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Subject: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: cinnabon on 02/13/08 at 5:10 am

Since there is a thread at the 70s section of the messageboards about bad 70s songs I was wondering if there are any 80s songs people here disliked - even though I love most 80s songs these are a couple I wouldn't mind if they were never played again:

Into the Night - Benny Mardonis
All I Need - Jack Wagner

those are the only 2 I can think of right now - I think the 80's in general had some of the coolest songs of all time.  :)

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: quirky_cat_girl on 02/13/08 at 5:15 am


Since there is a thread at the 70s section of the messageboards about bad 70s songs I was wondering if there are any 80s songs people here disliked - even though I love most 80s songs these are a couple I wouldn't mind if they were never played again:

Into the Night - Benny Mardonis






ew ya, I hate that one too! 8-P

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: gibbo on 02/13/08 at 5:18 am

The 80's are much easier for me to think of bad songs. Two that immediately came to mind were;

Lady In Red - Chris De Burgh
I Just Called To Say I Love You - Stevie Wonder

Maybe I just hate women in red. Stevie's song was attached to The Woman In Red movie (I think)??

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: robby76 on 02/13/08 at 8:12 am

I've only just come across this song courtesy of my Easy Listening radio station, but I absolutely HATE HATE HATE it. They play it all the time too. It's just the same lyric over and over and over.

Oh Lord, watching the video makes me hate it even more.  ;D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13F6ino_GT8

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: johnny5alive on 02/13/08 at 9:25 am

any rap song!  and i mean any of them!  its not even music, beats me how they can get recorded! it should be banned!

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: whistledog on 02/13/08 at 10:46 am

'Be Good Johnny' by Men at Work
'Electric Avenue' and 'I Don't Wanna Dance' by Eddy Grant

Over the years, I came to realize they are OK songs, but I am still not a major fan of them

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Midas on 02/13/08 at 10:53 am

With the exception of whistledog's choices, all of the above and:

"Come On Eileen" - Dexys Midnight Runners
"Kokomo" - Beach Boys
"Make It Real" - The Jets

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Marty McFly on 02/13/08 at 11:01 am

I love Kokomo, Make It Real, Into the Night and I Just Called to Say I Love You. :(


While I can't think of any that I flat out hate, there's ones like "Addicted to Love" that are kinda boring and don't appeal to me. I don't get how it became so popular.

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Atari on 02/13/08 at 11:34 am

That's a real tough one to pick. I would have to say anything by the New Kids On The Block. The songs weren't that bad, but the singing.... god awful... :P

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: wsmith4 on 02/13/08 at 1:17 pm

I hate to say it because I loved it so much as a 5 year old, dancing around my living room to it, but "Morning Train" by Sheena Easton... horrible lyrics and that woman cannot sing!

Also:

Boys Of Summer by Don Henley (that was 80's, right?)
Don't Come Around Here No More by Tom Petty
Magic by The Cars

There are a lot of them, even though I love 80's music more than any other decade.

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Marty McFly on 02/13/08 at 1:23 pm


I hate to say it because I loved it so much as a 5 year old, dancing around my living room to it, but "Morning Train" by Sheena Easton... horrible lyrics and that woman cannot sing!

Also:

Boys Of Summer by Don Henley (that was 80's, right?)
Don't Come Around Here No More by Tom Petty
Magic by The Cars

There are a lot of them, even though I love 80's music more than any other decade.



Aww come on man, "Boys of Summer" rocks. ;) Yeah it's from 1984 or '85. I love the black and white video too. It's funny, but that's one of those songs I remember just about everyone liking, even afterwards. If it weren't for Henley being with the Eagles, I think it could really pass a new wave song, as opposed to classic rock.

"Don't Come Around Here" scared the crap out of me (and still does in a way) ;D and "Magic" is one of the Cars best songs. Very arena rockish. "Morning Train" is catchy, that's the closest thing to country that I like.

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: woops on 02/13/08 at 5:25 pm

Anything Journey, Air Supply, Milli Vanilli, and Sade 8-P

Though I find Milli Vanilli funny for the wrong reasons  :D

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: coqueta83 on 02/13/08 at 8:02 pm


Into the Night - Benny Mardonis
All I Need - Jack Wagner


I totally agree - these two songs completely grate on my nerves!  8-P

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: cinnabon on 02/14/08 at 5:51 am


I totally agree - these two songs completely grate on my nerves!  8-P


And the worst thing is that radio stations started playing Into the Night in 1989 as if it were a brand new song and it became popular all over again
::) (the song originally came out in 1980)

two more 80's songs I can't stand:
Right Here Waiting - Richard Marx
Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Bobby on 02/14/08 at 3:45 pm

Ha ha, I loved most of the stuff mentioned here - including the film 'Woman in Red' (though I am the first to admit technically it is a terrible film).

