December 7, 2006

"The Florida Supreme Court tossed Seminole County Judge John Sloop off the bench..."

"Sloop had been fighting for his job since he ... ordered 11 people to jail because they were late for court. It turned out they were sent to the wrong courtroom by a courthouse worker. Even when presented with the facts, Sloop didn't get them released and many of them sat in jail for hours." Sloop managed to hang on for 2 years.

23 comments:

JohnK said...

Thank you Ann for posting the absolute worst pop song ever. You know the Beach Boys "Sloop John B." would have worked just as well and been far less annoying.

Revenant said...

Pardon me, but it has been scientifically proven that the worst pop song ever is, in fact, the Beach Boy's "Kokomo", not "Sloop John B".

Ann Althouse said...

JohnK: "Sloop John B" isn't about hanging on.

Hazy Dave said...

Ann, I was going to see if the judge's first name happened to be "John B." and discovered the link is broken. The "hang on" bit was an 'oh yeah' moment for me when the song started. (I also half expect to see a scan of the 45's label in posts like this and "Green Onions", etc.)

My favorite YouTube video of the moment is Viv Stanshall performing "11 Mustachioed Daughters" with his post-Bonzo group, "biG Grunt":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZHTkb6BUxU

JohnK said...

"Pardon me, but it has been scientifically proven that the worst pop song ever is, in fact, the Beach Boy's "Kokomo", not "Sloop John B"."

What is wrong with a song about a tropical beach in Indiana? Annoying yes, but not even near the league on Hang on Sloopy. That is just up in the stratosphere of bad. In a rarafied air that only it and maybe "Sugar Sugar" by the Archies and "We Built This City on Rock and Roll" by Starship inhabit.

JCJim said...

Good thing he wasn't a teacher with tenure, or he would still be hanging on

Ann Althouse said...

I can't accept the judgment of anyone who thinks "Sugar Sugar" is bad! That is one of the best recordings ever made.

Cedarford said...

"Hang on Sloopy" - annoying bubblegum. Sloop John B? Not even in the pantheon of the Beach Boys worst.

I give Kokomo a pass because it was the last song with the wonderful voice of Carl Wilson...he of "God Only Knows", "Good Vibrations" opening solo and "I Can Hear Music".

A wonderful voice excuses some amazingly insipid music. Just listen to someone else sing Elvis, Steisand's best songs to appreciate just how good their voices were to triumph over such bad music and terrible lyrics.

As for the actual judge...good riddance, you intemperate, power abusing idiot!

Too Many Jims said...

Not being an OSU Buckeye fan but living in Central Ohio, my vote for most annoying pop song ever.

Eli Blake said...

JohnK:

What is wrong with a song about a tropical beach in Indiana?

I take it then, that you drive a big SUV that emits lots of CO2?

JohnK said...

"I can't accept the judgment of anyone who thinks "Sugar Sugar" is bad! That is one of the best recordings ever made."

OMG Ann, you can't be serious. Not too appeal to the gallery too much, but whenever there is a list of worst songs ever in music magazines "Sugar Sugar" always makes the top 5. I can think of commercial jingles that are less annoying. That has all the elements of a horrible pop song. It was made by studio musicians for a fictitious group for a television show and it is a sappy love song aimed at the 12 year old girl audience. Yeah, that pretty much covers what goes into to making a bad pop song.

Hazy Dave said...

Okay, the judge's name is apparently Sloop, John R.

I finally dragged myself away from all the Bonzo Dog Band videos on YouTube, but not before also finding a video of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band's wonderful performance of Jacque Brel's "Next". Recommended.

paul a'barge said...

Wow.

And, they said that white people can't dance?

Wurly said...

Although its not about hanging on, Sloop John B. would be just as appropriate--given that its about someone taken away by the sloop who just wants to go home.

VW: rydhym (ride him)

Elizabeth said...

As a former 12-year-old girl, I ask, "So???" Sugar, Sugar was pure pop essence.

Sloop John B is a great tune, and the Beach Boys' take on it is possibly my favorite of anything they've done. I like the Kingston Trio's and the Weavers', too. I think there's a folk recording of some Bahamians performing it on the Lomax collection in the Smithsonian.

There's a nice version on a "various artists" album, "Out on the Rolling Sea: A tribute to Joseph Spence and the Pindar Family" that I love and play often. That whole album is worth a listen.

As for the judge? Throw him in the brig!

Badger Down Under said...

No, no, no. The worst pop song ever, by a wide margin is "Afternoon Delight," by the Starland Vocal Band. SVB beat out Boston in the 1976 Grammy's for the best new group, even though Boston's first album broke all sorts of records, and every track still gets radio play. For me, this was a Yankees Fire Casey Stengl moment, a realization -- I was 16 -- that these award shows had nothing to do with merit.

30 years later and I'm still pissed.

Eli Blake said...

You know, there are times when not having a sound card is a good thing.

Cedarford said...

Badger down Under - It is a rite of adolescent passage to finally realize the music awards are rigged by industry insiders and frequently have little to do with merit.

As an aside, I believe that a new category should be "Greatest Generational One-Hit Wonder Award".

I was in Germany last fall at a Brewhaus - and Dexy's Midnight Runners "Come On, Eileen" came up and with a big Valkrie singing the high stuff - hundreds of people jumped in singing like it was the Horst Wessle song of the Good 'Ol Days.

I've been at parties where THAT song is the ONE that whips the crowd into sance and sone frenzy.

Yeah, "Thriller" sold more copies..and Dexy may have spawned the obscenity of Riverdance and other Celtic PBS singer-jigger-violinist specials..

So what!
"Tallure-iy-yeh!", I say.

Badger Down Under said...

Learn something everyday. My whole life I thought that song was by Queen.

chickenlittle said...

OT, but that's a 17-year old Rick Derringer on guitar.

I don't know about you but I literally cut my copy of "Sugar Sugar" from a cereal box.

Anonymous said...

1) I love "Sugar Sugar", always have, and offer no excuses for doing so.

2) "Hang on Sloopy" is OK by me. When I was a kid I thought it was about Charlie Brown's dog...

3) The worst pop song ever has to be Oh What a Night, but both "Come On Eileen" and "Afternoon Delight" are on my worst list also.

The judge deserved to go. What's that saying about the wheels of justice, grinding fine but slowly? Yeah.

Hazy Dave said...

1) Bubblegum music has a different function than Serious Music. It's Pop.

2) Ann, The link to the news story is still broken.

3) My son was accepted to UW-Madison today!

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