Just because a record’s a hit doesn’t mean it’s good. And there are many good records that never achieve chart success. This show focuses on the former: 1960s singles that cracked the top 100 in the U.S. and/or U.K.—in certain cases even topping it—yet which are universally condemned or divide opinions: some people love them, others hate them.
Incorporating several of their own choices with those of listeners, Richard and Erik bravely take a trip through an assortment of Sixties stinkers—ranging from novelty records to artistic blunders—and also recruit the Celebrated Mr. K (Allan Kozinn) to try figure out what in hell the artists and composers were thinking.
Following are the featured tracks. But this is just the beginning—no way can all of the contenders fit into a single episode…
- Ray Stevens — Jeremiah Peabody’s Polyunsaturated Quick-Dissolving Fast-Acting Pleasant Tasting Green and Purple Pills
- Brian Hyland — Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
- The Trashmen — Surfin’ Bird
- Jimmy Cross — I Want My Baby Back
- Freddie and the Dreamers — Do the Freddie
- Elvis Presley — Do the Clam
- Mrs. Miller — Downtown/A Lover’s Concerto
- Sgt. Barry Sadler — The Ballad of the Green Berets
- Esther and Abi Ofarim — Cinderella Rockefella
- Senator Bobby — Wild Thing
- 1910 Fruitgum Company — Simon Says
- Richard Harris — MacArthur Park
- Tiny Tim — Tip Toe Thru’ the Tulips With Me