I dare anyone to love 'I need you' by B.V.S.M.P. The singers sound like they are being tortured.

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: CeramicsFanatic on 02/14/08 at 4:18 pm

'Two Of Hearts' (Stacy Q) and 'Oh Sheila!' (Ready For The World) are two 80's songs that I cannot stand!  :P

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Bobby on 02/14/08 at 4:22 pm


'Two Of Hearts' (Stacy Q) and 'Oh Sheila!' (Ready For The World) are two 80's songs that I cannot stand!  :P


'Hello sailor . . . What's good for the goose is good for the gander', ha ha.

At first I thought 'Oh Sheila' was a Prince song.

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: CeramicsFanatic on 02/14/08 at 4:31 pm


'Hello sailor . . . What's good for the goose is good for the gander', ha ha.

At first I thought 'Oh Sheila' was a Prince song.


Yes, Ready For The World did sound quite similar to Prince...

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Paul on 02/14/08 at 4:39 pm


Yes, Ready For The World did sound quite similar to Prince...


...so did Phil Collins at one point! What was he thinking?

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Henk on 02/14/08 at 4:45 pm


I dare anyone to love 'I need you' by B.V.S.M.P. The singers sound like they are being tortured.


...and what's even worse: they managed to do it again with "Be Gentle". ::)

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Bobby on 02/14/08 at 5:19 pm


...so did Phil Collins at one point! What was he thinking?


Ha ha, he was songwriting like it was 1999.

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Bobby on 02/14/08 at 5:21 pm


...and what's even worse: they managed to do it again with "Be Gentle". ::)


If only you were joking Henk, lol.

They sounded so much like that squealing bloke on 'Return to Innocence' by Enigma made 10 years later.

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: cinnabon on 02/14/08 at 6:29 pm


Yes, Ready For The World did sound quite similar to Prince...


I remember radio dj's speculating at that time whether or not the song was about Sheila E, who also worked closely with Prince - the members of the group said it wasn't but maybe they did name the song title after her.

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: coqueta83 on 02/14/08 at 8:00 pm


And the worst thing is that radio stations started playing Into the Night in 1989 as if it were a brand new song and it became popular all over again
::) (the song originally came out in 1980)

two more 80's songs I can't stand:
Right Here Waiting - Richard Marx
Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler


When I first heard "Into the Night" on the radio in 1989, I remember thinking to myself, "This CAN'T be a new song!". To me it didn't sound like something from 1989.

And I thought I was the only one who couldn't stand "Wind Beneath My Wings"! I love ballads/soft rock, but this song was never one of them.

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: whistledog on 02/14/08 at 9:58 pm

Oh man, 'Oh Sheila' by Ready for The World.  I really despise that song, but it's somewhat odd that in 2003 a cover version was a popular club hit by a group called Angel City which I really enjoyed.  They took a piece of crap and turned it into a lemon scent LOL

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: 66drivein on 02/15/08 at 8:08 pm

I would rather chew tin foil and scratch a hundred chalk boards than listen to
Turning Japanese by The Vapors.
I'll Tumble For Ya by Culture Club, really anything by Culture Club
Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go by Wham

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: AL-B Mk. III on 02/16/08 at 1:00 am

"Who Is Johnny?" by DeBarge.

Matter-of-fact, I hated it so much that I probably would've liked "Short Circuit" a lot more if it wasn't for that stupid song. IMO, it took an otherwise decent movie and turned it into something that was totally ghey.

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: robby76 on 02/16/08 at 2:46 am

Apart from Johnny5 robot singing "Who is - John-neee"... I love that Debarge track! Then again I love most family soul groups from the 80s.

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Davester on 02/16/08 at 3:11 am


'Two Of Hearts' (Stacy Q) and 'Oh Sheila!' (Ready For The World) are two 80's songs that I cannot stand!  :P


  "Oh Sheila"...hmmm, not a very good song but heavy on nostaliga since it was played at pretty much every HS dance in '85/'86.  That and I went out with this chick named Sheila, so you know...Sheila-"Oh Sheila" and stuff.  I think "Digital Display" and "Slide Over" are better...

  Okay, "We Built this City" sucks.  And it's not even supposed to be a song about Fan Francisco like everybody thought it was... ???

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Bobby on 02/16/08 at 5:41 pm


Apart from Johnny5 robot singing "Who is - John-neee"... I love that Debarge track! Then again I love most family soul groups from the 80s.


I agree. It has that definitive mid 80s synth sound. :)

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: slipperyperry on 02/16/08 at 10:31 pm

Hands down the worst was "Love Shack"! Not only was it the worst but overhyped song ever. ;)

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: gibbo on 02/17/08 at 12:11 am


Hands down the worst was "Love Shack"! Not only was it the worst but overhyped song ever. ;)


Loved it...still do!

