Saturday, September 17, 2016

Saturday night pop anachronisms

Saturday night here in Australia - and music is on.

Can't help but notice the anachronism in some of the lyrics.

The Beatles Mr Postman is faintly ridiculous:
There must be some word today
From my girlfriend so far away
Please Mister postman look and see
If there's a letter, a letter for me
I been standing here waiting Mister postman
So patiently
For just a card or just a letter
Saying she's returning home to me
Still the BBC version is - well - fabulous...

But for sheer anachronistic silliness nobody can beat The Smith's classic double anachronism:
And now I know how Joan of Arc felt
Now I know how Joan of Arc felt
As the flames rose to her Roman nose
And her Walkman started to melt

Daddy what is a Walkman?



Unknown said...

The song was of-course not a Beatles song but a cover by The Beatles of the original performed 2 years earlier by The Marvels/Marvelettes.

Anonymous said...

The Beatles as a covers band. That's an anachronism itself.

Anonymous said...

Interesting, Morrissey now generally sings it with updated lyrics.

Anonymous said...

In regards to the Bigmouth lyrics, can some explain to me the "double" part of the "double anachronism"?

John Hempton said...

Double anachronism: Joan of Arc with a Walkman (and hearing aids) is pretty deliberately anachronistic.

but these days just Walkmans are anachronistic.

My son teases my music taste by saying "did you listen to that on your walkman"?

The answer is often yes.

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