Songs where the singer/protagonist comes off as a serious dick without meaning to

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In the thread called Word(s) that only ever appeared in one (hit) song, ever, Doctor Casino wrote, "'Arizona' has several times made me want to start a thread about songs where the singer/protagonist comes off as a serious dick without meaning to."

Perhaps this could be that thread.

Ye Mad Puffin, Friday, 27 March 2015 21:01 (four years ago) link

As it happens, there was once an epic thread called "In Which Doctor Casino Listens to Classic Rock Classics for the First Time." Perhaps you're familiar with it.

In Which Doctor Casino Listens to Classic Rock Classics for the First Time

User intheblanks had written, "There's the contempt for women in songs like 'You Got Lucky' and 'Breakdown.'" Then, user campreverb wrote: "Contempt? I hear a lot of self-doubt in lines like this: Girl, if you can do better than me/Go, yea go, but remember Good love is hard to find."

My further thought involved a subset of this: a dude informing a woman that he, the singer/protagonist, is the solution to her romantic problems, and she should therefore be rilly rilly grateful that he exists. Because otherwise she would be a withered cronelike old maid.

"Let My Love Open the Door" ("you're so lucky I'm around")
James Taylor, "I'm Your Handyman"
Little Feat, "One Clear Moment"
Don Henley, "Last Worthless Evening"

There should be, and probably is, a whole counter-genre of women answering, "No thanks, Tom/James/Don/Pete, I'll actually be fine."

Ye Mad Puffin, Friday, 27 March 2015 21:01 (four years ago) link

"without meaning to" kinda hard to navigate imo

Οὖτις, Friday, 27 March 2015 21:04 (four years ago) link

anyway

The Beach Boys "Hey Little Tomboy"

Οὖτις, Friday, 27 March 2015 21:10 (four years ago) link

As for "without meaning to," there are plenty of songs in which someone is obviously trying to be, or is, really a dick. This is for the ones who appear to think they're being well-meaning sensitive new age guys.

"Wild World" probably gets extra credit in this category.

Ye Mad Puffin, Friday, 27 March 2015 21:21 (four years ago) link

"Rude"

from batman to balloon dog (carl agatha), Friday, 27 March 2015 21:25 (four years ago) link

^^^

Hugh G. Wreckjoke (snoball), Friday, 27 March 2015 21:28 (four years ago) link

'My Sharona', The Knack

Hugh G. Wreckjoke (snoball), Friday, 27 March 2015 21:29 (four years ago) link

Glenn Frey's entire career to thread

Master of Treacle, Friday, 27 March 2015 21:31 (four years ago) link

the protagonist in 'there she goes again' by marshall crenshaw comes across as super passive aggressive, idk if it's intentional though

soref, Friday, 27 March 2015 21:31 (four years ago) link

Don Henley, yeah, is the master of this.

Daryl Hall too. Most of their classic singles are about a guy out for kicks who resents when the woman insists on more more more.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 27 March 2015 21:34 (four years ago) link

Anyone who sings 'Always On My Mind'.

I think Neil Tennant pulls it off without sounding like a dick.

Hugh G. Wreckjoke (snoball), Friday, 27 March 2015 21:41 (four years ago) link

My mom and stepdad danced to "You Were Always on My Mind" at their wedding reception and when I asked why on earth they would do that, they said it was because they hadn't thought to pick a song before then and didn't think very hard about the lyrics beyond the chorus. They're still married 31 years later so no harm no foul.

from batman to balloon dog (carl agatha), Friday, 27 March 2015 21:48 (four years ago) link

Yeah, I guess the Pet Shop Boys' version is the "least dickish" version, but god, that song... "hey, maybe I was a dick to you, but if it's any consolation, you were always on my mind"... jesus.

The Monkees - "I Wanna Be Free". Davy Jones sounds like an insincere douche on a number of Monkees songs, but this one take the douchecake.

Gimme Gimme Pop Secret (Old Lunch), Friday, 27 March 2015 22:20 (four years ago) link

I get this vibe from Paul Weller's 'I Should Have Been There To Inspire You' for some reason.

Jack Jones - "Wives and Lovers" to thread.

