Bad Songs #11: 22 Horrible Songs for Your Listening Pleasure

When I say "horrible" I mean HORRIBLE.  And I'm not talking about the fun kind of horrible where it's delightfully bad.  No.  Every one of these songs represents a bad decision, a lapse in judgement, a flat out mistake.  One can only wonder what unfortunate series of events led to the creation of these auditory nightmares.

Some songs make you want to tap your foot.  Some songs make you want to get up and dance.  And then there's these songs, which make you want to grab the nearest sharp object and jab it into your ear.

So, why punish yourself by downloading this miserable crap? I'll tell you why.  It's the same reason people slow down on the highway when there's a wreck.  It's the same reason people watch reality shows. Sick fascination.


01. The Crusher - The Novas (1964)
02. I Want My Baby Back- Jimmy Cross (1964)
03. Fluffy- Gloria Balsam (1979)
04. Paralyzed- The Legendary Stardust Cowboy (1968)
05. I Wanna Be Your Dog- The Seven Stooges (circa 1969)
06. Kinko The Clown- Odgen Edsl (1983)
07. Umbassa and the Dragon- The Turtles (1968)
08. Ugly- Johnny Meeskite (circa 1978)
09. Surfin' Tragedy- The Breakers (1963)
10. Young at Heart- Wild Man Fischer (circa 1975)
11. Downtown- Mrs. Miller (1966)
12. K'nish Doctor- Mickey Katz (1958)
13. Foreign Novelty Smash- The Credibility Gap (circa 1973)
14. Nag- The Halos (1961)
15. Who Hid The Halibut On The Poop Deck- Yogi Yorgesson (circa 1954)
16. Goodbye Sam- Shad O'Shea (1973)
17. The Candy Rapper- Sticky Fingers (circa 1980)
18. Hands - Debbie Dawn (1973)
19. Baseball Card Lover- Rockin' Richie Ray (circa late 1970s)
20. Fudd on the Hill-  Little Roger & The Goosebumps (circa 1968)
21. Split Level Head- Napoleon XIV (1966)
BONUS TRACK: Surfin' School- King Uszniewicz & The Usniewicztones (1963)


  1. Oh come on! - Some of those are so hilariously bad I cried laughing! I dare you to listen to "Who Hid The Halibut On The Poop Deck" or Mrs. Miller's "Downtown" without completely breaking down.

    Still I'm surprised a Turtles song made it onto this list - I guess even the greats have at least one dud in their repertoire.

  2. Wow thanks. This is one of the best compilations i ever ever heard. Das ist ganz gro├čartige Schei├če. great thing.

  3. Wow!I had not heard "Kinko The Clown" in a good 25 years or better....thanks.

  4. For REALLY bad songs check out the 'Atrocious Music' and 'Incorrect Music' archives on WFMU. Lots of songs on this compilation are pretty bad but were packaged as intentionally funny. It's kind of like how 'Plan 9 from Outer Space' actually was a bad movie, the way it's been released pointing out how bad it is puts it in the "funny" category.

  5. "Fluffy" is freaky bizzaro-world shit... I actually liked the song "Nag" from The Halos. Overall, this is great! It's crazy, but I think I enjoyed the pain of listening to this :)

    And Sam H. I usually put these songs in my WTF genre.

  6. Errr,
    This is, probably, the best compilation I've ever heard in my life.
    I'm going to play it at my friends.
    The ones that made me listen to what they consider 'good' music for years and years and years.
    I shall expose their folly.

    O.S.M. B:53

  7. most of those I couldn't get past the first 30 seconds. "Downtown" was downright painful. "Surfin' Tragedy" cracked me up just because the song title is so generic, although I like the whooop-whooop sound in the background on that one. And I agree with Philio Dilio above, I like "Nag." That's going on my next party mix CD. I also remember a buddy of mine thinking "The Candy Rapper" was absolutely hilarious... we were probably like 12.

    thanks Gilligan.

  8. You are one sick bastard. Who is Gloria Balsam, and why does she hate me so much?

  9. AnonymousJune 05, 2011

    Hey, Isnt'it the honorable Dr Demento's choice you put there ? The original vinyl copy was sold with a vomit bag. I Know, I own one and the bag is still clean !

  10. AnonymousJune 22, 2011

    i keep hearing this compilation. i hear it every second day. its maybe the best i ever heard. Only Jimmy Cross, Johnny Meeskite and The Credibility Gap are not good enough for me. but my question: the numbers are different. have you more??? I would appreciate another part.

  11. AnonymousJune 29, 2011

    "I Want My Baby Back" is now used in a commercial for Chili's for the chain's baby back ribs. Finally, a good use for that song.

  12. Even downloading such horrible songs is worth it as each is given a terrific album cover. Thanks for taking such time and making such an effort to provide these fantastic mixes!

  13. This is a terrific collection. As the penultimate comment points out, some songs really suck. But others are memorable, and I've never heard so many beautiful songs about whores before. The woman who works in a parlour "but there's no sweet grandfather" within is truly haunting.