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Crap Lyrics: A Celebration of the Very Worst Pop Lyrics of All Time . . . Ever! Paperback – November 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Anova Books (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906032599
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906032593
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,217,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Johnny Sharp is a music critic who writes regularly for the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, and Q magazine.


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Johnny Sharp (1969-) is a British journalist and author who writes widely on a number of diverse topics from music to humour to sport and true crime. He is author of the new Kindle ebook Murder On The New Moon (2011) and also wrote the humorous music book Crap Lyrics (2009). His work has also appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines and websites, including The Guardian, Mojo, Bizarre and BBC Online. He can be contacted at johnny@johnnysharp.net

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brian Connors VINE VOICE on March 16, 2010
Format: Paperback
Look, I understand the title means there will be incomprehensible and laughable lyrics in here. And I'm expecting the author to bring the snark, especially in a book from the UK. But... eh, I don't know.

Inevitably there will be a subjective aspect to books like this. But when books mock bad art, there's usually some real insight into where it went wrong; consider Roger Ebert's I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie or Tom Reynolds' I Hate Myself and Want to Die, both of which go into great detail about what they mock (though, to be fair, not all Reynolds' song picks are bad, just depressing). The fun comes in the dissection, the nitpicking of assorted minor stupidities, and the firehose approach. Johnny Sharp does not do this.

Instead, this book is more of a "point and laugh" (or, more accurately, "point and cringe") kind of book. Though there's certainly no shortage of cheezy, pretentious, or outright incomprehensible lyrics in here, Sharp takes a very superficial approach to all of them, missing the point of intentional oddness like some of Elton John and Bernie Taupin's work or Syd Barrett's surreal, schizophrenically inspired lyrics to "Bike", or avoiding the reality that some lyrics are less straight poetry than wordscape meant to invoke a feeling despite superficially lacking obvious meaning. (He does, admittedly, hit songs like "My Humps" and "Horse With No Name", where parody and stream of consciousness respectively fail embarrassingly, but he seems to dislike a lot of songs like that for all the wrong reasons.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SG Jamison on August 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
I got more laughs out of this book than any other I've ever read. I did not take this book as a serious critique of the "crap lyrics" that pervades much of popular music--I took it as pure comedy (and something of a "celebration" as suggested by the book title). If you are a pop/rock music buff and enjoy snarky, sarcastic, and occasionally scathing British humor--this book's for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Markus on January 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
I've been a song writer for almost 44 years and some of the songs my friends and I like to write contain strange lyrics and made-up words to keep the listener thinking or wondering......perfect lyrics and correct english is not always part of the art or process. I understand what Johnny is up to with his Crapy Lyrics book but to me his writing here is worse than some of the lyrics he calls crap. My wife bought this for me for the holidays for a laugh but after skimming through it for an hour I closed it and mailed it back the next day. The book is not worth a dime. Much better stuff out there to read as far as lyrics are concerned. If I could I wouldn't even give this book 1 star. No wonder it's best selling rank is 355,327.
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Format: Paperback
I loved this book! It's really fun to see these songs dissected into the piles of poop most of them are, and Mr. Sharp
does it wonderfully. To me, the music industry has enough songs with "crap lyrics" to keep Mr. Sharp like his name -
"sharp" - for many years to come. (One gripe, though - most of his "crappy" lyrics are from British singles of the
1990s; if he expanded to American music from almost anytime since Tinpan Alley - including it - he'd never have
a shortage of material to write about.)
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By Molly Gandolfo on May 14, 2013
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I bought this as a gift for my father. As a music collector he found it very funny and entertaining!
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