July 16, 2009
I guess that I must have poor taste.
I came across this feature today: Bad Songs By Good Bands. Reading through the list, I found that not only did I like the songs chosen as “bad”, but many were my favorite songs by that artist. I love the tracks that they singled out by Blondie, R.E.M., Guns N’ Roses, Depeche Mode, Paul Simon, Outkast, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, The Beach Boys, and The Clash.
But as much as I disagree with their choices, I know a good topic of conversation when I see one.
Perhaps some of you will disagree with me as much as I disagree with the good folks at Spinner, but here are some songs that I think are pretty bad, even though the artist is very good:
- Faith Hill, “Bringing Out the Elvis” – “When I’m with you I never have to feel like a sardine in a little metal can. I’m more like wild shark that travels in a pink limousine. Yeah, together with my fans.”
- Toby Keith, “Whiskey Girl” – I’ll never forget my dad’s reaction to this as he watched the video: “Wow. He’s not even trying anymore.” He was a huge Toby fan, too.
- Patty Loveless, “You Will” – Goes on forever without ever getting anywhere.
What do you think are perfect examples of good artists gone bad?