King of Kitsch: Reviewing The Hoff’s Greatest Hits Album
David Hasselhoff; the Man, the Icon.
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The Hoff taught us the importance of beach safety in his role as Mitch Buchannon, the only lifeguard we ever needed (The Rock’s buff bod can’t hold a candle to The Hoff’s hairy chest). He also introduced us to the idea that talking cars aren’t so scary when playing Michael Knight. Not to be over-shadowed, his singing career has been just as influential. In November 1989, the Berlin wall fell and Looking for Freedom was the unofficial anthem, and he even recently performed at the thirty-year anniversary celebrations in Berlin.
Tonight we celebrate 30 years of freedom in Berlin.. come party!! 👍✌🏼 pic.twitter.com/IID5BKX9fJ
— David Hasselhoff (@DavidHasselhoff) October 3, 2019
Outside of Europe however, The Hoff is better known for his acting than singing. Which is surprising as he is arguably a much better singer than an actor as we can see in his 2011 album Feeling So High, a compilation of his greatest hits. Whether you’re new to The Hoff or you used to make your own T-shirts with his face on them, you will no doubt be able to find something to enjoy on this album.
His music style would be best described as 80’s pop/synth with the occasional treat of a talking pop track. It’s kind of tacky but it’s also a lot of fun. The themes on the tracks cover a wide range of issues and topics and there’s a song for every occasion.
Can’t find the right way to tell your partner that you want to start a family? One and One Make Three can do that for you. The perfect way to introduce the topic of babies is through song, The Hoff proves it.
Need an anthem for your environmental crisis rally? Give Keep the Jungle Alive a listen. African drumming, weird R&B chords, and lyrics about pollution and the government with their heads in the sand. Released thirty years ago, still just as relevant today.
A heart wrenching break up song? Was it Real Love will help you work through those hard emotions. Teardrops of loneliness, memories and the one that got away, The Hoff really understands heartbreak and you will too.
Trying to hint you want to take your relationship to a more intimate level? Let’s Spend the Night Together says all the things you can’t. The classic eighties build-up, hints of erotic moaning in the background, the chorus where the question of making love is addressed. If this doesn’t get you laid I’m afraid nothing will.
Lights in The Darkness, a dark and slow show of support for Russia and Eastern Europe after the fall of the Soviet Union. As well as Crazy for You a lighthearted, love song so upbeat you can’t help but dance along are also worth mentioning.
While it can be hard to enjoy a beloved star in a different medium (Steven Seagal’s music career, yikes.) David Hasselhoff pulls this off perfectly, it’s a guilty pleasure that we should all allow ourselves to indulge in.