Showing posts with label Farce Madness. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Farce Madness. Show all posts

Apr 7, 2017

Apr 5, 2017

Your Farce Madness Champion is....

We have a winner! Or actually, we have a loser. You voted Sam Hunt's "Body Like a Back Road" the Worst Country Song of All Time in our Farce Madness tournament. It beat out Luke Bryan's "Country Girl (Shake It For Me)" 228-195 in our final poll.

While this result was certainly influenced by the newness of Sam's song, it's a worthy recipient. We'll present Sam with this nice congratulatory note (below) on Twitter.

The winner of our Farce Madness contest was Greg Dow, who correctly guessed the winner, an Infernal 4 entry, and a "Delete" 8 entry. Congratulations, Greg!

Mar 29, 2017

Farce Madness: The Infernal Four

We've pared it down from 64 to 4. Voting for the Infernal Four will take place on Twitter this Friday. Here's a breakdown of the remaining "teams."


4. "Any Kane Brown song"
In retrospect, this shouldn't have been included. Not saying his output has been anything but substandard, but I think the way it's listed, people were voting for/against Kane's combined catalogue vs. single songs. Funny? Yeah. A very "Farce the Music" result? Oh yeah. Fair? Probably not. Even Kane's worst song "Ain't No Stopping Us Now," while trite and mind-numbing, is nowhere near as bad as Danielle Bradbery's putrid "Friend Zone." But is Kane Brown generally less listenable than Danielle Bradbery? That's a yes from me dawg I get it.

Anyway, this entry is a powerhouse and has as good a shot as any to beat Sam Hunt's modern anti-classic atrocity. But I hope it doesn't.


11. Sam Hunt "Body Like a Back Road"
I've wondered about this one through the voting process. Is it actually that bad, or is recency bias clouding judgment? Do people just dislike Sam Hunt's music this much? Yeah, but… I'm coming around to agree with this song making the last 4. It really is that bad. Even the criticisms have become cliché… not country, clichés galore, creepy, bad metaphors…but it's all there. Sam went all in on this song, and he'll score another big hit because of it. What's that really mean anymore, though, in a world where Michael Ray's tepid slop can be politicked and publicized up to number one?

Sam has said recently that preparing for his upcoming marriage will take precedence over getting new music out. Good for him - I really mean that. But also, good for our ears!


1. Luke Bryan "Country Girl (Shake it For Me)"
While I'm not even sure this is Luke's worst song - "Kick the Dust Up" and "That's My Kind of Night" want some of that action - "Country Girl's" position here is well-deserved. It is literally and symbolically the moment Luke Bryan went from kinda traditionalist B-lister to butt thrusting megastar. We've gotten comments on Twitter saying this song isn't really that bad and more comments saying it's basically worse than stomach flu. Average those out and it's still not good. This song is a perfect figurehead for how most Farce the Music readers feel about Luke in general. With the visceral hatred of Luke Bryan's music swelling to fever pitch nearing the climax of Farce Madness, this one's going to be very hard to take down.


2. Billy Ray Cyrus "Achy Breaky Heart"
Not even gonna lie. I liked this song enough in 1992 to buy the cassette tape. To this day, I don't necessarily hate it… I recognize that it's a stupid song, maybe even objectively bad, and I don't actively seek it out to listen… probably haven't heard it in full in decades …but I don't hate it. That said, I understand its significance and its rightful spot here in the Infernal Four. You can't listen to the song without picturing shredded acid washed jeans, a mullet, and a ridiculous line dance. It's a distillation of the early 90s… which really wasn't a bad time, but it's all pretty cheesy. The song is catchy, bouncy, and grating all at once. It's a joke, it's a punchline, it's an example country music haters point to. It's …oh crap, pretty much the equivalent to "Country Girl (Shake It For Me)" if I'm honest. Where that song came out when I'm older, more mature, more musically snobby, more a fun hater, "Achy Breaky" came out when I was a kid, still not opposed to fun. The difference here for me is that Billy Ray didn't change the landscape of country music. Sure, it ushered in an era of white people standing in lines doing synchronized moves to country remixes, but it didn't open the sewer floodgates the way Luke's song did. Anyway, I'll stop. Wouldn't wanna influence the vote any more than I have.

