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  • NiteflyNitefly Frets: 3555
    "Patches, I'm dependin' on you, son..."

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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 55379
    rogd said:
    Someone left a cake out in the effin' rain????????????????????????????????????????????????????
    According to Jimmy Webb, that was literally true.

    I can’t quite decide if it’s awful or a work of genius - or both. You really need the original Richard Harris version for the full effect. I like it whichever it is...

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacArthur_Park_(song)

    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone." - Walt Kowalski

    "Just because I don't care, doesn't mean I don't understand." - Homer Simpson

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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 10241
    ICBM said:
    rogd said:
    Someone left a cake out in the effin' rain????????????????????????????????????????????????????
    According to Jimmy Webb, that was literally true.

    I can’t quite decide if it’s awful or a work of genius - or both. You really need the original Richard Harris version for the full effect. I like it whichever it is...

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacArthur_Park_(song)
    I really liked the Donna Summer version - that was during my "Top 40 period", 1976 to 1979.  :)

    The Harris version is... interesting.  Completely bonkers.  Definitely not awful.
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  • NeillNeill Frets: 892
    ICBM said:
    rogd said:
    Someone left a cake out in the effin' rain????????????????????????????????????????????????????
    According to Jimmy Webb, that was literally true.

    I can’t quite decide if it’s awful or a work of genius - or both. You really need the original Richard Harris version for the full effect. I like it whichever it is...

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacArthur_Park_(song)
    Yes - Webb claimed he was just writing about things he saw on the day he broke up with his girlfriend (in MacArthur Park). But it's interesting that this is the same phrase that WH Auden used to describe his facial appearance "Like a (wedding) cake left out in the rain." 

    It's such a weird simile I can't believe the two usages are not connected, and Auden coined the phrase about the same time Jimmy Webb wrote MacArthur Park.  So I reckon either Webb nicked it from Auden or vice versa.  They are both great wordsmiths so who knows.

    By the way if anyone is thinking "you should get out more" may I remind you we are still in lockdown.  This is exactly what Covid 19 does to you.. 
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  • koneguitaristkoneguitarist Frets: 3619
    Neill said:
    Really plumbing the depths now.

    "Kinky Boots" by the "Avengers" duo of Honor Blackman and Patrick MacNee is probably the worst thing ever committed to vinyl.  For some inexplicable reason it made the top ten when reissued in 1990.  Simon Mayo was the DJ responsible for promoting it, may he rot in hell.

    The only good thing about the "song" is it only lasts about a minute and a half.   
    Added that to Show great song ;-)
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  • koneguitaristkoneguitarist Frets: 3619
    ICBM said:
    rogd said:
    Someone left a cake out in the effin' rain????????????????????????????????????????????????????
    According to Jimmy Webb, that was literally true.

    I can’t quite decide if it’s awful or a work of genius - or both. You really need the original Richard Harris version for the full effect. I like it whichever it is...

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacArthur_Park_(song)
    Waylon Jennings did the definitive version, won a Grammy for it as well. 
    That was when he sang not talked his songs.
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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 11737
    Neill said:
    Really plumbing the depths now.

    "Kinky Boots" by the "Avengers" duo of Honor Blackman and Patrick MacNee is probably the worst thing ever committed to vinyl.  For some inexplicable reason it made the top ten when reissued in 1990.  Simon Mayo was the DJ responsible for promoting it, may he rot in hell.

    The only good thing about the "song" is it only lasts about a minute and a half.   
    Added that to Show great song ;-)
    I don’t think a terrible song but over used by Mayo to the point of annoyance: Mah Na Mah Na by Piero Umiliani.
     U.K. number 8 in 1977 ( what happened to punk eh) and also used on The Muppets and The Benny Hill Show, I don’t think Mayo got it back into the charts despite how many times he played it. But it started life on the soundtrack of an Italian soft porn film in 1968. Just an oddity. 
    Inhale away Jackson Jeffrey Jackson. 
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  • koneguitaristkoneguitarist Frets: 3619
    Well, when I started doing this show, I thought I may get 7-8 shows of awful music. 
    And I decided I would finish at 12 in total. But by god have I found some real stinkers for last couple of shows. Put it this way Cheeky girls seem a bit high brow music compared to The Shaggs. Google them and their album Philosophy of the World at your own risk. It can’t be unheard!
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  • BarneyBarney Frets: 482
    Everything by U2
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  • OffsetOffset Frets: 68
    This is classy loony shite, but in truth pick anything by the mad old fucker.  I can't find the words.


