it, then made a snarky comment. trying to get points for being with someone famous and then dissing them?
I say, pick one or the other...but you don't get to have both

Rob said...

Yowza. I didn't realize we had so many Josh Groban fans reading TRS. Thanks for stopping by. This is a music blog. We post opinions about music. I could have sworn this was America.

I'm quite surprised that 6 people actually read our blog. Thanks for the hits, folks.

Doris said...

Well, that's just fine that you post music opinions. How about next time, you actually add something to back up your opinion? You don't have to like Josh's music, and he even would (and did say in an interview) "you can't please everybody." Grobanites understand not everyone likes Josh's music because we understand everyone has different taste. What upsets them is the "snarkiness" of your comment.

Anonymous said...

I do hope the bad music you are referring is the music in the crappy bar. Josh's music is REAL music.

taaasha said...

I have to agree with Rob on this one. Minus Oprah, I had no idea he had any fans. He may have a good voice, but the songs are just "eh" at best.

Caesar's Wife said...

Obviously, his unprecedented niceness in posing for a picture with you -temporarily ?- addled yor brain, such that you had to find something to say. But you landed on one of the most offensive things a columnist can do: take advantage of print power to make an unsubstantiated comment. Many of us like his music to an extreme! You certainly don't have to -this is America- but try to demonstrate a bit of good taste so you don't ruin your own rep. Oops. Too late.

Anonymous said...

Didn't know he had fans??? 'Scuse me but have you looked at the Billboard 100 album chart lately? He's number one. Heading off your comment that sales do not always equal talent, I'd agree but in this case, it does. Josh Groban has talent. He has fans. He has excellent manners. That's a trifecta to me.

G.H. said...

I think we've started to get some kind of crossover appeal on this here blog.

Wait, which one is Josh Groban again?

Doris said...

OK G.H. see, that's the kind of snarkiness we're talking about....I could care less if you like Josh's music or not. Your taste is your taste. There is a way to express an opinion without being rude and nasty. Apparently you and your associates have not discovered this ability. That's too bad because I respect people and opinions that I disagree with much more if they can back up what they say without being insulting.

Jimbromski said...

Here's the deal, Rockists--

1--My mother-in-law loves Groban (truely loves)

2--You insult Groban, you insult my mother-in-law

3--You insult my mother-in-law, you insult my wife

4--You insult my wife, you insult me

5--Now I must introduce you to Dr Fist and His Five Interns

Next time I see you, just lay on the ground, because you already dead, jack.

(note to self--(1) insult Groban, (2) drive traffic, (3) profit)

Thankful for Josh said...

Just want to say that if you don't like someomne why get your pic with them? I get the whole thing about not liking his music but you could post the picture and not be rude or mean.It's not that you can't have an opinion that differs from others,it's just that you take up this man's time on his off time and then you dis him!!! I love Josh and his music and in case you haven't noticed, his new cd "Noel" just went double platinum and it has only been out since October!!!It is number one on Billboard two weeks in a row and obviously LOTS of people DO love Josh's music.Get in the holiday spirit and get yourself a copy of "Noel".....Merry Christmas

heather said...

You see, everything posted about Josh goes on his message boards and then the troops are called out. He has such a huge amount of fans that I would not have said mean things about him on your blog but now that you have all this attention and are loving it, what will you do next? A little advice, make sure you get your brakes checked and that the service person is not a fan because we are everywhere.

Anonymous said...

hey what bar was this? it looks familiar..... i swear i was there last thursday evening watching the cowboys and greenbay play.

Anonymous said...

Didn't know he had any fans?! WHAT?!?!?!?! Living under a ROCK, much?

tg4jg said...

So another rock snob gets his 1 second of fame at the expense of a gracious man with two things you obviously lack...class and talent. Wonder where you get off judging Josh for being in a "crappy bar?" Begs the question, if you are so quick to judge Josh, what were you doing there?

joolz said...

That is just your opinion and we are all entitled to our opinions. I don't think we need to come down on this guy for merely stating his opinion. Come on Grobanites, show more class!

Laura said...

