Monday, March 30, 2009

The Foreman of The Night

Last week over on Artful Kisser’s site, she was discussing misunderstood song lyrics, and for the life of me I can never have a discussion about misheard words to a song without thinking of The Vacant Lot.

Back in the late 80’s, Lorne Michaels (of Saturday Night Live fame), tried his hand at producing another comedy show, this one on Canadian TV, called The Kids in The Hall. I had much love for the Kids, but if you’ve been coming here for awhile, you already know this. One of my favorite television shows, ever.

In the mid 90’s, when the Kids in the Hall were ending their run, some of the writers of the show attempted to branch out on their own, and created a new show called The Vacant Lot. I’m not sure if they were ever on Canadian TV, or they were solely on Comedy Central (where I used to watch them), but I always enjoyed them for the 2 seasons they were on. They were kinda like “Kids in the Hall”-lite.

Anyway, by far the best thing they ever did was the skit you see below. My sincere apologies for the crappy quality of the video, but it’s a kind of obscure clip, and believe it or not Youtube only had this one version of it. It still cracks me up though….

20 comments:

B.E. Earl said...

You know, I think the last guy even gets it wrong. The song, as Bruce wrote it, goes "Cut loose like a deuce, another runner in the night"

I don't know how Mannfred Mann turned that into what they sang.

mo.stoneskin said...

I would agree with B.E. Earl.

I'd like to have a discussion about misheard words...but I can't think of any right now.

Sass said...

Pearl Jam's Yellow Ledbetter is another one that has a great video and misheard lyrics.

That comment made no sense, but I think you know what I'm saying.

Ugh.

Michelle said...

HAHAHAHA!!!

Who didn't do that with songs?? It was kinda fun too!!

Slyde said...

earl: you sure about that?

mo: no problem... i'll be here waiting for you.

sass: i think i do. mostly.

michele: yeah, i think we've all done that at one time or another...

latindog said...

I actually had this basic argument with someone once about this very song. I think we looked up the real lyrics and they were "Revved up like a deuce" with "deuce" here being a 2 seater sports car.

My sister tells a story of an old boyfriend trying to sing "More than a Woman" as "Bald-headed Woman, Bald-Headed Woman for me"

Slyde said...

latin: you mean those AREN'T the words?

Chris H said...

There's a shit-load of songs we hear the words 'wrong' in... I have had a few arguments over the words of songs myself!

badgerdaddy said...

Reminds me of something my sister said when we were young... She asked my mum what a 'dream McClintu' was. Mum looked confused and asked why, and she said it was in the Paul Young song, Living int he Love of the Common People: "Daddy's gonna buy you a dream to cling to..."

You must have heard that song in the US, right?

2abes said...

can't see the video and never saw the show...i'll take your word on it. You could have a career blogging about misqouted song lyrics.

Slyde said...

chrish: i think EVERYONE has!

badger: probably, but its not ringing a bell for me...

abes: it would probably be a short career..

Heff said...

Now I'm just ALL CONFUSED....

dizzblnd said...

I have never heard of The Vacant Lot but I can see know how much I would have loved it.


I will never be able to sing this song correctly again.. I always thought it was wrapped up like a douche


sigh

scuse me I gotta go kiss this guy

Candy's daily Dandy said...

I remember back in high school I was dancing with a friend of mine to the Go go's "Our lips are sealed". When the refrain came, I heard her sing quite proudly and loudly, instead of "our lips are sealed", "I'm on the ceiling"

Now whenever I hear that song, I sing "I'm on the ceiling".

artfulkisser said...

That's hilarious. We had a poker game a few months ago where we were arguing about the lyrics to KISS' "Sure Know Something." I was sure it was "I've been a devil but I'm nobodys fool" and someone else had issue with some other part of the song. Argument didn't get very far when someone checked the lyrics on their Blackberry. How times have changed, hey?

terri said...

LOL! That brings back memories! We always sang "wrapped up like a deuche, another runner in the night."

Because everyone should be wrapped up like a deuche.

Mrs. Holly Hall said...

i have a totatlly unrelated comment


i have watched bits of two american idols now, all because you said you watched it. so i was curious.

and dang, gimme a break with the last show. with that girl that sang papa was a rolling stone.

fucking murdered one of my all time favorite songs with her vocal gymnastics. I mean, these kids on the show just kill the songs half the time with their despiration to become THE GREATEST SINGER OF ALL TIME.

and yeah there is talent there but dammit, we get it, you CAN SING BETTER THAN MARIAH

yet, there i am, tuning in on account of you slyde.

well watching inbetween the kids bath time and dinner and diaper changes and the nightly singing of wheels on the bus et cetera :)

ok

take care

:)

teeni said...

LOL. Cool clip. I think I've seen some real life conversations that went just like that over misheard song lyrics. There are sites devoted to misheard lyrics which are actually really a riot.

honeywine said...

I miss Kids in the Hall. I wish they'd put it back on Comedy Central.

Real Live Lesbian said...

LMAO....that was hilarious!

Hoping no one ever rips up my douche!