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What are the best gibberish songs?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Gopherbassist, Mar 13, 2019 at 3:30 AM.


  1. Gopherbassist

    Gopherbassist

    Jan 19, 2008
    I was just thinking about a couple of songs that have vocals but no lyrics. The first one is Prisencolinensinainciusol by Adriano Celentano

    And here's a bonus TV sketch version.

    The other is Chacarron Macarron El Chombo


    One thing that makes songs like this interesting is how the writers came to publish them without lyrics. Prisencolinensinainciusol was an exercise in exploring language barriers in international music. How does a song sound to someone who doesn't understand the language that it's sung in?

    Chacarron, from what I've read, was a filler scratch take. The writer knew how he wanted the rhythm of the vocals, but didn't have lyrics. While in the studio he did a goof take so that there was something to write around while working on other aspects of the song, people in the studio thought it was so funny that that ended up being the actual vocal in the published song.

    What are some other quality pieces of music that have vocals, but the lyrics are just gibberish?
     
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  2. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    Some of Les Claypool’s stuff sounds like this to me.

    Lots of music with the Cookie Monster vocals

    Phil Collins gets honorable mention for the nonsense word Sussudio
     
  3. Louis Louis
     
  4. Rune Bivrin

    Rune Bivrin Supporting Member

    Oct 2, 2006
    Huddinge, Sweden
    This, by Michael B. Tretow, who was the engineer with ABBA, and Ted Gärdestad; a singer who is now nearly canonized in Sweden, under the alias "Caramba"
     
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  5. MattZilla

    MattZilla

    Jun 26, 2013
    CNY
    I refuse to learn Swedish, so anything by Abramis Brama is abdolutely babilno golu in fire hydrant which makes it easy to focus on their friggin great riffs. Musically, For Mit Blodande Hjarta is a pretty neat tune.
     
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  6. biguglyman

    biguglyman

    Jul 27, 2017
    Rochester, NY
    Paul McCartney is famous for using nonsense words as place holders while writing songs, then writing the words after. (Scrambled eggs became Yesterday) Jon Anderson of Yes has also said that many times he chooses words and phrases for their sound instead of any intrinsic meaning i.e. Yours Is No Disgrace.
     
  7. dave64o

    dave64o Talkbass Top 10 all time lowest talent/gear ratio! Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2000
    Southern NJ
    Hocus Pocus by Focus immediately popped into my head


     
  8. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Ha! When I saw the thread title Prisencolenensineinciusol was the first thing that came to mind...
     
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  9. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    Pretty much anything by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
     
  10. Tom Bomb

    Tom Bomb Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    FTW, thistle fit right in ;)




     
  11. john m

    john m Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2006
    Maresydotes and goatsydotes and littlelamzydivy
     
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  12. Surfin’ Bird/Papa-Ooo-Mow-Mow
     


  13. Definitely not the best, but I like it. ;)
     
  14. Solar Prestige A Gammon by Reginald Dwight and Bernard Taupin
     
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  15. mikeoso

    mikeoso Acoustic Curmudgeon

    Feb 14, 2014
    eastern Iowa
    mares eat oats and does eat oats
    And little lambs eat ivy
    A kid'll eat ivy too, wouldn't you?
     
  16. Richland123

    Richland123

    Apr 17, 2009
    Mah Nà Mah Nà" by Piero Umiliani

     
  17. wait till 1:00

    I couldn't resist ;-)
     
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  18. Ministry - Jesus Built My Hotrod
     
  19. BOOG

    BOOG Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2016
    Cleveland, Ohio
    :eek: !!!WHAT?!?
    i never paid attention and knew what that meant:confused:
     

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