Word(s) that only ever appeared in one (hit) song, ever.

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"Miniature Golf" - All Summer Long - the Beach Boys

"Vestibule" - My ding-a-ling, Chuck Berry

Mark G, Monday, 21 January 2008 11:54 (fourteen years ago) link

"Fancy" (Money, Money, Money - ABBA)

Alba, Monday, 21 January 2008 11:56 (fourteen years ago) link

Ah but you forgot "Fancy Pants" the 1975 smash hit by Kenny.

"Parallelogram" ("Motorhead" by Motorhead)
"Mesmerised" ("Leaving Me Now" by Level 42)

Dingbod Kesterson, Monday, 21 January 2008 11:58 (fourteen years ago) link

"Pompatous" ("The Joker" by the Steve Miller Band)

Dingbod Kesterson, Monday, 21 January 2008 11:59 (fourteen years ago) link

I never knew about Fancy Pants.

Alba, Monday, 21 January 2008 11:59 (fourteen years ago) link

"Zebedee" ("Magic Roundabout" by Jasper Carrott)

Dingbod Kesterson, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:01 (fourteen years ago) link

someone must've said "fancy that" in a hit song once. maybe jay-z.

blueski, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:01 (fourteen years ago) link

I want hard facts.

I did start The dearth of lyrics talking about "fancying" people but nothing on there is a hit single.

Alba, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:02 (fourteen years ago) link

"I fancy this, I fancy that" ("Cool For Cats" by Squeeze)

Dingbod Kesterson, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:04 (fourteen years ago) link

"fancy" is also in Fit But You Know It by The Streets

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ailsa, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:04 (fourteen years ago) link

wondering if any other UK hit other than Kraftwerk's mentions 'Autobahn'.

blueski, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:05 (fourteen years ago) link

"Chip Shop" - Jilted John

Mark G, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:05 (fourteen years ago) link

^^^There's a guy works down the....

Dom Passantino, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:08 (fourteen years ago) link

"Checkers" ("MacArthur Park")

Dingbod Kesterson, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:08 (fourteen years ago) link

"Filibuster" - Birdhouse in Your Soul

ledge, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:09 (fourteen years ago) link

"Looptid", from Digital Underground's "Humpty Dance":

I get stoopid, I shoot an arrow like Cupid
I use a word that don't mean nothin', like 'looptid'.

Tuomas, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:09 (fourteen years ago) link

"Underpass" (There Is A Light That Never Goes Out)

Alba, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:09 (fourteen years ago) link

"Checkers" ("MacArthur Park")

-- Dingbod Kesterson, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:08 (30 seconds ago) Bookmark Link

REM - Man On The Moon

Dom Passantino, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:09 (fourteen years ago) link

Ah yes.

Alba xpost - you forgot "Underpass" by John Foxx.

Dingbod Kesterson, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:10 (fourteen years ago) link

"Alabaster" (Shoplifters Of The World Unite)

Alba, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:10 (fourteen years ago) link

Bruce Springsteen - The Ghost of Tom Joad, also.xp

Dom Passantino, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:10 (fourteen years ago) link

I never knew about Underpass. I am bad at this game.

Alba, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:11 (fourteen years ago) link

Is "Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm Mmmmm" the only hit single to use the word "birthmarks"?

Dom Passantino, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:12 (fourteen years ago) link

"Buck-toothed" (Ask)

Alba, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:12 (fourteen years ago) link

Underpass also known as Underpants! cause that's what it sounds like he's shouting, ho ho.

"Alabaster" also in "Wrapped Around Your Finger"

ledge, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:12 (fourteen years ago) link

"anaesthetised" (Placebo 'Bitter End' - tho i know Girls Aloud use it in the present tense on 'No Good Advice')

blueski, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:13 (fourteen years ago) link

not a hit per se but 'underpass' also in well known 'Warm Leatherette'

blueski, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:14 (fourteen years ago) link

"Peckham" ("'Ullo John Gotta New Motor?")

Dingbod Kesterson, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:15 (fourteen years ago) link

http://www.vinyltap.co.uk/gallery/ha/haleas5000934812935510.jpg

blueski, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:16 (fourteen years ago) link

"Apropos" - Sheryl Crow 'All I Wanna Do'

Billy Dods, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:16 (fourteen years ago) link

"Buck-toothed" (Ask)

-- Alba, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:12 (1 minute ago) Bookmark Link

^^^"bucktooth" is used on "La Pastie De La Bourgiese", which was the lead track on B&S's top 40 "3, 6, 9 Seconds Of Light" EP.

