Monday 13 June 2011

Comedy Rock

Some people say that rock music is offensive nonsense. Others claim that it is a loud dirge with meaningless lyrics and hoarse unintelligible vocals.

I don’t care what people say – I still love it.

And, contrary to popular belief, rock music can be funny. Here, for you amusement , are a few examples of funny rock music.

Note – some a little naughty and puerile and that’s why they appeal to an immature arse like myself.

(1) Big Balls – AC/DC

You can guess by the title that this song is totally full of innuendo in a “Carry On” kind of way; a rather strange addition to the excellent AC/DC catalogue – but fun nonetheless.

(2) Learning To Fly – The Foo Fighters

This isn’t really a comedy song but the video is really funny. If you haven’t seen it, it’s worth a look. It features Jack Black and Kyle Gass (aka Tenacious D – more from them later) and gives the band a chance to dress up a bit.

(3) Break Like The Wind – Spinal Tap

The lyrics to “Break Like The Wind” are fantastic. This song is a rock cliché from the start to the finish and features the guitar talent of Jeff Beck, Joe Satriani and Slash reaching a massive crescendo that seems never to finish. As funny as it is – it is also a great song.

“We are the thumbs on a stranger’s hands”

(4) Master Exploder - Tenacious D

This is taken from “Tenacious D – The Pick of Destiny” featuring Jack Black and Kyle Gass. It is the high spot of the film for me because not only is it a great song, the comedy around it is fabulous, particularly the expressions on Jack Black’s face as he sings.

A word of warning – the clip has bad language and some scenes that may be a little unsuitable for anybody who might easily be offended.

(5) Death To All But Metal – Steel Panther

Talking of being offensive – this is totally offensive but absolutely hilarious. I present the “radio edit” for those of a sensitive nature. Thankfully the offensive words have been replaced by weird noises. I saw the uncut video on late night TV and I was stunned at the appalling language. The good thing is that Steel Panther are a comedy band but also extremely disgusting. I saw them live and it was hilarious. If you dare to dig out the uncut video, watch the ending:

“Death to all butt metal”

“No – I said Death to all but metal

“That’s what I said – Death to all butt metal

(6) The Offspring – The Worst Hangover Ever

If you have ever been drunk this will make you laugh. We’ve all been there. I certainly have.

(7) Love and Death and an American Guitar – Jim Steinman

I’m not sure whether this is supposed to be funny – but it makes me laugh. It comes from Jim Steinman, the brains behind Meat Loaf’s “Bat Out of Hell”. Weird but I love the ending.

(8) The Majesty of Rock – Spinal Tap

Another classic from Spinal Tap – with very funny lyrics.

“When we die do we haunt the sky? Do we lurk in the murk of the seas?
What then? Are we born again, just to sit asking questions like these?”

(9) Tribute – Tenacious D

I love this video – if you haven’t seen it you really should. Jack Black and Kyle Gass are hilarious. And the devil is played by Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters. Wonderfully funny.

(10) An Englishman on Holiday – Thunder

My final offering is from Thunder and tells the tale of English thugs on holiday in Spain. Of course, the message is clear, but it is told in a funny way.

“We like to sing and shout out “Here We Go!” ‘cos they’re the only words that we all know.”



Anonymous said...

You missed Spinal Tap's best ever opening line "Give me reincarnation - or give me death"!

Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Anonymous,

Thanks for that one - I've never heard that one before.




A Blog In The Rough said...

Dearest PM -

I love the Foo Fighters' sense of humor in their videos, don't forget the one for "Big Me" when they did a spoof on Mentos called Footos, totally hilarious. :)

Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Lady from Delaware,

Yes - Big Me is another great video. Have you seen the latest one? It's a spoof of "Falling Down" the film where Michael Douglas goes mad.

It's funny.




A Blog In The Rough said...


Yes, I did see it :) Not as funny as their other ones, but great nonetheless.

Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Lady from Delaware,

That's true. One that rates fairly highly for me is "Long Road to Ruin" - I laughed when I saw that for the first time.