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Dave Barry's Book of Bad Songs (Backlist eBook Program) [Kindle Edition]

Dave Barry
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Book Description

When funnyman Dave Barry asked readers about their least favorite tunes, he thought he was penning just another installment of his weekly syndicated humor column. But the witty writer was flabbergasted by the response when over 10,000 readers voted. "I have never written a column that got a bigger response than the one announcing the Bad Song Survey," Barry wrote.Based on the results of the survey, Dave Barry's Book of Bad Songs is a compilation of some of the worst songs ever written. Dave Barry fans will relish his quirky take. Music buffs, too will appreciate this humorous stroll through the world's worst lyrics. The only thing wrong with this book is that readers will find themselves unable to stop mentally singing the greatest hits of Gary Puckett.

Editorial Reviews Review

Dave Barry, that indefatigable yukmeister, writes terrific humor columns (never mind that they all begin to sound the same if you read him regularly). He's the funniest friend you never had. If you read his column--better yet, if you don't read his column--get your hands on a copy of The Book of Bad Songs.

Barry's style is so effortless that you can't resist quoting him. This bit is from his mock-hortatory introduction: "If you keep reading, you're going to have all kinds of bad songs waking up and creeping around inside your brain, refusing to die, just like the corpses in the movie The Night of the Living Dead ..."


Barry's 'Bad Song Survey' prompted a host of reader responses to his weekly syndicated column - and this book, which gathers the votes for top bad songs and the wry comments by both Barry and audience. Any familiar with pop music will find this hilarious. -- Midwest Book Review

