Music Monday: Pop Songs That Are Questions

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Say, aren't there a lot of questions in music? Don't you think it's time Scott addressed that matter? Today we're making a list of musical interrogation. That's right, we're asking the questions here! Where were you on the night of October 32nd? Oh, wise acre, huh? Up against the wall, pal! And while you're there, take a look at the first song:

Duran Duran - Is There Something I Should Know

 

Not many songs say please, so we'll give the Durans points for politeness. But let's be honest with ourselves on this: there are not many lines dumber than "you're about as easy as a nuclear war." Nuclear wars require, what, some yelling and then two guys turning a key and a few button pushes? You barely even have to aim! And you get to sit down the whole time!

More questions, like "Why do we let this guy write these each and every week?" are coming up, after the jump.

Please remember our Spotify playlist features a great selection from last week's Music Monday comments. The theme of the mix this time is March Forth and we encourage you to turn it up loud and march about the room as you listen! But before you start reminiscing, check out our current Music Monday… right now!

Richard Thompson - Did She Jump Or Was She Pushed?

 

Yes, the original is credited to Richard and Linda Thompson, but I couldn't find that version on YouTube so I altered the credit for honesty's sake. But if you get a chance, go and find the original album, because it's perhaps the best chronicle of a dissolving relationship that music has ever seen. And, like in all relationships gone sour, there's no easy answer to the question in this song's title.

The Who - Who Are You?

 

The real question about this classic rock radio tradition is "How did they sneak that F-bomb past the FCC for like thirty years?" Try that with a hip hop song and someone would be off to jail, or fined at the very least.

No Mercy - Where Do You Go

 

Technically a cover of an earlier song, No Mercy's version got much more popular much faster. It's sweet, it's poppy, it's slightly Spanish, and it never actually cares if it answers the question about where the lovely in question actually goes. Seems like a slightly more summery version of Your Cheatin' Heart, right?

The Smiths - How Soon Is Now?

 

There are no people in this world who don't like The Smiths. There are people who don't like Morrissey, of course, but if you play any one of THOSE people "How Soon Is Now?" with the vocals cut out, they'll probably swear this is their new favorite band. This promo-alternative song has been sampled and covered but no matter what happens, the original still holds strong.

Now we've got a question: why don't you join us in our Turntable.fm room for the regular Music Monday enjoyment? Also, let us just remind you: some images come from the corresponding Wikipedia page and are here under fair use.