She looks like Marcie from “Peanuts,” embraces theatricality like Adam Lambert and sings Rolling Stones songs like she’s Mick Jagger’s long-lost daughter (which, knowing Mick’s reputation, could be a possibility). Her name is Siobhan Magnus, and her rising star shone bright on Tuesday’s (March 16) top 12 episode of “American Idol.”
A resident of Barnstable, Massachusetts, Siobhan’s huge family has always encouraged her artistic endeavors. And on Tuesday night, she took them to a level as big as Mick’s lips, singing a dramatic interpretation of the Rolling Stones classic “Paint It Black.”
Released in 1966 from their fourth album Aftermath, the song was written by one of the all-time great rock teams: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. A #1 hit in both the U.S. and U.K., Rolling Stone magazine ranked it #174 on their 2004 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Interestingly enough, the song’s signature sitar riff was hatched after Stones guitarist Brian Jones visited George Harrison of the Beatles, who at the time was experimenting with Middle Eastern sounds.
Sorrowful and dark but with an impossibly catchy chorus, the lyrics are believed to be about a man mourning his dead girlfriend. As such, the song has been employed in recent years as a pop-culture shortcut to signify death and mourning — from “Stir of Echoes” to “Full Metal Jacket” to “The Sopranos.” The song was also given a shout-out in the My Chemical Romance tune “Welcome to the Black Parade.”
Wearing an appropriately colored black dress and “bringing the drama to ’American Idol’ season nine,” as Randy Jackson put it, Siobhan painted the stage black — and you could color the judges impressed.
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