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Don't know if it's in "bad taste", but a few years ago Cee Low Green hit the top of the charts with a song called Fuck You.
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Hey Joe - Written by Roberts Billy (?) But obviously popularized by Jimi Hendrix.

"I'm goin' down to shoot my old lady.
You know I caught her messin' 'round with another man."

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I have the perfect song for this thread. The Pietasters: Menowannalikki-U.

Me no wanna linky you because it might get you in trouble at work. You can find it on YouTube.
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Rum and Coca Cola.

Both mother and daughter are whores servicing Yankees. Just because it whooshed over the Andrew Sisters' heads doesn't make it any less offensive.
Holy Shit, no kidding! This song came on my mp3 while skiing and I'm all WTF??

Real Skeezy! Kinda hot, though.
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How about Chuck Berry's only #1 hit?

My Ding-a-Ling


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Don't know if it counts as a hit, but Elvis Costello's Alison. Linda Ronstadt did a very pretty cover of it, but ISTM that murder is in bad taste.

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I'm not seeing a murder connection, at all.
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Rum and Coca Cola.

Both mother and daughter are whores servicing Yankees. Just because it whooshed over the Andrew Sisters' heads doesn't make it any less offensive....
Unless singing is a euphemism for fucking, I'm not seeing it.
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Unless singing is a euphemism for fucking, I'm not seeing it.
It's very clear in the original version, and the verses that the Andrews Sisters didn't record.
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Unless singing is a euphemism for fucking, I'm not seeing it.
Apparently the original was "working for the Yankee Dollar"

And the first verse in the original was
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Some of the young girls were more than glad
They said that the Yankees treat them nice
And they give them a better price
It looks like the Andrews Sisters version was somewhat bowdlerized and given to them to record at the very last minute.
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It's very clear in the original version, and the verses that the Andrews Sisters didn't record.
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Apparently the original was "working for the Yankee Dollar"

And the first verse in the original was


It looks like the Andrews Sisters version was somewhat bowdlerized and given to them to record at the very last minute.
Ah. OK. Thanks.
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Squeeze Box by The Who. Although it's really too silly to be truly offensive, IMHO.
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Deservedly panned in the recent past, Baby it's Cold Outside deserves a mention. And what a story - after having been called for being suggestive of date rape, it made the Billboard download top ten.

It gets weirder - the Wiki page tells the story of it being suspended by radio station



You couldn't make it up.

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It is not in ANY way suggestive of date rape. Not even a little.
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"He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss)" by the Crystals in 1962, written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King (!)

ETA: not sure if it was a, um, “hit” though
Carole King revealed a few years ago that she was a domestic abuse survivor, as well.

The whole song isn’t bad, but Mungojerrie’s In The Summertime has those skeevy lines:

If her daddy’s rich, take her out for a meal.
If her daddy’s poor, just do what you feel...
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Since bad taste is relative, I'll include a really, really successful song, your taste can be the judge. Start Me Up by the Stones is another in a long line of rock and roll songs about sex. (Hi, AC/DC!) As many times as people had these lyrics pass through their brains, a little focus on the lyrics brings about another take on the song. Like when the Folksmen perform it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzkILGr2-Ok
Yeah, it's sex, so?
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Rum and Coca Cola.

Both mother and daughter are whores servicing Yankees. Just because it whooshed over the Andrew Sisters' heads doesn't make it any less offensive.

...
Their lyrics were "Both mother and daughter singin' for the Yankee dollar" the original was "Both mother and daughter/Working for the Yankee dollar", that's kinda suggestive if your mind works like that, but....
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...The whole song isn’t bad, but Mungojerrie’s In The Summertime has those skeevy lines:

If her daddy’s rich, take her out for a meal.
If her daddy’s poor, just do what you feel...
People 'round here get worked up over this lyric but I don't see it. If daddy's rich he'll spring for the meal. Otherwise the two of you will have to find a free way to have (consensual) fun.

And...Mungojerri???


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Yeah, it's sex, so?
Yeah, that's why I mentioned that bad taste is relative. I was hoping to ward off stupid responses.
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People 'round here get worked up over this lyric but I don't see it. If daddy's rich he'll spring for the meal. Otherwise the two of you will have to find a free way to have (consensual) fun.

And...Mungojerri???


mmm
My mistake - Mungo Jerry. I watched Cats earlier tonight, and assumed the band was named after the cat.
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My Sharona by The Knack hit #1 for 6 weeks.

