When Good Things Happen To Bad Singers

Is Justin Bieber a WGTHTBS?

Have you ever heard music on the radio and wondered what the heck was that? Well that is a clear-cut case of When Good Things Happen To Bad Singers (WGTHTBS). It seems that they are coming out of the music industry wood work these days. It is an epidemic that is becoming worse than the recent strain of the Bird Flu. At least with the Bird Flu you could get a shot in your butt and become immune, but with WGTHTBS- not so much.

Hey, as a Blonde Greek girl who loves sneaker shopping 24/7 I don’t begrudge these people because it is all about the Benjamins! And if you can get someone to pay you a lot of money for not being good at something, and you’re not in politics, then more power to you! Art is art, right?

The first case of WGTHTBS that ever entered my Greek noggin was when I heard the Ricky Martin cover song She Bang by William Hung from American Idol in 2004. Although William Hung had no formal training and lacked talent, but because of his American Idol exposure he was offered a $25,000 advance on a record deal from Koch Entertainment in 2004, and eventually released three albums on that label in 2004 and 2005. The albums mainly consisted of covers of pop and rock songs, including “She Bangs.” <Insert sarcasm here> You mean they were all cover songs and there were no original songs, I am shocked!! <end sarcasm>

That’s not all folks, there is a whole bunch of other really great things that have happened to this bad singer. Here is a list of them from my pals at wikipedia Hung has appeared in commercials for the search engine Ask.com, the Game Show Network (spoofing Freddy Mercury and singing an off-key “We Are the Champions”), as well as the mobile phone service provider Cingular Wireless. He also appeared to sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” in May 2004 at the Rogers Centre for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Hung performing in 2006

His first movie, a low-budget Hong Kong period comedy called Where is Mama’s Boy (2004), was released in January 2005. Hung played a good-natured village kid who sells Chinese pancakes to pay his mother’s medical bills. His character gets discovered as a singer, and helps a woman protect her business from her jealous, conniving elder sister. In the film, Hung played opposite veteran Hong Kong actress Nancy Sit and parodied his own American Idol performance with the song “Siu Beng” (Cantonese) (“Chinese Pancake”), an allusion to his American Idol audition song, “She Bangs.” Despite solid financial backing and the involvement of Nancy Sit, the film was a box office flop.

Hung was the subject of a documentary called William Hung: Hangin’ with Hung, a ninety minute film recounting his sudden rise to fame. Hung appeared as himself in a February 2006 episode of the television series Arrested Development titled “Fakin’ It”, acting as the front-man of a band, “William Hung and his Hung Jury“, the house band for a fictional courtroom-themed show Mock Trial with J. Reinhold.  Hung has appeared in an episode of the MTV Show, Celebrity Deathmatch, where he battles Ricky Martin (who performed the original “She Bangs”.) He has also appeared in Airline in which he missed his flight, then sang his infamous song once again for the cameras.[2]

Hung has also been portrayed as a Chinese fairy in the Fairly OddParents movie, Fairy Idol. The fairy also sang horribly, but sang the Fairly OddParents theme song instead. Hung also made a cameo appearance on an episode of George Lopez, auditioning as a wedding singer.”

Rebecca Black

Then there is the more recent WGTHTBS case study of Rebecca Black’s Friday. With my Greek eyes I instantly saw a WGTHTBS in the making, I just had no idea how far she would go. As of May 23, 2011 Rebecca Black has received more than 147 million views of Friday on YouTube. That’s impressive even for a WGTHTBS.

