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Snuckles
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posted 20 April 2004 07:45 PM      Profile for Snuckles   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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Starship's We Built This City has been tapped as the No. 1 worst song of the past 30 years in a list compiled by Blender magazine.

Blender has published the top 50 worst songs in its May issue, with some of pop music's most popular singles making the list, the New York Daily News reported Tuesday.

Billy Ray Cyrus' Achy Breaky Heart, Wang Chung's Everybody Have Fun Tonight, Limp Bizkit's Rollin' and Vanilla Ice's Ice Ice Baby round out the top five worst singles on the list.

Celine Dion's My Heart Will Go On, Billy Joel's We Didn't Start the Fire and the Beatles' Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da also ranked in the worst 50.


Read it here.


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Doug
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posted 20 April 2004 07:49 PM      Profile for Doug   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I hope Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" is on that list.
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posted 20 April 2004 07:53 PM      Profile for Marc     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I vote for "I am the Walrus" and anything by Limp Bizkit.
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posted 20 April 2004 07:54 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I don't know...even though I know there are a few Beatles' songs that are pretty bubblegum and trite, there's just something about putting anything by them on a "worst" list that makes my left eye start twitching... (Edited to take Marc's post into account - "I am the Walrus"!?!?!? How could you? I mean, I understand "Ob-la-di Ob-la-da", and maybe "Octopus's Garden", but "I am the Walrus"!?)

Doug, that goes double for me. I remember one time laughing like hell at a couple of DJ's a few years back who played that song and started baying like wolves at the end of the song. I nearly peed myself. I really hate that song.

"Yooooooooouuuuuuuuu! Owwwwooooooooooooo!"

(I'm also glad that horrid Titanic song is on the list.)

[ 20 April 2004: Message edited by: Michelle ]


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Marc
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How about "The Hamster Dance" and "The Macarena"?
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I've never heard The Hamster Dance. But I agree with you about the Macarena. And what about The Bird Dance?
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Snuckles
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posted 20 April 2004 07:59 PM      Profile for Snuckles   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I haven't seen the entire list, but if Chis Deburg's "Lady in Red" isn't on it then there is no justice in this world.
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C'mon the lyrics for "I am the Walrus" are among the stupidest I have ever read:

I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together
See how they run like pigs from a gun see how they fly
I'm crying

Sitting on a cornflake waiting for the van to come
Corporation teeshirt, stupid bloody Tuesday
Man you been a naughty boy
You let your face grow long
I am the eggman, they are the eggmen
I am the walrus, goo goo goo joob

Mister City Policeman sitting
Pretty little policemen in a row
See how they fly like Lucy in the sky, see how they run
I'm crying, I'm crying
I'm crying, I'm crying

Yellow matter custard dripping from a dead dog's eye
Crabalocker fishwife pornographic priestess
Boy you been a naughty girl
You let your knickers down
I am the eggman, they are the eggmen
I am the walrus, goo goo goo joob

Sitting in an English garden waiting for the sun
If the sun don't come, you get a tan from
Standing in the English rain
I am the eggman, they are the eggmen
I am the walrus, goo goo goo joob goo goo goo goo joob

Expert textpert choking smokers don't you thing
The joker laughs at you? Ha ha ha!
See how they smile, like pigs in a sty
See how they snied
I'm crying

Semolina pilchard climbing up the Eiffel Tower
Elementary penguin singing Hare Krishna man
You should have seen them kicking Edgar Alan Poe
I am the eggman, they are the eggmen
I am the walrus, goo goo goo joob goo goo goo joob
Goo goo gooooooooooo jooooob


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posted 20 April 2004 08:01 PM      Profile for Willowdale Wizard   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
"The macarena is ready for the transition to being an active weapon in the U.S. military," Air Force Colonel Eileen Walling wrote in a rare, unclassified report on the program three years ago. "There are signs that attempts at erotic grinding will represent a revolutionary concept in psychological counter-insurgency warfare, principally because white men are not designed to dance."
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I can't think of anything more psychologically damaging than listening to the Hamster Dance more than one time. ****Cringe****

For those with virgin ears...here is the monstrosity -- www.hamsterdance.com -- Warning! You will never be the same.

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posted 20 April 2004 08:14 PM      Profile for charlessumner     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Rolling Stones, Brown Sugar
Meat Loaf feat. Ellen Foley, Paradise by the Dashboard Light

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quote:
Starship's We Built This City has been tapped as the No. 1 worst song of the past 30 years in a list compiled by Blender magazine.

