I love music! Obviously! But a lot of songs I like sound as though they were written by drunk people sitting next to a dictionary and a metronome. They’re good songs and they have lyrics, but they don’t make any god damn sense. At all.
The following are a few of my favorites. This isn’t even including songs with lyrics that can’t be understood. Were that the case, this would just be a Cocteau Twins / System of a Down playlist.
BT – “Never Gonna Come Back Down”
Awesome year 2000-ish music video from a great big beat album. Also, there’s not a single lyric in this song that is remotely intelligible. I mean, you can understand what he’s saying, but trying to extract any kind of meaning here is like looking for profundity in a third grader’s English homework. I’ll be damned if it’s not a fun song to listen to, though.
Purity Ring – “Obedear”
Purity Ring does this thing where they link together words to create a kind of grotesque atmosphere, which of course means that nothing that they say ever makes any kind of sense. “Oh, but Marcus, they’re poets. It’s poetry.” Whatever. Just because you put gross words together in a beautiful way doesn’t mean anyone can understand it. In Purity Ring’s case, though, you don’t really need to.
Oasis – “Champagne Super Nova”
Here’s how I think Oasis came up with the lyrics for “Champagne Supernova”:
1. Put on The Beatles.
2. Get drunk.
3. Write lyrics.
4. Fight each other.
Beck – “Loser”
“In the time of chimpanzees I was a monkey… ”
Okay, Beck. Sure you were. You were also high as fuck.
Riva Starr Fatboy Slim – “Eat Sleep Rave Repeat”
Hilarious? Fun? Absolutley. Also, none of this stuff ever happened. This is what drugs sound like, kids. Here’s the story from Fatboy Slim himself: “Me and stef (riva starr) were out vinyl shopping in williamsburg, brooklyn earlier this year when we met this dude ranting in the street about some 3 day bender he had been on (and possibly still was….) we hooked him into our serato and chopped him up into a tune. I just wish we’d caught his full name…”
Skip & Die – “Delhi Dungeon”
This song barely exists, but it’s as infectious as it is nonsensical. There are so many questions. How would you make “Siddhartha wanna creep”? Why Siddhartha? There’s basically nothing that I understand here. The track bangs, though, in an off-kilter kinda way. There’s something about it that’s had me whispering “sticks and stones, babies’ bones” under my breath for days…which might explain the weird looks I’ve been getting.
The Beatles – “I Am the Walrus” (As performed by Oasis)
Didn’t they write this song just to mess with people? I’m pretty sure they did, and yet, it’s amazing. Also, drugs.