Friday, 13 February 2009

Top 5 On Friday

Over at The Music Memoirs they ask, on this Friday 13th for the top 5 songs that horrify me and why, so here goes:

1. Read 'Em And Weep - Barry Manilow

Loved the Meat Loaf original, but just really hate this version, nay travesty, which seems to suck all of the life out of the song. Worst cover version I can think of (before anyone points me towards William Shatner, at least his cover versions are entertaining).

2. When You Wish Upon A Star - Gene Simmons

Then again, this could be the worst cover version ever. A superb mismatch of voice and song as a rasping, croaking voice from the stygian depths of Hades sings a song about wishing upon a heavenly object.

3. Darling Violetta - I Want To Kill You

Doing away with songs that horrify me merely because they're bad, it's time to move to the unsettling and sinister. And so we start with Darling Violetta where, to a shady Portishead-esque background tune, the lead singer keeps reiterating that she's going to kill me in a childlike voice of the highest unhingement. Creepy!

4. Sinister Ducks - The March Of The Sinister Ducks

And now to the sinister, as the mind that brought us the facist future of V for Vendetta, now delivers a prophetic swaggering Kurt-Weillian nightmare vision of those "web-footed facists with mad little eyes". You'll never look at ducks the same way again afterwards.

5. Dawn's Lament - Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Once More With Feeling

I was running short of things that horrified me, but my niece thinks that the sudden instrumental whoosh at the end of this song is scary, and she's not usually afraid of anything, so I figured it deserved a mention.


The Mistress of the Dark said...

Gene did When I Wish Upon A Star, just the thought of it horrifies me!! Great list

hippie-chick said...

Just when I thought I'd wiped every memory of Gene Simmons singing that song from my memory. LOL!

The Bumbles said...

Gene Simmons made me cringe as well. Although nothing surpasses the horror of that Manilow clip. I think the video was far worse than the vocals - and I thought the vocals were terrible!

An Eerie Tapestry said...

Thanks for the comments. From the sound of things, Gene Simmons was as horrifying as I remember. Lucky I couldn't find a link to it or we'd no doubt all be having nightmares.

And I agree, The Bumbles, that the Manilow video manages to be worse than the song which is no mean feat. What with that video, and Gene Simmons's liberal use of face paint, it's no wonder so many people these days are afraid of clowns.