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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 55379
    Dreadlock Holiday is the only 10cc song I actually like... I don't think it's racist, although it could possibly be construed as stereotyping.

    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone." - Walt Kowalski

    "Just because I don't care, doesn't mean I don't understand." - Homer Simpson

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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 10241
    I think Dreadlock Holiday is problematic, some people nowadays could take offence at the lyrics, a lot more people could take offence at Graham Gouldman (I think it's him) singing in a cod Jamaican accent.

    But there was no ill-intent at the time.  It is a very good song. 
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  • scrumhalfscrumhalf Frets: 8097
    If people will take offence at Dreadlock Holiday they might spontaneously combust over Typically Tropical's Barbados. 
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  • rogdrogd Frets: 306
    Living Next Door to Alice.
    Who the fuck is Alice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • fobfob Frets: 1121

    The instrumental break in My Sharona.
    What?  It's good we're all different I suppose.

    Wasn't Dreadlock Holiday about an actual mugging incident he had? Bit unfair to be labeled a racist because he wrote a song about it.

    To go back to Meatloaf there is a song in which he sings 'sex and drums and rock and roll'. Bit rich coming froming Mr Loaf.

    There's also a Paul Weller song where he sings something like 'stones kicked away, displaced by feet'. Jesus!
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 55379
    fob said:

    Wasn't Dreadlock Holiday about an actual mugging incident he had? Bit unfair to be labeled a racist because he wrote a song about it.
    Apparently it was something - or something very like it - that happened to Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues.

    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone." - Walt Kowalski

    "Just because I don't care, doesn't mean I don't understand." - Homer Simpson

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  • digitalkettledigitalkettle Frets: 773
    fob said:
    To go back to Meatloaf there is a song in which he sings 'sex and drums and rock and roll'.
    That's almost 'very good indeed' ;)
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  • VibetronicVibetronic Frets: 741
    Reverend said:
    Gangland rules, as do all the maiden songs mentioned. 
    I just can't take them seriously after hearing the lyrics. The music is fine and the albums themselves are classics :) Maiden were my first real love in music, but these ones do make me chuckle still.

    Gangland - murders are for sale..
    In a land, when dinosaurs roamed the earth...
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  • PolarityManPolarityMan Frets: 6010
    has anyone said the rant in the middle of down with the sickness yet? 
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  • RustySpannerRustySpanner Frets: 320
    A couple of lines in Up The Junction by Squeeze make my balls retract into my body.....
    Specifically, 'With some or other passions', 'Although the room was smelly' and 'I took her rather nifty'.
    I can forgive them though for 'The devil came and took me, from bar to street to bookie', which is brilliant. 

    Pretty much every Kiss lyric makes me want to pull the legs off kittens and 'One likes to believe in the freedom of music' reinforces my instinct that all Rush fans should have their faces rubbed vigorously up and down a dry stone wall. 


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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 11737
    axisus said:


    I'm not a big Rush fan but I like Spirit and it might win an award for the wordiest set of lyrics. I would have liked a cover version by Freddie Parrot Face Davies singing one likes to believe in the freedom of music but glittering prizes and endless compromises shatter the illusion of integrity and a raincoat to wear. 
    Inhale away Jackson Jeffrey Jackson. 
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  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 8313
    axisus said:
    The words to Spirit of radio are inspired! 
    Some of them paraphrase Paul Simon.   :)
    Be seeing you.
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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 11737
    axisus said:
    The words to Spirit of radio are inspired! 
    Some of them paraphrase Paul Simon.   :)
    Yes it is in part a rewrite of Sound of Silence. Which I think probably adds to it's cleverness. 


    Inhale away Jackson Jeffrey Jackson. 
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  • NeillNeill Frets: 892
    I don't really think this qualifies but hey ho:

    Ebony and ivory
    Live together in perfect harmony
    Side by side on my piano keyboard
    Oh Lord, why don't we?

    The reason I don't think it qualifies is that the entire song is utterly cringeworthy, as was the video that went with it.
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  • JalapenoJalapeno Frets: 5457

    I'm not a big Rush fan but I like Spirit and it might win an award for the wordiest set of lyrics. I would have liked a cover version by Freddie Parrot Face Davies singing one likes to believe in the freedom of music but glittering prizes and endless compromises shatter the illusion of integrity and a raincoat to wear. 
    Love the song, but that stream of pretentious philosophy followed by "yeah !" is like fingers down a blackboard.

