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paxamillion
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posted 13 July 2004 12:45 PM      Profile for paxamillion   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
In another thread, a poster said that "Lay, Lady, Lay" is Bob Dylan's worst song.

What do you think are the worst songs by other artists?


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posted 13 July 2004 12:47 PM      Profile for josh     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I take exception to that being Dylan's worst, but in any event, I'd say Love Me Do was the Beatles' worst.
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posted 13 July 2004 12:48 PM      Profile for beverly     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
You know, its such a toss up with Manilow - like everything is so cheesy - but that Copacabana drives me insane. Everytime I hear it on the radio it stays with me for days. Kind of like samonella poisoning.
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posted 13 July 2004 12:55 PM      Profile for Screaming Lord Byron     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Beatles worst - Octopus' Garden
Stones worst - Emotional Rescue
Bowie worst - I don't know, but I'm guessing it's on 'Never Let Me Down'
Dylan worst - Likely to be found on 'Self Portrait'
Radiohead worst - Creep (or at least, I'm that sick of it)

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posted 13 July 2004 01:18 PM      Profile for kingblake     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Great thread! BTW it was me that said Lay Lady Lay is Dylan's worst. Perhaps a slight exaggeration, though i do think its terrible over-rated. Obviously some of his Christian-era was worse.

Beatles: Maxwell's Silver Hammer
Elvis Costello: New Lace Sleeves
Clash: Julie's in the Drug Squad
Tom Waits: Straight to the Top


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posted 13 July 2004 01:21 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Sinatra's worst moment:

"Doobie doobie do, da da da da da, doobie doobie do, da da da da da, ..."


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posted 13 July 2004 01:49 PM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Although it's actually a catchy-sounding tune, "Run For Your Life" gets my vote for the worst song by The Beatles. Hard to believe that John Lennon penned these very scary words

    Well I'd rather see you dead, little girl
    Than to be with another man
    You better keep your head, little girl
    Or you won't know where I am

    You better run for your life if you can, little girl
    Hide your head in the sand little girl
    Catch you with another man
    That's the end'a little girl

    Well I know that I'm a wicked guy
    And I was born with a jealous mind
    And I can't spend my whole life
    Trying just to make you toe the line

    You better run for your life if you can, little girl
    Hide your head in the sand little girl
    Catch you with another man
    That's the end'a little girl

    Let this be a sermon
    I mean everything I've said
    Baby, I'm determined
    And I'd rather see you dead

    You better run for your life if you can, little girl
    Hide your head in the sand little girl
    Catch you with another man
    That's the end'a little girl

    I'd rather see you dead, little girl
    Than to be with another man
    You better keep your head, little girl
    Or you won't know where I am

    You better run for your life if you can, little girl
    Hide your head in the sand little girl
    Catch you with another man
    That's the end'a little girl
    Na, na, na
    Na, na, na
    Na, na, na
    Na, na, na


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posted 13 July 2004 01:55 PM      Profile for Dr. Mr. Ben   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'm gonna say "Man Gave Names To All The Animals" off of Slow Train Coming is Dylan's worst. It's just lame. (And I don't absolutely hate that album, neither; Gotta Serve Somebody, Precious Angel, and Slow Train are pretty good.)
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posted 13 July 2004 02:08 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I actually kind of liked "Never Let Me Down" by Bowie, but I was a teenybopper at the time and smitten with the guy - wallpapered my room with his posters, etc. I went to see his Glass Spider tour in Ottawa, and knew that whole album by heart. Probably the worst song by Bowie that I can think of is that godawful noisefest, "Little Drummer Boy". Good Lord.

Elton John: that song from The Lion King probably ties with "Good-bye English Rose", which destroyed a perfectly lovely song of his. God that was awful.

Of course, both Elton John and Phil Collins have long since jumped the shark since becoming the Disney House Bands.


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I sometimes wonder, from Lennon's lyrics, whether he wasn't a bit of a nutcase behind the scenes. I really hate the lyrics to "Jealous Guy" although the melody and song itself is nice.

