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Cindy Hood

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Can't sleep, so I'm putting this up now.

This week's contestants are songs that are often times made fun of, put down or on some list of most pathetic or worst songs of all time.  These 4 are like adding a drop of water into the sea.  There are so many, so I'm sure you all will have links to a lot of others, too.  Go right on ahead!  This should be fun.

There's a little twist in how you will rate these 4 tracks.  The one you dislike the most would be your Gold choice, on down to the Tin choice as being the least offensive to you.  

1.  SUMMER OF LOVE - The Beach Boys.  A 1992 release and on the Summer In Paradise album, written by Mike Love and Terry Melcher.  I cannot find any actual reviews of this song, but reading the comments under the video explains a lot about it.   


2.  HONEY - Bobby Goldsboro. Released in 1968 and was a #1 hit on Billboard for 5 weeks.  According to Wiki:  "The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that the song frequently appears on "worst songs of all-time" lists.  Al Bundy (Married with Children) says, Honey is an "automatic sphincter lock". 
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3.  FEELINGS - Morris Albert.  Released in 1974 and actually did very well on the charts, with covers of it from many other artists.  Albert was sued in 1981 by Loulou Gaste' a french singer, who claimed that Albert plagiarized his 1957 song "Pour Toi". Gasté won the lawsuit; they now share the credits of the song.  However, as years go by, this song is often made fun of in the movies and tv shows, as well as dubbed one of the 'worst songs of all time' lists.


4.  ACHY BREAKY HEART - Billy Ray Cyrus.  Released in 1992 and reached the top 10 on Billboard top 100, but this is what Wikipedia says:  "The song is considered by some as one of the worst songs of all time, featuring at number two in VH1 and Blender's list of the "50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs Ever."  I wonder if that mullet hair style had anything to do with it?


I can think of about 20 others without looking at one of those lists.  How about you?

For copy/paste:

BB's/Summer of Love
Bobby Goldsboro/Honey
Morris Albert/Feelings
Billy Ray Cyrus/Achy Breaky Heart


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Darren J. Ray

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C'mon, Cindy. Be proud. Four classics. 

Looking forward to the comments. 
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Cindy Hood

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Me, too!  I almost picked Mandy by Barry Manilow and was thinking of you, but decided not to at the last minute.  [smile]
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Phew! 

That means I can still use it in Week 37. [thumb]

Great minds, Cindy. 
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Darren J. Ray

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I know these songs very well, Cindy.

They’re always on high rotation at my place, so I’m ready to vote.

Gold - Honey (Bobby Goldsboro - 1968)
Touching. The part about the puppy breaks my heart. Yet it contains one of the most unrealistic lines ever in a song, when she wrecks his car and he dismisses it with, ‘What the heck?”!!!!!

Silver - Feelings (Morris Albert - 1974)
Hate the accent. To discover this song was plagiarising another, frankly, I’m gutted. (Why is it always the big worldwide smash hits that other people claim they wrote? Why doesn’t anyone ever make a claim on songs that went nowhere?) I bought the sheet music to this. What was I thinking?

Bronze - Achy Breaky Heart (Billy Ray Cyrus - 1992)
I love the chord changes. Strong lyrics. ‘Myself already knows I’m not OK’ – that’s my favourite. You can do the Hokey Pokey to this song. I’ve tried. I still have his hair style.

Participant - Summer of Love (The Beach Boys - 1992)
Possibly not their best. To be honest, it’s a good melody but I get a little uneasy watching this. I appreciate the clever references to other Beach Boys songs but, call me paranoid, I get the feeling that some of the lyrics are bordering on a little suggestive. It seems Mike’s lyrics are hinting at sex and we all know how dirty that is. Still, good to see Brian back at the beach and enjoying himself.

 

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Please don't take my early votes as a sign of disrespect, Cindy. 

