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Stephen King slips to the Dark Side

Stephenking Stephen King is a odd little cookie. In his latest column in Entertainment Weekly, King names his top 25 rock songs of all time. There are the predictable tunes by Elvis, the Beach Boys, the Beatles and even AC/DC (1976's "Ain't No Fun Waiting Round to Be a Millionaire") There's even an unexpected nod to the Sex Pistols: He names "Anarchy in the U.K." as his top pick. Way to go, Mr. K.

And then there's the unexpected. Like his No. 20 pick. Click to play and recoil in a horror more potent than any of his books:


"On the Dark Side" by John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band?

"Still smokin' after all these years. Simple and cool," King says.

We say: "Still sounds like Springsteen covering Neil Diamond's 'Cherry Cherry' after all these years." But whatever it takes to chase away the demons at night, Stephen, is fine by us.

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Top 5 peppy songs from the '80s that shouldn't be on anyone's Top 25 list:

5. On the Dark Side (John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band): A one-hit wonder lip-synced by Michael Pare in "Eddie and the Cruisers."

4. Walking on Sunshine (Katrina and the Waves): Jack Black loved it in High Fidelity. Cusack hated it.

3. We Built This City (Starship): "Marconi plays La Bamba"? Oh please, tell me they never intended those lyrics to make the final cut of the song.

2. Sussudio (Phil Collins): If you're going to rip off a Prince song ("1999"), at least make it a good one.

1. Everybody Have Fun Tonight (Wang Chung): Possibly single-handedly responsible for any given person's hatred of '80s music.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:23pm]


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