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"The Final Countdown" by Europe (music review)

After discussing “The Final Countdown” by Europe with my buddy, I decided to take a deeper look into the lyrics and the music video. Read the rest of this entry

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“Can’t Fight This Feeling” by REO Speedwagon (What the hell is this song about anyway?)

I’ve tried to unravel a fair share of song lyrics in my time, but now, I’m upping the ante and doing my best to decipher music videos.  This time, I’m taking a look at “Can’t Fight This Feeling” by REO Speedwagon and… well, I may have bit off more than I can chew, because this video is baffling.

I’ve been doing the “What the hell is this song about anyway?” feature for a while, but now seemed like the time for it to jump from the written form to a video series.  Right now, it feels like I’ll be staying with 1980s music videos, but who knows what the future will hold?  Certainly not me.  If you’d like to check out more of our videos, visit our YouTube Channel! Read the rest of this entry

"Too Close" by Next (what in the hell is this song about, anyway?)

"Too Close" was released in 1997 by Next. It’s got a smooth, slick sound and full harmonies. I’ve never been one to have a great grasp on what people are actually saying, but "You’re making it hard for me" got my attention and I decided I needed to take a closer look at the lyrics.

I wonder if she could tell I’m hard right now, hmmm

OK, so much for metaphor. Guess we’re not burying the lead here, huh? I guess when they sing "You’re making it hard for me," they’re talking about ‘ol Mr. Penis.

Yeah, come on, dance for me baby, ha ha, yeah
Ut oh, you feel that? Alright
Come on, don’t stop now
You done did it, come on, uh, yeah, alright, hold on

"You done did it" kinda sounds like he’s blaming "baby" for his erection and she is now responsible for said erection. I gotta tell you, guys, I don’t think that argument is going to hold up at the club, at home or in court. Read the rest of this entry

Creed is the Name of a Band that Still Sorta Exists

Why I’m writing about Creed is going to take a while to explain.  I’ll do my best to make sense of it all.

It all started when I was editing the Green Lantern movie review post.  I was fixing a grammatical error when I noticed this:

sinestro creed

Lemme zoom in for ya.

sinestro-his-eyes-wide-open

I thought, “Holy potato balls!” and nearly did a spit take all over my monitor.  The fragment, “with arms wide open” was a line from the Creed song of the same name, but as soon as I think Creed, I remember their up tempo hit, “Higher.”

This reference hadn’t been relevant for over ten years when the post was originally published, and now, it seemed even more ridiculous.  I made the decision to delete it, but I didn’t – I never shall.  I just kept looking at it and thinking.

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"Nothing" by The Script (what in the hell is this song about, anyway?)

nothing-the-scriptMusical Artists: think long and hard before you title a song ‘nothing.’ Make sure that you really, really want ‘nothing’ to be the title of your tune because you’re leaving yourself wide open to all sorts of puns and ridicule just on that one facet alone. Then one hears the lyrics and the real comedy begins. Read the rest of this entry

Gangnam Style is not the same thing as Gundam

I’m not too fast on the uptake when it comes to popular culture.  I do OK when it comes to movies, but otherwise, I usually don’t know what everyone is talking about – such was the case with Gangnam Style.  Except I thought I did.

I don’t hear so well – it’s not serious, but I certainly don’t have whatever the equivalent of 20/20 vision is for hearing.  I thought everyone was saying Gundam, which is, apparently, not the same as Gangnam.

gundam

I heard this.

gangnam-gu

You were saying this.

gundam-style

You were referring to this.

I’m caught up now.  But there’s more to be said!

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Tomorrow by Silverchair [what in the hell is this song about, anyway?]

New York City has a rock station again… and they’re playing old Silverchair songs.  This is better than not having a rock station, but in all honesty, this is not exactly filling the new music void just by playing “Tomorrow” or Fun’s “We are Young” three times a day.  Anyway, let’s dig into this… this…  song.  I guess it’s a song. Read the rest of this entry

We are Young by Fun [what in the hell is this song about, anyway?]

I’ve been hearing “We are Young” by Fun on the radio a lot lately, and I really like how it sounds (although it’s intense redundancy can only be tolerated for so long), but I have no idea what the hell it’s about – or exactly what is being said.  To remedy that, I looked up the lyrics. Read the rest of this entry

Even Flow by Pearl Jam [what in the hell is that song about, anyway?]

If you haven’t heard it in a while, take a list to “Even Flow” by Pearl Jam from their 1991 debut album, Ten.  I’m not even going to ask you what this song is about – let’s just focus on what in the hell Eddie Vedder is saying.  This is a typical problem when it comes to Vedder’s vocal styling, but I have always felt that this is the best example of his yammering.  Adam Sandler agrees.

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Turn It On Again by Genesis [what in the hell is that song about, anyway?]

Today, I listened to Genesis’ hits album, starting with “turn it on again.”  What in the hell is that song about, anyway?  Let’s take a look at the lyrics and try to figure it out.

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Lady Antebellum’s song ‘Need You Now’ aka ‘Booty Call’ (what in the hell is this song about, anyway?)

I was in the liquor store the other day, and they had Z100 (or something similar) on the radio, and I was treated to Lady Antebellum’s song, ‘Need You Now,’ which I believe I heard earlier in the week at a grocery store.  This time, I actually listened to the lyrics instead of immediately dismissing it for pop-country crap.

Don’t misunderstand; it is pop-country crap.  But the lyrics take it to the next level.  The first line of the chorus varies between the following:

It’s a quarter after one, I’m all alone and I need you now

It’s a quarter after one, I’m a little drunk and I need you now

Get that?  Wow.  First off, these lyrics just aren’t good poetry; it’s crap.  Secondly, they seem to be romanticizing a booty call.  Well done!  You might say that, ‘Crash into me,’ by Dave Matthews Band has a similar theme, particularly when Matthews sings, “Hike up your skirt a little more, and show your world to me,” although when listening to the entire song, he seems to be romanticizing sex with someone he’s in a long term relationship with, given that he starts the song by referring to this person as the ball and chain.  So if it’s the same idea, “Need you now,” is the worst possible version of, “Crash into me.”  And I’m sorry, but there are no circumstances where you can romanticize a booty call.  That’s why we call it a booty call instead of a romantic encounter.

Lets wrap it up by checking out that name:  Lady Antebellum.  In case you didn’t know, antebellum is latin for, ‘before the war,’ which makes sense, because this song may inspire you to raise an army and invade whatever country Lady Antebellum is from…  oh really?  Fuck!  Again, don’t be mislead:  this is not a solo artist, but instead, a trio of three people trying to ruin my life with their horrible music  in the persons of Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood and Hilary Scott.  So that means these lyrics presumably got through at least three people and everyone said, “These are fine.”

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK!  Poetry majors everywhere are weeping.

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