How can you say that about Josh? His voice is beyond angelic and even when Josh would be tierd, after a concert, he came out, even when it was SNOWING, he came out and signed for everyone. I don't know how anyone can crtisize anything about Josh Groban! His voice heals broken hearts and it's scientificlly proven I might add! You may be entitled to your own opnion, mister, but you don't have to tell the world negative things about Josh. Seems to me, you don't think Josh is a "nice" guy if you can crtisize him where the whole of cyberspace can see what trash you write about the angel on earth.

G.H. said...

Yeah, class it up, Grobanites.

Poor guy just doesn't like his music.

ukM said...

Just for the record, I am not American and my comment is music related.
Josh is the best singer I have ever heard (and I've got a few too many years behind me). My music taste is very wide ranging (from classical through pop to rock. Gotta love Handel, Sibelius, Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper and lots in between). JOSH GROBAN blows my socks off. AND he happens to be one of the nicest most generous guys you could ever meet. No surprise to see him in an ordn'ry bar just hanging out.
'Nuff said.

Tarja said...

I love Josh Groban, but the majority of his fans are freaking psycho, so don't pay their comments any mind. They go nuts over every single little negative thing anyone says about him and feel the need to defend his honor to the death.

Besides, the guy said Josh was a nice guy at least, he just doesn't like his music. Nothing wrong with that. Most people who don't like Josh's music will usually bash on him for pages and pages.

Ali loves Josh said...

I love Josh's music, but a lot of my friends prefer other kinds. I'm ok with that. (having friends with no taste!) He DID say Josh was a nice guy- we can agree with that. This is why there's chocolate and vanilla- not everyone likes the same stuff. I know, I know....I can't understand it either, but different strokes peeps.

Anonymous said...

Hey Rob!!

I am not american either so you quite the "american krap" excuse! Why bother getting your picture taken with the guy if you thought his music sucked? Lets hope that you DO happen to meet an idol that you really love and they completly snub you! What goes around, comes around! God your such a man ~ not!!

Jumbo Slice said...

What's this I hear about you insulting Jimbromski's wife? You bastards...

Seriously, who is Josh Groban?

Rob said...

Don't you know, jumbo? Josh Groban is magic. It's scientifically proven.

Andrew said...

this comment thread is awesome

Anonymous said...

LOL everyone's entitled to their own opinion - if you can't appreciate Josh's music, that's your loss - but if you have nothing nice to say, don't say it. The world is a crap enough place already without all that nonsense.

Jimbromski said...

Seriously, I'm going to find you guys, rip your heads off, shit in your neckholes, then scrawl "this was for Groban" on the sidewalk with your blood.

Fatwa time.

Sarah said...

haha i love those little faces you drew on to the other ppl in the picture =P

i met josh, he's such a sweet guy, you are lucky you got to run into him!

yeah i personally <3 his music but ya can't expect everyone to.

good luck with your blog, thanks for the pic of josh!

G. L. Naut said...

wait, he sings that song "you're beautiful", right?

Sarah said...

nah thats james blunt, but they do look a like

Anonymous said...

Wow. As much as I can't stand some of the comments which are clearly offensive and truly not representative of Josh's fans, I can't help but agree with the more measured ones.

When someone kindly gives up some of their down-time to pose for a pic, it may have been more gracious to be kinder and just say something like "I'm not a fan of his music but he really was a very nice guy for doing this..." Your original post came off as kicking someone who had taken the trouble to be kind to you when they had no reason to as they were on a night out.

And if the implication was that Josh shouldn't have been in a "crappy bar" for any reason - I'm not really getting why you made the point - may I ask why you were drinking in said bar if it was so crappy?

Actually, for a music blog, I didn't see any great comment or discussion of Josh's music. I just read a throwaway remark that wasn't remotely insightful.

I certainly do not wish to make threats or abusive comments and am not exactly thrilled that I'm going to be lumped in with them, but neither do I agree with your post as it was originally put.

And, yeah, you're really gonna get some hits now that this is in the Grobanite fandom! Good luck with that!

Doone said...

Oh My Josh! Are you insane Rob? Do you know how many Grobanites would treasure the opportunity you had? Being the gentleman Josh is he took some of his "chillaxin" time to pose in a picture with your group and this is the thanks you give him? The man is a Global star and his charity does so much good for people in Africa and you have the audicity to dis him? Karma isn't gonna repay you favorably for that. Uh huh!

Grobanite said...

