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D.A.N

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In order from worst to 'best'.

Summer Of Love
Achy Breaky Heart
Feeelings
Honey
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Larry Franz

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Originally Posted by Lisa G/TS
Larry - I plead guilty and sentence myself to 99 years in the hoose-gow (spelling?) for that misdemeanor. To play it safe, I'll avoid the more recent artist "Usher" in future Battles, also.

Lisa -- Are you referring to the radio in the next cubicle misdemeanor? Perhaps I was overly sensitive when my colleague played that high-pitched vocalizing, maybe the radio wasn't a very good one, maybe if I'd just given that music a chance I would have appreciated the artistry involved. But it was the late 80s and I wasn't as serene as I am now.

Here's a #1 song I grew to hate because of its insipid hippie dream girl lyrics:

Who's peeking out from under a stairway
Calling a name that's lighter than air?
Who's bending down to give me a rainbow?
Everyone knows it's Windy
Who's tripping down the streets of the city
Smiling at everybody she sees?
Who's reaching out to capture a moment?
Everyone knows it's Windy
And Windy has stormy eyes
That flash at the sound of lies
And Windy has wings to fly
Above the clouds (Above the clouds)

It was Windy's stormy eyes that flash at the sound of lies that finally put me over the edge.

The Association, "Windy", 1967



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Darren J. Ray

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Yeah, not a fan of Bozo and U2, but grew to dig 'Windy'. 


Week 40 last year:

Gold - Last Train to Clarksville (The Monkees - 1966) (69)
Silver - Train in Vain (The Clash - 1979) (59)
Bronze - Crazy Train (Ozzy Osbourne - 1980) (45)
Tin - Sacramento (Gary Usher - 1964) (37)
(Lisa G/TS)

You gave 'Sacramento' your Tin, Larry, as did 10 of the other 20 voters, including Lisa. 


Stay safe, Cindy.
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t bedford

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Lisa gets an 'A' in spelling. Here's the roots of "Hoose-gow" (also hoosegow; hoose gow):

From the 'net:
In Spanish, juzgado means "panel of judges, courtroom." The word is based on the Spanish past participle of juzgar, meaning "to judge," which itself was influenced by Latin judicare-a combination of jus, "right, law," and dicere, "to decide, say." When English speakers of the American West borrowed juzgado in the early 1900s, they recorded it the way they heard it: hoosegow. They also associated the word specifically with the jail that was usually in the same building as a courthouse. Today, hoosegow has become slang for any place of confinement for lawbreakers.

(also a 1929 Laurel & Hardy film short):
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My high school graduating class voted this turkey as our class song...(sigh)...
This clip does feature 2 (count 'em, two) duck-walks for the price of one!
The Fireballs - Bottle of Wine



If you've seen Family Band: The Cowsills Story (which I highly recommend), you know that the Cowsills actually hated their third record as much as I did:
Cowsills - Indian Lake

And if you thought Murry Wilson was a twisted father....he wasn't even close to the evil that was Bud Cowsill!!




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Lisa G/TS

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Larry -- Nope. As Darren was hinting at, I was referring to the other "elephant in the room" from your post...namely Gary Usher.

t bedford -- Thanks, teach! I was actually too lazy to Google spellcheck that myself (oh, all these strenuous clicks and keying! Cry me a river, huh?). Now that I even know its origin, I can either impress or bore mixed company with that info, Cliff from "Cheers" style.

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Lisa -- Having us rate "Sacramento" one week hardly qualifies as a misdemeanor. Well, maybe in some jurisdictions.

In response to Cliff Clavin's thoughts on ritual ceremonies, as well as the latest development in what will turn out to be one of America's most memorable presidential elections, here's a very bad song by one of our country's greatest:

Chuck Berry, "My Ding-a-Ling", live from 1972 (but not the 11-minute version, which is obviously even worse)



Note: That was Chuck Berry's only #1 single in the US. Talk about a misdemeanor. Or felony.

