8/23/2007

Let's Get Snotty...

Recently, I participated in blog-pal Splotchy's "Green Monkey Music Project" wherein he picks a theme, then he and four others pick songs pertaining to said theme. He asked for "snotty" songs and told us that we could interpret snotty however we liked.

Here is a little background on the songs I chose:
  • Ween - "Piss Up A Rope": I love Ween. Not only are they funny, but they are gifted musicians that can take any musical genre and set it on its ear. This one is off their country album. There's a lot of relationship frustration that comes through in this song. With lyrics like "On your knees you big-booty bitch, start suckin'", you don't sense there's a lot of gray area.
  • Bobby Darin - "Down With Love": Bobby is pretty down on love in this song. While he's not as vulgar as Ween, he's pretty clear about things. "Down with love, let's liquidate all its friends. The moons, the Junes, the roses and rainbow's ends..."
  • Descendents - "Sour Grapes": I remember this as one of the few songs in famous blogger Grant Miller's high school band's repertoire. "Why must you smoke that clove cigarette? Why must you act like you've got a hole in your head?"
  • Etta James - "Losers Weepers": This is proof that women can sing a snotty song as well. Here Etta rubs it in a little. I think "finders keepers, losers weepers" is inherently snotty.
  • Phil Ochs - "Love Me, I'm A Liberal": Phil Ochs kinda sounds snotty no matter what he sings, even his pretty songs. This one is directed at people who claim to be liberal, but only when it's convenient for them.
  • Reverend Horton Heat - "Nurture My Pig": The Reverend makes it pretty obvious what he means when he's talking about his "pig" and what he wants some woman to do to/with it. "Hey baby I got a pig. I got a pig and it's pink and big. Hey baby I got a pig. Yeah come on baby you and my pig."
  • They Might Be Giants - "Prevenge": I don't know how snotty this song actually is, but it reminds me of preemption which reminds me of Dubya and Dubya epitomizes snottines in my mind. So I included it. You be the judge.
  • Ben Folds Five - "Song For The Dumped": As a few of my songs indicate, I must somehow equate bitterness with snottiness. This song is no exception. "Give me my money back. Give me my money back, you bitch... And don't forget to give me back my black t-shirt."
My bonus track was another Ween classic, "Baby Bitch". Any song that includes the lyric "Fuck you, you stinkin' ass ho." should qualify for a snotty mix, don't you think?

Splotchy has made these songs (and lots more) available for download. Check it out!

10 comments:

Splotchy said...

You really have a full-rounded sampling of snottiness!

Great choices.

I have Ween's Pod and God Ween Satan, but never have heard their country album, including "Piss Up A Rope". My personal favorite line is "I'm sick of your mouth and your 2 percent milk."

For me that Phil Ochs song is a big build to those killer last couple of lines.

Thanks a lot for playin'.

Megan said...

Wow. If I didn't know better I'd guess you were a misogynist.

Teri said...

I have to check out this Ween group. Even thought they sound vulgar the songs sound hysterical.

and that picture...ewwwwwwww!

Flannery Alden said...

I don't think I've heard any of these songs. Can't wait to check them out.

cooper green said...

Where on earth did you find that snotty photo? I keep breathing in through my nose.

Harry Nilsson got a little pissy on his Pussycats album with "You're breaking My Heart", my first exposure to the F-word on vinyl. I miss him.

Bubs said...

I cannot wait to start downloading!

Snotty, snotty snotty.

Dale said...

I knew you had a lot of snot to give Chris! Great tracks, I'd never have thought to see Etta and Bobby there but it all makes sense now. Johnny Yen brought Phil Ochs to my attention and I really like him now too. Great job.

Chris said...

Splotchy- It was fun! Surprisingly, it didn't take to long to put together my list. I highly recommend Ween's later stuff, esp. Chocolate & Cheese. The rest of the country album is great, too.

Megan- I knew you'd find out eventually.

Teri- Ween is definitely an acquired taste. If you don't mind vulgarity, they're a lot of fun.

Flann- I hope you enjoy them!

Cooper- A simple image search for "snot" was all.

Bubs- Should be right up your alley!

Dale- Glad you like Phil Ochs! He's got some great tunes and a sad bio. There's a book about him called "Death Of A Rebel" if you're interested.

bigshoulders said...

Great mix of tunes, Chris. And I'm in the right frame of mind right now to enjoy 'em proper, too!

cheers,
b.s.

Micgar said...

That photo is...uhh nasty!