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BAMM.tv Rundown: Worst Songs By Great Artists

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Remember when you were a kid, and you’d done something wrong, and your parents would say: ‘I’m not angry … I’m just disappointed’? How about the music that makes you feel that way? Everyone has a moment in the catalogue of their favorite band or artist which they find indefensible – maybe a stupid quote in an interview, maybe an embarrassing TV appearance, maybe a sell-out starring role in a product commercial (we’re looking at you, Iggy Pop. And you, John Lydon).

Or – more likely – just a plain old bad song.

We’re looking at the top five worst songs by great artists … those records which sully the reputation of cultural legends and which even the hardcore fanbase find hard to stomach. Ready? Let’s go.

5. The Smiths – ‘Golden Lights’

Morrissey may have aged into a flabby, reactionary embarrassment, but it’s widely held that his four-year-stint with The Smiths was a non-stop procession of pop perfection. Right? Right? Well … kind of. There’s always one who has to spoilt it for everyone else – and that came in the form of ‘Ask’ B-Side ‘Golden Lights’, a cover of a 1965 song by Twinkle. The rest of the band hated it. It’s easy to see why:

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The BAMM Alternative Jubilee Soundtrack

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Readers in the UK – and those who keep an eye on current events upon that rainy island – will know that the ‘Diamond Jubilee’ is underway: a long weekend in which everyone pretends to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 60th year on the throne when infact they’re just happy to get a few days off work, whatever the reason.

Still – whatever one may think of the Royal Family (yep, we’re adopting a regal tone now), it’s hard to deny that the constant fawning media coverage can be a bit of a drag. Any aliens watching TV right now (not sure why they would be, but just play along) would think that everyone is Britain is constantly bowing in deference to the Royal overlords. This isn’t the case, however – as evidenced by our alternative Jubilee soundtrack from acts who take an … erm … less than complimentary approach to the monarchy.

God Save The Queen – The Sex Pistols

The original anti-Jubilee song. Ironically the Queen has aged better than all the remaining Sex Pistols combined.

The Queen Is Dead – The Smiths

Possibly their finest hour – the amazing opening track to the classic album of the same name.

Elizabeth My Dear – The Stone Roses

“Tear me apart and boil my bones / I’ll not rest ’til she’s lost her throne.” Not a fan, then, chaps?

Storm The Palace – Catatonia

The sort of rallying call that would have seen people beheaded not so long ago.

Insect Royalty – Primal Scream

Hold on – the monarchy are insects? But David Icke told us they were lizards. Which is it?

Watch Bigmouth Strikes Again by Crashfaster on BAMM TV

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You don’t need us to tell you that the Smiths’ ‘Bigmouth Strikes Again’ is a stone-cold classic – hyperactive and hummable, it’s nothing less than the ‘Jumping Jack Flash’ of the eighties. There’s been many a cover version over the years, but nothing quite like the version performed exclusively for BAMM TV by 8-bit mastermind Crashfaster. He’s a code designer by day, crazed musical genius by night (and also the founder of Monobomb Records), and you can follow him on Twitter here. Check out the video above for some synth-fused Smiths action.

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