Nonsense. The worst song of all time is either "Skyrockets in flight (Afternoon delight)" or "McArthur Park".


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posted 20 April 2004 08:46 PM      Profile for Stephen Gordon        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
"Feelings - nothing more than: feelings"

"Having my baby - what a lovely way way of showing how much you love me"


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Stairway to Heaven, O Canada, The Star Spangled Banner except for the Jimi Hendrix version.
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We built this City was the worst song ever written and I'm glad it's finally getting the recognition it deserves. I was in my first year at University when it was a "hit" (...grrr) and it played constantly over the PA system at UWO's UCC (University Community Centre). I mean, come on..."knee-deep in the hoopla"? A song-bot could write better lyrics than that nowadays.

The other worst song is Roxette's "Joy Ride"....I say hello, you fool, I love you...come join the joy ride...godawful.

Grace Slick...I'll never forgive you.


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posted 20 April 2004 09:20 PM      Profile for windymustang     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Stairway to Heaven...sacrilege! Billy Joel: We Didn't Start the Fire is alright.

I agree with O Canada, very poorly written, although I sing it as a proud Canadian.

As far as Meatloaf: Paradise by the Dashboard Lights...you had to be there! At least it wasn't disco which was the other option at the time.

Same goes for I am the Walrus. It wasn't my generation, but I understand the acid trip that that song must have come out of. It also is very reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland and opium smoking. Plus you have to have a sense of humour that the song obviously is portraying.


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posted 20 April 2004 09:23 PM      Profile for Doug   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Snuckles:
I haven't seen the entire list, but if Chis Deburg's "Lady in Red" isn't on it then there is no justice in this world.

I *loathe* that song! And speaking of songs with "Red" in them that I hate, there's "Red Red Wine" by UB40.

The good thing about bad songs though is that most of them become tolerable if you replace any occurrence of "heart" in them with "butt".


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I must strenuously object to any bad-mouthing of the Beatles. In the mid-to-late 70s, they were what I listened to when all the world went to hell in a disco handbasket.

Then I heard 'London Calling' (best album EVER) and I figured it was safe to crawl out of my refuge and join the world again.


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posted 20 April 2004 09:56 PM      Profile for BLAKE 3:16     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Isn't Blender the music edition of a really sexist magazine?
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posted 20 April 2004 09:56 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I was listening to the Beatles during the disco era too.

Then again, I was about 6 to 9 years old at the time and I loved (and knew off by heart) all the songs on my parents' Beatles albums. But...I was also a Village People fan in grade 2, and I got their album that had YMCA on it. So I can't say the disco era passed me entirely.

Also, I knew Stars on 45 off by heart then. Hey, Beatles AND disco all rolled into one!


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I hear you, Michelle. It was a bad time. My only saving grace was having older sisters and a brother who forbade disco in the house. I rebelled 20 years later, when I bought "Abba's Greatest Hits". Take that, siblings!
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Nothing is worse than Kokomo by the Beach Boys. Nothing.

Some say it was the Beatles that gave Brian Wilson a nervous breakdown. I think it was Dennis humming "Aruba. Jamaica. Ooh I wanna make ya," in his ear.


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Not to mention the cheesy video with that stupid Tom Cruise movie tie-in.

And to think that they made 'Pet Sounds'.

(shudder)


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quote:
Originally posted by BLAKE 3:16:
Isn't Blender the music edition of a really sexist magazine?


Yes it is put out by the editors of Maxim


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quote:
Originally posted by windymustang:
As far as Meatloaf: Paradise by the Dashboard Lights...you had to be there! At least it wasn't disco which was the other option at the time.


Let's see Talking Heads, Ramones Clash, Blondie, Bob Marley, King Crimson
, Joy Division ... seems to me there were other options.


As for We Didn't Start the Fire - I always wondered it Billy Joel nicked the concept from R.E.M and It's the End of the World..... as a cop out defence for Baby Boomers


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Strokin' isn't on that list by any chance - it's a song that D.J.'s are notorious for playing at weddings/office parties and the such.... My major accomplishment this year was getting the D.J. at our party to play a relatively tame Clash tune.
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quote:
We Didn't Start the Fire

JFK blown away/what else do i have to say

ugh.

quote:
Ellen Foley, Paradise by the Dashboard Light

i thought she was great on night court

my vote goes to:

quote:
Maybe tonight
maybe tonight .. by the fire
all alone .. you and I
nothing around .. but the sound
of my heart .. and your sighs

Money talks

But it can't sing and dance
and it can't walk

And long as I can have you here with me

I'd much rather be

forever in blue jeans, babe.



