But in my absence, here's a fun project for you all to contemplate:
MOST EMBARASSING RECORDING EVER MADE BY AN OTHERWISE MAJOR ACT!!!!
You know -- the one that just makes you cringe or, frankly, question the artists' sanity for having committed it to tape, let alone approved it for release.
Okay, here's my totally top of my head Top Six.
6. Rod Stewart -- Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?
You young 'uns won't believe it, but there actually was a time you could use the words "Rod Stewart" and "artist" in the same sentence without eliciting gales of laughter. That historical moment had begun to slip away by 1979, but this song -- Rod's disco move, natch -- pretty much sealed his fate forever. To this day, I can't hear it without thinking of armpits....
5. The Byrds -- Mind Gardens
No YouTube for this one, which is just as well. Better known as "Crosby's Folly," it's the absolute epitome of wooly-headed oh wow, man! hippie psychedelic drivel; the fact that it's on Younger Than Yesterday, an otherwise brilliant album (with some of Crosby's best songs, actually) makes it stand out as a clinker even more. Poor Dave's been justifiably defensive about it for nearly 40 years now....
4. The Beach Boys -- Never Learn Not to Love
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3. Bob Dylan -- The Boxer
Bob sings the Simon & Garfunkel classic, through the miracle of overdubbing, as a duet between his protest and Nashville Skyline voices. Maybe he meant it as a joke. In any case, it's beyond ghastly.
2. U2 -- Helter Skelter
"Here's a song Charles Manson stole from the Beatles...we're stealing it back."
Wrong on both counts, Bono. Cripes -- this is even worse than the song the Beach Boys actually did steal from Charles Manson.
1. The Rolling Stones -- Dancing with Mr. D
Why the Stones felt that this thoroughly contrived piece of comic book satanism was the first thing the world needed to hear from them after the great Exile on Main Street remains a mystery likely never to be solved.
Okay -- what track embarasses you guys the most?