Oh wow. How dare you! "Nice guy, bad music??" Have you ever listened to a Josh Groban song dude?
You must have the worst taste on the planet to say something that rude. Especially when he used his free time to pose a picture with an a$$hole like you.
And for your information, he has the #1 selling album in the entire country right now!! Perhaps you should take a listen!

Santa Claus said...

Redeem yourself, Rob! Invite Groban to join the Rockist Society. He could cover the Celine Dion concert!

Anonymous said...

For crying out loud, people. Calm down. He DID say "nice guy..." Guys tend not to gush about things like that. Not everyone will be a fan of his music.

I AM a fan of Josh's. But the name calling & other comments like these are just one reason why I backed far away from the Grobanite label a LONG time ago.

As one poster here said to Rob: "...don't ruin your own rep. Oops. Too late." You all might worry about that yourselves.

The Village Idiot said...

So I never knew Groban and the unfortunately violent gorbanites even existed... but now that I've looked into his "craft" I see he must be a really nice guy and although his music doesn't raise me up but more my dinner from earlier, I am a fag hag as most girls tend to be so he's A OK in my book for being loud and proud.

Anonymous said...

I think it's perfectly ok for people to get mad because you are talking about someone they love e.g. similar if you were talking about their family members/friends - so of course their first/natural reaction is to be hurt and angry - we're all humans - It's just Grobanites being protective of Josh, who they love. It's the same for any other fans of any other artiste.

Anonymous said...

I know you're just being sarcastic, but DON'T BE JEALOUS NOW... just because Josh made it big and you didn't!

Anonymous said...

Nooooooo.....I think it is definitely rude. It would have been okay if Rob says he doesn't particularly like Josh's music, or he has different interest, or whatever.
But not "Bad Music!"

Grow up, and fine tune your way of expressing what you dislike in public.

Doris said...

Well, I agree, it's ok to express anger or disappointment over someone not loving something/someone you love. But I am a bit embarrassed by the threats of bodily harm that have been expressed here. That reflects badly on Josh, who is indeed a nice guy. And some of the remarks, on both sides, have turned quite unintelligent.

Too bad because this could be an opportunity for some intelligent dialogue, provided the initial blog had actually included some kind of intelligent commentary on Josh's music, rather than an unsubstantiated statement, and perhaps, if it had been worded in a more polite fashion.

Alex McBlog said...

ha, this is hilarious.

grogs said...

I don't agree with the violent replies ~ Josh does not represent violence and neither should (we) his fans. YES we are all entitled to our opinions ~ but you don't go out of your way to approach a celeb and he being decent enough to pose for a pic and then slate him. You could have just said " NICE GUY, NOT MY TASTE IN MUSIC" all very p.c.!

Anonymous said...

This has more entries attached to it than the number listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.

That aside...well you did say "nice guy, bad music", so one good for one bad pretty much makes it neutral and in which case I think it evens it out.

I am not going to comment back in a negative manner...was the bar really that crappy though?

Anonymous said...

I think Josh Groban fans come to his honor in every negative context against Josh Groban, because secretly they want to get recognized for standing out due to their desire to get closer to the man. Basically, I think many of his Grobanite level fans, independent of their nice or not so nice personalities, have a major crush on Josh Groban...and just as is the case when you are in a relationship with someone, there is that need or feeling that you are there to protect them when anything negative comes their way. Plus, many of his Grobanite fans are women who are older in age...so there is that "motherly" instinct too...even though I think too some of them have a crush on him too. Just from what I have observed concerning the Grobanites and their identification / relationship to Josh Groban.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, just join his Friends of Josh Groban website or go to JG.com if you want to get a clearer picture of how many of his fans reference Josh Groban. There are those fans who are respectful of him and others who just make comments about his battery pack, hair, eyes, lips, sexiness, hotness, etc. I don't see the connection to his music when you talk about him in that dialog...and these are people who identify themselves as Grobanites...I tend to agree with the statement made above about his fans being freaky...but I think I would revise it a bit to say this: A significant portion of his fans (Grobanites and other levels) are drawn off into other directions in relation to Josh Groban...more comments on his looks and body than his music and heart...their approach is a bit toward the extreme side of the spectrum. Hey, not for me, but I respect their choice to be identified as a Grobanite. There are Grobanites out there who have worked in a positive way to embrace and uphold the person and professional who is Josh Groban. I think it all boils down to the concept that we are all different. Hey you don't like his music, present it in the way you choose...I am not really that fond of his looks; I don't think he is sexy or hot, what I do think is that he is a kind hearted person who has a wonderful sense of humor and far reaching talent and whose music can have a positive impact upon people around him. That though, doesn't mean it is the greatest music in the world...there is alot of talent out there, independent of the placement of his NOEL cd...I am happy that he is succeeding in his career...if he works hard and holds true to who he is regardless of the influences that will come his way, then he so much deserves personal and professional success. As you said, he is a nice guy...but that is not a pre-requisite for having wonderful music either...someone could be nice and have not nice music, or they could be bad and have nice music, etc. You don't need one quality to have the other...many out there in the public scene have a negative public image, but they do truly have positive music. I believe at one time, Josh Groban commented that he was just a man, not an angel or hero...don't make him out to be more than what he himself considers himself to be...a man. With that comes positive and negative qualities...such is the way of life. Not everyone has to like or even appreciate his music or his personality...if you do or if you don't you are still who you are. Don't try to extend your control over another person or what they say...you are only responsible for your own actions, comments and responses. That is all that you have the power to change...YOU.

