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.