We were reminded flicking through Schott's Almanac the other day of the Naomis, those acts for the alleged worst acts of the year that are pitched somewhere between the Razzies and a supposed comedian you've never heard of in a Channel 4 Top 100 going "yeah, I remember he had really stupid hair!" Seriously, who apart from three admin staff at whichever rundown cable channel organises it would have taken a look at Rachel Stevens' 2004 output - we're thinking Some Girls rather than More More More, obviously - and decided it was the worst of the worst? "Worst British attempt at rock"?
We were reminded of the sheer futility of lists about the worst things in popular culture upon the release of OneTel's top ten of talentless tossers (it says here, if not, we'd suggest, in the press release) to tie in with their UK Music Hall Of Fame sponsorship. And the winners are:
1 Milli Vaniilli
4 Right Said Fred
9 Black Lace
Motorhead? Were they just thrown in for the sake of it? Does Philthy 'Animal' Taylor owe OneTel's MD money? Of course it's a waste of breath suggesting Babyshambles are the third worst band of all time as most of the voters, if there were voters (we didn't get a form), have probably never heard of them, and they wouldn't be the only entrants in there for reasons not connected to their musical output - even Milli Vanilli's sound wasn't that wide of the mainstream of the time, and haven't we all got over the levels to which the nation sunk during the Hear'Say backlash? We're surprised more than anything not to see Chico there.