Occassionally, I walk by our giveaway table (that wondrous place where EW staffers
dump place the promotional swag they feel other colleagues may, perhaps, appreciate more) and I see something that I cannot believe anyone would knowingly part with. This week it was Julio Iglesias’ latest album, Romantic Classics.
Let’s talk about the cover. It’s a smiling Julio, in a tux (with his tie undone), standing on a balcony overlooking a city skyline at night. HOT. Now flip the CD over to see what Julio considers a ”romantic classic.” Track No. 3: Wham!’s ”Careless Whisper.” Track No. 5: Foreigner’s ”Waiting For a Girl Like You.” Track No. 6: the Cars’ ”Drive.” Track No. 7: Foreigner’s ”I Want to Know What Love Is.” Track No. 8: Richard Marx’s ”Right Here Waiting.” People, I haven’t seen a list that inspired since Clay Aiken’s A Thousand Different Ways (which also includes ”Right Here Waiting” and ”I Want to Know What Love Is,” incidentally).
So here’s the question… Who is crazier: the person who put Julio onthe giveaway table, or me for picking him up? To be clear: I’m notsuggesting that I would ever have bought this, but had I received it inthe mail, for free, I would have squealed. I just believe some thingsare too genius not to own (see: John Tesh’s Worship at Red Rocks DVD, arguably my finest giveaway table coup ever).
And for the record, Julio sings the hell out of ”Drive.” No one cango wrong with ”Right Here Waiting” (or ”Always on My Mind,” forthat matter). But no one should touch ”How Can You Mend a BrokenHeart” after Al Green. And why would you let your backup singers beltout the best part of ”Careless Whisper?”