Hi. I’m Dan MacRae from the blog It’s Dan MacRae. A little while back I stumbled across Channel 4’s list of “The One Hundred Worst Pop Records" (of all the time presumably). I like to think I possess a fair chunk of knowledge of bad pop records and UK pop culture, but I was surprised to find that I’ve only actually listened to half the songs mentioned on this list. I started looking up the unfamiliar tracks and my brain promptly exploded.
In Canada, I was never exposed to ventriloquism balladry (“Orville’s Song) or choirs singing syrupy odes to the nation’s grandmas (“There’s No One Quite Like Grandma”). My country’s shit music was almost always soul-crushingly dull and lacking in personality. Unless you count b4-4, which is the tanned oral-sex obsessed pop act exception that proves the rule.
The more I checked out items on the list, the more intrigued I became. So I decided to begin a project of questionable value. Starting in the near future, I’m going to be doing a series of blurby posts on all the tracks featured on Channel 4’s list. The project’s called 100 Popped and it’s going to enrich my existence to a level that is only known to high ranking Scientologists. Or it’ll just be a series of dick jokes crudely wedged into a not-particularly-good pop music retrospective. Either way, I think it’ll be fun. Join me, won’t you?