One final thing: Bill Simmons, ESPN.com's excellent Page Two contributor, echoed my sentiments re: Hit Me Baby One More Time, though frankly I think he goes a little TOO easy on Irene Cara, who stunk.
Here's a link
I'm writing this with a heavy heart ...
On "Hit Me One More Time" last night, the great Howard Jones somehow lost to Irene Cara. How can an '80s icon who pumped out at least 10 quality songs lose to someone who had two? That's an excellent question. Sure, it was partly his fault – he should have played a more upbeat song than "No One is to Blame," and he should have covered Coldplay instead of Dido. But still, it felt like the '80s died last night – when the crowd made its choice, the mutant Australian host was congratulating a stunned Cara, the crowd was going bonkers, and poor Howard Jones was headed back to England and taking the '80s with him. I will now ram a shish kabob needle into my Adam's apple.