worst currently charting single that samples or interpolates Steam's "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye"

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Poll Results

Kristinia DeBarge - "Goodbye" 5
Wale f/ Lady Gaga - "Chillin'" 3
Jay-Z - "D.O.A. (Death Of Autotune)" 1

some dude, Sunday, 21 June 2009 16:56 (eleven years ago) link

man normally i'd take any opportunity i could to shit on that wale song but that debarge song is one of the worst pop songs of the decade imo - just a total nadir in terms of creativity and results

swag serf (J0rdan S.), Sunday, 21 June 2009 19:16 (eleven years ago) link

Wale > Jay-Z > DeBarge

Bianca Jagger (jaymc), Sunday, 21 June 2009 19:16 (eleven years ago) link

jordan otm re: DeBarge. I've managed to avoid the Wale track, the Jay-Z isn't so much unlistenable as completely fucking lame

s4rgent boy tell em (The Reverend), Sunday, 21 June 2009 22:22 (eleven years ago) link

man u guys are giving me a complex i'll have to go on the rolling pop thread and read you guys gaying it up for crappy songs so i feel better for liking wale's songs.

actually had to look back at the jukebox review of debarge to check whether it was the same song - literally no memory of it at all. as rev says, jay-z is lame but not actually unpleasant to listen to. that wale track is really horrible though.

lex pretend, Sunday, 21 June 2009 22:35 (eleven years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 22 June 2009 23:01 (eleven years ago) link


funky house sceptic system (Curt1s Stephens), Monday, 22 June 2009 23:06 (eleven years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Tuesday, 23 June 2009 23:01 (eleven years ago) link

never saw these results but wow rong -- debarge would be a decent generic R&B song w/o the "na na" parts, whereas the other songs would still suck w/o it.

some asshole doing a "funny" michael jackson display name (some dude), Friday, 26 June 2009 17:00 (eleven years ago) link

Even setting aside the fact that I disagree with that, the difference is that with the Steam parts, the DeBarge song becomes roundabout the worst thing ever, whereas they're not hugely detrimental to the other two.

im white beyonce (The Reverend), Friday, 26 June 2009 19:31 (eleven years ago) link

i dunno...it's really the cherry on top of all the stuff that's wrong w/ the Jay song, but it's a big cherry.

some dude, Friday, 26 June 2009 20:46 (eleven years ago) link

eleven years pass...

what is going on with the drums/percussion in "na na hey hey kiss him goodbye"? there's a breakdown and i still can't figure it out. it sounds like a person playing snare, toms, and cymbals, but then upfront instead of a kick there's a very insistent something on the 16th beats. i used to think it was two drummers but i don't think that's right. also the placement of the drum fills feels random.

na (NA), Thursday, 15 October 2020 18:01 (two weeks ago) link

To me it sounds like the right channel is the regular kit, and then on the left channel there's an overdub of someone playing either an upturned bass drum or a detuned floor tom with both hands, with a blanket on it. It could also be something weird like playing on a floor with mallets, or tapping on a microphone.

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 15 October 2020 18:16 (two weeks ago) link

thanks. don't the fills seem weird too? it almost sounds like they had a drum track first and then laid everything else on top of it, like they just told a drummer "hey play this beat for five minutes and we'll write a song over it later." i wonder if it was written in the studio.

na (NA), Thursday, 15 October 2020 18:51 (two weeks ago) link


With DeCarlo as lead vocalist, they recorded the song in one recording session. Instead of using a full band, Leka played keyboards and had engineer Warren Dewey splice together a drum track from one of DeCarlo's four singles and a conga drum solo by Ange DiGeronimo recorded in Mr. Leka's Bridgeport, Connecticut studio for an entirely different session.

that explains why it sounds weird. should've gone to wikipedia first.

na (NA), Thursday, 15 October 2020 18:52 (two weeks ago) link

Oh cool! If that's accurate, it's the weirdest sounding conga I've ever heard though. Maybe it was a rhythm part and they just put a low pass filter on it.

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 15 October 2020 19:00 (two weeks ago) link

yeah it doesn't sound like a conga to me either. it definitely sounds edited together though.

na (NA), Thursday, 15 October 2020 19:20 (two weeks ago) link

i always thought this song was created by abiogenesis in a minor league baseball stadium

Dinglebarista (Neanderthal), Saturday, 17 October 2020 00:29 (one week ago) link

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