Dom Passantino, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:16 (fourteen years ago) link

"Peckham" ("'Ullo John Gotta New Motor?")

-- Dingbod Kesterson, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:15 (1 minute ago) Bookmark Link

^^^Goldie Lookin' Chain - You Knows I Love You

Dom Passantino, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:16 (fourteen years ago) link

rebuffed
cordon bleu
parsons (green)

all from 'you will always find me in the kitchen at parties'

blueski, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:17 (fourteen years ago) link

argh palmers green i mean

blueski, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:18 (fourteen years ago) link

"Underpass" is surely represented in John Foxx' "Underpass" as well.

Geir Hongro, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:18 (fourteen years ago) link

"The Clapping Song" has "materialize" and "rowboat". Any joy there?

Dom Passantino, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:19 (fourteen years ago) link

Not a hit song as such, but there's an early Elton John song entitled "Grimsby" which includes the line "No Cordon Bleu can match the beauty of your pies and peas."

Dingbod Kesterson, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:20 (fourteen years ago) link

D12 - My Band "acapellas"

Dom Passantino, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:21 (fourteen years ago) link

missy doesn't pluralise that in 'lose control'

blueski, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:22 (fourteen years ago) link

Caramba's "Hubba Hubba Zoot Zoot" is crowded with words that have only ever appeared in that particular song:

Hubba hubba zoot zoot
Num
Deba uba zat zat
Num
A-hoorepa hoorepa a-huh-hoorepa a-num num
A-num
Hubba hubba zoot zoot
Num
Deba uba zat zat
Num
A-hoorepa hoorepa a-huh-hoorepa a-num num
A-num
Hubba hubba zoot zoot
Deba uba zat zat a-num num
Hubba hubba zoot zoot
Deba uba zat zat a-num num
A-hoorepa hoorepa a-huh-hoorepa a-num num
A-hoorepa hoorepa
HAH
A-huh-hoorepa a-num num
A-num
Hubba hubba zoot zoot
Deba uba zat zat a-num num
Hubba hubba zoot zoot
Deba uba zat zat a-num num
A-hoorepa hoorepa a-huh-hoorepa a-num num
A-hoorepa hoorepa a-huh-hoorepa
HAH
A-num num
A-num
Hubba hubba zoot zoot
A-huh zoot a-huh
Deba uba zat zat a-num num
Hubba hubba zoot zoot
Deba uba zat zat a-num num
A-hoorepa hoorepa a-huh-hoorepa a-num num
Num
A-hoorepa hoorepa a-huh-hoorepa a-num num
Deba uba zat zat
A-hoorepa hoorepa a-huh-hoorepa a-num num
a-num
Hubba hubba zoot zoot
deba uba zat zat
HAH
A-hoorepa hoorepa a-huh-hoorepa a-num num
A-num
Hubba hubba zoot zoot
Deba uba zat zat a-num num
Hubba hubba zoot zoot
Duuh
Deba uba zat zat a-num num
A-hoorepa hoorepa a-huh-hoorepa a-num num
A-hoorepa hoorepa a-huh-hoorepa a-num num
HAH
A-num
Hubba hubba zoot zoot
Deba uba zat zat a-num num
Hubba hubba zoot zoot
Deba uba zat zat a-num num
A-hoorepa hoorepa a-huh-hoorepa a-num num
A-hoorepa hoorepa a-huh-hoorepa a-num num
HAH
Hubba hubba zoot zoot
Deba uba zat zat a-num num
HOH
Hubba hubba zoot zoot
Hubba hubba mo-re mo-re
Deba uba zat zat a-num num
A-hoorepa hoorepa a-huh-hoorepa a-num num A-hoorepa hoorepa a-huh-hoorepa a-num num A-num

Geir Hongro, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:22 (fourteen years ago) link

Did Orinoco ever appear in another song but "Orinoco Flow"?

Geir Hongro, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:24 (fourteen years ago) link

Not in the Womble song.

