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I used to like Simon and Garfunkel.  They had great songs including Bridge Over Troubled Water and The Boxer.  Yet toward the end they had one song that never got played on rock or contemporary radio, but instead made the easy listening charts and was played on stations that had elevator music as the genre.  Remember those stations the baby boomers ended as that music died as rock and upbeat music took over later on, and with the WWII era folks only supporting that genre eventually led to its demise.

The song was the hammer and nail song called El Condor Pasa which I found hard to believe that Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel would even mess with unless they were on drugs or something of the time.  Even Bridge Over Troubled Water was something any band would do playing folk rock, but that song was beyond Adult Contemporary and they had to know their fans would not listen to it.

What songs disappointed you by bands who you generally liked.
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Re: Song by a great artist but was definitely something that sucked
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2019, 09:48:46 PM »

D'yer Mak'er - Led Zeppelin
The Tide is High - Blondie (hmmm)
Walk of Life - Dire Straits
Anything from their 1986 album - Heart
Stand - REM (even worse than Shiny Happy People)
Time Stand Still - Rush
We Can't Dance - Genesis

Yes, these are all older songs, back when I listened to the radio, and you were sometimes "stuck" waiting out a bad song to get to the next one. Less of an issue now.

The inverse of this:
Beautiful Stranger - Madonna. Most of her other stuff I won't say is bad, but I dislike it. "Beautiful Stranger" (which she wrote) is far ahead of anything else she recorded IMO.
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Re: Song by a great artist but was definitely something that sucked
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2019, 09:56:10 PM »

Ma-Ma-Ma Belle - ELO
Let Me Lose Control - Eric Carmen
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Re: Song by a great artist but was definitely something that sucked
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2019, 09:58:47 PM »

This one.  You wonder why they never played this one live.  Album was solid.

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Re: Song by a great artist but was definitely something that sucked
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2019, 11:34:04 AM »

Computer Eyes - Carole King (from the album Speeding Time)
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Re: Song by a great artist but was definitely something that sucked
« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2019, 11:54:25 AM »

El Condor Pasa is easy listening?  It's a downer of a song:  Slow and sad.
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Re: Song by a great artist but was definitely something that sucked
« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2019, 12:49:38 PM »

Fleetwood Mac is one of my favorite bands but I think Don't Stop is an awful song.
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Re: Song by a great artist but was definitely something that sucked
« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2019, 12:50:34 PM »

Fleetwood Mac is one of my favorite bands but I think Don't Stop is an awful song.
Ditto!
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Re: Song by a great artist but was definitely something that sucked
« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2019, 01:09:51 PM »

El Condor Pasa is easy listening?  It's a downer of a song:  Slow and sad.
When I grew up as a child when WPAT and WVNJ were playing the Easy Listening in the NY Metro area they played that song and not WABC who was the Top 40 at that time. 

That is how I heard of it.
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Re: Song by a great artist but was definitely something that sucked
« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2019, 01:19:03 PM »

Hitler was a great artist but his version of the Deutschlandlied was horrible.
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Re: Song by a great artist but was definitely something that sucked
« Reply #10 on: July 11, 2019, 05:26:36 AM »

Hitler was a great artist but his version of the Deutschlandlied was horrible.
Wait, what? :hmmm:
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Re: Song by a great artist but was definitely something that sucked
« Reply #11 on: July 11, 2019, 08:33:27 AM »

Interesting to note that Chuck Berry only had one nationwide #1 track in his lifetime. It's also probably the worst thing he ever recorded. The song? "My Ding-a-ling."
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Re: Song by a great artist but was definitely something that sucked
« Reply #12 on: July 11, 2019, 08:57:22 AM »

Interesting to note that Chuck Berry only had one nationwide #1 track in his lifetime. It's also probably the worst thing he ever recorded. The song? "My Ding-a-ling."
One of those songs that is so bad it's good.  :spin:
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Re: Song by a great artist but was definitely something that sucked
« Reply #13 on: July 11, 2019, 11:41:46 AM »

