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Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and list five reasons why it's either brilliant or dumb-assed. Send tips to introducingliston@gmail.com.

Neil Diamond is totally boss: Following a laryngitis induced sub par show in Ohio, Mr. Diamond thought it only right to offer his fans

a full refund

. That's pretty kick ass when you consider that one time we went to eat at this little taqueria over in Southwest Houston and when we got our carne guisada plate it had several hairs across the top and they wouldn't even give us our four dollars back. There's no question then that this bit of news is all kinds of brilliant. Here are five other artists who probably should've taken a cue from Neil and offered some money back after their live shows:

Britney Spears, 2007, VMAs: Really, what else is there to say? Just watch the video.

Cat Power, 2008, Roskilde Festival

: It is probably completely unfair to put Cat Power on this list but whatever, she's annoying as shit.

Amy Winehouse, every show after 2007: You knew she was going to be here. We mean, c'mon, there was this, and this, and this. The Amy Winhouse Horrible Live Show list goes on for days. Although, we would like to mention that refunds should only be offered to people who attended shows up through March of 2007. After that, you pretty much knew what you were getting when you purchased a ticket.

Carl Lewis's National Anthem: Oh. My God. We're not sure he could've done much worse than that. Well, there is this:

Cowboy Mouth, somewhere around '98, San Antonio

: (We're getting a little personal here.) Cowboy Mouth is actually a pretty dope band, but this one time we went to see them at the Sunken Gardens in San Antonio and during "

Jenny Says

" we wandered near the edge of mosh pit at the head of the stage and some douche punched us square in the eye. It was completely uncalled for. Anytime you get punched in the eye at a concert it automatically jumps onto the Worst Concert list. Sorry, Cowboy Mouth.

This guy has a pretty little list of bad concerts as well.

And just because it's funny:

Be easy, homies. -- Shea Serrano

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