The backstory: As is the case with any sentient person, I spend plenty of time in the public places that feature music from the easy listening/classic rock continuum. Over the years, some songs have lost their appeal. To that end, T and I have compiled a list of songs which have achieved their lifetime limit, meaning that we never wish to hear them again. Over the remainder of 2017, I will post nominees for this dubious honor.
This edition is concerned with rock ballads, a genre that has a great deal for which to answer. For starters, the tunes whine in your head long after the song has been heard. Moreover, they all have horrifying videos that still come to mind when I hear them, even though it’s been a solid 20-plus years since I watched any of these videos. Or perhaps any music videos? Do music videos still exist? But I digress…..the following songs are tiresome and I have reached my lifetime limit.
1. All songs by Whitesnake, but especially “Here I Go Again on My Own.” Just fucking go, already.
2. Poison’s “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn,” which is both an appallingly trite sentiment and frightfully likely to linger in your brain long after the first thorn-related damage has healed.
3. I’m a bit reluctant to place Journey’s “Open Arms” on the list because if I never hear it again, I will never have the chance to share a timely laugh with my sister about the time my mother claimed the song was named “Velvet Arms.” However, in the interests of the common good, I feel obligated to declare I’ve reached a lifetime limit on this damned song. While I’m at it, I’m also declaring that we’re done with “Faithfully.”
May your weekend be pleasant and ear-worm free.