    Imagine something sharp and witty here ......

    Feedback
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  • LevLev Frets: 222


    The instrumental break in My Sharona.

    with regards to Layla, I agree but it works great in Goodfellas

    https://youtu.be/1Z6MJIjCJ20
    I reckon the lyrics are the most cringeworthy part of My Sherona. 

    Never gonna stop, give it up.
    Such a dirty mind. Always get it up for the touch
    Of the younger kind. My my my i yi woo.
    M M M My Sharona
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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 11737
    Neill said:
    I don't really think this qualifies but hey ho:

    Ebony and ivory
    Live together in perfect harmony
    Side by side on my piano keyboard
    Oh Lord, why don't we?

    The reason I don't think it qualifies is that the entire song is utterly cringeworthy, as was the video that went with it.
    Vegetarian and animal rights campaigner Macca apparently unaware of where ivory comes from. And using ebony doesn't have much environmental credibility either. 
    Inhale away Jackson Jeffrey Jackson. 
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  • NeillNeill Frets: 892
    Neill said:
    I don't really think this qualifies but hey ho:

    Ebony and ivory
    Live together in perfect harmony
    Side by side on my piano keyboard
    Oh Lord, why don't we?

    The reason I don't think it qualifies is that the entire song is utterly cringeworthy, as was the video that went with it.
    Vegetarian and animal rights campaigner Macca apparently unaware of where ivory comes from. And using ebony doesn't have much environmental credibility either. 
    Elton John once said that it's dangerous to be surrounded by people who don't question you, when the persona becomes more important than the music.  I think Paul McCartney is a spectacular example. In The Beatles he always had John Lennon as a restraining force, but by the time they got to Let it Be Lennon had given up which is why he said he hated the album and the title track.  

    I can't believe that the composer of Eleanor Rigby and Maybe I'm Amazed could be allowed to churn out dross such as Mull of Kintyre and Silly Love Songs.
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  • TeetonetalTeetonetal Frets: 6890
    The "sound of silence" bit at the end of spirit of radio. What were they thinking? 
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  • LitterickLitterick Frets: 170
    Studio laughter at the end of any song made after the Dave Brubeck Quartet laughed at the end of Unsquare Dance.
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  • boogiemanboogieman Frets: 8301
    axisus said:
    Hattigol said:
    Surprised nobody has mentioned the awful 'Big boys don't cry' nonsense in 10cc's I'm Not in Love.

    Oddly enough I was thinking about Dreadlock Holiday which is a song I always really liked but these days I have a bit of a double take at the lyrics. Open to interpretation maybe but not something that would get released these days perhaps. 

    Is it bad? All I remember is he gets mugged then shags a bird. Loved that song as a kid. 
    I don't know although as I typed Dreadlock Holiday into Google it tried to complete it as Dreadlock Holiday is it racist  so I don't think I'm the first person to wonder. I'm not sure anyone gets shagged.

     
    I was walkin' down the street
    Concentratin' on truckin' right
    I heard a dark voice beside of me
    And I looked round in a state of fright
    I saw four faces, one mad
    A brother from the gutter
    They looked me up and down a bit
    And turned to each other
    I say
    I don't like cricket (Oh no!)
    I love it
    I don't like cricket (No no!)
    I love it
    Don't you walk through my words
    You got to show some respect
    Don't you walk through my words
    'Cause you ain't heard me out yet
    Well he looked down at my silver chain
    He said "I'll give you one dollar"
    I said you've got to be jokin' man
    It was a present from me mother
    He said "I like it, I want it
    I'll take it off your hands
    And you'll be sorry you crossed me
    You'd better understand that you're alone
    A long way from home
    And I say
    I don't like reggae (No no!)
    I love it (Eh!)
    I don't like reggae (No!)
    I love it (Eh!)
    Don't you cramp me style
    Don't you queer me pitch
    Don't you walk through my words
    'Cause you ain't heard me out yet
    I hurried back to the swimming pool
    Sinkin' pina colada
    I heard a dark voice beside me say
    "Would you like something harder?"
    She said, "I've got it, you want it
    My harvest is the best
    And if you try it, you'll like it
    And wallow in a Dreadlock Holiday"
    And I say
    Don't like Jamaica (Oh no!)
    I love her (Eh!)
    Don't like Jamaica (Oh no!)
    I love her (Oh yeah!)
    Don't you walk through her words
    You got to show some respect
    Don't you walk through her words
    'Cause you ain't heard her out yet
    I don't like cricket (Oh no!)
    I love it (Dreadlock Holiday)
    I don't like reggae (Oh no!)
    I love it (Dreadlock Holiday)
    Don't like Jamaica (Eh!)
    I love her (Dreadlock Holiday)
    Well I’ve learnt something today, I’ve always thought he was singing don’t you walk through my world. 
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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 11737
    boogieman said:
    axisus said:
    Hattigol said:
    Surprised nobody has mentioned the awful 'Big boys don't cry' nonsense in 10cc's I'm Not in Love.

