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Stupid Songs by Otherwise Cool Artists

Stupid Songs by Otherwise Cool Artists
March 27, 2006 01:39PM
Tom Verlaine - "Yonki Time"
Lou Reed - "Chocolate Egg Cream"
Echo and the Bunnymen - "Ballyhoo and Bedbugs"
The Beatles - "Birthday"
OMD - "Bloc Bloc Bloc"
David Bowie - his cover of "Pablo Picasso," Tin Machine's cover of "Working Class Hero"
Re: Stupid Songs by Otherwise Cool Artists
March 27, 2006 03:08PM
Prince - "Annie Christian" (he's done a lot of other stupid songs, but this one in particular has always bugged me)
David Bowie - "The Laughing Gnome"
The Police - "Mother"
The Beatles - "Don't Pass Me By"
Re: Stupid Songs by Otherwise Cool Artists
March 27, 2006 03:15PM
1) "Every Day I Write the Book" - Elvis

2) A whole bushel of Neil Young and Dylan albums/tunes

3) More obscurely: Blur's entire Great Escape album (If Benny Hill collaborated with Martin Amis on a mid-90's britpop album, the results wouldn't be dissimilar.)
Re: Stupid Songs by Otherwise Cool Artists
March 27, 2006 03:38PM
My Ding A Ling - Chuck Berry.

'Nuff said.

Re: Stupid Songs by Otherwise Cool Artists
March 27, 2006 05:20PM
"My Ding a Ling" is a stupid song, no question about it ... but I'm confident that Chuck knew it all along. I doubt that most of the other artists listed in this thread (so far) knew that the songs they were laying down would end up in the "stupid" category. Some of them, I suspect, still don't see it.

One of Prince's biggest faults, as an artist, is that he has lacked a rigorous editor, internal or otherwise. Time and again, he has apparently believed that any idea he has must be worth pursuing. As much as I love Prince, I gotta say, it just ain't so.
Re: Stupid Songs by Otherwise Cool Artists
March 27, 2006 05:55PM
I was thinking of a version of "Can't Help Falling In Love" by Elvis Presley that was done live in Vegas in which he flubs up the lyrics big time and laughs at himself. Also, even though it's an album rather than a song, #50 on Ira's list also strikes me as being pretty stupid (the King's own Metal Machine Music)

P.S.: Ironically enough, "My Ding-A-Ling" pipped out Elvis' "Burning Love", his last great single, out of the #1 spot back in '72

Re: Stupid Songs by Otherwise Cool Artists
March 28, 2006 08:54PM
great plains - "why do punk rock guys go out with new age girls"
which is/was true. so, on a superficial level, that's deep.
Re: Stupid Songs by Otherwise Cool Artists
March 29, 2006 07:01PM
Re: Stupid Songs by Otherwise Cool Artists
March 29, 2006 08:28PM
I love Yonki Time!!!!! I had 2 little kids when that album came out, and it was their favorite song.
Elvis the C doing his crooning bit is hard to take.
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