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February 17, 2006


Russell Arben Fox

It's "Nights in White Satin," Belle. (Uh, gosh no, I, um, don't know why I know that. Really.)

belle waring

ok, nights.


I like Belle's version better. I picture really effete Klansmen.

Scott Lemieux

But in fairness, Apu's daughter does a compelling cover...


"MacArthur Park" is without doubt the worst song ever (or at least the last half of the twentieth century). I do not see how anyone can doubt it, but strangely many people do. The post identifies many of the most wretched qualities of the song, but to me they can be summed up in a few lines of lyrics, sung in the most bombastic style as if announcing the meaning of the universe:

"Someone left the cake out in the rain
I don't think that I can take it
'Cause it took so long to bake it
And I'll never have that recipe again
Oh, no!"

Oh, no! is right.

joe o

The Donna Summer version of "MacArthur Park" is pretty good so I don't think it can be the worst song of all time.


I always hear it as:
MacArthur BART is glowing in the dark...

I guess I've driven through Oakland too many times.


I get "MacArthur Park" melodically confused with "Nights In White Satin," too. What is the connection? (other than almost total shitefulness.)

ben wolfson

I like that King Crimson song, despite Greg Lake. It was recently covered by the Doves, without the extra 9 minutes of fiddly bits.

ben wolfson

When the Doves covered it, they gave it the name "M62 Song" and altered the lyrics.

But it's totally a cover of the KC song, I swear.


I like the song. I don't know the original intentions, but the

"Someone left the cake out in the rain
I don't think that I can take it
'Cause it took so long to bake it
And I'll never have that recipe again
Oh, no!"

to me is a metaphor for things like death. It really touches me actually, because having experienced grief myself, I could really identify it. And that's the memorable hook too, so it does have one.
I know you all don't agree with me, but I thought it only fair to write my thoughts.


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