I always get it up
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Of the younger kind


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I Gotcha by Joe Tex is the rapiest hit song I've ever heard.
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Their lyrics were "Both mother and daughter singin' for the Yankee dollar" the original was "Both mother and daughter/Working for the Yankee dollar", that's kinda suggestive if your mind works like that, but....
Their lyrics are clearly workin'. Don't know how you hear "singin'" in that.
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The Homecoming Queen’s Got A Gun was a hit on Dr. Demento back in the day, but would be even more tasteless today...
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(He'll never be an) Ol' Man River by Australian band TISM, sometimes known by their full name This Is Serious Mum.

Wikipedia - song, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TISM
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On traditional Greek instruments

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I'm on the drug
I'm on the drug
I'm on the drug
That killed River Phoenix


It did very well, making it into No 23 on the national single charts, so properly qualifying for this thread.

Go them!

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.....I think Heart's awful song All I Wanna Do is pretty tasteless. I suppose there have been women who picked up total strangers and boned them for the sole purpose of getting pregnant because their partner couldn't, but maybe lets not sing about it......
Written by Mutt Lange. Must be some kind of wish fulfillment for him. Ugh.
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Also, "This Girl Is A Woman Now" is in bad taste because the idea that a young girl becomes a woman by having sex is wrong on a lot of different levels.......
Just checked out the lyrics. Ugh. Really, really bad.
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The whole song isn’t bad, but Mungojerrie’s In The Summertime has those skeevy lines:

If her daddy’s rich, take her out for a meal.
If her daddy’s poor, just do what you feel...
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People 'round here get worked up over this lyric but I don't see it. If daddy's rich he'll spring for the meal. Otherwise the two of you will have to find a free way to have (consensual) fun.

You're both missing the worst part of it.

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It is not in ANY way suggestive of date rape. Not even a little.
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As the lyrics unfold, one voice (usually female, labeled “The Mouse” by Loesser on the original lyric sheet) ticks off a list of excuses to flee while the other (usually male, labeled “The Wolf”) tries every gambit in the book to get her to stay, presumably for the night
My bolding. https://www.snopes.com/news/2017/12/...-cold-outside/

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I had never heard of this song until I read about it in Dave Barry's Book of Bad Songs. I still have never heard it.
Well, that's pretty easily fixed in this really modern world, what with the internet and whatnot.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqDu5LBT8_Y

Pretty catchy. Honestly, no small portion of song lyrics are complete shit. If the music has merit and/or the voice singing them sounds good, then the content of the lyrics doesn't seem to matter.

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I nominate "The Battle of Kookamonga" by Homer and Jethro. It won a Grammy, but its lyrics seem pretty skeevy nowadays -- Boy Scouts leering at girls skinny-dipping and then chasing after them and hoping to catch them in order to "rub" and "make sparks".

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Don't know if it counts as a hit, but Elvis Costello's Alison. Linda Ronstadt did a very pretty cover of it, but ISTM that murder is in bad taste.
Wait... What? "Alison" is about murder?! Never thought of that myself, and googling it now shows Elvis Costello himself denying/puzzling over that interpretation.

Quite a few of my biggest facepalm reactions are already mentioned, though I'll firmly put myself in the camp of supporting the classic song Baby, It's Cold Outside as depicting a "coy woman playing along with a seduction" rather than an innocent, unknowing victim of date rape.

Especially "Brown Sugar" by the Rolling Stones. What the hell? It's not even couched in figurative terms.

A few months ago, in a bookstore, my kids and I heard a Beach Boys song gleefully looking forward to going to the beach where there'd "have some fun" because there'd be "two girls for every boy". They all literally said out loud, "What the f--?" (They are teenagers and we were doing a college visiting tour.)

I Googled what the song title was. It was... "Surf City", it reached #1 in 1963, and was actually recorded by "Jan and Dean" but written by Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys.
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Really hard to beat Tom Jones' Delilah:

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I felt the knife in my hand and she laughed no more
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Wait... What? "Alison" is about murder?! Never thought of that myself, and googling it now shows Elvis Costello himself denying/puzzling over that interpretation.

Quite a few of my biggest facepalm reactions are already mentioned, though I'll firmly put myself in the camp of supporting the classic song Baby, It's Cold Outside as depicting a "coy woman playing along with a seduction" rather than an innocent, unknowing victim of date rape.
Ditto on both counts


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A few months ago, in a bookstore, my kids and I heard a Beach Boys song gleefully looking forward to going to the beach where there'd "have some fun" because there'd be "two girls for every boy". They all literally said out loud, "What the f--?" (They are teenagers and we were doing a college visiting tour.)

I Googled what the song title was. It was... "Surf City", it reached #1 in 1963, and was actually recorded by "Jan and Dean" but written by Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys.
Hee. When I was a freshman we had a school wide dance that was Hawaiian / beach themed and the posters said "Wicked Wahines; two girls for every guy". I swear nobody gave it a second thought
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Really hard to beat Tom Jones' Delilah:
Ahem - not The Sensational Alex Harvey Band's Delilah?

