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  • NeillNeill Frets: 858
    I'm a big Richard Thompson fan but there's a song on "Daring Adventures" called "Baby Talk" that makes my skin crawl.  I can't even bring myself to post the lyrics here.

    I once heard him say in an interview that the vast majority of songs he writes "never see the light of day" well this is one that should definitely have been consigned to oblivion.

    I forgive him though.
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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 11689
    Brad Paisley’s I’m Still a Guy. I understand that the song is tongue in cheek ( well, let’s hope it is) but it ends...

    My eyebrows ain't plucked
    There's a gun in my truck
    Oh thank God I'm still a guy

    ...and you have a bit of a double take. I saw him on TV doing some live thing in the U.K. which included that song and an acknowledgment that a lot of British listeners have a bit of an issue with it. 
    Inhale away Jackson Jeffrey Jackson. 
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  • droflufdrofluf Frets: 1184
    ICBM said:

    In contrast, I love the spoken stuff on Bat Out Of Hell and the outros of Layla and Baba O’Reilly...
    Agree on Layla and Baba O’Reilly but the spoken part on Bat Out of Hell always grates with me. 

    Two out of three ain’t bad ;) 
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  • merlinmerlin Frets: 4027
    edited May 1
    That stupid, stupid  4 bars in "Here Comes the Rain Again", after the refrain "talk to me" and it goes from D to G with naff, naff, naff fake (or maybe real, which makes it worse) strings. 

    And to make it even worse, Annie Lennox uses vocal fry. 
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  • NeillNeill Frets: 858
    merlin said:
    That stupid, stupid  4 bars in "Here Comes the Rain Again", after the refrain "talk to me" and it goes from D to G with naff, naff, naff fake (or maybe real, which makes it worse) strings. 

    And to make it even worse, Annie Lennox uses vocal fry. 
    Must admit I've always found Annie Lennox's voice hard to take, eg "Tearing me apart like a new eemowshonn" I mean, what accent is that?  

    To be fair though, that vocal fry affectation was a long time before it became a Valley Girl thing, I would imagine Annie is a little embarrassed about it now.
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  • PhilW1PhilW1 Frets: 666
    The beginning of  “ Gold “  by Spandau Ballet..
    ....and the ending....
    oh,,and the middle.
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  • proggyproggy Frets: 3904
    equalsql said:

    When you buy a copy of this CD, do they put it in a plain brown paper bag for you to take it home in?
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  • ShrewsShrews Frets: 759
    Badly Drawn Boy - Donner and Blitzen

    The 20 second violin intro completely ruins what would've been a great Christmas song.  


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  • TanninTannin Frets: 326
    The tale of the hare who lost his spectacles on A Passion Play. Mind you, most of the rest of that album was poor, so it took something spectacularly bad to stand out as extra-yuk.
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  • NickLNickL Frets: 120
    proggy said:
    Led Zep's Lemon Song: Squeeze me baby till the juice runs down my leg. Sounds really noncey.

    The Police's De do do do, de da da da. Written by Sting ....... age 6 months....
    Led Zep stole that bit from Robert Johnson's Travelling Riverside Blues (while the rest of The Lemon Song is mostly Skip James' Hard Time Killing Floor).
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  • munckeemunckee Frets: 7579
    I'll offer up Queen's Don't Stop Me Now, after the slow intro and before the outro. Sounds like the start of a good song until the tempo increases and it just goes into hyper active cringe.

    Or  the 20 minute nananananananaaaa refrain of Hey Jude
    I hate hey Jude. I still have nightmares about the time I saw McCartney at Glastonbury. 
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  • thecolourboxthecolourbox Frets: 6486
    munckee said:
    I'll offer up Queen's Don't Stop Me Now, after the slow intro and before the outro. Sounds like the start of a good song until the tempo increases and it just goes into hyper active cringe.

    Or  the 20 minute nananananananaaaa refrain of Hey Jude
    I hate hey Jude. I still have nightmares about the time I saw McCartney at Glastonbury. 
    I bet he only had time for one other song in the set after playing "nananananananaaaa" repeatedly for 45 minutes
    I want to be forgotten, and I don't want to be reminded
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  • ColsCols Frets: 3136
    I'll offer up Queen's Don't Stop Me Now, after the slow intro and before the outro. Sounds like the start of a good song until the tempo increases and it just goes into hyper active cringe.

    Or  the 20 minute nananananananaaaa refrain of Hey Jude
    I liked Hey Jude until I was made to sing it in a karaoke bar in Tokyo.  Then I really noticed how long the nananas went on for.
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  • Dan_1Dan_1 Frets: 5
    From Piece of Mind, which is probably my favourite Iron Maiden album, To Tame A Land is easily their worst track ever in my opinion. It’s so bad it’s cringeworthy. 

