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WPRB Princeton 103.3 FM

the weather report

May 10, 2021 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

With sara

show 14

the weather might be good...but the music is AWFUL

today we're playing music from across the decades considered the worst of all time. for your listening enjoyment <3

the weather report
10:00 AM
Rihanna - Umbrella (feat. JAY Z)
Rihanna Umbrella (feat. JAY Z) Rihanna
Don't Stop the Music - EP Def Jam Recordings 2007
10:07 AM
Buika - A Mi Manera
Buika A Mi Manera Buika
Mi Niña Lola
10:12 AM
Bruce Hornsby - Song F
Bruce Hornsby Song F Bruce Hornsby
The Essential Bruce Hornsby
10:16 AM
Otis G Johnson - Come Back
Otis G Johnson Come Back Otis G Johnson
Everything - God Is Love 78 Holy Spirit 1978
10:19 AM
Oneohtrix Point Never - Boring Angel
Oneohtrix Point Never Boring Angel Oneohtrix Point Never
R Plus Seven
10:24 AM
Rian Treanor - Obstacle 3
Rian Treanor Obstacle 3 Rian Treanor
Obstacle Scattering - EP
10:30 AM
Set Break: set break!

We will now be exploring some of the "worst songs of all time", starting with a couple of classical numbers!

10:35 AM
Hector Berlioz, London Symphony Orchestra - Benvenuto Cellini, Op. 23, H76, Act 1: Overture
Hector Berlioz, London Symphony Orchestra Benvenuto Cellini, Op. 23, H76, Act 1: Overture Hector Berlioz
Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini
10:45 AM
Edgard Varèse - Déserts
Edgard Varèse Déserts Edgard Varèse
Varèse: Arcana/Integrales/Deserts
11:00 AM
Set Break: yay

Let us now explore some songs that were awfully received, but they are not classical music pieces. Fun!

11:05 AM
The Shaggs - Philosophy of the World
The Shaggs Philosophy of the World The Shaggs
Philosophy of the World
The Shaggs are notable for their perceived ineptitude at playing conventional rock music; they were described in one Rolling Stone article as "sounding like lobotomized Trapp Family singers".
11:09 AM
Paul Anka - (You're) Having My Baby (feat. Odia Coates)
Paul Anka (You're) Having My Baby (feat. Odia Coates) Paul Anka
Anka Capitol Records 2011
1978, Anka opened Jubilation, a restaurant and club considered one of the first modern-era nightclubs in Las Vegas; County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani was its first female bartender. His parents were both of Lebanese Christian descent. His father came to America from Bab Tuma in Damascus, Syria, and his mother was an immigrant from Lebanon.
11:13 AM
Lou Reed - Metal Machine Music, Pt. 4
Lou Reed Metal Machine Music, Pt. 4 Lou Reed
The RCA & Arista Album Collection RCA/Legacy 1972
The language of the Star Trek aliens known as the Breen was inspired by Metal Machine Music, which the post-production sound staff were instructed to listen to when creating the electronic cackle that served as the Breen's voices.
11:32 AM
Richard Harris - MacArthur Park
Richard Harris MacArthur Park Richard Harris
A Tramp Shining
"MacArthur Park" was written and composed by Jimmy Webb in the summer and fall of 1967 as part of an intended cantata. Webb brought the entire cantata to the Association, but the group rejected it. The inspiration for the song was his relationship and breakup with Susie Horton. MacArthur Park, in Los Angeles, was where the couple would occasionally meet for lunch and spent their most enjoyable times together.At that time (the middle of 1965), Horton worked for Aetna insurance, whose offices were across the street from the park.
11:39 AM
The Beatles - Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
The Beatles Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da The Beatles
The Beatles (The White Album)
In 2012, the NME's website editor, Luke Lewis, argued that the Beatles had recorded "a surprising amount of ropy old toss", and singled out "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" as "the least convincing cod-reggae skanking this side of the QI theme tune".
11:43 AM
Kevin Federline - Popozão
Kevin Federline Popozão Kevin Federline
Popozão - EP

Federline appeared on WWE programming to promote his album, Playing with Fire (on which Popozão is not included due to its poor reception), and participate in an angle. He first appeared on the October 16, 2006, and October 23, 2006, editions of WWE Raw, in which he got into physical altercations with WWE Champion John Cena. The following week, he came to the ring to aid Johnny Nitro in his match against John Cena. After Cena got in Federline's face, Federline slapped him hard. He appeared again during the November 5, 2006, pay-per-view event Cyber Sunday, hitting Cena with King Booker's World Heavyweight Championship belt and helping Booker win the Champion of Champions match that was organized between Cena, Booker, and Big Show. The next night, November 6, 2006, he challenged Cena to a match at the New Year's Day edition of Raw, which Cena accepted.

11:47 AM
The Enemy - 1-2-3-4
The Enemy 1-2-3-4 The Enemy
Streets in the Sky Cooking Vinyl 2012
11:51 AM
The Legendary Stardust Cowboy - Paralyzed
The Legendary Stardust Cowboy Paralyzed The Legendary Stardust Cowboy
For Sarah, Raquel and David: An Anthology
In 1973, NASA used the song to wake up members of its space crew. The crew was allegedly so distracted from the shock over the course of the day that NASA forbade the use of the song for that purpose ever again, effectively banning the song from space.
11:53 AM
Black Lace - Agadoo
Black Lace Agadoo Black Lace
Greatest Hits
In a poll for Q magazine in 2003, a panel of music writers voted "Agadoo" as the worst song of all time, saying: "It sounded like the school disco you were forced to attend, your middle-aged relatives forming a conga at a wedding party, a travelling DJ act based in Wolverhampton, every party cliche you ever heard."
11:55 AM
Set Break: Billy Ray Cyrus Interview.

