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"Tiffany:" The name as devolving paradigm

Back in the 1980's, there were two singers who here known as "bubblegum pop princesses." Both Debbie Gibson and Tiffany were considered serious lightweights in the music business, and I believe both got their start by singing in malls. At the time, I didn't care much for either, but had a smidgen more respect for Gibson because she wrote her own material, while Tiffany simply did covers of other people's work. Neither of them went beyond "flavor of the month" in the music biz, however.

Fast forward a little over a decade (Correction -- about two decades. Happy now, Ian?) , and let's check back in with both of them. Gibson, now going as "Deborah," having turned her back to the fickle recording industry, is a up-and-coming Broadway musical star. Tiffany, on the other hand, is desperately trying to recapture her brief, barely-existent moment of glory and following all the standard desperation moves, including breast implants and a (ahem) "spread" in Playboy.

CBS is often referred to as the "Tiffany" network. This originally was in reference to the jewelers Tiffany & Co., reflecting its status as the "crown jewel" of the Big Three broadcast networks. Now, however, I think of it in the above context -- aging and irrelevant, but desperately trying to recapture its past brilliance and doing whatever it can to get the attention of the public, no how matter how pathetic and disgraceful.

Is there anything sadder than the deafening silence of a former giant falling to the earth?

CBS is raging against the dying of the light, but we all know how that poem ends.

J.


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CBS...the cubic zirconia ne... (Below threshold)
bill:

CBS...the cubic zirconia network?

Uh, Jay? Gibson and Tiffan... (Below threshold)

Uh, Jay? Gibson and Tiffany were both has-beens by 1986.

This is 2005.

"A little more than a decade"?

Ian, I am proud -- PROUD --... (Below threshold)
Jay Tea:

Ian, I am proud -- PROUD -- that I didn't have that info readily at hand. You, on the other hand, should be ASHAMED to know that much about those two.

J.

What possesses you to post ... (Below threshold)
Jack Tanner:

What possesses you to post crap like this?

The sheer desire to annoy y... (Below threshold)
Jay Tea:

The sheer desire to annoy you, Jack. You and only you. Thank you for confirming my success.

J.

De Nada. You got it.... (Below threshold)
Jack Tanner:

De Nada. You got it.

Actually, Ian, Tiffany's al... (Below threshold)
Eric:

Actually, Ian, Tiffany's album "Tiffany" was released in 1987, while Debbie Gibson's "Electric Youth" was released in 1989. (Don't worry, I did have to look those up. I just remember their popularity coming during my college years, not my High School years.)

I get the impression you th... (Below threshold)
Ben:

I get the impression you think of breast implants as being a bad thing?!?

While I wouldn't recommend ... (Below threshold)

While I wouldn't recommend a spread in any magazine for Black Rock, an "implant" or two might not be a bad idea. If they really want to recapture their old "crown jewel" status, they should start with a new set of cojones.

Just sayin'.

As the resident DG fan, let... (Below threshold)

As the resident DG fan, let me point out that "Lost in Your Eyes," the Debster's biggest hit (which was a track from, yes, Electric Youth), came out as a single at the beginning of 1989, and her last single to reach Billboard's Hot 100, "Losin' Myself," was released in 1993.

Yes, I have these. Why do you ask?

Tiffany is either a strippe... (Below threshold)
shark:

Tiffany is either a strippers name or the name of a failed teenybop pop star.

Take your pick as to which is more appropriate for CBS

Not to mess up your analogy... (Below threshold)

Not to mess up your analogy, but when I was in New York I saw posters for an 80's-themed nightclub that was celebrating the New Year with a live Debbie Gibson show. So she's not above re-living her salad days.




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