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September 28, 2021


Is 'Copacabana' the worst? 'Sugar, Sugar'? 'Muskrat Love' spotlights songs 'we hate to love'

Ahem: Granger was inspired to write and arrange the musical — originally planned pre-pandemic — by the 1997 “Dave Barry’s Book of Bad Songs”

(Thanks to pharmaross)


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Let'snot forget to forget "Macarthur Park".

'Mandy', by Barry Manilow is right up there. Or should it be down there...

I recently went on a sisters trip. Somehow, Dave's Book of Bad Songs came up. I must have been derelict in my duties as a sister because she swore she had not heard of it. So I pulled up the original columns and read them to her. Can't tell you how many times I have read them, but I still get tears of laughter and choked up reading because of laughing. Any time I can spend laughing so hard, and especially with my sister, is a good time. Thanks, Dave.

At last, the acknowledgment of a true masterpiece.

I wonder if they do "I Am (I Said)" or if they are too afraid of the Neil Diamond fans.

If this show includes "Hooty Sapperticker" by Barbara & the Boys I will poop myself in sheer joy.

I like it when they play "Far, far, away".

A new throwback I Love Lucy situation comedy is in the prime time network works. Inspired by Dave Barry's book, Lessons From Lucy, Lucy will stomp on grapes then drink from the toilet. In episode 2, Desi takes Lucy for a walk and watches on as Lucy sniffs Murtz the bulldog's dog butt.

One song I would like to nominate for the next edition of Dave's book is Slim Whitman singing Cattle Call. It certainly belongs with Copacabana. Listen to it and I believe you'll agree.

Failed to make the list really late nominee.

Also currently nominated to be included on the 'Screamer list' of totally stupid songs.

The only version of Muskrat Love worth discussing was performed by America on the Hat Trick album. Three minutes of Top 40 gold career suicide! You have to give MacArthur Park some credit for at least having some of the best studio musicians in the business backing up Harris. The Irish are a misunderstood people.

Alone again, Naturally

Of course, no one could forget "Honey" - no matter how hard you try.

Someone's knockin' at the door
Somebody's ringin' the bell
Someone's knockin' at the door
Somebody's ringin' the bell
Do me a favor
Open the door and let 'em in

Strictly from reading the in the book decades ago and having the lyrics ingrained in my mind, snicker.

Season's in the Sun....ooooooeeeee

The worst of all time is "She's Havin' My Baby," which should be used only as extreme punishment. (Although such use might be in violation of the Geneva Convention.)

"Horse With No Name" is the all-time worst. However, I'll disagree with LePetomane - "Cattle Call" is one of the all-time best. When you're in college, and up at 3 A.M., and on your 11th beer, and in a group of 20 or so guys also drunk, singing along to "Cattle Call" is memorable.


@Bill - Since the statute of limitations has most likely run out, I will agree with you.

My thoughts. She's Havin' My Baby.

I came close to injuring myself laughing so hard at the part in Dave’s book where Rod Stewart “wins the Mr. Logic award.” Make sure your hernia truss is in place before reading.

That was probably the funniest series of articles every, bar none.

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