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Wednesday, July 06, 2005
 

Bloggers Pick Most Overrated Songs

Touching off a nerve, Robert Burke of Rhapsody Radish has compiled a list of the most overrated songs submitted by some prominent music bloggers in the blogosphere. Freeway Jam's own uao contributed a pick as well. Take a look at it over at Blogcritics.org. You're invited to add songs of your own, too. Or join the raging battle.

 
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uao: You, sir, are an idiot.

Nothing personal, but anybody who could seriously refer to the lyrics of Imagine as being "communist" in any way and mean it, well, I can think of no better label for you.

In other words, it's no wonder you don't like the song; you clearly don't understand what he was actually singing about.

Overplayed, perhaps. I won't argue that one. However, it is a great, great song, easily the best off the Imagine album (Crippled Inside is just nowhere near as good), and definitely not "communist".
 
Hi Otto. It's even more obvious that you've never read the communist manifesto. Even Lennon admitted that's where he borrowed from.

Nor does it sound like you've heard the Imagine album. Not only is "Crippled Inside" a fresher, more original, wittier, and more musical song, "I Don' Want To Be A Soldier", "It's So Hard", "Gimme Some Truth", "Jelous Guy" and even "Oh Yoko" are better songs.

But thanks for your comments. You Fark guys know your music. ;-)
 
Actually, I have indeed read the communist manifesto.

And Lennon *never* admitted any such thing, he said that he could understand how people could see that in the song. Time to go reread his quotes again. ;)

As for the rest of the Imagine album, well, we'll just have to agree to disagree there. IMO, Imagine tops the rest of the album by a wide, wide margin. It is, admittedly, a different type of tune. Simple, but emotionally stirring. I guess it really depends on your definition of "better".

And I don't read Fark. Nice guess, but no cookie. :P
 
Fair enough, Otto.

Keep in mind,I was merely responding to a poll that was meant in fun. Sorry if upsets anyone, but hell, it's a rare person who doesn't say "that classsic" is overrated about a good tune now and then.

I'm as much a devoted Lennon fan as anyone. The post above this, using "Listen to" in its title, is a tip of the hat to Lennon's 1974 "Listen to this album/button/bus/ect." promo campaign for Walls and Bridges.

Your quote:

uao: You, sir, are an idiot.

Nothing personal, but anybody who could seriously refer to the lyrics of Imagine as being "communist" in any way and mean it, well, I can think of no better label for you.
is negated by your second quote, And Lennon *never* admitted any such thing, he said that he could understand how people could see that in the song.

So Lennon understands.

Seriously, though. It's all in fun. Thanks for the reply; I do appreciate it.
 
Oh yeah, Lennon understood. No doubt. I, however, don't. I find the comment rather appalling and insulting, quite frankly.

Just saying it's all in fun doesn't really get you off the hook for perpetuating that damnable lie, sir.
 
What lie? That "Imagine" is overrated? Maybe you need to lighten up a little. There are far more things to worry about in the world today than what I think about "Imagine".
 
Good morning, fellow apostate! Whoa. I hadn't come by your comments section before marveling at the anger Amanda had spill onto her own site. Looks like you got otto pretty fired up.

I'm also more of a "Jealous Guy" guy, if truth be told.
 
The lie that the song is promoting communism. Have you not been paying attention or something? That's what I've been complaining about.
 
Otto, I don't think you're paying attention. How can I make it clearer?

In my piece in the article, I said the lyrics seemed cribbed from the communist manifesto.

You called me an idiot for saying so.

By your own admission, Lennon himself says he understands why people might think he cribbed the lyrics, because the message is very similar.

Ergo, "Imagine" sounds like it could be cribbed from the communist manifesto, even if it wasn't. The song's composer says so himself, and you cite him saying this.

QED

I like Lennon, I think I've said plenty of kind words about him here and in the original post, and surely will again in the future.

Don't you have anything better to do than quibble about this? A lot of Beatles fans dig Badfinger. Maybe you'll like my Badfinger profile. The link is on the sidebar.
 
I got your Badfinger right here...

j/k

I'm disappointed I didn't get any spillover trolls for "American Pie," but it's been fun participating in the abuse, I must say.
 
You can have mine if you like, Drake.

(Only kidding Otto ;-) )
 
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