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Some bands don't wait around for Weird Al to parody one of their songs, and take a pre-emptive strike and write a silly song of their own.

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"Rat Race," Phil Collins
he starred in the MIAMI VICE episode "Phil the Shill" and he wrote a song for the closing credits of that episode that has the line, "Life is a rat race, rat race, rat race....". It's not available on any Phil album and you won't hear it anywhere else.
Turn It On, Turn It On Again
"Looking Back, Going Forward Again," Phil Collins
UPDATE - Phil has been doing some voice-overs for movies and such and he is currently touring the UK. All he's really doing is sitting down and singing his hits but it's good to see him back in action again.
Turn It On, Turn It On Again
"Pink Floyd record label, after the band," Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd performed one last time at the Live 8 benefit in 2005. Dave Gilmour, Rick Wright, Roger Waters, Nick Mason had settled all differences from the past and went out in a blaze of glory. The next year Pink Floyd disbanded. The members have played with each other in their various solo ventures, and Dave and Roger have played gigs together to benefit Palestinian war children. Rick died of lung cancer. Roger, Dave, Nick have stood up together to protest Israel's blockade of the Gaza strip and they have worked in the studio to remaster the whole PF catalog. They also have been releasing some compilations and live recordings. All these albums have new pictures and art inside. Now they are being released on a new label - PINK FLOYD RECORDS. A band self-titled record label, folks. Don't bands usually do that while they're active and together? Rolling Stones records, Grateful Dead records, Cheap Trick records, Apple records (Beatles), Face Value records (Phil Collins) anyone?
Pink Crane
"Fan names," NKOTB
We know about extreme Grateful Dead fans being called DEAD HEADS. Well there are also HIP HEADS for the Tragically Hip, HEEP HEADS for Uriah Heep, DICK HEADS for Dick Dale (honest!), PARROT HEADS are for Jimmy Buffett and big time fans of New Kids On the Block are (* drumroll *) BLOCK HEADS!
New Kids Suck Suck Suck
"Perverse (album)," Jesus Jones'
This is the first album written and recorded on a computer. It's a classic and a masterpiece in every way.
Zeroes And Ones Devil U Know
"Me In Honey," REM
The song is from the POVs of both the male and the female soon-to-be parents involved in an unplanned pregnancy. REM singer Michael Stipe handles the "male" verses and Kate Pierson of the B-52's does the "female" perspective and they both harmonize together while Peter Buck strums a bouncy melody that propels this song. The singing suggests an argument while Michael asks, "What about me?". Yes, what role does the father have in this drama? In an ironic twist, in real life Michael Stipe and Kate Pierson are both GAY.
Green Cosmic Thing
"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," Paul McCartney + U2
On Live 8 in 2005 we all remember Pink Floyd's last stand. But there was more. Sir Paul McCartney sang the Beatles classic "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" with U2 backing him up. Afterwards, he and Bono shared a few drinks and talked about how they got into music. They both lost their mothers to breast cancer when they were boys and they both picked up instruments and formed important rock-n-roll bands with some friends. Bono's real name is Paul Hewson, and with Sir Paul the two found that they have so much in common and became fast friends. It's PAUL AND PAUL.
One British, One Irish
"Record Label Name," Led Zeppelin
When the band had the option to start their own little label (like Apple by the Beatles, and Rolling Stones records and Mother Records by U2 and Paisley Park by Prince), they first wanted to name it "Slut Records". They were convinced to use the name "Swan Song" instead.
Jas Goodyear
"Don't You Want Me," Human League
Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones had an affair with Russian art student Ekaterina Ivanova. He left his wife of 20+ years for her. She was moonlighting as a waitress in a cocktail bar when he met her. However, his crazy antics due to alcoholism and possibly cocaine use scared her away. Note, I said SHE WAS WORKING AS A WAITRESS IN A COCKTAIL BAR - isn't that scenario right out of a Human League classic hit? It's so TRUE TO LIFE, isn't it - and I just mentioned a Roxy Music song here as well! ; )
Human Race Big Time Leaguer
"Big Balls," AC/DC
They take the music more seriously than the lyrics.
