Sunday, April 29, 2007

Records I Can't Stand 4

Gerry Rafferty: Baker Street (EMI, 1978)

WORST SONG EVER WRITTEN

24 comments:

Nunhead Mum of One said...

At last! Someone else who hates that dirge of a song. Everyone Iknow LOVES it and it's on many burnt-CDs and old compilation tapes and it seems to follow me around wherever I go!

Valentine Suicide said...

I'll agree with you on this one. Horrible blarting sax.

But worst song ever written? Surely that's 'Life' by Desirae

Rob said...

I quite like it. But I like that strain of grown up pop that also includes yer man Cliff's actually really great string of late 70's and early 80s hits like Carrie, Daddy's Home, Devil Woman and, oh yes, Wired For Sound.

Valentine Suicide said...

I find it hard to revisit Cliff, given the sins commited to vinyl since the 70's. Carrie and Devil Woman certainly had sinister undertones long gone from his 'music'.

Madame Suicide has just pointed out that 'Life' (worst song ever) was actually recorded by Des'ree.

Rob said...

I'm with you on Des'ree - just atrocious, very much in the same way Manic Street Preachers' A Design For Life is atrocious

Valentine Suicide said...

Agreed on Design for Life..

Where do you stand on 'Love Shack' by the B-52's. I'm for obliteration from existence.

(Mme Suicide won't stop singing Des'ree now!)

Matt said...

Sylvana - you're a lovely person, but your choice of worst records is woeful. Baker Street features strongly on my compilation of 'classic sax breaks' along with 'Will you' from breaking glass. There's allmanner of techno/rap nonsense to hate - this doesn't come close.

Heidi said...

'classic sax breaks'

*bangs head against the wall repeatedly*

James Franco said...

Baker Street is a classic you Phillistine.
Dont let your Aunty Roz hear you say that. It is her favourite song of all time.

Silvana said...

hello everyone!

VS - at last you agree with me! Along with Nunhead Mum of One and Heidi - thanks girls! Terrible song!

'Classic sax breaks?' Matt, I've decided that you must be having me on here, so that's ok.

James!! Hello! Now I think about it, I can imagine Aunty Roz would love this. Don't grass me up!

Silvana said...

Interestingly enough, only 4 people have downloaded this track from my link. Easily the poorest uptake of any track ever posted on Landcroft House. I'll say no more.

Tony said...

Hello James. I remember raiding your dad's vinyl collection in Loudon Street when I was a kid. Used to listen to the Beach Boys and the Beatles - I can remember 'Good Vibrations' and 'Ticket to Ride'

More Chips (with gravy) on my shoulder said...

I lost a £10 bet with my girlfriend cos I thought the comments would contain the words Holness. And Bob. I hate it now.

Rob said...

VS - you're reading my mind. Love Shack is, literally, the worst record ever made.

Chips - I like the way your mind works, I just wish I understood it!

Rob said...

Chips - I also like the way your profile reads "earlyREM"! I feel exactly the same. In fact, has a band ever blown it as badly as they have?

Valentine Suicide said...

You get a better class of contributer over here Chips. We all know Raphael Ravenscoft played the sax on Baker Street. Not the urban myth perpetuated by Steve Wright in the eighties.

Rob said...

*sound of penny dropping*

Silvana said...

Ok, for those of us who don't know what they're on about, apparently Steve Wright of Radio 1 spread a false rumour that the awful sax on Baker Street was played by Bob Holness the host of 80s tea-time student's quiz 'Blockbusters'.

James Franco said...

Tony,
My Dad still has all of those records, and his taste hasnt improved much over the years.
Although he did go out and buy the Scissor Sisters.

Rob said...

I don't think buying a Scissor Sisters record is, in any imaginable way, an improvement on Gerry Rafferty James!

James Franco said...

I tried telling my dad this, but he likes them. Apparently "it has a good beat".

Rob said...

So did Dixon Of Dock Green :(

Miles said...

Rob - on the subject of earlyREM and bands 'blowing it really badly', are you familiar with Nerf Herder's Van Halen? It's a fantastic four minutes of bile directed (primarily) at Sammy Hagar by way of retribution for his role in 'destroying the legacy of early Van Halen'. You can hear/watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nC3tJ_Nu7GQ

Rob said...

Hey Miles
I shall check it right now...