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Possible Misspelled Names:

These are the alternate spellings of the performer's name we've had to correct in submissions to amIright.

Talking Heads/Tom Jones, Taking Heads

Band Name Origins:

  • I can't believe this one isn't here already. A "Talking Head" shot is TV jargon for a static shot of a person (a newsreader, for example) from the shoulders up while he or she is just sitting there yakking away. I think I just explained something self-explanatory. BTW, the (official) name of the band is Talking Heads with no definite article. Submitted by: Tim Horrigan
  • I heard that the Talking Heads were constantly changing their name. When a certain degree of success finally hit (perhaps a record contract?) they were called the "Talking Heads" at the time - so they remained the Talking Heads. Submitted by: Todd Burnside

Stupid Band Names:

  • Well, duh! Talking comes from the mouth, which is located on a person's head! So naturally, the head does the talking. But doesn't that imply that the band would talk instead of sing (when they perform)? Submitted by: Russ
  • Sounds like something from a horror movie Submitted by: noskcaJ

Music Performer Nicknames:

Known informally as: Head Head. Submitted by: Floyd Pinklon

Song Titles Not Used as Lyrics:

Song Name
Comments & Submitter Name
"Found A Job"Judy's in the bedroom, inventing situations
Bob is on the street today, scouting up locations
They've enlisted all their family
They've enlisted all their friends
It helped save their/the relationship
And made it work again - Isac
"Life During Wartime"This ain't no party! This ain't no disco! This ain't no foolin' around! - Carole Krus

New Band Names:

New Name
Why It's Better
Submitter Name
Singing HeadsThey sing (like most music groups), not just speakRuss
Stalking HedzStalking the one you love is fun... Er... I didn't say that.Heather

New Song Names:

Original Song Name
New Song Name
Submitter Name
"Psycho Thriller""Psycho Killer"Regina Haniger
"Knife During Wartime""Life During Wartime"Regina Haniger
"Strife During Wartime""Life During Wartime"Regina Haniger
"Psychic Killer""Psycho Killer"Regina Haniger
"Scrotally Nude""Totally Nude"Regina Haniger

There are additional new song names available.

Literally Impossible Song Titles:

Song/Performer
Comment
Submitter Name
"Road To Nowhere,"There's no place called Nowhere.Roc

Use a Song Title to Answer a Different Song:

Song & Band Name
Song & Band Name
"I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend," The Ramones"Girlfriend Is Better," Talking Heads
"For Once In My Life," Stevie Wonder"Once In A Lifetime," Talking Heads
"Send Me An Angel," Real Life"Thank You For Sending Me An Angel," Talking Heads
"Get A Job," The Silhouettes"Found A Job," Talking Heads
There are additional songs titles that answer other songs available.

Remove a Letter From a Song Title:

"This Must Be The Place (Nave Melody)" originally "This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)"
Candy Welty
"This Must Be The Lace (Naive Melody)" originally "This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)"
Candy Welty
"This Must Be The Pace (Naive Melody)" originally "This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)"
Candy Welty
"His Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)" originally "This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)"
Candy Welty
"Rod To Nowhere" originally "Road To Nowhere"
Serafina

There are additional song titles with a letter removed available.

Add a Letter to a Song Title:

"This Must Be The Place (Native Melody)" originally "This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)"
Heather Brockwell
"This Must Be The Placer (Naive Melody)" originally "This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)"
Placer = a type of mineral deposit
Wendy Torrance
"This Must Be The Palace (Naive Melody)" originally "This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)"
Candy Welty
"Ounce In A Lifetime" originally "Once In A Lifetime"
Not very much!
Tommy
"Lover For Sale" originally "Love For Sale"
Pam Tabor

There are additional song titles with a letter added available.

Change a Letter:

"This Must Be The Peace (Naive Melody)" originally "This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)"
Ursula Turpin
"Burning Down The Horse" originally "Burning Down The House"
Andy Gibbs Free Energy
"This Must Be The Plane (Naive Melody)" originally "This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)"
Candy Welty
"This Must Be The Plate (Naive Melody)" originally "This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)"
Candy Welty
"Burping Down The House" originally "Burning Down The House"
Could be just as dangerous.
Peter

There are additional song titles with a letter changed available.

Song Parody Lyrics:

Original Song Name
Parody Song Name
Parody Author
"And She Was""And It Rhymed"Earl S. Garber
"Psycho Killer""Closet Killer"mouselover
"Take Me to the River""Tainted Is the River"John A. Barry
"Burning Down the House""Can't Stand Brussels Sprouts"the_conqueror_of_parodies
"Once In A Lifetime""Once With A Bathtime"Fack Sabbath
"Seen and Not Seen""Gene and Then Jeanne"John A. Barry
"Seen and Not Seen""Lean and Not Lean"Porfle Popnecker
"Burning Down the House""Magic's in the House"Below Average Dave
"Life During Wartime""Life As A Mouseboy (Revised Version)"Christie Marie M
"Burning Down The House""Jerk Named Doctor House"Matthias

There are additional song parodies available.

