Ancient Teen Idols Paul Anka and Franki Valli Check Into Hard Rock Live
A few years ago, the world of every Gen X-er and quasi-'90s kid was unpleasantly rocked when 68-year-old teenager Paul Anka decided it was a good idea to cover Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Sure, it's easy to see where this smarmy, crooner take on grunge was supposed to be some kind of knowing meta wink at Anka's once-upon-a-time idol status and subsequent career as a novelty act. But really, Cobain's words coming out of old Paulie's overtan, elfin face was just depressing. That said, Anka's early originals like "Diana," " Crazy Love," and "Puppy Love" are nice bubblegum reminders of a time when teens didn't use Manic Panic and huff gas. So buy a ticket for a trip through the supposedly innocent '50s.
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