I was dreaming of the past
And my heart was beating fast
I began to lose control
I began to lose control
I didnít mean to hurt you
Iím sorry that I made you cry
Oh no, I didnít want to hurt you
Iím just a jealous guy

I was feeling insecure
You might not love me anymore
I was shivering inside
I was shivering inside
I didnít mean to hurt you
Iím sorry that I made you cry
Oh no, I didnít want to hurt you
Iím just a jealous guy

I was trying to catch your eyes
Thought that you was trying to hide
I was swallowing my pain
I was swallowing my pain
I didnít mean to hurt you
Iím sorry that I made you cry
Oh no, I didnít want to hurt you
Iím just a jealous guy, watch out
Iím just a jealous guy, look out babe
Iím just a jealous guy


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posted 13 July 2004 02:23 PM      Profile for josh     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hey, as Lennon was the first to admit, he had a dark side. There have even been rumours that he killed someone in a fight when the band was in their Hamburg phase. And others have attributed Stu Sutcliffe's [sic?] seizures, and eventual death, to a brawl with Lennon. But the thing about him was that he was always honest, in both discussing his life and his art. Abraham Lincoln's line, "here I stand warts and all," is totally apropos to Lennon.
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posted 13 July 2004 02:27 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
"Run for Your Life" was mesmerizing at the time. I still like it -- engraved, I guess: but yes, I see the problem.
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posted 13 July 2004 02:39 PM      Profile for Catchfire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I've always thought that a compelling argument could be made that The Beach Boys have the incredible distintion of of recording both the best (Good Vibrations) and worst (Kokomo) pop songs of all time. Man, is Kokomo terrible. Atta boy, Dennis!
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posted 13 July 2004 03:45 PM      Profile for beverly     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Aruba, Jamaica ooo I wanna take you
Bermuda, Bahama come on pretty mama
Key Largo, Montego baby why don't we go
Jamaica
Off the Florida Keys
There's a place called Kokomo

oh, my now I'll just flush my head down a toilet. Round in round the brain it spins.


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posted 13 July 2004 04:24 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Clash: Julie's in the Drug Squad

Not a shining moment it's true, but I'd actually vote either for "Should I Stay or Should I Go," or "Rock the Casbah," which I liked at the time but rapidly tired of. I know they were hits, but...

Then, of course, there's the unfortunate Cut the Crap.

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posted 13 July 2004 04:29 PM      Profile for kingblake     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yeah i guess i forgot about Cut the Crap. How could you dislike Casbah? Just because its a hit and doesn't represent the Clash nearly as well as Rudie Can't Fail or White Man, doesn't mean its not DAMN catchy! I think their most overrated song is Train in Vain. Yuch!
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Just because its a hit and doesn't represent the Clash nearly as well as Rudie Can't Fail or White Man, doesn't mean its not DAMN catchy!

I don't mind at all that it was a hit. Few bands deserved one more. It just kinda bugs me, is all. Perhaps I should have described it as their "worst hit."

But yeah, "Train in Vain" is annoying. I thought of that when posting, but substituted "Should I Stay."


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posted 13 July 2004 04:37 PM      Profile for Screaming Lord Byron     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Should I Stay has few redeeming factors. In fact, it's worse than This Is England.
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posted 13 July 2004 04:37 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yeah, I'm still a real fan of John Lennon's music. But I find some of it disturbing, particularly that song that I quoted. And yet, I listen to it and really love the song for the melody.

Also, I can appreciate that it can be considered an exploration of the thoughts and motivations of an abusive spouse. I'm just not so sure that I like the idea of it being set so "romantically". It sounds like a love song, and it ain't about love if you ask me.


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posted 13 July 2004 11:32 PM      Profile for candle     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Sonic Youth: streamXsonik Subway
Dead Kennedys: Everything the Fake DK's led by that slimeball East Bay Ray has remixed and rereleased.

As for the Clash, I think you have to exclude Cut the Crap which was more of a Bernie Rhodes production than anything.