Florence Foster Jenkins

However the concept of WGTHTBS cashing in and making huge profits is nothing new. Have you ever heard of an opera singer named Florence Foster Jenkins? Me neither, that’s my point! This is a name that came from my manager Mr. Bricks’ noggin during one of my Skype calls to him asking what’s up with all of the WGTHTBS cropping up? That’s when Mr. Bricks told me the story about Florence Foster Jenkins who became extremely famous because how bad she was and how oblivious she was to that fact.  From any of her records it is apparent that Jenkins was, “a little pitchy Dawg”, had no sense of rhythm and was barely capable of sustaining a note. Her accompanist can be heard on her records making adjustments to compensate for her tempo variations and rhythmic mistakes. Her dubious diction, especially in foreign language songs, was also noteworthy. Nonetheless, she became tremendously popular in her unconventional way. Her audiences apparently loved her for the amusement she provided rather than her musical ability. Critics often described her work in a backhanded way that may have served to pique public curiosity.

Despite her patent lack of ability, Jenkins was firmly convinced of her greatness, but then again aren’t all WGTHTBS? She compared herself favorably to other renowned sopranos, and dismissed the laughter which often came from the audience during her performances as coming from her rivals consumed by “professional jealousy.” She was aware of her critics, however, saying “People may say I can’t sing, but no one can ever say I didn’t sing.” Jenkins died in 1944.

Let me reiterate that the success that any WGTHTBS has or gets I am very happy for them. As much of a struggle as it has been for me as a singer maybe there is a new category called When Bad Things Happen to Good Singers. I personally would much rather be in the company of WBTHTGS than in the company of WGTHTBS – just sayin’




NOTE: This is humor. No bad singers were harmed during the writing of this blog.

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7 Responses to When Good Things Happen To Bad Singers

  1. chenpeng says:

    Trust me, Greek noggin, the “WGTHTBS” happens everywhere, especially in the largest developing country, anyone can be a popular singer if he could make any noise with his mouth, or fool himself like a idiot to ingratiate himself with audience. But his occupation is a singer, not a joker. What a waste! They never worry about the support of “the so-called fans”, #1.we got millions of boring people, even not including the cynic. #2.why should we hate jokers?
    Greek noggin, you got a amazing voice, you are definitely a good singer. In no doubt about it, your voice makes me comfortable, GOOD THINGS WILL HAPPEN TO YOU, sooner or later, i’m sure about it.

  2. padiofarty says:

    I’m rather pleased that the William Hungs get a “hanging” because to me it is an exact reflection of what the modern music industry is – a sausage machine turning out background music of low calibre and selling it and thereby making loadsa money (the “behind the scenes management” making loadsa money).

    We’ve just had two syrupy mid cruise ship level teeny bobber singers “idolised” with one “popping” up just ahead of the other. And let’s face it, William Hung is far more entertaining.

    Its exactly what the general public want – and in my opinion its exactly what their intellignence level deserves – namely, CRAP.

    But like you I say “good for them” – if they can turn an honest buck out of this infotainment world we seem to live in; good – for – them.

    At least I know I dont have to listen to it!!

  3. padiofarty says:

    Ah you see, I know just how to get round women!

    – all the women in the world love me

    and Why is that, you ask

    – well its obvious, because I’m faithful to them ALL !!!

    Well, all of them except the ones who think American Idol should be supported – so I suppose a shag with Little Sweet Sixteen Stone Lauren is off the table then – never mind, hard up against a dressing door will have to do I suppose – haaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!

    Happy day to you beautiful Lady.

    • You are pretty funny and you certainly have a way with words. I had to reread your comment 100 times to see if it was good or bad, I wasn’t sure! 🙂 (Hey, I’m blonde) It wasn’t until I went to your blog and started reading some of your other posts before I realized that you and I actually see eye to eye, it’s just that you say things in a way that this Greek girl could ever get away with

      Thanks for the comment and thanks for stopping by!



      • padiofarty says:


        Email on its way to you.

        A Blond Greek or a Blond GEEK – arf arf!!

        Oh hang on – I bet you’re a relative of Brad Spit – ooops, that cant be right, you’re too beautiful to be realated to a defective Heel – huuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!

        Anyway, it says he was the handsomest of men – which is a load of old bollox because I am.

        Check ya email post box.

  4. The Hook says:

    No bad singers where harmed? That’s too bad!

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