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June 19th, 2007


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04:41 pm
One of earliest signs that irony is dead in this country involves those who simply cannot take a song for anything but its literal wordy hook, either because they just can't understand or they're too lazy to listen beyond it. We discussed Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son" earlier, but there's also the joy of people who use ironically inappropriate songs for their wedding song or for part of the reception. Love turns people's brains into Cream of Wheat, and that is why songs like REM's "The One I Love" and "Every Breath You Take" by the Police are often used by the moronic-in-love people as "their song."

Hey, awesome. The One I Love calls the object of the singer's affection "a simple prop to occupy my time." And Every Breath You Take, of course, is about a stalker. But they use phrases like "This one goes out to the one I love" and "Oh can't you see? You belong to me" so OBVIOUSLY it's a song that's going out to the person they love.

Earlier today I was pointed to the dominance of Hey Ya! as a wedding song in recent times. Not as a first dance or a "our song" song, mind you, but as a song played loudly at weddings. A good wedding DJ, by the way, is going to understand that there are just some songs you don't want to hear at a wedding reception. Songs that go directly against the proven fact that today, these two are In Love Forever and That's How It's Going To Be. For instance, I remember my aunt's wedding in 1989 and oh, that Tone Loc was such a popular fellow, so they played Funky Cold Medina at her reception. The DJ wisely segued to another song before the third verse, which is all about how Tone Loc uses his Funky Cold Medina sex potion on a girl, but when she starts "...talkin 'bout plans for a wedding" Loc cold dumps her ass. You get the idea.

So what's Hey Ya! about? The death of a relationship held together far too long by atrophy, with lyrics I shall paraphrase to sound a bit more prose-y:
My baby don't mess around because she loves me so, and this I know for sure
But does she really wanna, but can't stand to see me walk out the door?
and
If what they say is "nothing is forever"
Then what makes love the exception?
And why are we so in denial when we know we're not happy here?
That's an excellent song to play at a wedding, because hey, divorce foreshadowing. Brilliant.

Course, nobody listens to lyrics anymore. That's a proven fact. Andre Ice Cold 3000 knows it, and pretty much sums up the whole thing the best:
Y'all don't wanna hear me, you just wanna dance.
Truth.

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From:fancycwabs
Date:June 19th, 2007 09:09 pm (UTC)
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Considering that the "traditional" wedding recessional music is from a play about a fairy queen making sweet love to a donkey, inappropriate wedding songs are par for the course.

Of course, the last wedding I was at was my own, and beyond TacoBell's Canon and Trumpet Processional, I can't for the life of me remember what was played either during the ceremony or at the reception.
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From:littlegirltoast
Date:June 19th, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC)
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The #1 best all-time wedding song in history is Angel of the Morning, by which I do not mean the Shaggy & Rayvon atrocity but the real one. It is so amazing that anyone would do that.

I almost wish I believed in marriage, so I could play ONLY inappropriate songs. Sweet Cream Ladies by The Box Tops! Enid by The Barenaked Ladies! Suck My Left One by Bikini Kill!
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From:kpht
Date:June 19th, 2007 09:21 pm (UTC)
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I'm going to assume that people just never listen to lyrics. That's just... weird.
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From:reveritas
Date:June 19th, 2007 09:17 pm (UTC)
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OR HOW ABOUT THE CHICKEN FUCKING DANCE AT WEDDINGS

WHAT IS THAT SUPPOSED TO MEAN ANYWAY,
LINDA
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From:eeka13
Date:June 19th, 2007 09:17 pm (UTC)
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HEE I have a stalker-songs mix...
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From:kpht
Date:June 19th, 2007 09:19 pm (UTC)
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A friend once told me that she was discussing with a coworker said coworker's wedding, and coworker said "Tears in Heaven" was their song. Friend tried not to twist face into awkward contortions whilst in the presence of coworker.

