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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 May 2013

World's Worst iPod: I'm Too Sexy by Right Said Fred
We wrapped up the worst sexy songs on the World's Worst iPod with the "classic" I'm Too Sexy by RIght Said Fred.  This song was a hit around the world.  It was also a hit with Triple M listeners this morning.  Did you know the guy who produced the album was just a teen living in England at the time?  His name is Tommy D and he actually came to Triple M last year on this date to perform a Studio M session with his new band Graffiti 6.

We've included both songs for your listening pleasure.

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World's Worst iPod: I Wanna Sex You Up by Color Me Badd
In 1991 we all wanted to get sexed up by Color Me Badd.  This song spent 4 weeks at number 2 on the charts.  It couldn't make it to number 1.  Maybe they were trying too hard?  Either way you've got to love the video...

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World's Worst iPod: Da Ya Think I'm Sexy by Rod Stewart
In February of 1979, we were all getting cozy with Rod Stewart and his "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy" song.  Even if you hated the song, this fact may make you feel a little better about it.  Stewart gave all the royalties from the song to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).  Stewart even performed the song for the United Nations General Assembly.

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World's Worst iPod: I Want Your Sex
In 1987, George Michael broke away from Wham! and started what turned out to be a very successful solo career.

This song made it all the way up to #2 on the charts...and while some people liked the song, we just couldn't bring ourselves to play all four minutes-plus of it on the air.

Our first entry in "Sexy Songs Week" and it's a big NO from Triple M listeners.

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World's Worst iPod: Rendezvous by The Hudson Brothers
Today we traveled back to 1975 for a Rendezvous with The Hudson Brothers.  This song didn't make it to high on the charts, but Kitty enjoyed it.  Her favorite brother was Brett.  She also loved their television show.  We've included a skit from that show too.

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World's Worst iPod: Torn Between Two Lovers by Mary MacGregor
Today's song was written by Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary.  It was inspired by the 1957 novel Doctor Zhivago.  No one was inspired by the song this morning.  It was rejected by almost all the listeners.
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World's Worst iPod: Funky Cold Medina by Tone Loc
This morning it seemed like just about everyone was in the mood for some Funky Cold Medina...except Kitty.  This ridiculous song made it all the way to number 3 in 1989.  Jonathan says any song that references advertising dogs from the 80's has got to be played.

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World's Worst iPod: It's a Miracle by Barry Manilow
It's a miracle that both Jonathan and KItty wanted to hear Barry Manilow this morning.  They were not alone.  Plenty of Fanilow's called in to vote yes.  One caller claimed to have seen Manilow in concert 25 times! 
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World's Worst iPod: Somebody's Watching Me by Rockwell
In 1984, Rockwell rose to number 2 for 3 weeks in 1984 with "Somebody's Watching Me."  The backup singer for the song was Michael Jackson.  How did Rockwell get Jackson to help him?  Well, Rockwell's real name is Kennedy William Gordy and he was friends with Jackson since childhood.  Rockwell's dad is the founder of Motown records. 
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World's Worst iPod: You Don't Bring Me Flowers
There's only one thing that might be worse than the Neil Diamond/Barbra Streisand duet "You Don't Bring Me Flowers."  And that's Jonathan Suttin doing his best crooning...doing both parts. Most unpleasant.

A lot of people liked this song when it came out in 1978..enough to make it a #1 record.

You gotta love the way they're slowly drawn to each other in this footage from the Grammies.  The chemistry is undeniable.

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World's Worst iPod: The Girl is Mine by Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney
So the story goes Michael Jackson completed this song while watching cartoons with Paul McCartney.  We'll just let that sink in for a moment.

Not sure what cartoons they were watching, but it must have worked because this song made it to number 2 on the charts and sold more than 1 million copies.  Things got strange this morning as Jonathan decided to add another song into the mix.   That's the one Triple M listeners wanted to hear. 

Here's the original...

