Most hated song?

IdleRich

IdleRich
I think a lot of these "worst songs/most hated songs" are based on received wisdom: the idea that you shouldn't like Ed Sheeran or Coldplay or whoever. And while it's true a lot of that stuff does nothing for me, I also find it really easy to ignore stuff I don't like because, in 2021 if you don't like something you don't have to endure it. Back when there was only the radio, a handful of music programmes on four channels and The Box which cost 75p per minute to call for a request, I couldn't escape things like Boyzone etc. But now - it's all at my fingertips between Youtube, Spotify and less legitimate sources. I don't need to listen to that stuff. When people rant about how awful something really boring is I find it very performative now: just don't bother with it and save yourself the hassle.
I agree with this. I mean even in the 90s I remember seeing the (otherwise totally brilliant obviously) Human Traffic and there is that scene where he has a long rant about the Spice Girls or something and I found it totally embarrassing. The Spice Girls were not for him, they were not for the people watching that film, it was such an easy target, but more than that, so unnecessary, it felt like if I were to suddenly interject a monologue about how much I hate the Teletubbies into a discussion of new wave cinema. Who cares.
The only exception perhaps is people who work in shops or whatever, yesterday we were in the Vodafone shop in a shopping centre trying to do something I don't understand with our contracts (I let the gf deal with that stuff cos she used to work in phone companies) and they have these adverts on the walls, just visual, no sound even, but each wall or pillar has an advert on a loop, and the loop is, I dunno, a minute long, and in the half hour I was there they started to drive me mad, I don't how people who work there put up with it. At least you can turn your back and try and ignore them, but if they had sound....
But it reminded me of working in warehouses when I was a student and having to listen to eight hours of Radio 1 every day, the play-listing is so heavy that there are certain songs you hear again and again and again. And so I truly hated Dodgy - Good Enough, of course it's a terrible song anyway but the perfect storm for utter loathing is to have a song that you strongly dislike, and then have it forced on you so often that it would be utterly ruined even if you loved it to start with.
And I dunno how shop workers put up with the Christmas playlist which kicks in, in I dunno, late September and is on an insane loop until January. I am of course a very mild mannered guy but that is something that would drive me to Falling Down style collapse and possibly a spree shooting.
 

woops

is not like other people
i liked the spice girls enough to have their album on vinyl at the time.

re the factory thing, i know someone who wored in a very noisy factory where they had to wear headphones tuned to a station not of their choosing all the time they were at work, that's just cruel i think
 

boxedjoy

Well-known member
I don't celebrate Xmas and haven't done for ~10 years and part of it is just the constant bombardment of it from 1st Nov makes me exhausted by the time it actually arrives. It's a hard enough "holiday" to tolerate, but the way people want to foist artificial joy and tradition upon you regardless of how invested you are in it, it's awful. Working for two months in shopping centres surrounded by decorations and music and the theatre aspect of it - I could do fine to play along with it before, but now I actively avoid it.
 

Leo

Well-known member
McCartney's "Wonderful Christmas Time" used to be perhaps my most hated song, until someone pointed out that the music is actually kind of weird. strip away paul's cringey vocals and it's not bad.

well. not insufferable.
 

Leo

Well-known member
US radio always plays a horrible horrible live version of Springsteen and e-street band doing "Santa Claus is coming to town", with that fucking horrible horrible Clarence Clemens (sorry, RIP) saxophone. horrible.
 

boxedjoy

Well-known member
"Fairytale Of New York" and that word. The word itself doesn't bother me - I've been called far worse, and in the song the intent isn't there the way it is when people want to use it to hurt and bother me. But there's a particular type of person who wants to defend their right to sing along to that word, more than they want to consider the (dis)respectfulness of how it's perceived. Every time I hear the song in the wild I think of some edgy bantzlord type who thinks their right to hear it is worth more than the shittiness of being LGBT+ and having to exist in a world where your identity is a slur that people want to protect their right to use. Also it's just a fucking terrible song, that fiddle bit and his awful voice, bleurgh.
 