Alyssa
"The Intergalatic Laxative," Donovan
Considered to be Donovan's worst song about toliet arrangements for astronauts, from 1973.
KL Fan
"True Colors," Cyndi Lauper/Yoko Ono
In the video for "True Colors" Cyndi is wearing a dress made up of torn newspapers. In a performance art piece during the early 60s Yoko Ono wore such a dress made up of newspapers. Participants from the audience (men) were called up one x one, given a pair of scissors and directed to snip off a 1-inch square piece from Yoko's "clothing". This was done until she was standing totally nude. Mhm.
All We Are Saying Is Give Performance Art A Chance
"My Girlfriend's Shower Sucks," Goldfinger
It sounds like a normal ska song but basically complains about how her shower's temperature varies, has hard water and low pressure. It's a lot funnier than this description makes it sound.
RevengeFromMars YouTube
"Damn The Torpedoes (Album)," Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
The three hits from this late 1979 album - "Refugee", "Don't Do Me Like That" and "Even the Losers" feature Tom shouting "Oh Oh Oh!" right near the songs' endings.
OH OH OHIO STATE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!
"Nickname Of Fans," Uriah Heep
You know that major fans of the Grateful Dead used to follow the band from town to town, going to every Dead show they could? They are called "Deadheads" and they are proud of that apellation. Tragically Hip fans are "Hipheads", there are "Phishheads" (eat them up, yum!), Dick Dale devotees are dubbed "Dickheads" (lousy label : ( ) and Uriah Heep fans are denoted as "Heepheads".
Easy Living On the Rebound
"Coincidence, maybe?," Paul Revere & the Raiders
the band's singer and organist Paul Revere (real name, originally "Paul Revere Dick") passed away over the weekend. The band was notorious for wearing American Revolutionary Era costumes at their performances. Paul Revere died at the unique and ironic age of 76! That's right, as in 1776 = year of Declaration of Independence. Geddit?
Spiritwalker of 76
"Drive Drive Drive The Car," Paul Revere & the Raiders
The bandleader Paul Revere played an electric organ that was custom made to resemble a white convertible car.
Buckeye Orwalski-Otcasek
"A REAL Wardrobe Malfunction," Paul Revere & the Raiders
My mom told me when I was a teenager she saw this band perform on a Dick Clark type show like Shindig or Hullabaloo. They'd play while wearing American Revolution period getup. One of the Raiders' tri-corn hat fell off his head and instead of picking it off the floor he just kept on playing and he danced around his hat! That's true devotion to your art, folks!
One If By Land, Two If By Sea
Sylvain Sylvain is a veteran of the protopunk band New York Dolls. Glen Matlock is from the Sex Pistols. These 2 performers played their old bands' chestnuts and their solo music in their own solo acoustic guitar sets. For the encore they played more Dolls, Pistols, solo and glam rock hits together. They played this tour in small clubs and cafes. It was billed as "Punk Goes Acoustic" and the tour was billed as the "Sex Doll" Tour 2014. Get the drift?
Planet Jet Boy
"A Memorial Tree (Not a Song)," George Harrison
THIS IS NO JOKE, THIS IS A TRUE STORY, IRONY AND ALL! In California, near a home owned by Sir Paul McCartney where his Beatle buddy George Harrison was allowed to stay at so he could die in peace away from the media and ultra-Beatlemaniacs. After he died a memorial tree was planted in George's honor and a plague corremmerrating him was set underneath. This memorial tree was also a reminder that George loved to do landscape gardening as a hobby. There's going to be a new tree planting ceremony soon because the current tree, which was planted in 2001 is dead due to an attack by * drumroll, please! * - # cymbals clash! # - BEETLES! Ain't that a pity?! My Sweet Lord! ; )
Lung Cancer Sucks, So Cheer Down!

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