[I originally posted this one back in 2008, which is so long ago that my testicles hadn't even descended at that point. In any case, I've done some rewriting and added a couple of new entries, just because at my age I need to keep my brain occupied. Enjoy! -- S.S.]
BEST OR WORST POST-ELVIS POP/ROCK SONG WITH THE WORD "MAN" OR "WOMAN" IN THE TITLE!!!!!!
You guys rarely play by the rules, so let me simply say anyway that songs with the titular words "boy" or "girl" are clearly Non U for the purposes of today's discussion. With the exception of number 5, for obvious reasons.
Okay, here's my totally top of my head Top Eight.
8. Richard X. Heyman -- Masquerader Man
A great song, obviously, but included here mostly because we like to have something recorded in this century. Also, he gets bonus points for having the word "man" in his last name.
7. Bo Diddley -- Say Man
Bo and (I believe) his maraca man Jerome Green talking trash. It took over 50 years for Samuel L. Jackson's "Go the Fuck to Sleep" to top it.
6. Deep Purple -- Woman From Tokyo
Were these guys the worst dressed major band of all time or what?
5. Urge Overkill -- Girl You'll Be a Woman Soon
From the Pulp Fiction soundtrack, obviously. These guys took a load of shit back in the day for not being sufficiently ironic when covering Neil Diamond. You know what? It's a great song...unironically.
4. Black Sabbath -- Iron Man
This clip is better than the Robert Downey movie of the same name. I'm not kidding about this!!!
3. Gene Pitney -- The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
I prefer the John Otway version, but this will do in a pinch.
2. Helen Reddy -- I Am Woman
This may be not only just the worst song with the word "woman" in the title, but in fact the worst song with any other words whatsoever in the title. In fairness, however, I've always loved the story about Mary Travers being offered the song first; she ultimately turned it down because whenever she tried to record it, she inevitably wound up convulsed in hysterical laughter. Usually at the "I am invincible" part.
And the bestest ever song with man or woman in the title, it's not even close so don't bug me already, is obviously --
1. Peter and Gordon -- Woman
At the height of Beatlemania Paul McCartney gave this to P&G under a pseudonym, the idea being to see if it would be a hit even if nobody knew it was written by a Beatle. Sure enough, it was, although if memory serves the secret didn't stay secret for long.
Awright then -- what would your choices be?