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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 June 2014


World's Worst iPod: Sugar Loaf "Don't Call Us, We'll Call You"
The trials and tribulations of a band trying to get a record contract are related in the 1975 hit "Don't Call Us, We'll Call You" by Sugar Loaf. This song, which was actually recorded two years earlier, made it up to #9 on the chart.

What's not to love about this song? A cameo by Wolfman Jack, the touch tones of the White House phone number...a Beatle reference?  This song has that and more.

One little tidbit for you--Sugar Loaf was originally called "Chocolate Hair," which they changed when they got a record deal. Good move!

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World's Worst iPod: Rocky Burnette "Tierd of Toeing the Line"
Rocky Burnette was the son of legendary rockabilly artist Johnny Burnette and was part of a resurgence of rockabilly in 1980. This song made it up to #8 on the chart.

You may not agree with Kitty that this song is awesome, but you've got to attest that the cheesiness of this video elevates the song to epic status.

 
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World's Worst iPod: Gunhill Road "Back When My Hair Was Short"
This song only made it up to #40 on the pop charts in 1973, but it's been seared into Kitty's brain ever since.

Alas, it was the best chart position ever attained by the trio called Gunhill Road.

It's one of the first examples of pop culture talking about hippie disillusionment. At least that we know of!

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World's Worst iPod: Spandau Ballet "True"

Spandau Ballet only made it up to #4 in the United States with their 1983 song "True," but it was even a bigger hit in England.

It seems a lot of Triple M listeners liked this song because it was in the movie "Sixteen Candles," while others thought it was just a little too slow and drippy.

Here are "the Spans" on the British TV show "Top of the Pops."  Enjoy. Or don't.

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