What is the greatest song with a comma in it's title?

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This is perhaps the most pressing musical question of our time, I believe. What is the greatest song with a comma in it's title?

beezbo, Friday, 17 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

My vote: "John, I'm Only Dancing".

beezbo, Friday, 17 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

this is a good question, i can't think of any offhand?

oh, jan jelenik has a lot of 'them, there' and 'that, there' type titles doesn't he? maybe they'll have to do for now?

gareth, Friday, 17 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Past, Present and Future by the Shangri-Las

It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry isn't bad either

Since we're doing little flecky punctuation marks, you know there's no apostrophe in the 'its' you use above, beezbo. Don't hit me!

N., Friday, 17 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

the rain, the park and other things - The Cowsills

Chris, Friday, 17 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

"Walk, Don't Run" by the Ventures

Nick, Friday, 17 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

"Jenny, Andrew & Me" - Lilys

http://gygax.pitas.com, Friday, 17 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

"Since we're doing little flecky punctuation marks, you know there's no apostrophe in the 'its' you use above, beezbo. Don't hit me!"

You're so right, Nick. It's only the beginning of the work day, and the punctuation portion of my brain has already given out. Tis sad.

I believe the cause may be the angry nu-metal coming from two cubicles down. It's enough to drive anyone mad. All attempts to drown it out with the new Flaming Lips album have been so far unsuccessful.

beezbo, Friday, 17 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Peanuts, Pretzels, Popcorn & Beer - From "Cabaret". Ha, that's TWO commas, TWO - count 'em.

Andy, Friday, 17 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I like how the comma in "Paint It, Black" does absolutely no work. it just sits there being cool and useless, putting the punk in punctuation.

fritz, Friday, 17 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

putting the punk in punctuation

I heart Fritz.

Sean, Friday, 17 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Abigail, Belle of Kilronan

the pinefox, Friday, 17 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

As Pat Fish says, the song with the most importantly placed commas:
"Come on, Marie"

Dave225, Friday, 17 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Currently: The Nang, The Front, The Bush and the Shit. By El-fekking-P.

nathalie, Friday, 17 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Dylan's got two of 'em back-to-back to close "Bringing It All Back Home"- "It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)" and "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue".

Nate Patrin, Friday, 17 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Another Dylan great: "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright"

paul, Friday, 17 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Duh! The Smiths: "girlfriend in a comma"

Sterling Clover, Friday, 17 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I have hundreds of tracks with a comma in. 15 by Bob Dylan. I had just mentioned Past, Present and Future on a thread about production, so thanks for that suggestion, Nick. The first great one I came to (alphabetically by act) is Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go by Hank Ballard & the Midnighters.

Martin Skidmore, Friday, 17 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

bah! Sterling beat me to it by 2 posts.
proves i didn't think of it first
so, synchronicity or psychic? you decide
anyone else come up with it? these are serious lab studies i'm doin' here

Paul, Friday, 17 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Gary Numan was an absolute master of bizarre punctuation. "I Die: You Die," "Me! I Disconnect From You," "Are 'Friends' Electric" and "I, Assassin" being just three of my favourites. A quick look through his lyric sheets provide numerous examples of his preposterous punctuation. Endless fun!

daniel, Friday, 17 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Gary Numan was an absolute master of bizarre punctuation. "I Die: You Die," "Me! I Disconnect From You," "Are 'Friends' Electric" and "I, Assassin" being just four of my favourites. A quick look through his lyric sheets provide numerous examples of his preposterous punctuation. Endless fun!

daniel, Friday, 17 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Spot the difference! Looks like I hadn't managed to click 'stop' in time the first time. Soz.

daniel, Friday, 17 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Jordan, Minnesota.

d'bini, Saturday, 18 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

or: comma, comma, comma, comma, comma chameleon, you come and go, you come and go-oh-oh-oh.....ha!

d'bini, Saturday, 18 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

none of that numan punXtuation is in ANY way preposterous

mark s, Saturday, 18 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Comma, comma, down, doobey-doo, down, down.

Sean Carruthers, Saturday, 18 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Commas are Fux0rs. It's all about the semi-colons.

(although the latter were put to grievous misuse in theaudiences' "If You Can't Do It When You're Young; When Can You Do It?"

Tim, Saturday, 18 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

The only song I can find with semi-colons is Helen Love's "Love; Kiss; Run; Sing; Shout; Jump!", but it does at least have five of them.

Martin Skidmore, Sunday, 19 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Okay, it's a Sunday, no football on, so here's a shortlist for a commapilation (sounds like a Homer Simpsonism)...

