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 (thirteen years ago) link

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

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

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

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

I never knew about Fancy Pants.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

xposts

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

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

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

"Chip Shop" - Jilted John

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

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

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

"Checkers" ("MacArthur Park")

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

"Filibuster" - Birdhouse in Your Soul

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

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

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

Ah yes.

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

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

"Alabaster" (Shoplifters Of The World Unite)

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

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

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

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

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

"Buck-toothed" (Ask)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

argh palmers green i mean

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

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

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

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

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

D12 - My Band "acapellas"

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

missy doesn't pluralise that in 'lose control'

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

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

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

Not in the Womble song.

"clarify" and "classify" - 99 red balloons

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

Abacab
Paranoimia (mentioned in the song iirc)
Paninaro

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

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

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

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

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

"Firestarter" ?

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

That’s not a hit song(!)

Murdered-Out Highlander XLE (morrisp), Sunday, 1 March 2020 16:33 (one year ago) link

oh please it was even on South Park

sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Sunday, 1 March 2020 16:37 (one year ago) link

I don't recall ever hearing the word 'unfettered' in anything other than 'Free Man in Paris'.

whitehallunity, Monday, 2 March 2020 18:26 (one year ago) link

five months pass...

'Kegels' in "WAP"

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 11 August 2020 20:08 (one year ago) link

Didn't Chuck Berry... no.

Mark G, Thursday, 13 August 2020 08:25 (one year ago) link

eleven months pass...

"Whomsoever" in Soundgarden's "Fell on Black Days."

I honk along darkened Bobo-doors (Doctor Casino), Monday, 2 August 2021 13:40 (five months ago) link

It is also on the title track to the best-selling LP of all time

A viking of frowns, (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 2 August 2021 13:42 (five months ago) link

*smacks forehead*

I honk along darkened Bobo-doors (Doctor Casino), Monday, 2 August 2021 13:48 (five months ago) link

Whomsoever be starting something
Whomsoever be starting something

making splashes at Dan Flashes (Neanderthal), Monday, 2 August 2021 16:57 (five months ago) link

The doggone girl is whomsoevers.

peace, man, Monday, 2 August 2021 17:00 (five months ago) link

one month passes...

"Huarache," in "Surfin' USA," The Beach Boys

I, the Jukebox Jury (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 22 September 2021 16:35 (three months ago) link

Although maybe this was a hit and I missed it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9S0ONyRctyE

I, the Jukebox Jury (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 22 September 2021 16:38 (three months ago) link

gonna be a huarache tonight

Gardyloominati (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 22 September 2021 16:41 (three months ago) link

“Huarache Raccoon”

I, the Jukebox Jury (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 22 September 2021 17:03 (three months ago) link

“In Every Dream Home a Huarache”

I, the Jukebox Jury (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 22 September 2021 17:40 (three months ago) link

here comes the story of the hua-ra-che

I Am Fribbulus (Xax) (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 22 September 2021 21:50 (three months ago) link

“amethyst” in Wang Chung’s “Dance Hall Days”

Mr. Snrub, Thursday, 23 September 2021 11:10 (three months ago) link

xp huarache comes into Maria Muldaur's "Gringo en Mexico."

Lily Dale, Friday, 24 September 2021 04:49 (three months ago) link

two months pass...

I had never heard Prefab Sprout before the other day, but apparently I have a very word-for-word memory for lyrics quoted in ilm threads, because I was getting my hair cut a few days ago, heard the word "infrared" in the song that was playing in the salon, and thought, "Ah, this must be 'Faron Young' by Prefab Sprout."

Lily Dale, Saturday, 4 December 2021 15:28 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

"Naugahyde" in "Randy Scouse Git" by the Monkees, or "Alternate Title" as it was called on the UK where it was a number 2 hit.

Kim Kimberly, Friday, 31 December 2021 19:58 (two weeks ago) link

*in the UK

Kim Kimberly, Friday, 31 December 2021 19:59 (two weeks ago) link

heard the word "infrared" … and thought, "Ah, this must be 'Faron Young' by Prefab Sprout."

This is pretty damn impressive, tbh.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Saturday, 1 January 2022 07:45 (two weeks ago) link

The Beach Boy's "Custom Machine" has naugahyde in it; wasn't a single, but Bruce (Johnston) & Terry (Melcher)'s cover was and it charted at #85.

Lee626, Saturday, 1 January 2022 17:25 (two weeks ago) link

'Naugahyde' is in "Powerful Stuff" by the Fabulous Thunderbirds, featured on the Cocktail soundtrack and a #1 US Album Rock hit in '89.

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 2 January 2022 02:59 (two weeks ago) link

Just in case ABBA's "No Doubt About It" gets released as a single": "forbearance".

Halfway there but for you, Sunday, 2 January 2022 22:21 (two weeks ago) link

'Nefisa' by Earthling is probably the only pop single ever to namecheck Frantz Fanon.

