Monday, May 30, 2005

F*%$ this, f*%$ that

There's power and beauty in the word 'fuck'.

Some examples:
The Doors, "The End"
This IS the greatest buildup to the use of 'fuck'.

Fatboy Slim, "In Heaven"
The word 'fucking' is repeated 108 times in less than 4 minutes.

Martha Wainwright, "Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole"
Again, another song that builds to the use of this phrase.

Babyshambles, "Fuck Forever"
This former Libertine lives out all uses of the word, thanks to heroin, jail time and Kate Moss.

R.E.M./W.S. Burroughs, "Star Me Kitten"
The original appeared on Automatic for the People. Hard to top this version with the Beat legend delivering, "so ... fuck me kitten".

These artists all share a common thread. They have used the word once if rarely throughout their entire careers.

Ok, maybe all but one.


At 3:37 PM, Blogger tj1972 said...

Growing up in the South, using the word 'fuck' was one of the most unladylike words you could utter. Perhaps that's the reason I love the word (even if I don't say it that often...after all, I AM a lady) or maybe the charm is its versatility and power.

In my opinion, here are a few more songs that use it well: Rilo Kiley, "Glendora" and Ryan Adams, “Come Pick Me Up”.

At 10:02 PM, Blogger sasefina said...

two i would add that throughly scandalized/thrilled me in high school were pearl jam's "jeremy" and rem's "country feedback." also it was pretty cool when eddie vedder said "breast" in jeremy.

At 10:06 PM, Blogger Satisfied '75 said...

Grateful Dead's Wharf Rat. mainly because they rarely ever cursed.

At 10:06 AM, Blogger lilihammer said...

You can actually write a grammatically correct sentence with just variations of "fuck."

How can you NOT love a word that can be used as a noun, verb, adjective, adverb, pronoun, preposition, conjunction and interjection?

At 9:47 PM, Blogger jsbankston said...

I would highly recommend Jesse Shiedlower's "The F-Word," which hsa an honored place in my library.

And how can we forget Steve Martin's rant in 1987's "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles"?

Car Rental Agent: I really don't care for the way you're speaking to me.
Neal: And I really don't care for the way your company left me in the middle of fucking nowhere with fucking keys to a fucking car that isn't fucking there. And I really didn't care to fucking walk down a fucking highway and across a fucking runway to get back here to have you smile at my fucking face. I want a fucking car RIGHT FUCKING NOW!
Car Rental Agent: May I see your rental agreement.
Neal: I threw it away.
Car Rental Agent: Oh boy.
Neal: Oh boy what?
Car Rental Agent: You're fucked!

1987 was a great year for the ol' f-work. Witness this poetic exchange in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket:"

Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: Who said that? Who the fuck said that? Who's the slimy little communist shit, twinkle-toed cocksucker down here who just signed his own death warrant? Nobody, huh? The fairy fucking godmother said it. Out-fucking-standing. I will PT you all until you fucking die. I'll PT you until your assholes are sucking buttermilk.
[Gunnery Sgt. Hartman grabs Pvt. Cowboy by the shirt]
Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: Was it you, you scroungy little fuck, huh?
Private Cowboy: Sir, no Sir!
Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: You little piece of shit you look like a fucking worm, I bet it was you.
Private Cowboy: Sir, no Sir!
Private Joker: Sir, I said it, Sir!
Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: Well, no shit. What do we have here, a fucking comedian! Private, Joker! I admire your honesty. Hell, I like you, you can come over to my house and fuck my sister!
[Gunnery Sgt. Hartman punches Pvt. Joker in the stomach]
Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: You little scumbag! I got your name, I got your ass! You will not laugh, you will not cry, you will learn by the numbers, I will teach you! Now get up off your face! Pvt. Joker you better unfuck yourself before I unscrew your head and shit down your neck!
Private Joker: Sir, Yes sir!

At 9:29 PM, Blogger misstexaus said...

need I say more?
any girl with a heartbeat and a Tigerbeat in the 90's know's what i'm on about!
thank you Mr. Marshall!


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