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OK, I've seen a lot of my least faves (haven't looked at the actual list ) but what about these (former) faves of mine from when I was about seven:

Muskrat Love I listened to the Captain and Tenille Version
Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves by Cher
Calling Occupants (of interplanetary craft) I listened to the Carpenters version


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quote:
Originally posted by candle:
Let's see Talking Heads, Ramones Clash, Blondie, Bob Marley, King Crimson
, Joy Division ... seems to me there were other options.

Yeah, but even Blondie got into a bit of the disco action. Listen to "Heart of Glass" and tell me that isn't disco. Happily, quite a few of their other tunes were their saving grace, even though I don't dislike disco now the way I used to.

I have an ex-boyfriend who is about 11 years older than me - just the right age to have been a teenager during the height of the disco era. And he was a die-hard "I hate disco" kind of guy. But he was a huge fan of ABBA. I told him, "But ABBA is disco!" He insisted they were not. I insisted that they were, and we had an argument about it and didn't speak to each other for a few hours afterwards.

Then again, he had terrible taste in music. He used to tell me that all 80's music "sucks" (and I agree that much of the pop music from the 80's is very bubblegum, although being a teen of the 80's, I loved much of it), but meanwhile he was a huge fan of the Partridge Family! God.

[ 21 April 2004: Message edited by: Michelle ]


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Forgotten in all this is that Canadian radio, now dutifully repeating the Blender item as morning entertainment talk fodder, has such a soft spot for "We Built This City" that when Toronto's legendary 680 CFTR left Top 40 in 1993, "We Built This City" was the very last song they played.

Aren't your eyes welling up too? Admit it!

Listen here in RealAudio, courtesy Dale R. Patterson's (unironically) wonderful Rock Radio Scrapbook.


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quote:
I agree with O Canada, very poorly written, although I sing it as a proud Canadian.



Its time we dumped it and switched to the Hockey Night in Canada theme (which by the way was written by a woman). Speaking as a band geek it is a whole lot more fun to play.

Maybe we would have a thread for setting patriotic words to the tune of HNIC


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quote:
Originally posted by Anchoress:
OK, I've seen a lot of my least faves (haven't looked at the actual list ) but what about these (former) faves of mine from when I was about seven:

Muskrat Love I listened to the Captain and Tenille Version
Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves by Cher
Calling Occupants (of interplanetary craft) I listened to the Carpenters version


I agree that these songs suck, but it's like shooting fish in a barrel. It's just too easy to make fun of them. You could get fifty terrible songs just by listening to Yoko Ono albums (not recommended).

What about songs that everyone else thinks is One of the Greatest Songs Ever Written, but you think is really crap. For me, it's "Take a Walk on the Wild Side" by Lou Reed.

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Neil Diamond's 'Pot Smoker's Song'
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'Saturday Night' by The Bay City Rollers
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"ain't no sunshine when she's gone"
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Anyting by Britney Spears, and that is the bottom line
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Well, technically, those aren't 'songs'. More like jingles for a marketing campaign.
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Walter Murphy - a fifth of beethoven

Just horrid...


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I hope everythinng done John Meyer (sp?) is on that list...
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These guys are idiots. The worst song in the last 30 years is:

quote:
Having my baby
what a lovely way of saying
How much you love me.
Having my baby
what a lovely way of saying
What you're thinking of me.
I can see it your face is glowing

I can see it in your eyes.
I'm happy knowin' that you're having my baby.
You're the woman I love and I love what it's doin' to you.
Having my baby
you're a woman in love and I love
What's goin' through you.
The need inside you
I see it showin'
Oh
the seed inside you
baby
do you feel it growin'
Are you happy in knowin' that you're having my baby?

I'm a woman in love and I love
What it's doin' to me.
Having my baby.
I'm a woman in love and I love
What's goin' through me.

Didn't have to keep it
wouldn't put you through it.
You could have swept it from your life
But you wouldn't do it
no
you wouldn't do it.
And you're having my baby.