I don't think "Train in Vain" or SISOIG are that bad. They certainly can't be worse than "Hitsville UK" or "Overpowered by Funk". Mick obviously loved American dance music, as evidenced by B.A.D and B.A.D II. I acutally like those songs quite a bit. Now they aren't as good as Garageland or Complete Control or Lost on the Supermarket or Guns of Brixton


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posted 14 July 2004 12:56 AM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Bob Dylan - Neighbourhood Bully (natch)

The Clash - Rock the Casbah. I like "Hitsville" but agree about Overpowered by Funk. And what's with that Lauren Bacall bit on that record? Train in Vain and SISOSIG? are lousy, but "Casbah" is worse.

The Beatles - Wild Honey Pie. I like Run for your Life too. More engraving, I guess. "Rubber Soul" was my very first record.

Rolling Stones - Soul Survivor

Suzi Quatro - Stumblin' In

Phil Collins - his whole bloody oeuvre.

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quote:
Now they aren't as good as Garageland or Complete Control or Lost on the Supermarket or Guns of Brixton

Agreed. But then, what is?


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posted 14 July 2004 11:51 AM      Profile for thwap        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The Beach Boys had a song "Cool Water"
with lyrics:

in the ocean
or in a glass
cool water is such a gas!

The provocative, neo-post-modernist, AC/DC once described a woman's charms thusly:

she had the body of Venus
...with arms!


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posted 14 July 2004 12:13 PM      Profile for beverly     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Suzie Q - I love Stumblin In


quote:
Our love is alive and so we begin
foolishly layin our hearts on the table, stumblin in
Our love is a flame burnin within
now and then fire light will catch us stumblin in.

Wherever you go, whatever you do
you know these reckless thoughts of mine are followin you
Ive fallen for you, whatever you do
cause baby youve shown me so many things that I never knew.

Whatever it takes, baby, Ill do it for you

CHORUS

You were so young and I was so free
I may have been young but baby, thats not what I wanted to be
well you were the one, oh why was it me?
cause baby youve shown me so many things that Id never knew.

Whatever you need, baby, you got it from me

CHORUS


Be damn you Suzie Q haters


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posted 14 July 2004 03:06 PM      Profile for Shane     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
10 Worst Songs EVER:

1. The Cheeky Song (Touch my bum) - Cheeky Girls
2. Who let the dogs out - Baha Men
3. Achy Breaky Heart - Billy Ray Cyrus
4. Macarena - Los Del Rio
5. Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice
6. MmmBop - Hanson
7. U Can't Touch This - MC Hammer
8. Barbie Girl - Aqua
9. Die Another Day - Madonna
10. Ebony And Ivory - Paul McCartney with Stevie Wonder

Everyone should make their own list, could be interesting.

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Ice Ice Baby is not even the worst song by Vanilla Ice, let alone one of the worst songs ever. Its cheese value is priceless. The worst song by Vanilla Ice has got to be either "Havin' a Roni" or "Cool As Ice" (remember-the song from the movie he made with Naiomi Campbell that lasted all of a few hours in theaters).
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Gotta love the sub-head for that flick: "What do you do with a woman this cold? Just add Ice."
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Has anyone ever heard a song called "The Worse (sic) Song in the World"?? It's on "Girls in the Garage" Volume one and it's actually a version of "Louie Louie". Which is hands down the GREATEST song of all time.
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posted 26 July 2004 10:04 AM      Profile for Agent 204   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Scott Piatkowski:
Although it's actually a catchy-sounding tune, "Run For Your Life" gets my vote for the worst song by The Beatles. Hard to believe that John Lennon penned these very scary words

Lennon himself later said he regretted writing that song.


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posted 26 July 2004 01:06 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by praenomen3:
Gotta love the sub-head for that flick: "What do you do with a woman this cold? Just add Ice."

Heh. Reminds me of a billboard I see for a brand of beer every time I walk to the subway at work. A picture of a frosty can of beer, and it says, "Colder than Jenn when you called her Susan."


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Rod Stewart's whole career after the mid-70s. Though his "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy" phase at least had some cheese value, by the 80s his music was as bland and plastic as the Hollywood bimbos he dated.

Hard to believe he was the same guy who recorded Truth and Every Picture Tells a Story.