I promise I'll still spend the rest of the week listening to them. [comp]
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Gold - Billy Ray Cyrus - Usually Summer of Love would be the worst, but this song is as awful now as it was in 1992.  Plus, I take him down a peg for unleashing his daughter on this world. 

Silver - The Beach Boys - Possibly the worst track in the Beach Boys canon (although it is about 7 sevens shorter that the dreck that it Here Comes the Night '79).  

Bronze - Morris Albert

Tin- Bobby Goldsboro
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You realise, Cindy, that if people actually do give their Gold to their least favourite song this week that that song might win and may make the Gold Play-Off?

Anyway...

Came across these glamours today. 

Last week we had the Bangs. 

This week it's the Shaggs. 

Norway's answer to the Beatles. 



Someone commented: That drummer sounds like she's building a shed.

Yeah, okay, they come from America, but why spoil a good story?

According to Wiki, this was how the band came together: 

The conceptual beginning of The Shaggs came from Austin Wiggin's mother who, when her son was young, had predicted during a palm reading that he would marry a strawberry blonde woman, that he would have two sons after she had died, and that his daughters would form a popular music group. The first two predictions proved accurate, so Austin set about making the third come true as well. Austin withdrew his daughters from school, bought them instruments, and arranged for them to receive music and vocal lessons. The Wiggin sisters themselves never planned to become a music group, but as Dot (lead guitar/vocals) later said, "[Austin] was something of a disciplinarian. He was stubborn and he could be temperamental. He directed. We obeyed. Or did our best." Austin named The Shaggs after the then-popular shag hairstyle and as a reference to shaggy dogs (sure, sure). In 1968, Austin arranged for the girls to play a regular Saturday night gig at the Fremont, New Hampshire Town Hall.

Amazing how similar their start was to the Beach Boys.
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Another hot act.

It's the Bible Belt's answer to The Andrew Sisters, The Faith Tones, with their 1964 classic 'Jesus Use Me'. 

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The Shaggs..... the original punks. DIY at it's finest?!? I'm pretty sure the Shaggs predate the shag haircut, which was early seventies (think David Cassidy, er, or me in a very old picture seen with my profile)

And speaking of Miley Cyrus, here's Pat Boone's demon spawn...
Debby Boone - You Light Up My Life


And Harry Chapin - Taxi


Meanwhile. Bobby Goldsboro - Watching Scotty Grow


And finally, Wayne Newton - Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast


Apologies for the above dreck . Back to vote later....

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Cindy Hood

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Darren, I've listened to both songs you posted.  The Shagg's sound like they're just kids playing around with being pretend musicians.  The girls look like identical triplets, too.  The Faith Tones are pretty good vocalists and looking at the picture of them, it reminds me of the 60's groups all dressing alike in those days.

I like a few of the songs in this week's contest myself, so don't feel embarrassed.  Though I didn't post the link, there's a song on the 'worst songs of all time' lists that happened to be my wedding song.... drum roll please.... that song would be You're The Inspiration by Chicago. The marriage only lasted 14 years, but I still like the song.  

There are so many of those hit songs that I really like and when I look at those lists, I'm usually aghast at some of them that made it.  Most often, they're 'sappy love songs' and it usually takes a broken heart to find oneself relating to some of them.

Here's a few:
Mandy/Barry Manilow
Wind Beneath My Wings/Bette Midler
You Light Up My Life/Debby Boone
My Heart Will Go On/Celine Dion

On the tv series, Angel, he gets ribbed a lot for his love of Mandy. Originally titled, 'Brandy' but changed the name to Mandy as to not confuse it with the Looking Glass' hit song, that was titled Brandy. Some reporter called the author, Scott English in the wee hours of the morning to ask him who the song was written for.  He yelled at the caller, saying it was about his dog and slammed the phone down.  That's where that rumor started.

One song that I could never understand why it made this list is We Built This City/Starship.  Here's a link for one of those lists:  http://www.listchallenges.com/100-worst-songs-ever/checklist/3
One song that I totally agree with on the list is, Who Let The Dogs Out/Baha Men.  
Totally obnoxious!

