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Initial post: Jul 6, 2007 4:19:55 PM PDT
I nominate Diamonds in the Mind by Leonard Cohen on Songs of love and hate.
The White album has a few Oba di oba da is the worst.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 6, 2007 4:23:48 PM PDT
C. Modisette says:
Hey "so very bored" - get your Beatles song name right! It's "Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da". You really butchered that one. And my vote for worst song on a great album? "The Crunge" off of Led Zeppelin's otherwise brilliant "Houses of the Holy."

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 6, 2007 4:24:18 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 6, 2007 4:47:19 PM PDT
G. Pike says:
Aside from the "Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da" debacle, it's an interesting (and fun) question here...

My vote would have to go to "Mother" on The Police's swan song, "Synchronicity." Ugh! Except for the horn work, it misses on every level and disrupts an otherwise consistent album (however you might feel about including "Murder By Numbers").

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 6, 2007 4:59:04 PM PDT
It Aint Easy off Ziggy Stardust, coincidentally the only song he didnt write.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 6, 2007 5:54:01 PM PDT
Wayne Klein says:
"Italian Plastic" off "Woodface" by Crowded House. Ob la di, Ob la da is far from the worst song on "The Beatles". "Revolution 9", "Savoy Truffle", "Honey Pie". Tell me, why is "Ob La Di, Ob la Da" the worst? Because it's whimsical?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 7, 2007 12:13:39 PM PDT
I acutally like honey pie is sounds like something i would hear from a old movie from the 30s.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2007 11:33:28 AM PDT
stevo says:
"Can I Sit Next To You Girl" by AC/DC on High Voltage

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2007 9:13:04 PM PDT
EFC1878 says:
Run For Your Life from 'Rubber Soul' - Beatles

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2007 12:24:32 AM PDT
I'll take "Mother" over the easy junior-high rhymes of "Tea in the Sahara" any old day. And the same goes for "Songwriting...er, Murder by Numbers".

My least favorite track on the White Album? "Good Night". Nobody in the Fabs' circle has a right to b!tch about Spector if they gave that glop safe passage.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2007 1:22:23 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 10, 2007 1:23:39 AM PDT
stevo...
I don't know, I always kinda liked "can I sit next to you girl" as I always had a picture in my mind of Bon with his evil little grin leering at an underage girl as he sat down beside her to start hitting on her. hee hee hee hee.

But if you think this song is bad you've probably never heard "Rockin' in the Parlor" which is just plain silly.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2007 1:33:29 AM PDT
so very bored...

ob-la-di-ob-la-da is not only a whimsical nursery rhyme. They conjured it up while they were tripping.
The last line in the song:
"And if you want some fun, take o-bla-di-bla-da".

If you want some fun, take "O Bloody Blotter".

Kinda like when Paul was tripping in a dark room and a pinprick of daylight filtered in through a hole in the ceiling which really messed with his buzz and he immediately wrote "Fixing a Hole" (where the rain gets in and stops my mind from wandering).

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2007 7:28:55 AM PDT
Squire Jaco says:
"Mother's Lament" from Cream's "Disraeli Gears".
(Yet I wouldn't want it any other way!)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 11, 2007 8:43:36 AM PDT
ImEzekiel65 says:
I agree with that, Square Jaco. That one and "Pressed Rat And Warthog" from "Wheels Of Fire" were two of the only stink-bombs Cream ever put out in their short, yet incredible career. Other than that, they're near-perfect.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 11, 2007 11:37:41 AM PDT
Casbahrock77 says:
"La Folie" off of Strangler's 6th studio album La Folie. Otherwise, a perfect album.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 11, 2007 1:06:02 PM PDT
Husker Du's "New Day Rising" -
song '59x the Pain' in the middle somewhere...
probably THE worst song Bob Mould's ever written

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2007 8:41:02 AM PDT
Sully59 says:
From one of my favorite albums, "All Things Must Pass", one of my least favorite songs, "I Dig Love". Never could stand that song. Too bad, such a dud amidst such greatness.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2007 5:50:54 AM PST
Abey Grey says:
'The Murder Mystery' by the Velvet Underground from the Velvet Underground album (1969)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2007 4:50:10 AM PST
raja99 says:
My vote would have to be "For the Benefit of Mr. Kite" on the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's..." album.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2007 11:30:26 AM PST
SandmanVI says:
"Death at One's Elbow" from The Smiths 'Strangeways Here We Come'... easily the worst song they ever did.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2007 6:49:48 PM PST
A. D. Neely says:
Sandman- Heh, I was gonna say that.

Otherwise...

"Muscle in Plastic" by Bauhaus off of the album "Mask"
Solid album through and through, but that damnable song just rips at my ears. Thank god the title track is one of the most perfect songs ever created.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2007 7:21:54 PM PST
Adam Rust says:
I would have to say the worst track on a great album is "Octopus' Garden" on the Beatles' "Abbey Road" album.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2007 1:32:25 AM PST
mianfei says:
My nominations would be:

- "The Dreaming" from Kate Bush's album of the same name: the Aboriginal rhythms are ludcrous
- "John Barleycorn" off Steeleye Span's "Below The Salt" - they do that song rather poorly off an otherwise brilliant and unclassifiable masterpiece that is really dark - much more than we think folk music ever could be.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2007 5:24:25 AM PST
i have one that's just the opposite: great song on an otherwise terrible album. heroes is one of my favorite songs of all time, but the rest of that album is just crap. anyway, that's what i think.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2007 8:58:17 PM PST
"What's Your Name" from Depeche Mode's "Speak And Spell" (I even know the story behind it and it's still bad),
"1930s Rust" from Gary Numan's "I Assassin" (terrible example of 80s saxophone in this one),
"Listen" from Tears For Fears' "Songs From The Big Chair" (just doesn't fit with the rest of the great stuff here and drags on too long),
"Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" from The Smiths' "The Queen Is Dead" (seems so trite after There Is A Light...),
"Crash" from Cause & Effect's "Trip" (techno nonsense after an album full of great synthpop),
"Macro" from Depeche Mode's "Playing The Angel" (kinda dull there, Martin),
"21st Century Safety Dance" from Men Without Hats' "Adventures Of Men & Women Without Hate In The 21st Century" (absolute rubbish that sounds nothing like the Safety Dance on an album that didn't need it anyway)
"Save A Prayer" from Duran Duran's "Rio" (only getting into this album recently, and this gets skipped every time)
"Fitter Happier" from Radiohead's "OK Computer" (not too bad, but seems to break up the flow of the album)

that's all I've got at the moment... I agree with most of the Beatles tracks picked out as well, except that there's more than just Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da that's weak on the White Album.
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