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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 July 2013


World's Worst iPod: Respect Yourself covered by Bruce Willis
In 1987, Bruce Willis covered The Staple Singers' "Respect Yourself" and went all the way to number 5 on the charts.  Although I lot of listeners will die hard with Bruce, this song didn't make it on the air this morning.
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World's Worst iPod: Don't Think Twice, It's All Righty covered by The Four Seaso
Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons covered Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" and made it all the way to number 12 in 1965.  It sold more than one million copies, but it didn't make it on the air this morning.

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World's Worst iPod: Joan Jett "Crimson and Clover"
Tommy James and the Shondells took the song "Crimson and Clover" all the way to #1 in 1969, but despite the fact that she sounded like she was on Quaaludes, Joan Jett's version also did well.  Her version made it to a respectable #7 in 1982.

The first song during our "Bad Remakes Week" did not get enough votes to make it on the air. Sorry, Joan.

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World's Worst iPod: Love to Love You Baby by Donna Summer
What can we say about this song?  The original version is 17minutes long!  The version we were going to play was about 4 minutes, but it didn't happen.

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World's Worst iPod: Brand New Key by Melanie
The song Brand New Key made it to number 1 late in 1972 for Melanie.   This moring a lot of listeners were discussing what the song is really about.   Melanie has been asked the question many times. 

Here's what she said, "I wrote it in about fifteen minutes one night. I thought it was cute; a kind of old thirties' tune. I guess a key and a lock have always been Freudian symbols, and pretty obvious ones at that. There was no deep serious expression behind the song, but people read things into it. They made up incredible stories as to what the lyrics said and what the song meant. In some places, it was even banned from the radio.

My idea about songs is that once you write them, you have very little say in their life afterward. It's a lot like having a baby. You conceive a song, deliver it, and then give it as good a start as you can. After that, it's on its own. People will take it any way they want to take it."

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World's Worst iPod: Let's Hear It for the Boy by Deniece Williams
This song from the movie Footloose brought back a lot of memories for Triple M listeners this morning.  The song made it to number 1 in 1984.

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World's Worst iPod: Delta Dawn by Helen Reddy
This song was originally recorded by Tanya Tucker.  She made it a top ten hit, but Helen Reddy sang her way to number 1 with this song in 1973.  Bette Midler also recorded the song, but Reddy's version was released a few days before the Divine Miss M.  Midler decided to give  Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy to radio statons instead.  It also became a top ten hit.

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World's Worst iPod: The Main Event by Barbara Streisand
In 1979, Barbara Streisand and Ryan O' Neal hit the silver screen with the movie The Main Event.  The movie was panned by critics, but made a ton at the box office.  The theme song made it to number 3 in 1979.

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World's Worst iPod: Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head by BJ Thomas
BJ Thomas made it to numbe 1 with this song in 1970.  It doesn't really seem to fit the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, but plenty of people still wanted to hear it this morning.

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World's Worst iPod: Maniac by Michael Sembello
Michael Sembello's wife sent this song to record executives who were looking for songs to use in the film Flashdance.  Good move.  This song was number 1 on the charts for two weeks in 1983.  Jonathan was really up for the song, but perhaps it has to do with his crush on Jennifer Beals.  Side note:  Beals was not the dancer for this song or any of the dance scenes in the movie.


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World's Worst iPod: The Morning After by Maureen McGovern
This song is from the movie The Posiden Adventure.  The movie was a huge hit.  At the time, it was the six most successful film of all time.   The song was originally sung by a character in the movie, but the president of 20th Century Records thought suggested that Maureen McGovern, who had sent him a demonstration tape and was working at the time as a secretary, sing the song for the commercial release. He financed the recording with his own money and contracted her to his company.  Good move.  The song was a hit.


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World's Worst iPod: Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr.
It was a pretty good movie, but the song...not so much.  It's scary that Ray Parker Jr. managed to make it to number 1 for three weeks with this song in 1984.

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World's Worst iPod: MacArthur Park by Richard Harris
We wrapped up the week of songs performed by actors with a classic from Richard Harris.  Yes, he was the first to record MacArthur Park in 1968.  All 7 minutes and 30 seconds of it made it to number 2 on the charts!  We didn't play it this morning, but we did play a parody by Weird Al Yankovic.



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World's Worst iPod: Old Rivers by Walter Brennen
Walter Brennen is a 3 time Oscar winner and he was also a winner when it came to making music.  Believe it or not, this song Old Rivers made it to number 5 on the charts in 1962.  Imagine what we'd be playing today if The Beatles never showed up!

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World's Worst iPod: Makin' It by David Naughton
David Naughton starred in American Werewolf in London and in Dr. Pepper commercials.  He also had his own television show.  The show flopped by the theme song was a success.  The show Makin' It was cancelled after just 9 episodes, but the song climbed all the way to number 5 on the charts in the summer of '79.


The song also got some play in the movie Meatballs with Bill Murray. Fast forward to 2:48 in the clip.
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World's Worst iPod: King Tut by Steve Martin
In the mid to late 70's, the tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun  was on tour in the United States.  It inspired comedian Steve Martin to write a song which made it to number 17 on the charts in 1978.  Jonathan and most of the Triple M listeners loved the song, but Kitty didn't want to hear it.  She doesn't mind the song, but her friends failed to buy her a ticket to see his show back in 1978 so she's still bitter.


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World's Worst iPod: Ringo by Lorne Greene
This week we're featuring actors who had a hit song.  We can't forget Ringo from Lorne Greene.  This tale actually made it to number 1 in 1964.  We played this song a few months ago, but had to bring it out again.


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World's Worst iPod: Party All The Time by Eddie Murphy
In 1985, Eddie Murphy made it all the way to number 2 on the charts with this song.  Rick James wrote the song and provided back up.  



At least one Triple M listener wanted to hear Buckwheat sing instead.

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