When funnyman Dave Barry asked readers about their least favorite tunes, he thought he was penning just another installment of his weekly syndicated humor column. But the witty writer was flabbergasted by the response when over 10,000 readers voted. "I have never written a column that got a bigger response than the one announcing the Bad Song Survey," Barry wrote.Based on the results of the survey, Dave Barry's Book of Bad Songs is a compilation of some of the worst songs ever written. Dave Barry fans will relish his quirky take. Music buffs, too will appreciate this humorous stroll through the world's worst lyrics. The only thing wrong with this book is that readers will find themselves unable to stop mentally singing the greatest hits of Gary Puckett.
In 1992, Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist Barry wrote a column about the tendency of bad song lyrics to stick in our heads. Reader response was enormous and led to a series of columns, a poll and this winning volume. Ultimately, Barry narrowed the field to pop songs written from 1960 to 1990, thus shutting out "Mairzy Doats" and Wagner. The largest number of votes went to "MacArthur Park," the 1968 hit written by Jimmy Webb, with its mangled metaphors, followed by "Yummy, Yummy, Yummy (I Got Love in My Tummy)" by the Ohio Express and "(You're) Having My Baby" by Paul Anka. Also quoted are lines from Neil Diamond's "I Am, I Said": "I am, I said/ To no one there/ And no one heard at all/ Not even the chair." Barry then goes on to treat five sub-genres: weenie music, love songs women really hate, teen death songs and songs people get wrong, citing his own mis-hearing of the opening lines of "Help Me Rhonda" by the Beach Boys, as "Well, since she put me down/ There's been owls pukin' in my bed." Who can resist such a book? (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC
March 01, 2000
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