Mr. Snrub, Friday, 27 March 2015 22:32 (four years ago) link

city and colour - "girl"

part emotional blackmail, part justification for being less than an equal partner in a relationship

head clowning instructor (art), Friday, 27 March 2015 23:01 (four years ago) link

'Norwegian Wood', The Beatles. Narrator tries not to come off as a serious dick while describing a situation in which he was at least a moderate dick, still manages to come off as a serious dick.

Hugh G. Wreckjoke (snoball), Friday, 27 March 2015 23:11 (four years ago) link

'(It Looks Like) I'll Never Fall In Love Again', Tom Jones. Singer has split with someone after they cheated on him, but goes about recounting it in such a melodramatically self serving narcissistic way that the audience suspects that they're not hearing the whole story, and that the singer is, in fact, a serious dick.

Hugh G. Wreckjoke (snoball), Friday, 27 March 2015 23:17 (four years ago) link

'Sunny Afternoon', The Kinks. Rich shitbag asks you to feel sorry for him, thereby coming off as a serious dick.

Hugh G. Wreckjoke (snoball), Friday, 27 March 2015 23:22 (four years ago) link

Woman is the Nigger of the World.

Adam J Duncan, Saturday, 28 March 2015 05:25 (four years ago) link

lots of John Lennon songs fit the bill here tbh

charlie h, Saturday, 28 March 2015 05:42 (four years ago) link

I wonder if you can, Charlie.

Adam J Duncan, Saturday, 28 March 2015 06:03 (four years ago) link

haha yeah, that one is particularly sanctimonious.

Jealous Guy is an interesting one. he's acknowledging that he's been a serious dick, without realising that new levels of serious dickery are expressed within the framework of his apology/ justification.

charlie h, Saturday, 28 March 2015 06:17 (four years ago) link

Jealous Guy... Oh man couldn't the defeners pick a better video to comment in? I'd be wary of people who don't see the passive aggressiveness there... though I can't say I'm any better for loving Lightfoot's I'm not Sayin' because I emphasize with him 'fessing up to being a dick.

Adam J Duncan, Saturday, 28 March 2015 07:02 (four years ago) link

Oh how could I forget... The Mountain Goats - Going to Georgia. Though to give credit where it's due he's stopped playing it live despite being one of his most popular songs.

Adam J Duncan, Saturday, 28 March 2015 07:16 (four years ago) link

("The Stalker's Anthem")

Adam J Duncan, Saturday, 28 March 2015 07:19 (four years ago) link

Neil Young's Down By The River.
Wherein Neil bewails being alone because he's killed his baby. Trying to think if its actually adressed to her too.

Stevolende, Saturday, 28 March 2015 09:25 (four years ago) link

the entire first big pink album, though maybe it was intentional i dunno

don't ask me why i posted this (electricsound), Saturday, 28 March 2015 09:40 (four years ago) link

Peter Sarstedt - Where Do You Go To My Lovely. The pathetic whine of someone who resents that the subject of the song made something of their life while he didn't. The attempt at caustic truth-telling comes across as nothing more than burning jealousy. I hate that fucking song.

めんどくさかった (Matt #2), Saturday, 28 March 2015 09:55 (four years ago) link

for a laugh, ah ha-ha-ha

Hugh G. Wreckjoke (snoball), Saturday, 28 March 2015 10:25 (four years ago) link

"Every Breath You Take", if "dick" can also be used for a creepy stalker.

Tuomas, Saturday, 28 March 2015 10:53 (four years ago) link

'Rio', Duran Duran

Hugh G. Wreckjoke (snoball), Saturday, 28 March 2015 11:26 (four years ago) link

"Let My Love Open the Door" ("you're so lucky I'm around")

Although Townshend is a devotee to the religious guru Meher Baba, he claimed in the liner notes of his Anthology CD that "Jesus sings" on the track.[3]

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Saturday, 28 March 2015 11:35 (four years ago) link

Yeah, I guess the Pet Shop Boys' version is the "least dickish" version, but god, that song... "hey, maybe I was a dick to you, but if it's any consolation, you were always on my mind"... jesus.

― You’re being too simplistic and you’re insulting my poor heart (Turrican),

The keys are the melodies and Tennant's voice. To me he does sound like he cares about the guy on the "Tellllll meeeeee/tell me that your sweet love hasn't died." otoh the "Maybe IIIIIIIIIIIIIIII didn't love you" as the song fades is cold!

