One of my favorite things in the world is a musical gone wrong. I don't know, there's just something particularly funny about watching a musical number go down in flames -- and the more awkward the better. Well, at least I know I'm not the only one who feels this way, because Over at Den of Geek they have compiled a list of the Top 10 Worst Musical Moments in Movies. Now, they didn't just limit themselves to straight musicals, but the results are a trip down memory lane for me and a nightmare for most people. Taking the number one spot was a pretty obscure moment starring Hollywood Legend Mae West and Timothy Dalton (the much-maligned Bond) in the 1978 musical, Sextette. There are plenty of cringe-worthy moments in this film, but the highlight is Geek's selection: Dalton and West singing (and I use the term loosely) Love Will Keep Us Together. There's really nothing more to say, mainly because I seem to have lost the power of comprehension after watching that clip.
So who else managed to make the list? Well, we've got Vanilla Ice in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II, Pierce Brosnan ruining ABBA songs in Mamma Mia, Neil Diamond in black face for The Jazz Singer, and my personal favorite -- a clip from Rhinestone starring Sylvester Stallone as a NYC cabbie turned country singer. But, after looking at Geek's list, I noticed a few omissions (at least in my opinion) so I decided to do a little listing of my own.
After the jump: my top 5 worst moments in Musical history...
Before I start, I should warn you that these selections are a little heavy on the 80's side, mainly because most musicals these days are nowhere near as crappy as what they used to come up with back when I was kid. But that doesn't mean that I didn't struggle with including classics like She's All That, You Got Served and Step Up 2. But my list is about the worst of the worst, and for me, it doesn't get any worse than this:
1. Fast Forward: Dance Battle #2
There was no problem in the 80's that couldn't be solved by a dance-off. Can you believe Sidney Poitier directed this? No, really, look it up.
2. Grease 2: Prowlin'
What can I say? In two minutes Adrian Zmed manages to butcher the legend of Danny Zuko and the T-Birds.
3. Staying Alive: Satan's Alley
I still stand by the same question I have had about this movie since I was a kid: "Who the heck would pay to watch this?"
4. The Pirate Movie: Give Us a Happy Ending
I can't decide what's worse: the dancing or the non-existent romantic chemistry between Kristy McNichol and Christopher Atkins.
5. Salsa: Intro
Music legends Tito Puente and Celia Cruz for some reason were willing to appear in this film, but if you have any doubts about why it's on the list, just watch this opening sequence and the reasons will instantly become clear.
So now you know my worst musical moments, but now it's your turn to tell me your list of favorite musical mishaps...