Nancy said...

Dear Rocksists - had enough?

We all respect your right to an opinion. The outrage is over invading his private time, asking him to pose for a picture, and then running him down. Get it?

Anonymous said...

couple things:

I'm not a huge fan of the Rockists' music choice and I do like Josh Groban, but am related to one Rockist and like the others... Glad you all could take some time away from World of Warcraft (Leroy Jenkins!) to post here.

Jimbronski, sorry buddy, but if I had to put money on who's going to win between the Rockists and some Josh Groban-blasting, p* whipped half-a-man picking fights on behalf of his mother-in-law, I'm goin with the Rockists. Adding a "bronski" on the end of your name doesn't make you intimidating. I don't be though... you gotta watch out for that stuff, it can getcha. But props to you -- I just skimmed your blog and your posts here are maybe the only entertaining thing you've ever written.

Anyway, my Tori Amos CD is ending and the candles are burning low. Keep it real Doris -- maybe knit me a quilt or something.

Rob said...

nancy, we eat this shit up. our hits are going through the roof.

how are your daytime soaps?

Jimbromski said...

Anonymous, my posts were clearly in jest, but perhaps in the future I'll add one of those smiley face things for you.

B-R-O-M-S-K-I, get it straight, sir.

Jimbromski said...

Also, if I ever have to go to war, I want the Groban Army by my side, these people are hard core.

Anonymous said...

clearly, mine was as well. "anonymous" (lower-case "a"). get it straight, sir.

you have a point, though, we should all check our brake lines.

Jimbromski said...

Ah, I get it.

Also, re my mother in law, I'm not kidding, she plays that shit 24-7 whenever we visit.

Other music on her playlist, just FYI so you don't insult these guys: Andrea Bocelli (the blind guy), and Il Divo. Tread carefully.

Grosh Joban said...

I like everyone!!!

boot pizza said...

man these grobanites are almost as bad as ron paul's paultards. do they have nothing better to do than troll all day?

Anonymous said...

Wow, SO much rabidness. The post wasn't even rude, he just said he didn't like the guy's music. So what? Get over yourselves.

Valerie said...

I'm curious, do you guys just have the name "Josh Groban" plugged in on your respective RSS feeds? Because I'm trying to grasp how and why so many fans came to a blog that they probably wouldn't ordinarily read to defend against a (fairly innocuous) comment in a post that not too many people would've otherwise seen.

Not that I'm complaining - this has been an entertaining read.

Anonymous said...

did anyone happen to notice that there are 3 other people in the picture, and that maybe one of those smiling faces actually approached him? you crazies act like he was ambushed, used, and exploited but just perhaps the person(s) who wanted to take a picture with him actually wanted to? and even if rob was the one who asked, BFD. you can be a fan of someone for more than their music. you guys are nuts and actually turn people off of his music.

Giggy's PW said...

ROFLCOPTER

Giggy, you are a genius!

Hrm, maybe if I start a site with a CLEARLY INNOCUOUS REMARK about Trent Reznor, one day he'll show up at a bar I'm at too!

