NZ Idol 1: 'So Damn Beautiful' - the 2002 rock version

Submitted by Robyn on 1 September, 2004 - 1:56am

Wanna hear the original 2002 version of "So damn beautiful", as performed by Texas rock band Vallejo?

Sure you do!

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Hi Robyn - long time no see :)

Didn't know that it was a 'cover'!!!

Haven't got it too work yet - really want to hear it!!

Will try again later - thanks.

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Not QUITE as good as MICHAEL!!!
But it is OK!

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Thanks for that Robyn - I'm listening to it right now =)

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Actually it is really growing on me!! Just cause its easier to listen to than MICHAELs-In the sense I have to stop and rewiond the tape all the time!! Im surely gonna reck the tape doing that

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Thank you Robyn, ( nice name wonder y i said that)

It's good to compare, but I do prefer Michaels.

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That is so interesting Robyn. Now I've heard and learnt about a group that I never knew existed. All about them on their web-site too!
Instant fame in N.Z. for Vallego!
Can't compare as I haven't got to hear Michael's version yet.
Idolblog is so full of new information all the time!

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Does anyone know of any instances where it has actually been stated that Michael's version was an ORIGINAL?

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I don't think it has, it's just the way people interpreted what was said. (There's that great Idol-related word - interpreted! lol) Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong though. :)

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That was my thought too alaina-roar - no doubt someone will put us right if we are wrong.

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Hi kayzie No I don't think so,
Maybe Admin could help there.

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Did anyone tape flipside or Michael on ZM last night? I don't think anyone has stated it's an original but it was posed that the song was given to Michael much in the same manner as They Can't Take That Away was given to Ben.

One of those 2 interviews has Michael talking about it. It may have been Flipside actually.

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Yeah The Critic - they spoke to Michael on Energy FM last night and when I think about it he just said who wrote it and that it was offered to him.

No talk of original or not?

Will be interested in what others have heard.

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Food for thought...

Sunday Star Times: Escape 27 June 2004
Murphy's law by Megan Nicol Reed

Murphy is endearingly proud his first single won't be a cover. "It's going to be who I am."

Aww. Guttered, Michael dahhhling. Poor baby.

Can anyone be sued for copyright infringement over this?

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THAT OTHA GUYZ IS NOTHING COMPARED 2 MICHAELS!!!!

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it was posed that the song was given to Michael much in the same manner as They Can't Take That Away was given to Ben.

They Can't Take That Away had been written and ready back in January, before the show even started.

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It is abit different at the end with the piano and the way he fades out, although I didn't like it, thats the only bit.

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dnt need 2, i no mikeys is way beta! ;)

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Hi The Critic, I taped everything I could get my hands on yesterday and thought you might be interested in this conversation Michael had with Andrew Dickens on Classic Hits:

A: Question, why didn't you choose a New Zealand song first?
M: Um, it's not that I didn't choose a New Zealand song, I wanted to choose a song that we.. that we are not doing covers anymore, you know. They are all going to be originals. This song has never been released before. Because it was written by a guy in America doesn't mean it is an American song. Is was written by this guy and he offered it to me to release and so..
A: Have you sent him the song, are you happy?
M: Yeah, I think we sent it to him the other day..
A: And you haven't heard back yet?
M: No well, its kind of interesting because we changed the song round quite a bit but I'm sure he'll love it. He's a good dude, I've talked to him quite a few times.

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i love this song!! I ve just been listening to it over and over

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same here!!!!!

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wo!! thats a big suprise!! they kept it rather secret aye!!!?

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i didnt even no till 2ngt

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Woo hoo, Admin and The Critic

www.idolblog.com just got a big plug on the radio from Classic Hits 97.4FM. They talked about the Michael Murphy controversy and played the part of Michael's interview that I transcribed for you. They also played both versions of the song!

A caller has just phoned up to find out about the site - another plug for idolblog and how good it is. Then they had the cheek to talk about the transcript because it included all the ums and ers!! btw Jacque Tucker I'm working on your gobblygook!

