Tonight, after American Idol, Fox premieres its much-anticipated new show choir-themed, high school-set dramedy Glee. (Read: A cappella power ballads abound!) I’ve seen it, folks, and let me just tell you: It’s the most fun (although totally populist) thing on TV, musically, since way back when American Idol resembled something closer to an actual talent contest. And don’t let TV’s last attempt at a musical series — that’d be CBS’s hot mess Viva Laughlin, starring Hugh Jackman, from two seasons back — taint your idea of what Glee might be.
The storylines and acting are fine, but truly, Glee succeeds mostly on the super-fun musical performances. Which makes it completely genius that Fox already has the best two numbers — covers of Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab” and Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” — available on iTunes already.
“Rehab” is performed by a rival glee club, which the show’s main, struggling glee club goes to scope out at a competition. I know Amy Winehouse would be proud. Who knew you could make a song about rehab sound so upbeat and fancy-free? Our main glee club kids (led by Cory Monteith and Lea Michele’s characters, in the photo above) belt out “Don’t Stop Believin'” at the episode’s end, as a button to previously rocky times. How perfect is that? I suggest you download them now! Two new on my “Top 25 Most Played” list? Check!
Take a listen — even if you don’t download, just check out the 30 second preview — and tell me: How much do you love these two songs? Why or why not?
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