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May 12, 2017


Are Pop Lyrics Getting More Repetitive?

(Thanks to Peter Metrinko)


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That doesn't sound like any lyric Pop would have sung.

In the case of Bill Withers, I think it was writer's block.

I know

Nothing is more repetitive than:

Fly, robin fly
Fly, robin fly
Fly, robin fly
Up, up to the sky

Unless it is possibly:

(That's right)
Get up and boogie, get up and boogie
(That's right)
Get up and boogie, get up and boogie
(That's right)
Get up and boogie, get up and boogie
Boogie, boogie

In both cases, repeat indefinitely.

In honor of that, let's all sing the BeeGee's "How Deep is Your Rug*?"

*relax, it's pear-o-Dee!

Our nightmares may suddenly be haunted by K. C. and the Sunshine Band.

I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know.
Yep it's repetitive, but if it sells....

Ask Beyonce.

It's all about style and technique two things many artists have zero of. Also, if playing in the key of G, only one word is necessary, Louie.

Depends, are you including the Beatles and the Stones in that?

Thank God. I thought I was just a geezer bus passenger.
Sombody else was hearing the repition, too.

I think he missed this song which went #1 in 1975...

To say nothing of this top-10 hit from 1958

That's actually a really interesting article. It would be a great example in any college stats or computer programming class. I used to do QA/QC analyses that way.

Repition is the way we learn suffer.

Oh, and repition is the way we learn suffer.

My Baby Does the Hanky Panky was #1 in my junior year. It was one of three songs known by a local garage band that played at school events. http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/tommyjamesandtheshondells/hankypanky.html I also hated it because the lead guitarist for the garage band was the steady bf of a girl I had a crush on. Did I mention he was on the football team? And of course because of the band's limited repertoire they would play it every 15 eternal minutes.

Peter M - a local garage band did the same thing. I believe I remember their name. The Polka Dots (or similar). They wore polka dot shirts, large red polka dots. They just played My Baby Does the Hanky Panky over and over their entire set. It was the only song they knew. All day long set up in the park. I'm sure if Stairway, which was release about a decade later, had been out The Polka Dots would have added the song to their repetoire immediately. They would have been REALLY good as a two song repertoire band. Tommy James and the Shondells songs were as about a cock as a band as gets.

I"m shocked no one has mentioned "Louie, Louie". Of course no one really knows what they were singing but I'm pretty sure it was repetitive.

And if she should tell you "come closer"
And if she tempts you with her charms

Tell her no no no no no-no-no-no
No no no no no-no-no-no
No no no no no
Don't hurt me now for her love belongs to me

Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Nothing beats the lyrics to "Batman".

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