Songs that actually, like, stop when the singer says 'stop.'

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Whether completely or for a brief little cleversmuggy pause before starting up again.

Girl Singing in the Wreckage by Black Box Recorder, Sixteen by the Buzzcocks. Others?

Also: classic or dud?

Ferg (Ferg), Sunday, 12 January 2003 20:56 (nineteen years ago) link

ahem. Jane's Addiction, "Stop!"

gabbneb, Sunday, 12 January 2003 21:05 (nineteen years ago) link

MC Hammer - 'You Can't Touch This'
The Pixies - 'Where Is My Mind?'

James Mitchell (James Mitchell), Sunday, 12 January 2003 21:22 (nineteen years ago) link

Built to Spill - "In The Morning." Classic.

Mark (MarkR), Sunday, 12 January 2003 21:27 (nineteen years ago) link

"Ranking Full Stop," The (English) Beat

Michael White, Sunday, 12 January 2003 21:30 (nineteen years ago) link

"Like Dylan in the movies" by Belle & Sebastian

Sami (Sami), Sunday, 12 January 2003 21:41 (nineteen years ago) link

Elvis Costello - "Alison"
Obv. classic.

weatheringdaleson (weatheringdaleson), Sunday, 12 January 2003 22:02 (nineteen years ago) link

Akufen - "Deck the House (Herbert Stops Like This mix)"

The bit in "Alison" will never get old, no.

Adam A. (Keiko), Sunday, 12 January 2003 22:07 (nineteen years ago) link

Where is my mind starts when Frank yells STOP.

Callum (Callum), Sunday, 12 January 2003 22:18 (nineteen years ago) link

King Crimson's "When I Say Stop, Continue" doesn't stop when the singer says stop.

Joe (Joe), Sunday, 12 January 2003 22:38 (nineteen years ago) link

Britney Spears - (You Drive Me) Crazy

My name is Kenny (My name is Kenny), Sunday, 12 January 2003 23:13 (nineteen years ago) link

King Crimson's "When I Say Stop, Continue" doesn't stop when the singer says stop.

..because they play for themselves and lack the ability to listen to anyone else.

bahtology, Sunday, 12 January 2003 23:17 (nineteen years ago) link

EC also used it to great effect in "King Horse"

Busta - "Break Ya Neck"

Al (sitcom), Sunday, 12 January 2003 23:19 (nineteen years ago) link

There's a Pulp song which ends with Jarvis whispering "stop", but I can't remember what it is.

Chriddof (Chriddof), Monday, 13 January 2003 00:26 (nineteen years ago) link

Gino Vanelli, "For Your Love" (as in "I just want to stop ..." -- and, accordingly, the song stops for a few seconds ... then "for your love!")

where is Dave Q when you need him?

Tad (llamasfur), Monday, 13 January 2003 00:31 (nineteen years ago) link

I'm pretty sure Pulp's "Styloroc - Nites Of Suburbia" ends like that.

Charlie (Charlie), Monday, 13 January 2003 00:32 (nineteen years ago) link

No, I think it's "She's A Lady".

edward o (edwardo), Monday, 13 January 2003 02:16 (nineteen years ago) link

holding on for you

naked as sin (naked as sin), Monday, 13 January 2003 02:17 (nineteen years ago) link

The (very) short version of 'A Forest' which The Cure performed on that Re:Covered show.

Paz, Monday, 13 January 2003 04:10 (nineteen years ago) link

The Chameleons UK - Tears

Melissa W (Melissa W), Monday, 13 January 2003 05:13 (nineteen years ago) link

James Brown owns this thread.

webcrack (music=crack), Monday, 13 January 2003 05:50 (nineteen years ago) link

the Smashing Pumpkins - X.Y.U.

Damian (Damian), Monday, 13 January 2003 08:25 (nineteen years ago) link

Stan Freberg - 'I've Got You Under My Skin'

(not quite the same thing, but on Golden Boy's '1,2,3,4', when Miss Kittin says "and I think I'd better shut up now", the track immediately ends)

Jeff W, Monday, 13 January 2003 09:34 (nineteen years ago) link

Royal Trux 'Stop'

dave q, Monday, 13 January 2003 09:40 (nineteen years ago) link

Garbage - Queer.

