File this under "I'm not as crazy as I thought."
Yes, I'm talking about that Kelly Clarkson. Kelly "American Idol" Clarkson. I mean, I always kind of liked her, but the Idol music is all pretty nasty drivel. Or worse, it's great music that the Idol contestants turn into some trilly pop lameness.
Since U Been Gone is still pop music, make no mistake. But it's great pop music.
The best part of all is the way, on the chorus, the baseline goes 3 (of the root), 4 (the root of the sub-dominant), 1. It's one of the best bass lines ever. Been done before, but I'll always like it. Always.
For me, the whole thing started at halftime of some football game. (It was an important one, I think, but I can't remember which one. Not the Superbowl.) She was one of the acts, and she sang the whole thing totally live. I could tell because the sound guy mixed her really poorly. But regardless of the bad mix, she sounded great, and I remember thinking, "hey, that's one hell of a song."
Thank God I'm not the only one who thought it. I guess I'm not (totally) crazy.
Update: you can (sort of) add Jason Kottke to the list.