Listen 2 This #12

The Worst Song I Ever Wrote

Hey, Even Picasso passed off some stinkers

THE PERPETRATOR Echo & the Bunnymen's Ian McCulloch THE PROOF ''The Puppet'' (1985, from Songs to Learn & Sing) THE PLEA ''I look back and go, 'Oh!' listening to my own voice in a song like 'The Puppet,' which I just find embarrassing. It's like, What the hell was that all about? With each song I kind of know what I was thinking, and that was just stupid. I was angry with someone.... It was the managers. I was angry because I wanted to stay in Brussels and they wanted me to [tour in] Amsterdam. That's kind of what started me thinking about being a puppet, you know? Silly. I had a great time in Amsterdam, anyway, you know? [Laughs] Rocked that one.''

Originally posted Jun 06, 2003 Published in issue #713 Jun 06, 2003 Order article reprints