Music/Popular Culture

The mother of all bad songs: 30-Day Song Challenge, the Sequel, day 2 – a song you hate from a band you love


I’ve had three favorite bands in my life and at various points each has done a song or two I didn’t care for. With Queen it was “Get Down Make Love.” With U2 I haven’t exactly hated much, but there have been a few tracks along the way that I felt weakened the overall impact of the record.

But man, no band I ever loved hit a sour note quite like The Police did on Synchronicity. I guess Sting figured he had to let Andy write a song or he’d be upset or something, but whatever the reasoning, “Mother” was the mother of all bad ideas. I hate that song so badly that it isn’t allowed on my iPod with the rest of the CD, and given what an obsessive completist I can be where music is concerned, that’s saying something.

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  1. I absolutely agree with you on that one! I remember listening to the album and thinking “What is that?”

    I think I’ll throw this one out and see if it gets any reaction. Not sure how many Hendrix fans are here, but I HATE Manic Depression, which is one of his most popular for some reason. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYdq0ABH3so

  2. I was introduced to The Police with Synchronicity, and so everything else sounds weird to my ear. But you’re right, Mother is terrible.

    This is a tricky one. There’s a lot of bands I like who have hit some pretty sour notes. But my favorite band over the longest run is probably Rush, and there’s nothing quite as horrible as By-Tor and the Snow Dog. And this is from someone who positively loves all 20 minutes of 2112 and both books of Cygnus X-1 (even though they split the sucker across two albums, the bums…).

  3. Funny. I think “Mother” is hilarious. I’ve always liked that one as a change of pace. I also like “By-Tor and the Snow Dog”. Btw, the new blu-ray surround reissue of Rush’s “Moving Pictures” sounds fantastic!

    For me, I’ll say “You are the Girl” by the Cars. That song could give deaf people diabetes. But then again, that album was so bad it broke up the band.

  4. I love Bob Marley and the Wailers. Except for “I Shot the Sheriff.” http://youtu.be/2XiYUYcpsT4

    The song was NOT improved by the Steve Miller Band (so this is double whammy, not that I LOVE the Steve Miller Band).

  5. I LIKE Mother. I hated it when I first heard it, but the more I listened, the more I liked it. Probably because it was meant to be creepy and annoying and insane. In a way, it’s kinda like “they’re coming to take me away.”

  6. As much as I loved the Dead, they did manage to play a whole lot of terrible Bob Weir songs. Which were generally bad, like Weir’s singing voice. Cassidy might be the worst, but there’s a lot of competition.