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Flowers By Irene
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posted 16 June 2003 01:42 AM      Profile for Flowers By Irene     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Step 1: Create a list of the "Top 100 songs from the last 25 years"

Step 2: Allow others to see that list.

100-81

80-61

60-41

40-21

20-1

Step 3: Wait for replies.

(Oh, BTW, this is VH1's list, not mine.)
The top 5 are, apparently:
5 - One
4 - 8 Mile - Eminem
3 - Sweet Child O' Mine
2 - Billie Jean
1 - Smells Like Teen Spirit

Ed. to fix links

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posted 16 June 2003 01:43 AM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
You're gonna have to tinyurl those long links, FBI.
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Flowers By Irene
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posted 16 June 2003 01:54 AM      Profile for Flowers By Irene     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yup, realized that probably about the same time you posted. Look up, 'tis fixed.
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posted 16 June 2003 02:04 AM      Profile for TommyPaineatWork     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
VH-1 are wankers, the list proves it.
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posted 16 June 2003 02:39 AM      Profile for Flowers By Irene     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Personally, I would toss at least 80some of these songs out of the top 100/last 25 years

Among those I would keep:

Sweet Dreams, Eurythmics

Born In The USA, Bruce Springsteen

Under the Bridge, Red Hot Chili Peppers

Jeremy, Pearl Jam

Smells Like Teen Spirit, Nirvana (top 5, but not number 1)


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posted 16 June 2003 02:49 AM      Profile for TommyPaineatWork     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
VH-1 seems to claim that these songs on the list are there because of their influence. If that were true, then the older a song was, the higher the rating it would get, I would think. Therefore, "I Wanna be Sedated" should rank higher than "Smells Like Teen Spirit"?

It's all reification, to asses a numerical value to something so subjective.

Browsing the list, I find it interesting that even when there are artists I might like, often the tune they chose I thought a pretty weak example of their ability.


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posted 16 June 2003 02:56 AM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Last 25 years.....so, back to 1978?

Whew, that was close! I remember a New Year's Eve radio special (on CKY or CKCK or something), as 1977 slud into 1978, that played "The Top 100 Tunes of All Time."

About eight of the top 20 were off the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack.

Is there a term for aural myopia?


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posted 16 June 2003 03:07 AM      Profile for TommyPaineatWork     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
In terms of influence though, who shaped the musical trends etc, "Saturday Night Fever" may-- as dismayed as you or I might be-- have been more influential than we'd like to think.

To properly evaluate it though, the real influence of those who decide who gets the air time and who doesn't has to be accounted for.

As far as influence on the musical trends go, it seems to me non artists might have made a greater impact than the artists themselves.


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posted 16 June 2003 03:28 AM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Influence, shminfluence; but you're right about who gets to choose what the pop music multitudes are able to listen to.

I didn't listen to much on that VHS list.

They missed:

Valley Girl - FZ
IM NIN'ALU - Ofra Haza
Elvis is Everywhere - mojo nixon
Simple Things - Juluka
Gerry Cheevers - Chixdiggit (Well, they did!)
Rock Children - Jimmy Cliff
Babylon System - Wailers
Too Much Pressure - Selecter
Cheese & Crackers - Deja Voodoo


You get the idea....

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I'm sure if you dig around the VH1 site, you might some statement/disclaimer like "We asked two music-industry executives the same question..."


I am just in awe of the amount of music that we have nothing better to do with than list.

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posted 16 June 2003 06:20 AM      Profile for TommyPaineatWork     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
That's what I think is at the heart of the music industry, al-Qa'bong, a drive to keep us all neetly pigeon holed into this genre or that, so it makes the marketing predictable and easy.

The big fear of the music industry is audience eclecticism. I think that's the real reason behind shutting down things like Napster, and why the radio is in the hands of such a lot of fools who anestitize the way that you feel.


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posted 16 June 2003 06:33 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
"One"? Ha. An ex of mine and our friends used to joke about the Three Dog Night Award For Stupid Lyrics that we would bestow on certain songs - the idea being that "One" sets the standard.

quote:
One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do
Two can be as bad as one
It's the loneliest number since the number one

No is the saddest experience you'll ever know
Yes, it's the saddest experience you'll ever know
`Cause one is the loneliest number that you'll ever do
One is the loneliest number, worse than two



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In the desert, you can't remember your name 'cause there ain't no one for to give you no pain.

