I think every DJ at some point thinks s/he's going to pluck out the one great song by every shitty band. (My buddy Irving remembers an 'FMU DJ who had an unerring ability to excavate the one shit track by every great band, but that's another story for some other blahger). Everyone who's had this ambition quickly realizes that most shitty bands actually have no great tracks. But a few do, and so we keep on looking.
Here's 2 from '72:
Here's one I found myself:
Styx, "Quick Is The Beat of My Heart" (streaming mp3, expires Sept 8 '06); (Realaudio)
(wasn't so hard since I've got like eleven of their records. Oh, DJs lose a lot of shame early on too - often in a manner not dissimilar to what a cheese-grater does)
Of course, for this game to have maximum payoff, you've gotta stick to really universally reviled acts, and that's mebbe not so simple. Every suggestion raises a thousand arguments, except in very rare cases. Judging by certain current trends, I''ve got a theory James Taylor and The Eagles are ripe for reassessment. I call the stuff "2-Lane Blacktop Rock".
Anyway, I'm asking you to play. What song gets your vote for best song by some shitty band? I offer the two above to prime your pump.