The Crunge - Led Zeppelin
Roll The Bones - Rush
Who Dunnit - Genesis

Fixed these for you.
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Re: Song by a great artist but was definitely something that sucked
« Reply #14 on: July 11, 2019, 12:17:57 PM »

Hitler was a great artist but his version of the Deutschlandlied was horrible.
Wait, what? :hmmm
Hitler was a great artist but his version of the Deutschlandlied was horrible.
Wait, what? :hmmm:
  Don't even try to figure it out. 
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Re: Song by a great artist but was definitely something that sucked
« Reply #15 on: July 11, 2019, 12:44:28 PM »

Hitler was a great artist but his version of the Deutschlandlied was horrible.
Wait, what? :hmmm
Hitler was a great artist but his version of the Deutschlandlied was horrible.
Wait, what? :hmmm:
  Don't even try to figure it out.

I recall seeing an article from a couple of decades ago where someone did a 'EUROPEAN TOUR/1939-1945' concert-style T-shirt and got in deep doo-doo with the PC police over it.

 :-P

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Re: Song by a great artist but was definitely something that sucked
« Reply #16 on: July 11, 2019, 01:26:10 PM »

Hitler was a great artist but his version of the Deutschlandlied was horrible.
Wait, what? :hmmm:
Forget it, he's on a roll.
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Re: Song by a great artist but was definitely something that sucked
« Reply #17 on: July 11, 2019, 08:05:50 PM »

ďDonít Stop BelievingĒ from Journey.
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Re: Song by a great artist but was definitely something that sucked
« Reply #18 on: July 11, 2019, 08:09:41 PM »

Fleetwood Mac is one of my favorite bands but I think Don't Stop is an awful song.

Second Hand News is their big hit that I have never liked.

Zeppelin - Livin Loviní Maid (thereís another song I hate more, but itís not in the spirit of the thread)
The Who - Athena

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Beatles: Why Donít We Do It In The Road
Wings: C Moon
Solo: Fuh You
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Re: Song by a great artist but was definitely something that sucked
« Reply #19 on: July 11, 2019, 10:00:27 PM »

Springsteen and Dancing in the Dark. He even put his guitar down for that and the video for the song features him singing only and no E Street Band contribution like the producer used that to make him look like many other pop stars of the time who just held the mike and played no instrument.

Then Mick Jagger and Yes I’m Lucky.  I think that is because WNEW played that song way too much when it was out.
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Re: Song by a great artist but was definitely something that sucked
« Reply #20 on: July 12, 2019, 09:03:17 AM »


Walk of Life - Dire Straits

Stand - REM (even worse than Shiny Happy People)




I have to defend Shiny Happy People.  It's one of a select handful of songs that always lifts me out of a depressed mood, and I enjoy it because of that.

As for Walk of Life, I don't hate the song, but I do find it odd that most of Dire Straits' big hits are about music, or the music industry.

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Re: Song by a great artist but was definitely something that sucked
« Reply #21 on: July 12, 2019, 09:45:50 AM »

Billy Joel's River of Dreams is definitely one of them.
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Re: Song by a great artist but was definitely something that sucked
« Reply #22 on: July 12, 2019, 10:43:48 AM »

Billy Joel's River of Dreams is definitely one of them.
No different than NY State of Mind.
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Re: Song by a great artist but was definitely something that sucked
« Reply #23 on: July 12, 2019, 01:31:08 PM »

Billy Joel's River of Dreams is definitely one of them.
No different than NY State of Mind.

Or Tales from an Italian Restaurant
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Re: Song by a great artist but was definitely something that sucked
« Reply #24 on: July 12, 2019, 02:24:23 PM »

Billy Joel's River of Dreams is definitely one of them.
No different than NY State of Mind.

Or Tales from an Italian Restaurant

Or Piano Guy.
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