What song has been ruined for you?

102617__eurythmics_lToday’s MetaFilter pointed me to a link for RuinedMusic.com, a fairly new site where folks gather to chronicle the tunes that’ve been tainted for them by breakups, woeful live renditions, and other assorted horror stories. There’s a melancholy tale involving The Darkness’ "I Believe in a Thing Called Love,” and a doozy about a guy who heard Rod Stewart’s "Love Touch" during a particularly agonizing dental appointment. (As if that track weren’t painful enough.)

As for me, well, I can never hear Eurythmics’ "Here Comes the Rain Again" without flashing back to a mortifying night back in the mid-1980s (the summer of ’86 or ’87, I think). At the time, I was going through some serious style-related growing pains, and I chose to wear a pair of white parachute pants and a kicky Hawaiian shirt to a Eurythmics concert at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, an open-air amphitheater in upstate New York. As Annie Lennox broke into her moody ”shooep, shooep"-ing, a massive seagull — quite possibly working under the influence of the fashion gods — landed on the rafters above me, took aim, and deposited a massive blob of excrement onto my thigh. And while, in retrospect, I’m actually glad those ghastly pants didn’t survive the night, I just wish "Here Comes the Rain Again" hadn’t been permanently stained along with ‘em.

Have you got a memorable ruined-song incident? Share it with your fellow PopWatchers in the comments section below.

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  • Stephanie Travitsky

    I will go with “I will survive” by Gloria Gaynor only because a friend of my families daughter Heather kept on singing that insipid song over and over at every single celebration-except her sister Jenifer’s wedding. I think she and her hubby to be Jeff convinced her to not chew-up the song at their big day. Yeah!

  • Mike

    The Hawaiian version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” (sung by Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole, and yes, I did have to look that up) has been ruined for me by that episode of ER where Mark Green died. It later appeared in the Wizard of Oz episode of Scrubs, several commercials, and is also part of a mashup which I’ve heard on the radio. It gets me every time now, but my girlfriend is the one who almost starts crying whenever she hears it.

  • professor74

    “All Right Now” by Free. I am a Cal grad and Stanford uses it as their fight song. I really like that song but all I can think about when I hear it is that damn school and that damn band.

  • jmg

    I had Natalie Cole’s “Unforgettable” played at my wedding reception; this was in 1992. Well, the marriage didn’t last and now I hate to hear that song. Corny as it was, I really loved it back then.

  • Amanda

    After a really bad breakup, I’ve had trouble listening to albums that I’ve bonded with my exes over. Recent ones include Radiohead’s “Kid A” (5 years ago, much easier to listen to now), and Sigur Ros’s “takk”. It doesn’t help that the music in the latter is incredibly beautiful and sad to begin with.

  • Liza

    I was on vacation in Cuba a few years back, the hotel had a “Mix” tape that they played over and over again.
    All the songs were cuban, so I can’t remember any of them, but there was one english song. Hotel California. I must have heard it 30 times a day, for 7 days straight. Now I turn off my radio when it comes on.

  • Tom

    Probably Animotion’s “Obsession”. I actually did a dance to it in our 1985 “talent” show. I was 9 years old. A boy. In a Catholic Elementary School. Dancing. To Animotion’s “Obsession”.
    Does it get any gayer than that?
    Actually it could have been. I nixed the leather pants for the more comfortable track pants.
    I still blush when I hear the opening
    strains of that song.

  • Blair

    Now I have a song that is ruined…thank you very much. That, and Sexbomb by Tom Jones, no, wait, here me out.
    It is already bad, but it was made worse when while I was biking in Montreal and I rode past a bar with a huge open window, and someone was kareokeeing it in a horrible french Canadian accent. That made a song I don’t like even worse. (BTW, I do love French Canadians. LOVE. I live here.) What was the question?

  • RayT

    Slezak… I had to post this here because there was no Comments section in your “10 Sexiest Music Video Cameo” list. You totally left of Kate Moss in The White Stripes’ “I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself”. One look at this and you’ll immediately have to insert it into the number 1 position. Bonus: It’s directed by Sofia Coppola! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euTO0N3vkYs

  • rj

    I remember back in 1984 when I had my first job as a dishwasher at Primo’s Pizza in San Anselmo. It was my second week on the job, and I had to turn down tickets to the “Day on the Green” in San Francisco, which had bands like the Police and Journey performing (at the height of their popularity) live. Instead I was stuck washing endless dishes and listening to “TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART” by Bonnie Tyler. Of course the next week in high school I heard nothing but how awesome the day on the green concert was and how I missed out on the greatest one day rock show in the bay area in the 20th century. Now when I am unfortunate enough to hear that sappy, overperformed song by Ms. Tyler, all I can think of is the smell of old coffee cups with cigarettes in it and half-finished pizzas that I had to endlessly clean up from. Man, I hate Bonnie Tyler.

  • Rorschach

    The Blower’s Daughter, by Damien Rice. ”And so it is”…..

  • Jazzy

    I had a really crappy job as a Receptionist once and what made it crappier is that the girl who was the president’s assistant (who sat pretty much next to me) got to keep her radio on, tune to a really crap station. Everytime the song ‘Drift Away’ (I think it’s called)-not the original-but the one sung by Uncle Kracker came on she would crank that sucker up. She KNEW I hated that song but did it away and sang it at the top of her lungs. Now, everytime I here that song I have to reach for the radio knob in exasperation.

  • Darby

    Tom! You just made me laugh so hard at my desk I spit out my leftover lasagna lunch! Thanks, man! (Or maybe NO thanks, as several coworkers are now eyeing me strangely…)

  • Dave

    I don’t have a particular song that comes to mind, but I just had to respond to Tom’s post. You are awesome and that story is hilarious! And speaking of gayer than that, I once did a choreographed lip synch to the Backstreet Boys’ “All I Have to Give.” That might beat you.
    Slezak, you rock!

  • ger

    This is an easy one. I was transferred to Phoenix (AZ – middle of the desert) from my beautiful home town of Vancouver BC in 1996. Not much of a gay scene in Phoenix, but there were a few places I could go to dance. What I couldn’t get used to was the 1 AM bar closing time law (1 AM – just when the party should be starting).
    I lived near a bar called Harley’s 155. Every night at 12:55 AM the same song would play – “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge. Sort of old school fun when played once or twice over the course of the year, but sheer pain when played every night.
    The worst part is that “We Are Family” now triggers an urge in me to run to the bar wherever I am and grab a couple of shots of Jager because I think the night’s over. Pride celebrations haven’t been the same since …

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