Jonathan and Kitty never really understood this song. A face without eyes we understand, but how are you eyes without a face?! The song made it all the way to number 4. We also learned the song is inspired by a 1960's French film with the same name. I guess we better hit up Netflix and watch it.
Back in 1974 Maria Muldaur rode her camel all the way to number 6 with this song. You have to admit it's pretty silky smooth. According to Wikipedia, in 2008 Muldaur said she wanted to add the song to her album as an "afterthought" at the last minute. She acknowledges that people do come up to her at her concerts or events and state that, indeed because of this song, there were numerous sexual encounters including losing their virginity and getting pregnant while listening to this song.
It was a tough day for Triple M listeners when it came to the World's Worst iPod. Since no songs from the iPod were played this week, if today's song was not played the entire iPod would be thrown out. Here's the rub, today's song was MacArthur's Park. We ended up NOT playing the song. Instead we had Brian slow jam the song. Click here for Brian's version. So the iPod will not be thrown away.
Back in the late 80's the rhythm got us. Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine made it to number 5 on the charts with this little ditty back in 1987. Our biggest question: what is a sound machine anyway?
Before there was Miley, there was Billy Ray. Miley's dad had a huge hit with this song. Achy Break Heart was originally going to be recorded by The Oak Ridge Boys, but the band decided to take a pass. Lucky for Billy who rode it all the way to number four on the charts.
It was first called "Don't Tell My Heart". Would we like it any better with that name?
Jonathan didn't want to hear this song. Kitty didn't want to hear it either. However, morning show producer Don Orlando has been wanting this song played since the start of the World's Worst iPod. This song was number 1 for ten weeks in 1977. Thankfully, Triple M listeners were on Jonathan and Kitty's side and the majority voted against it.
Bob Seger and tighty whities a perfect combo. Actually, it was Tom Cruise, tighty whities and Seger's "Old Time Rock and Roll" that made a perfect mix. The song was originally released in the late 70's, but became popular when Cruise danced around in his underwear to the song in the movie Risky Business.
Kitty was sick of the song, but most listeners who called wanted to hear it one more time.
Big blonde hair was not only for the guy rockers of the 80's. Lita Ford did it too. The video for the song is quite cheezy, but Jonathan thinks she still hot. This song made it to number 12 in 1988. Even if you don't like this song, Ford is an amazing guitar player. She was lead guitar for The Runaways which also featured Joan Jett.
John Lennon once said, "If they hadn't called it rock and roll, they could have called it Chuck Berry." So true, but no the case for this song. Sadly, this was the only song to make it to number 1 for Mr. Berry. It was originally called My Tambourine, but no one liked that version.
This song was originally written with the name "Kitty" instead of "Mickey" back in 1979 and performed by the band Racey. However, when Toni Basil recorded the song she changed it to be about a man. It was a hit around the world and may have only held the top stop here in the United States for just a week in 1982, but Basil did manage to sell 2 million copies of the song in the United States alone.
If you really listen to the words, this song by Elton John is about a man who wants to take a prostitute working the streets of New York City to Jamaica. Sir Elton got to number 1 in America with it back in 1975.
Michael Bolton (somehow) was able to take this to number 1 in 1991. For some reason Jonathan wanted to hear it. We think it might be the Office Space connection. Thankfully, the majority of listeners didn't want to hear it.
King Harvest made it to number 13 with this song in 1973. The song was originally recorded in 1968 by a band named Boffalongo. Some people think this song is sung by Van Morrison, but he's never covered it. Some people who have covered this song include Liza Minnelli, My Morning Jacket and even Jack Wagner.
When Kitty was young she wanted to make sure she saw REO Speedwagon live "before they were too big to tour". A few years ago REO played at Wal-Mart on Madison's west side for free. No joke. Either way we're going to Keep on Lovin' REO.
This song by Eddie Rabbitt actually replaced Dolly Parton's song 9 to 5 as number 1 on the charts. No big surprise that both songs are on the World's Worst iPod.
According to music historian Fred Bronson, "I Love a Rainy Night" was 12 years in the making. Rabbitt had a collection of old tapes he kept in the basement of his home. While rummaging through the tapes one day in 1980, he heard a fragment of a song he had recorded one rainy night in the late 1960s.
"It brought back the memory of sitting in a small apartment, staring out the window at one o'clock in the morning, watching the rain come down," wrote Bronson in The Billboard Book of Number One Hits. "He sang into his tape recorder, 'I love a rainy night, I love a rainy night.'" Now you'll be singing it all afternoon.
In case you didn't know how to spell Saturday, the Bay City Rollers have got you covered in this song. Saturday Night was first recorded in 1973. It was rerecorded with a different lead singer and eventually made it on to the charts in 1976 and climbed all the way to number 1.
This song was first recorded in 1965, but didn't become a hit until Soft Cell released it in 1981. It was a number 1 song in the UK. It took much longer for it to become a hit in the U.S. It eventually went to number 8 in the U.S. and spent 43 weeks on the Hot 100.
This song was originally written for The Jackson 5, but they passed on it. The Osmonds took it instead and sang all the way to number 1 for 5 weeks in 1971. Kitty really wanted to hear the song, but admits one bad apple CAN spoil the whole bunch.
The London band Hot Chocolate heated things up in the winter of '75-'76 with their song "You Sexy Thing," which made it all the way up to #3 on the charts.
Even if you weren't alive back then, you've probably heard the song in a movie soundtrack. The song's been featured in The Full Monty, Boogie Nights, Reservoir Dogs, and Dude, Where's My Car, among others.
It's also been featured in a commercial for Swiffer Dusters. That's weird, because we always thought feather dustiers were MUCH sexier.
In Madison, we have a musical legend in our midst. He is none other the The Funky Drummer, Clyde Stubblefield, who drummed for James Brown, and has had his drumming sampled in more songs than any other.
An effort is underway to honor Clyde, and...
We went a little bit country for this morning's World's Worst iPod song. BJ Thomas went all the way to #1 on the pop, country and easy listening charts with the song ("Hey, would ya play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song." It was in the...
The iconic Bruce Springsteen album Born to Run was released 40 years ago today. This album is an undeniable classic. Even if the title track were the only memorable song, odds are people would still be buying this record today. But "Born to Run" also...
Did you ever know that you're my hero? Bette Midler's song "Wind Beneath My WIngs" went to Number 1 in 1989. It was featured in a movie about death "Beaches," and has probably been played at countless funerals.
It's probably because of the...
We tried something new today with the World's Worst iPod...pitting two really horrible songs against each other and letting the listeners pick which one gets played in its entirety.
We must thank one of our favorite listeners, who goes by "Crazy...
Aside from drinking beer and checking out everybody's humorous beer-related T-shirts, one of the best parts of the Great Taste of the Midwest is all the creative names that brewers come up with for their concoctions.
This year was no...
So the internet has been flooded with drinking games in advance of teh first GOP presidential debate. (Okay I saw two). What I haven't seen yet is a drinking game for those of us who don't really want to get hammered on a Thursday night.
Lionel Richie was on fire in the 1980's with an amazing string of hits that included "Say You, Say Me," from the movie White Nights. It was number one on the charts for four weeks in 1985 and was the #2 song for the entire year.
It even won an...