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Wait... What? "Alison" is about murder?! Never thought of that myself, and googling it now shows Elvis Costello himself denying/puzzling over that interpretation.
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Sometimes I wish that I could stop you from talking
When I hear the silly things that you say.
I think somebody better put out the big light,
Cause I can't stand to see you this way.
Alison, I know this world is killing you.
Oh, Alison, my aim is true.
YMMV.

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I nominate "The Battle of Kookamonga" by Homer and Jethro. It won a Grammy, but its lyrics seem pretty skeevy nowadays -- Boy Scouts leering at girls skinny-dipping and then chasing after them and hoping to catch them in order to "rub" and "make sparks".
Pretty similar to Starland Vocal Band's, "Afternoon Delight."
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Which is actually just in bad musical taste.
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Pretty similar to Starland Vocal Band's, "Afternoon Delight."
I thought about mentioning this one. On the one hand it's very much part of the soundtrack of my childhood and on the other (in fact the rest of my whole cringing body) it's just a big bucket of "ewwwwwww!" So smarmy.
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^ Did the phrase exist before the song, or can we thank them for that, too?

They're all so happy/chirpy about tearing off a piece.

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Really hard to beat Tom Jones' Delilah:
Double down with Cher in Dark Lady:

So I snuck back and caught her with my man;
Laughing and kissing til they saw the gun in my hand...
The next thing I knew they were dead on the floor--
Dark Lady would never turn a card up anymore!

She got them both. Go, girl!
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Double down with Cher in Dark Lady:

So I snuck back and caught her with my man;
Laughing and kissing til they saw the gun in my hand...
The next thing I knew they were dead on the floor--
Dark Lady would never turn a card up anymore!

She got them both. Go, girl!
There are plenty of songs about killing, or wanting to kill, unfaithful lovers... Criminal, yes, by modern standards, but I wouldn't say it's in "bad taste" if it's a theme as old as mankind. Especially if you include operas!

Hey Joe, where you goin' with that gun in your hand?

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Helen Reddy's "Angie Baby." A girl with mental health issues kidnaps a neighbor boy Peeping-Tom and keeps him as a sex slave in her radio.

Um. OK.
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Pretty similar to Starland Vocal Band's, "Afternoon Delight."
I absolutely adore Afternoon Delight. I love the harmonies and my childhood self loved to sing this wonderful song about eating candy in the sunshine. What? You mean it's NOT about eating candy in the daytime? Well, my 9 year old self does not believe you.
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I absolutely adore Afternoon Delight. I love the harmonies and my childhood self loved to sing this wonderful song about eating candy in the sunshine. What? You mean it's NOT about eating candy in the daytime? Well, my 9 year old self does not believe you.
One of my favorite scenes in Arrested Development is when Michael and his young niece Maeby do karoake to this song, and only in the middle realize what it's actually about.
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Hot Child in the CIty by Nick Gilder -glorifying child prostitution. Gilder even admits he was writing it from the POV of a lecher.
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"I Don't Like Mondays" by the Boomtown Rats. The song is about an actual spree killer who shot up a schoolyard and who, when asked why, replied "I don't like Mondays."

Back in the 70s, a local radio station was promoting an "I don't like Mondays" promotion, and used the chorus of the song. When the Monday came along, there was no mention of it; evidently someone explained the meaning of the song to them over the weekend.
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How "bad taste" is Cher's, "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves"? Or, "Half-Breed"?
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One of my favorite scenes in Arrested Development is when Michael and his young niece Maeby do karoake to this song, and only in the middle realize what it's actually about.
Oh you beat me to it. I had the link in my clipboard ready to post.
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Actually, given it's sung by one of the oppressed people, lamenting how her people were seen by society, I'll give GT&T a pass.
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The other Afternoon Delight joke in Arrested Development is pretty great too.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNQz6MeKwKs
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Hey Joe - Written by Roberts Billy (?) But obviously popularized by Jimi Hendrix.

"I'm goin' down to shoot my old lady.
You know I caught her messin' 'round with another man."
Certainly bad taste, but that sort of phrase is basically Blues 101, variations are in a lot of blues songs.

In that same vein, Cocaine Blues, popularized by Johnny Cash:

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Early one morning while making the rounds
I took a shot of cocaine and I shot my woman down
I went right home and I went to bed
I stuck that loving 44 beneath my head
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Shot her down because she made me slow
I thought I was her daddy but she had five more.
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Ninety-nine years underneath that ground
I can't forget the day I shot that bad bitch down
Still a great song, just in bad taste.
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