Right now people are hating on '80s child star Corey Feldman and his band of "angels" because they absolutely killed it during their performance on the Today Show. That's right, I said killed it. I know I'm in the minority here, but what the haters are missing is that Corey delivered a jaw-dropping performance.
The once adorable and relatable star in Stand By Me, The Goonies, and a truck load of other movies has transformed into a hooded, goth-like, Marilyn Manson — and believe it or not — can still slay the audience with laughter. Tears of pure joy streamed down my face as I watched Corey try to dubstep. Seriously, the dude can still make me laugh, even if he isn't trying.
At first, I thought Corey's band was just a goof performance and nothing more than that, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. Corey was promoting the release of his new album that has been in the works for over 10 years. To put things in perspective, Corey is 45 years-old which means he spent almost a quarter of his life working on his newest album Angelic 2 the Core: Angelic Funkadelic/Angelic Rockadelic. Talk about dedication. I want to know how much time was spent on that title. A minute? Maybe, two?
How many times have we seen actors try to become musicians only to fail miserably? If you ask me, the only '80s star that was able to nail the actor/musician thing was David “The Hoff” Hasselhoff. The Germans absolutely love his legendary vocals, and who can blame them? The Hoff is an amazing showman, and can bring down the house with his golden pipes. It was only last year that The Hoff released the hot single “True Survivor” for the movie Kung Fury.
Maybe that’s what Corey is shooting for here — to be like The Hoff — but that’s no small task. Can Corey rival The Hoff? Maybe, but he’s going to have to follow the path paved by the Great One, and by the looks of it, Corey has a lot to learn from the leather-jacket-wearing, karate-chop-throwing, super-car-driving David Hasselhoff.
Walls Come Down When The Hoff Sings
The songs The Hoff sings are so powerful that they bring down walls. In 1989, The Hoff performed “Looking for Freedom” on the Berlin Wall while dodging molotov cocktails. You know what happened next? That’s right, the damn wall came down and freedom was restored in Germany.
What you might not know is that Corey has released four albums prior to Angelic 2 The Core.
Love Left (1992)
Still Searching for Soul (1999)
Former Child Actor (2002)
Technology Analogy (2010)
Unfortunately, none of them have brought down any walls.
The Hoff Sings Simple Songs
The Hoff's music and videos are simple to understand and they make perfect sense. For example, “Jump In My Car” is a song about The Hoff inviting girls to jump in his car. The video, shows The Hoff trying to get girls to (you guessed it) jump in his car. An added bonus to the entertainment value of the video is that it's full of Knight Rider and Baywatch Easter Eggs.
In contrast, the music video for the single off Angelic 2 The Core called “Go 4 It” is downright confusing. In one scene we have ladies performing ballet and Cirque Du Soleil-type movements while Corey watches on. OK, I guess. Then the video jumps to a small stage in a college basement where a handful of disinterested people watch Corey channel a dubstepping Michael Jackson. While watching the video I kept thinking, “What does any of this have to do with going for it?”
The Hoff Is Too Great To Collaborate (Hey That Rhymes)
The Hoff doesn't collaborate. The Hoff is all you need, and all you want. He doesn't need to team up with has-been artists to beef up his appeal. The Hoff has a very take-it-or-leave-it perspective to his music. Most Americans have left it. No problem, Germans love him, and he loves them.
In my opinion, this is where the License To Drive star made a mistake with his latest release. He laid down tracks with washed up '90s stars like Snoop Dogg, Fred Durst, and others. Corey, you are the star. You don't need others holding you back. Just "Go 4 It" and shine on your own.
I think Corey's latest performance is the most entertaining thing he's done for a long, long time. He's definitely headed on the right path. All he has to do is ask himself, "WWTHD — What would The Hoff do?" If he answers correctly, it's only a matter of time before we see him singing in front of millions of Germans.