"clarify" and "classify" - 99 red balloons

ledge, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:25 (fourteen years ago) link

Abacab
Paranoimia (mentioned in the song iirc)
Paninaro

blueski, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:25 (fourteen years ago) link

"Classify" is in "Pop" by N'Sync

Dom Passantino, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:26 (fourteen years ago) link

(That Caramba song may not have been a worldwide hit, but it was huge in Scandinavia)

Geir Hongro, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:26 (fourteen years ago) link

Interactive (Bis, 'Kandy Pop')
CD-Rom (Will Smith, 'Just The Two Of Us')
Will Oldham (Biffy Clyro, 'Saturday Superhouse')

William Bloody Swygart, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:26 (fourteen years ago) link

someone gonna write a song with all these words in so we can launch it top 40 (must beat that shitty Lloyds song)

blueski, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:27 (fourteen years ago) link

CD-Rom (Will Smith, 'Just The Two Of Us')

^^^Busta Rhymes - Fire It Up

Dom Passantino, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:28 (fourteen years ago) link

Busta sez 'CD-Rom' in 'Fire It Up'

blueski, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:28 (fourteen years ago) link

"Firestarter" ?

blueski, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:28 (fourteen years ago) link

Most songs just seem to use Saskatchewan as a synonym for an exotic place that's far away, like Timbuktu.

This is how it's used in the Loud Family song "Why We Don't Live in Mauritania", but not in "Running Back to Saskatoon" by the Guess Who.

Halfway there but for you, Thursday, 6 October 2022 02:27 (two months ago) link

Incidentally, I see no-one has ever noticed that this thread is build on sand...

"All Summer Long", mentioned in the original post, was never a hit anywhere. It was only released as a single in the UK, and as far as I can determine never charted. So presumably the poster who started the thread wasn't hung up on chart placements as determinants for whether a song was a hit or not.

Halfway there but for you, Thursday, 6 October 2022 02:31 (two months ago) link

"Watusi" also in "Land of a Thousand Dances"

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 6 October 2022 02:35 (two months ago) link

'rickets', 'diphtheria', 'ringworm', 'spawny-eyed', 'wazzock' - Tony Capstick's 'Capstick Comes Home'

you can see me from westbury white horse, Thursday, 6 October 2022 02:40 (two months ago) link

'TK Maxx', 'semtex', 'Durex', 'Mandrax', 'Playtex', 'Asics' - Robbie Williams 'Rudebox'

you can see me from westbury white horse, Thursday, 6 October 2022 02:42 (two months ago) link

maybe 'applehead' - Babybird 'The F Word'

you can see me from westbury white horse, Thursday, 6 October 2022 02:49 (two months ago) link

"Watusi" also in "Land of a Thousand Dances"

Good one!

Rated “Blecchs” (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 6 October 2022 03:02 (two months ago) link

And yeah, I also remember the song by The Orlons mentioned upthread.

Rated “Blecchs” (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 6 October 2022 03:04 (two months ago) link

Kashmir not really a hit tho

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Friday, 7 October 2022 08:44 (two months ago) link

was gonna suggest sister thread "Word(s) that only appeared in one shit song ever" but realized it'd just become a Paul Barman thread

stank viola (Neanderthal), Friday, 7 October 2022 14:17 (two months ago) link

"camiknickers" "winklepickers" - BA Robertson's "Kool in the Kaftan" (UK #17)

houdini said, Friday, 7 October 2022 19:05 (two months ago) link

Incidentally, I see no-one has ever noticed that this thread is build on sand...

"All Summer Long", mentioned in the original post, was never a hit anywhere. It was only released as a single in the UK, and as far as I can determine never charted. So presumably the poster who started the thread wasn't hung up on chart placements as determinants for whether a song was a hit or not.

― Halfway there but for you, Thursday, October 6, 2022 2:31 AM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

Hi Dere.

Yes, seeing as I'm a UK ilxor and possibly have that single (I don't) I guess I sort of established the method d'emploi for the thread right there. Not in chart positions, but how I don't have to explain the song because we all know it, or at least 70% of us do.

(It's possibly my most successful startup here)

Mark G, Friday, 7 October 2022 19:37 (two months ago) link

Right, but from that perspective "Revolution 9" and its words are certainly known by more people than, for instance, the terrible Haywire song that I mentioned upthead, which somehow made the Canadian charts. And, despite not being a hit, "All Summer Long" was used over the end credits of American Graffiti, and then featured on the very famous Beach Boys compilation Endless Summer...

