B-b-b-baby, You Ain’t Seen N-n-nothin’ Yet!
For you doubters, there are lots of them out there. Stutter Songs. Successful stutter songs. Hits. For some reason, while vocalists take voice lessons and study elocution and dialect, some guy named David Bowie can come along and make a mint singing about Ch-ch-ch-changes (can’t these superstars even read?)
Seriously, it’s a widespread phenomenon, here. I mean we’re T-talkin’ ‘Bout My G-generation, and dozens of well-known music artists incorporate stuttering. Even Bob Dylan croaked that the Ugliest Girl in the World told him, B-b-baby I L-L-love You. I‘m not F-F-F-Foolin’.
Some stutter songs rock us hard: B-B-B-B-Bad to the Bone. Some, like the Kinks’ La-La-La-La-Lola, delve into the dark side, while B-B-B-Benny And The Jets might be a just little too soprano to be “bad” or dark (admit it, there was a time you wanted to smash your car radio if they played B-B-B-Benny even one more time.) Speaking of felony radiocide, how about the Trashmen’s Surfin’ Bird: Bird, Bird, B-Bird is the word? Look up the lyrics. I dare you. Read them. Read them all. Yes, now you remember.
Some stuttering serves as a harmonic introduction: Ba-Ba-Ba-Ba-Barb’ra Ann. And that’s not the only stuttered girl’s name: don’t forget M-M-M-My Sharona. And Buddy Holly mastered stuttering in the middle and end of a word in Pe-eggy Su-u-ue.
For some of the rest, I’ve complied a little Awards List…
- DIDN’T KNOW WHEN TO QUIT: Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa Far
- MOST LETTER Ks: K-k-k-k-k-Katmandu
- MOST STUTTERED WORDS (4); Second Place For Most Letter Ks: K-K-K-Katy
- LEAST INNOVATIVE: Kickstart, with ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-baby (Come on, guys; BTO beat you by decades)
- CREEPIEST: Temptation eyes looking through my-my-my soul
- MOST MEANINGLESS: You gotta Ma-Ma-Ma Belle, before I get you
- MOST EXOTIC SPELLING (and no one knows what it means): Pseu-Pseu-Pseudio
But hey, you should never argue with a crazy mi-mi-mi-mi-mind. You might have a heart attack, ack, ack, ack. (or get sued because it sounds too much like you should never argue with a crazy man ma ma ma.)
But I-I-I-I-I’m not your stepping stone.
All this to show that if something is worth saying, it’s worth saying twice. Or three times.