posted on October 15, 2009 at 5:22 am

what can you say
its ineffable
people waste a million words trying to
who am i trying to define its nebulous essence
rocknroll i gave all you all the best years of my life
and most of the worst ones too
how stupid to address rocknroll as an entity
coz rocknroll is a capricious spirit who alights where it will
it cannot be pinned down
the formulae fail
god knows why one thing works for one
but it wont for anyone else
in the end
even the most erudite loquacious writer (like me) is baffled
stupider than the stupidest brute
more lofty than the highest ideal
dirty and pure
a cartoon
an idea
just like the art world
rubbish gets lauded
brilliance goes unrewarded unnoticed
the fickle audience
themselves random individuals
they buy one week
they dont buy the next
they come this year
they dont come next year
they behave like tiny fish in a big school
something spooks em and they split up and vanish
who can predict their movement….they are truly mercurial
rocknroll itself a stupid expression
old blues expression for sex
i like rock but i dont like the blues
i like rock n only rock
i am obsessed by and devoted to rock
yeah i like to rock n i like to listen to rock
i am too old to dig the new bands
they all mostly seem hopeless to me when i do hear em
with notable exceptions
they seem silly
silly as i seemed to some olde gheezer in 1981
the olde guard in aust thought i was silly
and so i was
and still am
but when you think of it
war is silly
sex is silly
drugs is silly
humanity is silly
i mean only humans are really silly
so rock is fucking silly in spades
you have ridiculous idiots with the teensiest talent lording it over us
you have boring old puddings trotting out their stodge
you have gormless pimply youth poking 5th hand in the beatles puddle
you have dance routines n showbiz aesthetic…just like vegas
keith richard once the most unsilliest is now totally silly
dylans xmas record got to be silly…i bet my whatnot on it
tori amos is silly…textbook silly i’d say…..
robert smith…aint he silly
and noddy holder…..
and trevor bolders silver sideboards
and steve kilbey wearing eye makeup
and elvis at the end…that was total silliness
and jesus babylon zoo…how silly was all that
and cyndi lauper is very silly i reckon
and rap seems slightly silly if i may say so
i mean presumably theres something good about it
but i aint ever discovered it
oh i hope i aint scared piff duddy of coverin’ utmw
and the new romantics were silliness itself
and so are all boy bands…all embarrassingly silly sods
and prog is silly
all metal is silly….the height of silliness…..grotesquely silly
i find whatsisname hetfield in full flight the epitome of silly
and emo and all the rest
terminally silly
and yet
and yet
you gotta get what you can take
every now n then
you hear something
you feel something
rock validates itself in yer life
listen to funhouse by iggy n stooges
mean lean amateurish howling rocking trash thrash
this impressed me when i was a youngster
is iggy silly?
what do you reckon
i’d like each commenter
to leave a comment:
the silliest moment in rock …so far..imho
go on
the silliest damn thing you ever saw or heard in rock
you can even include me

89 Responses to “boogie knights”

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    davem | 15 October 2009 at 6:07 am #

    Anything by Queen. I know loads love 'em but I found them pompous, overblown and at times just ludicrous.

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    princey | 15 October 2009 at 6:30 am #

    Well, the silliest looking band in rock to me was(is) KISS blehhhhchhh, vomit!!!! Couldn't stand them then, can't stand them now! As for the silliest music in rock, they were bad, but I know there's worse……gotta think about it!
    Great topic sk!

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    Anonymous | 15 October 2009 at 6:44 am #

    'Mik mak mok mok mok bleuuur zing zang'…Julian Cope
    One of the most delightful, yet absurdly silly, choruses I've ever heard. (Strange thing is it's a well constructed song).

    Ach well, a wop bop a loo bop a wop bam boo!

    schnuffle n fug, ya fug n schnuffle!

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    Anonymous | 15 October 2009 at 7:00 am #

    I would recommend that you rent Some Kind Of Monster… it is a documentary film featuring Metallica. It makes silly seem serious…. a must for anyone that loves to hate the relentless sillyness that is american heavy metal. En solklar 10a i total fjantighet.

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    Saint Louie | 15 October 2009 at 7:05 am #

    …"i like rock but i dont like the blues"…

    Whatchyu Talkin' Bout Willus!!??…uh, i mean Steve? I thought the same thing at one time in my life 15 yrs ago (long time ago), but gotta tell yuh…it's NOT TRUE…blues created the foundation for rock n' roll, so in essence, your saying that you partially like Rock?

    …if so, go check out (BB King's…"The Best of B.B. King Volume One), that damn album got me into the Blues like wildfire, of course I was tokin lot at the time too, but damn you gotta go listen to it and toke it up…then you'll understand bro. After you sober up from that album go listen to BB King's later album from 1998, "B.B. King-Blues On The Bayou", that'll blow your top!

