Tuesday Ten: Swearing


Jul 28 2009, 14h02

Ideas for future Tuesday Tens are coming thick and fast at the moment, and indeed I have the core of two more already completed too, and this week's was a late change of plan, mainly after I realised just how many songs could be included. So the other two I have planned will be held off until into August.

This week, then, it's about swearing. Not just the odd use of a swear-word in a song, though, but more extensive use of swearing - and not just the word "fuck", either. Although saying that, my iTunes came up with 237 entries when I searched just for the word "fuck". Admittedly there was one compilation and one album, but still...So, here goes with ten songs with good or notable uses for swearing...

Kick Out the Jams
Kick Out the Jams
Quite possibly the best intro to a song ever, the immortal lineAnd right now it's time to...Kick Out The Jams, Motherfuckers...!got the band into a lot of trouble with their record label and even caused trouble with some stores refusing to stock the record. Endlessly imitated - and covered, of course - and the proto-punk of this track in particular was years ahead of it's time. Amazing to think that just one swear-word in a song was treated as though it was going to bring the end of civilisation as we know it - and even more amazing to think that this song is now 40 years old.

A side-question - this was certainly one of the earliest recorded uses of swearing in recorded music that I know of, but trying to find a definitive answer appears to be rather tough. Can anyone help?

Rage Against the Machine
Killing in the Name
Rage Against the Machine
And now to a band who covered Kick Out the Jams for their covers album Renegades, but gained notoriety for their breakthrough single, now seventeen years old and still a track you are almost guaranteed to hear in metal clubs all over the world. Only a few lines of lyrics, it's the repeatedFuck you I won't do what you tell methat resulted in the track being heavily censored whenever it is played in mainstream media...unless you are Bruno Brookes, who infamously played the full uncensored version on the UK Top 40, back when it still mattered in '92.

Super Furry Animals
The Man Don't Give A Fuck
Songbook: The Singles Vol. 1
Talking of controversy, this single got somewhere near zero airplay, oddly enough, seeing as the lyrics use the word "fuck" forty-seven times (it was at one point the song to use the word the most, but Insane Clown Posse have since beaten this, apparently). Either way, it's one of SFA's best tracks by miles, in particular it's legendary live version that often goes on for twenty minutes or so to close the set.

The Strand
I Hate My Fucking Job (Remix By Imperative Reaction)
I've mentioned this before, I'll mention it again. By far the greatest song released by this Arizona industrial band, in particular this remix of it, it's a tirade against shitty McJobs whose anger and fury would have been considerably lessened had the key lines been shorn of swearing.

Deaf Dumb Blind
Electronic-tinged rap metal some years before nu-metal became fashionable in the late-90s, Clawfinger's first album raised lots of eyebrows for various reasons - Nigger's anti-racist tirade, The Truth's memorable - and very sweary - chorus...but it's track three that makes it into the list. Why? For the reason that this is the only song I can think of that uses the word "twat" in the lyrics, and this from a Swedish band that sing in English, too...

Fucking Hostile
Vulgar Display of Power
Back to immortal metal dancefloor songs again, and it's time for the less-than-three-minute-long thrash that again is simply an outpouring of sheer rage, and again simply wouldn't have the same effect without the swearing (just think about it: "uuuurrgghh...very hostile!"). Just in case you don't know what this sounds like, or you just want to hear it's brutal majesty again, a pretty good live version is linked above.

Martha Wainwright
Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole
Martha Wainwright
Hatred and rage crop up in this song, but in a very, very different way. Perhaps this was more of a shock thanks to Wainwright's warm and sweet voice. Less of a shock, of course, was the sheer hate aimed at her father (Loudon Wainwright III), with her being part of a family that is hardly averse to airing their grievances about each other in public...

Everything's Fucked
Initially released on the Un-UK EP as Everything Sucks (Again), and was also censored in the same fashion to feature on The Crow: Salvation soundtrack, the "proper" version complete with extensive use of the word "fuck" was and always has been the version played live, needless to say. It was something of a departure for the band, though, as they rarely ever swore in any previous song that I can recall (certainly notable in the metal genre), although they made a subject of it in later song Keep It Clean, where it was anything but "clean".

Fucked Equipment
Outlive Your Enemies
By some way my favourite Babyland track that I've heard, it's also one built on an unusual base. The beat, while partly electronic, also has elements that sound like the beat was pounded out on something metallic with large hammers, giving a power that the seething vocal delivery only makes all the more potent.

Anal Cunt
(pretty much anything by them!)
There aren't many bands to be pretty much banned on the spot for their band name alone, but this band have a long-ish history - Seth Puttnam has been offending as many people as possible for over twenty years now, and even if you can't make out the lyrics - this is grindcore, after all - the song titles and the band name tell you all you need to know. They've never been serious about what they do, it appears - although their quest to offend everybody always seemed pretty determined...

Venetian Snares
Die Winnipeg Die Die Die Fuckers Die
Winnipeg Is a Frozen Shithole
Finally...quite possibly the most hate-fuelled album about an artist's hometown ever, this is the seven-minute centrepiece that if you of a similar mind, could well make you want to go and join Aaron Funk in dancing on Winnepeg's grave. This is vicious, vicious breakcore that barely stops for breath, and almost uniquely in this list, doesn't audibly swear, except in the title (the vocal samples are so distorted you can barely catch them).

Needless to say, the list of "possibles" for this week was huge. Here are a few more that were considered for the list, as always feel free to add more in the comments:

Eric Cartman | Kyle's Mom Is A Big Fat Bitch (Uncle Fucker was also considered from the same show)
Eminem | Just Don't Give a Fuck and Still Don't Give a Fuck
Reel Big Fish | Another F.U. Song
Smashing Pumpkins | Fuck You (An Ode To No-one)
W.A.S.T.E. | I Don't Give A Fuck
Combichrist | Bulletfuck (and about five others)
CAUSTIC | This Fuck Will Shut You Up
NWA | Fuck tha Police
The Icarus Line | Up Against the Wall Motherfuckers
Alec Empire | Everything Starts With a Fuck
Modulate | Skullfuck
Mindless Faith | I'm Pretty Much Fucked
Pig Destroyer/The Dwarves | Fuck You Up and Get High
Strapping Young Lad | Oh My Fucking God
Unter Null | Sick Fuck
The Haunted | Shithead
Marilyn Manson | This Is the New Shit
Nailbomb | 24 Hour Bullshit
Slipknot | People = Shit
Nine Inch Nails | Closer
Whitehouse | A Cunt Like You
GG Allin | I Kill Everything I Fuck
Guns'N'Roses | Get in the Ring


  • Jasmic

    You don't strike me as much of a Blink 182 fan, but the first time I heard Happy Holidays, You Bastard I just fell about laughing. (The first time I heard South Parks Uncle Fucker I fell off the sofa!) And I was actually listening to the radio cooking Sunday dinner the day that whoever was doing the Top 40 on Radio 1 played NiN's 'Closer', in its entirety! Uncensored! (Obviously, as a censored version would not amount to much...) I had to stop what I was doing and listen, waiting for the scratch of the needle being pulled off or whatever, and a hurried apology, but nothing. Talk about handing in your resignation letter in a new way...

    Ago 28 2009, 8h49
  • xaeromancer

    RE: Closer on the Top 40; that would've been when Bruno Brookes was looking for a way out surely?

    Fev 26 2010, 22h44
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