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  • stickyfiddlestickyfiddle Frets: 16661
    I like the spoken bit on the Meatloaf. The whole record is campy as hell - that's the whole point.
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  • CacofonixCacofonix Frets: 354
    I like the spoken bit on the Meatloaf. The whole record is campy as hell - that's the whole point.
    ^ This.  It’s an album about teenage emotion and attitudes and it’s exactly on point with that in mind.  

    It was (might still be) best selling album of all time.
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  • menamestommenamestom Frets: 3557


    The instrumental break in My Sharona.

    with regards to Layla, I agree but it works great in Goodfellas

    https://youtu.be/1Z6MJIjCJ20
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  • GrumpyrockerGrumpyrocker Frets: 2085
    edited May 2
    Dan_1 said:
    From Piece of Mind, which is probably my favourite Iron Maiden album, To Tame A Land is easily their worst track ever in my opinion. It’s so bad it’s cringeworthy. 

    Not a Frank Herbert fan?

    Probably won't like this version either, with my favourite vocalist Anneke van Giersbergen.



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  • proggyproggy Frets: 3904
    Tannin said:
    The tale of the hare who lost his spectacles on A Passion Play. Mind you, most of the rest of that album was poor, so it took something spectacularly bad to stand out as extra-yuk.

    Strange how peoples tastes vary. I really like that album, in all it's quirkiness.
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  • thumpingrugthumpingrug Frets: 2022
    Im going to go with pretty much anything that Steve Vai sings on.  I think I only managed to listen to The Story of Light once because of it.

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  • axisusaxisus Frets: 19381
    Im going to go with pretty much anything that Steve Vai sings on.  I think I only managed to listen to The Story of Light once because of it.
    Vai singing > Satriani singing
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 55198
    Im going to go with pretty much anything that Steve Vai sings on.  I think I only managed to listen to The Story of Light once because of it.
    I agree it's not his primary talent, but I've got used to it and I don't think it's too bad, especially on the later albums.

    "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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  • VibetronicVibetronic Frets: 738
    Dan_1 said:
    From Piece of Mind, which is probably my favourite Iron Maiden album, To Tame A Land is easily their worst track ever in my opinion. It’s so bad it’s cringeworthy. 

    it's not good, is it?  =) My personal lowlight on that album is Quest For Fire. Truly terrible lyrics. I love the rest of the album though!
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  • HaychHaych Frets: 2255
    The yodelling in Hocus Pocus, it's really rather a good song up to that point.

    I'll be glad when the winter comes and it starts to warm up a bit.

    Bit of trading feedback here.

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  • Emp_FabEmp_Fab Frets: 20160
    I've just read every post here hoping that nobody had already mentioned this particular one.... and to my joy, they haven't.

    Ram Jam's 'Black Betty'.  Fabulous song utterly destroyed by the stupid Benny Hill extension to the guitar solo.

    I give you 02:00 in....



    Black Lives Matter is not an anti-white movement, Feminism is not an anti-men movement, Pride is not an anti-straight movement.

    This isn't about you.
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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 10189
    Emp_Fab said:
    I've just read every post here hoping that nobody had already mentioned this particular one.... and to my joy, they haven't.

    Ram Jam's 'Black Betty'.  Fabulous song utterly destroyed by the stupid Benny Hill extension to the guitar solo.

    I give you 02:00 in....

    I remember when that was a hit single, but I don't recall the Benny Hill bit - well described! - at all.  I think they must have edited out quite a big chunk for the 7" version.
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  • LastMantraLastMantra Frets: 1674
    edited May 4
    Dan_1 said:
    From Piece of Mind, which is probably my favourite Iron Maiden album, To Tame A Land is easily their worst track ever in my opinion. It’s so bad it’s cringeworthy. 

    it's not good, is it?  My personal lowlight on that album is Quest For Fire. Truly terrible lyrics. I love the rest of the album though!

    Not to mention sun and steel or the lyrics in still life.

    When they make a good tune it's damn good but when they make a bad one it's almost comical. 
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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 10189
    Dan_1 said:
    From Piece of Mind, which is probably my favourite Iron Maiden album, To Tame A Land is easily their worst track ever in my opinion. It’s so bad it’s cringeworthy. 

    it's not good, is it?  My personal lowlight on that album is Quest For Fire. Truly terrible lyrics. I love the rest of the album though!

    Not to mention sun and steel or the lyrics in still life.

    When they make a good tune it's damn good but when they make a bad one it's almost comical. 
    Since we're talking Maiden, I've always hated Back in the Village on Powerslave.  Bruce's vocals on the chorus are just painful.  
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  • fretmeisterfretmeister Frets: 14834
    I like the spoken bit on the Meatloaf. The whole record is campy as hell - that's the whole point.
    This. It's a fantastic record.

    I'm glad I got to see him live before he got old.



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  • HAL9000HAL9000 Frets: 6894
    The guitar solo on Easy Like Sunday Morning sets my teeth on edge every time I hear it.
    I play guitar because I enjoy it rather than because I’m any good at it
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