Dave Barry's Book of Bad Songs

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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...

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780740706004
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/2000
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 2.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author


DAVE BARRY is a humor columnist and author. For 25 years he was a syndicated columnist whose work appeared in more than 500 newspapers in the United States and abroad. In 1988 he won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. Many people are still trying to figure out how this happened. He lives in Miami with his family.

Biography

In the introduction to Dave Barry Is Not Taking This Sitting Down, the author addresses the desirability of his job as a humor writer and syndicated columnist. "It looks so easy!" he wrote. "...Every year, hundreds of thousands of people try their hand at this demanding profession. After a few months, almost all of them have given up and gone back to the ninth grade."

Yes, Barry is juvenile at times -- but he has achieved the kind of success that can only come from combining a juvenile mind with intelligence, timing, and a keen eye for the absurd. Favorite Barry targets include government inanity, dogs, guys, the Internet, and other oddities of life. He also specializes in weird news and urban myths involving UFO hunters, Pop-Tart science, and toilets. Many of these essays feature the line that has become his catchphrase, "I am not making this up." (Unless, of course, he is introducing something serious and daunting such as a book about the federal government, in which case he reassures that he has made everything up.)

Usually, though, he's not making it up. What he's doing is making it very funny. Whether the target is Congress or commercials, Barry refuses to take anything seriously, least of all himself – but he manages to convey some pretty indicting truths in the process. He's a master of irony and visual punchlines, sometimes interrupting himself with lists, snippets of dialogue, or other on-topic digressions. On the subject of turning 50 and dealing with waning eyesight (a "good thing" about aging, because "you can't read anything"), Barry describes finding restaurant menus suddenly printed "in letters the height of bacteria." He continues: "For some reason, everybody else seemed to be able to read the menus. Not wishing to draw attention to myself, I started ordering my food by simply pointing to a likely looking blur.

ME (pointing to a blur): I'll have this.
WAITER: You'll have "We Do Not Accept Personal Checks"?
ME: Make that medium rare."

Barry has had the most successful and prolific publishing career of any working newspaper columnist, and his humor never seems to go out of style. In 1999, he decided to try his hand at fiction. The result was Big Trouble, a comic thriller à la Carl Hiassen (though filled more with gags than guns) that Entertainment Weekly proclaimed "... not only very funny, [but] sure-footed, even-handed, levelheaded, and other leading book review adjectives." In 2004, he and Ridley Pearson collaborated on Peter and the Starcatchers, a clever prequel to Peter Pan that spawned two additional novels and a series of spin-off children's chapter books.

Along with several other published authors, Barry is a member of the musical group Rock Bottom Remainders. In assessing the band's talents, he has been quoted as saying: "They are not musically skilled, but they are extremely loud."

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The Rock Bottom Remainders was originally organized by a publicist to perform at the 1992 American Booksellers Association convention. The members -- which include (or have included) Barry, Stephen King, Amy Tan, Ridley Pearson, Barbara Kingsolver, Mitch Albom, and Matt Groening -- even took their show on the road at one point, turning it into the now out-of-print Mid-Life Confidential: The Rock Bottom Remainders Tour America with Three Chords and an Attitude.

Some things never change: Barry was elected class clown by his Pleasantville High School class in 1965.

Barry got his start in journalism at the Daily Local News in West Chester, Pennsylvania, then worked as a business writing consultant before joining the Miami Herald in 1983.

Attempts to convert Barry's humor to the screen have been less than memorable. The early '90s CBS sitcom based on two of his books and starring Harry Anderson, Dave's World, was short-lived; the spring 2002 release Big Trouble, starring Tim Allen, didn't fare well at the box office. Barry did, however, get a cameo in the latter.

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    1. Hometown:
      Miami, Florida
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 3, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Armonk, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English, Haverford College, 1969
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  • Posted July 25, 2014

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    Probably the funniest book I have ever read

    ...in fact, the first time I read this book I laughed so hard I couldn't breathe, and my daughters took it away from me. I've bought countless copies of this book for friends -- any Boomer will be able to relate to it, no matter what their musical taste!

    Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2014

    Funny

    Super funny.

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  • Posted March 22, 2011

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    Hilarious, hilarious, hilarious

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2007

    This Is A Funny Book

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2006

    Too, too funny!

    First of all, this is supposed to be HUMOROUS! To all of those who took it seriously, lighten up! It is fun, quick read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2005

    Mac Arthur Park

    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!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2003

    Top-notch Humor

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2002

    funniest thing i've ever read

    Dave Barry is the Hare Krishna of funny authors. The only thing to be said is: 'feelings wo wo wo feelings....'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2001

    Hysterically funny

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2000

    Dave Barry's done it again!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2000

    This Was One of the Funniest Books EVER!!!!

    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!

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