I'm a woman in love and I love



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"abracadabra"

"I want to kiss you all over"

"seasons in the sun"

anything by Tiffany

I could go on all night


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Better yet, "Abracadabra" and "Bette Davis Eyes" - as done by the MINIPOPS!
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quote:
Originally posted by windymustang:
As far as Meatloaf: Paradise by the Dashboard Lights...you had to be there! At least it wasn't disco which was the other option at the time.

Let's see Talking Heads, Ramones Clash, Blondie, Bob Marley, King Crimson
, Joy Division ... seems to me there were other options.



I was listening to Elvis Costello, Ted Nugent, The Pistols, Warren Zevon, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Randy Newman, Led Zep, Foghat and ....Gordon Lightfoot (Endless Wire) in those days. No Meatloaf and no disco.
quote:

As for We Didn't Start the Fire - I always wondered it Billy Joel...

There was a similar tune in 1974-5. It was essentially a long list of tunes and names strung together. I think it may have had "Golden Oldies" in the title.

Gee, nobody has mentioned the Piña Coloda Song yet.


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"Life is a Rock but the Radio Rolled Me"?
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I've Never Been to Me by Charlene. It's so bad it's good. But it's also a lie...I've spent my life exploring the subtle whoring, but found out it really didn't cost all that much.

...by the way, where is the Isle of Greece?


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quote:
Originally posted by Michelle:
"Life is a Rock but the Radio Rolled Me"?

That's it!

quote:
Life is a rock but the radio rolled me
Gotta turn it up louder
So my DJ told me
Life is a rock but the radio rolled me
At the end of my rainbow
Lies a golden oldie

How did you know that? I read these lyrics and had multiple "Squeeze me while I kiss this guy" moments. I never did know the title of this song.

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posted 21 April 2004 10:58 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Neil Diamond tried to do the same thing with his "Done Too Soon".

quote:
Jesus Christ, Fanny Brice,
Wolfie Mozart and Humphrey Bogart and
Genghis Khan and
On to H. G. Wells.

Ho Chi Minh, Gunga Din
Henry Luce and John Wilkes Booth
And Alexanders
King and Graham Bell.

Ramar Krishna, Mama Whistler,
Patrice Lumumba and Russ Colombo,
Karl and Chico Marx,
Albert Camus.

E. A. Poe, Henri Rousseau,
Sholom Aleichem and Caryl Chessman,
Alan Freed and
Buster Keaton too

And each one there
Has one thing shared:
They have sweated beneath the same sun,
Looked up in wonder at the same moon,
And wept when it was all done

For bein' done too soon,
For bein' done too soon.


How did I know "Life is a Rock"? I know all sorts of songs that a 31 year-old shouldn't know. Used to amuse my parents greatly when their friends gaped at me.

I used to know the words too. But I couldn't sing it off by heart to save my life now.

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Oh, I thought of another song for the list:

"Say You, Say Me" by Lionel Ritchie. Stupid Lyric Award!

"Say you, say me,
Say it for always,
That's the way it should be

Say you, say me,
Say it together,
Naturally."


My favorite part of the Pina Colada song is when the husband and wife meet each other in the bar when they were expecting to each meet their illicit personal ad lovers.

"I knew her smile in an instant,
I knew the curve of her face.
It was my own lovely lady,
And she said, 'Oh, it's you.'
And we laughed for a moment,
And I said, 'I never knew...

That you like pina coladas..." etc. and so forth.

I always think, Oh yeah right, I'm SO SURE that's what they said to each other. I think it went something more like this:

"I knew her snarl in an instant,
I knew the curve of her fist
It was my own lovely lady,
And she said, "Oh, it's YOU!"
And we stared for a moment,
And I said, "I can explain..."

She said, "Explain to my lawyer!
I want the house and the kids!"
And I said, "You're just as guilty!"
And she said, "Go stuff yourself!"

etc.

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quote:
Originally posted by Gir Draxon:
I hope everythinng done John Mayer is on that list...

"Your Body Is A Wonderland" apparently is. USA Today: 'We Built This City' ranks as the worst record ever


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We built this city is no great song, and certainly not very profound or well-written, but it lashes out against corporate power and gentrification at a nadir of social protest, so I'm inclined to think the Blender's is a critique from the right. At least it isn't reactionary and sexist like most of the hip-hop stuff people have been glorifying...


Funny, I was sure it was MARCONI plays the mambo, which would make more sense given the reference to radio.