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: johnny5alive on 02/17/08 at 10:43 am

how can you not love the love shack???  just  seeing kate and cindy do their thing !  what a video! :)

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Bobby on 02/17/08 at 3:37 pm


how can you not love the love shack???   just  seeing kate and cindy do their thing !  what a video! :)


Yep, I love 'Love Shack'. Especially that bloke's voice - it always makes me laugh for some reason.

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Reynolds1863 on 02/19/08 at 5:14 pm


I've only just come across this song courtesy of my Easy Listening radio station, but I absolutely HATE HATE HATE it. They play it all the time too. It's just the same lyric over and over and over.

Oh Lord, watching the video makes me hate it even more.  ;D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13F6ino_GT8


Oh gads, that is so sugary sweet.  8-P

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: mandamoo on 02/19/08 at 6:18 pm



Lady In Red - Chris De Burgh



That, and "Neverending Story"  8-P

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Bobby on 02/19/08 at 6:43 pm


That, and "Neverending Story"  8-P


Ha ha, I love 'Neverending Story' . . .

'Neverending Stoooooooreeeeeeeey, la la la, la la la, la la la . . .'

I don't like listening to 'Do you really want to hurt me?' by Culture Club - bores me to tears.

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 02/19/08 at 10:44 pm


That, and "Neverending Story"  8-P

Limahl's "Neverending Story" is in my '80s guilty pleasures top 10.
:-[


PART I (non-ranking order)

Whitney Houston: The Greatest Love of All
Bon Jovi: Livin' on a Prayer
Club Nouveux: Lean on Me
Rod Stewart: Forever Young
John Parr: St. Elmo's Fire
Buckner & Garcia: Pac-Man Fever
Go West: The King of Wishful Thinking
Sylvia: Nobody
Charlene: I've Never Been to Me
2 Live Crew: We Want Some P*ssy
Deniece Williams: Let's Hear it for the Boy
Doug E. Fresh: La Di da Di
Jan Hammer: Miami Vice*
Mister Mister: Kyrie
INXS: Suicide Blonde
Samantha Fox: Touch Me
Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson: The Girl is Mine
Paul Lekakis: Boom Boom Boom (Let's Go Back to My Room)
Bryan Adams: Run to You

*Because it turned electronic drums into camp over night. 

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 02/19/08 at 10:46 pm


Yep, I love 'Love Shack'. Especially that bloke's voice - it always makes me laugh for some reason.

Fred Schneider.  Kate Pierson also sings like a hinge.

The B-52's worked as a  New Wave band when Ricky Wilson was still alive.  Those first four allbums were awesome.  However, when they pushed into mainstream pop in the mid-to-late '80s, it became excruciating. 

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Green Lantern on 02/19/08 at 11:17 pm


That, and "Neverending Story"  8-P






Ha ha, I love 'Neverending Story' . . .

'Neverending Stoooooooreeeeeeeey, la la la, la la la, la la la . . .'

I don't like listening to 'Do you really want to hurt me?' by Culture Club - bores me to tears.





Limahl's "Neverending Story" is in my '80s guilty pleasures top 10.
:-[






Sorry Amanda, but I too give 'Never ending'  a big thumbs up ! If we ever meet up in 'Good ol' Sydney town ....  I'll be MORE than happy to sing it for you at a karaoke (and fairly competently, I reckon, I reckon !)  :D







Hello ... hello (where'd she go ? )  ??? :\'( :P ;D

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Green Lantern on 02/19/08 at 11:49 pm

Ok, I 've had a quick 'squiz' at songs mentioned earlier ....

Can't believe Bill singled out 'Boys of Summer' .... no question for me .... that's an all time great !

Yeah ... and Electric Avenue .... I still find it highly listenable .... think the video (which I found very appealing/cool) helped sell that one to me !


Marty McFly beat me to 'Addicted to love' .... whole heartedly agree with his comments:

While I can't think of any that I flat out hate, there's ones like "Addicted to Love" that are kinda boring and don't appeal to me. I don't get how it became so popular.



^

Yep ... whilst some of the songs already mentioned might grate a little but can be tolerable ..  'Addicted' is one I'll often change stations from if it should come up on the radio !  8-P

I reckon its popularity must've been solely  down to the video ?  :-\\


Think another one I used to tune out on was Phil Collins' version of 'Groovy kind of love'. I like a lot of Phil Collins songs (and Genesis too)  ... but reckoned he messed up the much better original by the Mindbenders ...  :\'(  ... but possibly worse for me was his cover of 'You can't hurry love' ....  8-P . How could a guy who'd given us 'In the air tonight', 'Against all odds' and the BEAUTIFUL 'One more night' .... also be responisible for that dross !?  :-\\

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Bobby on 02/20/08 at 11:05 am


Fred Schneider.  Kate Pierson also sings like a hinge.