Thanks for giving me the idea for this week's battle, Darren!




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Cindy -- I don't want to reverse the natural order of things by giving first place to the worst song, and none of them deserve anything as valuable as shiny metal, so, in lieu of a four-way tie:

1st place among equals -- M. Albert

2nd -- B. R. Cyrus

3rd -- The Beach Boys (?) 

4th -- B. Goldsboro

Thinking about the Beach Boys catalog up until I stopped listening to them, one of the first songs they released that was very bad was Al's "Lookin' At Tomorrow (A Welfare Song)".

Especially bad was the addition of the explanatory "(A Welfare Song)"; the lyric "pay my aid" when he could have simply used "give me aid" or "gimme aid"; giving the cliché rural working class name "Bess" to his wife; and of course the unnecessary vocal distortion. With any luck, the following link won't work. [smile]


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Ok - (oops should have read the instructions so I'm editing this........)

Tin - Bobby - liked a number of his songs including Summer The First Time. This is a bit mawkish but it's the best of the bunch.

Bronze - Billy Ray Cyrus - hands up - I bought this (but only because I needed to use it in a pop quiz I was organising at work - it may have been the "bad haircuts" round (sorry Darren)

Silver - Morris - it was a massive hit here - not my favourite but almost anything would be better than......

Gold - BBs (does that make it the winner) - wrong on just so many levels.. Creepy video and is that Matt Jardine with the early Michael Bolton haircut. Eeew.

Our DJ Kenny Everett released an compilation on "Yuk" records called "The World's Worst Record show" - It was also on "puke green" vinyl.

These tracks were on it (I highly recommend it)


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Pete, I was listening to your links and when I saw Lover's Concerto, I thought, Hey, I really like that one, but it wasn't the one I was thinking of..


So many great talents are waiting to be noticed and get a record deal and then you see who did ... Mindboggling, isn't it?  Were the record execs who signed them on drugs, or what?  The second one sounds like a hillbilly under the effects of moonshine, or maybe the record exec. imbibed on some..

Larry, Talk about Al's hair style.. Darren had posted a link to the Shagg's and the mention of the shag hair style for women.. I thought that style was pretty cool.  But, then there's the bad shag cut that Florence Henderson sported on the Brady Bunch.  Talk about eeewww..
Then there's Mel Gibson's mullet cut in Lethal Weapon that looked great, but Billy Ray Cyrus' was just plain awful.

T, you posted some links on some good songs!  See you later this week.  Take your time, we'll be here til Sunday night.

Kds, I'm with you on the Miley Cyrus situation.  What in the world happened to that girl to make her turn a 180 degree?  




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One man's garbage...

Gotta stick up for Harry Chapin's 'Taxi'. 

It made the Tin Play-Off in Season III and came 4th. 

Two voters gave it 1st place - Tom Tobben and StKilda4ever. 

I like 'Daddy, Don't You Walk So Fast' too. 

Written by Geoff Stephens and Peter Callander who either together or separately wrote many more hits, including 'Winchester Cathedral' for The New Vaudeville Band and 'Goodbye Sam (Hello Samantha)' for Cliff Richard....Hmmm, maybe they're not the best examples to mention if I'm hoping to win a debate here. 

Yeah, 'Watchin' Scotty Grow' - puke!

Have to also agree with Larry about 'Lookin' at Tomorrow'. 

Unfortunately the link worked, Larry. But it reinforced to me of what a nothing song it is. 

That Bobby Goldsboro song that I mentioned in Week 20 that I hate and no-one guessed it - Pete just mentioned it. [nono] I'll try to forget it ever happened. 

Cindy, any song by Bette Midler is proof of the need for capital punishment.  

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Thanks for giving me the idea for this week's battle, Darren!


No, no. The credit's all yours, Cindy. [smile]


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