The horrible hits of 1988: From Terence Trent d'Arby to ... ummm ... Terence Trent d'Arby
The Beach Boys. Elton John. Phil Collins. Let's face it, some titans of music really took it on the chin in 1988, producing some of the worst songs of the ENTIRE decade. (Click here to download Horrible Hits of 1988. Or click here to get the whole podcast for free on iTunes.)
But world wars have been fought with less animosity than that exhibited when it comes to discussing the sins of Terence Trent d'Arby. Let's face it, d'Darby is an interesting dude at the very least.
- As a kid, "Terry Darby" grew up in New York with a Pentecostal minister as a stepdad and a gospel singer as a mother. He'd later move down here to Central Florida, where he became a Golden Gloves lightweight boxing champ.
- He entrolled at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, then quit after a year. He joined the Army ... and then was formally dischanged for going AWOL.
- Oh, and depending on which report you read, he once said he'd be more popular than Madonna. And that his first album was as good as the Beatles' Sgt. Peppers. So he's a bit of a tool.
But the task facing the Stuck in the '80s gang last week was deciding whether his 1988 song Wishing Well was a horrible hit ... or just a misunderstood piece of genius.
My vote: Trash. Complete trash. Every time it comes on the radio, an angel loses its wings. Most guys I know will agree with me.
The ladies, on the other hand, seem to think we're wrong. "TTD is ... he's .... well, he's really good looking!" Okay, but that doesn't dismiss a voice so gravely that even Tom Waits would offer Terence a cup of tea with honey. I'm sorry, gang. I cannot in good conscience say anything nice about Wishing Well, other than my wish has come true: The dreadful tune never gets radio play anymore and "Terry" is probably second-guessing his decision to leave the Army. Be all you can be, Mr. d'Arby. And enjoy the podcast.