It's hard enough winning a televised talent show like American Idol when you have the outward appearance of a fully functioning cognitive human being – so imagine how tough it must be for Taylor Hicks.
Because prematurely old-looking, squawky, twitchy, tic-filled, staggering hand-clapper Taylor Hicks has even more on his hands than the usual 'one big single and then oblivion' American Idol career-path. Poor old Taylor Hicks has also been forced to sue an old producer of his who's trying to cash in on Taylor Hick's new-found fame by releasing a string of early Taylor Hicks recordings. Not because of the poor quality of the songs or anything, but because Taylor Hicks fans might keep getting the seemingly-random tuneless out-of-time yelping on those recordings mixed up with the last Taylor Hicks single.
When Taylor Hicks managed to convince America that hooting and honking like an almost-dead goose was a viable way to win American Idol, he must have thought that the world would become his oyster. Magazines were lining up to inexplicably deem Taylor Hicks 'hot' and not even recording a Doobie Brothers song as a b-side could dent the all-encompassing popularity of Taylor Hicks.
But slowly the slide started. First Justin Timberlake called Taylor Hicks crap and possibly a bit gay. We're not sure why he did that, by the way, but we can only presume that he didn't want to hear a cover of SexyBack performed in style of a group of some witches repeatedly stabbing a toddler with pins, as Taylor Hicks no doubt would have. And now, following the TimberDiss, Taylor Hicks is now suing one of his old producers who's trying to hawk early Taylor Hicks recordings to anyone who'll have them. ABC reports:
A federal judge has temporarily barred a producer from selling songs recorded by "American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks when he was still just a gray-haired bar crooner from Alabama. U.S. District Judge Virginia Emerson Hopkins issued the ruling Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by Hicks against William Smith of Nashville, Tenn., after two songs written and sung by Hicks showed up for sale on the iTunes Web site.
Taylor Hicks is claiming that William Smith is trying to make money and exploit his name by selling songs that Hicks wrote and performed with Smith either in 1997 or 2001, and that any rights to those songs belong to him. William Smith, however, claims that he does have the rights to the recording and, anyway, he wouldn't be releasing them in the first place of Taylor Hicks' debut single Do I Make You Proud wasn't such a stinking bag of fat arse:
"It aggravated me because I knew what a gifted performer and writer he is. I love Taylor Hicks, and for three months I was refuting the bad press he was getting."
Still, no matter which way this lawsuit goes it'll make a diverting chapter in the Taylor Hicks autobiography, the provisionally-titled Back When I Was Famous For Six Months.
[story by Stuart Heritage]