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Friday Drivel: Stupid Yet Oddly Popular Songs

Jason Menard
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Made the mistake of tuning in an 80's pop radio station today, which brings up this question: What do you think are some of the stupidest, but for some reason fairly popular songs that you can think of? You know, those tunes that seemed to get constant airplay, but looking back on it you have to ask yourself what the hell we were thinking? Personally I would leave anything from the 50's off the list, because, well it would be a very long list otherwise.
My nominations:
  • Macarena - Los Del Rio [possibly the king of sucky songs]
  • Achey-Breaky Heart - Billy Ray Cyrus [running a close second]
  • Me and You and a Dog Named Boo - Lobo
  • Kiss on my List - Hall & Oates
  • Mickey - Tony Basil
  • Rapture - Blondie [the first rap song?]
  • Afternoon Delight - Starland Vocal Band [ode to the nooner]

Axel Janssen
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"video killed the radio star" by the bungles or was it buggles?
Jason Menard
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Originally posted by Axel Janssen:
"video killed the radio star" by the bungles or was it buggles?

I think "buggles". But hey, I liked that song.
Corey McGlone
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I don't mean to advertise (especially when it's not for me ), but a local radio station, WAPL, is running a tournament to see what the crappiest song of all time is. Each day (I think just during the week), they pit two songs against one another and let everyone vote on them to determine which one is worse. The song voted as the worst will move on to the next round until a "Grand Champion Worst Song" will be crowned.
You can check it out at http://www.wapl.com. Unfortunately, you can't get a clip of the songs from their site, but you can always vote for them.
Today's category and contests:
Crappy Dances:
1. Boot Scootin' Boogie - Brooks and Dunn
vs.
2. Super Bowl Shuffle - The Chicago Bears (1985 - 86, I think)
Now you can get a new dose of bad music every day.
Corey


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Pranav Jaidka
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Ever heard the song fromt the Austin powers soundtrack........
'BBC'
It goes something like this.....
BBC1......BBC2.......BBC3.......BBC4.........BBC5.....BBC6...........BBC7..........i stopped listening after that.
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"Yellow Submarine" makes no sense at all.
Nigel Browne
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I am a walrus ?
Rowan Brownlee
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"Seasons in the Sun"
Can't resist an extract
Goodbye Emile, it's hard to die
when all the birds are singing in the sky. Now
that the Spring is in the air
Pretty girls are ev'rywhere.
Think of me and I'll be there.
Chorus:
We had joy. We had sun.
We had seasons in the sun,
but the hills we would climb
were just seasons out of time.
Rowan Brownlee
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Even better, "Never been to me" - which just tries too too hard to mean something.
"Hey lady, you lady
cursing at your life
You're a discontented mother
and a regimented wife
I've no doubt you dream about
the things you'll never do
But, I wish someone had a talked to me
like I wanna talk to you..... "
Nigel Browne
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"Tonight there's gonna be a jailbreak, somewhere in this town"
I would try the local jail, can't remember to many jailbreaks from the local school.
Dirk Schreckmann
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Anything by Tiffany.
Randall Twede
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the cats in the cradle and the siver spoon, little boy provin the man in the moon
what the heck is that supposed to mean?


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Jason Menard
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Actually I think it's "Little Boy Blue and the Man in the Moon".
The song is a commentary on modern parenting.
Jason Menard
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Which reminds me of possibly one of the most commonly misunderstood lyrics, which is from Manfred Man's Blinded By the Light.
The lyric as I and many others have heard it:
"Blinded by the light.
Wrapped up like a douche
Another runner in the night."
Many years later I learned it was:
"Blinded by the light.
Revved by like a deuce
Another runner in the night."
Of course then there's always Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze", where it sounds like he says - "Excuse me while I kiss this guy." (he really says "Excuse me while I kiss the sky").
Erik Dark
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The song is a commentary on modern parenting.

What a cruel world to call this lyric modern...
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Thomas Paul
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How about "The Night Chicago Died" by Paper Lace? Imus claims that the only reason the song was played is that the song publisher gave out cocaine to all the big name DJs.


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Jason Menard
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I should have said it was written as a commentary on modern parenting. Although modern at the time was 1974. Hey! Don't force me to break into a philosphical discussion of a Harry Chapin song!
Jason Menard
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More Misheard Lyrics (can I hijack my own thread?):
"There's nothing a hundred men on mars could ever do" - Toto, Africa
"There's a bathroom on the right" - CCR, Bad Moon Rising
"She's got electric boobs, a mohair suit" - Elton John, Benny and the Jets
"I can see you, your breasts keep shining in the sun" - Don Henley, Boys of Summer
"Hey there amigo" and
"Goin' down on the old man with a transistor radio" - Van Morrison, Brown-Eyed Girl
"Secret Asian man" - Johnny Rivers, Secret Agent Man
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Paul Stevens
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Jason
More Misheard Lyrics (can I hijack my own thread?):

The answer is no. It is your thread so you can take it in any direction you want.
Randall Twede
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except there you pervert!
sorry just wasting space on someones hard drive. :roll:
[ March 28, 2002: Message edited by: Randall Twede ]
Thomas Paul
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How could anyone not like the Buggles!? It was the first video on MTV!
Jim Yingst
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You seem to have answered your own question, Thomas.


