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The Worst Song...Ever.

Bob Allen

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OMG! Tom Sawyer is easily THE most annoying song i will EVER know. in fact, Rush may be the most annoying band ever. even tho' they are a prog-rock band <groan>, they sing about/are socially conscious, which is cool. but how can you get to a decent message thru the annoying Geddy Lee vox, non-melodies, & extended wanker instrumental noodling? bands have come to despise what Neal Peart did for drumming/drummers - its like the "No Stairway to Heaven" sign in the guitar shop in Waynes World - "No Neal Pearts" when you take out an ad looking for a drummer in the classifieds!

don't get me started on how much i despise this song... ;-)

& for years i have been calling Pink Floyd the Most Overrated Band of the 70's (& maybe ever). i attribute this mostly to the undue praise & fanaticism over the mediocre-at-best/amateurish "Dark Side of the Moon" & "The Wall" albums - YAWN...

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I think someone may have mentioned this one, but one that stands out in my mind is Paul Anka's "Havin' My Baby" ...pee-yuuuu!

When it was a hit back in 1974 (IIRC), I was a 15-year old rock star wannabe banging away on my brand new Telecaster in the local garage band. A neighborhood girl (whom I was trying to impress) asked if we'd play her favorite song..."Havin My Baby".

Teenage lust won out over musical sense, and away we went. It was however, a vastly different version, sounding like something by the Sex Pistols (appropriate, huh?)! Not unlike the strange punk cover versions that "Me Too and the Gimme Gimme's" are actually making records with nowadays.

I guess we must have been too far ahead of our time. She was apparently unimpressed and went on to have someone else's baby.

Thankfully "Afternoon Delight", "You Light Up My Life" or "Sometimes When We Touch" hadn't been released yet! Imagine what we could have done to THOSE stinkers!

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Count me as one who really likes Billy Joel. He was really hot in that period where he cranked out Turnstiles, The Stranger, and 52nd Street, and all three of those albums have aged well. I love most of Glass Houses and all of Nylon Curtain, too. I haven't heard much from him recently, but I'd see him in concert again anytime. Great show!

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PS: Rich, Supertramp may have some tedious moments here and there in their catalog, but they've also got some great stuff -- most notably the Breakfast in America album. I'll always dig "Goodbye Stranger" and "Take the Long Way Home." And "Casual Conversations" is one of the most depressing songs you'll ever hear, so naturally I love that one. But... that's just me. smile

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I saw Supertramp live only once, and it was after Roger Hodgson left (late 1980s). They were in Montreal and slated to do a big U.S. tour --- but (as I recall) had to cancel it because of sluggish ticket sales. That Montreal show was awesome, however, even without Hodgson. Davies wrote "Goodbye Stranger," and if I had heard only that song that night, it would have been worth the trip. But there were other gems, too (including a GREAT song called "Free as a Bird" from the album of the same name).... It was a memorable concert, and not just for the three feet of snow that fell and left me stranded for an extra day in Montreal....

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With no disrespect to Mr Carmen I do see in certain publications "All By Myself" gets mentioned as one of the worst songs. The book "The worst rock n roll records of all time" by Jimmy Gutterman and Owen O'Donnell lists it at #21. Sorry, Eric. Though I got no problem with your best known song. John

Well, John P., you've gotta consider the source: I knew one of those two writers personally, and he's an absolute hack..... He's a Rolling-Stone-critic-wannabe who fancied himself as a latter-day Lester Bangs or something. He liked writing controversial things that -- whether he believed 'em or not -- would get a rise out of people, create a name for himself, and sell some magazines and books.

I hate that whole genre of "snobby rock critic" -- the type who thinks he's more important than the music he's reviewing. The writer I'm talking about is all about formula, about self-promotion and self-importance. There's an arrogance in his work and others like him that's based way too much on unfair biases. This is the genre of critic that has always tried to dictate which artists are "cool" to like, and which ones are "uncool." Once these critics dub an artist as cool or uncool, the artist stays there for good, regardless. I know because I worked in that field as a magazine editor -- although my magazine practiced a more open-minded approach. We tried to critique every recording on its own merits, not on how we thought we'd look in the eyes of others if we raved about it.

Anyway, don't get me going on this topic.... But DO take music reviews with a grain of salt. Or several grains of salt. Not all music critics are created equal.


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PS: Rich, Supertramp may have some tedious moments here and there in their catalog, but they've also got some great stuff -- most notably the Breakfast in America album.

I know Breakfast In America was very popular, but to this day, all I need to hear is the 1st few bars of any of those songs and I can't switch the station fast enough.

Much like Rumours-era Fleetwood Mac and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road-era Elton John, I can no longer listen to this stuff.

Just my opinion.

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Radio killed A LOT of artists and albums in that era. AM was dying and figure HEH!!! let's go way deep on the hit lps and spin the crap out of 4,5 or 6 songs for the next 12 weeks instead of just the single. Radio in the later 70s/early 80s dismantled the essence of many an album and rendered them tired and obsolete. So I 'get' the point re: Supertramp, Fleetwood Mac, The Bee Gees, The Eagles, Phil Collins, Elton John etc. Radio NEVER realized that VARIETY didn't mean more songs by the same old/same old.

They still don't.

Keeping in mind that THE MOST POPULAR artists don't quite appeal to 50% of the CORE audience. The numbers drop substantially as the audience parameters widen.

Idiots then. Idiots now. Idiots forever. Watch 'em. Satalite radio won't last long. Same idiots...different same old 'toy'.

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Moonlight Feels Right reached number 3 on the charts, I always loved that song but would never admit it to my friends back then.

Come on Tunesy you knew the name of that song and who sung it, you just didn't want to admit it...I bet you still spin that 45 when the kids aren't home!!!

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Anything by KISS.

(You say excellent I say excrement let's call the whole thing off)

You spin me 'round like a record - Dead or alive

(So much for gay pride)

Total eclipse of the heart - Bonnie Tyler

(Total violation of my ears)

Seasons in the sun - Terry Jacks

(Where to begin?)

What's going on - 4 Non Blondes

(You give brunettes a bad name.)

Ok I suppose this is an odd place for a first post, but hey, talking about these dogs helps heal my ear wounds.

Hi all, name's Paul and I love Berries/Carmen music.

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Noone mentioned TORN BETWEEN TWO LOVERS. crazy

And while I have you here, talking about Billy Joel, did he do a song that was a tribute to The Beatles where every verse was in the style of each Beatle? Do you know what this song might be even if it wasn't him?



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