And here's the Richard Cheese take on the song...
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World's Worst iPod: Somethin' Stupid by Frank and Nancy Sinatra
This duet by Ol' Blue Eyes and his daughter went all the way to number 1 back in 1967.  It seems a little creepy that Frank and Nancy Sinatra are singing a love song.  However, a lot of Triple M listeners were in the mood for it.

Here's another version Jonathan really likes...
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World's Worst iPod: Islands in the Stream by Kenny Rogers and Dolly
This week it's World's Worst Duets on the World's Worst iPod.  Islands in the Stream was actually written by the Bee Gees,  but Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton sang it.  The song went to number 1 for two weeks in 1983 and lots of Triple M listeners had great memories connected to it.  Jonathan and Kitty didn't really understand the line: "I set off to get you with a fine tooth comb", but they were still happy to play it.

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World's Worst iPod: Heartbeat -- It's a Lovebeat by The DeFranco Family featurin
In 1972, Kitty had a few posters of Tony DeFranco.  She wasn't alone.  A lot of Triple M listeners really wanted to hear the song today.  It was number 3 on the charts and the group appeared on American Banstand nine times!  Today Tony sells real estate in California.   Check out his website.

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World's Worst iPod: Mmm Bop by Hanson
It wasn't even close on this one.  Just about every Triple M listener wanted to hear this hit from 1997.  What amazed Jonathan and Kitty the most was how young so many Triple M listeners were when the song came out.  Perhaps it's not that they were young, but Jonathan and Kitty are just OLD.
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World's Worst iPod: Long Haired Lover from Liverpool by Little Jimmy Osmond
This song has to be the worst song for "Teen Idol Week" on the World's Worst iPod.  It may be the worst song on the entire iPod.  It was quite a hit in the United Kingdom as it climbed all the way to number 1 for five weeks there in December of 1972.  The youngest Osmond (9 years old at the time of the recording) didn't thrill Americans as much.  The song only made it to number 38 here in the U.S.
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World's Worst iPod: You Got It (The Right Stuff)
Did you have the NKOTB sleeping bag? Maybe you had all the trading cards, or the comforter and matching New Kids curtains like one listener admitted this morning.
Lots of fans of the teen pop sensations The New Kids on the Block wanted to hear "You Got It (The Right Stuff)," but there were also a lot of haters out there, who wanted no part of this song that was popular in 1989. It was the second song to be featured during our Teen Idols Week.

Enjoy this video, and we promise not to tell anyone you still have that NKOTB pillowcase, stained with your teenage tears.

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World's Worst iPod: I Was Made for Dancin' by Leif Garrett
It's Teen Idol Week on the World's Worst iPod!  When it comes to teen idols Leif Garrett is one of a kind (thank goodness).  This song made it to number 10 in 1978.  Leif has had a lot of downs since that time.  However, Kitty along with some Triple M listeners really wanted to hear this song again.  Can you picture Kitty sitting on her bed reading Tiger Beat and listening to this song?

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World's Worst iPod: We Built This City by Starship
First there was Jefferson Airplane followed by Jefferson Starship and then it turned into Starship.  That's when things went wrong.  We Built This City was a number 1 hit for Starship in 1985.  Kitty actually saw Starship from the 10th row while they were touring, but she didn't want to hear the song this morning.  Jonathan and Brian were game and so were many Triple M listeners.  However, Jefferson Airplane's White Rabbit was played instead.

Here are both songs for your listening pleasure.
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World's Worst iPod: Swaying to the Music (Slow Dancin') by Johnny Rivers
Johnny Rivers did a little slow dancing in 1977.  He swayed all the way to number 10 that year.  For some unknown reason both Jonathan and Kitty were in the mood for this one.  So were most Triple M listeners.
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World's Worst iPod: Unbelievable by EMF
In 1991 we were all rocking out to this tune by EMF.  What did EMF stand for anyway?  It really doesn't matter.  This song made it to number 1 in July of '91.

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