    As for the "silliest moment in rock …so far..imho", there are tons, but what came to my mind first:

    By far Vanilla Ice…Ice Ice Baby…or back in the 90's when EMF's "Unbelievable" was wasting our airwaves…OMG!!!??? What was that about!!? LOL, so I'd say late 80's early 90's had some crap except for GAF of course! I still LOVE that album, GAF from you guys…"City, Monday Morning, and Grind" never get old…

    As for SK or The Church…I won't lie and wish I wouldn't mention this, but…loved ALL-MOST of yur stuff except I could never get into "Earthed" back in the day because i wasn't really into your solo stuff yet at the time, I bought it and chucked it out the window or went back for a refund, can't remember, but over the years you aged like fine wine, the more you aged, the better it got (or maybe my ears n life), then went back to listen to it again like a lot of yur other stuff…

    …and really love it now, what's that about!? Guess you can say it wore on me…must of had sum a-ha moments aye? ;-)~

    …or, maybe music and taste has to do with environment, location, circumstance, the moment, etc…but with the fast access of music and the internet that has changed…but I don't miss Vanilla Ice, EMF, or any kind of silly ass boy band, that really stank…hahhaha! Isn't New Kids On The Block gettin' back together? Whoa!

    Almost forgot to mention, please check out (Buddy Guy's ablum "Skin Deep") and you might change yur mind bro 😉 Matter o' fact, just start with that album "Skin Deep", kewl and smooth rock n' roll plus blues n twisted up stuff~

    Oh, too many more to mention…

    Actually, start with this one, damn…you decide cause i cant', maybe this one, becaue I LOVE this one…how about Eric Clapton's album "Me and Mr Johnson"…that kicks ass too. I've been getting into that one lately alot!

    You should check out all these Blues cuts out if you dare!

    Fuck me, I talked too long! Now that's SILLY!


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    cazziem | 15 October 2009 at 7:20 am #

    For me it's got to be Alice Cooper! With or without his signature make-up the man looks stupid. To make matters worse he's recently released a new single called ‘keep Halloween alive’. Thankfully I haven't heard it, nor do I wish to.

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    Saint Louie | 15 October 2009 at 7:31 am #

    P.S. You'd relate to B.B. King's song "King of the Blues"…from his "Best of BB King Volume I…

    "I've been around the world
    seen everything…"…you'll relate, maybe?

    Maybe that's what Rock is about…it's not any name in essence…it's "Time, Place, Mood, and Circmustance for each individual depending on their hearing range…lol!

    BTW…my profile pic is a picture of Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) and me…lol! When can I get a pic with you bruther?

    Cheers n Prost!

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    Anonymous | 15 October 2009 at 7:53 am #

    Hey Steve,

    Silliest thing in rock? Golly, a veritable can of worms awaits…however, i do recall the time The Stone Roses trashed their record labels office a-la Sex Pistols style and thus pretty much ended their world dominance/career there and then, hence i thought that was a bit silly…still, i liked the guitar work (silly as it sounds…!)…and yes, Iggy is outrageously silly, but i LOVE raw power 'n search and destroy etc and just the mere thought of that blistering lead guitar intro in Search and Destroy is enough to infuse me with the r'n'roll spirit no matter how many times i hear it…oh, what a feeling!


    Jon from Geelong.

    P.s. Adam Ant? The height of silliness!!!! 🙂 Saw the 'Stand and Deliver' video the other morn…!

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    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 15 October 2009 at 8:55 am #

    In no particular order:

    Queen (especially "We Are The Champions")


    Alice Cooper

    Milli Vanilli

    Shakin' Stevens

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    linjo | 15 October 2009 at 8:56 am #

    The Church were always cool, for want of a better word. I suppose 'Flock of Seagulls' was the ultimate parody of rock in the 80s, and of course ABC, 'The look of Love', Robert Smith is still wearing his makeup and teasing his hair, man thats not a good look. Now we have 'Short Stack' which are 'pft' to most young intelligent music lovers now. I dont know, we had some pretty cringy crap on Countdown Steve, hard to vote. Davem, one of my favourite movies is 'Highlander' which features the Queen song 'Who wants to live forever', absolutely beautiful vocals by Freddie, tear jerking. We all have different feelings about what we hear, and once again dear Steve, thank you for your, at times, sublime contribution. I have today written an anti-halloween letter to my local rag, cmon Aussies, dont go there!! Linda xxx

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    glynnisjohns | 15 October 2009 at 9:14 am #

    Ah, the silliest?

    caveats abound…

    the smashing pumpkins pimping their zeitgeist in multiple versions over and through the bastion of american consumer outlets (mostly made in china).

    silly and sad.

    And this is for a glynnis who hasn't given 2 shits about billy Frankenstein since machina.
    and even then i was a slip sliding ah-hway.

    I'm the cat from the alley
    I'm the fleetfoot vodoo man
    There's very little that's ever said

    All of which I understand

    Caught like a skunk
    In space and time
    It's a rip-off

    it truly is a rip off.


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    glynnisjohns | 15 October 2009 at 9:22 am #

    unnecessary addendum….

    dunder mifflin?
    (aka patch on 'yer vest-a-ments)

    'choo been watching the "office"?

    there is no god.

    -Can i honestly say that the british version of this show was quite possibly one of the high points of television that no-one cared about.

    A perfect thing to behold.

    NO HEROES, NO goodguys…sympathy?