WE BUILT THIS CITY

By: STARSHIP

Album: KNEE DEEP IN THE HOOPLA

Source: http://www.lyrics.ch/search.html (International Lyrics Server)

Chorus:
We built this city, we built this city on rock an' roll
Built this city, we built this city on rock an' roll

Say you don't know me, or recognize my face
Say you don't care who goes to that kind of place
Knee deep in the hoopla, sinking in your fight
Too many runaways eating up the night

Ma Coley plays the mamba, listen to the radio, don't you remember
We built this city, we built this city on rock an' roll

chorus

Someone's always playing corporation games
Who cares they're always changing corporation names
We just want to dance here, someone stole the stage
They call us irresponsible, write us off the page

Ma Coley plays the mamba, listen to the radio, don't you remember
We built this city, we built this city on rock an' roll

chorus

It's just another Sunday, in a tired old street
Well if you got the toco, oh, then we just lost the beat

Who counts the money underneath the bar
Who writes the wrecking ball in two wild guitars
Don't tell us you need us, 'cos we're just simple fools
Looking for America, coming through your schools

(I'm looking out over that Golden Gate bridge
Out on a gorgeous sunny Saturday, I've seen that low amount of traffic)

Don't you remember (remember)

(Here's your favorite radio station, in your favorite radio city
The city by the bay, the city that rocks, the city that never sleeps)

Ma Coley plays the mamba, listen to the radio, don't you remember
We built this city, we built this city on rock an' roll

chorus repeats 2x

(We built, we built this city) built this city (we built, we built this city)
(repeats out)


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There's seems to be a difference of opinion on whether it's "Marconi plays the mamba" or "Ma Coley Plays the mamba".
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I thought I'd settle the argumement by pulling out my old copy of Knee Deep in the Hoopla -- *blushes, hangs head* -- but sadly, there's no lyrics sheet.
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quote:
the seed inside you
baby
do you feel it growin'

Sweet merciful crap!


The worst song ever in the history of humanity:

My Heart Will Go On.

near
far
whereeeeeeever you ahhhhhaaaahhhhaaahhahhahhrrrr

My brain hurts.


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quote:
Originally posted by charlessumner:
"Your Body Is A Wonderland" apparently is.

Oh, thank GOD. I HATE that song. Your body is a wonderland...geez. Yeah, that's romantic, all right - he thinks my body is an amusement park. Hey baby, can I ride your roller coaster?

I just looked up the lyrics (I didn't know a lot of them) and they're HORRID.

"Your body is a wonder (I'll use my hands)"?? What? You'll use your hands during sex? Gosh, how innovative!

"One pair of candy lips and / Your bubblegum tongue" - good lord. Or as Jingles would say, sweet merciful crap. Bubblegum tongue? What, something to chew on with his molars until it loses its flavour? And candy lips - could it be any more trite? Those have to be the worst metaphors on the face of the earth.

Well, I think I'll just end the misery there. Horrid, horrid song.

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posted 22 April 2004 01:43 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Another song I hate is that one where the chorus goes something like,

"Whatever I did, whatever I said, I'm sorry..."

I don't remember the rest. I hate it. Yeah, I love you so much and I'm so sorry for whatever it is you're upset about that I can't be bothered to find out! Grrr.....


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Wow, I'm surprised Aqua's "Barbie Girl" didn't make the top (bottom?) 10.
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You're thinking of "Back For Good" by the mid-90s Britpop would-be-Fab Five act Take That, now best known for their fifth member and first to leave, Robbie Williams.
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… and further to John Mayer, Toronto writer Marc Weisblott's review of his latest in Village Voice: Phallus in Wonderland: Fretboard hunk wanks his smug way into women's hearts.
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posted 22 April 2004 10:17 PM      Profile for Doug   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
And each one there
Has one thing shared:
They have sweated beneath the same sun,
Looked up in wonder at the same moon,
And wept when it was all done

For bein' done too soon,
For bein' done too soon.


So this song is about premature ejaculation, right?


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I'm a music slut I guess, I've liked everything at one point or another. When I was a kid my older brothers were listening to Steppenwolf, BTO and Nazareth while my father listened to Mario Lanza and the Mills Brothers… I liked all of them. I liked disco for a while, like Zeppelin, the Beatles, Stones, smattering of Clash and a drop of Tears for Fears. I've owned Bronski Beat records and Ozzie Osbourne, Lightfoot and Styx, John Hyatt and Living Color. I've had different tastes at different ages, but seem to be at the point where I can appreciate everything.

