Music Monday: Talking

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Say, what's better than singing? That's right! TALKING! So many classic songs aren't based around anything more than a simple conversation between artist and listener. Today Scott's selected five of his favorite talky songs. As always, you are encouraged to do the same. But first, you'll have to suffer through his. Is suffer the right term? You be the judge...

David Bowie - Glass Spider

 

Going to see a concert in 1983 1987, one might not expect a multi-story spider to be waiting inside. But leave it to Bowie to go high-concept in the age of outrageousness. Who else could upstage a giant spider with a simple story? Seriously, listen to what he's saying. What is he even saying? No wonder his son played D&D.

More talking to come inside! See you after the jump.

Golden Earring - Twilight Zone

 

Not many songs begin with an inaudible mumble and yet still become hits. Even people who know the lyrics by heart will go "wuzzle bumble fuzzle TWO AM!!!" when this rock classic comes on the radio. But it's the talking part that makes it extra sinister. And that makes it work.

ABC - The Look Of Love

 

Of course, this ABC song is as simple as a Motown hit. "Your reason for living's your reason for leaving" is the most succinct breakdown of a lover's quarrel that's ever been. But it's the conversation, as though between two mates in a coffee shop, that really helps you understand how much poor Martin needs your help. Then maybe one day he can find that look again.

U2 - Silver And Gold

 

Really almost any random U2 song after 1984 would probably fit in this category, but Silver And Gold is the moment Bono really became the Bono we all know and often want to shut up. From the quasi-foreign pronunciation of apartheid to the famous "Am I buggin' you?" to his total control over The Edge, this is the talking song that all talking songs dream of being.

Meat Loaf - Paradise By The Dashboard Light

 

This song has a baseball game in it. THIS SONG. HAS. A. BASEBALL GAME. IN IT. Maybe you're a fan and maybe you're not but you cannot help but admire the audacity.

If you feel like talking further, hit up 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.