Songs all exclaim: “GIRLS!”

November 13, 2008 at 11:16 am 9 comments

On my ride to work, I was thinking about all the songs that are about GIRLS. I’m not talking about A girl, or THE girl, or an AMERICAN girl (oh yeah, all right, take it easy baby…). But songs that are about girls in general. Those songs that just exclaim “girls! Boy howdy, you know!” I thought of a few off the top of my head:

The Beach Boys – California Girls

Of course! The first to come to my head. While this song talks about girls all over the United States, they always come back to the girls of California. Well, actually, they wish they all could be California girls. And of course we would, especially those east coast girls.. I dig those styles they wear. Don’t let me forget how the southern girls knock me out when I’m down there! The mid-west farmer’s daughters (I heard) make you feel alright. But in the north, where it counts, the girls keep their boyfriends warm at night. Wouldn’t it be nice if all these girls could live in California? Be… California girls?

The Beastie Boys – Girls

From Beach to Beastie, from the complete adoration to the adolescent chauvinistic! The Beastie Boys love girls in the morning and in the evening. Two at a time they like girls. With new wave hair-dos they like girls. This song has a little narrative to it – at first they are singing how much they like the way they walk, and how it’s chill to hear them talk. But after MCA gets ditched by a girl (who later is jockin’ Mike D. to his dismay) he turns all hateful and says girls are good for dishes, laundry, cleaning the bathroom, etc. Damn, MCA! That cold.

T-Bone Burnett – Pretty Girls

Everywhere T-Bone Burnett goes, there’s pretty girls there. Yes, everywhere he goes, there’s pretty girls there. The only thing is: they don’t say nothing, they just stand and stare. This song is T-Bone Burnett’s answer to the California girls. Not happy with all southern girls being lumped together as knock-outs, T-Bone Burnett extolls the virtues of Texan women! And T-Bone has seem them all. He says: “There’s pretty girls in China, there’s pretty girls in France, there’s pretty girls in Israel, and Afghanistan. Down in Costa Rica, and up in Port O’ Call, but the pretty girls in Texas are the prettiest of all!” My man T-Bone Burnett goes international, and he comes back to the pretty Texas girls. Who can argue?

Motley Crue – Girls, Girls, Girls

Excuse the lack of umlauts on the O and U above. Motley Crue loves them some girls, girls, girls! And they don’t pin it down just anywhere – these rockers get around even MORE than T-Bone Burnett. We’re talking the Sunset Strip, Ft. Lauderdale, Atlanta, Soho, Paris, the Tropicana! Unfortunately, a lot of these places are a tale of sorrow for our boys in the Crue. Vince Neil talks about not only getting his heart broken, but it was published in the freaking Soho Tribune! And remember the Tropicana? Lovely Las Vegas? Well the Tropicana’s “where I lost my heart!” Damn, Vince Neil. At least you can drop back on the ol’ chauvinism: “Yankee girls ya just can’t beat. But they’re the best when they’re off their feet.” Here’s the video.

Those are the four I could think of off the top of my head on the ride to work.

Some other honorable mentions:

52 Girls by the B-52’s (that song is just about naming girls)
The Girls of Wild Strawberries by Guided by Voices (a little abstract)
The Girls in their Summer Clothes by Bruce Springsteen (too new)
Morrissey – Some Girls are Bigger than Others (Oh, Moz!)

It’s funny, most of Bruce Springsteen’s songs about girls are about a single girl… usually named something like Marie or Rosie.

Can you think of any songs I’ve missed, dear readers? I know there are tons… help me out.

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9 Comments

  • 1. Kiala  |  November 13, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    Um…GLAD GIRLS…Helllllllo?

  • 2. Robert  |  November 13, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    OH MAN! I’m the worst Guided By Voices fan ever!

    It is funny, when I was in Austin talking with… my people… we were talking about GBV songs that had been used in movies and commercials, etc. The only commercial is a Canadian car commercial that uses “Quality of Armor.”

    View it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARufYIKYKAU

    Then a guy brought up that Glad Girls was used in a movie and a TV show, and I remember you mentioned that as well. He then wrinkled his nose at Glad Girls (and maybe Isolation Drills in whole) and I fiercely defended both the song and the album… which is the first I’ve ever had to do so.

    Also, at a party last weekend, I met a guy who owned both Alien Lanes and Isolation Drills, yet hadn’t listened to either. I told him to start with Alien Lanes, and if he dug that, I will give him bounties of GBV and he can then move onto Isolation Drills.

    So thank you, Kiala.

    And.. Heeeeeey Glad Girls! They only want to get you high! And they’re alright…

  • 3. melissa lion  |  November 13, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    Foxy Little Girls in Oakland

    http://www.last.fm/music/Rodger+Collins

  • 4. Robert  |  November 13, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    Hot damn. Not only have I not heard that song before, it RULES and it gets regional with its choice of Girls.

    Here is the direct link to the song (upper right corner to play it).
    http://www.last.fm/music/Rodger+Collins/_/Foxy+Girls+in+Oakland

    Nice one, Melissa Lion!

  • 5. melissa lion  |  November 13, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    I’d like to add that the Beastie Boys graduated to Hey Ladies.

  • 6. Robert  |  November 13, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    Educated? No. Stupid? Yes.
    And when I say stupid I mean stupid fresh!

  • 7. dave  |  November 13, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    What about that song “88 lines about 44 women”? Yeah, they’re using “women” instead of “girls”, but it’s still women plural. Also, The Cramps “Bikini Girls with Machine Guns”, Cyndi Lauper “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”, Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias “To all the Girls I’ve Loved Before” and Blur “Girls and Boys”. Plus there was an awesome band called “Girls against Boys”.

  • 8. dave  |  November 13, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    Damn, I hit send too soon. I just remembered Duran Duran “Girls on Film”, Mr. Bungle “Girls of Porn”, Pet Shop Boys “West End Girls”, Electric Six “Infected Girls”, The Rolling Stones “Some Girls”, The Dirtbombs “I’m through with white girls” (so good), and, of course, The Damned “Dozen Girls”. Boom! Next Quiz!

  • 9. Robert  |  November 14, 2008 at 11:49 am

    The one I’m most bummed about not remembering is Dozen Girls – but to be fair it’s only about 12 girls.. not ALL GIRLS EVERYWHERE.


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