- The Washington Times - Friday, September 14, 2007

So, Britney, how’s that comeback treatin’ ya? Feel like you should’ve hit the rehearsal hall a little harder? Maybe studied your lyrics a little more closely? Don’t feel so bad. Yours is another in a long line of comebacks gone awry.

Michael JacksonQuick: Name the erstwhile king of pop’s last studio effort. Stumped? We had to look it up, too: 2001’s “Invincible.” It was supposed to be the album that would reintroduce Michael Jackson, the singer, while overcoming images of Michael Jackson, accused child molester. It proved to be anything but its titular boast.

Sharon Stone— Once more into the breach? Er, not quite. Sharon Stone’s attempt to recapture the lewd appeal of her 1992 breakthrough, “Basic Instinct” — and, with it, her acting career — sputtered in theaters last year. Domestically, the sequel “Basic Instinct 2” grossed a pitiable $6 million.

MC Hammer— The parachute-panted rapper in 1994 dropped the MC and tried with the album “Funky Headhunter” to pass himself off as a mad, bad and dangerous-to-know gangsta rapper. Ever since, we haven’t even bothered trying to touch this.

Jerry Lewis— When “Hardly Working” was released in 1981, the comedian who dubbed himself the “original jerk” (a nod to the 1979 Steve Martin vehicle “The Jerk”) hadn’t released a film in 10 years. Critic Roger Ebert declared it “one of the worst movies ever to achieve commercial release in this country.”

Guns N’ Roses— Axl Rose may seem employable these days, but in 2002, as the band (such as it is: Mr. Rose is its only original member) set out for its first concert tour in nearly a decade, the wheels spun off. Mr. Rose and company were no-shows for two arena appearances, after which promoters canceled the whole shebang.

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