6| Bryan Adams “Summer of ’69″
It seems straightforward enough. He bought a guitar, played it until his fingers bled, started a band, the band broke up because Bryan Adams blows, he met a chick, she didn’t realize he was going to grow up to be Bryan Adams so she made out with him. Those were the best days of his life.
But in an online interview, Adams said: “One thing people never got was that the song isn’t about the year 1969. It’s about making love, a la ’69!” A la ’69? What a dork. Then there’s the interview with the Binghampton Press & Sun Bulletin where Adams confirmed “the title comes from the idea of ’69 as a metaphor for sex,” confirming he has both a child’s sense of humor and understanding of metaphors. Anyway, coming from the source itself, that seems pretty convincing.
7| Rolling Stones ” Angie”
With the possible exception of “Wild Horses,” no Rolling Stones ballad is more beloved than “Angie.” The mournful lyrics speak clearly of the sadness of love lost, which is strange coming from a guy who tends to sing songs like “Under My Thumb,” where the lyrics suggest a relationship dynamic somewhere between groupie and sex slave.
Anyway, some claim the “Angie” in the song is Angela, the now ex-wife of David Bowie. Lending credence to that claim is that the former Mrs. Bowie herself is one of the ones making that claim. According to her, after returning home from a trip, she walked into her bedroom to find Bowie and Jagger in bed together. Yes, the song you’ve probably dedicated to your ex-girlfriend is about the heartbreak someone else felt upon finding out you boned David Bowie.
While Jagger and Bowie understandably deny the incident ever happened, Bowie’s wife has for the most part stood by her story. Adding fuel to the fire, after she divorced Bowie she wrote a book and made a famous appearance on the Joan Rivers Show in which she reiterated her belief that Jagger and Bowie had indeed been having sex shortly before she walked in.
8| Third Eye Blind “Semi-Charmed Life”
Misconstrued by eBay and many others as an anthem for consumerism (thanks no doubt in part to the music video), “Semi-Charmed Life” is actually about a drug users dark descent into crystal meth use and the sexual acts he performs while trying to find that “something else”.
“I was taking sips of it through my nose [...]
Doing crystal myth, will lift you up until you break”
“You’re the priestess, I must confess
Those little red panties they pass the test
Slide up around the belly, face down on the mattress “
The original song is 3:07 minutes long, but when edited for the radio, nearly a whole minute was taken out to make it playable, and the words “crystal meth” is often covered up by use of backmasking.
9| Madonna “Material Girl”
So you think “Material Girl” is about a gold digging tart? Well, that’s not exactly correct.
Although the video directly alludes to Marilyn Monroe’s golddigging anthem, “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Bestfriend,” the song is actually about a working girl who is looking to get into a relationship with a guy who is also successful and working.
She doesn’t want someone who doesn’t have enough on his plate and is so wholly devoted to her because she can’t be devoted to him in kind. One of those “unevenly yoked” kind of deals. She wants to date a man who is headed in a similar direction as her–who has goals of his own–who she doesn’t need to give constant attention to.
In a 2009 Rolling Stone interview, Madonna said this about “Like a Virgin” and “Material Girl”: “I liked them both because they were ironic and provocative at the same time but also unlike me. I am not a materialistic person, and I certainly wasn’t a virgin, and, by the way, how can you be like a virgin? I liked the play on words, I thought they were clever. They’re so geeky, they’re cool.”
10| Little Richard “Tutti Frutti”
You probably heard this song a lot as a kid, just like you probably watched Mrs. Doubtfire as a kid and didn’t think much of it. Well, re-watch Mrs. Doubtfire now that you’ve gone through middle school and give this record a spin and listen to the lyrics.
If you did that, then you’ll realize that the song is all kinds of rough. Not only is it about some guy getting it on with a girl, but multiple girls–Sue and Daisy–and they both “know what to do” (so they’re very experienced) and they all drive him crazy.
Also, the repeated hook of “Tutti frutti, aw rooty” was not the original lyrics of the song, before it got picked up to be recorded. When performing live, Little Richard sang the following: Tutti Frutti, good booty / If it don’t fit, don’t force it / You can grease it, make it easy.
The lyrics were then changed in studio to “Tutti Frutti, all rooty” (all rooty was slang at the time for “alright”) so that the rest of the song didn’t make sense, making it more marketable. Yes, that’s right. The song you more than likely danced to like an idiot when you were three and didn’t know better was originally not just about sex, but anal sex. You’re welcome.