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Album cover parody of Meat Is Murder by The Smiths
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Band Name Origins:

  • on the brilliant smiths website IMAET you can read this lines (link: Many stories and explanations as to how and why abound. Most agree that Morrissey thought up the name, and a popular story is this one : Morrissey thought of three names, "The Smiths", "Smiths Family" and "Smithdom". He asked Johnny Marr to choose; he chose "The Smiths" and the rest is history. As to the meaning: there are tons of references you could choose, like Patti Smith, and others as well-catalogued in Rogan's book. Myra Hindley's family are repeatedly referred to as "The Smiths" in the book Beyond Belief. My personal favourite explanation is that Smith is a very common name here in the UK: it brings with it overtones of mundane average lives, all insurance policies and washing the car on Sundays. The Smiths was all about escaping from this hole of boredom, to reaching a Wildean hedonist appreciation of life. Of course, Morrissey being Morrissey, there's another side to this - maybe it indicates how dull and dreary reality is for him, despite his dreams. This explanation also fits the story detailed above quite well. Submitted by: Torsten
  • This name was taken from the book " Beyond Belief " which chronicles the Moors murders. In this book, Myra Hindley's sister & her husband (David Smith) are referred to throughout as "The Smiths" Submitted by: Stig O'Hara

Stupid Band Names:

  • When I first heard about this band, I thought they were all surnamed Smith. WRONG! None of them are. (Instead it refers to something completely different.) Submitted by: Bob

Better Off Solo?:

New Career
Comments & Submitter Name
"Morrissey""The King of Misery is definitely more miserable by himself! Long live the MOZ!" - L. Ray

Song Titles Not Used as Lyrics:

Song Name
Comments & Submitter Name
"There Is a Light That Never Goes Out""There is a light AND IT never goes out" - Evan
"How Soon Is Now?""When you say it's gonna happen "now"
Well, when exactly do you mean?
See I've already waited too long
and all my hope is gone."

That just about as close to mentioning "How Soon Is Now?" as the song got. - British Bullcrap

New Song Names:

Original Song Name
New Song Name
Submitter Name
"Big Stick Bites Again""Big Mouth Strikes Again"Regina Haniger
"Girlfriend in Tacoma""Girlfriend In A Coma"Mae Beam
"Girlfriend in A Virgo""Girlfriend In A Coma"Mae Beam
"Girlfriend in Aroma""Girlfriend In A Coma"Mae Beam
"Girlfriend in Dakota""Girlfriend In A Coma"Mae Beam

There are additional new song names available.

Literally Impossible Song Titles:

Submitter Name
"There Is A Light That Never Goes Out,"All lights go out sooner or later.Yvette Bristle
"You've Got Everything Now,"No person can attain everything.Kara Oke

Use a Song Title to Answer a Different Song:

Song & Band Name
Song & Band Name
"Put Out The Light," Joe Cocker"There Is A Light That Never Goes Out," The Smiths
"Money (That's What I Want)," The Beatles"Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want," The Smiths
"I Want That Man," Deborah Harry"Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want," The Smiths
"Share The Land," The Guess Who"I Won't Share You," The Smiths
There are additional songs titles that answer other songs available.

Remove a Letter From a Song Title:

"How Soon Is No?" originally "How Soon Is Now?"
"Handsome Evil" originally "Handsome Devil"
Daphne Hughes
"Hand In Love" originally "Hand In Glove"
Aww! Wait, hands can't fall in love...except Thing
"Big Moth Strikes Again" originally "Big Mouth Strikes Again"
Karen Smith

Add a Letter to a Song Title:

"Bask" originally "Ask"
"Task" originally "Ask"
"Mask" originally "Ask"
"Girlfriend In A Comma" originally "Girlfriend In A Coma"
Natasha Bly

Change a Letter:

"Ark" originally "Ask"
David Sari
"Ass" originally "Ask"
I hope this isn't too offensive.
"Girlfriend In A Comb" originally "Girlfriend In A Coma"
"I Want The One I Can't Hate" originally "I Want The One I Can't Have"
Well, I could think of worse situations.
Emmy Kay Butanone
"Big Mouth Shrikes Again" originally "Big Mouth Strikes Again"
Shrike = one of few predatory songbirds
Karen Smith

There are additional song titles with a letter changed available.