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What a total puke-ola week this week! Good job, Cindy -- every song is at a minimum awful, and some are downright horrible or disgusting. And others have done a great job of piling on more horrible slop to add to this week's theme. I'm rating the contestants this week from my least horrible most horrible:

Rotten -- "Achy Breaky Heart", Billy Rae Cyrus. At least it was a catchy country novelty tune, before it overtook the country airwaves and was played ad nauseum.

Sickeningly Saccharine -- "Honey", Bobby Goldsboro. For a guy who had some good and decent hits earlier in his career, this one was more sentimental mush than a person should have to endure. And the sad part is that it became a bigger hit than his much better songs. (Darren, I expect kudos from you for my rating this one so high this week!)

Get Out the Bucket -- "Feelings", Morris Albert. Get out the bucket alright, because I'm feeling sick having to hear it again after not having to think about this emotional slop for ages.

Lowest of the Low -- "Summer of Love", Mike Love's Beach Boys. I've ranted about this one in the past. How can an aging sleaze bag like Mike think he's so cool and "hip" trying to create a latter day Beach Boys "hit" by hiring a bunch of young, attractive, curvaceous women flouncing around to a bunch of over-the-hill guys singing a rotten song. Sort of like putting lipstick on a pig to make it more appealing. Mike's endless attraction to attractive young women in skimpy attire reminds me of Donald Trump. No surprise, since Mike is an avid declared Trump supporter. The only thing that Mike Love has on Trump in the way of women is that he's been married lots more times. Pathetic!


Reporting in this week from seaside gem Sorrento, Italy, along the Amalfi Coast near the isle of Capri.
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I actually like a couple of the songs that have been posted on here.  I used Statler Bros. Flowers on the Wall in my week this year, Love (and Other Indoor Sports).  Indian Lake is okay and Vision of Love.  Whitney Houston's, I Will Always Love You is just plain awful and I can't believe what great rankings she got from that mess.  Dolly Parton's original was very pretty.

I can't believe nobody got around to this one:  Tiny Tim/Tiptoe Through the Tulips.


Well, Tom Tobben is in beautiful Italy and escaping the 'fun' back here in the states with Hurricane Matthew.  

Reporting in from Greenville, NC - it's getting real here.  The rain has been coming down fast and furious since 10am.  It's 6pm now and the wind gusts are kicking up.  I'm hoping my son gets home from work ok.  The bad part is supposed to be tonight, into tomorrow.  I hope that none of you all are from down south, US.  They got hit hard.

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How could I forget this soppy sentimental old thing? Written by Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil for an episode of the Donna Reed Show.
Paul Petersen - My Dad



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Ooph! I hate to add to the political stuff (supposed to be mainly about the music, right?) but I'll do so under the guise of a funny thought I had earlier. Maybe we could use a grin after some of the tension and anxiety here and in the world itself.

Somehow, after viewing Mr. De Niro's statement shown earlier on the news:




I was reminded of another famous New Yorker's statement on another character which begins around 0:48 here:





I dunno what's with me?  [rolleyes]
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Darren J. Ray

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Definitely kudos from me, Tom, for recognising a true classic. [thumb]


Some Battle history for a few that have been mentioned. 

Week 13 (Season II)

Gold - Good Times (Chic - 1979) (60)
Silver - Boogie Wonderland (Earth, Wind & Fire - 1979) (59)
Bronze - Here Comes the Night (The Beach Boys - 1979) (52.5)
Tin - The Night (The Four Seasons - 1975) (48.5)
(Peter Simpson)

'Here Comes the Night' finished 7th in the Bronze Play-Off (with nil 1st places).

kds, you didn't vote. 


'Peaches' has been used twice, Verden!

Week 7 (Season IV)

Gold - Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep (Middle of the Road - 1971) (49.5)
Silver - Peaches (The Presidents of the United States of America - 1996) (39)
Bronze - Zilch (The Monkees - 1967) (36)
Tin - Teeter Totter Love (The Beach Boys - 1967/2011) (35.5)
(Teenage Symphony)


Week 27 (Season IV)

Gold - Vega-Tables (The Beach Boys - 1967/2011) (76)
Silver - Crawfish (Elvis Presley & Kitty White - 1958) (57)
Bronze - Peaches (The Presidents of the United States of America - 1996) (36.5)
Tin - Milk & Cereal (G. Love & Special Sauce - 1999) (30.5)
(Deb#1)

Verden, you gave 'Peaches' your Tin in both weeks. 


