Jackie Mason | April 21, 2004
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Scott Hardie | April 21, 2004
Greg at BTD brought this up and it's not a bad topic; it certainly gets people making their own lists. Callers to Paul Harris's radio show do it every year. Since nobody does "pointless but fun" topics better than we do, I'm glad you mentioned it, Jackie. :-)

I don't know nearly enough music to give an authoritative answer, but if you want some bad songs off the top of my head:
"Soft 'n Wet" - MC Hammer reduces women to their sex organs, for which he states his affection in a boorish shout, and he probably still gets laid more often today than I do.
"We Didn't Start the Fire" - Sorry, Jackie, this has always been one of my least favorite songs. It seemed like Billy Joel spent a few minutes rhyming keywords from his generation, set it to music, and somehow sold millions of records as a result. I've written GOO clues with more wit.
"Rock Me Amadeus" - I had nothing against this song until I met a retro-hipster poser in college who played it excessively. It was actually cooler than he was. This one's just a victim of bad association.
"Bohemian Rhapsody" - It was a fine song, the first eight thousand times I heard it. There's a local radio station that seems to have nothing in their playlist except this and "Don't Fear the Reaper," another solid classic that is close to being ruined for me.
"Whoop! There It Is" - Nuff said.
"Tootsie Roll" - Ditto.
"I Can't Dance (To That Music You're Playing)" - I may be the only straight man in Tampa to enjoy cheeky '80s dance music like Betty Boo, but this godawful song is beyond my tolerance.

I recall Matt Preston breaking into uncontrollable fits of laughter every time Clare Torry hit those high notes in Pink Floyd's "The Great Gig in the Sky." I'm sure that's what he'd mention.

Melissa Erin | April 21, 2004
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Kris Weberg | April 21, 2004
Uh, I like Heart-Shaped Box, actrually. It's supposed to sound ugly, to evoke an ugly emotion.

The entry that shocked me was "Sounds of Silence," by Simon and Garfunkel, a song universally acknowledged as a folk-rock classic. But then, this is Blender, a music magazine by the people who created Maxim. Heck, they probably like that Hammer song's sentiments, come to think..

Erik Bates | April 21, 2004
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Melissa Erin | April 21, 2004
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Erik Bates | April 22, 2004
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Erik Bates | April 22, 2004
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Jackie Mason | April 22, 2004
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Kris Weberg | April 23, 2004
And let us not forget William Shatner's early 70s forays into psychedelic music, especially his...unique...version of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds."

Anna Gregoline | April 23, 2004
"We Didn't Start the Fire" - I like this song. It's a good fit of rhyming keywords. I don't know. I like the reduction of history into a compact word song - sort of a weird found poem.

"Rock Me Amadeus" - HILARIOUS. Don't know why I like it, I just do. It's so weird, lame and cheesy.

"Bohemian Rhapsody" - eh.

"Whoop! There It Is" -"Tootsie Roll" - Worth their existence for my middle school nostalgia.

And count me in on "Heart-Shaped Box." It's a great song, not Nirvana's best, but a goodie. Don't try to make sense of any Nirvana lyrics. They rhyme. They were written by a heroin addict. Good enough.

"Oh, and I sincerely believe that guys who actually listen to the advice given in Maxim should only be allowed to date women who listen to the advice given in Cosmo and Glamour."

YES!!!!

I'd love a copy of the cover CD - IM me and ask for my address!

Lori Lancaster | April 23, 2004
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Anna Gregoline | April 23, 2004
Lots of teachers do that, I hear. It's easier to remember things if they're set to music.

Erik Bates | April 23, 2004
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Anna Gregoline | April 23, 2004
It seems that almost all the songs that were on the list were really on there because they are too "catchy" and stick in people's heads, driving them to distraction. That doesn't necessarily mean they're bad songs, but in the case of "Achy Breaky Heart," I'd have to make an exception.

But Ice Ice Baby?!!? Stop...collaborate and listen.....who doesn't like to sing along to that one?!?!

Erik Bates | April 23, 2004
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Anna Gregoline | April 23, 2004
And so on and so on. I don't really want to start another Lyric-Off, but you get the gist. People like that song. Just like they like the Sir Mix-a-Lot song.

Kris Weberg | April 23, 2004
Though the original version, "Under Pressure" by Bowie and Queen, is better still.

Lori Lancaster | April 23, 2004
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Melissa Erin | April 23, 2004
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Erik Bates | April 23, 2004
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Anna Gregoline | April 23, 2004
I would have liked to have seen you drag a thong girl off the table at the bar. Don't worry, Melissa, those girls just have a higher incidence of urinary tract and vaginal infections.

Melissa Erin | April 23, 2004
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Erik Bates | April 23, 2004
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Jackie Mason | April 23, 2004
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Anna Gregoline | April 23, 2004
Cracked jokes? Erik, you are too much.

Jackie Mason | April 23, 2004
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Erik Bates | April 23, 2004
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Melissa Erin | April 23, 2004
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Anna Gregoline | April 23, 2004
LOL, small hard spheres. Melissa, you kill me.

Jackie Mason | April 24, 2004
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Melissa Erin | April 24, 2004
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Kris Weberg | April 25, 2004
I hated that "Jump! Jump!" song, for obvious reasons.

Anna Gregoline | April 26, 2004
Not obvious to me....

Kris Weberg | April 26, 2004
Well, I was talking about a different song by mistake...let's see if this jogs the memory:

Mac Dad'll make ya
Jump! Jump!
Daddy Mac'll make ya
Jump! Jump!

Erik Bates | April 26, 2004
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Jackie Mason | April 26, 2004
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Melissa Erin | April 26, 2004
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Jackie Mason | April 26, 2004
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Kris Weberg | April 27, 2004
Does anyone here have parents who actually like rap music? I've never met such people, myself.

Jackie Mason | April 27, 2004
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Melissa Erin | April 28, 2004
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Kris Weberg | April 28, 2004
My folks raised me on a steady diet of late 60s and early 70s rock, which still strongly shapes my muisical tastes. They were horrified when I started to listen to 80s music! However, they really, really dislike rap and disco.


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