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September 20, 2010


Nick Koliarakis

Will comment on these individually another time, Claude. I am wondering why "Honey" by Bobby Goldsboro did not make the AOL list. It should be #1 worst IMO. Also, "Undercover Angel" by Alan O'Day was one reason why 1977 was such an awful year for me personally! It should be on the list too.


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Nick Koliarakis

Last round of comments. Hope I'm not overwhelming you with them!

“Axel F”, Crazy Frog - I didn't know this had been remade. I don't know what Faltenmeyer found wrong with his original version.

“Livin’ La Vida Loca” - I like this song mainly because it was used as background music in the HBO documentary about the US Women's World Cup soccer team; specifically, when it documented their run in the 1999 World Cup. Not a "Worst List" song, IMO.

“Afternoon Delight”, Starland Vocal Band - This is indeed a "wool over the eyes" song where the music disguises the somewhat controversial lyrics. I used to imagine anthropomorphic storybook bunnies singing the high-pitched harmonies and also imagined Bugs Bunny in his Cosmos soccer uniform (they had him as a mascot during their existence) strutting around at the start of the song. Ah, the images that one conjures up in his head - only to have that aspect of listening to music taken way by the advent of music videos!

“I’ll Be There For You (Theme from Friends)”, The Rembrandts - This is on my MP3. Again, not a "Worst List" song.

“We Built This City”, Starship – I’m wondering if Grace Slick and the rest of the band’s fortunes had dried up where “White Rabbit” and “Someone To Love” were concerned. I could never understand the lyrics to the chorus, though. What do they say? “Marconi plays the mamba”?

“Achy Breaky Heart”, Billy Ray Cyrus – Another song of which I am more familiar with the “Weird Al” parody. How he was given permission by BRC to record it is beyond me because it was all about a guy who couldn’t stand the original song!

“Convoy”, C. W. McCall – They even made a movie out of this w/Kris Kristofferson and Ali McGraw! Give the song credit for that. It was quite a good novelty song for its time. When it first came out, I thought the name for it was “Con Boy” about a young con artist or something. Conceptually, the whole concept of a “convoy” was a new phenomenon to most people – as were CB radios. Check out Benny Hill’s use of the song during one of his skits.

“My Heart Will Go On”, Celine Dion – I like the song. The movie, for all of its good performances and action, had a silly plotline.

“Macarena”, Los Del Rio – I take it that you don’t like the Bayside Boys mix in particular. The stand-alone song from Spain I think might be more palatable for some people.

“I Am Woman”, Helen Reddy – This is one of the relatively few songs of its time that had some social significance – and at a time when women’s liberation was gaining strength. This was not just a song – it was an anthem.

“U Can’t Touch This”, MC Hammer – I myself would be interested to know how “Super Freak” affected the co-eds in Chapman Hall. Since I didn’t dorm at Adelphi, I would not know.

“Barbie Girl”, Aqua – I only know this song from record offers on TV. But I can see from the VERY high-pitched vocal why people would object.

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