Sunday 16 June 2024

Saturday Snapshots #348: A Top Ten Oxymoron Songs

When I was a kid, I thought that an oxymoron was an idiot with spots. Then I went to an English lesson and learned that an oxymoron is actually "a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction". Like Biggie Smalls, above... or Fatboy Slim, who introduced yesterday's post.

Here are ten songs that feature oxymorons in their titles...

10. What do you get if you cross a Folksinger and Man U?

"Folksinger and Man U" is an anagram...

9. Otis, Bobby, Jennifer.

Otis Rush, Bobby Rush, Jennifer Rush...

Rush - Cold Fire

8. Jerry Lee meets another Piano man.

Jerry Lee Lewis meets Huey Piano Smith...

Huey Lewis & The News - Hip To Be Square

Or I would have let you have...

Huey Lewis & The News Some Of My Lies Are True 

7. Woody is a Plonker.

Woody Allen meets Rodney from Only Fools & Horses...

Rodney Allen - Happy Sad

6. 25th Century debtors. 

Buck Rogers went to the 25th Century, and came back Owen a lot of money...

Buck Owens - Act Naturally

5. Man, that's a jazzy label. 

Verve is one of the top labels for jazz records. Nice.

The Verve - Bitter Sweet Symphony

Incredibly, this is the first time the Verve have appeared on Saturday Snapshots. I probably thought Richard Ashcroft was just too easy to recognise.

4. What makes your writing distinct?

The Stylistics - Break Up To Make Up

3. Captive journalist.

Terry Anderson was an American journalist held hostage in Lebanon for 6 years. 

This isn't that Terry Anderson. Instead, it's the one who originally wrote Battleship Chains, among other fine tunes like this one...

Terry Anderson and the Olympic Ass-Kickin Team - Found Missing

2. I can almost remember their funny faces...

That's the opening line from Jet, obviously.

Joan Jett - I Hate Myself For Loving You

1. Theft of a Pet Shop Boy.

Who nicked Chris Lowe?

Nick Lowe - Cruel To Be Kind

A few others that I couldn't squeeze in...

Jim Steinman - Bad For Good

(That video never grows old.)

Hall & Oates - So Close (Yet So Far Away)

They Might Be Giants - Everything Right Is Wrong Again

Three Dog Night - Easy to Be Hard

Guns n Roses - Civil War

Parting is such sweet sorrow, but Snapshots returns next Saturday...

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