Last year, at the Twin Cities branch of the BoingBoing Meetup Day event, musician Jeremy Messersmith brought the lyrics to a song he was working on—a song intended to be as terrible a song as he could possibly write. Now, you can enjoy "It's the Heat" as an actual recorded song ... a song that includes lyrics like, "There's a fire in my belly / That I can't put out / My two legs turn to jelly / Thrashing like a trout."

18 Responses to “The worst song ever”

  1. relawson says:

     ”There’s a fire in my belly / That I can’t put out / My two legs turn to jelly / Thrashing like a trout.”
    Sounds like someone had TacoBell for dinner!

  2. that’s pretty bad. it reminds me of something that might be blaring during the action sequence in an 80s B movie.

  3. Tynam says:

    For truly terrible musical writing, I’m quite fond of the Dumbest Song Ever on Rock Band (see http://www.thefump.com/fump.php?id=1415 for the full version). A masterpiece of writing to all the worst flaws of a specific genre. It’s just a bonus that making it impossible to play on Rock Back also makes it into truly terrible music.

  4. Oliver Crosby says:

    Picked up my guitar to see if I could make this sound good. I am not ashamed to say that I could not. 

  5. Sydney Wood says:

    I still think “Muskrat Love” is the worst song ever. 

  6. arcfinn says:

     The worst song ever was in a cereal commercial a few years ago, the brand has been blocked from my memory by the horror of it. 

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      If you’re including commercials, I’d go with the Calypso version of “We put the lemon in the Ty-D-Bol for you.”

  7. Larsky says:

    Paul Williams was instructed to write intentionally bad songs for “Ishtar.” He still cites that project as the most fun he’s ever had.

  8. jonathanmann says:

    I wrote a song once called “Trying To Write A Bad Song”. It only half worked, I think;  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPAE6Z6wGP8

  9. Jim Huinink says:

    I’m not sure this beats Eve of Destruction. In fact, the quoted lyrics sound positively derivative of that song’s classic line “My blood’s so mad, feels like co-ag-u-latin’.”

  10. SofaKing says:

    here, I found the “video” for your song (saved you $200!)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qp6Bl2mZ14M 

  11. moiremusic says:

    Years ago, This American Life did an episode where they talked to some guys who attempted to survey people about the best/worst qualities in music and art and create the theoretically best and worst songs. The 11-minute segment is here (starting at 10:30) and it’s hilarious:

    http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/88/numbers

  12. Art says:

    Jeremy’s intentional bad singing actually takes away from the poor composition of the song itself, rather than enhance is terribleness. 

    So we’re really discussing a bad song combined with bad performance. 

    As you can see I take my bad songs very seriously.

  13. Pag says:

    It lacks the honest authenticity of Friday by Rebecca Black: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfVsfOSbJY0

  14. This song is good compared to this one, which was scientifically created to be the worst song ever.

    This song has: 
    holiday music, bagpipes, pipe organ, a children’s chorus and the concept of children in general (really?), Wal-Mart, cowboys, political jingoism, George Stephanopoulos, Coca Cola, bossanova synths, banjo ferocity, harp glissandos, oompah-ing tubas and much, much more. http://www.wired.com/listening_post/2008/04/a-scientific-at/

  15. Donald Petersen says:

    Well, it’s no Puberty Love, but it’s also over twice as long to sit through.  Might be we have a draw!

  16. Nuno Zimas says:

    The very intent of writing a bad song may render it too good. I am more keen on dreadful song writing from folks who truly believe they have done an outstanding job. Fadades, the black metal genius from Alsace is my current hero in this area.

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