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Sinister popular songs
« on: May 28, 2013, 09:23:00 am »
A thread for songs which are really quite wrong when you listen to the lyrics, but have somehow slipped under the radar of the moral guardians.

1. Sweat (A La La La La Long) by Inner Circle.  Date rape.
2. No Reply by The Beatles.  Stalking.
3. Thank Heaven For Little Girls by Maurice Chevalier.  Pretty obvious.
4. Standing On A Corner by Dean Martin.  General lechery.
5. Little Brown Jug by various artists.  Alcoholism.

Amusingly, the last two are on a children's compilation CD we have for the kids.
Never tell me the odds.

Gaston Lagaffe

  • aka Mr Kite
Re: Sinister popular songs
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2013, 09:28:38 am »
Lola by the Kinks is a fairly obvious one at the time, as was Walk on the Wild Side.

Does Your Mother Know by Abba now takes on a slightly paedo twist bearing in mind the activities now being revealed about the 70's
"Il veut moins de riches, moi je veux moins de pauvres"

clarion

  • Tyke
Re: Sinister popular songs
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2013, 09:31:28 am »
Every Breath You Take - Police.  Stalking
You're Gorgeous - Baby Bird.  Exploitation
Black Heart - Stooshe.  Domestic Abuse
Bleeding Love - Leona Lewis.  Not directly, perhaps, but the imagery is unsettlingly of abuse throughout.
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clarion

  • Tyke
Re: Sinister popular songs
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2013, 09:32:47 am »
3. Thank Heaven For Little Girls by Maurice Chevalier.  Pretty obvious.


Given that the song is taken from Gigi, a popular family musical about the training of a young adolescent girl into prostitution, then, yeah...
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clarion

  • Tyke
Re: Sinister popular songs
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2013, 09:34:16 am »
Oh - All Night Long by Rainbow has the brutally honest line, possibly regretted in retrospect, 'Don't know about your age, but you look all right...'
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Euan Uzami

Re: Sinister popular songs
« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2013, 09:51:48 am »
A thread for songs which are really quite wrong when you listen to the lyrics, but have somehow slipped under the radar of the moral guardians.

1. Sweat (A La La La La Long) by Inner Circle.  Date rape.
2. No Reply by The Beatles.  Stalking.
3. Thank Heaven For Little Girls by Maurice Chevalier.  Pretty obvious.
4. Standing On A Corner by Dean Martin.  General lechery.
5. Little Brown Jug by various artists.  Alcoholism.

Amusingly, the last two are on a children's compilation CD we have for the kids.

Ace of base - "you know that I just want to torch you". Arson.

Re: Sinister popular songs
« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2013, 10:04:03 am »
This has only just occurred to me but  "Fog On The Tyne" must mean that was some spliff....

Eccentrica Gallumbits

  • Rock 'n' roll and brew, rock 'n' roll and brew...
Re: Sinister popular songs
« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2013, 10:54:36 am »
My Sharona by the Knack is well dodgy. And The One I Love by REM is quite nasty.
My feminist marxist dialectic brings all the boys to the yard.


clarion

  • Tyke
Re: Sinister popular songs
« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2013, 10:58:59 am »
In a similar vein, Come On Eileen was a song about persuading an underage girl to have sex.

Random trivia: I've just found out that I cycle within 50m of the location for the video on a regular basis.
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Re: Sinister popular songs
« Reply #9 on: May 28, 2013, 10:59:36 am »
"Norwegian Wood" is also about arson.  Girl won't shag John Lennon, so he torches her flat.
Never tell me the odds.

Re: Sinister popular songs
« Reply #10 on: May 28, 2013, 11:01:30 am »
A lot of songs that seem to be about love are really about drugs.  The Las "There She Goes" is a classic example.
Never tell me the odds.

clarion

  • Tyke
Re: Sinister popular songs
« Reply #11 on: May 28, 2013, 11:03:37 am »
Which brings us to Perfect Day, of course.
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Gaston Lagaffe

  • aka Mr Kite
Re: Sinister popular songs
« Reply #12 on: May 28, 2013, 11:04:08 am »
In a similar vein, Come On Eileen was a song about persuading an underage girl to have sex.

Not sure where you get the underage thing from, young yes, but so were they at the time.  As was I.

Great song though, one of my favourites
"Il veut moins de riches, moi je veux moins de pauvres"

clarion

  • Tyke
Re: Sinister popular songs
« Reply #13 on: May 28, 2013, 11:05:28 am »
I got it from a former member of the group.
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Karla

  • car(e) free
    • Lost Byway - around the world by bike
Re: Sinister popular songs
« Reply #14 on: May 28, 2013, 11:07:36 am »
Maxwell's Silver Hammer - The Beatles.  Murder.

Jaded

  • The Codfather
  • Formerly known as Jaded
Re: Sinister popular songs
« Reply #15 on: May 28, 2013, 11:17:25 am »
I got it from a former member of the group.

We're you underage at the time?  ;D
If you don't like your democracy, vote against it.

clarion

  • Tyke
Re: Sinister popular songs
« Reply #16 on: May 28, 2013, 11:19:48 am »
Apostrophe crime forgiven for that one ;D
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Re: Sinister popular songs
« Reply #17 on: May 28, 2013, 11:24:00 am »
Harry Chapin
Sniper
Burning herself
Cat's in the cradle

TimC

  • Bike pilot
Re: Sinister popular songs
« Reply #18 on: May 28, 2013, 11:27:44 am »
Polly - Nirvana.

Re: Sinister popular songs
« Reply #19 on: May 28, 2013, 11:39:09 am »
Sadly it's an urban legend that The Vapors' "Turning Japanese" is about reaching the vinegar strokes.
Never tell me the odds.

clarion

  • Tyke
Re: Sinister popular songs
« Reply #20 on: May 28, 2013, 11:56:12 am »
I've no idea what it is about, then.
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Eccentrica Gallumbits

  • Rock 'n' roll and brew, rock 'n' roll and brew...
Re: Sinister popular songs
« Reply #21 on: May 28, 2013, 12:11:11 pm »
Tell Laura I Love Her by whoever that was by is quite gruesome.
My feminist marxist dialectic brings all the boys to the yard.


Re: Sinister popular songs
« Reply #22 on: May 28, 2013, 12:18:09 pm »
Don't fear the Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult?
If it ain't broke, fix it 'til it is...

Re: Sinister popular songs
« Reply #23 on: May 28, 2013, 12:33:23 pm »
Brown Sugar - Slavery / rape.

Re: Sinister popular songs
« Reply #24 on: May 28, 2013, 01:45:01 pm »
I thought it was about a brothel.
Never tell me the odds.