Mighty Red Pen

October 12, 2007

A way with words

Filed under: Pop culture,Wordsworthy — mighty red pen @ 6:21 pm

Blender magazine nominated its list of the 40 worst lyricists in rock. Number 1 was Sting for “mountainous pomposity, cloying spirituality, ham-handed metaphors.” Ouch.

Well-documented that MRP thinks that Fergie has a certain lack of a way with words, but my nominee for the worst lyricist is actually Kanye West, who can rhyme Tyco/lipo/Michael/Geico and on ya/Apollonia/Isotoners/told ya without any irony whatsoever:

Bow in the presence of greatness/Cause right now thou has forsaken us/You should be honored by my lateness/That I would even show up to this fake sh*t.

Anyone have any idea what that means? Alternatively, what’s your nominee for awesomely bad lyricists?



  1. Ok, I’m not a kanye defender by any stretch ogf the imagination, but when I heard the BRILLIANT lyric of “since prince was on appalonia” I immediately went to the hype machine to find this song and download it. I’m not proud of that, but I believe in full disclosure.

    Comment by Frida's Big Gay Day — October 13, 2007 @ 8:04 pm | Reply

  2. For an individual lyric, I have to go with Jim Morrison’s “His brain is squirming like a toad.”

    There was a metal band I can’t remember that was reviewed in Spin in the late 80s. I think the reviewer wrote, “Someone needs to tell them that ‘suffrage’ refers to voting rights, not excruciating pain.

    Comment by Helen's Dad — October 16, 2007 @ 2:40 pm | Reply

  3. Steve Miller- The Joker

    Some people call me the space cowboy, yeah
    Some call me the gangster of love
    Some people call me Maurice
    Cause I speak of the pompitous of love

    Comment by Molie — October 16, 2007 @ 5:42 pm | Reply

  4. I heard The Eagles “Life in the fast lane” this morning and this lyric struck me as pretty bad.

    “He was brutally handsome, and she was terminally pretty”

    Comment by Molie — October 22, 2007 @ 5:41 pm | Reply

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