The recent musical debut of RHONY’s Countess LuAnn de Lesseps probably raised a number of questions for you. Does the song sound more like robot porn, or like Rex Harrison pouting? Is it true that money can’t buy you class? Most importantly, who produced this? The WSJ to the rescue!
The Countess's producer is local music fella named Chris Young, who has a refreshingly realistic take on the current state of music production. No claims of artistry or even creative marketability from him:
With access to Pro Tools, really anyone who has a personality can sing.With the aid of a computer, a producer should be able to derive listenable product from anyone, if he uses his imagination. Obviously if someone doesn't have much vocal ability, you wouldn't want to go out and sing a ballad. You'd want to sing something that uses your speaking voice. That's what I did with the Countess. She hasn't had much formal training, it's pretty clear.
Ouch. And yet: So true. Yet Mr. Young did have a vision, of a sort. He tells the WSJ he wanted to portray "a woman of elegance and class." Reveals Mr. Young, ""I thought of the backing track as something I would hear in Bergdorf's if I was shopping." As NYMag points out, that's muzak.
Chris, who has previously worked (in some capacity) with George Clinton, Ashlee Simpson, and New Order, claims that the Countess collaboration has been good for business. Like us, he seems completely befuddled by this development. Everyone wants to work with him! "I don't even know who's who and what's what! The Ramones are calling. Salt n' Pepa."
It might be helpful for you to put a face with those words:
Yes. We'd make more fun, except Young insists he's donating all the profits to Ronald McDonald House. Awwwwwwww.