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Cavalcade of Turkeys

Cosmic VarianceBy JoAnne HewettNovember 27, 2006 2:30 PM


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Thanksgiving is over, and most of us in the U.S. have had our fill of turkey leftovers fixed in various ways - but there is one more set of turkeys to swallow. The annual list of Top Ten Turkeys. As compiled by KFOG, a Bay Area radio station, on their popular 10@10 morning program. A KFOG turkey is a song that is truly stupid, you know better and yet you actually think it's a good song. Despite your best efforts, you end up humming it in the car. Generally the instrumentation is decent, but the lyrics are a problem. Here is this year's set:

1. Boys Don't Cry - I Wanna Be A Cowboy 2. Clarence "Frogman" Henry - Ain't Got No Home 3. The Vapors - Turning Japanese 4. Baltimora - Tarzan Boy (voted best of set) 5. Trashmen - Surfin' Bird 6. Blue Swede - Hooked On A Feeling 7. They Might Be Giants - Istanbul (Not Constantinople) 8. The Monkees - Gonna Buy Me A Dog 9. Chumbawamba - Tubthumping 10. Toni Basil - Mickey BONUS TRACK: The B-52's - Rock Lobster

The best turkey of the set was decided by vote from Fogheads (yes, they really use that term) who email or blog in their vote. The Monkees Gonna Buy Me a Dog gets my vote for best turkey of the set. I must admit that it has always made me laugh, and for some incomprehensible reason I actually like it, even though I know I shouldn't. The Blue Swede, Vapors and Toni Basil (I truly despise this one) tunes are repeats from last year's turkey set list, prompting me to wonder about the depth of KFOG's collection. I am sure CV readers can nominate many more turkeys, so perhaps we should help KFOG out next year! N.B.: OK, I know, I know. I'm late with this post. Thanksgiving is over and done. But over the holiday, I had a house full of relatives, did all the cooking, and broke out in hives, so you gotta gimme me a break here.

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