...my point being that it's more fun to discuss words than chart positions, no matter how satisfying it is to mention Haywire.

Halfway there but for you, Sunday, 9 October 2022 02:10 (one month ago) link

"Mumps" in "Blinded By the Light" by Manfred Mann's Earth Band (or Springsteen)?

Halfway there but for you, Friday, 21 October 2022 04:09 (one month ago) link

Sad to say, it's also in "Poison Ivy" as made famous by the Coasters.

Doctor Casino, Friday, 21 October 2022 05:18 (one month ago) link

OK, how about "unpleasin'" from the same song?

Halfway there but for you, Friday, 21 October 2022 16:56 (one month ago) link

You might be in the clear! I thought of Eminem's "Just Lose It," but apparently that was "appeasin'."

Doctor Casino, Friday, 21 October 2022 17:00 (one month ago) link

hah, 'unsad' in A Little Time

you can see me from westbury white horse, Friday, 21 October 2022 17:12 (one month ago) link

by the Beautiful South

you can see me from westbury white horse, Friday, 21 October 2022 17:12 (one month ago) link

Long shot, but "devious" on "Sex and Candy"?

― Doctor Casino, Thursday, January 16, 2014 9:47 AM bookmarkflaglink

d'oh - it's also in "Ebeneezer Goode."

Doctor Casino, Friday, 21 October 2022 17:32 (one month ago) link

"Mister Punchinello" from Ebeneezer Goode though.

everything, Friday, 21 October 2022 19:36 (one month ago) link

“Wedding coat” in “The River.”

Capital Radio Sweetheart (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 27 October 2022 21:02 (one month ago) link

"goddness" in "Venus" by Shocking Blue (because of a typo on the lyric sheet)

Josefa, Thursday, 27 October 2022 21:49 (one month ago) link

Another "mumps" pops up in "Peanut Butter" by The Marathons, a #20 hit in June of 1964. The liner notes to this Chess records compilation note its "hit" status and suggest it was a bit of a Coasters soundalike; perhaps the band specifically had "Poison Ivy" on the brain. (Speaking as a non-expert on the genres represented, I find this a great comp, alongside Chess's "Rock 'n' Roll" and "Rhythm & Blues" ones - one great song after another!)

Fun side story: those same liner notes also establish that the Marathons were actually The Vibrations, recording under an alias in a one-off moonlighting arrangement with another record company. After it charted, Leonard Chess (who had the Vibrations under contract) won the record and its royalties from the rival company in court.

Further online digging reveals that, complicating things further, the Vibrations were previously known as the Jay Hawks, and in that capacity were the first of a quick spree of acts to have a hit with "Stranded in the Jungle" in the mid-50s. Later, under the Vibrations moniker, they were again one of the first to score a minor hit with a "Watusi" title, before the Orlons delivered the much bigger "The Wah-Watusi." Another couple of years go by and then the Vibrations were the first act to record "My Girl Sloopy," taking it to #26 in 1964 before it went to #1 for the McCoys as "Hang on Sloopy" in 1965. The McCoys, in turn, were a group engineered out of thin air by the moderately successful Strangeloves, with the help of another band called Rick and the Raiders. Why? Well, I'm not actually clear on the legal/financial/branding logic in play, but it seems it had somehow to do with the Strangeloves already being on the charts with "I Want Candy" for some other (probably dubious) reason related to the simultaneous chart presence of the Strangeloves' "I Want Candy," which peaked at #11 but of course is now more of a footnote precursor to Bow Wow Wow's indelible cover from seventeen years later, which peaked much lower on the US charts but has become a cultural staple.

Showbiz!

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 30 October 2022 17:33 (one month ago) link

My head hurt the last time I tried to think about all that stuff.

Regex Dwight (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 30 October 2022 17:37 (one month ago) link

ugh that last sentence got away from me in the editing process

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 30 October 2022 17:40 (one month ago) link

Can we maybe talk about "Vindicated"?

dashboard confessional vindicated lyrics https://g.co/kgs/c1GDza

blissfully unawarewolf (Ye Mad Puffin), Saturday, 5 November 2022 00:53 (one month ago) link

"Crevice" in "Chestnut Mare" by the Byrds, which was a hit in the UK if not in the US.

