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Happy Music Monday! Have you ever had one of those moments when you're singing along with a song, and then it suddenly hits you what the words mean? Sure, song lyrics are nothing you'd call the cops about, but even still, right? Today Scott's gathered five songs that might be classics, but are just sorta weird. Here's the first one to show you what we mean.

Lou Reed - Walk On The Wild Side

 

Most likely, Lou Reed finished this song about the dark side of New York and figured people would be turned off by the sex jokes, or the drug references, or the trans character getting ready to go out for the night. But what's the one thing that everyone notices first? That's right, the "colored girls" going doot, doo doot, doo doot. Lou obviously served that one up with a healthy dose of dramatic irony, but even today, the wording can turn heads.

It's only getting weirder from here, you know. See you after the jump. Try not to be offended.

Starlight Vocal Band - Afternoon Delight

 

Play this song to a sweet little kid, they'll imagine you're talking about some kind of picnic, with fireworks and ice cream. Play this song to a grown up, and they'll say HOW IS THAT EVEN ON THE RADIO??? And yet, this pop porno snuck to the top of the charts in 1976. Thankfully, Arrested Development dragged it over into the comedy world so it's probably not coming back.

The Runaways - Cherry Bomb

 

Yes, it's got a good beat. Yes, it's from one of the earliest grrrl bands. Yes, it's them taking hold of their own sexuality after a few decades of being the direct objects of rock. But, no matter how you justify it, this is still the story of an underage sex kitten on the prowl. Does it rock? Of course! Is it still kinda creepy? Absolutely. But the Runaways have NOTHING on...

Gary Puckett - Young Girl

 

How can a man blessed with such a voice produce such a creep-filled hit single? The bet is to try and make it through the whole song without shuddering once, but don't take it, you'll almost certainly fail. The Runaways might need a little guidance, but the narrator in this one pretty much needs to be on a watch list.

The Beatles - Run For Your Life

 

John Lennon was a great artist, but in his early years, John Lennon was also kind of a jerk. To be fair about things, Lennon much later said this catchy song was the one he most regretted writing, but… well, it's still out there, isn't it? Give it the Trent Reznor treatment but keep the lyrics, it'd probably come out quite scary. As it stands now, it's easy to get lost in the groove and miss the not-so-hidden meaning.

Need to wash away those scary feelings? Hit up our Turntable.fm room and 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.



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Moueska


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Clay Aiken's "If I Were Invisible" and Sting's "I'll be watching you" both qualify.

Weird Al's "Albuquerque" did the first time, as with "Complicated Song". The more I listened to "Albuquerque", though, I got a little more normalized. As I listened to the "Complicated Song" it just made me cringe.

The whole Sgt Pepper album is full of odd ones because you JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND THE CONCEPT BUT YOU WANT TO BECAUSE THERE MUST BE SOME HIDDEN MESSAGE AND YOU JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND

/ahem


mossygreen


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Hmm, grossest song I can think of right now:

Nick Gilder's Hot Child in the City


OH, here's a much better song about leching on teenage girls:

Rolling Stones, Stray Cat Blues

nemo2005


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R.E.M.- "The One I Love" and Elvis Costello's - "I Want You". Two very brutal songs from the mid-80's.

nemo2005


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Almost forgot...The Kinks - "Lola"!

vigilante1987


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Sorry, no irony from Lou Reed. The term 'Colored Girls' was acceptable usage at the time. The line came from the original demo for the song: he was merely marking where the back up singers were supposed to come in. The producer liked it so much he left it in.


I've always thought the Jefferson Airplane song "Come Up The Years was kind of creepy.

chicken0102


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I'll have to go with "Hotel California" by the Eagles.

mossygreen


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This song

becomes much creepier when you realize it's a cover:

DennisG2010


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Wow - you know, I must've heard that Beatles tune thousands of times but I obviously never paid attention to the lyrics...

The music is so upbeat and cheery - until you listen to the lyrics.

Definitely disturbing.

Thanks. : P

nrozanov


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Interesting timing. Ringo's birthday was yesterday. While driving, my boys and I heard "You're Sixteen" on the radio in honor of the b'day. We figured, yeah, that's creepy.

mossygreen


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nemo2005 wrote:R.E.M.- "The One I Love" and Elvis Costello's - "I Want You". Two very brutal songs from the mid-80's.



It's true, those songs are like being able to read someone's thoughts.

SESteve


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When I saw the blog post's title Run For Your Life immediately popped into my head. You don't hear many Beatles cover bands doing that song these days.

