Pop Goes the Music Diary: Upbeat With Words

Gear Diary is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn More.

Pop Goes the Music Diary: Upbeat With Words Listen to this article

Pop Goes the Music Diary: Upbeat With Words

Last week on Glee, the ‘Abstinence Club’ wanted to provide counterpoint to the raw sexuality of Gwenyth Paltrow’s Holly Holiday character, and chose the song ‘Afternoon Delight’ by the Starland Vocal Band. If you are old enough to remember the song, you know that it is amongst the most bright & cheery songs of the 70’s … and also blatantly sexual as it describes grabbing an afternoon ‘quickie’ rather than waiting until the night time.

It is a classic representation of a song that sounds upbeat but is really very different, masking a message with an innocent harmony and innuendo. Apparently actress Jayma Mays (Emma Pillsbury) had no idea about the actual meaning of the song either.

This made me think of one of my favorite acts that offered great catchy tunes, upbeat harmonies and dance-able beats … with grim and dark lyrics that catch you by surprise if you really listen. That group is The Smiths, and here is the classic ‘Bigmouth Strikes Again’ – featuring the classic line ‘Sweetness, I was only joking when I said by rights you should be bludgeoned in your head’.

Oh, and while we’re at it … here is the official video for ‘Girlfriend in a Coma’

… and just TRY to tell me you won’t be humming ‘girlfriend in a coma’ all day now …

As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. Thanks for your support!


About the Author

Michael Anderson
I have loved technology for as long as I can remember - and have been a computer gamer since the PDP-10! Mobile Technology has played a major role in my life - I have used an electronic companion since the HP95LX more than 20 years ago, and have been a 'Laptop First' person since my Compaq LTE Lite 3/20 and Powerbook 170 back in 1991! As an avid gamer and gadget-junkie I was constantly asked for my opinions on new technology, which led to writing small blurbs ... and eventually becoming a reviewer many years ago. My family is my biggest priority in life, and they alternate between loving and tolerating my gaming and gadget hobbies ... but ultimately benefits from the addition of technology to our lives!