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September 17, 2010



excellent list! agree with some of those list


That is a lot of bad songs. I'm glad there are some I've never heard of.

Nick Koliarakis

Re. the songs on this list...

"The Girl Is Mine" - I never had a problem with it.
"Escape (The Pina Colada Song) - This was not a "crime", IMO. I thought it deserved to be #1 on Billboard (which it did reach). IIRC, this was the final Billboard #1 of the 1970s.
"Cherry Pie" - Great musically. Lyrics strictly for younger teens (i.e. not particularly sophisticated).
"Girl You Know It's True" - Agreed re. Milli Vanilli.
"Feelings" - It was a standard for some time but has become forgotten.
Even though the singer, Morris Albert, is a fellow Brazilian, it doesn't seem to have had the stuff that a great song (as opposed to a merely good song) needs to endure.
"Tie a Yellow Ribbon..." - I don't mind the song myself. I can see why people might thnk it uncool because it has quickly become a favorite of the "Lawrence Welk" genre.
"Do They Know It's Christmas?" - I give Mr. Geldof and company credit for doing something to help people, though I remember some haughty doofus who prided himself on his intellect berate Geldof for the fact that he had what the guy called a "dopey expression" and was up for the Nobel Peace Prize. What has the doofus himself done for humanity?! I think this was also the song that kicked off the "pop charity" trend that was so prevalent in the 1980s.
"The Lady In Red" - Funny you should mention this. I just danced to this song with my girlfriend the other night! It is odd to have seen DeBurgh do this after he had done the very different "Don't Pay The Ferryman".
"Putting on the Ritz" - Agreed regarding younger people being exposed to Irving Berlin.
Will write more later.

Nick Koliarakis

Part 2 of my comments...

“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” – Agreed. I don’t know how it made the list. This was one of my faves in an era where I had more or less stopped following popular music – save for major hits (e.g. “The Macarena”) and the odd hit single (e.g. “Bittersweet Symphony” by The Verve).

“Seasons in the Sun” – I believe that the Beach Boys (of all groups!) were originally supposed to record this. I didn’t pay close enough attention to the song when I first heard it on the radio. I bought the single (along with “Jet” by Paul McCartney and Wings). I listened to it after playing “Jet” and became quite sad when I realized it was about a dying man! In fact, I believe that the original poem that Jacques Brel wrote was called “Le Moribund” (“The Dying Man”).

“Walk The Dinosaur” – I remember hearing this at a friend’s wedding in 1989 for what I believe was the first time. I agree - it WAS pretty cool.

“From A Distance” – I don’t mind the song. But I get the feeling that the schmaltzy tone of it (not unlike a lot of other sentimental tunes of the last 30-40 years) is what turns people off. A weird habit I have when I hear the song, is to substitute the Spanish word “tocadiscos” (which means “record player”) for “From A Distance”. It sounds good to me that way for some reason.

“Boom Boom” – This was pretty explicit as I remember it. But it was nothing new really as it was AMAZING what you could get away with playing on hit radio stations way before this came out (e.g. “Physical” by Olivia Newton-John, “December 1963” by the Four Seasons, “Go All The Way” by the Raspberries).

“Disco Duck” – A song I liked at the time it was popular. But when I heard it again years later, I had all but forgotten about it – much less what made it so appealing to begin with.

“Love Will Keep Us Together” – The kind of song that hardcore acid rock and heavy metal fans will treat with the utmost contempt. I myself do not have that cavalier (and EXTREMELY immature) attitude. But I can still hear the derision that such people (tough kids at school, largely) would give you if they heard you singing the song.

“You Light Up My Life” – I actually remember this most fondly because of the fact that my Dad (GRHS) would sing this in his broken English! He would leave out the word “Up” to boot (i.e. “You Light My Life”)! The man has been gone for 25 years and I miss his doing stuff like that. :.-(

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