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 28 March 2015 12:19 (four years ago) link

Townshend uses pop song romantic love as a proxy for spiritual love a lot, but this just made me realize that a lot of songs about "spiritual love" make the singer sound like a serious dick.

juggulo for the complete klvtz (bendy), Saturday, 28 March 2015 12:31 (four years ago) link

Might be why gospel is best delivered in harmony

juggulo for the complete klvtz (bendy), Saturday, 28 March 2015 12:32 (four years ago) link

xp see Prince's 'I Would Die 4 U'

Hugh G. Wreckjoke (snoball), Saturday, 28 March 2015 12:34 (four years ago) link

a lot of songs about "spiritual love" make the singer sound like a serious dick.

many songs about spiritual love are about the singer's dick.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 28 March 2015 12:34 (four years ago) link

I always heard "Always on My Mind" as expressing regret for being a dick.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Saturday, 28 March 2015 12:46 (four years ago) link

which version? Willie Nelson's def.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 28 March 2015 12:48 (four years ago) link

I don't think "Every Breath You Take" counts, Tuomas.

The lyrics are the words of a sinister, controlling character, who is watching "every breath you take; every move you make". Essentially, it is a song about stalking.

I woke up in the middle of the night with that line in my head, sat down at the piano and had written it in half an hour. The tune itself is generic, an aggregate of hundreds of others, but the words are interesting. It sounds like a comforting love song. I didn't realize at the time how sinister it is. I think I was thinking of Big Brother, surveillance and control.

—Sting[7]

Sting later said he was disconcerted by how many people think the song is more positive than it is. He insists it's about the obsession with a lost lover, and the jealousy and surveillance that follow. "One couple told me 'Oh we love that song; it was the main song played at our wedding!' I thought, 'Well, good luck.'"[8] When asked why he appears angry in the music video Sting told BBC Radio 2, "I think the song is very, very sinister and ugly and people have actually misinterpreted it as being a gentle little love song, when it's quite the opposite."[9]

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 28 March 2015 14:16 (four years ago) link

Don't think Neil Young's "Down By The River" counts either.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 28 March 2015 14:19 (four years ago) link

How about God Only Knows?

Frederik B, Saturday, 28 March 2015 14:25 (four years ago) link

Jealous Guy is an interesting one. he's acknowledging that he's been a serious dick, without realising that new levels of serious dickery are expressed within the framework of his apology/ justification.

totally. see also the spoken-word part in "Confessions Part II":

This by far is the hardest thing I think I've ever had to do
To tell you, the woman I love
That I'm having a baby by a woman that I barely even know
I hope you can accept the fact that I'm man enough to tell you this
And hopefully you'll give me another chance

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 28 March 2015 14:26 (four years ago) link

^^ sheesh, that's awful.

re: God Only Knows: never found the speaker all that off-putting personally. naive, yes. melodramatic, check. selfish even, if i'm stretched. but mostly i just find it to be inspirited with the elation of young love.

charlie h, Saturday, 28 March 2015 14:48 (four years ago) link

I don't think "Every Breath You Take" counts, Tuomas.

Not Tuomas but I'm not totally clear on what the thread is asking for. In this case, the songwriter intended for the song to be from the perspective of a serious dick; I'm not sure that the protagonist himself realizes this, though.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Saturday, 28 March 2015 14:52 (four years ago) link

I disagree with "God Only Knows" but surely "Caroline No" fits. Especially when hearing about the reaction his girlfriend had to it.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 28 March 2015 14:55 (four years ago) link

When it comes to Kinks songs that make Ray Davies seem like a jerk, 'Session Man' isn't even on the list, IMO.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Monday, 2 October 2017 19:07 (one year ago) link

I don’t know if Lennon qualifies as he always came off as a dick and it seems like he was conscious of it half of the time.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 2 October 2017 19:27 (one year ago) link

lol, never noticed the bolded line, my suspicion was correct, speaker is a total dick:

Maybe I'm amazed at the way you love me all the time
Maybe I'm afraid of the way I love you
Maybe I'm amazed at the the way you pulled me out of time
And hung me on a line
Maybe I'm amazed at the way I really need you
Maybe I'm a man and maybe I'm a lonely man
Who's in the middle of something
That he doesn't really understand
Maybe I'm a man and maybe you're the only woman
Who could ever help me
Baby won't you help me understand
Maybe I'm a man and maybe I'm a lonely man
Who's in the middle of something
That he doesn't really understand
Maybe I'm a man and maybe you're the only woman
Who could ever help me
Baby won't you help me understand
Maybe I'm amazed at the way you're with me all the time
Maybe I'm afraid of the way I leave you
Maybe I'm amazed at the way you help me sing my song
Right me when I'm wrong
Maybe I'm amazed at the way I really need you

I mean it seems to me like the whole song is an elaborate rationalization/apology for using someone and being ambiguous and non-committal when you know they want commitment.