Hands down winner of any worst lyric contest, ever.


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posted 16 June 2003 06:45 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
That's pretty pathetic too.
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Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto.

......the perenial runner up.......


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Say you, say me...say it for always...that's the way it should be.
Say you, say me...say it together...naturally.

But Tommy, you didn't choose the most stupid lyrics IN that song.

"I am the mod-ren man!"
"The time has come at last
To throw away this mask
So everyone can see
My true identity...
I'm Kilroy! Kilroy! Kilroy! Kilroy!"

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michael jackson and the symbol who used to be known as the artist formerly known as prince are the only ones with 2 songs in the top 40. maybe some sort of VH-1 sponsored steel cage match to decide the overall winner?

quote:
9. Every Breath You Take -- The Police

in the "birthday honours" list announced this week, sting received a CBE, commander of the british empire. commander sting.


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Before a motorcycle accident cancelled Mark Knoffler's appearance at London's JLC this summer, I was describing who he was to my daughters. I mentioned Dire Straits, then in an epiphany, I said,

"Mark Knoffler is the guy who has the talent Sting thinks he has."

"Every Breath You Take" was a creepy song when it was released and time has done nothing but add to it.


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By the way, Tommy, that is Mark Knopfler, if you should want to do a web search. Knopf is button in German, Knopfler a button-maker, one of many occupational surnames found in all languages. Agreed, lots of brilliant writing, and fine guitar too.
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Yabbut, even Sting thinks it's creepy -- he found it bizarre, in an interview way back when, that people thought it was actually a love song.

I happen to very much like Sting. Of course, my favourites of his wouldn't make the list, rarely got airplay.

I can't abide Bruce Springsteen, though. Yech.

I also don't get the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" phenomena. Bleah.


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posted 17 June 2003 11:25 AM      Profile for Jimmy Brogan   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
BROTHERS IN ARMS

by Mark Knopfler

These mist covered mountains
Are a home now for me
But my home is the lowlands
And always will be
Some day you'll return to
Your valleys and your farms
And you'll no longer burn
To be brothers in arms


Through these fields of destruction
Baptism of fire
I've watched all your suffering
As the battles raged higher
And though they did hurt me so bad
In the fear and alarm
You did not desert me
My brothers in arms


There's so many different worlds
So many different suns
And we have just one world
But we live in different ones
Now the sun's gone to hell
And the moon's riding high
Let me bid you farewell
Every man has to die
But it's written in the starlight
And every line on your palm
We're fools to make war
On our brothers in arms


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quote:
Yabbut, even Sting thinks it's creepy -- he found it bizarre, in an interview way back when, that people thought it was actually a love song.

Never gave the song a second thought before, top forty and all....stalking?

Hey, we could have a thread about the real messages in pop tunes! "She Bop" is supposed to be about mastering one's domain.


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"Excuse me while I kiss this guy."

Hello? Could that be more obvious?


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Sting's "Every Breath You Take" IS about stalking!

"every breath you take...every move you make...I'll be watchin' you..." creepy alright.

This song came out just as my sister was trying to get away from her ex-husband. He sang it while sitting outside her bedroom window in the middle of the night and it was no lovely serenade!


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'Zackly. Hardly the artist's fault when the audience creates their own meaning -- in this case, the message is taken as love when it was intended as obsession.

Must have been a terrible time for your sister, Meowful.


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posted 18 June 2003 12:52 AM      Profile for Lard Tunderin' Jeezus   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Canada squeezes one song into the top 25 with - Celine Dion? Singing the theme song to 'The Titanic'??

WTF is that about?


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I kinda had a feeling there was a "p" in his name somewhere.

eh, a guy who gets his money for nuthin' and his chicks for free can put up with a few misspellings.

Okay, so what "Canadian" song would you throw in there? Has a Canadian pop tune influenced the music scene in the last 25 years?

