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Old 07-07-2009, 02:21 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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I was reading (and posted) on the "Weird Tastes in music, anyone?" thread and instead of hijacking it, decided to start a separate thread.

The top 40 is necessarily comprised of songs which have mainstream appeal, and that usually excludes the weird/extreme/harsh stuff. Occasionally, an oddball sneaks in.

I submit David Bowie's "Fame." It's ubiquity on the airwaves led to familiarity which blunted its impression of weirdness at the time of its release in 1975, but whenever I hear it now, it floors me that such a bizarre tune became a huge, mainstream hit.

Honorable mentions might include The B-52's "Rock Lobster," Fleetwood Mac's "Tusk" and Devo's "Whip It." King Missile's "Detachable Penis," Barnes and Barnes' "Fish Heads" and Devo's "Jocko Homo" were weird but they were outside the mainstream.

So, any other challengers to "Fame" for the mainstream weirdness crown?
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Old 07-07-2009, 12:01 PM
 
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So, any other challengers to "Fame" for the mainstream weirdness crown?
Well that could be any song in the 80's New Wave category but i'll start it with this early 80's hit from The Flock of Seagulls .


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Old 07-07-2009, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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"Lunatic Fringe" by Red Rider.

Is Talking Heads outside the mainstream?
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Old 07-07-2009, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Wellsville, Glurt County
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MTV used to play this song right before Beavis & Butthead all the time


YouTube - green jelly:three little pigs (heavy metal)

"Detachable Penis" is a good one, haha!!
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Old 07-07-2009, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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YouTube - Weird Al Yankovits Im fat Lyrics

Weird Al parodies popular songs, then his songs end up in the mainstream. This is fitting.
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Old 07-07-2009, 01:03 PM
 
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Default Moon Zappa - Valley Girl

Sorry no youtube for it.

My Space Video - MOON UNIT ZAPPA - VALLEY GIRL
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Old 07-07-2009, 02:11 PM
 
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Here's another weird song from the 80's.


YouTube - TOTAL COELO - I EAT CANNIBALS
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Old 07-07-2009, 02:21 PM
 
Location: 38 38' 45" N, -90 20' 08" W
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"Why Me" by Planet P was a big song in the early 1980s:

YouTube - Planet P Project - Why Me
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Old 07-07-2009, 02:27 PM
 
Location: New England
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I was reading (and posted) on the "Weird Tastes in music, anyone?" thread and instead of hijacking it, decided to start a separate thread.

The top 40 is necessarily comprised of songs which have mainstream appeal, and that usually excludes the weird/extreme/harsh stuff. Occasionally, an oddball sneaks in.

I submit David Bowie's "Fame." It's ubiquity on the airwaves led to familiarity which blunted its impression of weirdness at the time of its release in 1975, but whenever I hear it now, it floors me that such a bizarre tune became a huge, mainstream hit.

Honorable mentions might include The B-52's "Rock Lobster," Fleetwood Mac's "Tusk" and Devo's "Whip It." King Missile's "Detachable Penis," Barnes and Barnes' "Fish Heads" and Devo's "Jocko Homo" were weird but they were outside the mainstream.

So, any other challengers to "Fame" for the mainstream weirdness crown?
How about everyone Youtube Justice Yeldham; email me and let me know what you think. I'm serious.
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Old 07-07-2009, 02:31 PM
 
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a worldwide smash hit
u.s. chart topped out at #9


YouTube - Gary Numan - Cars
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