The B-52's worked as a  New Wave band when Ricky Wilson was still alive.  Those first four allbums were awesome.  However, when they pushed into mainstream pop in the mid-to-late '80s, it became excruciating. 


Ah! That's the bloke. Sounds very nasal but I loved it, lol.

In the UK, many people (including myself at the time) thought 'Love Shack' was the B-52s first song and only the initiated knew they did 'Rock Lobster' before that.

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: whistledog on 02/20/08 at 11:09 am


Ah! That's the bloke. Sounds very nasal but I loved it, lol.

In the UK, many people (including myself at the time) thought 'Love Shack' was the B-52s first song and only the initiated knew they did 'Rock Lobster' before that.


Alot of people do think that becuase all throughout the 80s, they never had hits in the Top 40.  'Love Shack' broke them through into the mainstream

Here in Canada, 'Rock Lobster' topped the chart in 1980

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Bobby on 02/20/08 at 11:15 am


Alot of people do think that becuase all throughout the 80s, they never had hits in the Top 40.  'Love Shack' broke them through into the mainstream

Here in Canada, 'Rock Lobster' topped the chart in 1980


Really? Very good. I think their next hit in the UK was 'Meet the Flintstones' in 1994 based on the film that came out that year.

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Gis on 02/20/08 at 12:02 pm

One song above all others The Birdie Song............... AAARRGGGHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: SpaceHog on 02/20/08 at 2:20 pm


"Who Is Johnny?" by DeBarge.

Matter-of-fact, I hated it so much that I probably would've liked "Short Circuit" a lot more if it wasn't for that stupid song. IMO, it took an otherwise decent movie and turned it into something that was totally ghey.


I used to think the lyrics went:

Who's johnny he'd say?
It's his boyfriend in a special way.

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: CatwomanofV on 02/20/08 at 2:40 pm

There are a lot but the top of my list:

Bette Davis Eyes-Kim Carnes.


I HATE, HATE, HATE that song.  8-P 8-P 8-P 8-P


Another one that went:

To all the girls I lov...CLICK!  Never got past that part.  :D ;D ;D ;D



Cat

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Henk on 02/20/08 at 2:49 pm


Charlene: I've Never Been to Me


Not sure, but I seem to recall reading that this song actually dates from 1977.


2 Live Crew: We Want Some P*ssy


Now what's wrong with that? ::) Wasn't that 1990, btw..?  ???

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Paul on 02/20/08 at 3:39 pm


Not sure, but I seem to recall reading that this song actually dates from 1977.


Correct Henk...but the hit version was a re-recording (the original doesn't have her spoken part...)

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Paul on 02/20/08 at 3:44 pm


Really? Very good. I think their next hit in the UK was 'Meet the Flintstones' in 1994 based on the film that came out that year.


Strangely didn't do much in their homeland, considering the hype surrounding the film...

One that did do the trick was 'Roam', the (much better) follow-up to 'Love Shack'...

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: CeramicsFanatic on 02/20/08 at 3:48 pm


Correct Henk...but the hit version was a re-recording (the original doesn't have her spoken part...)


A song that I know quite well!  :D ;D

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Paul on 02/20/08 at 4:03 pm


A song that I know quite well!  :D ;D


Very well, I'd say!  ;)

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: CeramicsFanatic on 02/20/08 at 4:07 pm


Very well, I'd say!  ;)


Heh!  ;)

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Paul on 02/20/08 at 4:28 pm


I dare anyone to love 'I need you' by B.V.S.M.P. The singers sound like they are being tortured.


There was one good bit in that record...

...the bit where it ends!

1986 was not a vintage year in Britain...

We had to endure the delights of Cliff Richard & the Young Ones (which wasn't funny even then!)
Spitting Image (which gets off the hook a little, as it was an obvious p*ss-take!)
Boris Gardiner with one of the most insipid songs known to man...
Anything from the collective 'talents' of the EastEnders cast...
Or Grange Hill, for that matter...
MC Miker G & DJ Sven (sorry, Henk!)
Sorry...did I not mention a certain DeBlurgh person? Not to worry, someone already has!

Oh, the list goes on and on and on...

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: SpaceHog on 02/20/08 at 4:36 pm

Do you wanna funk?-Sylvester

Hate,HATE it.

No, I'm not homophobic

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Paul on 02/20/08 at 4:48 pm


Do you wanna funk?-Sylvester


I wouldn't mind, but it had absolutely nothing to do with 'funk'...

It's like trying to palm an old-time waltz off as 'The Twist'... :P

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Nosebone on 02/20/08 at 10:21 pm

This is easy for me because just about everything from the 80s sounds bad to me.
Horrible early shrill digital productions , ridiculous trendy fashions that accompanied the music ( MTV)...oh and COCAINE DECISIONS that ruined so much.
But, off the beaten path their was a lot of great stuff being created.