Matt DC (Matt DC), Monday, 13 January 2003 09:57 (nineteen years ago) link

I can't believe no-one's mentioned Fugazi.

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Monday, 13 January 2003 09:58 (nineteen years ago) link

"Can't Stop" by That Petrol Emotion, from the wonderful "Manic Pop Thrill" album.

Darren, Monday, 13 January 2003 12:01 (nineteen years ago) link

King Crimson's "When I Say Stop, Continue" doesn't stop when the singer says stop

.. ahh - but Robert Fripp & David Byrne did a song called "Under Heavy Manners" .. David says "Stop" and the song stops. Then he says "Continue" and, guess what it does ...

dave225 (Dave225), Monday, 13 January 2003 13:02 (nineteen years ago) link

Gun Club - Fire Spirit

pauls00, Monday, 13 January 2003 13:10 (nineteen years ago) link

colourblind james experience - dance critters

"the music stopped............and then it started again"

joni, Monday, 13 January 2003 13:19 (nineteen years ago) link

then there's that "Start Button" thing at the end of as heard on radio soulwax pt.2

zebedee, Monday, 13 January 2003 13:43 (nineteen years ago) link

Uh, Gino Vannelli ... "I Just Wanna Stop"

zaxxon25 (zaxxon25), Monday, 13 January 2003 14:56 (nineteen years ago) link

Giorgio Moroder-"Stop"

Arthur (Arthur), Monday, 13 January 2003 16:01 (nineteen years ago) link

Cornelius: "Another View Point" and "Nowhere" ("Point! Stop the music...").

Orange, Monday, 13 January 2003 16:19 (nineteen years ago) link

Well, Belle & Sebastian have the "when the music stops...." STOPS... "da da da da da" in Me and the Major! HAHA! Look I can contribute to these useless threads as well - apologies if you said it upthread anyone...

Sarah (starry), Monday, 13 January 2003 16:24 (nineteen years ago) link

"Another Song", Swell Maps

duane (doorag), Monday, 13 January 2003 17:08 (nineteen years ago) link

King Horse doesn't actually stop when he says stop, just your heart.

Goddamn, I love Elvis Costello.

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Monday, 13 January 2003 17:38 (nineteen years ago) link

U2, "God, Part 2."

Don't hate me.


TMFTML (TMFTML), Monday, 13 January 2003 18:41 (nineteen years ago) link

the Smashing Pumpkins - X.Y.U.

When does he say "stop"?

Curtis Stephens, Monday, 13 January 2003 20:57 (nineteen years ago) link

Buzzcocks - "How I hate modern music: disco, boogie and pop, it goes on and on and on and on and on how I wish it would stop"


wiseblood, Monday, 13 January 2003 21:02 (nineteen years ago) link

Pretty sure there's a Momus song with such a stop. Journey To The Center Of Me?

Jacob Barss-Bailey, Tuesday, 14 January 2003 00:41 (nineteen years ago) link

Nobody's mentioned Erasure's "Stop!" yet so I will.

Charlie (Charlie), Tuesday, 14 January 2003 00:47 (nineteen years ago) link

Buzzcocks also have "Until the razor cuts" - Love You More, which is pretty bloody final -B.Fawlty(wrong thread)

Steve Munro (Steve Munro), Tuesday, 14 January 2003 01:08 (nineteen years ago) link

"I Hate The Kids" by S.O.A.

Mark Groves (ujaku), Tuesday, 14 January 2003 03:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Ween: "Awesome Sound"

Ernest P. (ernestp), Tuesday, 14 January 2003 04:39 (nineteen years ago) link

Curtis - he doesn't say stop in X.Y.U. so much as scream it near the end of the song.