Songs for Commercials, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

Song Name
Product
Submittor
Houses In MotionAny property development show on Channel Fourpickle*

Bad Choices for On Hold Music:

Song Name
Company/Organization
Submittor
Love For SaleEliot Spitzer's answering machineCandace Mercer
Love For SaleVice squad deskMartha Hankins
Burning Down The HouseArson Hotlinecrazydon
Burning Down The HouseFire DepartmentTyg
Psycho KillerWitness Protection AgencyLici
There are additional on hold music ideas available.

Songs for Duets, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

First Band/Song Name
Second Band/Song Name
New Song Name
Submittor
Beds Are Burning
   Midnight Oil
Burning Down The House
   Talking Heads
Beds Are Burning Down The House
Aha, so THAT'S where the fire originated.
Quyjibo
Master of the House
   Cast of 'Les Miserables'
Burning Down the House
   Talking Heads
Master of Burning Down the House
Amber Flowers
Take Me Down
   Alabama
Take Me To The River
   Talking Heads
Take Me Down To The River
Alina
My Life
   Billy Joel
Wild, Wild Life
   Talking Heads
My Wild, Wild Life
Skippy
There are additional duets that haven't been done yet available.

If Groups Combined, Their Names Might Be:

Talking Heads Talk
Talk Talk combined with Talking Heads
Submitted By: Candy Welty
DC Talking Heads
DC Talk combined with Talking Heads
Appearing weekly on "Meet the Press."
Submitted By: Martha Hankins
Modern Talking Heads
Modern Talking combined with Talking Heads
Submitted By: Todd W. Zimmerman
Air Heads
Air Supply combined with Talking Heads
Submitted By: Edgar

There are additional Talking Heads Combined Groups that haven't been done yet available.

Misheard Lyrics:

"Once In A Lifetime"
Misheard Lyrics:
And it tastes no fun
Original Lyrics:
Letting the days go by
"Burning Down the House"
Misheard Lyrics:
This was once a better face
Original Lyrics:
It was once upon a place
"Once in a Lifetime"
Misheard Lyrics:
Into the blue of day
Original Lyrics:
Into the blue again
"Wild Wild Life"
Misheard Lyrics:
I'm wearing perfect charmers
Original Lyrics:
I'm wearin' fur pajamas.
There are additional misheard lyrics available.

Misheard Lyrics Stories:

"Psycho Killer"
Misheard Lyrics:
Seiko killer
Original Lyrics:
Psycho killer

Story about this misheard lyric by: Stefan Heimers

When I was young and didn't know English very well, I always heard "Seiko killer" in stead of "psycho killer" when this song was played on the radio. Seiko is a Japanese manufacturer of watches. In German it's pronounced like "psycho" in this song. I only found out the real text when I've first seen it in writing, maybe on a record or on TV.

There are additional misheard stories available.

Song Parody Fragments:

"Burning Down the House"
Better Lyrics:
Get your shit together
Original Lyrics:
Everything's stuck together
Submitted by: Safety Dancer
"Burning Down The House"
Better Lyrics:
Watch out-you might get attacked by ninjas
Original Lyrics:
Watch out-you might get what you're after
Submitted by: Flash Flood
"Papa Legba"
Better Lyrics:
Papa Langdon, come and open the gate
Papa Langdon, to the City of Clubs
Now, we're your children, come and ride your whores
In the night, in the night, come and ride your whores
Original Lyrics:
Papa Legba, come and open the gate
Papa Legba, to the City of Camps
Now, we're your children, come and ride your horse
In the night, in the night, come and ride your horse
Submitted by: Heather
There are additional parody fragments available.

Funniest Song Lyrics:

"Once In A Lifetime"
The Funny Lyrics:
And you may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile.
And you may find yourself in a beautiful house...with a beautiful wife.
And you may ask yourself, 'Well, how did I get here?'
(later)
And you may ask yourself, 'Where is that large automobile?'
And you may tell yourself, 'This is not my beautiful house!'
And you may tell yourself, 'This is not my beautiful wife!'
Why They're Funny:
This is so hilarious. The first time around, he names these three items, then the second time around he realizes that the person he's addressing shouldn't be thrown into this fantasy right away.
Submitted by: Quyjibo
"Burning Down The House"
The Funny Lyrics:
Three hundred sixty five degrees
Burning down the house
Why They're Funny:
As a temperature, of course it's going to burn. But what's intriguing is that if you think of this many "degrees" as angular measure, it's just a shade more than a complete revolution, so maybe it could have a double meaning.
Submitted by: Quyjibo
There are additional Funny lyrics available.

