Just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, wincers are in the ears of the belisteners.
I concur that some of the worst lines imaginable have made it to the tops of many charts, pop, country, folk, rock, etc. They still manage to do this today.
Oh yes I'm bad
Chamon, you know it...(Whacko Jacko)
When you've got money, connections, popularity and power you can produce and popularize any stupid idea you see fit and the funny thing about it is that there's a whole lot of folks out there that'll eat it right up with a smile on their face and then say, "Thanks! May I have another?". For example, take the idea that we here in the US were fed by our brave feds, that all would be safe from attack by using duck tape and platic sheeting on our windows and doors. It was a fifty year old variation on the theme of duck and cover I suppose. It's hard to imagine that any message could be more of a wincer but that didn't stop the masses from depleting duck tape supplies across the nation.
What prompted my foray into songwriting was when I caught Dolly on a morning talk show singing one of her songs along with a karaoke kind of sound track. She sang badly off key in front of a nationally televised audience. I guess I didn't expect that from someone with all of that fame and skill. I suppose we all have our bad days. I guess it's the ones with fewer wincers that make it to the top. It was a wincer of a performance. I figured if someone like that could offer such an embarrassing show to a national audience, well, then I certainly shouldn't be shy about honing some of my material in front of a local audience and the rest, as they say, is hickstory or perhaps a hackstory. ;o)
The wincers of today could very well be the hits of tomorrow. Just make sure you've got plenty of chicken wire stapled to the front of the stage you're about to mount and watch out for low flying empties and vegetable matter.
"Thick skinned tomatoes have been known to reduce a guitar to rubble when hurled from as far as 8 or 10 furlongs." (Utah Phillips)