Damian (Damian), Tuesday, 14 January 2003 06:18 (nineteen years ago) link

Debbie Harry's "Backfired"

Tony (TK-Irl), Tuesday, 14 January 2003 13:42 (nineteen years ago) link

Better than Ranking Full Stop has to be Click Click off the Beat's first album, which ends faster faster faster faster / faster faster faster faster / faster faster faster faster STOP. It's very abrupt and works well.

Daniel (dancity), Tuesday, 14 January 2003 15:59 (nineteen years ago) link

Austin - "Unity In Dub"

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Tuesday, 14 January 2003 16:11 (nineteen years ago) link

one year passes...
dB's - "Black And White"

... which I'm listening to right now and when he did the stop thing I said to myself "there's gotta be a thread about this on ilm!"

zaxxon25 (zaxxon25), Tuesday, 28 December 2004 18:23 (seventeen years ago) link

nicki minaj ft. beyoncé - feeling myself

lex pretend, Friday, 9 January 2015 15:36 (seven years ago) link

three weeks pass...

lola rae, watch my ting go

socki fan taytay (wins), Wednesday, 4 February 2015 23:53 (six years ago) link

j holiday "bed" :)

now stop *stop* and let me repay you for the week that you been through

dyl, Thursday, 5 February 2015 15:20 (six years ago) link

seven months pass...

J Dilla, "Stop!"

TSOL, "She'll Be Saying"

Ys Man a.k.a. Have One on G (geoffreyess), Thursday, 24 September 2015 14:25 (six years ago) link

The Cellos' "Rang Tang Ding Dong (I Am the Japanese Sandman)" is real close; the singer doesn't actually say "stop," but everything does stop so he can complain that everybody else gets to sing all the good stuff while he's stuck with the chorus.

clemenza, Thursday, 24 September 2015 14:29 (six years ago) link

(One of the greatest singles ever, but be forewarned the beginning will make you cringe.)

clemenza, Thursday, 24 September 2015 14:30 (six years ago) link

Les Seldoms - Stop

Vic Perry, Thursday, 24 September 2015 15:01 (six years ago) link

Mercury Rev - "Lincoln's Eyes"

help computer (sleepingbag), Thursday, 24 September 2015 15:08 (six years ago) link

The Suburbs - "Baby Heartbeat" has a good one.

Half as cool as Man Sized Action (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 24 September 2015 15:14 (six years ago) link

nine months pass...

Prince - Gotta Broken Heart Again

a poon shaped mule (voodoo chili), Sunday, 26 June 2016 22:44 (five years ago) link

PaulTMA, Sunday, 26 June 2016 22:50 (five years ago) link

T-Pain - Welcome to Thr33 Rings

Neanderthal, Monday, 27 June 2016 00:02 (five years ago) link

oh good, the lex posted "feeling myself." whenever i listen to that song & hear that part, i think of this thread.

jaymc, Monday, 27 June 2016 03:56 (five years ago) link

GBV - Weedking (?)

Evan, Monday, 27 June 2016 12:20 (five years ago) link

How is Sam Brown's 'Stop' not in this thread?

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 27 June 2016 12:23 (five years ago) link

PaulTMA, Monday, 27 June 2016 13:31 (five years ago) link

hypnic jerk (rushomancy), Monday, 27 June 2016 14:01 (five years ago) link

eight months pass...

no lime tangier, Saturday, 4 March 2017 21:26 (four years ago) link

six months pass...

man like me - "carny"

also one of the greatest songs ever recorded, incidentally

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 1 October 2017 11:32 (four years ago) link

Oren Ambarchi Hubris Pt 3

badg, Sunday, 1 October 2017 23:35 (four years ago) link

Does don't come around here no more count?

I Love You, Fancybear (symsymsym), Thursday, 5 October 2017 06:37 (four years ago) link

"Bunny Ain't No Kind of Rider" - of Montreal

flappy bird, Thursday, 5 October 2017 06:39 (four years ago) link

The Mercury Rev song wherein this happens annoyed me so much that I never paid any attention to them anymore.

