10. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Black Tongue
Karen O believes in gender equality when it comes to insults...
Boy, you just a stupid bitch,Not to be confused with Black Tongue by Mastodon which makes Karen's lyrics sound like a Hallmark card... or Silver Tongue by Zulu Winter, who (like many bands) steal their best video ideas from David Lynch and the Coens.
And girl, you just a no good dick
9. Civil Wars - Tip Of My Tongue
Just delicious. Wish they hadn't split up.
8. Mary Gauthier - Slip of the Tongue
Mary regrets getting caught up in the moment and saying something she didn't quite mean...
When I said, "I love you"7. PJ Harvey - This Wicked Tongue
It was a slip of the tongue
Love is more than a feeling
It's a way of living everyday
It's the hardest thing I ever gave away
So my favourite PJ Harvey album is now 15 years old. Where does the time go?
6. Frank Turner - Hold Your Tongue
Tender acoustic heartache from the rock-punk rebel, with a bitter aftertaste...
Hold your goddamn tongue5. REM - Tongue
You forget yourself.
How could I be the one
If you're wrapped round someone else?
Don't remember this being released as a single - but Monster had so many great tracks. The rule with Michael Stipe lyrics is that I don't even try to tell you what they're about. Just go with the organtastic groove.
4. Jack White - Trash Tongue Talker
In which Jack White auditions for a guest spot on Jerry Springer. He can talk that trash with the best of them (and Karen O).
Oh well, your mama was a bastardApparently the video was directed by Gary Oldman... but as it's a live performance, I guess he didn't have to do much more than show up and tell Jack to get on with it.
Had your plastered face all over the scene
You got hassled by your daddy
Always pushing, trying to make you come clean
3. My Life Story - Sunday Tongue
One of the great lost bands of Britpop, and this was only a b-side, so I was extra pleased to find it on youtube. I wish Britpop was remembered more for bands in the literate/glam Pulp/Suede vein, like MLS, rather than the poshboy pretenders and northern neanderthals...
2. Talking Heads - Sugar on My Tongue
David Byrne cops off with his neighbour and she performs various acts of a metaphorically culinary nature that get him so excited he asks his friends round to watch.
See also Speaking In Tongues by The Arcade Fire... also with David Byrne (though he doesn't get all that much to do.)
1. Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue
The divine Ms. Lewis finds herself faced with a sleazy chat-up line as this song begins - from a shoe repairman at that!
I went to a cobbler
To fix a hole in my shoe
He took one look at my face and said
"I can fix that hole in you."
To be lonely is a habit
Like smoking or taking drugs
And I've quit them both
But man, was it rough
So... which one makes you stick your tongue out like Gene Simmons?