You mean i'm forgiven?
When Ernie Roscouet reached retirement age, his wife treated him to a week's vacation on the sun-splashed Mediterranean island of Malta. On arriving, he headed straight for - no, not the beach - the public library in suburban Valletta, the capital. Why? To return a book on folk music. He'd borrowed it 42 years ago, when he was stationed there as a member of Britain's Royal Air Force and inadvertently packed it with his belongings when it was time to go home. "I felt guilty when I realized what happened; it has been on my conscience ever since," he told journalists. "I was prepared to pay some massive fine, or to be locked up." No fine or jail time, though: Instead, the staff welcomed him, took back the book, poured him some tea, and asked whether he'd like to renew his membership.
Some made the list because they were "wretchedly performed." Others "don't make sense whatsoever," the editors of Blender magazine explained in announcing its choices for the 50 biggest duds the music industry has foisted on the listening public. "We Built This City" by Starship was rated the all-time worst ... because it's "truly horrible," the sound of "a band taking the corporate dollar while sneering at those who take the corporate dollar." Best of the worst: Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On," the theme from the movie "Titanic." The top - or should that be bottom? - 10 from Blender's May issue, and the artists who performed them:
"We Built This City" by Starship
"Achy Breaky Heart" by Billy Ray Cyrus
"Everybody Have Fun Tonight" by Wang Chung
"Rollin'" by Limp Bizkit
"Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice
"The Heart of Rock 'n' Roll" by Huey Lewis and the News
"Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin
"Party All the Time" by Eddie Murphy
"American Life" by Madonna
"Ebony and Ivory" by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
- Associated Press