Paramore recently announced that they’re no longer playing the song “Misery Business” because of the line, “Once a whore you’re nothing more, I’m sorry, that’ll never change”, and Slash recently admitted that some of the old GUNS N’ ROSES songs are “sort of sexist.”
There are a lot of other songs that haven’t survived the changing times. Here are a few of them:
1. “I Saw Her Standing There“, The Beatles. “She was just 17 / You know what I mean.”
2. “Under My Thumb“, The Rolling Stones. It’s all about controlling a woman, down to what she wears and how she talks. She’s even referred to as a “squirmin’ dog” and “the sweetest pet in the world.” And the Stones STILL play this one.
3. “Young Girl“, Gary Puckett & the Union Gap. It’s all right there in the chorus: “Young girl, Get out of my mind / My love for you is way out of line / Better run, girl, You’re much too young, girl.” And now, I need a shower.
4. “In the Summertime“, Mungo Jerry. This one seems pretty innocuous, except for this: “Have a drink, have a drive / Go out and see what you can find.” Sorry, Mr. Mungo . . . we’re not supposed to do that anymore. Another line that feels more than a little offensive: “If her daddy’s rich take her out for a meal / If her daddy’s poor just do what you feel.”
5. “He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss)“, The Crystals. A woman is happy that her man hit her after he found out she cheated, because that proves he loves her. Carole King co-wrote this with her then-husband in 1962. She regrets it now.
By the way, the Vapors have always denied that the song compares a person’s “O-face” to Asian people’s eyes . . . which is what a lot of people find offensive about the song.
The band says the song is about a man going crazy because he lost his girlfriend . . . and, quote, “Turning Japanese is all the clichés about angst and youth and turning into something you didn’t expect to.”
Are there song lyrics you find creepy?