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I know. Hot Legs and Da Ya Think I'm Sexy are about the only Rod Stewart songs I like. The rest? Bland pap. Ick.
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Wake up Michelle
I think I've got something to say to you
It's late September and I really should be back at school
I know I keep you amused
But I feel I'm being used
Oh Michelle, I couldn't have tried any more
You led me away from home
Just to save you from being alone
You stole my heart and that's what really hurts


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Bland pap. Ick.

I can think of many words to describe the Jeff Beck Group and the Faces, but "bland" ain't one of them.

The young Rod the Mod actually had some "oomph". I'm sure even he now wonders where it went.


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quote:
Heh. Reminds me of a billboard I see for a brand of beer every time I walk to the subway at work. A picture of a frosty can of beer, and it says, "Colder than Jenn when you called her Susan."

There is a billboard that says that?

Mind you, I can empathize with Jenn.


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These may not be the worst of songs - I haven't gotten up the courage to listen yet - but I have my suspicions.

http://www.nonsoloblues.com/steven_uk.html


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Ghobe! There are some types of music that are truly dishonourable!

As an out-of-shape musician, I think it's pretty difficult to pick a given tune that is the "worst," just like it is impossible to pick what is the best.

Each genre of music, artist, and musical piece itself carries its own unique characteristics and affect listeners in many different ways--and the ways can change depending in what context or scenario you take the tune, or what mood or situation you're in at any time you hear it. It may be possible to like a tune in one way and hate it in another.

But having said all that artistic mumbo jumbo, I guess I can muster up a few really annoying tunes that piss me off (especially when they are the ones that inevitably get stuck in your head).

And the ten winners (at least for now) are:

1. Copa Cabana--Barry Manillow (to be fair, an OK song writer, but a lousy, boring performer, recording artist and this is him at his worst).

2. YMCA--Village People (or anything else they ever did. Burning albums is excusable at this point)

3. A goofy tune--don't know the artist or title (and don't care to) that goes, "Hands up, baby hands up. Gimmie gimmie your heart, gimmie gimmie your heart." Club Med sickness. Puke.

4. An equally goofy tune--again artist and title unknown that goes: "If you like pina coladas, and getting caught in the rain..etc." Yuppie MOR pap to the max.

5. Take a Walk on the Wild Side--Lou Reed. The jerk should never have left the Velvet Underground. It would have saved him from a career of stupidity and mediocrity.

6. He's So Shy--The Pointer Sisters. The lowest point of their career (their earlier music featured some great New Orleans style vocals. Check them out).

7. Another One Bites the Dust--Queen (this is glitter rock stupidity as Queen was literally biting the dust as their creativity had clearly run out by this point).

8. Under Pressure--Queen/David Bowie (Queen and David Bowie running out of creativity).

9. Wind Beneath My Wings--Bette Midler (you can almost feel the arthritis climbing up your arms as she sings this)

10. Don't Know Much--Aaron Neville/Linda Ronstadt Neville Brothers music is generally great, but this is an exception. Supposedly sentimental song about classic suburban numb-brains growing older. We all grow old, so quit whining, be involved and useful and try to live your life as best you can)


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Yessir, I Can Boogie would fit in that list.
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I still have to file "Under Pressure" under Guilty Pleasures.

On the other hand, Klingon, these...

quote:
The jerk should never have left the Velvet Underground. It would have saved him from a career of stupidity and mediocrity.

... would be fighting words, if I weren't Vulcanically inclined.

Even granting that "Walk on the Wild Side" isn't the best of his solo songs (though I still like it), I can't much blame Reed for leaving the Velvet Underground. There's only so much toiling in obscurity and poverty a person can be expected to so, even assuming he could have accomplished much more musically with the Velvets. I think their sorry end was as much a product of record-company indifference as of anything else.

(On the other hand, that Reed was often described as a jerk -- at least in his younger days -- I cannot deny. So was Dylan, and so for that matter was John Lennon. In pop music especially, there's no correlation, positive or negative, between being talented and being a Nice Guy).

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5. Take a Walk on the Wild Side--Lou Reed. The jerk should never have left the Velvet Underground. It would have saved him from a career of stupidity and mediocrity.

Stupidity and mediocrity?!

Lou Reed's best work begins after he left VU.