Things to think about: HE'S A CELEBRITY. it's kinda his freaking job to pose, make nice, etc etc etc etc.

ahhhh, you know WOW goes up to lvl 70 now? of course you do. now go do ZA on your epicced out mechanostrider, and listen to some good music.

i vote...gypsy kings!

Anonymous said...

Life is a beautiful thing!!!

B-O-N-E-S said...

This is hilarious. Nice work, roberto. Kudos to you, Rockists.

Anonymous said...

LOVE this!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SERIOUSLY, Jimbromski, is your first name Gary? Rebecca, so it's come to this, you've become an anonymous lurker? Holy schnikies!!!!!!!!!!! Forget about discovering Josh Groban in a nondescript New York bar, I actually found Gary and Rebecca on a bloglist!!!!!!!!!!!!! You two still at it? Really, aint life beautiful?

Read on . . .

THE COLLEGE THEME PAPER: HE VS. SHE

A prime example of interplanetary sexism offered by an English professor at an American University:

"Today we will experiment with a new form called the tandem story. The process is simple. Each person will pair off with the person sitting to his or her immediate right. One of you will then write the first paragraph of a short story. The partner will read the first paragraph and then add another paragraph to the story. The first person will then add a third paragraph, and so on back and forth. Remember to re-read what has been written each time in order to keep the story coherent. There is to be absolutely NO talking and anything you wish to say must be written on the paper. The story is over when both agree a conclusion has been reached."

The following was actually turned in by two of my English students:
Rebecca -last name deleted, and Gary - last name deleted.

STORY:
(first paragraph by Rebecca)
At first, Laurie couldn't decide which kind of tea she wanted. The chamomile, which used to be her favorite for lazy evenings at home, now reminded her too much of Carl, who once said, in happier times, that he liked chamomile. But she felt she must now, at all costs, keep her mind off Carl. His possessiveness was suffocating, and if she thought about him too much her asthma started acting up again. So chamomile was out of the question.

(second paragraph by Gary)
Meanwhile, Advance Sergeant Carl Harris, leader of the attack squadron now in orbit over Skylon 4, had more important things to think about than the neuroses of an air-headed asthmatic bimbo named Laurie with whom he had spent one sweaty night over a year ago. "A.S. Harris to Geostation 17," he said into his transgalactic communicator. "Polar orbit established. No sign of resistance so far..." But before he could sign off a bluish particle beam flashed out of nowhere and blasted a hole through his ship's cargo bay.

The jolt from the direct hit sent him flying out of his seat and across the cockpit.

(Rebecca)
He bumped his head and died almost immediately but not before he felt one last pang of regret for psychically brutalizing the one woman who had ever had feelings for him. Soon afterwards, Earth stopped its pointless hostilities towards the peaceful farmers of Skylon 4. "Congress Passes Law Permanently Abolishing War and Space Travel," Laurie read in her newspaper one morning. The news simultaneously excited her and bored her. She stared out the window, dreaming of her youth, when the days had passed unhurriedly and carefree, with no newspapers to read, no television to distract her from her sense of innocent wonder at all the beautiful things round her.
"Why must one lose one's innocence to become a woman?" she pondered wistfully.

(Gary)
Little did she know, but she had less than 10 seconds to live. Thousands of miles above the city, the Anu'udrian mothership launched The first of its lithium fusion missiles. The dim-witted wimpy peaceniks who pushed the Unilateral Aerospace Disarmament Treaty through the congress had left Earth a defenseless target for the hostile alien empires who were determined to destroy the human race. Within two hours after the passage of the treaty the Anu'udrian ships were on course for Earth, carrying enough firepower to pulverize the entire planet. With no one to stop them, they swiftly initiated their diabolical plan. The lithium fusion missile entered the atmosphere unimpeded. The President, in his top-secret Mobile submarine headquarters on the ocean floor off the coast of Guam, felt the inconceivably massive explosion, which vaporized poor, stupid, Laurie and 85 million other Americans. The President slammed his fist on the conference table. "We can't allow this! I'm going to veto that treaty! Let's blow em out of the sky!"

(Rebecca)
This is absurd. I refuse to continue this mockery of literature. My writing partner is a violent, chauvinistic semi-literate adolescent.