    Seeking Major Tom - Wikipedia
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  • vizviz Frets: 7397
    The one and only - chesney hawkes
    Noooo! The Chez and the Kersh are great!
    Anything that isn’t pentatonic is pretentious wank -  LastMantra
    more on the strength of my ability to own a PA than to play a guitar” - ICBM
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  • olafgartenolafgarten Frets: 1533
    I looked up the UK Charts when I turned 14 (which wasn't that long ago) and had to go down to no 40 until I found a song I actually remember/recognise. Not a very good song, but listenable, it was not a good time for music.
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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 10241
    I looked up the UK Charts when I turned 14 (which wasn't that long ago) and had to go down to no 40 until I found a song I actually remember/recognise. Not a very good song, but listenable, it was not a good time for music.
    I did a similar exercise with a chart from 1977 or 1978 not long ago and I remembered all but two or three of them.  Which isn't to say that was necessarily a great time for music - although I think it was pretty good - it just shows how into the charts I was at that time (and never again since, really).
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  • scrumhalfscrumhalf Frets: 8097
    In moments of boredom/laziness I sometimes watch Now70s on Sky. They don't have the widest or most extensive selection but I am amazed that I can hear something I've not heard for decades and remember the words. 
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  • ReverendReverend Frets: 2565
    I looked up the UK Charts when I turned 14 (which wasn't that long ago) and had to go down to no 40 until I found a song I actually remember/recognise. Not a very good song, but listenable, it was not a good time for music.
    Justbdid then same for my 14th birthday.  Reet Petite, living on a prayer,  final countdown, over the hills and far away, jack your body, caravan of love,and more. 
    Pretty memorable selection. 
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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 11737
    Reverend said:
    I looked up the UK Charts when I turned 14 (which wasn't that long ago) and had to go down to no 40 until I found a song I actually remember/recognise. Not a very good song, but listenable, it was not a good time for music.
    Justbdid then same for my 14th birthday.  Reet Petite, living on a prayer,  final countdown, over the hills and far away, jack your body, caravan of love,and more. 
    Pretty memorable selection. 
    Having been born a week before Christmas the charts are always pretty dire for any of my birthdays. I know it was Boney M at number 1 on my 14th. So, in terms of this Discussion ‘any songs in the chart on my birthdays’ would pretty much cover it. 
    Inhale away Jackson Jeffrey Jackson. 
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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 10241
    Reverend said:
    I looked up the UK Charts when I turned 14 (which wasn't that long ago) and had to go down to no 40 until I found a song I actually remember/recognise. Not a very good song, but listenable, it was not a good time for music.
    Justbdid then same for my 14th birthday.  Reet Petite, living on a prayer,  final countdown, over the hills and far away, jack your body, caravan of love,and more. 
    Pretty memorable selection. 
    Having been born a week before Christmas the charts are always pretty dire for any of my birthdays. I know it was Boney M at number 1 on my 14th. So, in terms of this Discussion ‘any songs in the chart on my birthdays’ would pretty much cover it. 
    It's always rankled with me that I was born in 1964, probably the height of The Beatles' chart-bothering, but Cilla Black was number 1 on my birth date.

    But I've just looked up the list of number 1s for 1964.  A week later and it would have been Roy Orbison, a month earlier it was Juliet by The Four Pennies (just listened to it - dear God, an awful song that somehow made it...), so maybe I didn't do too badly with Cilla after all.
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  • OffsetOffset Frets: 68
    I looked up the UK Charts when I turned 14 (which wasn't that long ago) and had to go down to no 40 until I found a song I actually remember/recognise. Not a very good song, but listenable, it was not a good time for music.
    Just checked the Top 5 on my 14th birthday.  1: Everything I Own - Ken Boothe.  2:  Far Far Away - Slade.  3: Gonna Make You A Star - David Essex.  4: All Of Me Loves All Of You - Bay City Rollers.  5: Killer Queen - Queen.  So 3 out of 5 ain't bad.
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  • SpringywheelSpringywheel Frets: 369
    George Ezra - Budapest 
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