  13. avatar
    Richard | 15 October 2009 at 9:26 am #

    I've narrowed it down to the forty year moment involving Molly Meldrum

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    fandorin | 15 October 2009 at 9:34 am #

    Dave, yes, one of the silliest moments is Mercury in front of his audience acting like some fascist or whatever leader while waving about with his mic stand, apparently trying not to stick it up his pompous arse.

    Silly: Dexy's Midnight Runners acting like Irish working class street musicians and wearing fucking dungarees.

    Silly: Bono announcing that he's stealing something back from Charles Manson.

    Silly: when Paul Simon met Arf Garfunkel

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    Anonymous | 15 October 2009 at 9:49 am #

    Jeff Duff from Kush

    I reckon you would of dug him during those COWNTDOWN times

    Banana spinning on his hat

    Great voice
    but over the fucking top silly

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    Hellbound Heart | 15 October 2009 at 10:07 am #

    silly? iggy pop off his nut on speed miming 'i'm bored' on countdown and sticking the microphone down the front of his tights during a vocal section…..or maybe it was an a-grade piss-take…..

    love always…..

    by the way, have to agree with you about a number of current groups, listened to a few snippets of a cd that i borrowed and man, whiney and adolescent music really don't do it for me, come to think of it it never did anything for me…..

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 October 2009 at 11:12 am #

    well…u mentioned it but…i heard dylan's xmas album today….I dont know what I was expecting…but….it is pretty SILLY!!

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 October 2009 at 11:44 am #

    The silliest?!

    you have boring old puddings trotting out their stodge

    "The voice", back by popular demand.

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 October 2009 at 11:51 am #

    The giant plastic hands over Bowie's tits on 1980 Floor Show.

  20. avatar
    Richard | 15 October 2009 at 12:10 pm #

    were milli vanilli silly?


    hey, when googling them just then I learnt they were on arista at same time as you blokes

    now THAT's silly

    ever get together with them for a chat?

    and if so, what happened when they moved their mouths?

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    Anonymous | 15 October 2009 at 12:16 pm #

    I think robert smith is a bit of a dick, but I also think he is probably one of the most over looked guitarist on the planet, The Church are the most overlooked band on the planet. I reckon church and nin are about the only bands that are truly authentic these days or maybe not I'm just getting older maybe just its me-wtf do I know.

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    daveoto | 15 October 2009 at 12:31 pm #

    Don't know about silly, but this is one of the funniest things i've seen on youtube!
    "A memorable moment in rock n roll??"–M

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    Richard | 15 October 2009 at 12:35 pm #


    they keep coming

    the 'oooh-oooh oooh-oooh-oooh' bit in New Order's temptation

    doesn't get much sillier

    or better

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    Freddie | 15 October 2009 at 1:40 pm #

    The silliest thing I ever saw
    was those butt-less yellow pants
    which Prince wore that time at an awards show
    I laughed and laughed
    and years and years later it still crack…cracks me up when I think of it.
    His whole wardrobe was the epitome of silly
    but…butt…those pants beat all I ever seen. 😀

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    Anonymous | 15 October 2009 at 1:43 pm #

    Queen get my silly vote too gloriously daft but fun.Is it just middle aged me or do most young bands today lack good songs,stage presence and a sense of humour ?

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    cerca trove | 15 October 2009 at 2:06 pm #

    it's a tie between Bowie and Bing Crosby doing "peace on earth/ little drummer boy" and the red hot chili peppers spoof on the abbey road cover. second place: Marty replying to you at your last Cleveland show, something along the lines of "verily sire, Cleveland doth rock"

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 October 2009 at 2:16 pm #

    Rock is rubbish without the roll.
    Whiteboy noodling.
    You need the swing.

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    SweatyWheels | 15 October 2009 at 2:40 pm #

    I'm sure this will be an interesting comments board. So many to choose…Sigue Sigue Sputnik? Stacey Q? Collette? Or the Sisters of Mercy singing "He's got the whole world in his hands" (true!)

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    Anonymous | 15 October 2009 at 2:55 pm #

    Led Zep

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    Anonymous | 15 October 2009 at 2:57 pm #

    Love him or not: marc bolan on stage in born to boogie!

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    robertmadore | 15 October 2009 at 3:12 pm #

    Rap? Rap wins the award. Ego's running wild! People who think they're on the cutting edge and so new and oh so radical…when they're just pawns in a game they don't even know they're part of.

    Just like those CEO's out there strutting around in their new leather jumping on the Harley fad. Amazingly silly!!

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 October 2009 at 3:13 pm #

    Did you ever like the Doors? I always thought riders n MATS were like brother and sister twins-but never really heard you speak about the Doors on your blog.

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    Brien Comerford | 15 October 2009 at 3:21 pm #

    AC/DC being way more popular than The Church is silly and insane.

    To My Friend Davem:

    Brian May of Queen is one of the greatest guitarists in the world. The Band was generally bombastic and garish. Your comment is true but I saw them a few years ago just to watch Brian May play.

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    Anonymous | 15 October 2009 at 3:54 pm #

    I reckon all have to risk being silly, its just part of the profession and thats the scary thing cos you invest so much of your personality in the profession. I did love it when Bono said he holds the the right to be ridiculous as sacred or something like that and thats why I reckon the greats are the great- it's boldness of it all.

