--Straight Outta Fat Guys Wearing Glasses
I've never watched any American Idol at all--just the stupid Asian kid who sang Ricky Martin that Rich B. said used to masturbate openly at college--so I think I may have been getting Paula's AI stint mixed up with everyone trashing Dan Fouts and Dennis Miller's Monday Night Football gig.
Re: Milli Vanilli - That's another thing I have to mention about 1989--that was like, THE era of dumb disposable dance pop. The Erlewine review--the best thing he ever wrote, by far--asked how in God's name something like this could win ANY awards, let alone Grammys, and that's knowing how silly the Grammys are anyway.
You're probably right about Madonna too. I can't think of any 1990s Madonna songs I like.
I had already seen that TP/Donahue interview--"Laura Palmer, do ya know who killed her?!?" followed by the poll with some percentage of audience members thinking she was actually still alive. Imagine that.