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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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Aug 2, 2009

There was a KudoZ question in the Russian-English pair recently about an agronomist, which reminded me that in Soviet times, Moscow Radio used to broadcast a song called "Агротехник я" ("Agrotekhnik ya"), which translates as "I am an agricultural technician". It was quite a jolly little tune, but I thought that must surely be the worst song title ever.
Does anyone have any other contenders for this?


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Faruk Atabeyli  Identity Verified
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A contender Aug 2, 2009

"Teenage Enema Nurses in Bondage" by the group Killer Pussy was a hit sometime in the 80's.

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Dejan Škrebić  Identity Verified
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Abundance Aug 2, 2009

There's a lot of that, though. In the flood of various kinds of musicians and music genres one can always find much to "admire". There's a Serbian/Montenegrin musician (artistic name: Rambo Amadeus) who named a whole album "D*ck, C*nt, Sh*t, T*t", (with the actual letters in place of the asterisks) creating a chaos in local music industry: whether to name it as it is, or to abbreviate it as KPGS... The strange thing is that there are many who find both his music and lyrics quite enjoyable.

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Jerzy Czopik  Identity Verified
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The Ketchup Song Aug 2, 2009

which I find a stupid title. I don't remember the band, but this doesn't matter.
Was a hit in Germany some time ago...


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Juliet Halewood  Identity Verified
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Maybe not the worst but certainly weird: Aug 2, 2009

Pink Floyd's "Several furry animals gathered together in a cave and grooving with a Pict", "Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey" by the Beatles, John Otway's "Beware of the flowers cos i'm sure there gonna get you... YEAH!" "Stink foot" by Frank Zappa (in fact pretty much anything by Frank Zappa), Budgie's "Nude distintegrating parchutist woman" and "Hot as a Docker's armpit"...

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Las Ketchup Aug 2, 2009

Jerzy Czopik wrote:

which I find a stupid title. I don't remember the band, but this doesn't matter.
Was a hit in Germany some time ago...


The band was Las Ketchup (three spanish girls) and «The ketchup song» is the title of the english version, «the song of Las Ketchup», perhaps.

The original title was «Aserejé», a nice invented word, which means nothing in Spanish: it's only a bad pronuntiation (intencionally) of some english words from another song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2dLR5ZCtU4


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Steven Capsuto  Identity Verified
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Song titles Aug 2, 2009

My favorite bizarre song title is "I've Got Tears in my Ears (from Lyin' on my Back in my Bed while I Cry over You)."

Jerzy Czopik wrote:

which I find a stupid title. I don't remember the band, but this doesn't matter.
Was a hit in Germany some time ago...


It was called "The Ketchup Song" (at least in non-Spanish-speaking countries) because the singers were three sisters who performed under the name "Las Ketchup" ("The Ketchup Girls"). Their dad, a Flamenco guitarist, had been known as "El Tomate" ("The Tomato"), so a number of their songs and titles have tomato references.


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Amy Duncan  Identity Verified
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My favorite song title Aug 2, 2009

I know this is about the worst titles, but I just thought I'd throw this in:

"All the things you could be by now if Sigmund Freud's wife was your mother" by famous jazz bassist Charles Mingus.



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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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I'll add a few more weird and irritating ones myself. Aug 2, 2009

"Itsy-Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini".
"They've Got an Awful Lot of Coffee in Brazil".
"Does the Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour on the Bedpost Overnight?"
"How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Loved You When You Know I've Been a Liar All My Life?" (sung by Jimmy Durante)


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xxxJPW  Identity Verified
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Have fun with these! Aug 2, 2009

1. She Got The Ring And I Got The Finger

2. There Ain’t Enough Room in my Fruit of the Looms to Hold All My Lovin’ for You

3. Get Your Tongue Outta My Mouth ‘Cause I’m Kissing You Goodbye

4. If I Can’t Be Number One In Your Life, Then Number Two On You

5. I’ve Been Flushed From The Bathroom Of Your Heart

6. If I Had Shot You When I Wanted To, I’d Be Out By Now

7. Get Your Biscuits In The Oven And Your Buns In Bed

8. Gave Her My Heart And a Diamond And She Clubbed Me With a Spade

9. If You Can’t Live Without Me, Why Aren’t You Dead Yet?

10. Mama Get The Hammer (There’s A Fly On Papa’s Head)

11. It’s Hard to Kiss the Lips at Night that Chew Your Ass Out All Day Long

12. I’m The Only Hell Mama Ever Raised

13. She Got The Gold Mine and I Got The Shaft

14. I Wouldn’t Take Her To a Dog Fight, Cause I’m Afraid She’d Win

15. They May Put Me In Prison But They Can’t Stop My Face From Breaking Out

16. Drop Kick Me, Jesus, Through The Goalposts Of Life

17. I Just Fell In Something and I Sure Hope It’s Love

18. I’m So Miserable Without You, It’s Like Having You Here

19. If My Nose Were Full of Nickels, I’d Blow It All On You

20. C’mon Down off the Stove, Granny, You’re Too Old to Ride the Range

Can't say I've heard any of them, though (which is probably a good thing).


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Juliana Brown  Identity Verified
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Jesus take the wheel! Aug 2, 2009

I heard this while driving the car last winter, and the hilarity which ensued almost caused an accident...

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Stephanie Wloch  Identity Verified
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Itsy bitsy and similar onomatopoeic poetry Aug 2, 2009

or is it babytalk?
Jack Doughty wrote:
"Itsy-Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini".

Boom, boom, boom – Venga Boys
Cheri, Cheri Lady – Modern Talking
Ding-A-Dong - Befour
Gimme Gimme Gimme/I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do - Abba
Shalala - Dreamhouse


@ Steven
"I've Got Tears in my Ears (from Lyin' on my Back in my Bed while I Cry over You)." is also the title of the book:
I've Got Tears in My Ears from Lyin' on My Back in My Bed While I Cry Over You:
Country Music's Best (And Funniest) Lines


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Yaotl Altan  Identity Verified
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I support Aug 2, 2009

Steven Capsuto wrote:

My favorite bizarre song title is "I've Got Tears in my Ears (from Lyin' on my Back in my Bed while I Cry over You)."

Jerzy Czopik wrote:

which I find a stupid title. I don't remember the band, but this doesn't matter.
Was a hit in Germany some time ago...


It was called "The Ketchup Song" (at least in non-Spanish-speaking countries) because the singers were three sisters who performed under the name "Las Ketchup" ("The Ketchup Girls"). Their dad, a Flamenco guitarist, had been known as "El Tomate" ("The Tomato"), so a number of their songs and titles have tomato references.


Yes, I think this is the most pathetic title for a song and the worst song, too.


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Erik Freitag  Identity Verified
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Brand X Aug 2, 2009

Funny topic!

How about Brand X's classic album "Morrocan Roll", Tracks 2 and 3:

2. Why Should I Lend You Mine (When You've Broken Yours Off Already) ...
3. ... Maybe I'll Lend You Mine After All


Very good music, with Phil Collins on drums, before he wanted to earn big money ...

Edit: I've only now realized that Jack asked for the *worst* song titles, so my post might actually be off-topic here...

[Bearbeitet am 2009-08-02 14:40 GMT]


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Patricia Rosas  Identity Verified
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favorite Zappa song Aug 2, 2009

Juliet Halewood wrote:

."Stink foot" by Frank Zappa (in fact pretty much anything by Frank Zappa), ....


fwiw The Eggplant that Ate Chicago ...


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