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June 14, 2004

3tunes: Funny ha–ha

There's no shortage of songs which are funny peculiar, or even funny just-so-bad – but songs which set out to amuse and succeed at it are rare. Perhaps it's just that by its nature, humour doesn't stand up to repetition, or maybe it's too subtle, too different from person to person, and that makes it too risky to attempt – so much easier to write, for only the millionth time, about how much you want/miss/hate your baby. But just occasionally, someone pulls it off. Here's three:-

  • Paul Simon, Pigs, Sheep & wolves Very hard to do that semi-spoken, semi-sung style and to make your narration style sufficiently whimsical and apparently off-the-cuff. But here it really works.
  • Dar Williams, I won't be your Yoko Ono Listen to this and then tell me: is Dar Williams a fan of Yoko Ono or not?
  • David Byrne, Tiny Apocalypse Wildly off-the-cuff, bizarre verses (but cleverly undercut by the narrator's admission that he doesn't know how to rhyme) and then sonorous, harmonious choruses made up of public service announcements and instructions. Has the line "Good for a limited time" ever been used better in a song?

All songs in my iTunes collection as usual. Who else does songs that can make you laugh?


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