Once you get past the catchy rhythms and awesome guitar solo My Sharona is kinda creepy: "Never gonna stop, give it up. Such a dirty mind. I always get it up for the touch of the younger kind."

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chicken0102 wrote:I'll have to go with "Hotel California" by the Eagles.

I'm with you there.



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mossygreen


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SESteve wrote:When I saw the blog post's title Run For Your Life immediately popped into my head. You don't hear many Beatles cover bands doing that song these days.

Once you get past the catchy rhythms and awesome guitar solo My Sharona is kinda creepy: "Never gonna stop, give it up. Such a dirty mind. I always get it up for the touch of the younger kind."



You're reading my mind! Yeah, I mean, Sharona was of the age of consent, but if I recall corrrectly her father had to sign off on her touring with them because she wasn't 18. Happily for them, it was the '70's and allowing your teenage daughter to travel the world with a rock group that wrote a song about her seemed reasonable.

Which would bring us to the fruitful category of songs by men who had legal guardianship of teenage girls they were sleeping with and wrote songs about. Exhibit: Ted Nugent.

timepiece


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How about Santana - Evil Ways? Ever notice what her "evil ways" are?

When I come home, baby
My house is dark and my pots are cold
You're hangin' round, baby
With Jean and Joan and-a who knows who

She didn't cook him dinner and she's out with her female friends. ooh, what an evil woman. And this evidently deserves:

You've got to change your evil ways, baby
Before I stop lovin' you ...
You got me runnin' and hidin' all over town
You got me sneakin' and a-peepin' and runnin' you down ...
I'll find somebody who won't make me feel like a clown

Misogynistic, indeed.

mossygreen


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I was considering adding the Beach Boys' Never Learn Not to Love and Manson's Cease to Exist, but then I thought, no one listens to that particular Beach Boys song without know exactly what the story behind it is, and the same goes for Manson. Best to save them for a Music Monday topic of "songs you listen to deliberately because they make people uncomfortable," or just "songs you listened to at 16 or so."

Woodpecker


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strawhousepig


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ZZ Top - Francine

Alice Donut - Helsinki

Black Flag - I Love You

NoMeansNo - Dad

Also ran: Ted Nugent - Stranglehold, Pat Travers - Boom, Boom, Out Go The Lights, Jimi Hendrix - Hey Joe, and the rest…

CatCK


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I'm surprised nobody has mentioned this one yet ...

Slydon


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timepiece wrote:She didn't cook him dinner and she's out with her female friends. ooh, what an evil woman. And this evidently deserves:



This gets a lot better if you assume she's out with early 90s pop star Jesus Jones. THAT would be a perfectly valid reason for a breakup, in my opinion.

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PemberDucky


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have to add another Lou Reed masterpiece.


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hefty244


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She Bop by Cyndi Lauper

I had NO idea what it was about until Tipper Gore's group told me!!

CowboyDann


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It's hard to choose. Xiu Xiu, Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, Swans, Scott walker, Aphex Twin have all managed to give me heebie-jeebies/made me feel uncomfortable, but that's kinda to be expected with avant-garde/experimental artists.

I guess the closest hit-song i can think of would be this one.

Also-
Beck - Girl


This song completely changed when I realized beck was singing "my cyanide girl". I dunno if that count's as uncomfortable but this one fits for me.

LarryLars


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As it turns out, it wasn't alright to leave the boy (Tommy) with Uncle Ernie. Ernie's fiddling had nothing to do with music.

The Who - "Fiddle About"


Keith Moon plays Uncle Ernie in the film version of "Tommy":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFhO7EU08Tg]


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strawhousepig


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Really hard posting from the ol' iPhoner.

Consider these links [NSFW] even though some are, or might be... well, you'll see.

So, for those who aren't familiar with the aforementioned Alice Donut, now's your chance.

Alice Donut - Lisa's Father - YouTube

Alice Donut - Mother Of Christ - YouTube

Alice Donut - Green pea soup - YouTube Love, love, love this song!

Alice Donut I Want your Mother - YouTube Gets started at about 1:10.

