Dave Barry's Book of Bad Songs

Dave Barry's Book of Bad Songs

by Dave Barry

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Overview

When funnyman Dave Barry asked readers about their least favorite tunes, he thought he was penning just another installment of his weekly syndicated humor column. But the witty writer was flabbergasted by the response when over 10,000 readers voted. "I have never written a column that got a bigger response than the one announcing the Bad Song Survey," Barry wrote.Based on the results of the survey, Dave Barry's Book of Bad Songs is a compilation of some of the worst songs ever written. Dave Barry fans will relish his quirky take. Music buffs, too will appreciate this humorous stroll through the world's worst lyrics. The only thing wrong with this book is that readers will find themselves unable to stop mentally singing the greatest hits of Gary Puckett.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781449437589
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication date: 11/06/2012
Series: Backlist eBook Program
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 377,888
File size: 702 KB

About the Author

 Dave Barry is the author of many bestsellers including Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys, Dave Barry Turns 40 and Dave Barry Is Not Making This Up. A wildly popular syndicated columnist, Barry won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for commentary. He lives in Miami, FL.

Hometown:

Miami, Florida

Date of Birth:

July 3, 1947

Place of Birth:

Armonk, New York

Education:

B.A. in English, Haverford College, 1969

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Dave Barry's Book of Bad Songs 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
MerryMary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I laughed until I cried. I am, apparently, of a similar vintage to Mr. Barry, and grew up with the same songs. While I don't hate all of his listings, I quite understand others' loathing of the songs that were sang to me, songs that were brang to me.
tloeffler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the funniest books I've ever read.
bookwormteri on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dave Barry is amusing, this book is not.
luvs_2_read on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Run, don't walk, to get this book. Despite Dave's warnings at the beginning of the book (DO NOT TURN THIS PAGE!!), read it. Ignore everyone who looks at you as though you are losing your mind as you laugh out loud every few seconds. Chase down those folks who are trying to escape you as you HAVE to read one paragraph after another out loud to them so they can see what you're laughing about!Then try to get those songs out of your head. Those awful, horrible songs you perpetually keep buried in the deep dark recesses of your subconscious because it just HURTS to much to think about them - and once you think about them they go 'round and 'round and 'round in your head for days on end! ("Songs she sang to me, songs she brang to me...")Says Dave, "I've never written a column that got a bigger response than the one announcing the Bad Song Survey. More than ten thousand readers voted..." This little book is the result. Dave (and his readers/survey respondents) rip up Weenie Music, Love Songs, Songs Women Really Hate, Teen Death Songs, and, ultimately, Songs People Get Wrong. I DARE you to read this and NOT laugh!I DARE you to read this and listen to "Help Me Rhonda" without hearing "owls pukin' in (your) bed"!!!!
nderdog on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great book, if you aren't prone to getting bad songs stuck in your head. It's a lot of fun to hear tales of songs that are supposedly popular that people really can't stand.
lorsomething on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hilarious! Thanks for the laughs!!
CasualFriday on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hilarious book. You probably need to be a baby boomer, and thus remember all the crappy songs, to fully appreciate it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Super funny.
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andreatodd More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It hits the nail on the head as far as almost all of the songs go (and I'm sure there are sentimental, non-quality-related emotional issues keeping me from agreeing 100% with Mr. Barry). My children took this book away from me for awhile because at one point I was laughing so hard I couldn't breathe and they thought I might die. I managed to get it back AND survive reading it, and now, 10 years on, it still makes me laugh uncontrollably. Fantastic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book and couldn't put it down. I laughed through the whole thing. I didn't agree with every assessment (I think 'Chicago' songs don't belong in there) but that's OK. I read some passages to my husband and HE was laughing. This book is hilarious!
Guest More than 1 year ago
First of all, this is supposed to be HUMOROUS! To all of those who took it seriously, lighten up! It is fun, quick read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love that song and it´s not stupid! It has great sentimentalism in the lyrics.......you just have to get the hang of it, that´s all. And I´m just 16!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book made me laugh so hard I was in pain at times. The book starts with a warnign tat it will make you sing bad songs. And that is certainly true--most of the songs mentioned were top sellers at one time in our youth, and I still remember them. He hit MacArthur Park on the head--it is a metaphor, but a truly STUPID metaphor. the songs are just a part of the pleasure of reading the book. teh commenary is just as good. He discusses the outraged reactions of fans of various singers to being included in the column, etc. This is top-notch humor from a master.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dave Barry is the Hare Krishna of funny authors. The only thing to be said is: 'feelings wo wo wo feelings....'
Guest More than 1 year ago
I started off reading 'just a line or two' to a friend on the other US coast, and ended up taking two hours to read the book aloud. It took 2 hours because we were both laughing so hard she couldn't stop, and I couldn't get it out without laughing again. He's the only author to give me laughs or make me smile since 9/11.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, this was downright hillarious, in true Barry fashion. My advice: buy it, but don't read it all at once. Although the entire book just keeps getting funnier (in my opinion), three chapters of bad songs and you tend to go kind of numb.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dave Barry covered every bad song you could ever imagine, from McArthur park to the teen death songs of the 60's, and all of those annoyingly silly songs that stay ingrained in your brain for the rest of your life. I laughed from the minute I opened this book. Absolutely hilarious!