English Language Violations

(aired 2/19/10)

This week I’m exploring the interesting element of linguistic mistakes in songs. I first thought of this idea as a radio show theme when I heard “Breaking Every Rule Language English” by Cornershop (although I still haven’t been able to track down a copy of the lyrics anywhere). As a piece of popular culture, many artists have chosen culturized twists of the English language in their song titles. Music is a form of expression that can defy the rules – sometimes tossing ‘em out the window. The songs on today’s show contain abbreviations, numbers & single letters as words, slang, objective/subjective pronoun switches and basic grammar defiance. I turned off my editor brain and opened my mind to language expression outside the rules. Thanx to all u listeners 4 the kool song ideas!

  1. Breaking Every Rule Language English – Cornershop
  2. Me And Julio Down By The School Yard – Paul Simon [suggested by Crystal Hannan]
  3. For You And I – Keren Ann [general song suggested by Ashish Mukharji]
  4. Don’t Come Around Here No More – Tom Petty [suggested by Carrie Bader, Ben Hudson]
  5. – Clips from: Appels + Oranjes – Smashing Pumpkins, Beautiful Boyz – CocoRosie

  6. TiK ToK – Ke$ha
  7. How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore – Prince [artist suggested by Molly Ballew]
  8. Take On Me – Anni B Sweet [suggested by Carrie Bader for A-ha version]
  9. It Ain’t Me, Babe – Johnny Cash & June Carter [suggested by Sarah Kowalski]
  10. – Clips from: Honky Tonk Badonkadonk – Trace Adkins [suggested by Crystal Hannan], Honky Tonkin’ – Rose & The Maddox Brothers

  11. Honky Tonkin’ – Devon Sproule & Paul Curreri
  12. U – Arrested Development)
  13. I Me Mine – The Beatles [suggested by Nick Vianni]
  14. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – Otis Redding [suggested by Laurie Hultquist and Crystal Hannan for The Rolling Stones version]
  15. Ba-Na-Na [Skit] – M.I.A
  16. – Clip from: All Shook Up – Gregorian Chant

  17. You Really Gotta Hold On Me – She & Him [artist recommended by Derek Keevil]
  18. Me And My Shadow – Sammy Davis Jr, Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin
  19. Our Life Is Not A Movie Or Maybe – Okkervil River [suggested by Nick Vianni]
  20. Lay Lady Lay – Cassandra Wilson [suggested by Crystal Hannan for Bob Dylan version]
  21. Somethings Gonna Give – Wade McCollum
  22. The Way I Are (Feat Keri Hilson And D.O.E.) – Timbaland
  23. Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2) – Pink Floyd

Originally aired on KSKQ on February 19, 2010. Select the play button below to listen to the recorded show. (If the link isn’t visible, click on the show title at the top to refresh the page.)


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