Staff Top 10
Top Ten Vocal Mantras

By: Fergal O’Reilly

Posted 06/10/2005 - 10:08:03 AM by ectocooler:
 Hey, you forgot (from "She Will Only Bring You Happiness" by Mclusky) "Our old singer is a sex criminal".
Posted 06/10/2005 - 02:26:07 PM by shredded77:
 Is this really a "top 10" or just "ten songs I can think of." Because I'd also like to make a case for "Higher" by Sly Stone, Shitloads of James Brown Songs, and about half of the Rapture's catalog. Oh, and lest we forget, "Sex and Violence."
Posted 06/10/2005 - 11:52:52 PM by ieatseeds:
 !!! Can you feel it intensify? Can you feel it intensify? Can you feel it intensify???
Posted 06/11/2005 - 06:15:38 PM by kineticandroid:
 You could do a whole top 100 list of these. Everyone's got their own definitive answer. I was there from "Losing My Edge" is my particular favorite at the moment.
Posted 06/11/2005 - 06:37:18 PM by cosmokane31:
 This is kind of a quiet one, but I always liked the close to the Lemonheads' "Rudderless": "Ship without a rudder's like a ship without a rudder's like a ship..." The repetition perfectly fits the image... also, in every other Police song, Sting would repeat the same line at the close - now whether that makes a top ten list is another matter.
Posted 06/11/2005 - 08:13:08 PM by pabanks46:
 When I was 12 it was RATM, "FUCK YOU, I WON'T DO WHAT YOU TELL ME!" Then I politely, per my parents request, turned it down.
Posted 06/12/2005 - 04:53:10 PM by Woootooowoo:
 I like the end of 'Mother', when Lennon insists on constantly screaming the "mama don't go..." line, without losing his expressive force. I also love it in 'Lively Up Yourself' when Bob Marley almost loses control,and repetitively hollers "take ya" or wotever it is. A prophet of the highest order or summat. There must be summat by Iggy Pop? Ray Charles? Jackie Wilson?
Posted 06/13/2005 - 12:31:02 PM by hunky_dory:
 I'd include XTC's 'It's Nearly Africa', which repeats that phrase and 'any day now' for the last two minutes of the song. Most annoying and unnecessary.
Posted 06/13/2005 - 03:16:53 PM by janinedm:
 Pigface: "Hips, Tits, Lips. Power!"
Posted 06/13/2005 - 11:52:48 PM by citycalmdown:
 Burn piano island, burn! Burn piano island, burn! Burn piano island, burn! Burn piano island, burn! Burn piano island, burn!
Posted 06/14/2005 - 10:00:20 AM by hunky_dory:
 Na, na, na, na-nuh na-na, na-nuh na-na, hey Jude x 40 trillion.
Posted 06/20/2005 - 01:02:37 PM by ridindirty:
 Who? Mike Jones! WHO? Mike Jones! WHO? MIKE JONES! x (10)
Posted 05/12/2006 - 06:58:42 PM by bassman08:
 How can you talk about Wire but not mention 12XU? I'm never exactly sure what he's saying, but it seems like "Saw you in a mag/ smokin a fag/ kissing a fag/ smokin a fag/ kissin a man YEAH!" ad infantinum. The Minor Threat version is pretty sweet too, but I think Ian Mackaye changes the lyrics a bit. Either way, great song.