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! 😀
This week, we explore the kooky side to the 80s…
- O Superman – Laurie Anderson (NUMERO UNO on this list)
- Drowning in Berlin – Mobiles (For some reason, this song features a circus organ…)
- Beat Box – The Art of Noise (An incomprehensive assortment of sounds creating some interestingly genius mumbo-jumbo.)
- Da Da Da (I Don’t Love You You Don’t Love Me Aha Aha Aha) – Trio (Follows a similar technique to Gangnam Style – a super-catchy tune set to lyrics that only briefly uses English, but it doesn’t matter. Also follows the Number One rule of Eurovision: if you run out of ideas for the lyrics, don’t use actual words!)
- I Want To Break Free – Queen (Don’t think this is kooky? Take one look at the video and the penny will inevitably drop.)