Wednesday, September 12, 2007

The Five Worst Songs on your ipod..


Right, it's time for one of them thar meme things.

I'm about to embarass myself - and is there anything worse than revealing moments of musical weakness?

No, of course not. Here's my five:

1) Phil Collins - Easy Lover

Does this one really need a great deal of explanation? Given the amount of Phil Collins in advertising at the moment, it's a drop kick choice. Hell, upon looking at its Wikipedia entry, it was even used as some of the music for the inaugural Wrestlemania. And yes, Philip Bailey (he of Earth Wind & Fire) duets with our Phil. What's not to love here? From the overdone synth/cymbal/drum intro to the glorious harmony, this is a bit of a winner...listen to it here.

2) Rednex - Cotton Eye Joe

I seem to have some sort of odd fondness for music that was popular when I was about ten years old. So, this bad boy has to be on my ipod. Don't quite know how it's survived the cull. If you were (un) fortunate enough to not to know of these living Swedish legends, find out more here. Almost got into Eurovision last year. Pity. As for the song, it's an uptempo, very silly country esque number. One of those grab your partner jobs. Urgh. Listen to it here.

3) Ace of Base - All That She Wants (Is Another Baby)

This one is a bit more popular. Number one in loads and loads of countries...hell, it's the best selling #2 in the US ever. It still doesn't excuse me having on the ipod, as it's a synthy, horn ridden mess of a song that (shamefully) makes me grin like a loon when it comes on. Listen to it here.

4) New Order - World In Motion

This is possibly the only song of the five that I've tried to learn the lyrics to. Ok, ok, just the infamous John Barnes rap..catch me if you can, because I'm an England man. Wonder what I'm talking about? Go here. Yep, it's the only New Order song to get to #1 in this country. Partly due to the rap and overall hilarious lyrics - 'when something's good, it's never wrong', and clearly down to the England 1990 World Cup Campaign. Oh yeah, the song... it's your typical drum heavy early 90's New Order track. Only with John Barnes rapping. Listen here (no, it's not until 3 minutes in that John does his stuff).

5) Pato Banton (feat Robin & Ali Campbell) - Baby Come Back

This one is particularly shameful. Originally by Eddy Grant (yes, it's that bad), and featuring backing vocals by Birmingham's finest - UB40, this is another song from the mid 90s which was a number one (didn't we have such fantastic charts back then?). The wiki entry is here. Didn't realise he was from Brum himself. Anyway, the song is a jaunty number, with some cracking rapping from Mr Banton himself. Bet you are looking forward to it - listen here.

Anyway - to anyone who reads this - what're your five worst songs?

8 comments:

Risheeka Upadhyay said...

Hey will!

It's such a surprise to stumble across your blog...especially seeing your name mentioned in another's blog post, and thinking "oh hey...I know that guy!"

Have managed to read a few of your posts and I think you've got some great stuff here. I'm inspired to start my own...hopefully I'll have a few posts up soon...

And as for the five worst songs...I have to confess that I too have Easy lover, Cotton eye Joe and All that she wants on my ipod :) and whats more embarassing...is I still seem to enjoy it from time to time...hahaha

Steve Portigal said...

Hey don't forget to credit Phillip Bailey for his duet with Mr. Collins. I think there are much worse Phil Collins songs out there that I'm sure I have on my (ahem) iPhone. But I think you nailed the Guilty Pleasure Track.

And that Cotton-Eyed Joe version was best summed by Beavis and Butthead, when they were watching the very very weird video and Beavis kept screeching that it was "freakin' him out!"

Tom said...

Can I play even 'though I don't have an i-anything ?

Bonnie Tyler, Kylie Minogue, Deacon Blue, Mecano, Survivor. I think that just about scratches the tip of it. Anything by the above. And Nik Kershaw.

Will said...

Risheeka - Hah, small (internet) world. Good to know you share some of the same shocking taste in music as me.

Steve - I have done now. Didn't really listen to any Earth Wind & Fire though..and yes, the Rednex single is bloody worrying. How about your bad songs?

Tom - By all means. Can't believe I forgot Deacon Blue & Bonnie Tyler.. though I reckon those 5 are the absolute worst I have.

I love finding out about people's guilty musical secrets. Heh..

David Mortimer said...

This may not be the best first post to write on here, but I always manage to fight through the embarrissment to play air-sax to the solo in Deeply Dippy by Right Said Fred.

It's just too damn good.

Matt Hazel said...

5. Save Tonight-Eagle Eye Cherry: Dawson's Creek in a bottle right here.

4. So Young-The Corrs: EErrrm, can't explain this one.

3.Ridin-Chamillionaire: Only on here because of Weird Al Yankovic. All I can hear is 'don't you think I'm white and nerdy'

2. Love Shack-B-52's: how did that get there?

1. Nookie-Limp Bizkit: Man, did I think I was the shizznit when I was rocking this when I was 15. Oh god. And what's even worse, I really enjoyed listening to it just then. Going to kill myself now, bye.

Clay Parker Jones said...

Okay, first of all, Ace of Base is the shit. No doubt about that. It made Middle School bearable.

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