Well, it's Friday and you know what that means. Yes, my Asian
fille de nuit manual catharsis manager Fah Lo Suee and I will be travelling to Washington, D.C., where we'll be staying at the spartanly-appointed digs of Sen. Lindsey Graham for some kind of stimulus package thing. Apparently, it involves my pants, but I'm not really sure what might be on the agenda above and beyond that.
In any case, posting by moi will necessarily be sporadic for a few days.
But in my absence, here's a fun project for us all to contemplate:
Most Inexplicably Fricking Hugely Successful Post-British Invasion Hit Singles of All Time!!!!
No arbitrary rules, but obviously we're talking about records whose massive chart success merely flummoxes you or (worst case scenario) actually strike you as some kind of crime against nature. Something so butt ugly or knuckle-draggingly stupid that after hearing it you despair of being human.
Or, you know -- just some piece of shlock pop fluff that got lucky.
And my totally Top of My Head Top Ten in the Hit Parade of Hell is --
10. Neil Diamond -- I Am I Said
"But no one heard at all/Not even the chair."
In the immortal words of Dave Barry: "Mr. Diamond, your Barcalounger on line three."
9. The Royal Guardsman -- Snoopy Vs. the Red Baron
If memory serves, I'd never seen what these guys looked like before finding this clip. But after viewing their moronically grinning mugs here I find myself even more annoyed by the song than ever. Frightening Fact: The original group reformed in 2006 to record "Snoopy Versus Osama," which was a big fave on the Dr. Demento Show, or so I hear.
8. Rihanna -- Umbrella
Gorgeous woman, lousy singer, skull-crushingly annoying song.
7. James Blunt -- Goodbye My Lover
I don't think I've ever heard a note from this guy that didn't make me want to go "What the fuck is that shit?". But this one is REALLY beyond the pale....
6. Celine Dion -- My Heart Will Go On
Apparently, the deal with this song is that she's recommending low-fat snacks and a heart-healthy diet rich in beta carotene. Other than that, I think it's inexcusable on a purely aural level.
5. Meat Loaf -- I'd Do Anything For Love
Seven plus goddamn minutes long, and when it's over you still have no idea exactly what he's talking about when he says "I won't do that." Take out the garbage? Vote Democratic? Divulge the secret formula that makes Orange Julius so devilishly delicious? C'mon, help us out here, Meat.
4. Megan Thee Stallion -- Savage
Never trust a woman -- or anybody -- who goes on Saturday Night Live and lip-synchs. Especially if the song is a piece of crap to begin with.
3. Billie Eilish -- Bad Guy
See: Stallion, Megan Thee.
2. Colbie Caillat -- Bubbly
Perhaps the lamest song of perhaps the lamest pop music decade (The Aughts) since the halcyon days of Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods. Seriously, if the world was to come to an end tomorrow and I was forced to reflect on the 21st century, I would probably echo Isaac Bashevis Singer on the 20th: "On balance, a complete flop."
And the number one biggest piece of crap to become a gigantic hit apres the British Invasion, there's really no argument about this even remotely possible, obviously is...
1. Mike Douglas -- The Men in My Little Girl's Life
Creepy back when it came out in 1966; unspeakably creepy now.
Alrighty then -- what would YOUR choices be?
And have a great weekend, everybody!