Celine Dion defense, 1997

Moving mountains, pre-striptease.

Published a full decade before Carl Wilson’s acclaimed 33 1/3 book about Dion’s Let’s Talk About Love. Just saying. Which isn’t to say I was the first critic to put in a good word for the lady — Simon Frith and Frank Kogan may well have preceded me. Should also note that I overstate my case here as far as supposed “indie snob” tastes are concerned — plenty went for Courtney Love, so why not Janis? (PS: I could have sworn that Rob Sheffield once wrote that the only reason a critic would like Celine Dion is to prove it could be done, but I can find no evidence to that effect. Turns out he even kinda liked “Misled”!)

Request, April 1997

2 comments

  1. “I could have sworn that Rob Sheffield once wrote that the only reason a critic would like Celine Dion is to prove it could be done, but I can find no evidence to that effect.”

    He did. And you guys sort of sniped at each other about it–but spread out over months and, by today’s social-media standards, it all was as mild as could be.

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  2. via facebook:

    Jaz Jacobi
    I was hoping “Misled” would turn out to be a Kool & the Gang cover

    Chuck Eddy
    Sorry — but those are both excellent singles!

    Carl Wilson
    Chuck, I owe you an apology for not noting your defense of Celine in the book, and I would have done that if I were writing today. Although I think given the personal tenor of the book it’s a little harsh to suggest I was saying that nobody had ever defended her before – I was more trying to characterize the general cultural climate and my complicity with it.

    Carl Wilson
    (I did quote both Simon Frith and Frank Kogan, whom you namecheck in your intro.)

    Chuck Eddy
    Carl, that intro’s kind of flippant, but I honestly didn’t mean to suggest that. (I’d forgotten you quoted Frith and Kogan, but I appreciate that you did.)

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