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    John | 15 October 2009 at 4:25 pm #

    Sorry, can't be limited to just one. My top ten (in no particular order) are:

    1. We Are the World
    2. The Thompson Twins
    3. Captain Lou Albano (RIP)
    4. Mick Jagger (sorry, but watch him sometime with the sound off, scary silly)
    5. The album cover on Neil Diamond's "Hot August Night". Exactly when does he get that worked up…Crunchy Granola Suite?
    6. Pat Benatar + Journey + supergroups (a 3-way tie)
    7. Radiohead (after Amnesiac)
    8. KISS
    9. Boy George
    10. Stealing this one from SK: Ray Thomas songs in Moody Blues

    Admittedly I'm in your corner SK, but honestly The Church are the ONLY band I have ever been able to listen to any/every song without cringing when the car windows are down.


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    Mr. Argent | 15 October 2009 at 4:35 pm #

    Anyone for Milli Vanilli? 😉

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    belfrank | 15 October 2009 at 5:01 pm #

    1. Anything U2 or the Flaming Lips have done live in recent years. Two bands well capable of writing good music who feel the need to put the music second to over the top production values and bury any musical validity they may have once had.

    2. Ian McCulloch on stage nowadays. To quote him when I saw the Bunnymen in Boston in 06 "You're all a bunch of fookin tit-heads – there's always a gaggle of tit-heads in Boston" I'd pay to be insulted by a jaded and deluded Scouser like that – wouldn't you? 😉

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    ten drafts deep | 15 October 2009 at 5:16 pm #

    Old Genesis…with Peter Gabriel in those costumes…and old Elton John…same thing.

    Mr. Kilbey…last night I helped out with an art project for fun with my love and our 4 year old. "El Momento Descuidado" was our soundtrack last night. thank you for that Sir.

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    Altres | 15 October 2009 at 5:25 pm #

    Rick Wakeman doing his The Myths And Legends Of King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table concert on ice at Wembley. Wakeman lost his silver cape and shirt putting this on and went bankrupt. Also the same guy doing Journey to the Centre of the Earth complete with giant inflatable dinosaurs, the London Symphony Orchestra and David Hemmings narrating. Strangely enough, in a bizarre irony, Wakeman himself has now turned into a giant inflatable dinosaur.


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    Anonymous | 15 October 2009 at 5:27 pm #

    Hi Steve…

    Been away…
    Haven't seen you in a while.
    How've you been?
    Had a tumultuous summer that included moving and losing a relative.
    But I just got back and it's nice to be reading you again.
    The silliest moment?
    I hate boy bands with a passion.
    Five guys with frosted lettuce dancing in unison?
    I just don't get it.
    But the silliest moment by far would have to be Boy George.
    And I totally agree with the above mentioned Kiss comment.
    By the way…
    My wife thought Steve Kilbey in eye makeup was damn sexy! LOL!

    St. Petersburg(no longer Tampa), Fl

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    Metafor | 15 October 2009 at 5:34 pm #

    Can I make a list? OK, one thing:

    U2, with special emphasis on Boner

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    kokky | 15 October 2009 at 5:34 pm #

    you're right, there's tons of silliness in rock it takes a lifetime of energy just to avoid. Utter silliness I've witnessed myself: No.1 on my list: Morrissey, when in The Smiths, with those f¤%ing flowers in the trousers back-pocket and fake hearing aid. Then there's Iggy Pop, standing like a sack of potatoes off stage (thinking the audience could not see him) at the Torhout festival in Belgium in 87, and the ridiculous jumps he started making once he thought he was in sight + Interpol.. the singer .. those lyrics (if he'd actually sang what's written on a carton of washingpowder would be quantum leap ahead in quality) + 65daysofstatic supporting The Cure in 08.. looked like dead toy-rabbits on batteries churning out dead music + Sisters wannabee bands like Fields Of The Nephilim with their fans throwing flour into the air + the rediculously pretentious Sigur Ros, and I could go on and on.
    On the other side I'm finding true beauty and genius in artists most of my fellow humans find silly, like Robert Smith & The Cure, Mark E Smith and The Fall, C86 bands like McCarthy and Razorcuts + Sarah label bands like Brighter, Cocteau Twins + loads more.
    I've not come across anyone finding SK and The Church silly.. those not getting it usually use 'boring' in their verdict.

  43. avatar
    John Garratt | 15 October 2009 at 5:58 pm #

    To me, AC/DC is the bad kind of silly. I can't get into that stuff. Sober, drunk, happy, sad, energetic, tired, distracted, or relaxed…AC/DC strikes me as so fucking stupid no matter what my mood is.

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    Anonymous | 15 October 2009 at 6:04 pm #

    So much silly rock but this is just too much.

    the silliest video ever…rock me tonight by Mr. Billy Squier.


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    meh | 15 October 2009 at 6:15 pm #

    the silliEST moment in rock? as in a singular event?

    geez, you could start a whole spinoff blog just sifting though 'em!