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Bobby on 02/21/08 at 1:21 pm


There was one good bit in that record...

...the bit where it ends!

1986 was not a vintage year in Britain...

We had to endure the delights of Cliff Richard & the Young Ones (which wasn't funny even then!)
Spitting Image (which gets off the hook a little, as it was an obvious p*ss-take!)
Boris Gardiner with one of the most insipid songs known to man...
Anything from the collective 'talents' of the EastEnders cast...
Or Grange Hill, for that matter...
MC Miker G & DJ Sven (sorry, Henk!)
Sorry...did I not mention a certain DeBlurgh person? Not to worry, someone already has!

Oh, the list goes on and on and on...


Yes, 1986 in Britain was definately a chance for non-singers to get involved - I'm still having flashbacks of Anita Dobson. I think I fancied her when I was little but she can't sing to save her life.

I liked 'Holiday Rap' even though it was a blatant rip-off of Madonna's hit, lol.

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Paul on 02/21/08 at 1:39 pm


Yes, 1986 in Britain was definately a chance for non-singers to get involved


Yes, the Communards were big at the time!  :D

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: CeramicsFanatic on 02/21/08 at 1:53 pm


Yes, the Communards were big at the time!  :D


I think Jimmy Somerville could hit higher notes than me!  :o

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Bobby on 02/21/08 at 3:15 pm


Yes, the Communards were big at the time!  :D


Ha ha, he sang like he got kicked in the nuts. Did you prefer Sommerville in Bronski Beat or did you just not like the whole thing period?

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: wsmith4 on 02/21/08 at 3:19 pm

Who's Johnny?
She says
and smiles and looks the other way
Who's Johnny?
she says
you know i love her
who's johnny?
she says
and smiles in her special way
i gave her away
a very special boy
to me

stupid stupid stupid
but i love it

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: nally on 02/21/08 at 3:20 pm


Who's Johnny?
She says
and smiles and looks the other way
Who's Johnny?
she says
you know i love her
who's johnny?
she says
and smiles in her special way
i gave her away
a very special boy
to me

stupid stupid stupid
but i love it



I like Weird Al's version better...it's awesome ;D

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Bobby on 02/21/08 at 3:55 pm


Who's Johnny?
She says
and smiles and looks the other way
Who's Johnny?
she says
you know i love her
who's johnny?
she says
and smiles in her special way
i gave her away
a very special boy
to me

stupid stupid stupid
but i love it



Until you wrote that, Bill, I didn't realise how stupid those lyrics really were, lol.

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Paul on 02/21/08 at 4:12 pm


Did you prefer Sommerville in Bronski Beat or did you just not like the whole thing period?


He was okay in Bronski...I suppose the voice (such as it was) suited the whole affair...

But the Communards and his solo stuff...bleh! No imagination whatsoever...

(Rather telling, as he'd slipped into covering songs big-time by this stage...)

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: CeramicsFanatic on 02/21/08 at 4:19 pm


He was okay in Bronski...I suppose the voice (such as it was) suited the whole affair...


I always thought he sounded like he'd never quite hit puberty!  ;D

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Bobby on 02/21/08 at 4:23 pm


He was okay in Bronski...I suppose the voice (such as it was) suited the whole affair...

But the Communards and his solo stuff...bleh! No imagination whatsoever...

(Rather telling, as he'd slipped into covering songs big-time by this stage...)


That is true. They were mostly disco covers - Don't leave me this way, Never can say goodbye and all that . . . He did a song called (Comment te dire) adieu as well in the late 80s and Read my lips (enough is enough) - were they covers as well?

The last I heard of him was in the mid 90s singing Cadogan's 'Hurt so good'.

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Bobby on 02/21/08 at 4:23 pm


I always thought he sounded like he'd never quite hit puberty!  ;D


As far as I was concerned he didn't, lol.

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Paul on 02/21/08 at 4:27 pm


He did a song called (Comment te dire) adieu as well in the late 80s and Read my lips (enough is enough) - were they covers as well?


'Comment' was...a 60s song by the very lovely Francoise Hardy...

...covered at the time (in an English translation called 'It Hurts To Say Goodbye') by the very lovely Vera Lynn!  :D

Not sure about t'other...

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Henk on 02/21/08 at 4:30 pm


That is true. They were mostly disco covers - Don't leave me this way, Never can say goodbye and all that . . . He did a song called (Comment te dire) adieu as well in the late 80s and Read my lips (enough is enough) - were they covers as well?

The last I heard of him was in the mid 90s singing Cadogan's 'Hurt so good'.


"Comment Te Dire Adieu" had previously been recorded by Fran├žoise Hardy in 1969. Don't know about "Read My Lips".

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Bobby on 02/21/08 at 4:33 pm

Thanks Paul and Henk. Well . . . Sommerville is just a plagiarist, isn't he? Lol. I wouldn't be at all surprised to find he covered 'Smalltown Boy' as well.

