Have you ever heard a song done so well, so often, that it gets stuck in your head at the most awful moments? I'm not a Lady Gaga fan by any means, but I was watching the NBC music show, Sing Off, last month and a group from the University of Oregon called On The Rocks sang Bad Romance.
This song went viral on Youtube prior to their being on the show. I can see why. They are quite a good a capella ensemble. Unfortunately, the judges voted them out about 2 episodes in (out of the 5 total episodes). It's too bad, but like that jazz ensemble (Groove For Thought), OTR are a one trick pony. They are good, but they tend to perform on the flashy side. Not that it's a bad thing. On The Rocks is just one of those groups that make you realise the hand is quicker than the eye. Too many bells and whistles come with them and it pushes away from the actual music.Not knowing any more about OTR, and basing my thoughts from watching the show alone, it feels like On The Rocks are good enough to do weddings, Bar Mitzvahs and other parties, but not so much to make a valid wave in the music industry. I can see them being a one hit wonder and no more. The album would run off the shelves in no time, but they wouldn't be able to make a sequel on the same caliber or even wave length as their premiere. It's a shame, but I am glad that they were on the show. The winners were 6 church boys from Alabama (Committed) and they did a great job, for only knowing gospel prior to the show.
Nip out OTR's Bad Romance:
more information about The Sing-Off: Sing Off via NBC