    Oddly enough I was thinking about Dreadlock Holiday which is a song I always really liked but these days I have a bit of a double take at the lyrics. Open to interpretation maybe but not something that would get released these days perhaps. 

    Is it bad? All I remember is he gets mugged then shags a bird. Loved that song as a kid. 
    I don't know although as I typed Dreadlock Holiday into Google it tried to complete it as Dreadlock Holiday is it racist  so I don't think I'm the first person to wonder. I'm not sure anyone gets shagged.

     
    I was walkin' down the street
    Concentratin' on truckin' right
    I heard a dark voice beside of me
    And I looked round in a state of fright
    I saw four faces, one mad
    A brother from the gutter
    They looked me up and down a bit
    And turned to each other
    I say
    I don't like cricket (Oh no!)
    I love it
    I don't like cricket (No no!)
    I love it
    Don't you walk through my words
    You got to show some respect
    Don't you walk through my words
    'Cause you ain't heard me out yet
    Well he looked down at my silver chain
    He said "I'll give you one dollar"
    I said you've got to be jokin' man
    It was a present from me mother
    He said "I like it, I want it
    I'll take it off your hands
    And you'll be sorry you crossed me
    You'd better understand that you're alone
    A long way from home
    And I say
    I don't like reggae (No no!)
    I love it (Eh!)
    I don't like reggae (No!)
    I love it (Eh!)
    Don't you cramp me style
    Don't you queer me pitch
    Don't you walk through my words
    'Cause you ain't heard me out yet
    I hurried back to the swimming pool
    Sinkin' pina colada
    I heard a dark voice beside me say
    "Would you like something harder?"
    She said, "I've got it, you want it
    My harvest is the best
    And if you try it, you'll like it
    And wallow in a Dreadlock Holiday"
    And I say
    Don't like Jamaica (Oh no!)
    I love her (Eh!)
    Don't like Jamaica (Oh no!)
    I love her (Oh yeah!)
    Don't you walk through her words
    You got to show some respect
    Don't you walk through her words
    'Cause you ain't heard her out yet
    I don't like cricket (Oh no!)
    I love it (Dreadlock Holiday)
    I don't like reggae (Oh no!)
    I love it (Dreadlock Holiday)
    Don't like Jamaica (Eh!)
    I love her (Dreadlock Holiday)
    Well I’ve learnt something today, I’ve always thought he was singing don’t you walk through my world. 
    I did as well. I don't know how reliable lyrics copied off a random site on the internet are. I remember looking up the lyrics to Nite Klub by The Specials once and someone had the line 'beer tastes just like piss' as 'beer tastes just like peas.' 

    Inhale away Jackson Jeffrey Jackson. 
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  • Handsome_ChrisHandsome_Chris Frets: 4448
    edited May 24
    Ladies and gentleman of the jury, I'd like to submit Mr David Coverdale's version of ZZ Top's Tush.



    I believe that guitarist Adrian Vandenberg had to receive intensive medical treatment shortly after this tour: he was dieing of shame.
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  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 8313
    Gizmodrome … the entire album … every time Stewart Copeland attempts lead vocals.

    He had Mark King and Adrian Belew in the line-up, FFS!
    Be seeing you.
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  • hollywoodroxhollywoodrox Frets: 1377
    Neill said:
    Neill said:
    I don't really think this qualifies but hey ho:

    Ebony and ivory
    Live together in perfect harmony
    Side by side on my piano keyboard
    Oh Lord, why don't we?

