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The Worst Songs of the '80s

You asked for this.

Nov. 7 2019

Cast: Jeff, Brad, Ben, Jan

Posted by: Jan

In This Episode:

The 1980s

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Excuse me, what is this?

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I definitely did

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Important work... question mark?

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I definitely asked for this.

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We sure did. Evening plans cancelled.

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TEMOR-RARY SECRE-TARY

My life has been changed by the knowledge of this song. I wish I could go back to the way it was.

This was a blast, I love y'all so much for doing this video!

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this is the content we need.

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good content

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Yes!!!! This is why Giant Bomb is the only video game website I visit.

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Juba. Joe Juba, that is

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Omg this is awesome

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I missed the memo

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How the hell is (I've had) The Time of My Life not on this list. How.

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This is good, well done.

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Temporary Secretary should have been #1

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Great, a two and a half hour video that is going to take me 6 hours to watch cause i am constantly pausing to look up music videos to watch.

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Edited By Deadstar

Hey Jeff, open the door, get on the floor, everybody walk the dinosaur! (Best song of the 80s)

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Please do more of these.

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@deadstar: An email on the Bombcast from a few weeks ago asked if Starship's "We Built This City" was the worst song of the 80s. So here is the natural endpoint.

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Edited By doombot13

@deadstar said:

What spawned this? This is good.

Three bombcasts ago started the worst song of the 80s topic. Snowballed from there.

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Incredible.

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They forgot to mention Walk the Dinosaur was on the Super Mario Bros The Movie soundtrack.

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The content that leads to a renewal.

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Can't wait to watch this. I love this dumb website.

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The best song of the 80's is Groove Me by Guy. Teddy Riley new jack swing forever.

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"THIS SONG WILL DESTROY THIS ROOM!"

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The Temporary Secretary part was pretty hilarious.

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@bathala: Temporary Secretary fuckin' rules.

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This is perhaps better than GOTY.

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The best thing about "This Song Is Just Six Words Long" is that the title is seven words.

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will not take any Tears for Fears slander

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This is amazing! My god.

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As a Ricky, Hey Mickey is a 4 on this list

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Hey Ben, Rachel Hunter was Stacy's Mum in the song performed by Fountains of Wayne.

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In 2014, "Temporary Secretary" was ranked as one of the greatest songs of all time by critics of NME magazine. They described it as "wonky electropop that didn't sound so much ahead of its time as out of it altogether."

from the wikipedia page

I'm with Jeff on this one, this song fucking rules

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I totally missed this live, but I have the actual worst 80's song. Laurie Anderson - O Superman. I had part of it as my voicemail message for a solid decade. People hated it, and I don't blame them.

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Now onto the 90's!

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Edited By TheTogorian

Definitely agree with "Lady in Red" being the worst, but songs that should have been much higher up the list (and thus are much worse than the Bombcast thinks they are):

"Hey Mickey" - Saying you can clap along to it makes it a much worse song in my book. Any song that is a standard at weddings or at kids parties because people who have no rhythm or music sense can either sing along, clap along or dance along (ie Hokey Pokey, Birdie Song, etc) generally means the song is devoid of any artistic integrity.

"The Wild Boys" (Duran Duran) - Absolutely horrible track that didn't make this list. Some of the worst singing I've heard.

And "Temporary Secretary" should have been much, much lower on this list. It's fantastic!

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is this video thing?

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I resubbed for this

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Your Love by The Outfield is the worst song of the 80s

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Jeff screaming about 99 Luftballoons is worth subbing over.

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This isn't what I think it is... is it?

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I totally missed this live, but I have the actual worst 80's song. Laurie Anderson - O Superman. I had part of it as my voicemail message for a solid decade. People hated it, and I don't blame them.

O Superman is amazing!

The late great Gerry Anderson (local radio presenter here in NI) used to play it regularly during his weekday 10am-midday slot and the complaints would roll in. Glorious.

Justified winner though, and mega thanks to the brave soul who has changed Lady in Red's Wikipedia entry.

We're now in the Wikipedia entry

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This is one of those times I'm reminded why I love this damn website.

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@bathala said:

Temporary Secretary should have been #1

Sure if they ever do a best song of the 80s list.

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I was really hoping this was gonna be a Rock Band/Guitar Hero stream for some reason

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@jeff: my last name is Duran and I gotta say, thank you. I do feel handsome.

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Hideo Kojima, after Konami, blessed us with Death Stranding in the same way Paul McCartney, after The Beatles, blessed us with Temporary Secretary.