Vast Halo, Sunday, 2 January 2022 22:55 (two weeks ago) link

prisencolinensinainciusol

maelin, Monday, 3 January 2022 10:10 (two weeks ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VsmF9m_Nt8

maelin, Monday, 3 January 2022 10:10 (two weeks ago) link

Ayes

Mark G, Monday, 3 January 2022 14:35 (two weeks ago) link

I have been very sure since about 1985 that Mark King sings the word 'conked' in Something About You, but it's carved, of *course* it is, it even sounds like carved, wtf brain?

Maresn3st, Monday, 3 January 2022 15:09 (two weeks ago) link

sericulture

enochroot, Friday, 7 January 2022 21:01 (one week ago) link

Ha, queue up to say what that one is.

Mark G, Friday, 7 January 2022 21:53 (one week ago) link

Surely, someone besides Crowded House has used "deluge," but nothing occurs to me at the moment.

jimbeaux, Friday, 7 January 2022 22:07 (one week ago) link

'Hubcap'* from "Bang A Gong"

*No, the Sleater-Kinney song of the same name doesn't count

― C. Grisso/McCain, Tuesday, 12 February 2008 23:30 (thirteen years ago) bookmarkflaglink

Family, "Strange Band"

Man and his hubcaps, flashing the highway
Shielding his eyes, from the heat of the sun

I Can't See Gervais In My Mind (Tom D.), Friday, 7 January 2022 22:31 (one week ago) link

Surely, someone besides Crowded House has used "deluge," but nothing occurs to me at the moment.

Jackson Browne, "Before the Deluge"

Lily Dale, Friday, 7 January 2022 22:34 (one week ago) link

Jackson Browne, "Before the Deluge"

Well, that was easy LOL

jimbeaux, Friday, 7 January 2022 22:38 (one week ago) link

But not, to my surprise, "Here Comes the Flood" by Peter Gabriel. It must be Peter Hammill who used it somewhere.

Halfway there but for you, Friday, 7 January 2022 22:40 (one week ago) link

Have we abandoned the “hit song” criterion?

i woke up alarmed (morrisp), Friday, 7 January 2022 22:59 (one week ago) link

I was wondering that, Peter Hammill has certainly neve had a hit single!

I Can't See Gervais In My Mind (Tom D.), Friday, 7 January 2022 23:04 (one week ago) link

Looks like that Jackson Browne song is a 6-min. album track (not a single)

i woke up alarmed (morrisp), Friday, 7 January 2022 23:07 (one week ago) link

another Kate Bush entry

BFPO in Army Dreamers

koogs, Saturday, 8 January 2022 08:23 (one week ago) link

(also possibly "aerodrome")

koogs, Saturday, 8 January 2022 08:25 (one week ago) link

Hi, thread originator here..

I did mean it to signify songs that we might have had a reasonable chance of hearing.

And, of course, the bigger the 'hit' the greater the metaphorical score .

Mark G, Saturday, 8 January 2022 09:12 (one week ago) link

^ Praises to you.


"Rolleiflex" in Jobim's "Desafinado". Not sure if that's a hit, but it was covered by a zillion people and everyone knows it.

― Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Dienstag, 30. Juli 2013 04:28 (eight years ago) bookmarkflaglink

I think this is an outstanding example.
https://idiotic-hat.blogspot.com/2013/12/rolleiflex.html

meisenfek, Saturday, 8 January 2022 11:53 (one week ago) link

(i only posted the Kate Bush after hearing it on national radio, so not guilty yr honour)

Rubbish by Carter usm was on totp and sounded like it'd have something relevant here, but they've gone back to using live vocals and it was a bit too muddy to make out

koogs, Saturday, 8 January 2022 12:26 (one week ago) link

like Domestos and chlorofluorocarbon

koogs, Saturday, 8 January 2022 12:30 (one week ago) link

Peter Hammill has certainly neve had a hit single!

I was just trying to find the source of the sung "deluge" I hear in my head.

Halfway there but for you, Saturday, 8 January 2022 16:31 (one week ago) link

minestrone/ parmesan/ lasagne/ constipated/ Pluto/ Pisa/ crepe suzette ("Life Is a Minestrone')

'minestrone' is also in Weird Al's 'Lasagna'

'Pisa' in also in Cole Porter's 'You're the Top', a song which also contains proper names and cheeses that may not occur in other popular songs.

I wanna say check the Beastie Boys' catalog for the others

The 25 Best Songs Ever Ranked In Order (Deflatormouse), Sunday, 9 January 2022 03:29 (one week ago) link

"Lasagna" did not chart, afaict.

I Am Fribbulus (Xax) (Doctor Casino), Sunday, 9 January 2022 12:56 (one week ago) link

Bachi in "Lady Eleanor" by Lindisfarne.

"Bachi playing magician sitting lotus on the floor
Belly dancing beauty with a power driven saw"

I Can't See Gervais In My Mind (Tom D.), Sunday, 9 January 2022 13:24 (one week ago) link


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