Going further back, one might claim the Guess Who's "American Woman" influenced Candian pop (international hit before Can/Con regs) but after that I'm at a loss.

Maybe Alanis Morriset? Didn't she pioneer the angry young woman market?


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posted 18 June 2003 02:48 AM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
"Beneath this snowy mantle..."

Gene MacLellan, baby.


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Worlds Creepiest Gag-Inducing Song must be the following. I warn you: you will vomit.

quote:
Man's got his woman to take his seed
He's got the power - oh
She's got the need
She spends her life through pleasing up her man
She feeds him dinner or anything she can
She cries alone at night too often
He smokes and drinks and don't come home at all

Only women bleed
Only women bleed
Only women bleed


We may thank Alice Cooper for that steaming pile. Maybe Celine will cover this one too.

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posted 18 June 2003 03:05 AM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
All right, Jingles, let's go. Drop 'em!

That was the Coop in one of his tenderest moments. Sorta like his version of "Woman is the Nigger of the World."


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He shouldda stuck to eating live bats or pidgeons (or whatever). Seriously, I heard it on the radio and it gave me cramps in the lower intestinal area.
Usually, that only happens with Celine. Or Bryan... Oh my god! What if they do a duet?!?!

welcome to the jungle
we got fun and games


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posted 18 June 2003 03:31 AM      Profile for TommyPaineatWork     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'm sympathetic to kick ass rock and roll, I don't expect much from it except a cheap thrill.

welcome to the jungle promises this with it's start, but it's got this lame musical refrain that is about as much fun as mentally picturing Ernest Borgnine just before having an orgasm.

I met Axel Roads once. At the grocery store. He was behind me in the li-he-i-he-ine.


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It's been bugging me for a little bit now, (no, not Axl Rose, but then... don't get me started there) why aren't Faith No More on the list? Or Operation Ivy (Room Without a Window)? It is supposed to be about influence, no?

...baahhh, but they don't give a damn 'bout no trumpet-playin' band.


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Gee, I know all these people. And yet I haven't the faintest idea what they are talking about. Life never ceases to amaze me.
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"If I had a million dollars"

Specially the line about prewrapped bacon...

Now THAT is truly a Canadian classic -- only in Canada could a group of nerdy young guys call themselves the Barenaked Ladies and get hit after hit... I love these guys!!

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This should not be a serious discussion. It only gives VH1 undeserved credibility. The entire list is crap. Any list that puts Britney Spears ahead of one of the most important records of all time, London Calling is asking to have its producers shot. There's no Smiths, no Joy Division, no Buzzcocks, no Stone Roses, the only Bruce song is 'Born in the USA' (The hell?) no Jesus & Mary Chain, no Pavement, no nothing.

The nerve of those bastards calling this the 'definitive list of rock n' roll!'

Yes, Celine Dion and Jon Bon fucking Jovi sure know how to rock.


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Somebody in Trouser Press wrote many, many years ago that London Calling showed that the Clash weren't so bored with the USA after all.

This is the Clash:

quote:
"Complete Control"

They said release 'Remote Control'
But we didn't want it on the label
They said, "Fly to Amsterdam"
The people laughed but the press went mad

Ooh ooh ooh someone's really smart
Ooh ooh ooh complete control, that's a laugh

On the last tour my mates couldn't get in
I'd open up the back door but they'd get run out again
At every hotel we was met by the Law
Come for the party - come to make sure!

Ooh ooh ooh have we done something wrong?
Ooh ooh ooh complete control, even over this song

They said we'd be artistically free
When we signed that bit of paper
They meant let's make a lotsa mon-ee
An' worry about it later

Ooh ooh ooh I'll never understand
Ooh ooh ooh complete control - lemme see your other hand!

All over the news spread fast
They're dirty, they're filthy
They ain't gonna last!

This is Joe Public speaking
I'm controlled in the body, controlled in the mind

Total
C-o-n control - that means you!


Stay free.


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No Stooges?
No Velvets?
No thanks.

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quote:
No Stooges?
No Velvets?
No thanks.


I thought that too, black dog, but unfortunately (and you know they would have omitted them anyways) the list is dated the last 25 years. The Velvet Underground and The Stooges/MC 5 axis are circa 1967.

