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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Worst Chorus of the Year?

posted by on October 22 at 9:35 AM

As I mentioned in this post yesterday, Pitchfork thinks Of Montreal’s “For Our Elegant Caste” has “one of the most annoying choruses of the year.” I like that chorus*, which got me thinking: What song really has the year’s most annoying chorus?

As Paul Constant has pointed out here, “Womanizer” is a terrible word to hang a chorus on. It sounds so mechanical or procedural, like “fertilizer” or:


(For contrast consider the central noun of R. Kelly’s “I’m a Flirt”—it’s short and sweet, it has a little clipped chirp to it, and it rhymes with many more applicable words for a love/pop song: shirt, skirt, dirt, hurt, pert.)

Some other obvious choices for worst chorus: “I Kissed a Girl,” “Low,” “Lollipop.” Of course, these are all mainstream acts, but no one ever said “worst indie rock choruses of the year,” although I’m sure there’s plenty more atrocious choruses from that camp. It’s early, so help me out, what songs had even worse choruses this year?

*I like this chorus, but it’s far from my favorite part of Skeletal Lamping. Right now, my favorite part of the record is on “Women’s Studies Victims,” when Kevin Barnes sings, “She draped me in a stole,” another voice (Barnes again?) asks, “what kind,” and Barnes replies, “I think Malaysian mink.” It doesn’t read so hot on paper, but when punctuated with distorted guitar and lysergic mariachi horns, it’s awesome. Unfortunately, at the Of Montreal show I caught in NY someone’s mic wasn’t turned on, so there was no “what kind” for Barnes to answer; note to Showbox SoDo sound guys: please don’t flub this part (or for that matter the similar conversation in “Triphallus, To Punctuate!”). That’s all about this band for a while, I promise.

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Posted by ahh | October 22, 2008 10:12 AM

I'm outing myself as someone who watches E! occasionally. But, Joel McHale's version of "Womanizer's" chorus on The Soup has been stuck in my head all week. Exerciser, exerciser, sanitizer, sanitizer. Pizza driver, pizza driver, energizer, energizer.

Posted by Michael H | October 22, 2008 10:29 AM

"and we'll have fun, fun, fun at the number one place for fun"

Posted by I'm OK, You're OK | October 22, 2008 4:25 PM

I love how they rhyme "fun" with "fun"! (So much worse than "Wraith Pinned to the Outback Steakhouse and Other Jingles.")

Posted by Eric Grandy | October 22, 2008 4:36 PM

It's new but the Killer's 'Human' is pretty awful to me. Maybe I just don't get it but "Are we human or are we dancer?" seems pretty... well, just dumb.

Posted by Natasha | October 22, 2008 6:16 PM

Check the chorus on "Up!", found on M83's "Saturday = Youth"...then remove it from your iTunes playlist and pretend that it never happened.

*If I clean my rocket
We'll go flying today
And we'll hit the pockets
Of warm and crispy air*

Posted by bryce | October 23, 2008 10:29 AM

Oh, god. Yeah, that song is an terrible blemish on an otherwise great record.

Posted by Eric Grandy | October 23, 2008 1:24 PM

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