by Katie Langley
I sat across from fellow bloggers Matt and Jo on Saturday night describing how I can be a bit particular and pedantic before announcing that “I definitely have OCDC”. Their reactions were immediate – intense laughter and absolute mocking. This continued for the remainder of the evening, and I can imagine they won’t let me forget it any time soon, so I'm getting in first with the gag before they do. Ha!
As much as it pains me to admit it, and I can’t believe I’m about to type the words… it’s certainly not the first time I’ve got it completely wrong.
Unless you lived until a rock during the 90s you’d be familiar with “Boom! Shake The Room” by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. It’s got that catchy as hell chorus where you find yourself (usually after a million drinks) waving your hands around in the air like a malfunctioning clock while you scream “tic-tic-tic-tic BOOM!”. Well, I spent close to 20 years (oh my god, how old am I?) thinking that during the song ole Will says “pump it up, Chris!”. Imagine my absolute shock and horror when I was informed that he is actually saying “pump it up, Prince!”. What can I say? I thought Chris must have been the sound guy.
For years I had also been singing “who’s got the fastest lightning?” every time I heard “Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting” by Carl Douglas. It made sense to me. You need to have lightning fast speed when you’re doing kung fu and ninja moves and I always thought it was a bit of a sarcastic poke. WRONG. The actual lyric is “those kicks were fast as lightning”. Personally, I like my version better. Sorry, Carl.
There was also a period of time were I managed to completely butcher some lyrics in Eskimo Joe’s “Black Fingernails, Red Wine”. I think their style change and move away from the complete simplicity of the likes of “Sweater” threw me off. Yes, I’m delaying and weakly trying to provide an excuse. I must admit, I did think it was a little strange that Kavyen was saying “I don’t understand the point of fingers” but reasoned that maybe these were the kinds of things he liked to contemplate after drinking red wine. Yeahhh, no. He’s actually saying “all of us stand and point our fingers”. Come to think of it, I might have been drinking red wine when misheard those lyrics.
The moral of the story? No matter how hard I try to tell you otherwise, I really don’t know the lyrics and I don't have OCDC. Actually wait, the moral of the story might be that I need to get my hearing tested. And stop drinking.