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The Rock of Don’t

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I was woken up yesterday morning around 3.30am by some music coming from a parked car. Not really woken up, but, y’know, I was starting to drift off to sleep and it jerked me awake again. Nothing particularly unusual about that, but the actual song itself was unusual. Normally such inapproriately loud music is techno or hip hop stuff; but last night it was Don’t Stop Believing by Journey.

I like that song, and I’d not heard it for ages, so this morning I opened iTunes and typed ‘don’t’ in the browse field, and 113 songs came up. That’s a lot of songs telling me to not do something.

Songs that tell me what or what not to do rub me up the wrong way. I shouldn’t get irked by it, but I do.
Not only do they make awful music, but Embrace’s fate was sealed for me when they patronisingly sang, “All you good good people, listen to me”. There’s so many things wrong with that lyric, that I can feel my hackles rising just thinking about it.

So, anyway, here’s a list of things that rock and pop stars think you shouldn’t be doing:

Don’t Be Shy – The Libertines
Muuuuum, I don’t want to wear this sailor suit!

Don’t Believe The Hype – Public Enemy
Yep, I agree, the Arctic Monkeys are rubbish.

Don’t Cry – Guns ‘n’ Roses
I’m trying not to, but I stepped on a nail.

Don’t Damn Me – Guns ‘n’ Roses
What, smashing up a hotel room is alright in your book, is it?

Don’t Fear The Reaper – Blue Öyster Cult
But he’s my boss, and we’ve gotta get the harvest done.

Don’t Get Lost In Heaven – Gorillaz
I dunno, but I imagine Heaven’s got good signposting

Don’t Give Up – Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush
But I’ve only got a pawn and my king left..

Don’t Go Near The Water – The Beach Boys
You wouldn’t say that if you were lost in the Sahara.

Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me – Elton John
Elton is a vampire, nur-nur-na-nur-nur!

Don’t Marry Her (Fuck Me) – The Beautiful South
I’m flattered but, y’know, I love her.

Don’t Mug Yourself – The Streets
“Oi! Craig, gimme my wallet!” “No, Craig, it’s mine” “I’ve got a knife, I’ll stab myself” “Please don’t”

Don’t Panic – Coldplay
Yeh, but there’s a brown bear three feet in front of me.

Don’t Stand So Close To Me – The Police
It’s okay, I’m wearing a Hazmat suit.

Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough – Michael Jackson
Michael’s advice to anyone at a buffet.

Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
Sorry, Mum, I know it’s you who puts 20p under my pillow.

Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) – The Beach Boys
…the ambulance will be here with a neckbrace soon.

Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing – Stevie Wonder
I’ll try not to.

Don’t Be A Fool, Billy – Super Furry Animals
…that Rottweiler will kill you if you keep trying to hump him.

Written by Craig

July 4th, 2006 at 4:11 pm

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  1. secret soft spot for that journey song…well secret no more.

    nice list.

    not only are they bossing you around, but they have the audacity to hell your pet what to do! fuckers…the lot of ’em, but especially axl rose


    4 Jul 06 at 17:00

  2. So you are not into advice, are you? Sorry about the other day then (making a list of things you’d love to find in a space that you may move to and then post it in your blog for recieving even more advice that was).

    I can see your life is complicated though – with so many entertaing problems to solve! Thanks – made me smile (mabye the first time today)




    4 Jul 06 at 19:17

  3. PS: Let’s watch Germany sink today!
    Sorry Germans!



    4 Jul 06 at 19:18

  4. Advice is good, just not from pop stars!

    Yep, fingers crossed.


    4 Jul 06 at 19:19

  5. I too love that Journey song, but I though it was primarily freaks like me from California waxing nostalgic over that tune (Journey was a band from San Francisco).

    “Don’t” irks me too as I’ve always been a little different.


    4 Jul 06 at 19:35

  6. Oooh, it’s meme time!

    Don’t Phunk With My Heart – Black Eyed Peas
    My dear, I couldn’t even guess how to start.

    Don’t Leave Home – Dido
    You’re right. I’m 42. If I wait a few years,my parents will die and I’ll inherit the place.

    Don’t Worry About It – N*E*R*D
    That’s funny, Stevie said that.

    Don’t Ever Think (Too Much) – The Zutons
    Otherwise I guess you might end up listing song titles that exhort the listener not to do something?


    4 Jul 06 at 22:27

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