Culture Gabfest talks bad songs and a dismal box office summer.

Is This the Worst Song of All Time?

Is This the Worst Song of All Time?

Slate's weekly roundtable.
Sept. 7 2016 11:53 AM

The Culture Gabfest “Marconi Plays the Mamba” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Amazon’s I Love Dick, bad songs, and what a dismal summer at the box office means for the movie industry.

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This week on Slate Plus, the Gabfest’s departing producer, Ann Heppermann, joins the gabbers to discuss audio fiction, the Sarah Awards, and her podcast Serendipity.

On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss Amazon’s new pilot, I Love Dick, starring Griffin Dunne and Kathryn Hahn as passive-aggressive bickerers trapped in a hellish marriage, with Kevin Bacon as a charismatic intellectual who changes their lives. Does Jill Soloway’s latest creation live up to Transparent? Next up, GQ has given us an oral history of “We Built This City” by Starship, which just might be worst song of all time—but not all the gabbers agree. Chris Molanphy joins the debate about what makes a song historically bad and offers a few other candidates for the title of Worst Song of All Time. Finally, Hollywood has had a poor summer at the box office: Is this the end of movies as we know them?

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Links to some of the things we discussed this week:

Some contenders for Worst Song of All Time:

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Dana: “Miracles” by Jefferson Starship and Ann’s fiction podcast Serendipity
Julia: “Cheap Thrills” by Sia ft. Sean Paul
Ann: @officebuddha’s peregrine falcons on Instagram, Grand Central Terminal’s historical slideshow, and the Slate Culture Gabfest
Stephen: I, Claudius by Robert Graves

Outro: “Runaway“ by Jefferson Starship

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Stephen Metcalf is Slate’s critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.

Julia Turner is the editor in chief of Slate and a regular on Slate’s Culture Gabfest podcast.