Saturday, January 27, 2007
Scuse Me While I Kiss This Guy
I sing in my car. And I sing poorly. I also sing lyrics abominably. I either sing them wrong, or when I don't remember them, it's either.."Da, da, da, da,...." or "ah....ah...yeah..."
I don't know how many years I went singing Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze" with the lyric..."Excuse me, while I kiss this guy!" Yeah, I got a lot of strange looks. As for the Rolling Stones, well, anything sung by Mick is by nature hard to understand. Think about "Jumping Jack Flash". I remember playing that over and over and over....until I finally had something that would pass as the correct lyrics, but probably weren't. Go ahead, listen to the tune and you tell me.
I remember in high school listening to ZZ Tops' song: "La Grange". Oh God. We loved the guitar riffs, but as for the lyrics...whenever it came on, we smiled knowingly and said: "Oh, the Incoherent Song."
It's always been hard to understand some lyrics in rock. Too bad it's not hard to understand lyrics in rap. I always seem to understand those too well. But putting aside my old fogginess, here are some bands that seem impossible to decipher without repeated listening: Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, Motorhead, etc. And I know some smart ass out there will suggest: just go online and look up lyrics.
Recently my wife's brother had me put a disc into my cd player. It was nothing but incoherent screaming. Seriously. The singer snarled in monotone, stretching the words out so that they were not understandable. His voice was razor blades. If he wasn't screaming slowly, then he was screaming and ripping through a lyric so that God himself was crying.
"He sounds different in this song," her brother said. "I think he's changed his style. I like his old stuff better."
"How can you tell?" I asked. Seriously, it was just raw, hideous screaming. Behind him the guitars roared without any sense of melody or pattern...and the drums...? Now I like hard music, but this wasn't
"I'll grant you sometimes he's hard to understand, but..."
Hard to understand? Metallica can be hard to understand (although not really), Nirvana and Foo Fighters were occasionally hard to understand, but industrial music...?
Of course the ultimately misunderstood song has to be "Louie, Louie" as slurred by the Kingsmen.
All this being said: Here are some of the most misunderstood lyrics in music. I went to this site and looked them up. http://www.kissthisguy.com/ It felt good to see I wasn't alone in my confusion over Purple Haze. Check it out, you'll be amused.