I don't know it's simply for your listening pleasure.

11:57 AM
Billy Ray Cyrus - Achy Breaky Heart
Billy Ray Cyrus Achy Breaky Heart Billy Ray Cyrus
Some Gave All
Somehow Billy Ray Cyrus has 16 studio albums?
Chat is archived.
ǝɹnɔsqꓳ ǝɥꓕ ǝʌɐꓷ 10:05:16 AM
An intriguing theme, Sara. What criteria did you use to select the 'worst of all time'?
esoterica 10:28:09 AM
good morning dave and sara. digging this!
ǝɹnɔsqꓳ ǝɥꓕ ǝʌɐꓷ 10:28:43 AM
Good morning, DJ Esoterica.
Christine {¤_θ}° 10:30:19 AM
Morning DJs three 🌄 (Sara, DTO, Esoterica)
ǝɹnɔsqꓳ ǝɥꓕ ǝʌɐꓷ 10:30:43 AM
Good morning, Christine.
Christine {¤_θ}° 10:33:29 AM
I'm prepared for some truly execrable music. Hit us!
Teresa Peacock 10:38:09 AM
Good morning everyone!!! Berlioz's opera based on the Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini may be awful, but I can't recommend Benvenuto Cellini's autobiography enough! I had to read it -- in the original Italian -- for one of my last undergrad classes at NYU. Cellini can be credited with the "vanishing wax mold" innovation in creating his small and intricate bronze and gold statues and objets, but what is really great about his memoirs is that he was a truly horrible person and one of the least
Teresa Peacock 10:41:09 AM
reliable narrators of all times! He claims to have had the bubonic plague twice; the second time, he was cured by vomiting out a very colorfully spotted, psychedelic caterpillar(!) He also fatally stabbed at least one unlucky individual over some petty, perceived slight. But he escaped from the notorious Castel Sant'Angelo prison by hurling himself out a window and breaking both legs in the bargain. Yet, he lived to tell the tale!
ǝɹnɔsqꓳ ǝɥꓕ ǝʌɐꓷ 10:43:14 AM
Thanks for providing that insight, Teresa!
Selecta Jerry 10:55:35 AM
Greetings all. I would just like to say I have heard a lot worse music than this in my day 🙉
esoterica 11:02:26 AM
hi jerry and teresa!
esoterica 11:02:37 AM
and hi christine!
Christine {¤_θ}° 11:04:15 AM
Hi Esoterica & Selecta 👋
Christine {¤_θ}° 11:04:53 AM
Good morning, Teresa...that is quite the fantastic tale! 📖
Selecta Jerry 11:04:55 AM
I think i have heard this one on the sonic bloom! 😂🤣😂
sean burns 11:05:58 AM
Technically, I don't think this shagg's LP was awfully received at the time of its release. It seems it never had a real release, with the 200 or so copies that are out there sitting in their dad's garage. And when people did finally become aware of it, thanks to some Boston station that got a hold of a copy, it was pretty much hailed as an outsider masterpiece
ǝɹnɔsqꓳ ǝɥꓕ ǝʌɐꓷ 11:06:05 AM
Yes, Selecta Jerry, I have heard the Shaggs on several WPRB shows.
sean burns 11:06:26 AM
Frank Zappa said they were better than the Beatles
sean burns 11:06:44 AM
Okay back on track this one is horrible
ǝɹnɔsqꓳ ǝɥꓕ ǝʌɐꓷ 11:07:24 AM
Yeah, sean burns, this is cringe-worthy.
Christine {¤_θ}° 11:07:58 AM
Wild. Here's a New Yorker article on the weirdness of The Shaggs: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.newyorker.com/magazine/1999/09/27/meet-the-shaggs/amp
Selecta Jerry 11:08:19 AM
Music opinions are like ..... everyones got one
Selecta Jerry 11:09:47 AM
Think neil young has done an album like this to piss off his record label
sean burns 11:11:46 AM
Much more enjoyable than Paul anka That's for sure
sean burns 11:14:02 AM
I hated this music and wondered what the heck was going on when it came out. My tastes have changed since then and can now enjoy musique concrete and discordant avant-garde stuff much more than in my youth
Mark 11:27:14 AM
haha the lyrics r great in a kitschy way ! :)
sean burns 11:30:18 AM
Well he certainly put his heart into singing this. I can imagine him down on one knee, head bowed, grimacing with a hand in the air
Christine {¤_θ}° 11:30:42 AM
@Sean, lol
Mark 11:31:14 AM
it might be the epitome/definition of camp :)
jimbeaux 11:32:03 AM
shaggs 4 life...
sean burns 11:32:19 AM
I would like to see a modern dance troupe perform to this
Mark 11:32:23 AM
it certainly inspired slot of comedy bits
jimbeaux 11:34:07 AM
someone left the cake out in the rain...
sean burns 11:44:40 AM
If you have the 1988 rounder records three issue of the shaggs LP with the extra cuts, their version of paper roses and give me that ding etc, I would venture that "Shahg's own thing the vocal version" is the worst thing they put down on vinyl
sean burns 11:45:24 AM
It is their father and their brother doing a terrible duet arguing about the young guy sneaking out with the other guys girl. It truly must be heard
connor 11:45:49 AM
so glad i'm catching this set
Christine {¤_θ}° 11:47:00 AM
Wow.
Mark 11:54:32 AM
any t bone burnett bad is offset by the great stuff he did for coen brother soundtracks
Mark 11:57:12 AM
and billy ray actually was a credible actor in mullholland drive so don’t dismiss him entirely
Selecta Jerry 11:58:30 AM
Hee Haw!