Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Scariest Musical Performance Ever

I saw this on PZ’s blog, but I’d seen it before on VH1. It’s quite possibly the most ridiculous musical performance ever, even better than Michael Bolton’s pop metal phase. It’s Celine Dion singing You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC. It just goes to prove my theory yet again: Celine Dion is Canada’s revenge on the US for decades of acid rain. And we owe them a lot more acid rain now. The clip is below the fold.


  1. #1 Nog
    December 27, 2006

    Dion doing ‘Bad’ by the Gloved One might be worse


  2. #2 Scott Reese
    December 27, 2006

    thats just wrong. Why would someone (her agent, style people, anyone) let her do this. Who is the second lady?

  3. #3 Matthew
    December 27, 2006

    I couldn’t watch the whole thing, it was too embarrassing. I don’t like ACDC or Celine Dion and that didn’t do anything to help.

  4. #4 kehrsam
    December 27, 2006

    Now I understand why MTV stopped showing music.

  5. #5 Jeremy Mohn
    December 27, 2006

    Ugh…I thought people only played the air guitar in the privacy of their own homes.

  6. #6 brandon
    December 27, 2006

    My eyes are bleeding and I’m vomiting tears.

  7. #7 Bing
    December 27, 2006

    As a Canadian I’m not usually a séparatiste sympathizer, but in this case I must firmly declare Celine a Québecois and not a Canadian. And if you’ve ever seen Québecois comedy you might make the allowance that this performance is la comédie and as such we anglos should find it imcomprehensible.

    The fact that she’s lived in Las Vegas for the last several years might also colour her performance choices. Vegas is not known for it’s subtlety.

  8. #8 Raging Bee
    December 27, 2006

    So I guess this means being half naked in perfume ads didn’t help her career?

  9. #9 sam
    December 27, 2006

    I saw this recently at another blog. All the comments were basically the same, admitting that one could not in any way endure the entirety. And did the first commenter here really compare AC/DC with Michael Jackson? That’s like comparing a good meal with a bad shit.

  10. #10 Lettuce
    December 27, 2006

    If she decideds to cover Kix’s Yeah, Yeah, Yeah someone wanr me.

  11. #11 Joe Max
    December 27, 2006

    Oh. My. Gods.

    Bonn Scott is rotating in his grave fast enough to generate electricity.

  12. #12 PhysioProf
    December 27, 2006

    I had to take a shower after listening to that.

  13. #13 sinned34
    December 27, 2006

    Yes, well… Celine may be Canadian (Quebecois, to be exact), but it’s you Americans that are paying her obscene amounts of money to keep her in your country. Please don’t stop, either – we don’t want or need her back!

    That said, I can’t wait to see Celine perform One by Metallica. Or perhaps Walk by Pantera.

  14. #14 Ed Brayton
    December 27, 2006

    LOL. Picturing Celine doing Walk, by Pantera, is really quite funny.

  15. #15 Wobert
    December 27, 2006

    Dont mean to be to cheeky Ed, bugger it I will be, have you and PZ made up after that spat a while back?The first things I do in the morning are reading PZ’s and then your blog, then onto the banking,which is rather depressing.Being Australian and reading two American blogs first up may seem strange but oh well.I’m starting to flounder and run out of anything relevant to say(not that I’ve got anything relevant to say anyway) so I’ll chuck in the term “worldview” which covers all bases anyway.


  16. #16 c.tower
    December 27, 2006

    THIS JUST IN: Australia declares war on Canada!

  17. #17 Raging Bee
    December 27, 2006

    While we’re on the subject of requests, I’d like to see Celine do “Promiscuous Girl” by Nellie Furtado, “Cat Scratch Fever” by Ted Nugent, “Aqualung” by Jethro Tull, something by the Sex Pistols, and…oh, I dunno…maybe “Sexy Back” by Justin Timberlake?

  18. #18 Ed Brayton
    December 27, 2006

    Wobert wrote:

    Dont mean to be to cheeky Ed, bugger it I will be, have you and PZ made up after that spat a while back?

    I’m afraid not. Our disagreements and issues go back much further than that little spat, which was a symptom of deeper difficulties. I don’t imagine PZ and I are ever going to get along, and that’s fine with me. I have no problem with being disliked, or with expressing my own dislike for others. Both of our egos are clearly large enough to withstand the blow of each other’s disapproval.

  19. #19 kehrsam
    December 27, 2006

    What about if Judge Sarah Evans Barker suggests you kiss and make up in an opinion?

  20. #20 twincats
    December 27, 2006

    I hate to sound stupid, but which one is Celine? And who is the other one? I mean, I’ve never even seen “Titanic” and I don’t listen to Ms. Dion’s music. Her Vegas show? Not in my lifetime!

    I’m guessing the first one is Celine and the other singer is a female impersonator?

    My next question is, why?

  21. #21 CJ Croy
    December 27, 2006

    For the curious, the other woman is pop singer [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anastacia]Anastacia[/url]. Despite being born in Chicago, she’s had tons of success on the other side of the pond but none on our side.

  22. #22 386sx
    December 28, 2006

    Well it’s a little better than AC/DC’s version, which is not surprising considering the fact that it is being performed by the greatest singer in all of history. But it’s still a crappy song and I’m afraid that not even a brilliant performance as this can salvage it. I’m sorry.

  23. #23 Pseudonym
    December 28, 2006

    386sx: I was going to post something inflammatory until I realised you were being sardonic. Well done, carry on!

    (I’m from Melbourne, BTW. Saying a word against AC/DC here was, at one point in history, pretty close to treason.)

  24. #24 Brian X
    December 28, 2006

    Well, I’ll say the same thing as I have other places this has come up: while the choice of song was just plain wrong, Celine and Anastacia at least didn’t destroy it.

  25. #25 JohnnieCanuck
    December 29, 2006


    Before you send Canadians more acid rain to even the balance, please consider the rest of your (negatively valued) cultural exports to us. Game shows, reality shows, Disneyfied fables and animals, CNN, Paris Hilton, Praise 106.5, Intelligent Design, etc.

    One or two good shows like NatGeo aren’t enough. The way I add it up, you are obligated to keep Celine down there for at least a century. Feel free to cut your pollution emissions too, not that we can claim any high ground there.

    Even before cable and satellites, 90% of programming available to Canadians was from south of the border. It must be 99% now.

  26. #26 Ed Brayton
    December 29, 2006


    I assure you, my statement was tongue in cheek. We Americans have foisted plenty of entertainment horrors upon the world.

  27. #27 The Prince of Spain
    January 2, 2007

    Bad music? Sure.

    But still sexy 😉

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