That all said, see if this song doesn't get stuck in your head the rest of the day…

"My name is Michael, I have a nickel, I have a nickel shiny and new…"


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posted 23 April 2004 11:07 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Doug:
So this song is about premature ejaculation, right?

Gee, thanks. My mother is the biggest Neil Diamond fan on the planet (okay wait, I worded that wrong...) and I've been listening to that song ever since I can remember. And now I will never be able to hear it again without thinking about premature ejaculation!


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First of all, I'd like to nominate Maxim, and all of its affiliates and incarnations, for the list of 50 worst magazines of all time.

That said, is there a link to the complete list?

I would hope that "Abracadabra" by The Steve Miller Band and "Emotional Rescue" by The Rolling Stones would be on any list of worst songs.

I was wondering would wrote "We Built This City", so I looked it up. The lyrics were written by none other than Bernie Taupin


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quote:
Originally posted by Scott Piatkowski:
First of all, I'd like to nominate Maxim, and all of its affiliates and incarnations, for the list of 50 worst magazines of all time.

Only if you read the articles.

quote:

That said, is there a link to the complete list?

Found it!
http://www.blender.com/articles/article_786.html

Oh crap! They only give you the first nine and then tell you (predictably) to get the magazine for the rest.

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What's wrong with The Sounds of Silence? That was one of the first records my Dad bought after we got our first gramophone in '67. I used to listen to it quite a bit. Richard Cory and A Most Unusual Man were my favourite tunes while I was seven or eight.
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quote:
Originally posted by Scott Piatkowski:
I was wondering would wrote "We Built This City", so I looked it up. The lyrics were written by none other than Bernie Taupin

Get. Out. Really?? Elton John's songwriter wrote "We Built This City"?!

That's just wrong.


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quote:
Originally posted by Michelle:

Get. Out. Really?? Elton John's songwriter wrote "We Built This City"?!

That's just wrong.


And tell me grey seal how do it feel to be so wise, to see throught eyes that only feel what's real tell me grey seal.

Makes sense to me



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It's like trying to find gold in a silver mine, or drinkin' whiskey from a bottle of wine.
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Originally posted by candle and al-Qa'bong:
quote:
Let's see Talking Heads, Ramones Clash, Blondie, Bob Marley, King Crimson
, Joy Division ... seems to me there were other options.


I meant the other option was disco. Guess I didn't phrase my reply to well.I listened to everything but disco. Disco was all the rage in the late 70's and early 80's and my friends and I were rebelling against it whole heartedly. "Disco Sucks!"

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quote:
Originally posted by BleedingHeart:

Its time we dumped it and switched to the Hockey Night in Canada theme.

Maybe we would have a thread for setting patriotic words to the tune of HNIC



I'm in! I'm in! Where's the thread? Babble Writers' Circle? As soon as I write something, I'll start the topic - somebody start without me!


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"Patio Lanterns" by Kim Mitchell. The Worst Song Ever.

Followed closely by the previously mentioned "Kokomo" crap from the Beach Boys


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quote:
Originally posted by BleedingHeart:

Maybe we would have a thread for setting patriotic words to the tune of HNIC

Couldn't do it. But I did come up with some new lyrics for the old tune:

O Canada, I need another beer.
Don Cherry's on - slide the cooler over here.

Don's tie tonight is fantastic,
It must glow in the dark.
He's punching out that wimp McLean -
That's going to leave a mark.

Don't take my chair, I have to pee.
O Canada, we urinate for thee.
O Canada, we urinate for thee.


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(To the tune of HNIC theme):

We love you Canadaaaaah...,
Our Loonie's not worth nada,
But we can still say
We stand above poor America...

We love you Canada,
A multicultural Mecca,
Where all the people can BE who they are,
Opt out of war,
Wed who we want; Light up a joint... Thee....

The Home of the Free!


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I'm surprised no one's mentioned any 80's hair-metal/poodle-metal bands so far. Y'know, Poison, Winger, Cinderella, Warrant, all those Spandexed, moussed, lip-glossed, power-ballad-singing morons.

But then, I guess it'd be hard to narrow it down to the "50 worst poodle-metal songs" when every song in the genre could quite easily qualify.


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