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Nice to see you back here CouchPotato :)

Wow - to your last post!!!!!

I still haven't been able to hear the original version - darn computer is going soooo slow -
will keep trying though.

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Thanks Ev. Keep trying it's well worth a listen.

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Read about Classic Hits comments regarding the Michael Murphy scandal:
According to idolblog and verified by us ...

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Hiya Couch Potato

I went on to that link and couldn't find it - whats it under once you go in there please.

Thanks in advance

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Thanks CouchPotato! It even let me know they're replaying the interview!! :D

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Click on the Show Informatiion link.

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Thanks alaina_roar
My problem is because I am in Taranaki in brings up the local breakfast show info so I had to change it to Auckland.

Thanks again - Kay

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No probiozo!! :P

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Vallejo is nuthin compared to michael!!

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I haven't even heard the original version. My computer doesn't have speakers. I'm not even sure if it has a sound card. I'm a bit curious but I'd much rather listen to Michael anyway! :D

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Take our word for it Alaina - you are not missing much.

Roll on 6 September :-)

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Cool, thanks Kayzie!! lol :D

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i dnt like it, but maybe thats out of loyalty 2 MICHAEL? (I LUV U MICHAEL!! sorry..im not crazy and obsessed)

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Live at Idolised: Starshone bounced around and squealed - only during the instrumental, mind, she was trying to actually hear it.
Vallejo: Starshone prances around her room playing really bad air guitar.
Michael Murphy on the radio: Starshone almost swoons, recovers from swooning, and proceeds to prance around her room singing along/harmonizing as loudly as possible AND playing really bad air guitar.

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MICHAEL IS WAY BETTER AND THAT IS THAT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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i thought i only liked michael's version better cos i was being bias, but now i have both versions on the computer and after listening to the chorus of each version one after the other i know for sure that i like mikey's voice is so much better on that song :D
cos before now i hadnt listened to them straight after each other, and it makes it so obvious which one sounds best.

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ok so i love michael.. and ilove his version 2.. and ive heard the toher 1.. and this 1 sounds waay better... and i think this song kinda suits michael 2.. and his 'style" etc..

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The problem with So Damn Beautiful is that it's a lame track.
Once again the idols have been zonked with songs from the trashcan.
You can argue that it was nominated for a grammy but, that doesn't really mean much considering the many meaningless categories available, 105 to be exact, including nods to Best Polka Album, Best Boxed Set, Best Spoken Word....the list goes on.

But wait! It's not even the real Grammys, but the Latin Grammys!

Fact is, it's an extremely average song, but I will give Michael credit for singing it well.
A lot of energy and nice backing vocals.
His album could be a good one.

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after listening to the chorus of each version one after the other

ok, i jst tried this (nice idea btw) and 2 tru!!! u can TOTALLY hear wat 1 is betta!!! MICHAEL ALL DA WAY!!

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Once again the idols have been zonked with songs from the trashcan.

nice use of language there.. but no... its stil la good song!! even if i wasnt a fan of micahel i wld stil lsay so.. i stick by wat i say lol.. i think it suits him BUT THSTS JST ME

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i jst tried this (nice idea btw)

why thankyou :D

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Vallejo tried - Michael succeeded

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Im saying this as just a normal person NOT as Michaels sister ok.
I believe that you (idolblog) should just leave it out aye! It was never released as a single by the other band it was only on their album to fill space and it has never before made an appearance in New Zealand before and u guys are the only ones that are making a big deal about it!!1
WHY???

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don't worry suzy cos most of us like michael's version better anyway, so we don't care about the other version :D

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Whatever, do you know for a fact that it was not released as a single?

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Yes don't worry Suzy! Most of us Michael fans don't care at all. I don't, what's the point? Big deal, some other dude has the same song - good for him!

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i jst tried this (nice idea btw)

why thankyou :D

anytime, anytime

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