A mondegreen is a phrase that results from mishearing a phrase with a similar sound. Popular music lyrics have been the source for many mondegreens over the years.
Jimi Hendrix – Purple Haze
Probably the most misunderstood lyric of all time comes in this classic rock tune. While Hendrix actually said, “Excuse me while I kiss the sky,” the phrase is often heard incorrectly as “Excuse me while I kiss this guy.” Those lyrics make it Read the rest of this entry »
Remember that show that used to be on television – Pop-Up Video? It’s not on anymore but you might still be able to find reruns on Direct TV if you do some real digging.
Basically, it was a program that not only analyzed the music video, but gave you a behind-the-scenes look at the thought-process behind the song and the action in the video. It was a great way to really analyze some of the more complex lyrics in a song and the one they did for Kenna’s Hell Bent was superb.
In the music video, a clay man wakes up in a gloomy world where he works 40 hours a day and barely has any time for himself. The only thing that keeps him going is the literal fire burning inside.
In it, Kenna sings:
Am I awake the morning star
That brings me here since everything in me
Between Pluto and God, all is hell bent
My walls are closin’ in, I feel the claim
The action in the video matches perfectly with the lyrics to illustrate a tragic existence. A place where a man is attached to an industrial machine and is more of an organ and less of a complete person.
Country and western songs have changed a great deal over the last several years. The themes behind lots of the older country and western favorites dealt with love lost. It took a different breed of artists with different lyrics to come along and change things.
Today there are a lot of younger fans of country and western music that have a different outlook on the genre. For many people the lyrics of their favorite county and western songs sound different. There isn’t as much talk of love lost as there is talk of finding love. This is thanks for Read the rest of this entry »
The 80s will always be marked as the decade of innovative music. The se songs best reflect the feeling of the 1980s music scene and are historical gems in their own right.
1. Olivia John Newton – “Physical” This song perfectly captures the aura of the 1980s. From the heavy synth beats down to the light intricate techno influenced sounds in the background, this hit was the 80s. Furthermore this song was the longest-running #1 song in the 1980s, with 14 Read the rest of this entry »
There are so many pop songs hitting the airwaves to today. The successful tracks appear to be the ones with the best lyrics. That is what pop music is has manifested itself into. There was a time when lyrics were simple and the beat drove the crowds. Today the music is still important, but the lyrics of popular songs also hold weight.
Kelly Clarkson has proved this with her inspiring song, “Stronger.” Her boasting about “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” is getting all types of attention in pop radio land. Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” gives an Read the rest of this entry »
Michael Jackson produced a lot of number ones. He had songs that are still being played and sampled heavily today. He was a genius with many songs in his catalog, but he wasn’t the sole writer behind all of them.
Some of the his biggest numbers ones were hits that were co-written with other people. Rod Temperton from the group Heatwave sticks out of one of the biggest collaborators. Temperton is actually responsible for the insanely popular Thriller single. Temperton has had other ideas for great hits like “The Lady in My Life. ” Read the rest of this entry »
The 90′s, oh were they special. While it seems like that era was forever ago, it was just 13 years ago when life seemed so innocent and things were so much different. One of the most major transformations since the 90′s is the music! Man, the music of the 90′s cannot be compared to anything else in the world.
From hip-hop favorites like Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. to rock ‘n’ roll favorites like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Madonna, R.E.M. and of course pop favorites like Read the rest of this entry »