(Gary)
Yeah? Well, you're a self-centered tedious neurotic whose attempts at writing are the literary equivalent of Valium. "Oh shall I have chamomile tea? Or shall I have some other sort of FRICKEN TEA??? Oh no, I'm such an air headed bimbo who reads too many Danielle Steele novels and listens to Josh Groban."

(Rebecca)
___hole.

(Gary)
Bitch.

(Rebecca)
Wanker.

(Gary)
Slut.

(Rebecca)
Get Bent.

(Gary)
Eat ____.

(Rebecca)
BITE ME - YOU NEANDERTHAL!!!

(Gary)
Go drink some tea - whore.

-------------------------------------------------------

(Teacher)
A+ - I really liked this one.

whoami said...

i am still laughing ... A+ was definitely deserved.

Back to josh groban, a nice guy with a wicked sense of humor. Rob, I agree about "you raise me up", or as the Grobanites would say YRMU. But I love Weeping and Lullaby. Have you actually listened to the Awake cd?

And in that vein, I decided to go listen to y'all's top picks for the year. Somebody's gotta dance. Most of your picks, at a minimum, put the body in motion. Almost 21st century beach music, and I don't mean CA. But, then there were the ones that reminded me of Gregorian chants :) To each his own.

Jimbromski said...

COLLEGE THEME PAPER = genius

+10

Anonymous said...

You don't have to be so rude. He is nice and just cuz you don't happpen to like his music doen't mean you have to be rude about it. He was in a bar and didn't have to take a pic with you. If you're gonna post a pic of you with him, you could at least be nicer about it.

Anonymous said...

you said he was a nice guy.
that's not an insult.

but since you can't, i'll say it.
josh groban sucks goat balls.

suck on it all you 45 year old housewives.

wesley said...

Grobanites? who knew there were such a thing?

JamieH25 said...

Well im a fan of Josh Groban but I have to say this is hilarious. I got a link throught my google alert when this first came out read it, but I didn't see anything wrong with it. I moved on. Then I was on the joshgroban.com message board and saw that people were being recruited here to defend Josh's, or whatever it was called so I had to come back.
Cool that you got to meet him. (I'm completely jealous, but ohh well)
Don't like his music??? Many people don't most my friends just don't get it. Josh's music is like this..either you hate it or love it. Its an aquired taste. It could have been said a little nice than bad music, but at least you said he was a nice guy. :)

I couldn't stop laughing my ass off over the A+ paragraph thing. Wicked funny.
ok everybody continue to bicker. I want something funny to read later.

JamieH25 said...

What bar was this anyway???

Anonymous said...

Josh's music is like this..either you hate it or love it.

Like goat balls?

This has made my day. I wish I had saved the writing exercise for tomorrow. I am now going to hit this blog every day, just waiting for them to piss off the claymates..

Anonymous said...

How dare you say this man who makes bad music is nice?!

Of course, as we have learned from these comments, the two are inextricably related. Thus, please rescind your opinion.

auntiegin said...

Gee, Rob, you really know how to draw the strange and wonderful from the woodwork - good job! (And I love the post from one of the anon's about the college theme paper - so very, very good.)
So - what celeb are you planning to showcase next? I can't wait.

nochoice said...

If you think Josh makes bad music, what can you say about Clay?

agguyz said...

He didnt have to but he did. If I let you take a picture of me will my music not suck?

Oprah's Things said...

It was nice that he let you take a picture with him...as far as insulting his music, we do live in America don't we? But just remember a little think called karma!

pattybeth said...

To irate Josh fans and snarky rocker blogger guy ...
First,face facts, Joshfans.
Dudes - most of 'em - would rather have dental surgery than:
a: listen to Josh's music ... OR
b: admit they like Josh's music

Why? It's a cajones thing. For most testosterone-afflicted, saying you like Josh Groban is like admitting you cried at "Beaches." During the "Wind Beneath my Wings" part. You could lose your "guy card."

Now, add the psychological profile of most self-styled indie rock "critics" (i.e.: it's popular, ergo, it sucks) and JG's actual music matters little in the equation. Forget vocal quality, world music influences, etc. - he's tagged with a Manilow/Clay Aiken-styled soft FM/MOR rep he'll never shake.
But who the hell cares?

