March 30, 2009 / 1:56 PM / 10 years ago

Britain's "worst song" Agadoo re-released

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - “Agadoo,” a jaunty party hit voted the worst song of all time by a panel of experts six years ago, has been re-released to mark the 25th anniversary of its chart success in Britain.

The song was performed by pop due Black Lace and made it to No. 2 in the singles charts in 1984. It was kept from the top spot by George Michael’s “Careless Whisper.”

Black Lace represented the United Kingdom at the 1979 Eurovision Song Contest where it finished seventh, and two years later the quartet split leaving just Colin Routh and Alan Barton.

According to the band’s online profile, Black Lace lost all their royalties from Agadoo, “a million selling single,” when their distribution company went bust in 1984.

But their first album “Party Party” reached the top 10 in the album charts and sold around 650,000 copies in five weeks.

Barton, who had gone on to join the band Smokie, died after a bus crash in 1995.

Q magazine described Agadoo as “magnificently dreadful” in its poll of the worst pop songs in 2003.

“It sounded like the school disco you were forced to attend, your middle-aged relatives forming a conga at a wedding party, a traveling DJ act based in Wolverhampton, every party cliche you ever heard,” the panel of experts said.

A spokesman for Black Lace said the re-released single went on sale on Monday.

Reporting by Mike Collett-White, editing by Paul Casciato

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