Discoveries: Music

The Worst Song I Ever Wrote

Hey, even Picasso passed off some stinkers

THE PERPETRATOR The Chemical Brothers' Ed Simons (left) THE PROOF ''It Began in Afrika'' (from 2002's ''Come With Us'') THE PLEA ''It was a big single, a big dance record, but it didn't make our greatest-hits compilation just because it's so annoying. It goes 'Afrika-ka-ka' -- that's the only vocal in it. It's a sort of percussion, acid workout. It was a big record in clubs and we [performed] it for about four years, and every time I hear it I just shudder because there's only so many times you can hear that booming 'It began in Afrika-ka-ka!' Just hearing it immediately bugs me. It was a great record for the summer, and that's all it needed to be.''

Originally posted Sep 05, 2003 Published in issue #726 Sep 05, 2003 Order article reprints
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