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Murder over a song

Posted Friday, February 12, 2010, at 12:56 PM

Probably most of us have one song that just gets on our nerves.

For me, it would be some of the softer songs from the 1970s. I look back at my high school years and realize some of the music of that period, especially the mid- and late-1970s, was horrible. You had a choice of soft and mellow OR disco. The 1960s-early 1970s and early 1980s on were/are much better musically.

But, supposedly for some people in the Philippines, Frank Sinatra's "My Way" is not their way.

It may or may not be a so-called "urban legend," but The New York Times has reported that karaoke singers are being killed for attempting to croon the Paul Anka-written song.

Read here and come to your own conclusion. You news junkies can find some food for thought within this as well.

I'm leaning against believing this.

Hopefully none of you would kill over a song. But which songs can you simply not tolerate?


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A garbage article in what is rapidly becoming a garbage newspaper. The facts are skewed (yes, Anka was a co-writer of the song, but his version never reached the top 100, while Sinatra's, Brook Benton's and Elvis Presley's did, so why try to infer there was some slight to Paul Anka by mentioning Sinatra with the song?) Just filler, no fact.

A song that gets on my nerves? Hands down The Beatles "Hey Jude". The thing is, I actually like the song itself, it is the stupid, seemingly endless repetition of na na's at the end of the song that completely wipes out the enjoyment of the first couple of minutes of the song. I always turn off the ending or turn down the volume so I don't have to fight the urge to jerk out my .45 and shoot the radio. Well...if I had a .45 I would have that urge.

-- Posted by ilikeoldsongs on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 1:38 PM

County music seems to get on my last nerve worse than any other songs. Not sure why because as a rule I like country music.

Songs like My Big Green Tractor, I'd like to check you for ticks, You picked a fine to leave me Lucille are the worse.

Motown is my all time favorite music The "Original" Temptations, Aretha Franklin, The Supremes, Smokey Robinson...Now that's Music :>)

-- Posted by Dianatn on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 1:57 PM

Tiptoe through the tulips has to be the all time worst song ever made.

-- Posted by quietmike on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 2:02 PM

"Jolene" by Dolly Parton and "Who Let the Dogs Out" by Baha Men . . . I abolsutely hate and despise both songs!

-- Posted by jaxspike on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 2:36 PM

I absolute hate anything that remotely sounds like rap music. URRGHH!

-- Posted by welkindance on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 3:26 PM

My top Worst songs ever.

Hangin Tough - New Kids on the Block

We didn't start the fire - Billy Joel

Rico Suave - Gerardo

The Final Countdown - Europe

Sussudio - Phil Collins

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 4:29 PM

This is easy...for me. "Dyer Maker" by Led Zeppelin. It isn't the song itself, but that such a legendary group of talented individuals actually recorded such garbage. Of course, Billy Ray Cyrus's "Achy Breaky Heart" is a real close second.

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 4:49 PM

"Feelings" by Morris Albert has to be one of the worst songs ever recorded. Disco music from the 70's was generally all bad. Cocaine and disco kind of went hand in hand and I can see why. Your mind certainly had to be under the influence of some kind of mind altering substance to enjoy the music.

-- Posted by volfanatic on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 6:14 PM

Dianatn, remember "The Platters" I still get a lump in my chest every time I recall their music. Ahh my all time favorite. I grew up on Motown, you just can't beat it.

-- Posted by wonderwhy on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 8:26 PM

AWWW... Only You, The Great Pretender, Smoke gets in your eyes.. Yea I remember

-- Posted by Dianatn on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 8:39 PM

A song that gets on my nerves? Hands down The Beatles "Hey Jude". The thing is, I actually like the song itself, it is the stupid, seemingly endless repetition of na na's at the end of the song that completely wipes out the enjoyment of the first couple of minutes of the song.

-- Posted by ilikeoldsongs on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 1:38 PM

I have to agree with the above statement. When I was playing music for a living, I/we as a group refused to do certain songs. My philosophy for a good song is you figured out how to start it and get into it, so after no more than 3, maybe 4 repeats at the end, it is time to figure out how to get done...just stop!