"Complete Control" kicks my ass.

These assholes wouldn't know rock n' roll unless it started drinking Pepsi.


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Oh right. My math sucks. Okay, but still: never let ad executives pick a list like this. Of course, Britain's Q Magazine had a similar list a while back that was selected by readers and was just as awful. there's just no accounting for (bad) taste.
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You know damn well that if the list was by one of us we'd be arguing with THEM. Whatever was on it. Seriously, what's the point of rock and roll (pardon me, rock 'n roll) otherwise?

But the really important thing is the worst lyric of all time. I vote for this sucker, from Asia ("Heat of the Moment," remember?)

So many lines
You've heard them all
A lie in every one
From men who never understand your personality


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Hi natas!

I don't know what's so terrible about those lyrics - at least they make sense and aren't self-contradictory.

But it's never been my favorite song either.


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I nominate this old doo-wop pseudo-classic for worst lyrics ever:
quote:
MR. BASSMAN
Johnny Cymbal / Ronnie Bright


Mr. Bass Man, you've got that certain somethin'
Mr. Bass Man, you set the music thumpin'
To you it's easy when you go 1-2-3,
b-b-b-b-ba-ba-ba (b-ba-b-b-b-b-b-ba-ba)

Yeah! Mr. Bass Man, you're on all the songs
With the d-d-boom-boom, and the dit-dit-boom-boom-boom
Hey Mr. Bass Man, you're the hidden King of Rock 'n' Roll,
b-b-b-b-ba-ba-ba (b-ba-b-b-b-b-b-ba-ba)


Owww, it don't mean a thing when the lead is singin'
Or when he goes "Hi-yi-yi-yi-yi-yah"

Hey Mr. Bass Man, I'm askin' just one thing:
Will you teach me? Yeah, will you sing?
'Cause Mr. Bass Man, I wanna be a bass man too,
b-b-b-b-ba-ba-ba (b-ba-b-b-b-b-b-ba-ba)



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Picking on doo-wop because its words don't make any sense? How progressive is that?! I'll take good trash over bad Art any day, and consider the latter to be the cardinal sin against rock 'n roll (aside from spelling it "'n").

Hence the Asia nominee, with its lack of meter and lots of words to no great point. For GREAT lyrics, check out Tom T. Hall.


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posted 19 June 2003 07:29 PM      Profile for Dr. Mr. Ben   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
No, I am picking on doo-wop because that song is about a guy who can't sing bass trying to learn to sing bass.
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al-Qa'bong
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posted 19 June 2003 07:32 PM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yabbb-b-b-b-b-b-ut, it skips along purty good though.

"Land of a Thousand Dances" and "Surfing Bird" depend on constant consonants as well.


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posted 20 June 2003 01:09 AM      Profile for Bill Haydon     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
"there's a killer on the road
his brain is squirmin' like a toad"

Anyone who would write crap like this deserves to drown in a bathtub.


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posted 20 June 2003 02:53 AM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Seriously, I heard it on the radio and it gave me cramps in the lower intestinal area.

I guess it's grown on me. I've had the record since 1977.

But why pick on this tune? What about "Dead Babies" and "I Love the Dead"?

quote:
Anyone who would write crap like this deserves to drown in a bathtub.

Uh, oh. I believe there are some Doormania types out there who will wish to scratch out your eyen.

Nevertheless, I cannot find fault with your statement.

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posted 20 June 2003 03:28 AM      Profile for TommyPaineatWork     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Of course, leave it to me to find the worst song ever.

I mean, ever. I have a vague recollection of the tune, I think it hit the AM waves in the early 70's.

So, here it is, the

Worst. Song. Ever.