Product Details

  • File Size: 380 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC (November 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B8UK9QG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,551 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Someone left the cake out in the rain... April 21, 2002
Back in 1992, Dave Barry, in one of his syndicated newspaper columns, wondered why radio doesn't play more "good songs," and mentioned some of the songs he doesn't like, saying (among other things) that he wouldn't mind if radio stopped playing ballads by Neil Diamond. This column generated a heated response, with some readers defending Neil Diamond and some agreeing with Dave. Some readers also wrote to voice their opinions on artists and songs THEY didn't like. Realizing he'd struck a nerve, Dave announced the "Bad Song Survey," asking readers to write in and tell him which songs they really, REALLY hate. The response to this survey was so overwhelming, Dave compiled the top vote-getters as the achingly-funny "Dave Barry's Book of Bad Songs". I haven't laughed so hard while reading a book in a VERY long time! In most cases, the comments by Dave, and numerous survey voters, are right on target.
In addition to the expected, much-maligned vote-getters like "MacArthur Park," "Muskrat Love," "Feelings" and "I Write The Songs," this book takes on a diverse group of songs which includes "American Pie," "I'm Too Sexy," "In The Year 2525," "Achy, Breaky Heart," "I've Never Been To Me," "The Candy Man," "Dreams of The Everyday Housewife" (This song was a big vote-getter in a section called "Songs Women Really Hate"), and many more.
No artist is impervious to this book's sword, not even Elvis ("Do The Clam") or The Beatles (the four-hour, er, minute "na-na-na-na" section of "Hey Jude".) Since so many songs are mentioned in this book, it's almost inevitable that a song or two which you happen to like, will be included here.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for first-time Dave Barry readers December 5, 2000
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I'd never read a single Dave Barry book or column until I picked up this small, but ultimately powerful book. As a result, I'm a Dave Barry fan, and what's more, I now know that I am not the only person who thinks that "In the Year 2525" should be considered cruel and unusual punishment.
Dave Barry didn't set out to write this book; it began as a column with reader participation for "Worst Songs." Dave's mailbag was flooded with replies, with people complaining about artists from many styles. Everyone from Neil Diamond to the Doobie Brothers gets it in this book...
It's critical to know that if you truly want to appreciate this book, you must have been exposed not just to "light rock," but also to 50s teenage tragedy songs, classic rock station fodder (look out Iron Butterfly), and the triad of Anka-Diamond-Manilow. If you can actually SING part of the songs in the book, it'll add to the laugh factor by at least 150%. I couldn't agree more when Dave points out the utter silliness of the lyric: "Song she sang to me, Song she brang to me." (Thank you, Neil Diamond) I heard this playing while waiting for a table at a local restaurant, and people must've thought I'd hit my head because I broke out in hysterics when I heard it play over the speakers...
Dave rips on everybody, so I don't recommend it if your loyalty to a group or singer is incredibly strong. Bear in mind that this isn't just Dave; it's leagues of hassled souls who will just go nuts if they even hear one note of "Muskrat Love."
It's inexpensive, easy to carry, and hilarious. This book will make you want to try his other titles, and you won't be sorry when you do! Like another reviewer said, who needs an ab machine when you've got this book??
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DON'T Buy The Audio Version! November 5, 1999
Format:Audio Cassette
Now I know how much of comedy is TIMING. This tape was HORRIBLE! What might have been funny if read by Dave Barry, or even if I read it myself (if I'd gotten the book), was root-canal-like painful read by Mike Dodge, whose delivery reminds me of every safety training video I've ever heard.
The producers must have known how un-funny his delivery made the material, as they even added "pa-da" drum staccatos to let us know when a joke was being made. If you love Dave Barry, DON'T buy this tape - it'll kill you to hear the material so butchered.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Dave Barry Book! August 1, 2005
Format:Audio Cassette
Oh my gosh...this book is the funniest thing I've ever read. I'm a musician, and happen to know nearly all of the songs this book talks about. Needless to say, if you don't know the songs, it isn't nearly as funny. It doesn't matter if you actually like the bad songs in the book -- you can still laugh at yourself, because Dave is right; the songs ARE stupid or cheesy or terrible. I've read the book at least 10 times and it is still funny every time I read it. Screaming with laughter, I have attempted to read this book to my family and friends -- multiple times. It's hard for them to understand it because I giggle so much, but then, they're laughing so hard they are crying. However, please DO NOT buy the audio tape version. I bought it to listen to in the car (so that I wouldn't get into an accident reading the book myself while driving) and was SO DISAPPOINTED. I don't know who they have reading the book, but he obviously is not familiar with Dave Barry or with any of the songs he is discussing. He reads as if he's never heard of the music before, mispronouncing the lyrics, speaking them in an incorrect rhythm, etc. Why couldn't Barry have read it himself? Buy the book (and make sure you've gone to the bathroom first before reading it or you'll wet your pants); trash the audiotape.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This is probably about the 20th copy I've bought to ...
This is probably about the 20th copy I've bought to give to someone. I never stop laughing through this whole book, even if Paul never really sang, "this ever changing world in... Read more
Published 5 days ago by herpipeness
5.0 out of 5 stars Dave does it again!
Yes, you warned us. I think you should do a survey on a regular basis, say, every five years or so. With the improving technology in recording techniques, it can only get worse. Read more
Published 1 month ago by bob platt
5.0 out of 5 stars commiserates hilariously and eases our collective cringe at the...
If you're of an age to remember hits of the 50's and 60's, then some of their mind-numbing lyrics are still gnawing at your brain. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Get this book!
This is one of the funniest books I've ever read. No matter how many times I read it, it gives me belly laughs. This will stay on my Kindle forever.
Published 1 month ago by KLN225
2.0 out of 5 stars A bad song deserves a good book, and this wasn't it.
Had i seen this in hardcopy and had a chance to flip through it, I probably wouldn't have bought it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jerome R. Dodson
5.0 out of 5 stars so funny!
I love looking up the songs and listening to them all! Even if they do get stuck in my head.
Published 2 months ago by Mommyof2
4.0 out of 5 stars It was a fun book to read
It was a fun book to read. Even though I like some of the songs that were on the list, I found it amusing.
Published 2 months ago by elizabeth ehrensberger
5.0 out of 5 stars Barry's books are always fun to read...ever after reading them over...
Funniest guy ever!
Published 2 months ago by john
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very entertaining!
Published 2 months ago by dsw
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Oldies? Love to Laugh? BUY THIS!!
For anyone with good sense of humor, and remembers music of the 60s-70s (with a few 80s tossed in) you must buy this. No one is sacred, not even McCartney's songs escape. Read more
Published 2 months ago by konacoffee
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