We played The La's "There She Goes" for processional music, which is absolutely about heroin but we didn't care, since few people actually know that. We had some great non-love songs. We didn't go for the anti-love songs, but we had some random ones. "Down in the Park" went over well.
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From:phatmike
Date:June 19th, 2007 09:22 pm (UTC)
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oh and dont forget the bright eyes. yeah, that made no sense, but whatever!
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From:phatmike
Date:June 19th, 2007 09:21 pm (UTC)
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it really is what it is. people just wanna dance. at least at the weddings i do, which arent really normal weddings.

kt and i had two songs about drugs for our processional songs. who needs a canon when i'm okay with "here comes your man?" who needs here comes the bride when we have "there she goes?" love for heroin or love for the bride, whichever works. ;) it's not about being lazy, but it's about being able to get away with a good song because they sound happy even though are about something else.

it's more about the feeling than the content for me. someone asked me to play when doves cry once. i refused on the grounds that it was a depressing song.
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From:kpht
Date:June 19th, 2007 09:23 pm (UTC)
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i beat you.
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From:fancycwabs
Date:June 19th, 2007 09:30 pm (UTC)
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A friend of mine tells me of his high school homecoming dance, where the theme song was LeRoux's "New Orleans Ladies."
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From:28bytes
Date:June 19th, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC)

Who says irony is dead?

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I had "Every Breath You Take" at my wedding. Also, "I Still Can't Get Over Loving You" by Ray Parker Jr., which ends with him threatening the listener. And "Obsession" by Animotion. It was a mid-80s-stalker-music block.
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From:muse0fire
Date:June 19th, 2007 09:33 pm (UTC)
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The one that always bugged me was back in high school when the girls would go all gaga and swoony over "More Than Words", thinking it was this sweet love song because it was sung in harmony, ballad-style, by a bunch of pretty boys with long hair. In reality the song's lyrics boil down to: If you loved me you would sleep with me.

My husband has always thought it would be funny to play "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" at a wedding. I'm afraid one of these days he's going to bribe someone's DJ.
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From:amandaruth2001
Date:June 19th, 2007 10:07 pm (UTC)
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I, TOO, AM IRKED BY "MORE THAN WORDS." The whole undertone of "I really don't care if you love me or not as long as I'm gettin' some." There's also that creepy pedophile ring to it, 'cause those guys were like 30 or something when they recorded it, weren't they?





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From:samethreechords
Date:June 19th, 2007 09:36 pm (UTC)
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I know perfectly well what "Hey Ya!" is about and will play it anyway at my eventual wedding just 'cause I like it that much.

My absolute all-time favorite "our song" is Whitney Houston/Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You," which I've heard at at least three or four weddings even though the song gives itself away pretty clearly in its FIRST LINE, which, in case we've forgotten, is "If I should stay/I would only be in your way."
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From:cursethedark
Date:June 19th, 2007 09:37 pm (UTC)
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I was always shocked--SHOCKED--by the kind of mushy-headed love people had for Green Day's "Time Of Your Life." Never mind that the song was quite obviously about a bad breakup. Never mind that the ACTUAL TITLE OF THE SONG was "Good Riddance." Gah.
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From:k_sui
Date:June 19th, 2007 09:57 pm (UTC)
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Undergrad roommate got married last year -- not really the most traditional ceremony -- he came up to the "altar" to Here Comes Your Man. Brilliant.

Also, the phenomenon goes beyond Weddingville.
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From:muse0fire
Date:June 19th, 2007 10:20 pm (UTC)
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He came up to the "altar" to Here Comes Your Man.

Oh that's beautiful. Wish we'd thought of that...
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From:ketzie
Date:June 19th, 2007 10:20 pm (UTC)
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I've always loved these ones:

It's Raining Men
YMCA
Super Freak
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From:arielblue
Date:June 19th, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC)
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My favorite bad wedding song (I didn't go to this wedding, but I heard about it) was Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You." Which starts out, "Just before our love got lost you said, I am as constant as the northern star, and I said, constantly in the darkness? Where's that at? If you want me I'll be in the bar."

Um.

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From:coffeebeanben
Date:June 19th, 2007 10:29 pm (UTC)
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My cousin and her husband chose all the songs to be played at their wedding. Among them was "Another One Bites The Dust". Given the entire Queen catalog at their disposal... GYUHH.

And yes, they're still inexplicably married.

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