    Myself: Dio concert, 1985. He slayed a mock dragon on stage, lighting effects, smoke, the lot! fantstically silly, indeed. but quite entertaining…

    ..and any GWAR show. if you've seen one, you'll know.

    and didn't David Lee Roth once say something about rock and roll being "all shoes and haircuts"? Good ole DLR is a very silly moment in rock.

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    Rubikon | 15 October 2009 at 6:39 pm #

    Paul Mcartneys' "Frog Chorus" – was extremely silly.

    Almost all "Heavy Metal" is ludicrously silly.

    Most British Glam Rock was laughably silly (I'm thinking here of – The Sweet, Gary Glitter (How the mighty have fallen , cough, splutter, etc – Do you wanna be in my Gang??!!!, pardon?), Slade (Bless 'em – although they had a few good tunes)

    Madonna – she is just embarrassingly ludicrously silly.

    Jon Bon Jovis' 80s hair was very silly.

    Steve Tylers teeth are very silly (as are Mick Jaggers actually but then they do look a little alike oh and the singer from New York Dolls – I think they were all separated at birth)

    But the most silly of them all was Duran Duran (and they didn't have any good tunes!!)

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    ChapelHeel | 15 October 2009 at 6:48 pm #

    All 80s hair bands: Twisted Sister, Poison, Warrant and the like, and their New Wave one-hit cousins like Flock of Seagulls, Gary Numan and Kajagoogoo, all of whom even have silly names.

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    eek | 15 October 2009 at 7:10 pm #

    Oh god — it's like homework! You really could be a teacher! 😉

    There are certainly sillier moments and bands, but here's my silly rock story.

    The Bay City Rollers. A classmate of my sister came back from a family trip overseas and absolutely raved about them. So when their US television debut came, we eagerly gathered to watch. Oh my. Definitely silly. But not in a good way.

    "i am too old to dig the new bands
    they all mostly seem hopeless to me when i do hear em
    with notable exceptions
    they seem silly"

    While there are a few newer bands I find interesting, I much prefer to go back and discover older bands I missed the first time around. So much of the new stuff just doesn't do it for me. Or maybe I'm just a cranky old fart.

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    Anonymous | 15 October 2009 at 7:34 pm #

    Haha. David Bowie & Mick Jagger Dancing in the Streets! Nearly put me off both of them!

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    Anonymous | 15 October 2009 at 7:40 pm #


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    steve kilbey | 15 October 2009 at 8:18 pm #

    my people
    youve reminded me
    i forgot some seriously silly sods
    yes duran n ac/dc… did i forget them
    bono in his pompous silliness…what a ham
    billy squier…sillyness in spades
    hair bands
    is there more silliness than non-silliness
    yes i met milli vanilli in a lift at arista
    they seemed big n mean n i refrained from teasing them
    also met ted nugent in a lift ..with his bow n arrow
    very silly but i (wisely) stayed silent
    mc cullough is silly and pathetic…a nice combo…
    julian cope lovably silly
    john farnham is so silly its excruciating
    as is barnsey…..what the fuck does he look like these days…?
    i always found tim finn to be silly
    marilyn manson is silly
    boy george…yes, i really did want to hurt him, the silly little fat sod
    brian wilson playing the keys 2 inches above the keys…SILLY!
    iron maiden ….silly in a silly way
    axle rose..a silly fucker
    are there more sillys than non-sillys?
    and yet
    and yet
    i always return to myself
    a right royal silly bastard
    believe me
    i'm capable of massive silliness
    (the fiendss all groan : we know, we know!"

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    the dean | 15 October 2009 at 8:20 pm #

    The Buggles joining YES – I cried

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    stealthblue | 15 October 2009 at 8:23 pm #

    Yes, I agree with Princey. KISS is the ULTIMATE epitome of "silly" in Rock Music. I hate almost every one of their songs, albeit they are "catchy' and all that, but I cannot stand the dude's voice and the easy-cheesy "lyrics". I could never just let them wrap themselves around my head. Know what I mean? Plus, just whole stoooopid get-up they wore (actually, they STILL wear). They are purely a gimmick. I know it was all "entertaining" and all that, but Jesus Christ, give us a break. I will give them this…they have phenominal business sense. It is almost like they really are satanic, just spell-binding everyone into believeing they are the "greatest rock band " EVER!! Come on.

    As far as just pure "likeable silliness" goes, I guess I can also include almost ANYTHING from the 80s. Some are just more naturally annoying than others. Some just floored you and you instantly pledged your life-long loyalty. While some, you couldn't care less about. For some reason though, some "made it" and SOME REALLY MADE IT! Some were just farts in a wind-storm; and some still exist and are prolific to this day and beyond. Whatever the case, ALL the bands I love have some strain of "silliness" to them I reckon!! ACTUALLY, come to think of it, the 90s, 70s, 60s, 50s, 00s, etc…are ALL pretty damned "silly" too, right?? I think what it comes down to is that there is a sliding scale of "silly." That's so funny. It never really dawned on me just how incredibly silly the whole thing REALLY is!! Even the most "COOL" ones. BUT, that is why we LOVE it I guess. Some aspect of that nonsense just speaks to you. I thank the universe for all those special groups/solo acts that hook-lined me. It has affected me in a very profound way. I LOVE music pure and simple, but I especially love…"Rock" music in all it's glory…and silliness. 🙂

    Thanks for thinking of that, Steve! Cheers to all of you.

