Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Sincerest Form of Flattery

I've heard it said before that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. the best complement you can get is for someone to copy you. Our entire culture of music and the way it evolves from one style to another is based on copying. Band A comes out with a fresh, new sound. Then band B copies it, but adds a little twist on it to create something new. Then band C copies that with their own twist, then so on and so forth. The same holds true in fashion. In fact, a large part of art in general is derivative and borrows elements from other art.

I noticed something very interesting yesterday when watching the video for Demi Lovato's new song "Really Don't Care".  If you haven't seen it, here it is:

Now, ladies and gentlement of the jury, I would like to present my findings to you and let you decide what has happened here.


this is my wife, @superchicktrish. For those of you who don't know, she is the singer for Superchick. She is a regulation hottie. and for some reason, she agreed to marry me. and since she's such a fine piece of eye candy, i will include another picture of her:


This is a screenshot from a tweet by Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) about 5 years ago where she quoted lyrics from a lesser-known Superchick song named "Courage."

so even though Demi is pretty famous, it's clear that she listens to Superchick and is aware of who Tricia is.


Now for those of you who don't already know where i'm going with this, I'll post a few screen shots from Demi's "Really Don't Care" video: suit jacket, skinny black tie and white shirt? i feel like I've seen this before. lots of gold bangle bracelets and dangly earrings. striking a pose with hands on hips.

bright red lips, hair shaved on one side, tips colored pink. this seems really familiar. oh wait! i know where i've seen this before!


These pictures were taken a little over a year ago as part of the promo shots for @superchicktrish's most recent solo album Radiate. And because I am not above shameless promotion, here is the iTunes link to that record: Tricia Brock - Radiate


We know Demi is a Superchick fan. I think it's entirely possible, and even probable that she saw Tricia's promo pictures sometime in the last year and used it as an inspiration in her look for this video. No, I am not bashing Demi. I actually really like her voice and some of her songs. I just want to point out that my wife is awesome and quite possibly provided visual inspiration for a very popular pop star. If somehow Demi is reading this and is somehow still mad, be mad at me and not Tricia. She doesn't even know I'm writing this. Anyway, in the past couple years Tricia has been hired to do makeup and styling on various photo shoots because her knack for fashion has become so well known. Sometimes a guy just has to brag on his wife. So in conclusion, i ask you, ladies and gentlemen of the jury to declare my wife awesome.


Anonymous said...

I declare your wife as Awesome! Don't know her on a personal level, but adore her gutsy style and her album, The Road, has been a part of my life journey and will always be a favorite go to in worship.
💜, wanita

monica oliver said...

your wife is soooo really awesome, her songs help me on my really bad days, her songs help me with my fight with depression, I am so glad my friend made a cd with her songs on them I got hooked instantly!! because of your wife and superchick, I feel I can get through anything, and reminded that GOD sees me as beautiful... huge thanks to tricia!!!! :)

Gabe Jones said...

Well, it never hurts in a marriage to praise your wife, certainly... but, I must say, that the only reason I ever arrived at your blog at all, has far less to do with your wife's amazing looks and talent, than about the message of the Truth Superchick proclaims in it's message.

The biggest truth she so wonderfully proclaims is not simply admission of brokenness, but also Repentance, and the next best is the band's message of hope. Depression weakest against Hope, but without Truth, what is the hope? (False hope).

I do admire your wife's fame, and talent, but however, beauty is vanity and this post of yours sends mixed a mixed message in that it uses Demi Lovato and her image of godlessness as a basis for uplifting your wife who is promoting Christ-lilkness (self-LESS-ness).

(Demi Lovato is a self proclaimed mental case by the way, and sincere flattery is an oxymoron)

Yours Truly

Anonymous said...

Tricia and all the rest of the Superchick crew are awesome. I saw them for the first time at Rock the Light a few years ago. Their message was so powerful to me as a father that I bought a couple of the CD's hoping that my daughter would like it as well. She did, and it provided opportunities to have conversations about her feelings and struggles during adolescence.

Anonymous said...

I agree. I thought it was a lot of dribble.
Not that it matters in the broad scheme of things... But imho, Demi simply looks like she's simply imitating the world. His wife did not start a fad, she was simply imitating someone else.
I think this fop was high on candy and Mt Dew when he wrote this.
Not only that, he shows signs of insecurity. And immaturity. And is delusional.
Furthermore, the only reason I ended up here was because his wife promoted this blog on her fb page. She agrees. Cute.
People, this is not anything but self promotion.
There is nothing edifying or redeeming about this bs in the shape of words.

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