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parrot recipes
09-05-2006, 01:56 AM
I've heard many songs by people who weren't really singers, but were famous and their agents thought what the heck. Obviously Shatner comes to mind.
Which artist and song is the worst you've heard?
For the record, i listened to Golden Throats and found none of the songs nor singing bad or funny.

panache45
09-05-2006, 03:14 AM
Anything sung by Florence Foster Jenkins.

Manatee
09-05-2006, 03:23 AM
William Hung.

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2lazy2pee
09-05-2006, 04:42 AM
Terry Jacks - Seasons In The Sun. I hate that song with a passion. It is #1 on my list of Worst Songs Ever.

jjimm
09-05-2006, 05:51 AM
Terry Jacks - Seasons In The Sun. I hate that song with a passion. It is #1 on my list of Worst Songs Ever.I want to speak up for the song this is based on, by Jacques Brel. I promise you, the original, Le Moribund (http://frmusique.ru/texts/b/brel_jacques/moribond.htm) is heartbreakingly beautiful. I agree, however, that Jacks needs shooting for the arrangement, and so does his translator, who bowdlerized the lyrics as well.

Rick
09-05-2006, 07:15 AM
William Hung.

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That the best you got?
Wing (http://wingmusic.co.nz/index.html) makes him sound like Pavorotti.
Listen (http://wingtunes.com/public/samples.aspx) if you dare.
WARNING may cause severe bleeding from your ears.
If you would like to hear an interview with Wing go here (http://kroq.com/indexii.html) Look on the left for Kevin and Bean, and click on sounds under that. Look for Wing on the right side of the new page.

Thudlow Boink
09-05-2006, 11:08 AM
Yoko Ono.

Double Fantasy had some great songs by John Lennon, but it was released in the pre-CD era, so you had to sit next to the record player and lift the needle after every one of John's songs to avoid hearing Yoko screech.

stpauler
09-05-2006, 11:17 AM
Mrs. Miller (http://mrsmillersworld.com/) is at the tops for me. I keep her on my iPod solely for shock value.

Wee Bairn
09-05-2006, 12:19 PM
The Shaggs were pretty wretched.

RealityChuck
09-05-2006, 12:20 PM
Mrs. Miller, definitely.

Wee Bairn
09-05-2006, 12:21 PM
Oops..link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shaggs

Chanteuse
09-05-2006, 03:52 PM
The Shaggs were pretty wretched.

My Pal Foot Foot.

There are no words to describe this--how truly awful it is.

What did they do? Just give them some guitars and drums and a sheet of (stupid) lyrics and tell them, "OK, go for it"? Because it sounds like they recorded a bunch of kids with toy instruments playing "rock star."

yanceylebeef
09-05-2006, 04:29 PM
My Pal Foot Foot.

There are no words to describe this--how truly awful it is.

What did they do? Just give them some guitars and drums and a sheet of (stupid) lyrics and tell them, "OK, go for it"? Because it sounds like they recorded a bunch of kids with toy instruments playing "rock star."

Hey, Zappa called them better than the Beatles., I personally think they fall in the "So bad it's good" catagory.

Outsider music is just that, Outside the mainstream. Most people don't like Daniel Johnston, Wesley Willis or the Legendary Stardust Cowboy, but these people make music because they have to. They can't stop. Roky Erikson didn't let a little thing like drug induced schitzophrenia to stop him making some fantastic stuff.

Unfortunately with The Shaggs (http://shaggs.com/meet_the_shaggs.html), it was their father, trying to fulfill a prophecy his wife gave him, that pushed these girls into music. On one hand, I feel bad for the torment he put them through, on the other, I'm glad this music survies today. I can't explain it. It just makes me happy.
Oh well, no accounting for taste, I suppose.


yancey

rowrrbazzle
09-05-2006, 04:48 PM
There's always Leona Anderson singing "Fish", "Rats in My Room" or the habanera from "Carmen". Her LP was titled "Music to Suffer By".

Also Jonathan and Darlene Edwards.

ouryL
09-05-2006, 04:50 PM
Why does...I've been to paradise, but I've never been to me...always makes me think of H E L L ! ! ! :eek:

woodstockbirdybird
09-05-2006, 05:50 PM
Hey, Zappa called them better than the Beatles., I personally think they fall in the "So bad it's good" catagory.

Outsider music is just that, Outside the mainstream. Most people don't like Daniel Johnston, Wesley Willis or the Legendary Stardust Cowboy, but these people make music because they have to. They can't stop. Roky Erikson didn't let a little thing like drug induced schitzophrenia to stop him making some fantastic stuff.

Unfortunately with The Shaggs (http://shaggs.com/meet_the_shaggs.html), it was their father, trying to fulfill a prophecy his wife gave him, that pushed these girls into music. On one hand, I feel bad for the torment he put them through, on the other, I'm glad this music survies today. I can't explain it. It just makes me happy.
Oh well, no accounting for taste, I suppose.


yancey

I agree. "My Pal Foot Foot", especially, I can listen to almost any time (though usually only once). There's something about it that's hard to explian - obviously, no "good" (trained) musicians would even be capable of making this music; but I also don't think any non-musicians or just-starting-out-garage-bands would be capable of it, either. It's totally unique, and completely based around these three sisters' personalities.

I realize it's not really horrible like most of the stuff mentioned, but "The Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler is what makes me want to claw my eardrums out. In fact, in terms of how utterly bathetic it is, it's basically an update of "Seasons in the Sun" (wasn't it Rod McKuen who did the translating/lyric writing on that one?). I especially find it hard not to laugh when she goes into the "FlYYY YYY y...flYYY yy...." bit near the end.

Rilchiam
09-23-2006, 09:23 AM
Okay, you wanna hear bad? Scroll down on this page. (http://houseofdiabolique.com/hall/eddie/eddie.html) First, the cover of "People Are Strange". That's bad enough, but you haven't wanted to perforate your own eardrums until you've heard the original song "When the Sun Goes Down". I'd heard Wing on South Park, and Mrs. Miller has been linked on this board before, but neither of them prepared me for this.

Oh, and I despise the Bette Midler version of WBMW, mainly because it was originally Lou Rawls' song, and his version is magnificent.

Crusoe
09-23-2006, 09:55 AM
Ian Brown, former lead singer of the Stone Roses, was infamous for his inability to sing. Where his vocals work in his solo material they're almost spoken word.

Wile E
09-23-2006, 05:11 PM
This thread needs a warning in the title for the earworm prone.

Now I must go stab my brain repeatedly to get rid of Seasons in the Sun, thankyouverymuch. :mad:

Hey, It's That Guy!
09-23-2006, 05:32 PM
Now I must go stab my brain repeatedly to get rid of Seasons in the Sun, thankyouverymuch. :mad:
Black Box Recorder does a beautiful and (believe it or not) SEXY cover version of "Seasons in the Sun," thanks to the icy-hot vocals of British babe Sarah Nixey.

Wendell Wagner
09-24-2006, 04:19 AM
Lou Rawls wasn't the first person to record "Wind beneath My Wings" either. Sheena Easton and Roger Whittaker both recorded it before Rawls. The Wikipedia entry doesn't make it clear who was the first person to record the song:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wind_Beneath_My_Wings

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