I debated whether or not to post a preview to this article written by Courier-Journal critic Jeffrey Lee Puckett, who states that “Valli’s piercing, nasal falsetto is one of the most painful instruments in the history of pop music. At its worst, it’s beyond fingernails on a blackboard and more like a rusty hook being dragged across your skull before it’s snapped into an eye socket.”
Puckett then lists the five most annoying Frankie Valli songs! Check these two out:
- “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” When Valli does that “ay-yi-yi” bit, I feel almost homicidal. Didn’t they use this song at Gitmo?
- “Walk Like a Man.” And, son, right after you learn to walk like a man you might want to stop singing like a freakish little girl.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion–but Mr. Puckett, if Valli’s falsetto is one of the most painful instruments in pop music history, why is it that generations are flocking to his concerts all over the country and rediscovering the phenomenal, powerful hits of the chart-topping group thanks to the megahit musical JERSEY BOYS all over the globe? Seven Number One hits, 17 Top Ten Singles, and well over 175 million records sold? Mr. Puckett, I believe you’re in the minority–Valli’s voice and The Four Seasons’ hits have ROCKED the world for nearly 50 years and will continue to do so!!