Week 31 (Season V)

Gold - Bowling Green (The Everly Brothers - 1967) (55)
Silver - Ride the Wild Surf (Jan and Dean - 1964) (52)
Bronze - Indian Lake (The Cowsills - 1968) (51)
Tin - (Theme from) A Summer Place (Skeeter Davis - 1966) (42)
(Verden McCutcheon)

t, you gave 'Indian Lake' your Tin.
 
But it finished in 6th place in the Bronze Play-Off (including two 1st places, from popeye and Graciegirl).

t, you had it in 4th place in that final, ahead of 'I Went to Sleep', 'Ramble On', 'Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue', 'Seven Year Ache', 'Badlands' and 'The Lord's Prayer', in that order.  


Week 44 (Season VI)

Gold - Cuddle Up (album version) (The Beach Boys - 1972) (56)
Silver - Let’s Get It On (album version) (Marvin Gaye - 1973) (49)
Bronze - I Touch Myself (Divinyls - 1990) (39)
Tin - Flowers on the Wall (The Statler Brothers - 1965) (36)
(Cindy Hood)

t, you gave 'Flowers on the Wall' your Tin. 


It is interesting to note that two of the four songs up for evaluation this week were massive #1 hits, more successful than most songs ever selected here, so someone must've loved them!
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It is interesting to note that two of the four songs up for evaluation this week were massive #1 hits, more successful than most songs ever selected here, so someone must've loved them!


Non-disco Here Comes the Night wasn't a single. The disco version peaked at #44, on the charts for 8 weeks (weaks?)

Feelings
peaked at #6, but was on the charts for 32 weeks!!

Honey
hit #1, on the charts for a mere 15 weeks (it just seemed like more...)

My Achy-Breaky Heart
was #4 Pop (but #1 Country), and on the charts for 25 weeks.



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Hi Cindy,

It was very hard for me to vote this week and put two of my favourite songs on a best of the worst list.  But here we go with a heavy heart.

Gold -Summer of Love – The Beach Boys (that one was easy)

Silver - Feelings - Morris Albert

[eek]

Bronze - Achy Breaky Heart – Billy Ray Cyrus

Tin - Honey - Bobby Goldsboro


Graciegirl [smile]
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Going from worst to not so bad. Actually apart from the BBs I don't find the others that bad ! Obviously no taste !

gold: BB's/Summer of Love
silver:Bobby Goldsboro/Honey
bronze:Morris Albert/Feelings
tin:  Billy Ray Cyrus/Achy Breaky Heart

Some bad ones .....this one starts OK until the Stardust Cowboy "sings" ! (then its funny !)



This is very bad.... Nervous Norvus



Or how about "This Pullover"



Who bought this ? Sports presenter and TV host makes a record


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Darren J. Ray

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Honey hit #1, on the charts for a mere 15 weeks (it just seemed like more...)

My Achy-Breaky Heart
 was #4 Pop (but #1 Country), and on the charts for 25 weeks.


t, that's the US charts. 

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It is interesting to note that two of the four songs up for evaluation this week were massive #1 hits, more successful than most songs ever selected here, so someone must've loved them!


'Honey' was #1 here in Australia for four weeks, #1 in the US for five weeks (#1 on all charts), #1 in Canada, #1 in New Zealand and #2 in the UK, both in '68 and again in '75!

'Achy Breaky Heart' was #1 here for seven weeks (the biggest selling single of 1992), #1 in New Zealand for six weeks, #4 in the US and #3 in the UK.

That's the pop charts we're talking about.

For a country song!

The majority of songs selected here each week don't come close to rivalling the chart history of those two singles.
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