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World's Worst iPod

It's back! Every Wednesday at 7:15, we play songs from the horrible iPod Kitty found while dumpster diving.
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Posts from November 2012

Magic by Pilot
Today we all enjoyed a song from 1975 by the band Pilot.  Ho ho's Magic!  This gem made it to number 5 on the charts.

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Little Green Apples by OC Smith
In 1968 music from the Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix were hits.  Sadly this song was too.  It was #2 on the charts that year. 

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Chevy Van by Sammy Johns
In 1975 we were all apparently having sex in a Chevy Van.  This little gem made it to number 5 on the charts!

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Hello by Lionel Richie
Thankfully we didn't play this song, but it was a huge hit in 1984.  We're not sure why especially after watching the official video for the song.

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Timothy by The Buoys
Just when you thought the World's Worst iPod couldn't get any worse, we give you "Timothy" by The Buoys.  This song came out in 1971 and was written by Rupert Holmes.  He's the guy who wrote and sang The Pina Colada Song several years later. 

This song isn't about drinking Pina Colada's, but rather eating people!

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Lovin' You by Minnie Riperton
Today's song was number 1 back in 1975.  Did you know Minnie Ripperton's daughter is Maya Rudolph of Saturday Night Live fame?

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Angie Baby
Helen Reddy's "Angie Baby" from 1974 is probably the creepiest song on the World's Worst iPod.  Check out the cartoon video made for the song.

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Air Supply: All Out of Love
We felt like our air supply was being cut off in the studio when we played this song on Monday morning.

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Dexy's Midnight Runners: Come On Eileen
Here's one to take you back the super-great early '80s!

The British band Dexy's Midnight Runners took "Come On Eileen" to number 6 in the first part of 1983. It's unintelligible lyrics, repetitive hook and slightly Irish sound was truly addictive! And those amazing bib overalls in the video were fashion trendsetters.

We apologize if this song gets stuck in your head all weekend..but the lyrics do include the line "I'm gonna hum this tune forevermore." So it's not like they didn't warn you.

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Mike Douglas: The Men in My Little Girl's Life
Is this the worst of the World's Worst iPod?

It would be hard to come up with anything to quite match the vocal stylings of TV talk show host Mike Douglas. Not to mention the sappy lyrics and the use of the word "Popsy."

This song made it all the way to #6 in 1966...and was being played on the radio alongside hits from the Beatles, Stones, and Simon & Garfunkel. It's almost hard to believe.

"Dad, there's a boy outside.."

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JIgsaw: Sky High
The British group Jigsaw had a huge in the United States with the song "Sky High," in the year that seems to have more bad iPod songs than any other...1975.  It got all the way up to #3.

This song was actually written for a British martial arts movie, which kind of explains why it almost has a James Bond theme song feel to it. And apparently the band in the early days was pretty dramatic..with live shows involving everything from fire eating to disintegrating Marshall amps.

Don't you wish you could have been there?

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Nick Gilder: Hot Child in the City
No, this song was not sung by a woman! Nick Gilder's "Hot Child in the City" was a #1 hit in 1978.

We think the lyrics are a little bit stalker-ish and creepy. How about you?

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Bertie Higgins: Key Largo
Sing it with us: "WE HAD IT ALL...just like Bogie and Bacall!"

This song, "Key Largo"  was big in early 1982, making it all the way up to #8 on the Billboard charts. Bertie Higgins also recorded a song based on another Humphrey Bogart movie--"Casablanca" was a huge hit in China and Japan, but he was a one hit wonder in the United States.

Check out Mr. Higgins in this appearance on Solid Gold, with the added bonus of the intro by Andy Gibb and Marilyn McCoo. (Sadly, no Solid Gold dancers.)

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Terry Jacks: Seasons in the Sun
Terry Jacks took "Seasons in the Sun" all the way to #1 in 1974, and while it's a depressing death song, it seems just about everybody loves it.
It was on the radio constantly that year, and it appears the alternate version was popular among kids all over. Kitty was excited when a guy who grew up in Fond du Lac called and said he also would sing it this way: "We had joy we had fun, we had seasons in the sun, but the cops had the guns, so they shot us in the buns."  That version was also all the rage in Stevens Point.
Sorry, this video appears to be the K-Tel version, as it leaves out the entire middle verse that starts out "Good-bye Papa, please pray for me, I was the black sheep of the family..." but that's okay, right? We all know it by heart.

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