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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 December 2012


World's Worst iPod:Same Old Lang Syne
Dan Fogelberg released this song in 1980 and it went to number 9 on the charts..only to return every year after as a Christmas favorite.

Despite its lyrics that depict a pretty ordinary scenario, it seems to hug at some people's heartstrings.

We lost Dan Fogelberg during  the Christmas season of 2007. Yet this simple story endures.
 
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World's Worst iPod: I Want a New Drug
Everybody was in the mood to hear this song from Huey Lewis and the News.

Kitty heard "I Want A New Drug" for the first time at some club outside of Wausau in 1983 or so...it hadn't even been released on an album yet! But she knew it was destined for greatness.

It was a top ten hit the next year!

Another exciting high point for Kitty: the saxophone player sweat on her...just a little.
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World's Worst iPod: Wildfire
This song by Michael Martin Murphy probably made every 8 year old girl (and Jonathan) cry when it was a hit in 1975.
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World's Wost iPod: Escape (The Pina Colada Song)
Maybe it's the all the snow, but people really wanted to hear this gem from Rupert Holmes from the World's Worst iPod.


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World's Worst iPod: The End of the World
Turns out the Mayans were wrong, today's not the end of the world. But it can really feel like the world has ended if your heart is broken.

And that's what Skeeter Davis sang about in her #2 hit from 1963.

The talking break in the middle of the song definitely makes this song a classic.

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World's Worst iPod: Wonderful Christmas Time
This song didn't really make it on the charts when it was released in 1979, but it's still making Paul McCartney plenty of money.  He pulls in $400,000 a year for this song.

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World's Worst iPod: Go Away Little Girl
A few people nailed it this morning..calling Donny Osmond the early 70s version of Justin Bieber.

He was the teen heartthrob among the group The Osmond Brothers, and had a #1 solo hit in 1971 with "Go Away Little Girl."

While Donny was a far cry from Elvis Presley, the costume he's wearing here kinda has a jumpsuit look. And to hear the screams of the little girls in the audience, he's got the teenyboppers hooked.
 
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World's Worst iPod: I'm Not in Love
This is one of Kitty's guilty pleasures from the 70's.  This song from 10cc made it all the way to number 2 for 3 weeks in 1975.

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World's Worst iPod: Magnet & Steel
This is one of Kitty's favorite songs on the World's Worst iPod.  Walter Eagen made it all the way to number 8 on the charts in 1978 with Magnet and Steel.

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World's Wost iPod: At This Moment
This is Jonathan's most hated song of all time.  It was released in the early 80's, but became a hit when it was used the television show Family Ties in 1986. 



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World's Worst iPod: Bluer Than Blue
This song by Michael Johnson may have only made it to number 12 on the charts, but Kitty remembers all the words!

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World's Worst iPod: My Melody of Love
Bobby Vinton's nickname is the Polish prince, so it's only fitting that one of his biggest hits includes some Polish lyrics.

It's hard to believe that a polka made it up to #3 on the charts in 1974, the same year we had hits like "Jet" from Paul McCartney and Wings, and "The Joker" from the Steve Miller Band.

At the age of 77, Vinton still plays live shows, mostly at casinos. He was at the Northern Lights Theatre at the Potawatomi Casino earlier this year, and already has a gig on Valentine's Day of 2013.

It's just down the road at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora, Illinois, if you're interested.  In the meantime, grab yourself a piwo (Polish for beer)  and some kielbasa, and enjoy his dulcet tones.


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World's Wost iPod: Don't Talk to Strangers
Rick Springfield's "Don't Talk to Strangers" made it to number 2 back in 1982 for four weeks.  However, Springfield will always be number 1 in our hearts.

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World's Worst iPod: Love Will Keep Us Together
The Captain and Tennille shot all the way to number 1 for four weeks back in 1975 with this classic.  Jonathan even had a crush on Tennille.

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Billy Swan: I Can Help
For some reason, this song really creeped Kitty out when it was on the radio constantly back in 1974.  "I Can Help" made it all the way up to #1.

The one positive attribute that several listeners pointed out was that it was a perfect roller skating song.

Billy Swan had some earlier success writing songs for country artists, and played bass in Kris Kristofferson's band, but this was his only hit.


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Word's Worst iPod Song: I'm Not Lisa
In 1975, this sad, sad, sad, sad song became a hit for Jessi Colter. 

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If You Want to Be Happy
If You Want to Be Happy by Jimmy Soul was number in 1 in 1963.  Kitty didn't want to hear it, but the majority of callers wanted it.  Thank goodness the Beatles arrived soon after.

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Shake Shake Shake Your Booty
K.C. and the Sunshine Band were able to shake their booties all the way to number 1 with this masterpiece back in 1976.

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Against All Odds
This little gem made it all the way to number 1 for three weeks in 1984.  A lot of people wanted to hear the song this morning not only for the music, but some listeners were getting hot and heavy about the movie.



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