Dave Barry's Book of Bad Songs

Dave Barry's Book of Bad Songs

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by Dave Barry, Mike Dodge
     
 

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When funny man Dave Barry asked readers about their least favorite tunes, he though he was penning just another installment of his weekly syndicated humor column. But the witty writer was flabbergasted by the response. "I have never written a column that got a bigger response than the one announcing the Bad song survey," Barry wrote. "More than ten thousand

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When funny man Dave Barry asked readers about their least favorite tunes, he though he was penning just another installment of his weekly syndicated humor column. But the witty writer was flabbergasted by the response. "I have never written a column that got a bigger response than the one announcing the Bad song survey," Barry wrote. "More than ten thousand readers voted, and the cards are still coming in."

Based on the results from Dave Barry's monumental reader survey, Dave Barry's book of bad Songs is a compilation of some of the worst songs ever written, including such special categories as Teen Death songs, songs That People Always Get Wrong, songs women Hate, and, of course, Weenie Music.

Dave Barry fans and music buffs alike will appreciate this hilarious stroll through the world's worst lyrics.

Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times
Humor is a genre that usually works best when heard rather than read, and Dave Barry's is one wisecracking, sidesplitting example of an [HighBridge] audio book that can make you howl with laughter. The printed book is also a laughfest, but there is no guarantee you will have the same comic delivery as narrator Mike Dodge. Barry, a syndicated newspaper columnist, conducted a survey in which he asked people to name the songs they most despised. He was inundated with more than 10,000 responses. Annoying pop tunes apparently make folks very emotional. They also bring out the best of Barry's acerbic wit. -- ( Mar. 1, 1998 )

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565111967
Publisher:
HighBridge Company
Publication date:
06/28/1997
Edition description:
Abridged
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
4.38(w) x 7.04(h) x 0.75(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.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Miami, Florida
Date of Birth:
July 3, 1947
Place of Birth:
Armonk, New York
Education:
B.A. in English, Haverford College, 1969
Website:
http://www.davebarry.com

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Dave Barry's Book of Bad Songs 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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!