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#158980 - 05/05/2003 08:21 Worst song of all time?
Phil.
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My vote has to go to William Shatner's rendition of Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.

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#158981 - 05/05/2003 08:22 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: Phil.]
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Sweet Home Alabama
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#158982 - 05/05/2003 08:26 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: Phil.]
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The Titanic song by Celine Dion.
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#158983 - 05/05/2003 08:28 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: wfaulk]
Dignan
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Now, is that because you dislike the song, or the fact that at any given time within 200 feet of your position, it is playing somewhere?

I've got a friend at school in Atlanta. That song drives him nuts. Is it equally bad in NC?
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#158984 - 05/05/2003 08:29 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: robricc]
JBjorgen
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The Beat Goes On. The Britney Spears version is even worse. That song drives me nuts.

Maybe If I was around during the proper time period and in the properly drug-induced state...
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#158985 - 05/05/2003 08:30 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: Dignan]
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Both (although I wouldn't go so far as to say that it's quite that ubiquitous). Actually, if you get right down to it, I think the world would be a better place if the entire Lynyrd Skynyrd oeuvre could be excised from existance. I suppose that Smell That Smell may be even worse as a song, but SHA offends me in ways beyond the song itself.
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#158986 - 05/05/2003 08:31 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: Phil.]
Dignan
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I can't possibly pick just one. A few that come to mind at the moment:

The Electric Slide
That "Felis Navidad" (sp?) song at Christmas
Who Let the Dogs Out
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#158987 - 05/05/2003 08:35 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: Dignan]
JBjorgen
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This list also must include the Macarena

I think it's Feliz
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#158988 - 05/05/2003 08:37 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: Dignan]
wfaulk
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That "Felis Navidad" (sp?) song at Christmas
If you're going to get into seasonal stuff, that Wings/McCartney Wonderful Christmas Time is pretty awful, too.
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#158989 - 05/05/2003 08:38 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: JBjorgen]
Phil.
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I take into account how serious the artist is about the song. If they know its crap and do it with tongue in cheek, then its not so bad. William Shatner was serious - see his facial expressions when he sang it??

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#158990 - 05/05/2003 08:38 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: Phil.]
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#158991 - 05/05/2003 08:43 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: robricc]
andy
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The Titanic song by Celine Dion

Her version of "I drove all night" is much worse than the Titanic wailing. Whenever I hear it accidentally on the radio I have to drive straight home and purge myself by playing the Cyndi Lauper version...
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#158992 - 05/05/2003 08:46 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: andy]
Phil.
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Agreed - I loathe Celine. Didn't Roy Orbison do that one originally? Don't recall a Cyndi Lauper version.

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#158993 - 05/05/2003 08:55 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: Phil.]
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I was going to nominate Linda McCartney singing "Cook of the House" but stumbled across this. You could go on forever.

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#158994 - 05/05/2003 09:04 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: Phil.]
andy
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Agreed - I loathe Celine. Didn't Roy Orbison do that one originally? Don't recall a Cyndi Lauper version

He did, the Cyndi Lauper version is excellent.
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#158995 - 05/05/2003 09:11 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: andy]
Phil.
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Remember Lolly? http://www.lolly.uk.com/

Dreadful dreadful stuff - she destroyed many a song.

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#158996 - 05/05/2003 09:27 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: Phil.]
EDub
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Night Rocker by David Hasselhoff..my friend made me listen to it..egads!!

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#158997 - 05/05/2003 09:37 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: EDub]
Phil.
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The Germans love him though!

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#158998 - 05/05/2003 10:05 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: Phil.]
tfabris
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My vote has to go to William Shatner's rendition of Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.
You can't possibly count that. You have to either vote on a bad SONG or vote on a bad PERFORMANCE. You can't say a song is bad just because someone covered it poorly. The original song is wonderful, and is a key part of one of the best and most-respected albums of all time. Yes, Bill butchered it, I agree.

