Thursday, October 13, 2011

Underrated Women of Pop 2011 - Lindsay Lohan (23)

23. Lindsay Lohan

All right, I know this one might have you suddenly reevaluating the merits of this list, but hear me out. It's actually pretty simple really. It's more than unnerving to realize that there is a notable and growing number of people who won't remember that once upon a time, before Lindsay Lohan was a Pitbull lyric/fingernail artist supreme, before the "misfiring" ankle bracelets and the "misunderstandings" over expensive jewelry, before the Disney alumna/mean girl revealed she was gay (and NO ONE GAVE A HERBIE'S HOOT), la Lohan actually had a successful film career and a succ... well, a music career as well, and oh by the way she wasn't half bad, either.

Sure, "Rumors" is no Mean Girls; it's a less deftly executed "Piece of Me" and even I can't defend the abuse of AutoTune, but a. the vocal producxtion on the dance break is pretty 2011 for 2002 (see "Swagger Jagger," etc.); b. the music video has a dance sequence atop an LA skyscraper; and c. I still like it a decade later, so it must have done something right.

But it's not "Rumors" making me pine for Lindsay's return. No, it's "Bossy," of course! Imagine this: Ne-Yo is approached to write a kick-ass song not for Mary J. Blige or Rihanna but for Lindsay Locked-Up Lesbian Lush Lohan, and he does, and Stargate produces it. And LINDSAY KILLS IT. Ne-Yo later told Billboard "we gave her a quality record and she did a ridiculously fabulous job. I was so shocked I had to call her and apologize for what I was thinking because she did so good." It's an awesome song that hit the top of the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart in 2008, the first and so far only Lohan tune to reach that peak, and deservedly so. It's amazing.

Look, we need Lindsay Lohan back, for her sake and ours. There are many reasons this is so. But take a listen to "Bossy" and let me know afterward if you still need me to give you more of them. La la la la, la la la la...

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