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    Quote Originally Posted by treibeis View Post
    I can't speak Spanish. When Wall Of Voodoo sing about wishing they were in Tee-hoo-ana, eating barbecued iguana, is that a mispronunciation or not?
    I think that was just Mr Ridgway and his pals being playful. However, I really like Wall Of Voodoo, so I might be cutting them way too much slack here.

    Another: Noddy Holder spoke of a 'burg-u-lar alarm' in largely-forgotten 1975 Top Tenner Thanks For the Memory. This made my Slade-obsessed cousin and I laugh heartily at the time.

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    I've never heard anyone pronounce the words "gave" or "save" the way George Michael pronounces them in Last Christmas.

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    Ooh, great call AH – he distinctly sings "gev", doesn't he? I remember first hearing it when I was about 8 and being mildly transfixed by the odd enunciation right from the start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Various Artist View Post
    Aargh, this has inexorably reminded me of the Vengaboys' execrable (even by their standards) We're Going To Ibiza or, as it was sung: "Whoa! We're going to Ee-beetz-ah".
    You just had to share the joy, didn't you?

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    There's a song from 1980 or so where Reagan is pronounced Reegan buy I can't recall it.

    Ian Dury's Spasticus Autisticus always sounded like Artisticus to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Satchmo Distel View Post
    There's a song from 1980 or so where Reagan is pronounced Reegan buy I can't recall it.
    Oh, the sweet, sweet recollection...

    Don't wanna rule like President 'Reegan'/Or kick a ball like Kevin Keegan

    Brown Sauce (aka the Swap Shop mob), I Wanna Be A Winner, 1981

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    It's in Heaven 17 - (We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang (1981):

    Democrats are out of power
    Across that great wide ocean
    Reagan's president elect
    Fascist god in motion
    Generals tell him what to do
    Stop your good time dancing
    Train their guns on me and you
    Fascist thang advancing


    at about 1:49 in this video: https://youtu.be/a20pAUy1Mes?t=109
    Last edited by gjt; 30-10-2017 at 22:44. Reason: wrong title, innit

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    "I can't pronounce Baccaruda"

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    The Undertones rhyme cabbage with Challenge in My Perfect Cousin and Feargal Sharkey seems to mangle the pronunciations to make them fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wouter D View Post
    You just had to share the joy, didn't you?
    I can only apologise Wouter, but I just couldn't go through that on my own.

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    's okay.

    I guess it depends on your opinion of the cockney accent, but I'll nominate the first two verses and choruses of the Small Faces' Lazy Sunday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artificial Hipster View Post
    "I can't pronounce Baccaruda"
    babararacucudada

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    A deliberate example: Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle's purposeful mangling of German pronunciations in 1986's I Wish I Could Sprachen Sie Deutsch ('wiedersehen' being one instance)...

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    The American pronunciation of mirror as "mere" as for example in Dylan's "Visions of Johanna" always grates with me. Also Carly Simon's Appreecot in "You're So vain".

    And I'm surprised no one's mentioned Succumb-er to the beat surrender yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Satchmo Distel View Post
    The Undertones rhyme cabbage with Challenge in My Perfect Cousin and Feargal Sharkey seems to mangle the pronunciations to make them fit.
    Which reminds me of Billy Bragg's "I loved the words you wrote to me, but that was bloody yesterday"

    Or rather, yesterdee.

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    Clare Grogan mangles the word 'holiday' in similar fashion on Altered Images' I Could Be Happy, as does Boring Bob Grover on The Piranhas' version of Tom Hark.

    On a similar ticket, you should hear Ian Page's massacring of the fairly simple word 'today' (ie, 'tood-eye') in Secret Affair's flop single Do You Know?. Or rather you shouldn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jah Womble View Post
    A deliberate example: Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle's purposeful mangling of German pronunciations in 1986's I Wish I Could Sprachen Sie Deutsch ('wiedersehen' being one instance)...
    With apologies for it being particularly irritating potential earworm material another is Bill Wyman's, "Je suis un rock star"

    Daevid Allen meanwhile (or possibly someone else) on Planet Gong's Floating Anarchy gives us "floating free anarsheee" at the end of the spoken bit in the middle.
    Last edited by Artificial Hipster; 01-11-2017 at 22:02.

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    Morrissey again: mispronounces "provincial" in Panic.

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