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Paul on 02/21/08 at 4:37 pm


I wouldn't be at all surprised to find he covered 'Smalltown Boy' as well.


He probably did...if you think about it carefully!  ;)

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Bobby on 02/21/08 at 4:52 pm


He probably did...if you think about it carefully!  ;)


LOL!!! I'm hoping we're not on the same wavelength because that makes us both sick, ha ha.

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: CeramicsFanatic on 02/21/08 at 5:07 pm


He probably did...if you think about it carefully!  ;)


Oh, that's bad!  ;D

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: robby76 on 02/21/08 at 7:25 pm

Bill, Bill, Bill, you got those lyrics all muddled and slightly wrong...

Who's Johnny? She says (she said)
and smiles and looks the other way (and smiled in her special way)
Who's Johnny? she says (she said)
you know i love her (you know I love you)
who's johnny? she says (she said)
and smiles in her special way (and tried to look the other way)
i gave her away (eyes gave her away)

The bridge (best part of the song) goes "girls like her, are very special girls, girls like her, don't rest, until you too, are a believer, til you too have caught her fever"

Hope it now makes a bit more sense... no? Anyone? ;D

And a big yeeeashhh at the Communards statement!  ;D  ;)

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: mandamoo on 02/21/08 at 11:08 pm


Ha ha, I love 'Neverending Story' . . .

'Neverending Stoooooooreeeeeeeey, la la la, la la la, la la la . . .'

I don't like listening to 'Do you really want to hurt me?' by Culture Club - bores me to tears.


Nice voice  ;)  I actually like the Culture Club song  ;D

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: mandamoo on 02/21/08 at 11:11 pm


Limahl's "Neverending Story" is in my '80s guilty pleasures top 10.
:-[



That song seems to go on forever  :o  - thus I had nicknamed it the "Neverending Song" from the first time I ever laid ears on it :P

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: mandamoo on 02/21/08 at 11:13 pm










Sorry Amanda, but I too give 'Never ending'  a big thumbs up ! If we ever meet up in 'Good ol' Sydney town ....  I'll be MORE than happy to sing it for you at a karaoke (and fairly competently, I reckon, I reckon !)  :D







Hello ... hello (where'd she go ? )  ??? :\'( :P ;D


I hope it's the short version  ;)    Okay - if my ankle ever gets better ::)

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Green Lantern on 02/21/08 at 11:21 pm


I hope it's the short version  ;)    Okay - if my ankle ever gets better ::)



Well ... seriously though .... what 80's song (let's keep this relevant .... sort of ) ... would you request me to sing ... in that event ?

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Nostalgic on 02/22/08 at 12:47 am

Most Duran Duran songs were boring.

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Paul on 02/22/08 at 2:25 pm


Well ... seriously though .... what 80's song (let's keep this relevant .... sort of ) ... would you request me to sing ... in that event ?


Anything barring 'Footloose'... ;)

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: CeramicsFanatic on 02/22/08 at 2:33 pm


Anything barring 'Footloose'... ;)


Heh!  ;D ;)

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Bobby on 02/22/08 at 4:03 pm


Nice voice  ;)  I actually like the Culture Club song  ;D


Ha ha, thank you. Well there you go - different strokes for different folks.  ;D

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: johnny5alive on 02/22/08 at 9:15 pm


Ha ha, thank you. Well there you go - different strokes for different folks.  ;D
          .................................  although i dont care much for his image, i do like most of culture clubs music!

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Foo Bar on 02/23/08 at 7:27 pm


He was okay in Bronski...I suppose the voice (such as it was) suited the whole affair...

But the Communards and his solo stuff...bleh! No imagination whatsoever...

(Rather telling, as he'd slipped into covering songs big-time by this stage...)


Speaking of which...  funny story.  It's 1983-4ish.  I'm tuning into the weekly "weird stuff hour" on the college radio station, looking for new sounds, and whoa!  That's new!  Unlike anything I've ever heard before!  No human being could create that without a whole friggin' bank of sequencers behind him!  It's more robotic than Kraftwerk!  It's more up-tempo than thrash/punk!  It's got more bass than this "new" hip-hop stuff coming out of New York!  That bank of MIDI synths is firing off notes per bar than someone playing Tempest, Robotron, and Defender at the same time!  I've found my new arcade background music! 

Two bars into "Why" in 1983/4, I was hitting "Record" on the tape and pondering "Gee, I hope whoever this is doesn't ruin this by trying to sing over it..."

Two lines into the song, and I'm praying for a 12" instrumental remix.  What the hell, man?  That first line was bad enough, but that second line -- eew!  Oh, wait, he was only singing about assault!  What a relief!  Argh, another great track, which nobody'll ever get to dance to because it got ruined by its vocals.  Dammit.