    Ben V.

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    the dean | 15 October 2009 at 8:28 pm #

    The plastic Ono band live in USA

    Yoko's wailing is sublimely silly.

    Play that to teenagers and they think you're taking the piss.

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    Adam | 15 October 2009 at 8:32 pm #

    If you've got anything horrid to say about Robert Smith, you can just about bloomin' well say it to me first!! All right?!
    (Rick – Young Ones circa 1980)

    Nup. I don't buy silly.
    Absurd, sure, but what's silly
    is what's outside your window
    not what's on your record player.

    Rock gives the fingers to the man
    and that aint silly.

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    Ellen | 15 October 2009 at 8:51 pm #

    Silliest, huh? Hmmm… the way I'm feeling these past two weeks, EVERYTHING seems positively ludicrous!

    But, one of the first "acts" that come to mind is the Osmonds (Donnie & Marie). I don't know, but they just seemed so … well … adolescent and goofy.

    I'm going to have to think of some more because, Heaven knows, there is LOTS of pure silliness out there…

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    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 15 October 2009 at 9:15 pm #

    Yes, the list goes on and on and on. I'd like to add these to mine:

    Mr. Big

    Chumbawamba ("Tubthumping", anyone? Eurgh!!!)

    That's What Friends Are For (Dionne Warwick, Elton John, etc.)

    Ace of Base

    Modern Talking (German duo polluting the radio airwaves in the 80's)

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    robertmadore | 15 October 2009 at 9:28 pm #

    "The Sweet" silly??

    Steve I think you should disable this person from ever making a comment again! The Sweet, above all others, are a hallmark in Rock!!!!!!!(ha)

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    veleska1970 | 15 October 2009 at 9:42 pm #

    you, sir, are not, nor have you ever been, silly.


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    bc | 15 October 2009 at 9:53 pm #

    it's all silly from someone's point of view. and so easy to find examples…like Duran Duran on a sailboat! // anonymous mentioned the Stone Roses…but that example was them being stupid. they were far from silly…which is being goofy really,no?

    b.t.w. the new Ian Brown (ex-Stone Roses) is killer!

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    Anonymous | 15 October 2009 at 10:09 pm #

    This is serious mum

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    Richard | 15 October 2009 at 10:34 pm #

    yeah, well now that you come to mention it there was the knight in the almost with you clip

    and you and marty singing an acoustic UTMW on Bert Newton's morning show was at the very least surreal

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    jaime r... | 15 October 2009 at 11:02 pm #

    Zappa.. a musical genius and funny mofo.. so ahead of his time people still have a hard time appreciating… their loss.. hi ho hum…

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    Jasperina | 15 October 2009 at 11:20 pm #

    Silliness in spades. What about Skyhooks someone in that band wore a fake hand on their crutch!..the lead singer of Mother Goose wore a tutu and they sang about baked beans!..All hail the absurd and silly of rocknroll! The crunch with the combination of eyeliner and paisley shirts were the epitome of cool and the most gorgeous band in the world to my teenage starry eyes. How else do you create the mystique unless you are prepared to throw yourself out there? It is a tricky and fickle thing as you said yerself Steve. Try too hard and you end up silly. I loved Monday mornings at school when My girlfriends and I would laugh ourselves silly about what we saw on countdown over the weekend. Silliness is so endearing. Oh I almost forgot about the Village people… I lined up for hours as a 13 year old at Roselands shopping centre at the Raindrop fountain to meet them… now that's real silly!

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    loolaabillions | 15 October 2009 at 11:46 pm #


    iggy silly??
    just off his dial i guess

    boy bands
    girl bands
    all silly definitely….xx

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    meh | 16 October 2009 at 12:22 am #

    oh, remembered this one today, if i may have another bash at the subject.

    October 23, 1997: Liam Gallagher sitting on Radio 1 calling out Keith Richards (and Mick Jagger and George Harrison) to meet him on Primrose Hill for a fight that following Saturday. High noon and all. Mr. Gallagher never showed. silly, silly, silly Oasis man

    waitaminute! no mention of Sir Elton John?? or did i miss it?

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    Anonymous | 16 October 2009 at 12:38 am #

    David lee roth after he left Van Halen.
    His first solo single was Yankee rose, him in that video is top 10 sillyness.

    Mi-Sex computer game song/video was silly, in fact most aussie 'new wave' was bonkers silly.

    So was New York 'no wave', like glenn branca – silly.

    Courtney Love – silly

    Shuddupa you face, should be silly but isn't.


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    Anonymous | 16 October 2009 at 1:09 am #

    pavement reforming!! SILLY!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    princey | 16 October 2009 at 1:29 am #

    Hahaha Richard, I remember setting the tape recorder to tape that Bert Newton performance, and the funniest part was when he introduced sk&mwp but forgot either the "Willson" or the "Piper" and then corrected it after the song and his stupid Q&A time, what a wanker!….surreal indeed!!!