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I think, this thread should be locked and unlocked only on Fridays. Then it will be genuibe Friday drivel thread.


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Mike Curwen
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Continuing Rowan Brownlee's posting...

oooh ...
I've been to Georgia, and California
and anywhere i could run
Took the hand of a preacher man
and we made love in the sun.

But i ran out of places and friendly faces
because I had to be free
I've been to paradise but I've
never been to me.

Please lady, please lady
don't just walk away
Cause I have this need to tell you
why i'm all alone today

I can see so much of me
Still living in your eyes
won't you share a part of a weary heart
that has lived a million lies

Oh I've been to nice and the isle of greece
while i sipped champagne on a yacht
i moved like Harlow in Monte Carlo
and showed 'em what i've got

I've been undressed by kings,
and i've seen some things
that a woman ain't supposed to see
I've been to paradise but I've
never been to me.

[spoken]
Hey, you know what paradise is?
it's a lie, a fantasy we create
about people and places as we'd like them to be
But you know what truth is?
it's that little baby you're holding
and it's that man you fought with this morning
the same one you're gonna make love with tonight.
That's truth
That's love
[/spoken]

Sometimes I've been to crying for
unborn children that might have made me complete
But I..
I took the sweet life and never knew
I'd be bitter from the sweet

I spent my life exploring,
the subtle whoring
that costs too much to be free
Hey lady,

I've been to paradise

But I've never been to me...

Ok... now that i've forced you all to read that...

I think the spoken word segment is where most 'modern' woman start to feel ill. Not to mention the first lyric after that section, where it's implied that having children makes a woman complete.

But wow, what a few pearls of wisdom are buried at the end of the song...

"I took the sweet life and never knew I'd be bitter from the sweet"

"I spent my life exploring, the subtle whoring that costs too much to be free"

Without getting to philosphical... there's a few people I know that would be happier if they listened to this song, and *heard* what was being said.
And now, since it's meaningless drivel, i'll lighten it up...

Classic drag-queen torch-song material. How can you not just love it to bits and pieces?
Mike Curwen
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Take a Letter Maria
Last night, as I got home, about a half past ten
There was the woman I thought I knew, in the arms of another man.
I kept my cool, I ain't no fool, let me tell you what happened then...
I packed some clothes and I walked out, and I ain't going back again.

so take a letter maria,
address it to my wife,
say I won't be coming home,
gotta start a new life.
Thomas Paul
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"Take a Letter Maria"! I forgot all about that song. Truly uninspired drivel. How about another song that came out about the same time, "Brandy (You're A Fine Girl)" by Looking Glass:
There's a port on a western bay
And it serves a hundred ships a day
Lonely sailors pass the time away
And talk about their homes
And there's a girl, in this harbor town
And she works, laying whiskey down
They say "Brandy, fetch another round"
She serves them whiskey and wine
The sailors say "Brandy, you're a fine girl
What a good wife you would be
Yeah your eyes could steal a sailor
From the sea."
etc.
http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/8678/sl_brandy.html
Definite barfing material.
Mike Curwen
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This one is actually one that always makes me laugh out loud. It's just so awful, and unaccountably, still quite popular up here in Winnipeg, Canada... at *wedding socials*. For those not in the know, a wedding social is a way for couples to raise money. They sell tickets for about $10, and people come and buy more tickets for a prize raffle. There are usually about 10 different prizes.. there is also lots of drinking and dancing, and food. Sometimes the best man will do a little bit of a mini-roast of the groom.

Anyway.. I have never been to one of these socials where this song was NOT played..

I'll snip just a bit of the lyrics because well,I don't wanna blow anyone's church-lady filter.

Strokin' - Clarence Carter
I stroke it to the east I stroke it to the west
I stroke it to the woman that I love the best
When I start making love
I don't just make love I be strokin'
That's what I be doing I be strokin'

.. and much later in the 'song'...
The other night I was strokin' my woman
And it got so good to her, You know what she told me?
Let me tell you what she told me
She said...
Stroke it Clarence Carter
But don't stroke so fast
If my stuff ain't tight enough
You can stick it up my...woh!
I be strokin'!!
Yah... I said 'unaccountably', didn't I?
Rowan Brownlee
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I think that for drama, you just can't go past Gene Pitney and "24 hours from tulsa"
~~~~~~~
Dearest darlin' I had to write to say that I won't be home anymore
'cause something happened to me while I was drivin' home
And I'm not the same anymore
Oh, I was only twenty four hours from Tulsa
Ah, only one day away from your arms
I saw a welcoming light and stopped to rest for the night
And that is when I saw her as I pulled in outside of the small motel she was there
And so I walked up to her, asked where I could get something to eat
And she showed me where.
Oh, I was only twenty four hours from Tulsa
Ah, only one day away from your arms
She took me to the caf´┐Ż, I asked her if she would stay, she said "OK"
Oh, I was only twenty four hours from Tulsa
Ah, only one day away from your arms
The jukebox started to play and night time turned into day as we were dancin'
Closely, all of a sudden I lost control as I held her charms
And I caressed her, kissed her, told her I'd die
Before I would let her out of my arms
Oh, I was only twenty four hours from Tulsa
Ah, only one day away from your arms
I hate to do this to you but I love somebody new, what can I do?
And I can never, never, never---go home again.
 
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