NYC Man

New York

Songs for Drella

You start to wonder if the guy is even capable of writing a bad song. His guitar-work on New York is simply astonishing at times. John Prine wrote a song once about searching for the perfect chord. Reed has found it, and he returns to it on songs from the album New York like Last Great American Whale and XMAS in February. In fact his whole post-Velvet Underground career has seen him search for the perfect combination of pick-ups, guitar design, and obscure alternative tunings, to get that sound he loves just right. And it is.

Strawman (also from Reed's 1989 New York album) is one of the great songs of protest, which is also eerily prescient of the Sept 11 terrorist attack on New York city.

From Strawman:

Does anyone need yet another blank skyscraper/If you're like me I'm sure a minor miracle will do/A flaming sword or maybe a gold ark floating up the Hudson/When you spit in the wind it comes straight back at you

There's no question Reed was/is a jerk. For a laugh google "lou reed interview" to get a sense of why he is probably the world's very worst interviwe subject. He makes everybody cry. And now that he's seeing applicable results from his twenty-plus years as a serious Kung Fu and Tai Chi Ch'uan student, he also likes to throw his weight around. He's probably suck-zapping people with the roll-back form, as well. What a barstid.

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Lou has been the performer of some of the worst concert sets I've ever seen.

The peculiar thing is, they often follow a brilliant set of music, from his most recent works. But the 'fans' insist on hearing 'the hits', so Lou always comes back out on stage to slaughter "Sweet Jane", "Walk on the Wild Side" and a few more.


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"Be careful what you ask for" sort of thing, huh? He's a belligerent little bugger no doubt.

An old flame of mine lives right there across from Central Park and the American Museum of Natural History, and she was telling me she often sees Lou Reed visiting someone in her building. I'm not jealous for that, but it drove me nuts with envy when she told me a story I won't relate here involving Suzanne Vega.

I am in love with Suzanne Vega.

The worst concert set I've ever seen was performed by The Pixies. Go figure.


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Unfortunately, a co-worker's radio reintroduced me to a worst song from the past I'd really wanted to forget. Running Up That Hill, by Kate Bush.

quote:
And if I only could I'd make a deal with god
And I'd get him to swap our places
Be running up that road
Be running up that hill
Be running up that building
If I only could oh...

ARGH! *retch*


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I love that song.

There's a Guelph-area musician who reproduces the full sound of that Kate Bush song with only her voice and her guitar. It was one of the most impressive open stage performances ever. Apparently she's known for it--as everyone requested she do it after her other two songs were finished-- so maybe Scott P knows who I mean.


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Anything by Toby Keith.
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Apparently "We built this city" by Jefferson Starsip was recently voted the worst song ever.

http://www.usatoday.com/life/music/news/2004-04-18-worst-songs_x.htm


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It's so easy being critical. If I say "everything by the...Stones or The Beatles for example, It just means I didn't like their music, or resent having it on every radio, hearing it every day until ... well.. forever. It doesn't mean their music was bad necessarily. I just might be sick of it.

Hey, Klingon. Number 4 on your list is by Rupert Holmes, He also had a "hit" with a song called "Him". "Him, Him, Him, What she gonna do without him, She is gonna hafta do without him, or do without me, me, me." and so on.

I always think of "Under Pressure" when I have to rebuild a Hard Drive on a server somewhere.

or "Gonna take a miracle" by Bon Jovi.


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Majh! So there is some sentiment for Lou Reed here and some resentment toward the Rolling Stones! This is strange.

>"You start to wonder if the guy is even capable of writing a bad song."

P'Tachk! He obviously can write a bad song, and Take a walk on the Wild Side is it as far as I'm concerned.

It's true that he's written some interesting stuff in his solo years, like New York and Sweet Jane (Cowboy Junkies did a great version of this).

But Wild Side? Ghobe! The overdone mid-range EQed repeating sliding bass line over and over and over and over; the goofy lyrics about the guy who shaves the legs and he was a she and gives head and the coloured girls sing do-do do-do-do-do-do do-do do-do.....ad nauseum--puke. (Although the sax solo the end is OK).

>"Apparently "We built this city" by Jefferson Starsip was recently voted the worst song ever."