Valentijn, Thursday, 5 October 2017 11:48 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

jessie ware - slow me down

Week of Wonders (Ross), Monday, 23 October 2017 02:03 (four years ago) link

Percy Sledge "Sudden Stop"

Ρεμπετολογια, Monday, 23 October 2017 04:02 (four years ago) link

"waitin" by kelela!

joshywinty (josh), Monday, 23 October 2017 05:51 (four years ago) link

THe Birthday party Deep In The Woods ends with the word End dunnit?

Stevolende, Monday, 23 October 2017 08:21 (four years ago) link


Lee626, Monday, 23 October 2017 09:49 (four years ago) link

For some reason this thread got a bassline and little guitar jingle stuck in my head and I couldn't work out what it was. I first thought it might be by LFO (Summer Girls variety), then after ruling that out I was stumped. An hour or so later I realised it was Half Man Half Biscuit, with their song Took Problem Chimp To Ideal Home Show...but this song doesn't say 'stop' at all! It stops, then says 'go' as it restarts. For some reason I got the two muddled. Anyway, I bet there aren't so many examples of 'go'. That Boredoms one I guess...

imago, Monday, 23 October 2017 11:55 (four years ago) link

can't believe "Don't Come Around Here No More" hasn't been mentioned

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 23 October 2017 12:56 (four years ago) link

it has

imago, Monday, 23 October 2017 13:46 (four years ago) link

just saw it, whoops

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 23 October 2017 13:52 (four years ago) link

To my ears the music doesn't seem to stop after singing "stop" in that song

Lee626, Monday, 23 October 2017 14:12 (four years ago) link

yeah it doesn't

imago, Monday, 23 October 2017 14:15 (four years ago) link

James - Skullduggery does the 'and then the music stopped...." thing at the end.

MaresNest, Tuesday, 24 October 2017 15:56 (four years ago) link

I think google is spying on me. This was a recommended video on my feed:

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 24 October 2017 16:14 (four years ago) link

five months pass...

Taylor Swift, “Dress” (the final time she says, “...everything just stops”).

absorbed carol channing's powers & psyche (morrisp), Monday, 26 March 2018 02:58 (three years ago) link

Stan Freberg - "I've got you under my skin"

Mark G, Monday, 26 March 2018 08:08 (three years ago) link

PaulTMA, Monday, 26 March 2018 11:12 (three years ago) link

five months pass...

The Beths, Uptown Girl (at about 20 seconds in)

enochroot, Thursday, 20 September 2018 12:16 (three years ago) link

Ha, I never noticed that before.

The nexus of the crisis (Sund4r), Thursday, 20 September 2018 13:27 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

"Ranking Full Stop," The (English) Beat
― Michael White, Sunday, January 12, 2003 4:30 PM (sixteen years ago) bookmarkflaglink

came here to post this

flappy bird, Wednesday, 25 September 2019 16:22 (two years ago) link

three months pass...

MJ & Siedah Garrett’s “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”.

Not in any big, like, show-stopping fashion, but still...

breastcrawl, Friday, 27 December 2019 20:33 (two years ago) link

five months pass...

"Summertime Rolls", Jane's Addiction

Soz (Not Soz) (Vast Halo), Tuesday, 23 June 2020 00:12 (one year ago) link

Señor Coconut's cover of "Radioactivity":

ernestp, Tuesday, 23 June 2020 06:14 (one year ago) link

Vice Versa - New Girls Neutrons

Stop the tape I got spittle all over my moustache. (Talcum Mucker), Tuesday, 23 June 2020 13:49 (one year ago) link

Charlie Puth's new single "Girlfriend" does this, within the first 30 seconds:

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 25 June 2020 20:49 (one year ago) link

bowie, Up the Hill Backwards, though TBF he yells "Shut up" not "Stop"

akm, Thursday, 25 June 2020 21:26 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

K-Pop theme song to new cartoon We Baby Bears does this several times - though the music doesn't stop *every* time they do it:

gjoon1, Friday, 7 January 2022 21:25 (one week ago) link

Did anybody mention "Gerry and the Holograms" ?

Mark G, Friday, 7 January 2022 22:29 (one week ago) link

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