William Hung
Hung For The Holidays


1.0
awful

Review

by Meatplow USER (111 Reviews)
September 8th, 2008 | 69 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


William Hung - Hung For The Holidays

Andy Warhol famously coined the term fifteen minutes of fame, as the story goes at least once in a person's life may we experience some level of celebrity whether it is merely a spot on the local news for saving a cat up a tree or being talented enough to make it to a national level for some recreational activity such as sporting or chess. People feel good about themselves for a little while, get a few pats on the back and a measured respect from close relatives along with the obligatory shouted round of drinks at the pub. Ultimately however, this small victory reveals itself as not making a lick of difference to the world and time goes on. The fuel of the memory of months long past burns out, and people forget.

Consider William Hung. For those who were living sheltered in a cave somewhere in the Andes in 2004, the diminutive asian took the world by storm performing an off key vocal rendition of Ricky Martin's hit song She Bangs whilst auditioning for American Idol. His shortcomings in talent were soon ignored in favour of his stereotypical asian camp appeal and an exceptionally positive attitude which is a true inspiration to us all ("You can't sing, you can't dance, so what do you want me to say?", "Um, I already gave my best, and I have no regrets at all."). People found this a genuinely amusing and heartfelt moment, and whilst he certainly did not make the cut for the next round Hung was plucked out of his obscurity studying civil engineering at the University of California to become a short lived worldwide cult figure with fansites springing up all over the internet and a run on the talk show circuit.

The inevitable happened and with a $25,000 record deal in his pocket, Hung recorded his first album Inspiration, which was a collection of woeful pop standards such as I Believe I Can Fly, Can You Feel The Love Tonight and The Circle of Life. It's far from appealing selling point of exploiting an asian man who can't sing lost critical appeal even before it was released but despite this it still managed to sell in excess of 195,000 copies. He has since appeared on TV shows such as Arrested Development and starred in movies and commercials, then after a while his flame burnt out and everybody moved on to the next flavour of the week. Despite this, Hung did release a second album the same year (and two more after that!), a christmas album entitled Hung For The Holidays.

Short introduction Holiday's, Greetings & Wishes features christmas bells and Hung thanking us for purchasing his album. He wishes us a merry christmas and happy new year, and whilst the sincerity in his voice sounds genuine the asian accent is thick and comes off as an obvious ploy for whatever cretins that recorded and produced this to try and milk it as much as possible. Short interlude Greetings: Holiday Reminder does the same thing, Hung asking us to give back to the community and help others in need as does Greetings: Hopes & Dreams where Hung wishes us a lot of success and that our dreams come true. It's all rather painful, but in comparison to the music itself it is a saving grace. The content is entirely christmas music standards of course, but how does one really describe christmas music? Well it has a cheap jazz vibe, with harpsichord, triangles, jingling bells and other miscellaneous "christmas" instruments filtered through a kind of "Muzak" elevator music production. Considering the genre you can't expect much musically, but when you introduce the variable of an asian man who has a flat, off-key voice singing Deck The Halls, Silver Bells & Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer you have an abysmal collection of music not worth picking apart individually. Hidden track, bonus Queen cover We Are The Champions is the only non-christmas song on the album but it's goes a long way to showing it's not the genre that is at fault here.

Hung For The Holidays is the sound of cashing in on a long lost novelty appeal. Christmas albums do not tend to be popular as a general rule, 3 CD's of disposable and flaky renditions of traditional standards for the all time low price of $5.99 advertised on the home shopping network towards the end of the year might appeal to old gran who wants to set a seasonal mood around the house but that is about it. William Hung tapping into this market is a poor idea indeed, in terms of ironic appreciation he has long past his popular appeal and though a few bucks might be made in the process it really isn't worth exploiting this man any further.



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ASberg
September 8th 2008


2161 Comments


"His face is so flat he can bite a wall"

all i have to say.

foreverendeared
September 8th 2008


14678 Comments


haha wow great review i completely forgot about his guy. i feel sorry for him not as much for his condition as for all the greedy people just trying to make a buck off of him

BallsToTheWall
September 8th 2008


44805 Comments


Greatest album title known to man, I wonder if that was originally planned? I agree with forever though, it is a real shame abouthow this unfolded. This Message Edited On 09.08.08

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willfellmarsy
September 8th 2008


3849 Comments


review could use a little more reviewing and less background, tho it's well written you talk very little about the album but a very lot about record companies, history, and what have you
Though this album's probably a one trick pony so you probably couldn't do much...blah is what i say

foreverendeared
September 8th 2008


14678 Comments


did you actually read this? for an album of cover songs he reviews the music probably more so than most reviews of original music on sputnik

Cesar
September 8th 2008


2732 Comments


Review Inspiration man, I'm really curious.

Meatplow
September 8th 2008


5524 Comments


[quote=willfellmarsy]review could use a little more reviewing and less background, tho it's well written you talk very little about the album but a very lot about record companies, history, and what have you

Though this album's probably a one trick pony so you probably couldn't do much...blah is what i say[/quote]

[quote=foreverendeared]did you actually read this? for an album of cover songs he reviews the music probably more so than most reviews of original music on sputnik[/quote]

I did try to describe the tracks as far as I could. Where most people are familiar with traditional versions they have heard at one time or another it felt unnecessary to talk about song structure and the like, here the arrangements are very bog standard and many of the instruments are the same track by track so I went more the overall feel of it.

I think I made an attempt to pad it out more then most would have.

[quote=Cesar21]Review Inspiration man, I'm really curious.[/quote]

It would be virtually the same review, minus the christmas references

It's cover is terrible but still better then this.

http://www.counterpoint-music.com/specialties/images/williamhung.jpg

BludgeonySteve
September 8th 2008


558 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Needs more sweep picking.

botb
September 8th 2008


9760 Comments


i love this because fresh off the boat asian people are god's gift to us for laughter.

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TheStarclassicTreatment
September 8th 2008


2910 Comments


Do you mean he released two more albums between the holiday period and New Year?

marksellsuswallets
September 8th 2008


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

C'mon a 1? The hilarity factor bumps this up to a 2 at the very least...

poweroftheweez
September 8th 2008


1290 Comments


Haha, great pick for a review. I wonder what ever happened to this guy. Regardless, good review and...pretty terrible music.
Funny. And very very terrible.

Cesar
September 8th 2008


2732 Comments


http://www.counterpoint-music.com/specialties/images/williamhung.jpg


Scary

Poet
September 8th 2008


5935 Comments


Needs more sweep picking.

lol. An Asian shredding on a guitar.


oh wait....we have Dragonforce.

kattunlover69
September 8th 2008


1194 Comments


trivium, ueda from kat tun, that funtwo guy that got famous from canon cover, galneryus

marksellsuswallets
September 8th 2008


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I'm so sick of the asian jokes with Herman Li...the guy is barely asian at all...he is more british than anybody else in the band...

Poet
September 8th 2008


5935 Comments


He was born in Hong Kong and spent a majority of his childhood there. That isn't barely Asian for an Asian man.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
September 8th 2008


17225 Comments


im not gonna lie. This album is

ninjuice
September 8th 2008


6760 Comments


Awesome review, although I agree the hilarity of this probably makes it a 1.5

Meatplow
September 8th 2008


5524 Comments


[quote=marksellsuswallets]C'mon a 1? The hilarity factor bumps this up to a 2 at the very least...[/quote]

I strongly believe that it is safe to say that if there is one album that is worthy of receiving such a low rating it is this.



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