Peter, Paul and Mary, “If I Had a Hammer”
You know what I hate? Contemporary folk music. I hate everything about it. I hate how smug they are about harmonies, I hate how social justice-y they are, and I hate all of the songs and the way all of the songs sound in my ears. The only folk song I like is a fake one from Kids in the Hall singing the praises of Joseph McCarthy.
Steve Martin, “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer”
I have never seen the 1978 movie musical Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Should I? Because it seems pretty terrible. How crazy were the late ‘70s, really? Is it better than Across the Universe?
MC Hammer, “U Can’t Touch This”
I can distinctly remember a time in my life when I believed I would have to hear this song every day, forever. Other songs that fit this category include “The Macarena,” “Kryptonite" and “Smooth.” In my research for this article (yeah, I research, can you believe it?) I came across this early (Jesus-y?) MC Hammer song that is so unbelievably amateur, it makes me want to give him a hug. Shine on.