Okay, just to get it out of the way, I'm really rather fond of Neil Diamond. With decent amount of irony, sure, but probably not as much as you'd think. That being said, David Archuleta's performance of "America" on American Idol tonight might be the single most barf-tacular performance in the long history of that show. Never mind that his voice can't hack it and the arrangement shredded the song into near-unrecognizable bits, he manages to make the corny-but-sincere patriotism of the original seem hollow and cheap and dirty. The whole thing was just so gross.
So just to wash this awful taste out of my mouth, here's Neil Diamon's original in all it's dorky bombast (that's right -- I'm posting a clip from The Jazz Singer to make things feel less gross and creepy):