Now, as long as we're talking about songs, I'd say my vote goes to Seasons in the Sun. I want to drill the evil spirits out of my cranium each time I think of it.
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#158999 - 05/05/2003 10:09 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: tfabris]
Phil.
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Ok... grumble grumble.

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#159000 - 05/05/2003 10:12 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: tfabris]
Chimaera
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You can't say a song is bad just because someone covered it poorly

That's a good point, and I was just about to pick some examples off my Samantha Fox CD, but realised it was probably the performance of them that sucked more than the actual songs (although it was close).

So in that case my vote goes to Doop by Doop
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#159001 - 05/05/2003 10:33 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: Chimaera]
tfabris
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I was just about to pick some examples off my Samantha Fox CD, but realised it was probably the performance of them that sucked more than the actual songs (although it was close).
Oh, if they're original Samantha Fox tunes (i.e., she's not doing a cover tune of an old classic like Shatner was), then they're fair game.

I just don't like to see people saying "song x sucks" just because they never heard the original version, only saw David Hasselhoff butchering it.

"Oooga chaka, Oooga chaka..."

/me goes to put a bigger bit on his power drill...
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#159002 - 05/05/2003 10:47 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: tfabris]
peter
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You have to either vote on a bad SONG or vote on a bad PERFORMANCE. [...] Now, as long as we're talking about songs, I'd say my vote goes to Seasons in the Sun.
I guess you haven't heard Westlife's version, then, or you'd nominate it for the double. On the scale of egregious first-degree murderings of songs it's up there with The Presidents Of The USA's Video Killed The Radio Star and Wyclef's headmanglingly pointmissing Wish You Were Here.

As for really bad original songs, I feel your pain for Who Let The Dogs Out but would also suggest Daniel Bedingfield's saccharine stalkers' anthem If You're Not The One, the entire contents of the Now Christmas Album (not the new one, the old one that's played in a loop in every department store in Britain from September 1st to December 24th), and Snap's Rhythm Is A Dancer for, if nothing else, the sheer insanity of the couplet "You know I'm serious as cancer/When I say that rhythm is a dancer".

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#159003 - 05/05/2003 10:52 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: Phil.]
Ezekiel
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Any song by S-Club 7. They even beat out A-Teens.

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#159004 - 05/05/2003 10:55 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: Ezekiel]
Phil.
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Over-ruled. As long as Rachael is in S Club, they rule.

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#159005 - 05/05/2003 10:55 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: tfabris]
Chimaera
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she's not doing a cover tune of an old classic

All the ones I can think of off that album are covers, but I guess there may have been some 'original' material on there.
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#159006 - 05/05/2003 11:06 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: Phil.]
Ezekiel
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Although I think you might be swayed by the visual aspect of the young hotties, I will let your veto stand and retort with Madonna's cover of American Pie. It is just plain wrong.

As for pure worst song (original recording), I have to think a while on that one.

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#159007 - 05/05/2003 11:07 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: peter]
tfabris
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On the scale of egregious first-degree murderings of songs it's up there with The Presidents Of The USA's Video Killed The Radio Star and Wyclef's headmanglingly pointmissing Wish You Were Here.
I feel lucky to have never encountered either of these during my life. I hope I can go through the rest of my life without ever hearing them.

Side discussion: Covers that are BETTER than the originals?

A few months ago, I saw a video of Marylin Manson doing a cover of an old 80's tune (don't remember which tune) and thinking it really rocked. But perhaps it only "worked" because I had the context of the original song to go from?
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#159008 - 05/05/2003 11:09 Re: Worst song of all time? [Re: tfabris]
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One cover that was better (well, different and good and stronger in many ways) was Ugly Kid Joe doing Harry Chapin's "Cats In The Cradle".
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#159009 - 05/05/2003 11:09 Covers that are BETTER than the originals [Re: tfabris]
wfaulk
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Covers that are BETTER than the originals
Pretty much any Stones cover.

I like Echo & the Bunnymen's Paint It Black, for one (a recording I, sadly, no longer have, ).

(I will have to admit, though, that I liked PUSA's Video Killed the Radio Star.)
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