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Sheryl Crow New Dell Spokesperson

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Beginning tomorrow, July 14, Sheryl Crow is appearing in Dell television commercials nationwide featuring her anthemic upcoming single “Good is Good” (extended clip here).

The first-ever Dell celebrity spokesperson, Crow will headline television commercials highlighting how consumers can tap into the power of technologies such as Dell’s Media Center PCs and plasma TVs for home entertainment. A print and online campaign will follow later in the month.

Singer, songwriter, musician, producer and girlish 43-year-old sex symbol, Crow, originally from Missouri, is arguably the biggest female rock star today. She dates cyling legend Lance Armstrong and has been influenced enough by him to have announced the name of her forthcoming album, Wildflower (out September 27), in an interview with Cyling News!

A former backup singer for Michael Jackson (“Bad” tour of ’87-’88, tabloid rumors of their romantic involvement were greatly exaggerated, as in completely fabricated) Crow’s voice is youthful but lived-in, and her eclectic but immediately identifiable style draws together rootsy rock ‘n’ roll, bright pop-rock, alt-rock, and country into an extremely appealing blend very well represented in her ’03 smash collection The Very Best of Sheryl Crow.

After kicking around L.A. for several years in the late-’80s and early-’90s, fighting depression, doing studio backing vocals (Sting, Rod Stewart, Joe Cocker, Sinead O’Connor, Stevie Wonder, Foreigner, Don Henley), and avoiding being forced into the dance-pop mold as a solo artist, Crow fell in with a loose group of musicians and songwriters (including producer Bill Bottrell, David Baerwald and David Ricketts of “David and David”) who called themselves the Tuesday Night Music Club. Out of beery sessions with this group came her brilliant debut album of the same name in late 1993. She won Grammys for Best New Artist, and Record of the Year and Pop Female Vocal for her breakthrough single “All I Wanna Do,” which also leads off the best-of collection.

“All I Wanna Do” is a classic L.A. brew of sunny country-rock, Latin-esque rhythms, fabulist humor (“I love a good beer buzz early in the morning”), a hint of surf guitar and a shadow of desperation as the world passes before the bloodshot eyes of the Crow character and her “plain ugly” drinking companion William. Also on the collection from Crow’s debut is the sublime “Leaving Las Vegas,” a sad but hopeful farewell set to a hip-hop beat, the sweet beat ballad “Strong Enough” (“lie to me, I promise I’ll believe”) and the similarly themed “I Shall Believe.”

Crow’s exceptional self-titled second album came along in ’96, forging Stonesy fuzz guitar, roots rock swing, and odd studio noises and squiggles into a sound both classic and contemporary. Representing it on the collection are emblematic “A Change Would Do You Good,” gentle “Home,” world-weary “If It Makes You Happy,” and swirling, hard-charging “Everyday Is a Winding Road.”

Another winner, The Globe Sessions (’99), didn’t break new ground but canvassed familiar territory quite pleasurably (if a bit somberly) with “My Favorite Mistake” (remarkably echoing Aimee Mann), “There Goes the Neighborhood” with big fat “Exile On Main Street” guitar riffs from her co-writer Jeff Trott, and the Stones’ own sax man Bobby Keyes, and bluesy “The Difficult Kind” (“Anything But Down” is strangely left off the collection).

Crow’s image was glamorized considerably (note hot beach pics) and her music brightened on C’mon, C’mon (’02), where it became clear that the 40-year-old was not going to go gently into that good night. On the collection are “Steve McQueen” (with chic treated vocals) and “Soak Up the Sun” (with Liz Phair singing along). Also on the collection are Crow’s monster country duet with Kind Rock “Picture,” and her cover of Cat Stevens’ lovely “The First Cut Is the Deepest,” her biggest solo hit single since “All I Wanna Do.”

Dell’s new Media Center PCs purport to allow people to play music, view photos, and watch videos through “one easy-to-use interface.”

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  • http://wisdomandmurder.blogspot.com Lisa McKay

    Ah, reason enough to buy a Mac, if you ask me…

  • Eric Olsen

    Lisa, are you sneering the in the direction of our dear Sheryl?!?

  • http://wisdomandmurder.blogspot.com Lisa McKay

    Yeah, that would be me…

  • http://wisdomandmurder.blogspot.com Lisa McKay

    Not to mention that she was responsible for one of the worst Bond themes ever.

  • Eric Olsen

    I am chopfallen

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    I’ll sell my stock in the morning.

    dave

  • Eric Olsen

    vile naysayers

  • http://wisdomandmurder.blogspot.com Lisa McKay

    Are those anything like vile canards?

  • http://gratefuldread.net Natalie Davis

    Someone here is a bigtime Sheryl Crow fan… ;)

    I like her — any woman my age out there rockin’ and making it on her music has to be a hero on some level to another 43-year-old female guitar player and singer. But the whole celebrity product-endorsement thing gives me the heebie jeebies; it just does. Her music, her right, but ewww.