boxedjoy

Well-known member
also those "hilarious" alternative lyrics, you scumbag you maggot you taped over Taggart FYI these are never hilarious and never have been.
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
i liked the spice girls enough to have their album on vinyl at the time.
But you know what I mean though right? I don't need to hear John Sim ranting about them for ten minutes to know that they are a manufactured band who are not quite in the tradition of.... I dunno Leadbelly. They are not sharecroppers or anything singing their pain, they can't sing like Nina Simone or play guitar like Hendrix, they didn't do double vinyl concept albums or travel to foreign countries and immerse themselives in their traditional music to bring forward a truly psychedelic and non-exploitative fusion album. But I don't need some prick in a film to tell me that and sneer at them for it cos they were always totally upfront about what they were - a group of people who wanted to make commercial pop songs with a bit of attitude to them and gave themselves some silly personalities to go along with it and help them sell records and probably give them a bit of a laugh.
When he has that massive go at them - oh no I'm gonna have to watch it to back this up aren't I, surely one of the most excruciating scenes ever... but as I remember it at least, he's not attacking their pop songs. He's not saying they are bad at what they do, he is berating them for not being any of the things I mentioned above, he's attacking their existence and, by extension he's talking about the existence of commercial pop music... which is really pop music isn't it? But he doesn't even go beyond them, he's angry that a group of people decided to make music and they decided to make music that wasn't underground credible cool stuff like Primal Scream or Pink Floyd and they did it with the aim of selling the music so that they would get money, unlike Pink Floyd who did everything they could to prevent any member of the public buying their albums because every single one of whom hated money.
Spice Girls are evil cos they were the first band to have that attitude and if they just went away then there would be no more pop music, just underground stuff and it would all good again.

re the factory thing, i know someone who wored in a very noisy factory where they had to wear headphones tuned to a station not of their choosing all the time they were at work, that's just cruel i think
That is literally a torture they do isn't it? OK, maybe in the torture scenario they actually loop one song instead of giving you a whole shit station to listen to, but it's the same ballpark.
 

WashYourHands

Well-known member
get called Taggert at work for being Scottish @boxedjoy but know where you’re coming from

only get “there’s been a murrrrderrrr”, fuck off you Loogi Baroogi, pot-noodle eating cunt

false Christmas cheer is the worst deluge of guff, don’t wear that face well (one of the benefits of marrying into the tribe), also = drugs
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
"Fairytale Of New York" and that word. The word itself doesn't bother me - I've been called far worse, and in the song the intent isn't there the way it is when people want to use it to hurt and bother me. But there's a particular type of person who wants to defend their right to sing along to that word, more than they want to consider the (dis)respectfulness of how it's perceived. Every time I hear the song in the wild I think of some edgy bantzlord type who thinks their right to hear it is worth more than the shittiness of being LGBT+ and having to exist in a world where your identity is a slur that people want to protect their right to use. Also it's just a fucking terrible song, that fiddle bit and his awful voice, bleurgh.
Yeah this is it. I think in the song that bit is the story of an argument between two people and one person calls the other that... and of course we don't want to ban stories which feature someone using offensive words. But at the same time, when it's being bellowed out by a load of drunken wankers, who quite possibly choose to emphasize that line and point at someone or whatever, that idea of it being in quotation marks within the song is completely gone, it becomes a slur that loads of people have sung along with for ages and want to keep singing along with to annoy those stupid woke snowflakes.
I bet a lot of people who defend it on twitter or whatever "cos the song is a story and those lines are lines that characters in the story say, they are not the real thoughts of the singers" - I bet most of them never even knew that, they probably googled "Find me an argument that will allow me to keep singing the homophobic slurs in FONY which will annoy the hell out of soy boy cucks but which won't reveal to everyone that I am a homophobic boor" and when they discovered that they thought it was a pretty good argument that they could use - but they were probably disappointed to discover that the song is not in fact homophobic after all.
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
get called Taggert at work for being Scottish @boxedjoy but know where you’re coming from
When my GF moved to Yorkshire and got a job she was amazed at the witty nicknames she received "Vodka" was one and "Cheeky Girls" was another (I don't even know how that works as a nickname for one person). I think she got in trouble for retaliating once and calling one something similar.... say some fat guy from yorkshire called her vodka and she said "How would you like it if I called you pudding?".
 

Corpsey

call me big papa
McCartney's "Wonderful Christmas Time" used to be perhaps my most hated song, until someone pointed out that the music is actually kind of weird. strip away paul's cringey vocals and it's not bad.

well. not insufferable.
Absolutely fantastic song, especially for annoying fellow music nerds by enjoying
 
  • Like
Reactions: Leo

Corpsey

call me big papa
US radio always plays a horrible horrible live version of Springsteen and e-street band doing "Santa Claus is coming to town", with that fucking horrible horrible Clarence Clemens (sorry, RIP) saxophone. horrible.
I'd love to hear this

One for 'stuff version would like' thread?
 

Corpsey

call me big papa
The Christmas topic brings up the fact (no doubt alluded to throughout this thread) that to really hate a song its almost essential that you're forcibly exposed to it over a somewhat prolonged period.

I never ever think about this song for example but when i was working at a warehouse with radio 1 on I absolutely hated it. So much so that I think I sort of relished my hatred and sang along sarcastically to it. Good fucking times.

 
Top