Malek, I wouldn't say it's the worst song ever, but it is certainly one of the worst from the Jefferson Starship (which at that point had decayed to calling itself the Starship). It was their last album. Thank Q'lest!

>" If I say "everything by the...Stones or The Beatles for example, It just means I didn't like their music, or resent having it on every radio, hearing it every day until ... well.. forever."

Jumpin Jack Flash, it's Dr Gas Gas Gas! It's true a lot of this stuff is over-played and in many ways under-appreciated for that reason. But overall just about every Stones album up to Exile on Main Street in 1972 (and maybe It's Only Rock and Roll in 1974) is pretty good (even the not-so-great Satanic Majesty's request in 1967).

Same is true for the Beatles. The odd bad song, probably. Bad albums. Nope.

>"Hey, Klingon. Number 4 on your list is by Rupert Holmes, He also had a "hit" with a song called "Him". "Him, Him, Him, What she gonna do without him, She is gonna hafta do without him, or do without me, me, me." and so on."

Q'uQ. I think I've heard it. Another winner for sure. It can be number 11.

>"I always think of "Under Pressure" when I have to rebuild a Hard Drive on a server somewhere."

This I can see, having been there. Or how about Zeppelinís Communication Breakdown when the Internet crashes; or Dylan's Everything is Broken; or when you are suddenly interrupted in the middle of an important composition by the horrid black and blue streaks on the screen followed by black: the Doors: this is The End.


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Doug, I don't know how to put this, so I'll just say it. People that can't appreciate Kate clearly have no soul. You need to go on a quest, find whatever stone or egg your heart has been trapped in, and release it. Then listen again.

quote:
I am in love with Suzanne Vega.

Desperately. It is a wound that will never heal.

It's so hard to be even-handed or open-minded about the music you love.


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quote:
Originally posted by flotsom:
I love that song.

There's a Guelph-area musician who reproduces the full sound of that Kate Bush song with only her voice and her guitar. It was one of the most impressive open stage performances ever. Apparently she's known for it--as everyone requested she do it after her other two songs were finished-- so maybe Scott P knows who I mean.


Hmmmm. Wish I did.

Coincidentally, Kate Bush's The Whole Story is in my CD player right now (I'm posting that here because the "What Are You Listening To?" thread got too long and was closed.)


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I really like Kate Bush, but I don't really like Running Up That Hill. I think it's the worst of her songs too.
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quote:
Originally posted by Malek:
Anything by Toby Keith.

Hey, I was kind of amused by "You Ain't Much Fun Since I Quit Drinking".


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I think some of the other songs on that album are more suspect.

There's Babooshka -
"All yours,
Babooshka, babooshka, babooshka-ya-ya!
All yours,
Babooshka, babooshka, babooshka-ya-ya!"

or Wow
"Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Unbelievable!
Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Unbelievable! "


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"Wow" is from Lionheart, not The Hounds of Love.
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By "that album", I think Angry Monkey meant The Whole Story.

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I'll stand up for Kate Bush. She was an original. It's rare.
Anyone ever hear the punk cover of 'Wuthering Heights', as done by a number of bands? Rockin'.

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oops, yes-I meant the whole story album.
And I do like Kate Bush, her songs are not standard female rock/pop fare.

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I actually don't care much for The Whole Story, just because it jams together a lot of songs that don't mesh well. Like most artists of her time and niche, Kate wrote albums moreso than songs.
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quote:
It's true that he's written some interesting stuff in his solo years, like New York and Sweet Jane ...

Ahem. (Or "K'pla!", or whatever). Sweet Jane was decidedly not written during Lou Reed's solo years.

quote:
Doug, I don't know how to put this, so I'll just say it. People that can't appreciate Kate clearly have no soul.

But Jacob, you say that as though it were a negative thing.

quote:
Desperately. It is a wound that will never heal.

I take it you've been listening to Suzanne's "American Mavericks" series being rebroadcast on Radio One?

[ 29 July 2004: Message edited by: 'lance ]


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Why no. What's it like?
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Why, most excellent. Originally a National Public Radio series. Here's the Mother Corp listing.
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