This morning on Good Morning America, they did a quick segment on Blender Magazine’s picks for the Worst Songs Ever. (For a list, go here.) I have to say that I agree with some of them, although maybe not all. I think a more interesting list would be one of songs that you CANNOT get out of your head once you hear them (or hear someone else singing them, because they’re stuck in their head). I guess it’s different songs for different people. My husband completely freaked out on me not too long ago because I had gotten that “You stick the lime in the coconut” song (I don’t even know what it’s called) stuck in his head because I was humming it. And every single time I hear “Origin of Love” from Hedwig and the Angry Inch, it’s a given I will not be able to shake it for at least twenty-four hours. It’s documented.
When you really think about it, picking the Worst Songs is an impossible task. It comes down to taste, and everyone’ s is different. Personally, I love “Come on Eileen,” but my husband can’t stand it because he says everytime he hears it he just thinks about that video, where they’re all in their overalls with no shirts underneath looking unwashed. One song I can’t stand? “Cherry Pie,” by Warrant, which had pretty much the most offensive video I’ve ever seen in my life back in the eighties. I also really hate “Do You Feel Like I Do,” (I think that’s what it’s called) by Peter Frampton, which goes on for about two hours and makes me want to commit a violent act. I’m also one of the few people I know who can’t tolerate Steely Dan. And the list goes on and on, and that’s just me. Reading that GMA article, I feel sure that SOMEONE probably really likes “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” or “Ebony and Ivory”. I mean, they did sell a lot of albums, didn’ t they?
I’ll leave the last word to my mother, who always summed up such things thusly: Different Strokes for Different Folks. And it is true.
have a good day everyone!