The 'WKRP in Cincinnati' closing theme lyrics are all gibberish


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/03/18/the-wkrp-in-cincinnati-clo.html


#2

Holy cow! That episode had everyone in it! :grin:


#3

Aw man, they had to mention Vincent Schaivelli.

Here is an excellent but ultimately depressing overview of his work:


#4

Nonsense. “Went to the party,” “Thursday night,” a few “bartenders,” and four or five instances of “microphone in our heart.”

Sure, it’s all mashed together randomly, but in the spectrum of 70’s rock, this is practically Shakespeare. I mean - Tusk was in the top ten charts for like a month.


#5

Edie McClurg! You mean Mrs. Marv Mendenhall was on WKRP?!


#6

Jibberish rock lyrics were sort of a thing in the late 60’s and early 70’s. The WKRP theme was an excellent example, as, you could pick out words here and there, something that sounds like “bartender”, etc… allows us to imagine the lyrics to suit our own little fantasy and more often, our own joke lyrics.

I loved that show. At the time, I lived an hour South of Cinci, which had a really good rock station, as did Lexington. At the time, Clear Channel and other powerhouses were sucking up radio stations and getting rid of DJs in favor of canned music. Our local rock stations held out for quite some time.

My local rock DJ now is Danny Bonaduce… Lord help us all…

College radio has been a bright shining light for me for decades.


#7

It could have been worse.


#8

Speed kills, Del.


#9

tl;dh; from http://www.amiright.com/misheard/song/wkrpincincinnaticlosingtheme.shtml
Mad tooth bar chin-up, box zing outta her hair now
Still do the modern day whack-a-mole ditto-o-o
What’s that? Good bartender, i’da hat-beer ‘n’ head out
I said I wouldn’t do it if a poodle had a lid on


#10

It is funny, most of american music sounds like that to foreigners, later, when you learn english, and you get used to listen in english, things change.


#11

Obligatory:


#12

Lots of time lead singers slur things because they can’t remember the lyrics (even tho’ they wrote them less than 2 weeks ago or have sung them 200+ shows per year). I’ve also been told that it’s easier on your voice to sing slurring the words. Many times you see lead singers do it in the earlier sets in bar environments to save their voices for the last set.
When I track vocals I like having some background vocals either slurred or without consonants at all. Makes for a warmer more human sounding vocal mix.
I always wondered if that’s where the scat singers came from (hey hey hey… he said “ scat “ ).


#13

John Cleese outlines the area of the brain responsible for writing song lyrics:


#14

That was my impression seeing the Ramones in 79.


#15

Then there’s masterpiece of gibberish in French:


#16

Big up @Mangochin! Gee, I guess we denizens of the bulletin-board ghetto are good for something now and then.

[full disclosure; my first reaction was envy that you got some sweet main-page love by beating me to the comment. I am a petty man]


#17

Saw Joe Strummer in concert slurring the lyrics not cause he couldn’t remember them, he could hardly stand up on stage.


#18

The one that ends with a kitten meowing?

Not sure if serious…?


#19

She played the wife of Herb Tarlek.


#20

While Aerosmith were planning the Back in the Saddle Tour and recording the Done with Mirrors album during 1984, Boston DJ Mark Parenteau of WBCN-FM played the song. Tyler liked the song so much, he suggested his group record a cover version, only to be told by Perry, “It’s us, fuckhead.” Tyler was suffering from memory problems at the time due to heavy drug use.[3]