To be a rock star, you need the right songs

Lukas Have you been watching Rock Star: Supernova? If the people behind this program want to create rebellious frontmen and women, they shouldn’t force 30-year-old rock ballads or tepid R.E.M. singles on the contestants. This is rock ’n’ roll, for chrissakes. Give those kids some material with punch. Try a few of these songs to get the ball rolling: “Search and Destroy” by Iggy and the Stooges (perfect for singers with a lot of power and a natural sneer); “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend” or “Judy Is a Punk” by the Ramones (the former is simple and shows off a good voice, the latter is simple and hides a bad voice); “Paranoid” by Black Sabbath (because it’s got an awesome beat and it’s not “Iron Man”); or “Ace of Spades” by Motorhead (it’ll please any crowd anywhere, and anyone singing it automatically looks more marketable than Lemmy). These should give Rock Star some much-needed adrenaline. And if you’re in a rush to vote, don’t pick Lukas (above). One Mick Jagger is enough, thanks.

—Posted by David Kiefaber

Photo: CBS

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