What was it with techno and gays?  It was great dance music, but with the exception of Donna Summer's "I feel Love" (arguably the grandmommy of all techno), you couldn't just spin Divine ("Native Love"), Dead or Alive ("You Spin Me Round"), Man 2 Man ("Male Stripper in a Go-Go Bar") wherever you wanted to, which was a shame.  Some of this stuff still sounds up-to-date up against early 90s rave stuff like LA Style, Human Resource, and a good proportion of your generic 00s Eurodance acts.  It was decades ahead of its time, and it really pushed the technological envelope.

But can you tell me whyyyyyyyyyyy these dudes relegated their entire genre to the backwaters of public consciousness for a decade by using lyrics that, to a too-large-proportion of the listening/dancing public, were largely unlistenable?  Was it just some sort of side effect that techno got its start as the mutant offshoot of disco, and there were a lot of ex-disco producers who had nothing to do with their time, and since nobody was listening anyways, they just went and did their own thing? 

Suppose it had gone the other way; generic dance lyrics or no lyrics at all?  Dudes in suits instead of... well, whatever it was that Divine wore? :)  We could have had the whole rave scene 10 years earlier.  Instead of adding "analog" distortion to overproduced hair metal, grunge might have sounded like Eliminator-era ZZ Top (or even Voivod-esque metal) at 180BPM by adding "analog" guitars and aggro vocals to overproduced techno, or maybe the "grungy" reaction to it would have been to do the 8-bit thing 20 years early, where we ignore the vocals altogether and underproduce the pop-techno by using nothing but the coldest sounding square waves our machines can crank out... dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria...

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: midnite1 on 02/23/08 at 10:12 pm

1. Batdance by Prince - I can't stand any Prince song after 1986.  Especially that Batman song called Batdance.  It actually went to #1 on the US charts. Yuck!  Do people actually buy this guy's albums?

2. Wake Me Up Before You Go Go by Wham - I like their other stuff.  Were we surprised when George came out of the closet?  This song goes well beyond campy.

3. Who's Johnny - I agree with you guys on this one.  Just plain bad.

4. We Didn't Start The Fire by Billy Joel - He is one of my favorite artists.  I just always hated this song.  Maybe its only me, but I find it annoying.

5. I Can't Dance by Genesis - I hate this song and the dumb dance-walk thing from the video.  Yuck!  Again, I like alot of their other stuff.

6. Let's Hear It For The Boy by Denice Williams - this song was huge in 1984.  I hated this song as a kid.  I still find it rather annoying. 



Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: whistledog on 02/23/08 at 10:14 pm


5. I Can't Dance by Genesis - I hate this song and the dumb dance-walk thing from the video.  Yuck!  Again, I like alot of their other stuff.


1991

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: midnite1 on 02/23/08 at 10:28 pm

ahhh. thanks!  I thought it was '89.  Here is the replacement.......

I just called to say I love you by Stevie Wonder.  When I was 10 I ignorantly enjoyed this song.  Now it is downright bad!

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Doc Brown on 02/24/08 at 2:32 pm


ahhh. thanks!  I thought it was '89.  Here is the replacement.......
I just called to say I love you by Stevie Wonder.  When I was 10 I ignorantly enjoyed this song.  Now it is downright bad!

Not really a favorite among Wonder's songs in my book, either. OTOH, his Cosby show appearance where he & Clair sang it as a duet was fairly palatable. Of course I was about 12 when I first saw it, but even seeing it today makes me laugh.

"Say Say Say" by McCartney & Jackson. Just seems lame, and if we only know then how the freak would backstab Mac, it never would've charted. Then again, Mac didn't do a bad job with him on "The Girl Is Mine".

Your Pal,
Doc

8)

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Bobby on 02/24/08 at 4:31 pm


          .................................   although i dont care much for his image, i do like most of culture clubs music!


Me too. I like Karma Chameleon, Church of the poisoned mind, it's a miracle and even the idiotic War Song but Do you really want to hurt me bores the bloody hell out of me.

As for his image, well there is one man I find even more unsettling than Boy George and that's Marilyn. He had a hit with 'Calling your name' and he really did outweird Boy George.

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: woops on 02/24/08 at 5:30 pm

"When I Hear Music" & "Look Out Weekend", both from Debbie Deb and sound exactly alike...plus sounds very robotic  8-P

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: mandamoo on 02/24/08 at 8:24 pm



Well ... seriously though .... what 80's song (let's keep this relevant .... sort of ) ... would you request me to sing ... in that event ?


Hmm....I'd have to give it some thought...



Anything barring 'Footloose'... ;)


I was thinking something more along the lines of "At the Hop"  :P




6. Let's Hear It For The Boy by Denice Williams - this song was huge in 1984.  I hated this song as a kid.  I still find it rather annoying. 