Alice Donut American Lips - YouTube

Unfortunately the fabulous song Sleep isn't available for this type of casual listening. Luckily for you the lyrics are. Though for the song they are quite abridged. Enough so that the first play through you'd sit there with the song playing, the lyric insert gripped loosely in your fingers, hands draped across your lap as you stare blankly ahead wondering if this experience is real or if you're about to wake up in a puddle.

knisk


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I am sorry but both the worst and the creepiest song ever award is hands down Paul Anka singing "You're Having my baby"

Havin' my baby
What a lovely way of sayin'
How much you love me
Havin' my baby
What a lovely way of sayin'
What you're thinkin' of me

The Circle Jerks covered this song on their "Golden Shower of hits" LP and the parody almost made it sound fun and whimsical. Almost.

geek2048


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How about Donovan's "Mello Yellow"? Pedophile anyone?

bradw76


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Don't forget about Glee's take on Afternoon Delight, as performed by the Chastity Club.

bradw76


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Some great additions to my "Creepy" playlist. Seriously, I have one. And it already had Young Girl and My Sharona on it. It also has:

This Girl is a Woman Now -- That Gary Pucket... he had a thing, didn't he?

Father Figure - -George Michael. Even before seeing the video interpretation. Which itself isn't nearly as creepy as the words sound.

Superstar -- Sonic Youth. When the Carpenters did it, it was a sweet teeny-bopper girl crush. When Sonic Youth does it as a man, it's very different.

moles1138


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Oingo Boingo's "Little Girls". Too obvious? Intentionally creepy.

marceepauff


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Speaking of Lola, how 'bout Copacabana? Such a depressing song when you actually listen.

"Her name is Lola, she was a showgirl
But that was 30 years ago, when they used to have a show
Now it's a disco, but not for Lola
Still in the dress she used to wear, faded feathers in her hair
She sits there so refined, and drinks herself half-blind
She lost her youth and she lost her Tony
Now she's lost her mind!"

But for me, my favorite lyrical discovery was Rupert Holmes' Escape AKA "The Piña Colada Song". That was quite a surprise the first time I really listened.

BJGumby


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Lennon's mysogony was bad, but even worse was Jagger, Richards and Company:

strawhousepig


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Baby Snakes by Frank Zappa, when he talks about giving them a drink... *cringe* I don't wanna hear that.

moles1138


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oh yeah. and anything by Journey creeps me out.

LarryLars


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Moueska wrote:Clay Aiken's "If I Were Invisible" and Sting's "I'll be watching you" both qualify. ...

Sgt Pepper album ... BECAUSE THERE MUST BE SOME HIDDEN MESSAGE AND YOU JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND
/ahem



The title to the Sting song you make reference to is "Every Breath You Take", originally released when Sting was in The Police.

If you play the Sgt Pepper album backwards, you will find the hidden messages. ;)

Scott wrote: ... Starlight Vocal Band - Afternoon Delight ...


I see the light, but the band's name is "Starland Vocal Band"


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Moueska


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Y'know. I figured out the one I forgot, if I were to take things out of my "Internet comfort zone" and put them in the "IRL comfort zone":

Stacy's Mom - by Fountains of Wayne
/gigglesnerk


Also...
Chop Suey - System of a Down (or any of their other songs)
It makes me fidgety for some reason, and I can't figure out why. Only now I can headbang to Chop Suey, and I can't to any of their other songs.

"Do I Creep You Out" by Weird Al is WAY creepier if you think of the original singer as singing it. XD

"E.T." with Katy Perry and Kanye West.
(Srsly. Just... Just listen to the ACTUAL lyrics.)

Champagne Showers by LMFAO
(That ain't alcohol they're singing about...)

"We Are Young" - Fun.
The beginning "dialogue" consists of a man and his FWB discussing previous indiscretions and the hook starts in with an anthem of YOLO. It took me a while to catch on. And then I almost flipped a lid.


moles1138 wrote:oh yeah. and anything by Journey creeps me out.



LIES!!!

Larrylars wrote:"Every Breath You Take"



True. But the Tiny Toons Parody was really what clinched the creepy aspect of it for me.

werekong


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From the group that you the light hearted Snoopy songs, here's a creepy change of pace from them that you probably never heard. No symbolism in this song, its all straight forward.....the beginning tweaks you curiosity ....."As you wipe away the crumbs from the morning breakfast table and you notice that your little girl is missing......
"Mother Where's Your Daughter" BY THE Royal Guardsmen.

werekong


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http://youtu.be/Khy4DkcLPc8

1starfish


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Check out Barnes & Barnes' version of The Beatles' "Please Please Me". They really slow it down and make it very creepy.

moles1138


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Moueska wrote:LIES!!!



OK. Maybe not entirely true.
They had vocalists before Steve Perry. His voice is like a mosquito in my ear. Creepy.

And "Open Arms" makes me think of cartoon boobies (Heavy Metal)