Mar 27, 2017

Farce Madness: The "Delete" 8

In the Sour 16, most of the matches were decisive. The closest match was Sam Hunt's "upset" of Florida Georgia Line/Luke Bryan by 4%. Here are the results from the 16.

Junk Drawer Region
Any Kane Brown Song 75%
Danielle Bradbery "Friend Zone" 25%

Paisley/Cool J "Accidental Racist" 64%
The Band Perry "Live Forever" 36%

Oldies Region
Donna Fargo "Funny Face" 54%
"Butterfly Kisses" 46%

"Achy Breaky Heart" 55%
"She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy" 54%

Meat & Potatoes Region
"Country Girl (Shake It For Me)" 77%
ZBB "Beautiful Drug" 23%

Rascal Flatts "Bob That Head" 73%
Big & Rich "Comin' to Your City" 27%

Bro-Country Region
LB "That's My Kind of Night" 57%
Jason Aldean "1994" 43%

FGL + Luke "This is How We Roll" 48%
Sam Hunt "Body Like a Back Road" 52%


Here are today's matchups in the "Delete" 16. Voting will take place on Twitter this afternoon.

"Delete" 8

Junk Drawer
4. Any Kane Brown Song
6. Brad Paisley - Accidental Racist w/LL Cool J

1. Luke Bryan - That’s My Kind of Night
11. Sam Hunt - Body Like a Back Road

1. Donna Fargo - Funny Face
2. Billy Ray Cyrus - Achy Breaky Heart

Meat & Potatoes
1. Luke Bryan - Country Girl (Shake It For Me)
6. Rascal Flatts - Bob That Head

Mar 20, 2017

Farce Madness Update

 The Junk Drawer and Bro-Country regions have moved to the round of 32 after Thursday and Friday voting. First round matchups were mostly won by higher seeds, but there were a few upsets ("Body Like a Back Road" crushed "Truck Yeah"), as you can see below.

Today we'll have the "Oldies" Region voting on Twitter. This is the round with the most random seedings - it's hard to get a handle on how to rank a novelty song from 1972 vs a gimmick song from 1993, for example - and songs some people don't even think should be there ("Country Bumpkin" and "Nobody" in particular). We'll see how it goes.

The Meat & Potatoes Region votes tomorrow.

Here are the updated brackets for Junk Drawer and Bro-Country.

Mar 16, 2017

Farce Madness: Crown the Worst Country Song Ever!

This won't be an annual thing, but we're doing a Farce Madness tournament this year to crown the Worst Country Song of All Time. The selections are based on several "worst country song" lists from various online sources, personal tastes, reader input, and recent "worst country single of the year" lists Saving Country Music and FTM have compiled.

The seedings will surely be a point of contention with some, but musical taste is obviously subjective. The rankings are based on a combination of popular opinion, impact (which means the ones that weren't hits are REALLY bad), creating good pairings for voting, and my personal tastes (with some randomness thrown in). You can debate them if you want, but the point is figuring out the worst song, so in the grand scheme of things, that's all that matters. Clearly, we could do a 64 song tournament entirely made up of bro-country songs, but that would be boring, and I wanted the tourney to be diverse.

Voting will take place on Twitter (follow us here:, due to the difficulty and/or cost of using polls on this ancient Blogger format.

The voting will go by region at first. I'm not sure of the exact schedule, but the voting rounds may loosely follow the NCAA college basketball tournament.

You can enter the Farce Madness contest to win some stuff (CD's, merch) from the Farce the Music stash. Send us who you think will be the last 4 songs remaining, in order. Whoever is first and most correct wins. Send your final four (ranked 1-4) to by Monday, March 20 to enter.

