Flash! Aaaahhh!

Bob directs us to Retrocrush’s 50 Coolest Song Bits – a compilation of those moments in pop music that take the song to another level or out of the song completely. For example The Who’s extended drum/keyboard solo followed by Roger Daltry’s “YEEEAAH!!!” in “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” The B-52’s “Rock Lobster! Down! Down!” from, well, “Rock Lobster.” Or my favourite, Afrika Bambaataa’s “Dance sucka! Jam suckah! Move suckah! Groove suckah!” from “Renegades of Funk.”

But what of the worst bits, the bits that make you cringe when you hear them? I’ve been trying to compile a list and it usually boils down to songs with spoken word bits in the middle:

Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson’s “fight” in the middle of “The Girl is Mine:”

Paul, I think I’ve told you. I’m a lover not a fighter.

The traffic report in the middle of Starship’s “We Built this City.”

Here’s your favorite radio station, in your favorite radio city
The city by the bay, the city that rocks, the city that never sleeps

That bit right there completely reversed any goodwill that would have been engendered twenty years before with “Somebody to Love.” Shame on you, Grace Slick.

Bono’s overpronunciation of “Nicaragua” on Rattle n’ Hum’s live version of “Pride (in the Name of Love)”

“Have you had enough? Have you had enough of Belfast? [yadda, yadda, yadda] Of NEE-KARRR-AAU-GWAH!”

Well, that particular moment stands out in mind but I think any live U2 recording from the 1980’s will suffice where a Jesus-bearded Bono starts hectoring the audience on the state of the world while the Edge, Adam, and Larry look on helplessly, forcing themselves to play that same damn riff over and over again. I kept expecting Adam Clayton to just take a break and get a sandwich or something. “You gonna go on like this for a while Bono? Okay, I’m gonna get me chip butte buttie. See ya in ten minutes.”

Any thoughts? Suggestions?


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