Author: J.A. Bartlett

Writer, raconteur, radio geek, beer snob. There's more of this pondwater at http://jabartlett.wordpress.com.
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World’s Worst Songs: “Let There Be Cowgirls” by Chris Cagle

Chris Cagle is a modestly successful country singer who’s managed to chart a few singles since 2000. “I Breathe In, I Breathe...

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The #1 Albums: “Led Zeppelin III”

On October 24, 1970, Led Zeppelin III blased onto the Billboard 200 album chart at #3. The next week, it knocked Santana’s Abraxas...

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World’s Worst Songs: “Playground in My Mind” by Clint Holmes

Is there anything more lovely than the voices of little children in song? Most things, actually. At World’s Worst World Headquarters,...

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The #1 Albums: Santana’s “Abraxas”

My first radio was a green plastic box with a giant dial and tubes inside. I didn’t care that it got only AM—it got WLS, the...

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World’s Worst Songs: Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You”

(Stay with me on this one. I think I can make the case.) Even though some people believe that profanity is a linguistic copout or the sign...

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The #1 Albums: “Cosmo’s Factory” by Creedence Clearwater Revival

youtube id=”nM_BJrgRs2E” width=”600″ height=”350″ Sweet mama this is one great album. Released at a...

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World’s Worst Songs: Harry Chapin’s “Sequel”

Hell yes, I read your comments. And you asked for it: this week’s installment of World’s Worst Songs stars “Sequel”...

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The #1 Albums: “Blood Sweat & Tears 3”

At a distance of more than 40 years, we forget how big Blood Sweat and Tears was at the turn of the 1970s. Their second, self-titled album...

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World’s Worst Songs: “Taxi” by Harry Chapin

Good storytelling involves not only what you leave in, but what you leave out. What’s left out is what makes Bobbie Gentry’s...

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The #1 Albums: “Woodstock”

Years ago, I worked at a radio station in small-town Illinois. An on-air discussion about Woodstock prompted one of the sales reps to...

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World’s Worst Songs: “25 or 6 to 4” by Chicago

Wait, what? Chicago’s third single, “25 or 6 to 4,” was released in the summer of 1970, and it is flat awesome. It proves...

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The #1 Albums: The Beatles’ “Let It Be”

“I’ll finish you all now! You’ll pay!” So said Paul McCartney to Ringo Starr when Ringo tried to convince Paul to...

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World’s Worst Songs: “Coward of the County” by Kenny Rogers

Kenny Rogers scored solo hits beginning in 1977, but many of his early singles seemed to exist out of time. They sure didn’t sound...

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The #1 Albums: “McCartney”

It must be great to be Paul McCartney. All that fame, all that money. And it must be terrible, too, because you have to compete with Paul...

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World’s Worst Songs: Animals Run Amok

This is the final edition of World’s Worst Songs before Christmas, so here are a few short takes on three reviled holiday records,...

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The #1 Albums: “Deja Vu” by Crosby Stills Nash & Young

Their long musical partnership has been good to David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash. During the period when they added Neil Young...

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World’s Worst Songs: “Christmas Carol” by Skip Ewing

After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Laura Miller wrote a brilliant essay called “The Kitschification of September 11,” which...

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World’s Worst Songs: Dan Fogelberg’s “Same Old Lang Syne”

Dan Fogelberg’s wuss-rock holiday epic “Same Old Lang Syne” is the foundation stone upon which World’s Worst Songs...

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The #1 Albums: Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water”

Several songs on Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water seem so perfect it’s as though they must always have existed....

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World’s Worst Songs: “Baby It’s Cold Outside”

Between now and Christmas, World’s Worst Songs will single out some of the season’s ickiest perennials, starting with a song...

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The #1 Albums: “Led Zeppelin II”

In 2003, Eric Boehlert (now at Media Matters) wrote an essay for Salon called “The Greatest Week in Rock History” in which he...

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World’s Worst Songs: “It’s Thanksgiving” by Nicole Westbrook

Thanksgiving, the first American holiday and arguably the most unique, doesn’t get much respect anymore. It’s been reduced to a...

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The #1 Albums: “Abbey Road”

Certain albums in this series present a particular challenge, as we’ve noted before: What can one say that’s fresh about some...

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The #1 Albums: “Green River” by Creedence Clearwater Revival

And now, a list of songs: “Everyday People” by Sly and the Family Stone “Dizzy” by Tommy Roe “Love Theme From...

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The #1 Albums: Blind Faith

What would an English edition of the Band have sounded like? Eric Clapton wondered, too. And in 1969, he set out to form one, but without...

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World’s Worst Songs: “Batdance” by Prince

Hollywood has been making Batman movies more-or-less continuously for a generation now, going back to 1989 and continuing through this past...

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The #1 Albums: “Johnny Cash at San Quentin”

In 1953, Johnny Cash wrote “Folsom Prison Blues.” Fifteen years later, on a weekday morning in January, he played a legendary...

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World’s Worst Songs: “Miss America” by Styx

It has been suggested to me that I include “Come Sail Away” by Styx in this feature. But “Come Sail Away” is...

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The #1 Albums: “Hair”

The changing mores of the 1960s eventually reached far beyond popular music. Motion pictures abandoned the production codes that had ruled...

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World’s Worst Songs: “Finally Getting Up From Rock Bottom”

You think finding a different bad song to write about every week is easy? That there’s no psychological price to be paid for this...