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The 20 All-Time Worst Song Lyrics About Sex

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Justin Timberlake’s new single “TKO” dropped last week, and because we are professionals, we forced ourselves to listen to it despite the fact that it starts with the refrain, “She killed me with that coochie-coochie-coo.” The song doesn’t get a whole lot better, to be honest, but that particular line is surely the least appetizing sex-related lyric of the year (honestly, who uses the word “cooch” outside of high school?!), and it started an intra-office conversation about where it rates in the pantheon of hilariously awful sex lyrics. Here are the results of our highly scientific discussion: a giggle-inducing survey of the worst of the worst. You’re welcome.
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10 Fascinating Early Demos by Famous Musicians

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We do still read the NME, god help us, and as such we were interested to see this feature about dodgy demos of classic songs on their website a couple of days back. Setting aside the question of whether anything ever recorded by Muse can ever be considered a “classic” (spoiler: no), the piece did get us thinking about early demos from our favorite musicians, especially in light of the recent reissue of Interpol’s Turn on the Bright Lights, which comes with a bunch of studio outtakes and other rarities. Anyway, we thought we’d run with the idea and share some early demos by some of our other favorite bands, which we think make for pretty fascinating listening. Let us know if you have any you’d like to share.
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10 MP3s You Need to Download for Free This Week: Interpol, Hype Williams

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It’s Friday, which means that we still feel ill from eating our body’s weight in turkey yesterday — and also that it’s time for another installment of our regular roundup of downloadable MP3 goodness from around the web. This week the music industry is starting to wind down for the holiday season, but never fear, because there’s still plenty of action worth your bandwidth: a hitherto unreleased Interpol demo, a free track from the excellent new Clinic album, lots of weird atmospheric music, Dave Sitek remixing Norah Jones, classic Gary Numan, and more. Since all this action costs precisely nothing, what are you waiting for? All the download links await after the jump.
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10 of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Most Overrated Lyricists

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Last week we ran a post on the people who we thought were rock ‘n’ roll’s most underrated lyricists — artists who don’t get the credit they deserve for their writing, either because they’re better known as guitarists/producers/crazy performers, or just because they’re generally underappreciated. We got some great feedback, and some excellent suggestions in the comments section, and all was very congenial. But last week’s post does raise one obvious question: If those were rock ‘n’ roll’s most underrated lyricists, who are its most overrated? We’ve taken the plunge and put together a list of the latter. Again, to be clear, this isn’t meant to be any sort of definitive list of worst lyrics or lyricists — Des’ree, your throne is secure — just those who we reckon don’t get enough scrutiny for being either a) not that great or b) not quite as great as people seem to think they are. So, what say you, readers? Are there more names you’d like to nominate? Or do we just need to join the witness protection program?
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Daily Dose Pick: White Lies

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Gloom-rock titans White Lies sidestep the Joy Division comparisons on their sophomore album, embracing electronic elements and channeling Depeche Mode via Interpol.

While the band’s dark edge remains, Ritual finds it moving into dancier territory, but remaining equally, icily epic. Meanwhile, less talk of death and more mention of love offers hints of optimism, while a supplemental short film (see below) co-written by bassist Charles Cave adds to the overall wide-screen effect.
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Daily Dose Pick: Interpol

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The fourth album from New York indie heroes Interpol marks their return to Matador Records, the departure of bassist Carlos D., and a confident hit of the reset button.

While the bass player did record the self-titled album with the band, he chose to part ways soon after, leaving the group as a trio for the first time. Fortunately, some heavy hitters have been added to the touring lineup: indie mainstay David Pajo (Slint, Zwan, Papa M) on bass and Secret Machines frontman Brandon Curtis on keys.
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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

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1. Legendary jazz singer, actress, and civil rights icon Lena Horne died yesterday at the age of 92. [via NYT]
2. In a graduation speech at Hampton University on Sunday, President Obama called the iPad, and other popular electronic devices, a “distraction… rather than the means of emancipation.” Thoughts? [via CNET]
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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

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1. TIME magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world is out; A-listers like Banksy to Conan O’Brien are namechecked and the cover pairs Lady Gaga with Bill Clinton. [via TIME]
2. OMFG, WTF is Paramount doing making a Magic 8-Ball movie? “Reply hazy, try again.” [via Vulture]
3. Interpol! Remember them? They’ve just released a new song called “Lights.” What does it sound like? No idea, since the download didn’t work, but if I had to guess I’d say “dark,” heavy on the reverb, and lyrically confusing. [via Stereogum]
4. Unlikely female triumvirate alert: Sarah Silverman is in talks to co-star with Michelle Williams (actress featured in several topographically-based dramas such as Dawson’s Creek, Brokeback Mountain, Shutter Island) in Sarah Polley’s directorial feature Take This Waltz. [via Variety]
5. New York mag’s veteran party reported Jada Yuan had dinner with the “capriciously moody” Bill Murray and survived to tell the tale. [via… Read More