Song Parody Lyrics:

Original Song Name
Parody Song Name
Parody Author
"Girlfriend in a Coma""Newman in a Coma"Peter Steinberg
"Panic""Panic"Democracy Defender
"There is a light that never goes out""There is a reader that never goes out"Christopher Long
"Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want""Please Star Wars Let Me Get What I Want"Fack Sabbath
"How Soon Is Now""How Soon Is Pow!"Fack Sabbath
"There Is A Light That Never Goes Out""There Was A Song That Never Blew Up"Fack Sabbath
"How Soon is Now""How Now Brown Cow"Warren Baker
"There Is A Light And It Never Goes Out""There Is A Paladin And He Never Goes Out"C Carroll
"Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now""Heaven Knows I'm Fashionable Now"Phil Alexander
"Still Ill""Still Fill"Emily Kirkham

There are additional song parodies available.

Songs for Commercials, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

Song Name
There Is A Light That Never Goes OutPeter Panpickle*
That Joke Isn't Funny AnymoreFrench & Saunders' New Seriespickle*

Bad Choices for On Hold Music:

Song Name
Bigmouth Strikes AgainFBI Informant HotlineJason C. Reeher
Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I WantKleptomaniacs AnonymousFletch
The Queen Is DeadBuckingham PalaceThe Skuz
Death Of A Disco DancerStudio 54The Skuz
Bigmouth Strikes AgainWomen's Help CenterMelody
There are additional on hold music ideas available.

Songs for Duets, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

First Band/Song Name
Second Band/Song Name
New Song Name
Canary In A Coalmine
   The Police
Girlfriend In A Coma
   The Smiths
Canary In A Coma
1st song is often misheard this way
   No Doubt
Girlfriend In A Coma
   The Smiths
Ex-Girlfriend In A Coma
The Light That Will Cease To Fail
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
   The Smiths
There Is A Light That Will Never Cease To Fail
It's so dark.
Brown Eyed Girl
   Van Morrison
Girlfriend In A Coma
   The Smiths
Brown Eyed Girlfriend In A Coma
There are additional duets that haven't been done yet available.

If Groups Combined, Their Names Might Be:

The Echosmiths
Echosmith combined with The Smiths
One song they could do together: "Ask the Cool Kids"
Submitted By: Richard
The Aerosmiths
Aerosmith combined with The Smiths
Surprised no one thought of this..
Submitted By: Joe
Silversmiths' Convention
Silver Convention combined with The Smiths
Would sound like moody disco pop...I guess.
Submitted By: KooKooDee

Misheard Lyrics:

"Girlfriend in a Coma"
Misheard Lyrics:
I know, it's cereal
I know, it's mysterious
I know, it's a serial
Original Lyrics:
I know, it's serious
"Cemetry Gates"
Misheard Lyrics:
Some diddly whore, eighteen hundred and four
Original Lyrics:
Some dizzy whore, eighteen hundred and four
"How Soon Is Now?"
Misheard Lyrics:
I am human and I need to be known
Original Lyrics:
I am human and I need to belong
Misheard Lyrics:
Hopes may rise under Grasmere
Original Lyrics:
Hopes may rise on the Grasmeres
There are additional misheard lyrics available.

Misheard Lyrics Stories:

Misheard Lyrics:
Chinese is nice and Chinese can stop you from doing all the things in life you'd like to.
Original Lyrics:
Shyness is nice and shyness can stop you from doing all the things in life you'd like to.

Story about this misheard lyric by: Barbi

I was singing it like this for decades then I looked up the lyrics lol.

There are additional misheard stories available.

Funniest Song Lyrics:

"Girlfriend In A Coma"
The Funny Lyrics:
Girlfriend in a coma
Yes, I know it's serious
Why They're Funny:
When Morrissey sings this part, it just sounds like 'yep, girlfriend in a coma. Uhhuh, serious, coma, uhhuh, whatever, can I get lunch now?' it's just so bored and careless, like he doesn't even care.
Submitted by: Nastassja
"Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others"
The Funny Lyrics:
Some girls are bigger than others.
Some girls mothers are bigger than other girls mothers.
Why They're Funny:
Gotta love simplicity.
Submitted by: Carl Carlson
There are additional Funny lyrics available.