Repetitive Song Lyrics:

"And She Was"
The Repetitive Lyrics:
And she was, and she was...
Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey...
Why They're Repetitive:
David Byrne said the song was about a girl he knew. She must have had trouble with stammering.
Submitted by: rocky
"Once In A Lifetime"
The Repetitive Lyrics:
Same as it ever was (x8)
Why They're Repetitive:
And you may find yourself Trying to think of more words for your song
Submitted by: Shawn Eni

Nonsensical Song Lyrics:

"Once In A Lifetime"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
There is water, at the bottom of the ocean!
Why They're Nonsensical:
There is?!
Submitted by: Joe
"Wild, Wild Life"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
I ride a hot potato
Why They're Nonsensical:
The lyric is not only completely meaningless, but describes a totally impossible activity as well!
Submitted by: Matt E.
There are additional nonsensical lyrics available.

Inappropriate Song Lyrics:

"Stay Up Late"
The Inappropriate Lyrics:
I know you want to leave me.
Why They're Inappropriate:
This line is taken from "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" by the Temptations; why David Byrne would include it here I do not know.
Submitted by: Mickey D.
"Totally Nude"
The Inappropriate Lyrics:
A polka party for Bob and Martha
Why They're Inappropriate:
Okay, this song is about being nature and being naked in a forest. Then, Byrne inserts this line about a polka party for two people who were mentioned no where else in the song. What does a polka party have do do with nature and/or being nude?
Submitted by: Heather

Song Lyrics That Mention Brand Name Products:

"Puzzlin' Evidence"
The Lyrics:
We got CBS and ABC
We got Time and Newsweek
They're the same to me
Product Brand Name:
Time and Newsweek magazines
Submitted by: Martha Hankins
 

Song Lyrics That Mention Other Songs:

"Take Me To The River"
The Song Lyrics:
Sixteen candles there on my wall
Song They Mention:
"Sixteen Candles" by the Crests
Submitted by: Cassandra
"Wild Wild Life"
The Song Lyrics:
Peace of mind? It's a piece of cake.
Song They Mention:
"Peace of Mind" by Boston
Submitted by: Cassandra

Songs That Open With Their Titles:

"And She Was"
Opening Lines:
And she was lying in the grass.
Comments:
Submitted by: Brian Kelly
 

Song Title Space Change:

"Road To Now Here" originally "Road To Nowhere"
Submitted by: George Straitjacket
"Road Ton Ow! Here " originally "Road To Nowhere"
Submitted by: George Straitjacket
"House Sin Motion" originally "Houses In Motion"
Sounds like what Dr. House might do.
Submitted by: George Straitjacket
"Crosseye Dan D. Painless" originally "Crosseyed And Painless"
Submitted by: George Straitjacket
"House Sin Motion" originally "Houses In Motion"
Submitted by: Josh

Band Name Anagrams:

Ah, Taking Sled Submitted by: Francine Harper
Al Taking Shed Submitted by: Francine Harper
Kiln Had Gates Submitted by: Dogniss Everdeen
King Had Tales Submitted by: Dogniss Everdeen
Agent Had Silk Submitted by: Alyssa Jayne

There are additional Band Name Anagrams available.

Song Title Anagrams:

"Honoree To Draw" originally "Road To Nowhere"
Submitted by: Alexis
"Howard Tore One" originally "Road To Nowhere"
What did he tear?
Submitted by: Alexis
"Honored To Wear" originally "Road To Nowhere"
Submitted by: Alexis
"Weather On Door" originally "Road To Nowhere"
Submitted by: Alexis
"Nil Stew Dining" originally "Listening Wind"
Submitted by: TheGerkuman

There are additional Song Title Anagrams available.

Song Title Acrostics:

COD: "City Of Dreams"
Submitted by: Candy Welty
HIM: "Houses In Motion"
Submitted by: Brian Kelly

Song Title Spoonerisms:

"Wife During Lore Time" originally "Life During Wartime"
Submitted by: Dionne Peacewick
"Wife During Lore Time" originally "Life During Wartime"
Submitted by: Dionne Peacewick
"Life Touring War Dime" originally "Life During Wartime"
Submitted by: Dionne Peacewick
"Porn Under Bunches" originally "Born Under Punches"
Submitted by: Evan

Foreign Language in English Songs:

"Burning Down The House"
The Lyrics:
Here's your ticket
pack your bags
Time to leave here
Por favor
Why:
Por favor means please in spanish.
Submitted by: Celeste
"Psycho Killer"
The Lyrics:
Ce que j'ai fait, ce soir-là
Ce qu'elle a dit, ce soir-là
Réalisant mon espoir
Je me lance vers la gloire
Why:
Pourquoi pas?
What I did that night
What she said that night
Realizing my hope
I launch myself to glory
Submitted by: John A. Barry
There are additional Foreign Language in English Songs available.

Band Name Spoonerisms:

Hawking Teds originally "Talking Heads"
Submitted by: Peter

Products Bands Should Endorse Based on Their Name:

Broadcast News
Pretty much describes news anchors
Submitted by: Psycho Librarian

TV and Movies Mentioned in Lyrics:

"Puzzlin' Evidence"
The Lyrics:
We got CBS and ABC
We got Time and Newsweek
They're the same to me
Why:
CBS and ABC networks; from the "True Stories" album.
Submitted by: Martha Hankins
 

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