ę Obama to Egypt's Democratic Resistance: Leave Morsi Alone! | Main | Joint Morsi-Military Statement Canceled; Morsi Asks Military to Cancel Coup;
Morsi On Television Right Now Ľ
July 02, 2013

Area Man Has Strong Feelings About Minor Song Released 20 Years Ago

The Onion's AV Club has a neat running featured called "Hate Song," wherein they ask some musician about the song they hate the most. Several of them are sort of funny (Anthrax's Scott Ian hates Morrissey, not just a particular song, but Morrissey's voice and everything he's done), but I thought this one was the best.

First of all, the guy they asked, Dean Ween (a made up name), did this minor alternative-radio hit in the 90s. That's his claim to fame. I think it's a decent claim, you may disagree. Importantly for our purposes, though, he seems to have a sense of humor.

The song he hates is 4 Non Blondes' godawful earth-mother/hippie chick/faux Goth power anthem "What's Up?:"


Just terrible and awful in all ways.

The guy's interview is pretty funny. He really hates this song.

The A.V. Club: ďWhatís Up?Ē was released as a single on June 23, 1993. Do you have any recollection of the first time you heard the song?

Dean Ween: I donít remember where I was, or what I was doing, but I remember hearing it and thinking, ďThis is the most obnoxious fucking hollering Iíve ever heard in my life.Ē I could envision the horrible, horrible female that was singing it, and I knew that it was gonna be a hit, just by how bad I hated it. I knew that it was going to be played for years by every fucking bad girl band that came through my local bar, and sung on every karaoke night for the rest of time. I was just instantly overcome with a sense of dread, and of course itís all come to pass. Then I saw the video for it, and the people that I imagined would be so loathsome as to make such a piece of shit of a song looked identical to what I imagined them to be in my mind.

AVC: In the video, Linda Perry and the bassist both have horrible dreadlocks, and Perry has that ridiculous hat with the goggles.

DW: Itís as bad as music gets. The pinnacle of the whole thing is when she does this powerful ďRevolution!Ē What the fuck does this have to do with revolution? Wow, powerful stuff, asshole!

...

AVC: You immediately hated the song, but did it get worse with the video and radio overplay? Does your hatred continue to grow?

DW: It grows to this day. If it was on in a bar or a restaurant, I would go out of my way to make them turn it off. Thereís all kinds of bad music out there, but everything about the song makes my ears bleed. The over-singing, the awful lyrics, and the guitar. Thereís a guitar solo in it thatís like what you learn the first week you get a guitar and take a lesson. They show you a blues scale, and thatís what is being played on the song. Everything about the song is so awful that if I sat down and tried to write the worst song ever, I couldnít even make it 10 percent of the reality of how awful that song is.

AVC: As a musician, is that what particularly offends you?

DW: Iíll tell you what it is: At the high-school talent show when I was growing up, or the elementary talent show, thereís always that obnoxious girl whose parents or the theater coach told her sheís really talented, and she goes up and sings a song from Annie. [Singing.] ďThe suníll come out tomorrow!Ē Overdoing it. I knew the song was going to be the new that when I heard it. [Laughs.] And it is.

...

AVC: Thatís funny. Rememberó

DW: Iíd like to fight the whole band. Thatís how much I hate the song. Iíd like to fight them.... If I donít like stuff, then I change the channel. Thereís stuff that can be ignored. Then thereís stuff thatís so inexcusable, I would go out of my way if their van [4 Non Blondes] was parked by the club to slash the tires and kick the door panels in. Or their bus. Probably their private jet. Fuck.

AVC: I think a lot of song hatred can come from a girlfriend, or friends who overplay it. Did you actually know anyone who liked the song when it was popular?

DW: Yeah, the lesbian bartenders in New Hope.

There are a whole bunch of these here, but I've only read a few of them. The first one, at the bottom of the list, is about one KISS' many we-put-no-effort-at-all-into-this songs, and is pretty funny.

But not as funny as the Ween guy.

digg this
posted by Ace at 04:19 PM

| Access Comments




Recent Comments
RedMindBlueState[/i][/s][/b][/u]: "[i]Guess y'all don't care about the starving otter ..."

Muad'dib: ">It's at this moment that I would like to point ..."

Colorado Alex in Exile: "[i]How much does it take to raise AtC? Posted by: ..."

Mr. Peebles: "[i]Scumbag Georgia SecState criminals are mad at u ..."

Love: "french fries are probably the best food on the pla ..."

Cato, Collectivism Delenda Est, Post-Apocalyptic Scourge of the Seas: "AoSHQ is the best site on the web but the trolls a ..."

Jewells45TRUMPWON!: "[i]I do remember seeing a video in 2003 of him dru ..."

Now that is passed, you can read it: "The US government took over the student loan busin ..."

DFCtomm: "Our culture has become predatory, preying upon the ..."

Brother Tim (@BrotherTimMTG on Parler): "[i]So many people are getting flame thrown so much ..."

Booster chair: "[i]How much does it take to raise AtC? Posted by: ..."

SFGoth: "Pumpernickel, havarti, and lox.  FTW ..."

Recent Entries
Search


Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64