Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Stalker hall of fame

I've put together this certainly incomplete list of the best stalker songs of all time. A "Stalker Hall of Fame," if you will.

Naturally, we must first give a nod to Sting and the Police for 1983's "Every Breath You Take." Hidden behind the upbeat chord progression is, in Sting's own words, a "very, very sinister and ugly" song.

But Sting isn't the only one to encapsulate a threatening message in pop music. How about Hall & Oates' "Private Eyes," where the smooth music duo promise, "You can't escape my private eyes/They're watching you."

And who can forget Blondie, who promises in 1978's "One Way or Another:" "I will drive past your house and if the lights are all down, I'll see who's around.... I'll follow your bus downtown. See who's hangin' out."

My favorite is the sweet-sounding "Hey There, Delilah," by the Plain White T's. With lyrics like "I'm a thousand miles away/But girl, tonight you look so pretty," you'd think it was a beautiful love song to a long-distance girlfriend. That is, until you realize that this song was written by Tom Higgenson after he met a girl named Delilah who told him she already had a boyfriend.

It's one thing write a stalker song, it's another to write it about a specific person and use her real name.

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Blogger Rachel said...

Yeah, but think about how bad the rest of Plain White T's must feel. They're a sub-par pop-punk band from Chicago, and the only reason soccer moms (and NaturalBl0g) know about them is because their one hit (which only featured Tom acoustic, and not the rest of the band) is now played at grocery stores and doctor's offices across the country. That's the real sting.

July 28, 2009  
Blogger Kelly said...

I think you forgot one - "If I were Invisible" by Clay Aiken. Maybe not as timeless as Sting or Blondie, but eternally creepy.

July 28, 2009  

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