"All Things Must Pass" maybe? I mean, it's beautiful and sounds universal, but it's also, "I dumped you out of the blue, but don't worry, you'll get over it."

JoeStork, Saturday, 7 October 2017 04:53 (one year ago) link

Joe OTM

Week of Wonders (Ross), Saturday, 7 October 2017 05:17 (one year ago) link

Isn't this really most Wedding Present songs? Or the whinier Field Mice stuff.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Saturday, 7 October 2017 14:17 (one year ago) link

working class hero - lennon

Week of Wonders (Ross), Saturday, 7 October 2017 23:14 (one year ago) link

Paul Williams - To Put Up With You

Don't think I'm not impressed with your looks
'Cause I think that you look just fine
And don't think that I haven't considered you, girl
Or the fact that you could be mine
Yes I'd like to hang around
But I'll have to let you down
I just haven't got what it takes
To put up with you

henry s, Monday, 9 October 2017 15:50 (one year ago) link

Any of the songs like 'Let's Hear It For the Boy' or 'You've Got What It Takes' (I know there are others) wherein the singer celebrates their love by frontloading the song with all of their lover's faults. Thank you for telling the world that I'm an impotent dogface with no sense of rhythm. I love you, too.

seven months pass...

Backstreet Boys - As Long As You Love Me

He doesn't care who you are, where you're from, what you did, as long as you love him.

In summary: 'Blah blah blah cool story about that time you went travelling round Australia, now let's screw'

Hire Planes (dog latin), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 11:48 (one year ago) link

I always heard it as "hey, look, the past is the past. So you've been arrested for stalking a few times. So you went out of your way that one time to hit that cat with your car. I don't hold that against you, baby. Just don't forget my birthday and shit, and we're good."

Paul Ponzi, Wednesday, 23 May 2018 11:59 (one year ago) link

I always heard it as a confession of having pathologically low standards.

incel elgort (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 12:50 (one year ago) link

My Lean Baby, sung by Sinatra (lyrics by Roy Alfred) is slightly wtf.

My lean baby - tall and thin
Five feet seven - of bones and skin
But when she tells me maybe she loves me
I feel as mellow as a fellow can be

She's so skinny - she's so drawn
When she stands sideways - you (would) think (that) she's gone
But when she calls me: "baby" - I feel fine
To think she's frantically, romantically mine

She's slender, but she's tender
She makes my heart surrender
And every night, when I hold her tight
The feeling is nice - my arms can go around twice

My lean baby - she's so slim
A broomstick's wider - but not as trim
And when she starts to kiss me - then I know
I love her so, I'll never, ever, let her go

My lean baby - strange to see
And all that nothing - it belongs to me
And though she may be scrawny - she's ok
Because I wouldn't want her any other way

She's so skinny - she's so drawn
When she stands sideways - you (would) think (that) she's gone
But when she calls me: "baby" - I feel fine
To think she's frantically, romantically mine

I chased her - and I caught her
Then a diamond ring - I bought her
(hey) the diamonds shine - the ring is so fine
But here is the twist - she wears it right on her wrist

My lean baby - she's so slim
A broomstick's wider - but not as trim
And when she starts to kiss me - then I know
I love her so, I'll never, ever, let her go

My lean baby - tall and thin...
(do-do-do-do-do,...)

MaresNest, Wednesday, 23 May 2018 12:57 (one year ago) link

Lobo - Don't Expect Me To Be Your Friend

noel gallaghah's high flying burbbhrbhbbhbburbbb (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 13:16 (one year ago) link

She was gonna be my wife
And I was gonna be her man
But she let another guy come between us
And it shattered our plans

Well, Rhonda you caught my eye
And I can give you lotsa reasons why
You gotta help me Rhonda
Help me get her out of my heart

entire song is about Rhonda being a rebound

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 13:18 (one year ago) link

yup. and she's just "gotta" provide this emotional labor, cause he's bummed. he does declare that he can give her "lots of reasons why" this might actually be worth her while, but we don't hear them. bummer cause it's an amazing song.

noel gallaghah's high flying burbbhrbhbbhbburbbb (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 13:23 (one year ago) link

yup, absolutely a rebound.