    The reason I don't think it qualifies is that the entire song is utterly cringeworthy, as was the video that went with it.
    Vegetarian and animal rights campaigner Macca apparently unaware of where ivory comes from. And using ebony doesn't have much environmental credibility either. 
    Elton John once said that it's dangerous to be surrounded by people who don't question you, when the persona becomes more important than the music.  I think Paul McCartney is a spectacular example. In The Beatles he always had John Lennon as a restraining force, but by the time they got to Let it Be Lennon had given up which is why he said he hated the album and the title track.  

    I can't believe that the composer of Eleanor Rigby and Maybe I'm Amazed could be allowed to churn out dross such as Mull of Kintyre and Silly Love Songs.
    I quite liked silly love songs and mull ofkintyre when I was 9 and 10 and they bring back happy memories of Christmas and summer 
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  • hollywoodroxhollywoodrox Frets: 1377
    boogieman said:
    axisus said:
    Hattigol said:
    Surprised nobody has mentioned the awful 'Big boys don't cry' nonsense in 10cc's I'm Not in Love.

    Oddly enough I was thinking about Dreadlock Holiday which is a song I always really liked but these days I have a bit of a double take at the lyrics. Open to interpretation maybe but not something that would get released these days perhaps. 

    Is it bad? All I remember is he gets mugged then shags a bird. Loved that song as a kid. 
    I don't know although as I typed Dreadlock Holiday into Google it tried to complete it as Dreadlock Holiday is it racist  so I don't think I'm the first person to wonder. I'm not sure anyone gets shagged.

     
    I was walkin' down the street
    Concentratin' on truckin' right
    I heard a dark voice beside of me
    And I looked round in a state of fright
    I saw four faces, one mad
    A brother from the gutter
    They looked me up and down a bit
    And turned to each other
    I say
    I don't like cricket (Oh no!)
    I love it
    I don't like cricket (No no!)
    I love it
    Don't you walk through my words
    You got to show some respect
    Don't you walk through my words
    'Cause you ain't heard me out yet
    Well he looked down at my silver chain
    He said "I'll give you one dollar"
    I said you've got to be jokin' man
    It was a present from me mother
    He said "I like it, I want it
    I'll take it off your hands
    And you'll be sorry you crossed me
    You'd better understand that you're alone
    A long way from home
    And I say
    I don't like reggae (No no!)
    I love it (Eh!)
    I don't like reggae (No!)
    I love it (Eh!)
    Don't you cramp me style
    Don't you queer me pitch
    Don't you walk through my words
    'Cause you ain't heard me out yet
    I hurried back to the swimming pool
    Sinkin' pina colada
    I heard a dark voice beside me say
    "Would you like something harder?"
    She said, "I've got it, you want it
    My harvest is the best
    And if you try it, you'll like it
    And wallow in a Dreadlock Holiday"
    And I say
    Don't like Jamaica (Oh no!)
    I love her (Eh!)
    Don't like Jamaica (Oh no!)
    I love her (Oh yeah!)
    Don't you walk through her words
    You got to show some respect
    Don't you walk through her words
    'Cause you ain't heard her out yet
    I don't like cricket (Oh no!)
    I love it (Dreadlock Holiday)
    I don't like reggae (Oh no!)
    I love it (Dreadlock Holiday)
    Don't like Jamaica (Eh!)
    I love her (Dreadlock Holiday)
    Well I’ve learnt something today, I’ve always thought he was singing don’t you walk through my world. 
    Me too ,
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  • hollywoodroxhollywoodrox Frets: 1377
    I always thought the lyrics in up the junction were “we had to sell the telly ,we even sold the fire, for little kicks inside her”

    a very sad song and a stark warning not to knock up some bird
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  • TanninTannin Frets: 370
    fob said:

    Wasn't Dreadlock Holiday about an actual mugging incident he had? Bit unfair to be labeled a racist because he wrote a song about it.

    Just so. I remember hearing them describe a very nasty, scary incident during a radio interview while they were touring here. The song is mild compared to the actual treatment they got, and they had every right to write it.
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  • OffsetOffset Frets: 68
    The song itself was a dirge, but every time Duran Duran's "Please Please Tell Me Now" came on the radio, I'd curl up into a ball at the line "Don't say you're easy on me/You're about as easy as a nuclear war".  Excruciating.
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