Repetitive Song Lyrics:

"Kill The DJ"
The Repetitive Lyrics:
Kill the dj, Kill the dj,
Kill the dj Kill the dj....
Why They're Repetitive:
ok, you don't like the dj. I don't like any of your lyrics but I did hear it the first time. Most of Morriseys lyrics are just as repetitive (Dagenham Dave for instence)
Submitted by: Anglebob Humptybert

Nonsensical Song Lyrics:

"Bigmouth Strikes Again"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
And now I know how Joan of Arc felt
Now I know of Joan of Arc felt
As the flames rose to her Roman nose
And her Walkman started to melt.
Why They're Nonsensical:
It doesn't make sense because Walkmans didn't exist in the 1400s, when Joan Of Arc was alive.
Submitted by: Mr. Critic
"Frankly, Mr. Shankly"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
Sometimes I'd feel more fulfilled
making Christmas cards for the mentally ill.
I want to Live
and I want to Love.
I want to catch something
that I might be ashamed of.
Why They're Nonsensical:
Love + catch something that I might be ashamed of? STD. Sounds like instead of making cards for the mental, you should be joining them in the hospital.
Submitted by: BarbieForADay

Insincere Song Lyrics:

"Big Mouth Strikes Again"
The Insincere Lyrics:
Sweetness, sweetness i was only joking when i said
'I'd like to smash every tooth in your head'
Why They're Insincere:
Submitted by: Ad

Dirty Song Lyrics:

"'Handsome Devil'"
The Dirty Lyrics:
'And when you're in your scullery room,
whom will swallow whom?'
Why They're Dirty:
Think about it. Disgusting!
Submitted by: The Loon

Song Lyrics That Mention Other Songs:

"Bigmouth Strikes Again"
The Song Lyrics:
Sweetness, sweetness I was only joking when I said I'd like to
Smash ev'ry tooth in your head
Song They Mention:
"I Was Only Joking" by Rod Stewart
Submitted by: nally

Songs That Open With Their Titles:

"I Won't Share You"
Opening Lines:
I won't share you, no, I won't share you.
The last song on their last album...
Submitted by: Nat
"Death of a Disco Dancer"
Opening Lines:
The death of a disco dancer, well it happens a lot round here.
Submitted by: Nat
There are additional spelling lyrics available.

Song Title Space Change:

"How Soon I Snow" originally "How Soon Is Now"
As if a person could snow....
Submitted by: Jill Conrad
"I Sit Really So Strange?" originally "Is It Really So Strange?"
Submitted by: George Straitjacket
"Big Mouth Strikes A Gain" originally "Big Mouth Strikes Again"
Submitted by: Karen Smith

Band Name Anagrams:

Seth Smith Submitted by: Calop
A pro baseball player who debuted in MLB in 2007.
Sh..., Tim, Seth Submitted by: Erin Amidon
Telling Tim and Seth to be quiet

Song Title Anagrams:

"I Bought Kristina's Game" originally "Bigmouth Strikes Again"
Submitted by: Joe
"Kristina Bought Images" originally "Bigmouth Strikes Again"
Submitted by: Joe
"I Show No Swoon" originally "How Soon Is Now"
Submitted by: Joe
"Ska" originally "Ask"
A Jamaican-oriented type of music
Submitted by: Alexis
"In Cap" originally "Panic"
Submitted by: Alyssa Jayne

Real Places Mentioned in Songs:

The Lyrics:
Panic on the streets of London
Panic on the streets of Birmingham
I wonder to myself
Could life ever be sane again?
The Leeds side-streets that you slip down
I wonder to myself
Hopes may rise on the Grasmere
But honey pie, you're not safe here
So you run down
To the safety of the town
But there's Panic on the streets of Carlisle
Dublin, Dundee, Humberside
I wonder to myself
London, Birmingham, Leeds, Grasmere, Carlisle, Dublin, Dundee and the former Humberside.
Submitted by: Dave

Super Short Pop Songs:

"Please Please Let Me Get What I Want" Length: 1:53
Depressing and mercifully short.
Submitted by: Brit Boxx

Song Title Spoonerisms:

"There Is A Night That Ever Glows Out" originally "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out"
Glows out? Kind of an oxymoron?
Submitted by: Allison O'Silla
"There Is A Light That Never Owes Gout" originally "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out"
Why would any light owe anything to gout?
Submitted by: Allison O'Silla
"Sot She Wed" originally "What She Said"
Submitted by: Donna Fargo North Dakota Fanning The Flames
"Shot, We Said" originally "What She Said"
Submitted by: B1982

Upbeat Songs With Depressing Lyrics:

"Girlfriend In A Coma"
The Lyrics:
Let me whisper my last goodbyes.
I know. It's serious.
Apparently, they're pulling the plug.
Submitted by: Brian Kelly

Lyrics Alliteration:

"Shoplifters of the World"
The Lyrics:
A heartless hand on my shoulder
I was bored before I even began
"h" e "b" each twice
Submitted by: Oliveira
There are additional Lyrics Alliteration available.

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