This is it, the final battle in our Southest Bracket, down to two-headed Helalyn Flowers and twice-hatted Toby Keith. Will Toby put a boot up the electro-goths’ asses or will the Italian duo fell another American country star after slaying Brad Paisley in the last round? And remember: this could be your last chance to puzzle over the mystery that is the Helalyn cover!
The last day of our second-round battles in the Worst Album Cover Of The Year Tournament brings us to the Southeast Bracket, where the behatted Toby Keith faces off against Technicolor revolutionary M.I.A. Man, this is one battle that I wish would be fought via in-person debate, and not proprietary poll software. Could you imagine? There would be things flying around the room 10 seconds in! Anyway, voting’s after the jump.
Our final bracket in the Worst Album Cover Of The Year Tournament is the Southeast Bracket, where we collect all of the covers that were so bad, they couldn’t really fit in anywhere else. The two covers above pretty much encapsulate the two extremes of bad art that crossed our transom this year–on one side, you have Toby Keith’s oh-so-lazy Santa makeover, while on the other, you have Status Quo’s attempt to get in on the Indiana Jones bandwagon way before The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull hit theaters. Which one is the worst, though? That’s up to you to decide.
Toby Keith has beaten a copyright-infringement rap over his drunkard anthem “I Love This Bar,” which songwriter Michael McCloud claimed was a rip of his “Tourist Town Bar,” because Toby Keith can not be killed by conventional weapons like lawsuits or neutron bombs. Toby was also suprisingly non-assholish in his press statements about the whole affair, like they ripped the evil lizard face off and a sensitive artiste was inside.
Toby Keith’s Big Dog Daddy and its back-of-the-book Ford ad (not to mention the actually not-that-bad, if chorusless, song “High Maintenance Woman”) topped this week’s Billboard 200, selling 204,000 copies. The album is Keith’s third No. 1 album on the chart; the total is way off from the first-week sales of his previous album, White Trash With Money, which debuted at No. 2 in April 2006 after shifting 330,000 units.
Last night, professional patriot Toby Keith appeared on The Colbert Report; the whole interview was cringe-inducing, with the hulking Keith seemingly trying to hide underneath his baseball cap the whole time. More »
Key West singer-songwriter Michael McCloud is suing super-patriotic crooner Toby Keith over alleged copyright infringement. More »
Yesterday, we put out a call to arms directed at our fellow writers: Now that Toby Keith seems to be OK with using the Jalopnik-coined word Amerigasm to describe his more stridently patriotic work, shouldn’t the world of music writers follow suit? More »