Category Archives: Screams & Shouts

Whoa-Yeah! The JudyBats, “Margot Known As Missy” (1992)

In “Margot Known As Missy” by The JudyBats we can observe the intersection of two small but important genres that really need to intersect somewhere: the song with better-than-words wordless vocalizing (as in Nilsson’s version of “Everybody’s Talkin’”) and the … Continue reading

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The Naked: Björk, “Big Time Sensuality” (Fluke remix) (1993)

In our culture you can’t be unaware that the classical Greeks thought the naked male body a tremendous sight. There in all his glory is Zeus, or Apollo, or a good-looking discus thrower. Females, on the other hand, remain properly … Continue reading

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The Greatest Scream (with words): The Pixies, “Monkey Gone To Heaven” (1989)

[God] took man as a creature of indeterminate nature and, assigning him a place in the middle of the world, addressed him thus . . . “We have made thee neither of heaven nor of earth, neither mortal nor immortal, … Continue reading

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Rock Laughs: Dion, “Lovers Who Wander” (1962)

On Dial M for Musicology, Jonathan Bellman nailed a great new hook category by pointing out Dion’s “Lovers Who Wander” as the supreme laugh of romantic dismissal. Here it is: Dion’s Laugh I think it’s great because it’s so clearly … Continue reading

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The Greatest “Fuck You”: Hole, “I Think That I Would Die” (1993)

To be young and to have the power of separating yourself from . . . from all that shit—wouldn’t that be great?  This is a question of broad relevance if, as I think, we’re all young insofar as we’re still … Continue reading

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