JMHO,

William

-- Posted by HorseGentler on Sat, Feb 13, 2010, at 6:28 AM

"Afternoon Delight" is pretty bad. I've always hated "Twelve Days of Christmas" ... please don't hit me! Also, the version of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" by Barry Manilow and k.d. lang makes my skin crawl.

-- Posted by welkindance on Sat, Feb 13, 2010, at 7:32 AM

quietmike: Yeah, "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" is bad, and Tiny Tim had to have the worst singing voice of any human being since the beginning of time!

-- Posted by welkindance on Sat, Feb 13, 2010, at 10:59 AM

ilikeoldsongs, this is a blog, not an article. Even reporters are entitled to have opinions and both David and Bo Melson like to throw out fun topics to generate some conversation -- and it works.

As an English major with a minor in literary criticism, as well as a journalist with almost 20 yeas experience, I can tell you when David first referred to the song as Sinatra's then added the Paul Anka writing credit, he was merely supplying more -- and accurate -- information about the song for the readers. It's called exposition.

David, my pastor couldn't stand the song "My Way" because he felt that we should do things God's way, and working together, not as one person. He thought it was extremely egotistical.

The song I could go the rest of my life without hearing? "You Light up My Life."

{{{{shudder}}}

But isn't it wonderful we live in a world -- and especially in a country -- where we are all entitled to have and express our own likes and dislikes?

-- Posted by MotherMayhem on Sat, Feb 13, 2010, at 12:26 PM

MotherMayhem, kudos for coming to David's defense, but I thought ilikeoldsongs was referring to the New York Times article referenced.

-- Posted by devan on Sat, Feb 13, 2010, at 1:11 PM

quietmike: Yeah, "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" is bad, and Tiny Tim had to have the worst singing voice of any human being since the beginning of time!

-- Posted by welkindance on Sat, Feb 13, 2010, at 10:59 AM

I think that was what he was striving for.

-- Posted by devan on Sat, Feb 13, 2010, at 1:14 PM

MotherMayhem, I think the "garbage article" and "garbage newspaper" ilikeoldsongs was referring to was The New York Times. See the link above in the fifth paragraph of my post. Thanks for coming to my defense, though.

To ilikeoldsongs, thanks for the comments in this blog and the other ones I post. Your input is always welcomed.

-- Posted by David Melson on Sat, Feb 13, 2010, at 2:51 PM

The ones I disliked the most, I never learned what they were or who sang them. Just ran.

We have a 45 I need to "relocate" that was recorded in St. Louis I believe. Only a mother, no,m not even his mother could have liked this one. There is even a cult website out there that discusses the two versions and which one is worse.

It must have been self recorded and self published.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Feb 13, 2010, at 3:26 PM

David,

The absolute worst song for me is "We Built This City" by Starship.

-- Posted by MarcmissesTN on Sat, Feb 13, 2010, at 6:09 PM

I apologize sincerely, ilikeoldmusic. Proof again that I shouldn't be allowed near a com[puter when I'm sleep deprived!

-- Posted by MotherMayhem on Sun, Feb 14, 2010, at 7:01 AM

I understand how you read it Mother. I had to go back and think it through a time or two before I was sure it was a response to NYT.

I could be sleep deprivation, but in my case there are probably additional causes.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Feb 14, 2010, at 9:32 AM

I hate the song Misty Blue.. we lived overseas and the japanese radio stations would sing this song but with the accent it would come out "Missy Boo" It was hilarious but got tired of it fast.. And You light up my life ARGHHHH... that song drives me nuts.

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Sun, Feb 14, 2010, at 4:46 PM

"Pigs on the Wing" by Pink Floyd. I heard this about a million times while I was in school in San Diego. I finally broke and ripped the thing out of a tape deck and smashed it on the floor. Not to be a bad a$%, I just couldn't study while listening to the song any more. That is the only time I have ever lost my temper in that manner, in my entire life. We laugh about it now when I talk to the guy who owned the tape, but I'm still not very proud of the way I acted.

-- Posted by docudrama on Tue, Feb 16, 2010, at 7:58 PM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.