  • Eric Olsen

    she has shifted in the that direction over the last few years – no argument about that. I just think it’s funny that they started marketing her as a sex symbol at 40

  • http://wisdomandmurder.blogspot.com Lisa McKay

    Women are their sexiest over 40, Eric. Maybe the world is finally catching on to the fact.

  • Eric Olsen

    whoa, testy

    I have no doubt that is true, but how many women are suddenly sold as sex symbols for the first time at 40?

    Not many, yet.

    Her first album is still by far my favorite, but she is virtually unique today as a multi-platinum woman singer-musician-songwriter-producer-rocker and deserves respect as such

  • http://wisdomandmurder.blogspot.com Lisa McKay

    I do give her respect for her accomplishments, really, and I think it kicks ass that they’re selling her as a sex symbol. Her voice just isn’t my cup of tea is what it boils down to. There actually aren’t that many female vocalists I do like, come to think of it, although I ordered a Kim Richey CD from Amazon today on the strength of Shark’s best 100 list, so we’ll see how that works out.

  • Dawn
      but how many women are suddenly sold as sex symbols for the first time at 40?

    Well, I have four more years to get ready then!

  • http://www.templestark.com Temple Stark

    If she deserves respect as a musician why are why posting about her new pitch for Dell?

    Yes, I know, not mutually exclusive etc.etc.

    And why are we offering a free picture and link (which I think would be considered a free ad? No biggie, I don’t need an answer – it just seems odd. Free ads happen all the time.

  • http://xraystyle.blogspot.com Bryan McKay

    I saw Sheryl Crow perform an acoustic set at the John Kerry rally in Copley Square last November. I wasn’t particularly impressed – not that I’ve ever been particularly impressed with her – but I like her politics, so I guess she’s got something going for her in my book.

  • Eric Olsen

    mirror image

  • http://selfaudit.blogspot.com Aaman

    Now at least we’ll have good music on the interminable wait times on Dell Call Center lines. Then the inevitable ‘thank you please come again':)

  • http://gratefuldread.net Natalie Davis

    There is that. But it’s like listening to Clapton these days: I can’t get past his old beer ads and the use of “It’s in the Way that You Use It” in that Tom Cruise pool flick. When an artist whores a song for filthy lucre, IMO, it depletes the tune of any artistic value. Doesn’t mean it isn’t diverting to hear 30 seconds of “Bargain” between scenes of a teevee show, but I find it distressing all the same. Oh well, anything is better than sitting on interminable hold and being forced to endure some Muzak treatment of “I Just Called to Say I Love You” or a Celine Dion tune.

  • Eric Olsen

    I hadn’t thought of that angle, having never Delled

  • georgiaboy

    That Sheryl somehow, someway finagled her way into performing at Johnny Cash’s memorial service was enough to forever brand her as a crass, over-hyped, mediocre creation of the music industry’s publicity machine. Nothing more. And while I admire Lance tremendously, every time I see him, I wonder what the heck he’s thinking.

  • Eric Olsen

    why shouldn’t she have played at Johnny’s service? Just wondering

  • oakridgedoc

    Somehow, someway? AFAIK she was a friend of Johnny and June. By the way, she was also invited to sing at June’s funeral by Cash/Carter family in may 2003.

  • Eric Olsen

    thanks oakridgedoc, that sort of answers that one

  • Greg Gottsacker

    People work to make money. This is a capitalist society. If Ms. Crow makes a buck for playing her plagerized riffs, who are we to care? Didn’t you go to work last Friday and make a corporate whore out of yourself to pay for the roof over your head and your daily bread? Grow up! Its her job. She gets paid. Get over it.

  • http://none.com Bob A. Booey

    I think I’ve discovered that I’m a closet Sheryl Crow fan after watching a PBS concert of hers. I actually bought her Greatest Hits CD off Amazon used even though she’s way, way different than the usual “cool guy ace number #1 Joe” music I listen to.

    For anyone who cares to dig around on the comments for this site (and why would you), I think I once wrote an interesting little story about running into Sheryl at LAX on some topic about her. Enjoy.

    That is all.

  • Eric Olsen

    Sheryl is cool, but one does have to be careful about endorsements – image counts, and ti is not a good sign to see so many judging her negatively on image

  • ExBeatle

    Hey She’s 43 and writes lyrics for 12 year old kids. The Dell gig is more stable for her.

  • blanche

    Sheryl Crow is an UGLY TONE DEAF BUZZARD

  • Eric Olsen

    that’s quite a disguise, then

  • http://none.com Bob A. Booey

    I’d let that old buzzard pick my carcass clean.

    That is all.

  • Louise

    I am 58, and I listen to Sheryl Crow every day, because she makes me feel happy. I admire her and Lance. Dell makes a bitchin computer, I have bought two laptops and they have never given me any problems. I hope she makes a bundle from the commercials. I rather watch her sing on television than anybody else. She is better than the shows.

  • Eric Olsen

    that’s quite an endorsement Louise!
    Rock on with your middle-aged self