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Top Ten Favorite Pronunciations

By: Ian Mathers

Posted 07/28/2006 - 09:20:44 AM by whiteboysushi:
 re: charming Scottish pronunciations: Silly Wizard is a goldmine of these. If you're anything like me, the very thought of Andy Stewart singing "They hangit their minister, drooned their precentor / Dun doon the steeple and fuddled the bell" fills your heart with gladness.
Posted 07/28/2006 - 09:44:40 AM by mirakle:
 Annother great accented performance is the Futureheads version of Hounds of Love. The whole thing.
Posted 07/28/2006 - 09:52:18 AM by cwperry:
 Check out the way Andy Partridge pronounces "umbilical" on XTC's "Season Cycle" from Skylarking.
Posted 07/28/2006 - 12:48:36 PM by IanMathers:
 I have been alerted that the line in "Metal School" is not in fact "I'm just nihilistically jaded" but "and just stylistic and jaded" - another "kiss this guy" moment! I don't want to pull a bit of revisionist history on this list, so let's just say that one of the reasons I love that pronounciation so much is that Daniels makes "stylistic and" sound like "nihilistically" to my ears.
Posted 07/28/2006 - 02:24:02 PM by sovietpanda:
 I actually though it was "I'm just stylisitcally jaded"
Posted 07/28/2006 - 04:23:16 PM by grodinsky:
 lol i like it when dat one Rapper soudns like a nigger!!!!!!
Posted 07/28/2006 - 07:22:21 PM by motelmoka:
Posted 07/30/2006 - 08:41:56 PM by oliverpattison:
 I'm surprised you can't hear the "eff" sound at the end of the Radiohead song. He slurs the "eff" sound into the "I" at the beginning of the next line. It's definitely there: "li ... fe-I". Interesting article that made me wish I was familiar with more of the songs.
Posted 07/30/2006 - 10:40:22 PM by salami-nipples:
 What about every word in David Bowie's "Teenage Wildlife"? Especially how he pronounces 'tomorrow'.
Posted 07/30/2006 - 11:49:46 PM by jeremyyoung:
 Some others that spring to mind -- I have always loved the way Lee Mavers sings the word 'personally' throughout "Son of a gun" by the La's. Another is "Universal traveller" by Air -- surely the most unique pronounciation of 'universal' that I've ever heard. Finally (and I'm sure there's many other Bob Marley songs with unique pronounciations) but I always thought that the opening line of "Redemption song" was 'Old pirate's just a rabbi' instead of 'Old pirates yes they rob I'. Just that Jamaican accent coming through :)
Posted 07/31/2006 - 01:00:20 PM by fleezer:
 mark hollis on after the flood... "who...lay"
Posted 02/11/2007 - 01:38:06 AM by bassman08:
 Best pronunciation ever: in "Starman," during the chorus, when Bowie sings "Let the children lose it/ Let the children use it/ And all the children boogie." Somehow, he is able to get "boogie" to rhyme with "use it." It's like saying BOU-gay. Or something. I can't describe it, you just need to listen.
Posted 10/30/2007 - 03:26:15 PM by krosshoff:
 also on the traceyanne campbell tip - most of "hey lloyd" (the word "moment" for instance) but esp. "i've got my life of complication here to sort out" which i always want to hear as "i've got my record compilation in disorder."