LITTLE ARROWS
Leapy Lee

There's a boy a little boy
Shooting arrows in the blue
And has aimed them at someone
And the question is at who

Aimed at me or aimed at you
It's hard to tell until you're hit
You'll know it when you get one
The arrows that are lit
Little arrows for me and for you
You're falling in love again
You're falling in love again

Little arrows in your clothing
Little arrows in your hair
When you're in love you'll find
Those little arrows everywhere
Little arrows that will hit you once
And hit you once again
Little arrows will hit everyone
Every now and then

There's a boy from the other side
But there's nothing that you can do
And some folks put on armour
But the arrows go straight through
So you see there's no escape
So why not face it
And admit that you love those little arrows
When they fall a little bit

Little arrows in your clothing
Little arrows in your hair
When you're in love you'll find
Those little arrows everywhere
Little arrows that will hit you once
And hit you once again
Little arrows will hit everyone
Every now and then

If you think the lyrics are insipid, the musical arrangement was even worse.


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posted 20 June 2003 04:10 AM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Gotta disagree with you Tommy. When I was nine, back in 1969-70, I lurved this tune.

Ed. to add jogged memory....

I just checked out the Evil Kazaa and have downloaded "Little Arrows", "Tennessee Birdwalk" "In the Year 2525" and "Me and My Arrow."

Thanks TP!

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Tennessee Birdwalk.

You are a fiend, a sick, sick fiend.


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posted 20 June 2003 05:25 AM      Profile for Jacob Two-Two     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I've often thought that the lyrics to "MacArthur Park" were among the worst in the musicdom, considering it's refusal to die. I mean, I could probably pick something just as bad off of contemporary radio, but all those songs will be forgotten in a year so they're hardly worth mentioning.

And what about the lyrics to "November Rain" (which, thankfully, I never hear anymore)? Don't you get the impression that he just jotted down every word rhyming with "rain" that he could think of, and then wrote a line for each one?


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Yeah, I think Macarthur Park means the competition has to be for second-most insipid lyrics of all time.

And although I loved, loved, loved the show-slash-movie-slash-albums, I'm going to have to nominate the following from Jesus Christ Superstar:

(ahem)

Can you show me now
That I would not be killed in vain?
Show me just a little
Of your omnipresent brain
Show me there's a reason
For your wanting me to die
You're far too keen on where and how
But not so hot on why


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posted 20 June 2003 06:59 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It's getting hot in here,
So take off all your clothes.

(Actually, I love this song, and it makes me laugh every time I hear it.)


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posted 20 June 2003 07:14 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Okay, I was looking for lyrics to "Shiny Disco Ball" because I was prettu sure they'd win a Three Dog Night Award For Stupid Lyrics (even though it's very catchy) and I couldn't find them anywhere. Anywhere! All I know from it is something like,

"Late night booty call...Shiny Disco Ball."

But while I was looking for it, I found this hilarious article. I can relate so much - I hear "new" songs either at a bar or on the radio, and I never know what they are, who sings them, and I don't even remember half the lyrics, so when I hear a song that really grabs me, I have no idea how to find it except for going to people and sounding like an idiot saying, "Hey, do you know this song? Da da da da da da...so take off all your clothes..."


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Drugs
Rock and roll
Bad ass
Vegas ho's
Late night
Booty call
Shiny disco balls

I'm pretty sure that's it. But it's always advisable not to think too hard about dance music lyrics. They're always horribly catchy...but more so in that early 90s ghetto rather than the above.

No no, no no no no, no no no no, no no
There's no limits
No no, no no no no, no no no no, no no
There's no limits
No no limits, we reach for the sky
No valley too deep
No mountain too high
No no limits, we give up the fight
We do what we want
And we do it with pride

(2 Unlimited)

and there's a special prize for anyone who can remember the lyrics of any rave classic ("I wanna be a hippy" - Technohead, was always a great example of why the lyrics don't matter when the beat makes your ears bleed)


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Ah yes, Jimbo! Thanks for reminding me. How about this:

"Death and my cock are the world"

Yeah it's from his poetry record, no shortage of bad poetry...but the Doors are on backup, so I figure it counts.

Those with MP3 capacity: see if you can find "Goodbye Sam" by Shad O'Shea. It's this insane patriotic song by an LA disc jockey

"Sam is now gone...and I know the blame is mine...for if I had but one time had the GUTS to stand up and say 'America, I love you' she might still be here today...at least the beautiful lady that I once knew...'"

Featuring lots of attempted-Brechtian acid-rock guitar interrupting the choruses of children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. It will change your life.


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