Sorry I haven’t blogged for a while — it turns out that the norovirus, blogger’s block and exam revision don’t go well together! To make up for it, this comeback post is about what I consider to be the five weirdest songs to enter the pop charts. These come from the 70s and 80s — my favourite era of pop music. If you have other suggestions, please comment!
- O Superman — Laurie Anderson (A geniusly minimalistic and experimental half-sung, half-spoken combination of instruments alongside an electronic voicemail-like voice that lasts for over eight minutes.)
- John Wayne Is Big Leggy – Haysi Fantayzee (A bizarre yet interesting tribute to the Western film actor, with extravagant singing and lyrics that might just have moments of cringing innuendo.)
- Jilted John – Jilted John (A funny song about a man called John who is jilted by his girlfriend. It’s not really sung; more wailed melodically. According to the singer’s t-shirt, “I taught John Travolta to dance”.)
- Da Da Da (I Don’t Love You You Don’t Love Me Aha Aha Aha) – Trio (A mixture of nonsensical English and German alongside an incredibly minimalistic yet catchy melody. The video is incredibly minimalistic too.)
- Two Pints of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps – Splodgenessabounds (A man becoming increasingly annoyed at how he will not be served in a pub. Guess what he shouts every time. It reached No.7 in the charts.)
Or, if you want to go for the most weird yet genius song EVER in my opinion that did not reach the pop charts, then without a shadow of a doubt it has to be I Before E Except After C by Yazoo (fronted by ex-Depeche Mode member Vince Clarke — before he formed Erasure — and Alison Moyet), which entirely consists of speech excerpts from various people edited and remixed and repeated to develop into a surprisingly effective song. Extraordinarily clever.
Live long and prosper! 😀
PROGRESS UPDATE: Saturday 29th December (13:32 PM)
EMOTION: A feeling of doom being desperately veiled by fighting optimism.
WHY: Recently had a dawning realisation of how serious January is going to be, as well as how much work I have to do, which is being fought against by my thoughts of “You still have another week left” and “You might be able to buy some more CDs soon” and “DON’T PANIC”.
CURRENT REVISION TASKS: Currently doing revision for Science exams — Chemistry mock (which I don’t want to do much revision for since I might use up all the revision material for the real exam in May/June) and REAL EXAMS in Physics & Biology.
MOMENTS OF JOY: Bobbing along to Depeche Mode and Yazoo whilst working on SAM Learning; performing my temporary morning exercise — GANGNAM STYLE; lying exhausted on the floor of my room last night as Jean Michel-Jarre’s therapeutic “Oxygene” washes over me.
GREATEST MOMENT SO FAR: Reading up on the New Year Honours List and seeing Higgs, Quentin Blake and Ewan Mcgregor on it, along with all the Olympic heroes.
BIGGEST MOMENT(S) OF ANNOYANCE SO FAR: Getting a ridiculously low grade on a mini test (thank goodness it was only Electrolysis).
BIGGEST SHOCK SO FAR: Hearing and reading of the scurge of the blasted norovirus; it’s bringing out the germophobe in me.
FINISHING SENTENCE: Keep calm and carry on.
Any body or blogger who happens to see this page: follow the instruction in the title! Or, alternatively, you can do an A-Z of ANYTHING (e.g. films/songs). Here’s mine:
Curiosity Killed The Cat
Frankie Goes To Hollywood
(The) Icicle Works
Martha & the Muffins
Pet Shop Boys
(The) Rolling Stones
Now it’s your turn. Live long and prosper!
- The Original Doctor Who Theme – The BBC Radiophonic Workshop
- Hip Hop Be Bop – Man Parrish
- Party Fears Two – The Associates
- Dreaming Of Me – Depeche Mode
- I Ran (So Far Away) – A Flock Of Seagulls
- Vienna – Ultravox
- New Life – Depeche Mode
- Einstein-a-Go-Go – Landscape
- (Feels Like) Heaven – Fiction Factory
- The First Picture Of You – Lotus Eaters
Five days. Five days spent this half term with my heart pounding overtime, my blood pumping adrenaline, and my sanity edging closer and closer to a nervous breakdown. On my list of horribly stress-infused days, those five days come right after the nightmare that was Exam Week in June. Every morning when I woke up, I longed to stall for time and play on Professor Layton, but colleges and universities were calling, and so was my work-loving lobe.
I did three homeworks in one day on Saturday; on Monday, my sweat ducts were on panic mode as I fiddled exhaustively with pipe cleaners and tried to stick them into my sketchbook and close it without the pipe cleaners coming apart; Wednesday was background refinement and compositional formats; and Friday was mock up day, which I worked on late into the twilight hours, and it still wasn’t finished. Today was the fifth. Technically, I should be typing up the transcript(s) to my German Speaking Test, but I’ve figured that I have plenty of time to do that, and so I’m typing this post.
But I’m sane. I survived. On Monday, I thought I’d never be ready to start my final piece as soon as I get back to school, what with all the work I still had to do. But now I think I can. And it was thanks to an external source that I was able to keep my marbles safe. No, not Big Bang Theory (in fact, come to think of it, I’ve probably spent an entire week without seeing a single episode); music.
Half term truly was musical mayhem: a whole week of headbanging to Queen ’til I’m seriously discombobulated (I can’t do that now, unfortunately: I’ve just had a haircut); working into the late hours as the soothing synthesiser on Human League’s Together in Electric Dreams soothes my brain like a lullaby; and wondering when my Depeche Mode CD will ever turn up. I discovered more bands to feed my mega-80s-crave. I lay shattered in bed, Jean Michel Jarre’s Equinoxe washing over me like waves on a beach. And I thanked the world for the music, the songs that I’m singing. Thanks for all the joy they’re bringing. Who could live without it? I ask in all honesty, what would life be? Without a song or a dance, what are we? So I say thank you for the music, for giving it to me.
Hmm…Something tells me that those lyrics could work miracles in E Flat…
Live long and prosper! 😀
- Come On Eileen – Kevin Rowland & Dexy’s Midnight Runners
- Enjoy The Silence – Depeche Mode
- Tubular Bells/The Exorcist Theme Tune – Mike Oldfield
- I’m A Wonderful Thing Baby – Kid Creole & the Coconuts
- Never Stop – Echo & the Bunnymen