Bobby Bare's "Drop Kick Me, Jesus" and "Up Against the Wall, Redneck". The Beach Boys - "Fun, Fun, Fun". Jesse Belvin - "Goodnight My Love, Pleasant Dreams". Big Black - "Pete, King of All Detectives" (as well as "Jordan, Minnesota"). Bobby Bland - "Cry, Cry, Cry". DJ Bleed - "Deaf, Dumb and Blind". "Ahh...The Name Is Bootsy, Baby". Bow Wow Wow - C.30, C.60, C.90 Go. James Brown - "Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved" or "Please, Please, Please". Solomon Burke - "Sidewalks, Fences And Walls". Butthole Surfers - "No, I'm An Iron Man". "Cold, Cold Heart" (Hank and lots of great covers). Otis Clay or O.V. Wright or Isaac Hayes - "Precious, Precious". Jimmy Cliff - "Wonderful World, Beautiful People". Cockney Rebel - "Red is a Mean, Mean Colour". Coldcut - "Sorry, But This Just Isn't Music". Elvis Costello - "What's So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding?". Don Covay - "Mercy, Mercy". Daft Punk - "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger". Jimmy Delphs - "Don't Sign the Paper, Baby, I Want You Back". Destiny's Child - "Jumpin, Jumpin". Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy - "Television, The Drug of the Nation". Dolly Mixture - "How Come You're Such A Hit With The Boys, Jane?". Dyke & the Blazers - "Let A Woman Be A Woman, Let A Man Be A Man". Dylan - I have 15 by him with commas! Alec Empire - "Don't Lie, White Girl!". Faces - "You Can Make Me Dance, Sing Or Anything". Fatboy Slim - "Right Here, Right Now". Four Tops - "Baby, I Need Your Loving" and "Reach Out, I'll Be There" (I think this is winning, so far). Aretha Franklin - "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man". Marvin Gaye - "Abraham, Martin and John". Vern Gosdin - "Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Loud, Loud Music" (great title!). John Lee Hooker (and others) - "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer". DJ Hype - "Peace, Love And Unity". I-Roy - "Forward A Man, Back A Yard". George Jackson - "Aretha, Sing One For Me". Jimmy James & the Vagabonds - "Ain't Love Good, Ain't Love Proud". DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince - "He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper". Blind Willie Johnson - "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground". Killdozer "I Am, I Said". Kingsmen - "That's Cool, That's Trash". KLF - "Elvis on the Radio, Steel Guitar in My Soul" or "Six Hours to Louisiana, Black Coffee Going Cold". Lolita Storm - "Hot Lips, Wet Pants". Darlene Love - "Run, Run, Run, Runaway". Vandellas - "Third Finger, Left Hand". Curtis Mayfield - "This Year, This Year". Percy Milem - "Crying Baby, Baby, Baby". Only Ones - "Another Girl, Another Planet" (ooh, a real rival for the Four Tops). Roy Orbison - "Oh, Pretty Woman". Outkast - "So Fresh, So Clean". Paris - "Lights, Camera, Revolution". Graham Parker & the Rumour - "Hey Lord, Don't Ask Me Questions". Ann Peebles - "Heartaches, Heartaches". Pet Shop Boys - "Yesterday, When I Was Mad". Gene Pitney - "Half Heaven, Half Heartache". Louis Prima - "5 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days" or "Baby, Won't You Please Come Home" or "Chinatown, My Chinatown" or "Hey Boy, Hey Girl" or "Jump, Jive An' Wail" or "Oh, Marie" or "Sing, Sing, Sing". Primal Scream - "If They Move, Kill 'Em". Ramones - "Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World". Paul Revere & the Raiders - "Him Or Me, What's It Gonna Be?". Rolling Stones - "Have You Seen You Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?". Ronettes - "Baby, I Love You". Sam & Dave - "Hold On, I'm Comin'". Anne Sexton - "I'm His Wife, You're Just A Friend". Nina Simone - "Ain't Got No, I Got Life". Sly & the Family Stone - "Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey". Tams - "Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy". Temptations - "Runaway Child, Running Wild". Joe Tex - "Woman Like That, Yeah". Big Joe Turner - "Shake, Rattle And Roll". Ike & Tina Turner - "Cussin', Cryin' And Carryin' On" or "River Deep, Mountain High". Wailers - "Get Up, Stand Up" or "No Woman, No Cry". Barry White - "You're The First, The Last, My Everything" or "I Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe". Who - "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere". Brian Wilson - "Caroline, No". Reverend Billy C. Wirtz - "Big And Scary, Interplanetary". Wreckless Eric - "Crying, Waiting, Hoping". O.V. Wright - "I'd Rather Be Blind, Crippled And Crazy". Neil Young - "Hey, Hey, My, My (Into The Black)".

Martin Skidmore, Sunday, 19 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

So, Smiths pun done, Culture Club pun done.... err... "Comma Eileen"?

Ah, sod it. "Television, Drug of the Nation", quite obviously. That songs like being shouted at by a tramp, only, you know, good.

Judd Nelson, Sunday, 19 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Tramps are more interesting than Hiphoprisy.

Andrew L, Sunday, 19 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

i got another one: nirvana: 'commas you are'.....(sorry) but 'hands off, she's mine' by the beat is pretty damn good

dbini, Monday, 20 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

shit band, but the hives' track 3 side one is called 'die, alright'

piscesboy, Monday, 20 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I agree with Chris 'The Rain,the Park & Other Things' by the wonderful Cowsills

Paul Richards, Monday, 20 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Vote for my songs 'Murderers, The Hope of Women'! Or 'Trust Me, I'm A Doctor'!

Momus, Tuesday, 21 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link


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