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    Shawn El | 16 October 2009 at 2:16 am #

    This isn't rock exactly but still hilarious: Garth Brooks in the Life of Chris Gaines

    Also: the band members' makeup in the video for Constant in Opal

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    wizza109 | 16 October 2009 at 2:59 am #

    Each one of John Farnham's comebacks is sillier than the last…

    William Shatner doing "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" was pretty silly – or was it?

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    Johnsense | 16 October 2009 at 5:43 am #

    Oh silliness, oh joy, sadness an madness

    first off for me…a blues recommendation
    BB king is not what you want to look for or listen to, Sk…

    Mississippi John Hurt, listen to him play an sing, angelic wizardry…’really…’
    John Lee Hooker… raw, excellent voice an guitar…
    Robert Johnson… just try an sing an play his songs…
    I’m not really a blues guy, but these three are excellent, an can’t be denied…

    Silly band thoughts… winger, poison, white snake, pat benitar, bon jovi, bon jovi and john bon jovi, mat-tal-i-ca, megadeath, 50cent, m in m, axhole rose, dokken, judas priest, the band anvil, did anyone see that silly sad interesting documentary?) …billy idol, justin timbersnake, agral luavine, madonna, blink 182, nickleback, jack white, the white stripes and his new band (ohh the anger is soo boring…,) an dare I say it… green day!, -too many americans these days singing like Ray Davies, ‘ya gotta love water loo sun set…. well I do…
    This list could keep going on….but I’ll end it…

    Side note; once in 1998 ish… at a place, Clutch cargos, Pontiac Michigan, Echo & his bunnymen, are ten minutes into their set… I’ve never seen them before… we are 10 feet or so from the stage… in a sea of, okay a pond of enthusiastic folks… I with a beer in one hand an freshly lit cigg in the other, I, in a slow move shrink down slightly an lite up a fat roach, (using the cigg as a smoke screen)… delightful, 5 puffs later I arise… then! 7 seconds later I’m being exited out! (tossed out!) by some meat block security ass… an I tell him that an more… no matter, I wander off to some other bar across the way, have a fine time an I’m picked up later by friends… ‘bring on the dancing horses….’

    Last note, played in F minor: Kilbey you said you were fair game in the silliness factor. I would have to say that one of your recent videos of you an your family all posing an playing the guitar (dancing) in your house was kind of very silly; sweet, but still silly…


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    Hanson or Break Dancin'? | 16 October 2009 at 5:52 am #

    OK everyone…what about "HANSON"!!?? The pinnacle of silliness, you think!?

    I agree too, "Milli Vanilli"!
    …"(We welcome you)
    Milli Vanilli and Root Boy Slim"…

    Were these guys even considered a band? Dumb bastards, one actually killed himself years later and suffered his whole life from that lip syncing. The other guy survives and has tried to rekindle his singing career, nothing came of it.

    "Break Dancing" was also and embarassment and soooo damn Silly!!! I remember guys doin' the slide and elevator, broom, etc, then people would throw quarters at them for a good performance…hell yeah, "the Alfanzo Breakboard, get yours today plus S+H"! I also remember my brother and I as kids going to see "Break Dancing 2-Electric Boogaloo" (yes there is such a movie)…just click name above or link below…can't believe we actually paid money for that movie…

    Is the "Electric Slide" considered rock or just a stupid country dance mixed in with drunken teens on a dance floor on some Saturday night "thinking" that they are ROCKIN' IT HARD by doin' the Electric Slide!? LMAOLMAOLMAO!!!!!

    Also check out these links below…LMAO, ouch that hurts its so damn silly!

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    Brady Bunch Hour | 16 October 2009 at 5:56 am #

    Brady Bunch Hour:Strike Up the Band

    What that silly? They were really getting into it man! Loud clothes and lovely pants. That's when music wasn't loud enough but the clothes were…HA!

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    David Bowie and Lollipop | 16 October 2009 at 5:59 am #

    I still LAUGH AT THIS ONE too much!

    You GOTTA LOVE THIS ONE, really silly but funny, hehe!

    David Bowie and Lollipop, check it out below…damn that's silly:

    hahahhahahahahahahahaa, LOL!

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    Anonymous | 16 October 2009 at 6:57 am #

    The silliest things were the "new assholes/romantics" (Culture Club, ABC, Spandau Ballet and all the rest of that shit) and one of the worst inventions related with music: playback/lip sync. Although I must recognize it's the same technique I use at my job when I read this blog. I pretend being typing or scanning a program code when I'm not.

    You mentioned Iggy Pop. Man!! Your rendition of The Endless Sea is one of the best things I've ever heard. That gives a real meaning to the word "rock".

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    Anonymous | 16 October 2009 at 10:38 am #

    silliest rock act…..
    When band/performer can't be efffffed when only a handful of people turn up to watch the show.Happened to me twice.
    First time I went to great lengths to get to show.
    Second time I was practically on my death bed but REALLY wanted to catch the once in a life time opportunity,so I literally dragged myself there.I was a huge fan,and it crushed me.It felt like we weren't worth it.

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    Anonymous | 16 October 2009 at 11:58 am #

    almost with you video

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    seoigh | 16 October 2009 at 1:21 pm #

    Robert Plant crying out "Does anyone remember laughter?" in The Song Remains the same — silliness incarnate.