Hire Planes (dog latin), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 13:30 (one year ago) link

Barbara Ann is similar in theme. Both see the Beach Boys stumbling around tipsy and desperate at the party, pinning hopes and dreams on various women, believing if they reciprocate then everything will be okay

Hire Planes (dog latin), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 13:31 (one year ago) link

although i know Barbara Ann isn't an OG BB's song.

Hire Planes (dog latin), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 13:32 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

"Didn't I (Blow Your Mind)," though obviously a towering classic, is kinda one of these.

This is a total Jeff Porcaro. (Doctor Casino), Monday, 23 July 2018 00:54 (eleven months ago) link

one month passes...

Ghostbusters theme.

Look I get what Ray is trying to do. But he's making Janine's job hell.

Look at the reasons he urges you to call:

*Something strange in your neighborhood (Like...a robbery?)

*Something weird and it don't look good (Like a crazy guy ranting with a megaphone?)

*If you're seeing things running through your head (Like...an acid trip?)

*If you're all alone (da fuq?)

Like the only valid reason he gives id the invisible man in the bed. Poor Janine is probably referring customers elsewhere all day

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Monday, 3 September 2018 14:48 (ten months ago) link

The Turtles, "Happy Together"

stan in the place where you work (morrisp), Monday, 3 September 2018 15:12 (ten months ago) link

(That "My Lean Baby" song is amazing, btw)

stan in the place where you work (morrisp), Monday, 3 September 2018 15:14 (ten months ago) link

From Sammy Johns 1973 hit, "Chevy Van":

"I gave a girl a ride in my wagon
She crawled in and took control
She was tired as her mind was a-draggin'
I said get some sleep and dream of rock'n'roll

'Cause like a princess she was laying there
Moonlight dancing off her hair
She woke up and took me by the hand
She's gonna love me in my Chevy van and that's all right with me

I put her out in a town that was so small
You could throw a rock from end to end
A dirt road main street, she walked off in bare feet
It's a shame I won't be passin' through again"

enochroot, Monday, 3 September 2018 16:12 (ten months ago) link

At least he waited for her to make the first move.

stan in the place where you work (morrisp), Monday, 3 September 2018 17:14 (ten months ago) link

ten months pass...

The singer in “Wham Rap” encourages being unemployed and has contempt for working people trying to make ends meet (“Hey jerk, you work. This boy’s got better things to do!”).

Mr. Snrub, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 01:43 (two weeks ago) link

Rather that than Mick Jagger's contempt for the unemployed and 'lazy' & belief that work can 'kill poverty' in Let's Work.

The Pingularity (ledge), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 08:21 (two weeks ago) link

pretty sure it turned out he did have better things to do with the time the dole allowed him to develop his skills, too

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 10:58 (two weeks ago) link

The dole is a vital part of the nurturing of new artistic talent, its destruction has robbed the country of a good deal of talent, however there will always be normies and no need to be rude to them just for doing their thing, see also Too Much Too Young.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 11:20 (two weeks ago) link

tbf there are like twenty lines of the NPCs attacking and degrading him before he finally snaps in response with the outrageously extreme verbal assault “hey, jerk”

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 11:40 (two weeks ago) link

Ha, I didn't know George Michael rapped about the joys of collecting unemployment in 1982.

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 12:56 (two weeks ago) link

I’m on Michael’s side here. There are better things for a young person to do with their time than fuck with the toad Work.