Fronted by a bearded Phil Collins (Tom D.), Saturday, 5 November 2022 12:00 (one month ago) link

He probably should have said "crevasse" there, even though that part of the song sounds like a hallucination where anything goes

Josefa, Saturday, 5 November 2022 14:08 (one month ago) link

Heard "Don't Sleep in the Subway" on the radio today: "wherefore."

clemenza, Sunday, 13 November 2022 21:28 (three weeks ago) link

"Wherefore art thou Romeo" in If I Only Had a Heart from The Wizard of Oz.

Probably not the only song that quotes that line, I'd imagine.

Hideous Lump, Sunday, 13 November 2022 22:03 (three weeks ago) link

Although actually the line in "Subway" is "...whys or wherefores", so you win.

Hideous Lump, Sunday, 13 November 2022 22:06 (three weeks ago) link

I’m quite certain "bescumber" hasn’t ever been used outside of Scott Walker's "Fetish".

Melomane, Monday, 14 November 2022 19:48 (three weeks ago) link

Hard to walk into a CVS without hearing that one!

Reese's Pisces Iscariot (morrisp), Monday, 14 November 2022 20:07 (three weeks ago) link

Barry McGuire's "Eve of Destruction" has "coagulatin'".

Fronted by a bearded Phil Collins (Tom D.), Sunday, 20 November 2022 18:36 (two weeks ago) link

"Steed" in "Daydream Believer"?

Also, though it was by no means a hit record, the lyrics to Peter Sinfield's Still contain several words I had to look up: "woad", "cruets", "speiss" and "cochineal".

Halfway there but for you, Friday, 25 November 2022 15:24 (one week ago) link

Those last four probably made an appearance in a Cocteau Twins song sometime.

Halfway there but for you, Friday, 25 November 2022 15:25 (one week ago) link

I find it amazing the "prerogative" pops up in not one but two huge hits songs, at least.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 25 November 2022 15:31 (one week ago) link

"Snorting" in "Drive-In Saturday" - an apt word given Bowie's recreational habits at the time.

Oh wouldn't it be rubbery? (Tom D.), Friday, 25 November 2022 16:03 (one week ago) link

not a "hit" i guess but i think it's played on classic-rock stations in america a lot - personally i'd never heard it 'til a coupla years ago - but billy joel's "captain jack" contains the word "masturbate" which i'd probly never heard on the radio before

respect

donald wears yer troosers (doo rag), Saturday, 26 November 2022 09:08 (one week ago) link

"Creasin'" in "Mixed Emotions" by the Rolling Stones.

Halfway there but for you, Sunday, 27 November 2022 19:13 (one week ago) link

Haha, I’d never looked at the lyrics to “Mixed Emotions” before. That is an unexpected lyric. “To-ing” and “fro-ing” from the same song might qualify too.

Josefa, Sunday, 27 November 2022 20:02 (one week ago) link

There is a choral song that we performed in my high school choir that includes “toing” and “froing” but I cannot remember much beyond something like

“oh vidroshki’s herds you wander
through the matra hills and yonder
hunting toing and froing”

the bass melody still stuck in my head but no dice googling. not sure it counts anyway, since not a hit song— just made me think of it.

Goose Bigelow, Fowl Gigolo (the table is the table), Monday, 28 November 2022 01:34 (one week ago) link

"To feel a pulsing from chanter to mountain"

Spandau Ballet - Musclebound

MaresNest, Monday, 5 December 2022 22:42 (two days ago) link

Queen's March Of The Black Queen: "Everything you do bears a will and a why and a wherefore"

PaulTMA, Tuesday, 6 December 2022 00:26 (yesterday) link

Not sure it was a hit per se but Clifford T. Ward's 1973 single "Wherewithal" includes a couple of likely candidates: "wherewithal," "nonpareil"

goodoldneon, Tuesday, 6 December 2022 15:37 (yesterday) link

I don't know where this thread stands on possibly invented words, but Rosie Vela's "Magic Smile" (top 30 hit on the UK and US AC charts) has "keenovay", which I think she said at the time was an Indigenous term for sexual congress.

Halfway there but for you, Tuesday, 6 December 2022 16:17 (yesterday) link

Oh boy, do I have a thread for you:

Rusted Root Neologisms

ommaway

oombasayou

bubadasayoububadeeyon

Cirque de Soleil Moon Frye (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 6 December 2022 16:31 (yesterday) link


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