Monday, November 24, 2008

If you don't have a good partner you'd better have a good hand

(EDIT: FasterLouder have published my review of the new Killers album Day & Age as well as the epicly-awaited new Gunners album Chinese Democracy)

I know i've made noises about this before, but i really am working on an end of year list for best albums and other special awards for this year in music, problem is there's still a few new releases to get through (Kanye, Killers, Coldplay, hopefully Steven Wilson). So it is forthcoming, just taking a bit of time is all. Till then, hopefully this will satisfy - i'm taking a taboo topic firmly in hand...

Playing All Alone: Songs About Masturbating

Prince - Darling Nikki
Sample Lyric:
"I once knew a girl named Nikki/I guess you could say she was sex fiend
met her in a hotel lobby/masturbating with a magazine"

Famously caught the attention of Tipper Gore, who overheard her 11 yr old daughter listening to the song, it spurred her to go and form the PMRC (Parents Music Resource Center), basically those little Parental Advisory stickers are because of one woman's displeasure with another woman's pleasure.

The Who - Pictures of Lily
Sample Lyric:
" Pictures of Lily made my life so wonderful
Pictures of Lily helped me sleep at night
Pitcures of Lily solved my childhood problems
Pictures of Lily helped me feel alright"

ahhh those cheeky Mod-sters, apparently the Lily of the song is real-life British actress Lillie Langtry.

The Divinyls - I Touch Myself
Sample Lyric:
"I don't want anybody else
when i think about you i touch myself
oh i don't want anybody else
no no, no no"

I think i speak for a few people when is say that when i was young i used to sing my heart out when this came on the radio, having no idea what it meant.

Green Day - Longview
Sample Lyric:
" Bite my lip and close my eyes
Take me away to paradise
I'm so damn bored, I'm goin' blind
And loneliness has to suffice
Bite my lip and close my eyes
I'm trippin' away to paradise
Some say "Quit, or I'll go blind"
But it's just a myth"

Punks seem to have a thing for writing songs about masturbating as the next few cuts will attest.

The Buzzcocks - Orgasm Addict
Sample Lyric:
"Sneaking in the back door with dirty magazines.
now your mother wants to know what all those stains on your jeans.
and you're an orgasm addict."

Pretty clear about it's intentions, fast and aggravated.

The Undertones - Teenage Kicks
Sample Lyric:
"I wanna hold her wanna hold her tight
get teenage kicks all through the night"

This was legendary Radio 1 DJ John Peel's favourite song, meanwhile frontman Feargal Sharkey is adamant it's not about masturbation, in which case he chose his words poorly.

Billy Idol - Dancing With Myself
"A-with the record selection,
And the mirror's reflection,
I'm a dancing with myself
A-when there's no one else in sight,
A-in crowded lonely night
Well, I wait so long for my love vibration
And I'm dancing with myself"

Its quite amusing to think of Billy Idol beating the bishop, but hey i'm sure it gets real lonely on tour.

Radiohead - Thinking About You
Sample Lyric:
"Been thinking about you
And there's no rest
Should I still love you
Still see you in bed
But I'm playing with myself
What do you care?
When the other men are far far better"

What!? The Oxford-bred music luminaries writing a song with a juvenile topic? Oh yes, it happened way back circa 1992, it's safe to say they've evolved since.

Cyndi Lauper - She Bop
Sample Lyric:
"Do I wanna go out with a lion's roar
Huh, yea, I wanna go south n get me some more
Hey, they say that a stitch in time saves nine
They say I better stop--or I'll go blind
Oop--she bop--she bop"

It's always a minor coup when a pop star, especially a female pop star, can turn a taboo topic into a massive hit.

The Vapours - Turning Japanese
Sample Lyric:
"I've got your picture, I've got your picture
I'd like a million of you all round my cell
I want a doctor to take your picture
So i can look at you from inside as well
You've got me turning up and turning down
And turning in and turning 'round"

Still a song that shocks people a little when you tell them what it's 'really about,' that repetitive nagging chorus, the racist visual, hell maybe it's the ultimate song about masturbation.

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