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PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2008 10:54 pm
by Janet M
Aaaarrrgh since I posted earlier I've found myself humming these horrors at odd moments.... and have not been in a position to be able to play antidote music!

PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2008 10:59 pm
by Janet M
The very queen of bad records has to be Florence Foster Jenkins
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cWwA7Czi1E
so far beyond bad it becomes fabulous in its own way

PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2008 11:22 pm
by Adam Blake
Fantastic! See, I didn't know about her. Was she perhaps the inspiration for the opera singing career of Citizen Kane's second wife?

PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 12:07 am
by Ronald
This guy is not bad either.....

Eilert Pilarm - Jailhouse Rock

PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 3:52 am
by c hristian
what with the legendary stardust cowboy being a moajor influence on one David Jones back in the day, and with Brian Eno being interested enough to join the orchestra of the Portsmouth Sinfonia, playing clarinet, and subsequently producing their first two albums, the links to Bowie are never far!

PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 6:57 pm
by Ed Howarth
may I tentatively suggest that this thread would not be complete without The Temple City Kazoo Orchestra's version of Whole Lotta Love

PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 7:02 pm
by c hristian
there's a "Hairway to Steaven" out there somewhere... I'd bet that to be up there.

PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 7:32 pm
by Rob Hall
I have a recording of Maria Schneider (no, not the actress) yodelling a version of "Stairway to Heaven" down the phone if anyone wants to hear it.

For those of you fortunate enough to have made it thus far through life without being exposed to the wonders of 'Australia's Queen of Yodelling', here's a sample of her work.

PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2008 6:57 pm
by Dayna
I watched a show last year about Blender Magazine's 50 worst songs ever. I can't understand their choices really.
What was so bad about Mister Mister and We Built This City by Jefferson Starship?

PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2008 1:51 am
by Adam Blake
"We Built This City" is a good contender for the worst record ever made, it's true, but it doesn't belong here because it had a professional production job and the people involved in performing it were all eminently capable old pro's.

It's particularly painful if you are enamoured (as I am) of some of the old Jefferson Airplane records. To think that that hideous piece of contrived and patronising garbage was where it all ended up is almost too awful to think about. It's one of the many reasons why one has to learn not to take rock/pop culture too seriously.

PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2008 5:44 pm
by Jonathan E.
Agreed — I wanted to gag when I first heard that record. And being in San Francisco at the time and as a DJ made it even worse. I want you to know that I never ever played that song out in public and I never ever listened to the whole thing even in private. It was and is dreck of the worst kind. I try not to pass such judgments, or at least not make public pronouncements of them — but in this case I can't hold back.

PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2008 6:13 pm
by c hristian
But wow! The production value of such dreck! Impressive, especially for the times! It made STARSHIP (is that from some Bowie album? hmm..) as American as APPLE PIE!! YUM!! :) :) :) <---American Smiley faces there. Consume at will.

PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2008 8:37 pm
by kas
I had to go to the Youtube and check for myself. Messieurs, you are absolutely right about that Starship song.
It even has a video to match (next: The Most Horribly Dated 1980's Song/Video in the World...).

PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2008 2:46 pm
by Dayna
Yesterday on our talk radio station, there was a story in the news about how some people are being punished for the crime of playing their music too loud. The punishment is that they're forced to listen to Barry Manilow.

But then someone else mentioned that maybe Kenny Chesney might be worse punishment. Then someone else mentioned Loving You by Minni Ripperton. I think I might agree with those. But then there was Brand New Roller Skates by Melanie Safka. I didn't think that one was so bad.

PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2008 2:55 pm
by c hristian
Barry Manlow's Copacabana has got to be one of the finest disco singles ever recorded. Right up there with MFSB's Love is the Message.