“I Don’t Like It, I Love It” Sings FLO RIDA (feat. Robin Thicke & Verdine White) on the 2015 Summer Smash Hit with words inspired by Simon Cowell’s cliff-hanger judgements…
And that’s just how we feel about the songs here too…. We don’t just like them [LONG GAP] We love them…
Here Are Seven Songs So Bad They Are Good
1: Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover
Sophie B Hawkins
The ever beautiful singer/songwriter Sophie B Hawkins has just welcomed a brand-new baby girl (Esther) into the world… and she is 50.
She gave birth to her son Dashiell in 2008.
Her 1992 song from the Tongues and Tails album was based on a rhythm from Led Zeppelin’s “When the Levee Breaks”.
The original video (you know the one) was too hot, too steamy for MTV – so they banned it.
2: Love Is a Battlefield
“Love Is a Battlefield” was a huge-selling single performed mezzo-soprano vocalist Pat Benatar.
It was written by Holly Knight with Mike Chapman. (Producer Chapman is good at this cheesy stuff, and he manages to get into our I Don’t Like It, I Love It chart again at the number 3 spot.) The song won Benatar a Grammy Award (“Best Female Rock Vocal Performance” of 1983.)
This power ballad was toughened up in the studio and then turned into a mega-successful story-based video.
But once you hear it early in the day, you cannot get rid of it, out of your head.
Pat has been married to her second husband, guitarist Neil Giraldo, since 1982 (surely a rock ‘n’ roll love-story) and they share a Facebook page.
3: Devil Gate Drive
Written and produced by Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman “Devil Gate Drive” was a big hit in the UK, Europe and Australia for Suzi Quatro. The leather-clad bass-player has been consistently idolized and admired by Joan Jett.
Although the song is almost unknown in the U.S. it briefly appeared in the Happy Days episode “Fonzie and Leather Tuscadero, Part II” (Series 5) when Joanie wants to go on tour with the group Leather and the Suedes. (Back in the day, we had a thing for her sister Pinky Tuscadero!)
“Well at the age of five (bit young isn’t it?) They can do their jive / down in Devil Gate Drive…” Sang Suzi.
And you just know that she was talking about… The Devil Gate Drive is a special place that biker-girls like Pinky go down to, to get dirty and greasy with boyfriend’s that their Daddy’s wouldn’t approve of…
4: Hey Ya!
“Hey Ya!” is a song written and produced by André Benjamin for the 2003 album ‘The Love Below’ part of the OutKast’s double-suite album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.
Taking influences from funk rock and also the Beatles sound circa 1964, the hip-hop artist says that this song was inspired by bands like the Ramones and the Buzzcocks.
On the much-loved video there are eight versions of André 3000… Each carfeully drawn persona is, in some way, inspired by Little Richard.
Right everyone, “Shake it like a Polaroid picture…”
5: Justified & Ancient
British band the KLF aka “The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu” (Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty) released this ridiculous pop-house number back in 1991.
It featured singer Tammy Wynette singing those immortal lines:
“They’re Justified, and they’re Ancient /And they drive an ice cream van...”
Tammy and the Handmaidens of Mu sang their way through this fascinating song which bursts with clever ideas, like Hendrix rock riffs, steel-guitar twangs and dystopic rap. We Don’t Like It though… We Love It!
The J. Geils Band
This new wave number probably couldn’t be made now.
Frontman Peter Wolf is flicking through a glossy magazine at school when he finds the girl of his dreams in the centrefold. Cue lots of semi-clad schoolgirls dancing and playing pat-a-cake.
“My blood runs cold…” He sings. Our’s too when we think about it.
“My memory has just been sold….”
7: A Girl Like You
When the Scottish Orange Juice singer-songwriter Edwyn Collins sang “I’ve never known a girl like you before…” We were reminded, all at once, of Elvis, Bowie and Cash. All that talent, rolled into one. Nowadays, most people associate Iggy Pop with the number.
The Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook played vibraphone on this track, and the amazingly talented Clare Kenny played bass.
The song samples a drum track from Len Barry’s 1965 single “1-2-3”.
This number was one of the first ever tracks to be released ‘Free’ for streaming. (On Collins’ own Myspace page back in 1995.)
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