Una Palooka Dronka (hardcore dilettante), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 13:44 (two weeks ago) link

tbf there are like twenty lines of the NPCs attacking and degrading him before he finally snaps in response with the outrageously extreme verbal assault “hey, jerk”

This is an amusing comment, but is anyone attacking & degrading him? It sounds like GM is the one an assault most of the time (other than the few lines of ”Get yourself a job!”).

stan by me (morrisp), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 14:49 (two weeks ago) link

(Also, in the context of the video at least, those few lines of nagging are coming from the protagonist’s parental units.)

stan by me (morrisp), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 14:54 (two weeks ago) link

love this revive

john. a resident of evanston. (john. a resident of chicago.), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 16:18 (two weeks ago) link

i often think about how confusing the lyrics to my favorite late period Bee Gees song are:

I couldn't figure why
You couldn't give me what everybody needs
I shouldn't let you kick me when I'm down
My baby
I find out everybody know
That you've been using me
I'm surprised you
Let me stay around you
One day I'm gonna lift the cover
And look inside your heart
We gotta level before we go
And tear this love apart

Chorus:
There's no fight you can't fight
This battle of love with me
You win again
So little time
We do nothing but compete
There's no life on earth
No other could see me through
You win again
Some never try
But if anybody can, we can
And I'll be, I'll be
Following you

Oh girl, oh girl, oh baby I shake you from now on
I'm gonna break down your defenses
One by one
I'm gonna hit you from all sides
Lay your fortress open wide
Nobody stops this body from taking you
You better beware, I swear
I'm gonna be there one day when you fall
I could never let you cast aside
The greatest love of all

(Chorus x 3)

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 16:56 (two weeks ago) link

xp Bow Wow Wow did this idea in '81 with "W.O.R.K. (N.O. Nah, No My Daddy Don't)" but I guess their take is more inspirational than insulting unless you take it the wrong way

Josefa, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 16:58 (two weeks ago) link

This is an amusing comment, but is anyone attacking & degrading him? It sounds like GM is the one an assault most of the time (other than the few lines of ”Get yourself a job!”).

I only heard the song today but in this version, the line Mr Snrub quotes comes up pretty early in the song before he even quotes anyone nagging him. The speaker is being a bit of a dick but I also get the feeling that he means to.

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 17:23 (two weeks ago) link

Reeling all morning from the Jagger "Let's Work" lyrics. I bet the production sounded very modern coming out of the studio monitors. I'm sure Mick was thinking, "let's knock this out quick, spontaneous, like "Monkey Man", but in the spirit of the day. 'S'not 1969 anymore." And he'd totally forgotten Prince having a "Let's Work" song in his opening set a few years back.

bendy, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 17:39 (two weeks ago) link

before he even quotes anyone nagging him

he's responding to unquoted criticisms though - "You can't tell me that I'm not," "So you don't approve - well who asked you to?"

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 18:55 (two weeks ago) link

Those criticisms may be all in his head, though -- the way I hear it, he's just be projecting them onto the "Hey, everybody" he's addressing.

FTR, here's the original version:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsyHQgiem8c

stan by me (morrisp), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 19:00 (two weeks ago) link

In the streets
In the cars
On the underground
If you listen real hard
You can hear the sound
Of a million people
Switching off for work
Well listen Mr. Average
You're a jerk

stan by me (morrisp), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 19:03 (two weeks ago) link

I'm loving the deep dive into Wham! lyrics, but as someone else commented, I think GM does actually mean to come off like a dick.

"Young Guns", from the same album, mines similar anti-norm territory:


When I saw that girl upon your arm,
I knew she won your heart with a fatal charm.
I said "Soul Boy, let's hit the town!"
I said "Soul Boy, what's with the frown?"
But in return, all you could say was
"Hi George, meet my fiancee"

enochroot, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 23:15 (two weeks ago) link

Modern Lovers - I’m Straight

city worker, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 23:56 (two weeks ago) link

I know what you mean but I'm pretty sure the song was expressly designed to annoy hippies.

Orpheus Knutt (Tom D.), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 23:58 (two weeks ago) link

“Now, look, I like him too...”

luv that line

stan by me (morrisp), Thursday, 4 July 2019 00:09 (two weeks ago) link

While we're on the subject of George sounding like a dick, what about "Everything She Wants"?

"Now you tell me that you're having a baby / I'll tell you that I'm happy if you want me to..."

Velcromancer (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 4 July 2019 11:27 (two weeks ago) link

"You say it best when you say nothing at all" ?

ouch

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Thursday, 4 July 2019 11:56 (two weeks ago) link

Someone suggested the Kinks' Sunny Afternoon upthread, but that really overlooks the irony and the ambiguity, both of which were clearly intended.

Dr X O'Skeleton, Thursday, 4 July 2019 18:47 (two weeks ago) link


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