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Wing - The story of a singer who sings badly

She built a dazzling career against all the expectations of critics, thereby inspiring hundreds (maybe thousands) of performers around the world!

The history of Wing: who is she, why is she so remarkable and why does she sing “badly”?

Wing is a unique singer whose performance style is often compared to Florence Foster Jenkins and Mrs. Miller. It is a vivid example of someone else's, so-called "outsider" music (this will be discussed below). But no matter what, Wing never lost her confidence! She built a dazzling career against all the expectations of critics, thereby inspiring hundreds (maybe thousands) of performers around the world!

Who is Wing?

When Wing settled in New Zealand, she took up music in earnest. She soon began performing in nursing homes and hospitals, which inspired her to release her own CD! So the world saw the debut album of the singer Wing, called "The Phantom of the Opera". The lead single was a composition from the musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Despite the "peculiar" style of performance, the album was a great success! This inspired Wings to record new tracks, which were covers of well-known foreign hits. In this way, our heroine won world fame!

The cartoon character of the singer Wing
The cartoon character of the singer Wing

Along with this, Wing began to be invited to various TV shows. She also became the heroine of "South Park" (we'll talk about this below)! By the way: the creators of the series said that before “give the green light” to the use of her music, the singer had to approve her cartoon character. Trey Parker, co-creator, also recalled receiving a thank you letter from Wing afterwards for the sales boost she enjoyed after the episode aired...

The work of the singer...

2008 turned out to be quite fruitful and eventful for Wing… The singer performed at the South by Southwest festival, as well as on BBC Introduction, presenting guests with the performance of the main hits of ABBA and Elton John…

Wing also guested on music channel C4, and even appeared on the Rocked The Nation series, singing "Pokarekare Ana".

In subsequent years, Wing continued to give concerts and tour the United States, but in 2015 the singer announced her retirement from the music business ...

Why does Wing sing badly and what is outsider music?

Before answering the question why Wing sings badly (it is worth noting that this is not the author's statement, but critics'), let's talk about what outsider music is ...

Outsider music, as a rule, is the product of creative impulses of self-taught or naive musicians. This interesting term is often referred to musicians who have nothing to do with the musical environment: their creative impulses are often due to "childish fantasies" or mental illness ...

This term was popularized back in the 90s of the last century by journalist-musician Irvin Chusid. As a DJ for New Jersey radio station WFMU in the 1980s, Irvine was a powerful figure in independent music circles. And so, at the beginning of the 2000s, he published a whole book, Songs in the Key of Z: A Curious Universe of Alien Music, with which he tried to promote outsider music as a separate genre.

“There are countless performers who lack public attention to their art ... At the same time, they are sure that what they are doing is normal. Yes, their instrumental/vocal prowess can be laughable, as evidenced by the measly income from their work. The likelihood that they will achieve mass success is extremely small ... But they do not break the rules simply because they do not know about their existence ... "

It is worth emphasizing the fact that Chusid himself saw such artists as much more “authentic” than those whose work had been “revised, remade and repainted” a million times. Outsider artists may be in control of their "ultimate creative circuit", either due to limited budgets or their "inability or unwillingness to collaborate with or trust anyone but themselves".

Fun fact: Outsiders often cross paths with lo-fi artists, as their work is rarely recorded in professional studios! "Outsider art" (or as it is also called "naive art") was the norm in the 70s of the last century. The works of such artists, as a rule, are of poor quality, since they are often created at home ...

Among the best-selling “outsiders”, Irvine singled out Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys, Frank Zappa, Marilyn Manson… But given the level at which all these people were accepted by the public, it’s hard to imagine them as just outsiders… However… there is an opinion that a huge a number of well-known people today, artists of art, began their journey as nominal outsiders. And among these, according to critics, is the performer Wing ...

Singer Wing
Singer Wing

Episode from South Park

And now let's talk about that very episode from the popular series "South Park", which got its name "Wing" in honor of the main character of today's article. And the plot of this episode is reminiscent of a Hollywood blockbuster…

The character Token Black won the music competition and will now perform at the beauty contest, for which he will receive a cash prize of 200 bucks. Then his friends create an agency and persuade Token to sign a contract. But when the popularity of the latter begins to grow, a large agency "entices" the rising star to itself ... At that very moment, Tuong Lu Kim, a stereotypical Asian and the owner of a restaurant of the real-life City Wok chain, turns to the friends agency, who offers the guys to sign a contract with his wife - Wing singer. The friends agree, and soon a trip to Los Angeles is scheduled for a singing competition. When they get there, the company discovers an endless line ... No one is eager to stand in it for half a day, and therefore Wing is given to another competition, which turned out to be the boxing show Candidate by Sylvester Stallone!

This is probably the funniest moment in this episode: Wing loses as she continues to sing in the ring while her opponent beats her up!

https://youtu.be/FDAZQtWxrow

The woman's singing impresses Stallone, and he offers her "agents" 4,000 bucks for Wing's performance at his son's wedding. But at this moment the main character is kidnapped by the mafia. Being sure that this is the work of rivals, friends set off in pursuit! Well, then - a classic of the genre: a shootout, during which Kenny dies ... In general, it's better to see it in person!

Interesting Facts

  • Since Stallone's trademark speech was parodied in the episode, none of the characters understand it. Because of this, the hero has to use a translator.
  • Wing's website was recommended to the creators of South Park by a close friend. As a result, Parker and Stone were so fascinated by the talent of the singer that they were upset for a long time due to the lack of ideas for a new episode with her participation ...
  • With the release of the episode, Wing increased the hype around the singer! The number of visits to her site has increased dramatically by about 1000 times!

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