    As a matter of fact, Zeppelin in retrospect is almost entirely pure silliness. From a distance, they were four English stoners singing about hobbits.

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    Celticat | 16 October 2009 at 2:49 pm #

    Better late than never…

    Newman drive in 1976
    I like it both ways

    Not silly – please forgive me sir

    The Sweet
    Slade (best pub band ever)


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    Saint Louie | 16 October 2009 at 3:39 pm #

    Am I the only one, but I like most 80's music, new romantics, and I like Bowie, Iggy, The Cure, ABC, Spandau Ballet and all that other shit! I think those guys are genuine and good. Then again, I ALSO love Blues, Rock, some Country (Highwaymen)/Johnny Cash, etc and pretty much everything else BUT as I said before, NOT Milli Vanilli, Boy Bands, and especially Rap! That's where it gets REALLY SILLY…Rap or sorry, I mean "Crap" Music.

    ABC, Spandau, The Smiths, and Morrissey, The Cure are cool, and why is everyone doggin' on The Cure so much…granted I don't listen to them that much, but they're not bad? Just stickin' up fur meself I guess. My music taste is pretty diverse. Then again…all the previous I mentioned here are minor, and suck, compared to The Church of course!

    Then again…maybe i just did too many drugs back in the day, and in some warped way, ALL of these bands melded to me brain!?

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    EDD | 16 October 2009 at 6:52 pm #

    The silliest thing I saw in Rock: 1994. REM monster tour. Austin, Texas. My only time at seeing one of my most favoriitest bands. I was expecting to rush to the stage and see Peter Buck thoughtfully strummming away on his Ric. What I got was reserved seating and general admission pushed back a thousand miles away from the stage. This was for a ROCK record, not an intimate acoustic interlude. I always thought that was bullshit…

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    Silly Putty | 17 October 2009 at 2:05 am #

    Pirate jokes are silly, yes they RRRR!

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    Anonymous | 17 October 2009 at 2:56 am #

    the Styx video – Too Much Time On My Hands. Tell me this isn't the silliest damn thing you've ever seen.

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    Forbes | 17 October 2009 at 4:55 am #

    Tiny Fucking Tim

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    Melquiades | 17 October 2009 at 5:56 pm #

    Iggy's is kind of silly after post late 80's. it's like, either Anthony Keidis was copying Iggy (99% sure) and Iggy was holding onto some misled youth thread, bearing his pecks. I know Iggy influenced Keidis, but it's kind of pathetic when you've got this ol' rocker cavorting his stuff on stage – granted he was still well built – for all his admirers. I liked Iggy w/ Bowie and in The Stooges, definitely.
    And speaking of silly – not sure if this merits the silliest, but back to the comparitison, Anthony Keidis from the RHCP. RHCP were a true punk/skate band back in the early 80's (True Men Don't Kill Coyote, Freaky Styley, etc), however, I think once they hooked up with Rick Rubin they lost it, maybe.. no, definitely. I was never a huge fan, except for the song and album I mention previously. I think RHCP's are bloated now and have been for a long time, at that. I mean Steve, you may improvise when you put down lyrics (and you excel. thank the spirits, chance etc for me would you, please?). And, an open spontaneous, channeled mind is the most appealing to me definitely, but I can see Keidis probably attempts just the same and fails miserably. I mean once he stops repetitively rhyming the same last word of each line and runs out he succumbs to making sounds that rhyme with the cadence. can't quote, but if you know what I mean I shouldn't have to explain. sophmoric at best. they lost me @ Freaky Styley. sounds kind of silly saying that, doesn't it?

    And, speaking of Rick Rubin wasn't he responsible for ruining The Cult. Yeah, yeah I know every artist is responsible for their direction in life like any other poor slob schlepping it across this great vast plain of existence, but I find it very suspicious to say the least. The Cult post and pre-Love are awesome. after that, WTF????? Enter Rick Rubin. this could be a conspiracy of the hightest order.

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    ed in fl | 17 October 2009 at 11:57 pm #

    Don't get me wrong – I live the Kinks but their preservations albums and then Soap Opera have to be the silliest and worst albums ever put out by a major rock band! Virtually unlistenable and what was Ray Davies thinking? I do like Schoolboys in Disgrace though which was also very silly!

    Ed in fl

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    Lou Reed | 19 October 2009 at 2:00 pm #

    My album "Metal Machine Music" was trash and I even admit that I created this album just to give the record company some kind of album, so I was pissed and created this masterpiece…purely unlistenable and enjoyable feedback for about an hour, so toke it up and enjoyeeee 😉

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    Anonymous | 19 October 2009 at 5:51 pm #

    Travel By Thought…Terra Nova Cain…that's about all the silliness I can attribute to The Church. (Oddly, as soon as I started reading the replies, I could practically hear "We Welcome You" playing in my head.)

    Lately you seem to be reflecting on the time when I first discovered The Church and that reminds me of the poem liner notes entitled "Starfish" contained within that gloriously stripped down and purely honest collection of songs. Every time I read that poem, it makes me melencholy for the past and a different time. Beautiful. Though you probably won't read this comment by this late date, Thank you. It's a beautiful piece of reflection.

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