The true story of “We Built This City”- the most detested song in human history


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/09/01/the-true-story-of-we-built.html


#2

I felt like I’d throw up on the front row, but I smiled and did it anyway. The show must go on.

That would be an enormous improvement on the song, puke, lot’s’a slimy Linda Blair puke.


#3

the most detested song in human history

Really? There are so many heavy contenders. How about Call Me Maybe?

EDIT:

I have the video up. Are we counting the video? If we’re counting the video, I agree.


#4

I have a soft spot for that song due to the antics of one Steve Kardynal.

I lol every single time.


#5

Now I’m puking.


#6

Awesome; the adverse reactions are always the best part!


#7

“We Built This City”- the most detested song in human history

  1. I don’t think that is true.
  2. When it came out, I liked it.
  3. Eh, today it isn’t bad. Not great, but I don’t detest it either.

#8

I agree that there are far worse songs out there, such as Barbie Girl by Aqua and ‘What Does the Fox Say?’

Although the silver lining to such terrible songs is that they often make great parodies:


#9

Aw…I kinda like both those songs… but I am a sucker for weird novelty pop songs.


#10

“We Built this City” definitely is the most detested song in human history. It was conjectured to be true in the early 1990s but I believe we had to wait until 2007 for a formal proof.


#11

To each his or her own.

:slight_smile:

I tend to like my weird songs more like this:


#12

So what’s the hipster stance on something that sold out but is not popular?


#13

I hesitate to bring up MacArthur Park again… oh too late.


#14

I’d like to add “Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo” by Rick Derringer to the list of most detested songs.


#15

Obligatory @codinghorror:

The Great MP3 Bitrate Experiment

and

Concluding the Great MP3 Bitrate Experiment

Also, whenever I have a song stuck in my head, this helps:


#16

That was pretty good.

I grew up staying up late listening to Dr Demento, so I like weird stuff.


#17

Lawdy mama light my fuse!


#18

Bad covers don’t count, IMO.

Then you might like:


#19

Richard Harris is not a cover, that was the original awful version of it.
And we will never have that recipe again!

ETA and for some reason grammy winning version


#20

Wait! Achy Breaky Heart. Surely nothing can top that.