There's a bracket at the bottom you can peruse and even print out if you should wish. We'll give an update here after the first round.

Here are the regions, an explanation of the grouping (though some songs are randomly tossed into regions because it didn't balance out perfectly), and seedings.

If there are songs you don't know or haven't heard in a while, hit up YouTube.

The Junk Drawer region begins action this afternoon on Twitter. Bro-Country tomorrow. "Oldies" Monday. Meat & Potatoes region Tuesday.

"Oldies" Region
Pre-2000 singles and much-derided cuts

1. Donna Fargo - Funny Face
16. Tammy Wynette - Honey (I Miss You)

8. Diamond Rio - Bubba Hyde
9. Jimmy Dickens - Raggedy Ann

5. Red Sovine - Teddy Bear
12. Jeff Carson - Butterfly Kisses

4. Tim McGraw - Indian Outlaw
13. Neal McCoy - The Shake

6. Sylvia - Nobody
11. Jim Reeves - Bimbo

3. Kenny Chesney - She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy
14. George Jones - High Tech Redneck

7. Johnny Cash - The Chicken in Black
10. Cal Smith - Country Bumpkin

2. Billy Ray Cyrus - Achy Breaky Heart
15. Dolly Parton / Billy Ray Cyrus - Romeo

Bro Country Region
You know the deal.
Notes: Chris Lane's "Fix" won a play-in against Dustin Lynch's "Seein' Red." 
FGL's "This is How We Roll" won a play-in against other FGL songs.

1. Luke Bryan - That’s My Kind of Night
16. Old Dominion - Snapback

8. Jerrod Niemann - Donkey
9. Jason Aldean - Dirt Road Anthem

5. Trace Adkins - Honky Tonk Badonkadonk
12. Brantley Gilbert - Bottoms Up

4. Jason Aldean - 1994
13. Chris Lane - Fix

6. Tim McGraw - Truck Yeah
11. Sam Hunt - Body Like a Back Road

3. Florida-Georgia Line - Sun Daze
14. Chase Rice - Ready Set Roll

7. Blake Shelton - Boys Round Here
10. Florida-Georgia Line / Luke Bryan - This Is How We Roll

2. Thomas Rhett - Vacation
15. Justin Moore - Bait a Hook

Meat & Potatoes Region
There's some bro here and Taylor Swift, but this is mostly middle-of-the-road modern mainstream artists

1. Luke Bryan - Country Girl (Shake It For Me)
16. Reba McEntire - Turn on the Radio

8. Rodney Atkins - Watching You
9. Toby Keith - Red Solo Cup

5. Zac Brown Band - Beautiful Drug
12. Travis Tritt - Girls Gone Wild

4. Lonestar - Mr. Mom
13. Shania Twain - That Dont Impress Me Much

6. Rascal Flatts - Bob That Head
11. Taylor Swift - We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

3. Sugarland - Stuck Like Glue
14. Kenny Chesney & George Strait - Shift Work

7. Big & Rich - Comin’ To Your City
10. Jake Owen - 8 Second Ride

2. Daryl Worley - Have You Forgotten
15. Alan Jackson - I Still Like Bologna

The Junk Drawer Region
Embarrassing singles, hated album cuts, and awful gimmick songs

1. Danielle Bradbery - Friend Zone
16. Charlie Daniels - This Ain’t No Rag, It’s a Flag

8. Bucky Covington - Gotta Be Somebody
9. Clint Black - Iraq and Roll

5. Trace Adkins - Brown Chicken Brown Cow
12. Krista Marie - Jeep Jeep

4. Any Kane Brown Song
13. Fast Ryde - That Thang

6. Brad Paisley - Accidental Racist w/LL Cool J
11. Phil Vassar - Bobbi With An I

3. Claire Dunn - Tuxedo
14. Craig Morgan - Corn Star

7. The Band Perry - Live Forever
10. Blackjack Billy - The Booze Cruise

2. Haley Georgia - Ridiculous
15. Faith Hill - Bringing Out the Elvis


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