Side note to snarky rocker: most Groban fans are actually NOT psycho - they have lives. But the ones who are are extremely vocal. (Those are the gals posting to this blog in Groban t-shirts, with 5 alternating Groban screensavers on their computer,"Noel" blasting from their speakers, and "You are Loved" ringtones on their phones.) Yes, be afraid. Many of them are menopausal women, but they will still not hesitate to cut you. On the plus side, they make tons of knitted stuff/toys/dolls that they auction/donate to JG's charity; their fervor does help the less fortunate, so cut them some slack.

Your assumption that
a: Groban either has no fans OR
b: any said fans must be 'tards without the musical interest/acumen to enjoy many types of music
lead you to err here. No harm, no foul.

But here's one last parting thought: if "rock snobs" can't respect his music, respect this: This guy has gotten more guys laid than Jack Daniels and Johnny Walker combined. Seriously.
Just showing that picture around could get you some, so give thanks to JG - and use with caution.

Anonymous said...

this was a fun read. i love josh and his sense of humor... i'm guessing he would find all this pretty amusing as well.

no need to fret josh fans. somehow, i don't think groban is losing any sleep because the rockist boys aren't enamored.

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c'mon you fucks! therez been too big a lull on this blog! Let's get the josh slammin' back on track so all the josh knob gobblerz world-wide
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Is Josh Groban hetro? said...

ok, this is totally hilarious, and kinda of scary. Watching Josh Groban on PBS, and its very strange...very forced, sorta like the new Barry Manilow, with hordes of crazed female fans, with a geeky streak.

What I find wild is the extreme response from his fans for ONE WORD in this blog, bad music.
In reality, most of his music is really bad, its lame, 3/4 stuff,with a real piano player onstage while Groban fakes playing the piano.

Then all the MOR Italian stuff for the overseas crowd.

So Groban does have a good singing voice, of course.
But its the lameness of the music, lame music that sends older women into a sexual frenzy...its strange.

Also, is Josh Groban gay, or straight? Does anyone even know?
Not that it matter, Barry Manilow is gay, and middle aged housewives follow him in buses.

He is the truth.
LOVE-STARVED WOMEN.
If you canmarket music that is all lovey-dovey, all the love-starved women out there will go berserk.

Right at this second on TV, there are hordes of women screaming to touch his hand as he sings some lame song with a John Tesh funky beat. Its like a parody, but its real.

There are lots of LOVE-STARVED women in the world, that is for sure. That's where the money is, they buy CD's and concert tickets too, not like teenagers.

Is Josh Groban gay? said...

yes, its all some type of weird emotional projection from women onto Josh Groban.
It must awaken the school-girl crush in middle aged women again.

For example, he ended his concert by saying he was getting into his PJ's, but came back to sing another song. So he is playing the PJ-party card.
Notice is almost non-sexual, like a huggy-wuggy kinda thing.

Meanwhile, who knows what Josh Groban REALLY does after his concert? If he's gay, well...we know.
If he's hetro, he could be going Elvis on 10 chicks backstage...

but its all marketed almost like he is some type of Holy Virgin Josh Groban, referencing God all the time, and singing 3/4 piano ballads John Tesh would love.

So he's pressing the God button, the Virgin button, the PJ party button...this must trigger adolescent sexual phantasies in middle aged love-starved lonely housewives.

absolutely brilliant marketing.
The record company marketers are geniuses in this case, Josh Groban is a cash-cow, the guy is raking in millions for the company.

Who wants to bet he will go George Michael in 5 years, and get busted in a public toilet?

There are a thousands guys out there with nice voices, but its his Virginal pre-puberty face and act that gets the ladies going.
Its sorta a creepy thing, like female schoolteachers having sexual relations with boys.

Non-threatening male?
Yeah, that's it.
The non-threatening effeminate male pretty boy projection image.
Fascinating.

Anonymous said...

Fuck Groban in his Jew ass

clow said...

His music is really dull. Anyone can PRETEND to be nice. NOT A GENEROUS PERSON: he has really given nothing to the world but dull music.

No I don't like 'screamish' music either, its just there's nothing special about josh groban. Celine Dion, Sarah Brightman and ABBA creates/sings real music. and Phantom of the Opera rules.

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