Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Redundancy Department of Redundancy

I'm not 100% sure whether to label these as "redundant", or merely so ridiculously obvious as to be comical. In any event, I've narrowed it down to two examples of the most redundant/too-obvious song lyrics of all time:

"Only time will tell/If we stand the test of time" from Van Halen's "Why Can't This Be Love"

AND

"Lonely is the night/When you find yourself alone" from Billy Squier's "Lonely Is The Night"

I can't choose. Flip a coin to get the winner...

UPDATE: It's now official: the two choices above are for "most ridiculously obvious" lyrics. The "redundancy" award goes to a 3rd option, proposed by first-time HH commenter, K Lee. (Drum roll, please...)

"I want to ride my bicycle/I want to ride my bike" from Queen's "Bicycle Race" [Haahnster hangs head in shame for not thinking of that one himself!]

15 Comments:

Blogger rabidt said...

In this ever-changing world in which we live in, you're gonna have some redundnacy.

If Led Zep released a "Lamest Hits" lp, then a Billy Squier "Greatest Hits" lp would be redundant.

BTW, darling pic of Emily the other day. Just didn't get logged in to say so!

7:55 AM, July 18, 2006  
Blogger haahnster said...

Oh, yeah. Nice Macca line...just an extra "in" or two.

Squier was one in a long line of Zep wannabes, wasn't he?

Thanks on Emily's behalf. She rocks!!!

8:21 AM, July 18, 2006  
Blogger Beth said...

My vote's for Mr. Squier. But I do love me some "Everybody Wants You."

8:25 AM, July 18, 2006  
Blogger Keith Kennedy said...

They are just using the ancient hebrew way of stating something important by saying it twice in the same sentence.

You know, kind of Old Testament rock!

9:41 AM, July 18, 2006  
Blogger Beth said...

Ah, Old Testament rock. Love the genre. That Abraham could wail, couldn't he? And don't get me started on Noah and Ham.

10:19 AM, July 18, 2006  
Blogger Old Lady said...

Billy Squire

Anyway what do you think of "Southern Cross"- (whrrrrr-clang griiiiind changing of gears)

1:33 PM, July 18, 2006  
Blogger KLee said...

I think the Squier line is the more redundant. Of those two choices, that is.

There, unfortunately MANY more representations of such word vomit throughout rock music. As much as I love them, let me give you a penultimate example of Supreme Redundancy: "Bicycle Race" by Queen.

Freddie Mercury may have had a killer voice, but that song makes me want to dig him up and kill him again.

2:57 PM, July 18, 2006  
Blogger haahnster said...

Old Lady: "Southern Cross" is one of the CSN songs that I actually like. "Wooden Ships" is another really good one, I think. There are others, but not "Our House" and "Teach Your Children"!!!

KLee: Good call! "I want to ride my bicycle/I want to ride my bike"...how could I forget that one????!!?

3:01 PM, July 18, 2006  
Blogger mat said...

"Who made who, who made you, who made who, ain't nobody told you, who made who...." over and over for like 5 minutes. Angus and the boys can cut a good drinking riff, but man, the lyrics can be ridiculous!

4:51 PM, July 18, 2006  
Blogger haahnster said...

"Who Made Who" is an excellent addition to the discussion. I think it's taking us in even a slightly different direction: endless repetition.

See also "Atlantis" by Donovan ("way down below the ocean..." repeated endlessly) and that "I've Seen All Good People" song by Yes.

4:57 PM, July 18, 2006  
Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

"See also "Atlantis" by Donovan"

Yeah, but it rocked the hell out of "Goodfellas."

10:39 PM, July 18, 2006  
Blogger haahnster said...

That just proves the greatness of the movie Goodfellas.

Hell, even that ridiculously overblown, incongruous-with-the-rest-of-the-song, piano ending to "Layla" was utilized effectively in Goodfellas.

Scorsese is a genius!!!

6:00 AM, July 19, 2006  
Blogger Keith Kennedy said...

Who are you, who, who, who, who - come on and tell me who are you, who, who, who. Who the fuck are you..........

There's so damn many.

2:37 PM, July 19, 2006  
Blogger KLee said...

Like I said -- we aren't all that inventive as a musical species, I guess. I do console myself with the thought that "Bicycle Race" is a fairly short song. It coulda been an epic of "Alice's Restaurant" duration, and then I *would* have had to kill Freddie Mercury.

3:04 PM, July 19, 2006  
Blogger haahnster said...

Ah, The Who...

You better you better you bet...

And, "Alice", y'all remember Alice?

You can get anything you want at...

3:40 PM, July 19, 2006  

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