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A Music Blog (#17: Could you repeat that please?)

Posted August 1st, 2012 at 04:37 AM by bobandbill
Updated August 8th, 2012 at 05:51 AM by bobandbill

This time around, the song's youtube video gets put in the spoiler tag because I feel like trying something after this song's existence was brought up last month in irc. I was asked to identify the song given only what was thought to be the lyrics of the chorus, which was well off... but I knew enough about the song to know that it's one lots of people aren't sure what is actually sung. XD

So! Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to play the sound player below and post what you think was being sung before opening that spoiler tag with the song in full! Or the lyrics spoiler. Because that's be cheating.



Heard it? Good! Haven't! A pox on you!


Spoiler:


And no, they're not singing 'Hump the dance floor'.

Alternate Link!
Lyrics:
Spoiler:
Now the king told the boogie men
You have to let that raga drop
The oil down the desert way
Has been shakin' to the top
The Sheik he drove his Cadillac
He went a' cruisin' down the ville
The muezzin was a' standing
On the radiator grille

[Chorus:]
The Shareef don't like it
Rockin' the Casbah
Rock the Casbah
The Shareef don't like it
Rockin' the Casbah
Rock the Casbah

By order of the prophet
We ban that boogie sound
Degenerate the faithful
With that craazy Casbah sound
But the Bedouin they brought out
The electric camel drum
The local guitar picker
Got his guitar picking thumb
As soon as the Shareef
Had cleared the square
They began to wail

[Chorus:]
The Shareef don't like it
Rockin' the Casbah
Rock the Casbah
The Shareef don't like it
Rockin' the Casbah
Rock the Casbah

Now over at the temple
Oh! They really pack 'em in
The in crowd say it's cool
To dig this chanting thing
But as the wind changed direction
The temple band took five
The crowd caught a wiff
Of that crazy Casbah jive

[Chorus:]
The Shareef don't like it
Rockin' the Casbah
Rock the Casbah
The Shareef don't like it
Rockin' the Casbah
Rock the Casbah

The king called up his jet fighters
He said you better earn your pay
Drop your bombs between the minarets
Down the Casbah way

As soon as the Shareef was
Chauffeured outta there
The jet pilots tuned to
The cockpit radio blare

As soon as the Shareef was
Outta their hair
The jet pilots wailed

[Chorus:]
The Shareef don't like it
Rockin' the Casbah
Rock the Casbah
The Shareef don't like it
Rockin' the Casbah
Rock the Casbah

He thinks it's not kosher
Fundamentally he can't take it.
You know he really hates it.


The song itself is alright imo as well so that's a bonus. Verses might be a touch lacking in sound imo but the chorus is darn catchy regardless of it you know what they are singing, haha. And the way he sings 'wailed' is pretty neat too; adds a lot to the song. The sounds played to what I take is imitating the jet fighters is a bit annoying imo though; might have been better without it.

As for the song topic? It's about a shareef banning music while people fight back, hence the name of the song. Given the last word is not very well known (it is Arabic in origin) it's easy to mistake what is being sung, but it basically means fortress/citadel.

The video is alright; amusing dancing by the two actors there and who doesn't like armadillos? =p This song is apparently the highest charting worldwide for the band who also have some neat stuff in say London Calling and casual songs like Should I Stay or Should I Go?.

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  1. Old Comment
    Sodom's Avatar
    As the person who brought this up to you in IRC last month, I will admit that I thought the lyrics were "hump the dance floor, hump the dance floor" lmao
    Posted August 1st, 2012 at 05:22 AM by Sodom Sodom is offline
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    Team Fail's Avatar
    I couldn't hear the song in the sound player so I went ahead and opened up the spoiler to see what it was. I would have identified that song pretty quickly lol.

    But then, I do listen to a lot of music from that era, so that'd explain why.
    Posted August 1st, 2012 at 08:27 PM by Team Fail Team Fail is offline
    Updated August 1st, 2012 at 08:33 PM by Team Fail
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    bobandbill's Avatar
    Quote:
    As the person who brought this up to you in IRC last month, I will admit that I thought the lyrics were "hump the dance floor, hump the dance floor" lmao
    Your claim to fame! =p
    Quote:
    I couldn't hear the song in the sound player so I went ahead and opened up the spoiler to see what it was. I would have identified that song pretty quickly lol.

    But then, I do listen to a lot of music from that era, so that'd explain why.
    Yeah, as said once you know what the song is then it's hard to forget when you hear it. And odd with that music player; did it fail for other people? Because the sound player worked, and still works, for me. Bah.
    Posted August 8th, 2012 at 05:53 AM by bobandbill bobandbill is offline
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    Grovyle42(Griff8416)'s Avatar
    Whoo! Rock the Casbah! I win. Also, good song. Catchy tune.
    Posted October 2nd, 2012 at 05:09 AM by Grovyle42(Griff8416) Grovyle42(Griff8416) is offline
 

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