Yes - let's not hear it !  ::)

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Marty McFly on 02/24/08 at 11:22 pm

I like most of the songs that people are saying they don't! ;)

"Say Say Say" and "Let's Hear it For the Boy" are classic. Although I didn't get into those until the early-mid '90s. I also like "I Just Called to Say I Love You" and anything by Phil Collins or Genesis.

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: cinnabon on 02/25/08 at 7:04 pm

here's one they just played on the xm 80s channel about an hour ago - Valerie by Steve Winwood (that one always grated on my nerves)  8-P

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: coqueta83 on 02/25/08 at 8:12 pm

Just remembered...."The Final Countdown" by Europe. This song really got on my nerves.

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Marty McFly on 02/25/08 at 8:57 pm

^ Oh yeah, that one is so cheesy, probably even in 1986 it was! ;D I like alot of individual hair metal songs, but that was never one of them.


here's one they just played on the xm 80s channel about an hour ago - Valerie by Steve Winwood (that one always grated on my nerves)   8-P


How come, Winwood rocks, lol. I love that song, it's so bouncy, almost like AC new wave!

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: midnite1 on 02/26/08 at 7:32 pm

yeah McFly!  Valerie is one of my favorite Winwood songs.  I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: snozberries on 02/27/08 at 5:26 pm


I like most of the songs that people are saying they don't! ;)




me too jesse.

I like Who's Johnny, Be Good Johnny, Never Ending Story and a ton of other songs mentioned.  ;D

I absolutely love Into the Night and think the flack he got because of it is ridiculous... No where in the song does it mention how old the guy is who loves the 16 year old girl... people just freaked out because Madrones was an adult when he sang it but that doesn't mean he was singing it as an adult.


For me I agree with the guest who posted Love Shack... I absolutely detest that song.  That and Venus. 





Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Bobby on 02/27/08 at 8:26 pm


here's one they just played on the xm 80s channel about an hour ago - Valerie by Steve Winwood (that one always grated on my nerves)   8-P


I guess it depends on your tolerance for the chorus. I love the song but I liked almost anything Winwood did in the 80s.

I love 'Let's hear it for the boy' by Deniece Williams. The video is so cheesy it's funny! Especially when that lad jumps on to the piano and starts dancing on it.

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: woops on 02/27/08 at 8:46 pm

"Sweet Love" from Anita Baker, one of the sappiest songs I've heard  :P

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: midnite on 02/28/08 at 12:13 am

I always liked Sweet Love by Anita Baker.  Takes me back to my innocent 6th grade romance.  You really think its the worst? 

How about this bad tune....... Jermaine Stewart - We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes (To Have A Good Time).  I totally disagree with the message of this song.

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: cinnabon on 02/28/08 at 6:14 am


I guess it depends on your tolerance for the chorus. I love the song but I liked almost anything Winwood did in the 80s.

I love 'Let's hear it for the boy' by Deniece Williams. The video is so cheesy it's funny! Especially when that lad jumps on to the piano and starts dancing on it.


I like most of his other songs though like "Higher Love" and "Roll With It"  :)

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Green Lantern on 02/29/08 at 10:04 am


1. Batdance by Prince - I can't stand any Prince song after 1986.  Especially that Batman song called Batdance.  It actually went to #1 on the US charts. Yuck!  Do people actually buy this guy's albums?

2. Wake Me Up Before You Go Go by Wham - I like their other stuff.  Were we surprised when George came out of the closet?  This song goes well beyond campy.

3. Who's Johnny - I agree with you guys on this one.  Just plain bad.

4. We Didn't Start The Fire by Billy Joel - He is one of my favorite artists.  I just always hated this song.  Maybe its only me, but I find it annoying.

5. I Can't Dance by Genesis - I hate this song and the dumb dance-walk thing from the video.  Yuck!  Again, I like alot of their other stuff.

6. Let's Hear It For The Boy by Denice Williams - this song was huge in 1984.  I hated this song as a kid.  I still find it rather annoying. 






Some good choices ... I mean bad choices ....  :-\\ .... I mean good 'bad choices'  there !  :P


Yeah ... I like Genesis ... but thought that particular song 'sucked' ... and .. yeah .... I DETESTED 'We didn't start the fire' ... in spite of liking Joel generally ... just a very monotonous tune to my ears. Hey if the tunes montonous .... I don't give a .... how clever the lyrics might be ......

>:(

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: solti711 on 06/06/08 at 11:21 am

Tiffany "i think we're alone now. Just horrible. 8-P

Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Shacks Train on 06/09/08 at 10:53 pm

RAP any & all.You Can't Spell CRAP without Rap!
Any Phill Collins stuff (the man who ruined Genesis) 8-P 8-P


Subject: Re: Least Favorite 80s songs

Written By: Atari on 06/10/08 at 10:03 am

Charlene- Never Been to Me.

Die.


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