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    I know there have been threads on lyrics you like, but who are the CLEVEREST lyricists out there? Whether you like their music or not.

    I personally quite like the Streets, however, Mike Skinners lyrics are ABSOLUTE genius. People say they're crap, everyone else says they're bang on...it's true...they are bang on!

    Also, the Arctic monkeys are another modern band whose lyrics are very clever. I still refuse to believe Alex Turner wrote them!:p:

    Going for older stuff, I think The Kinks were brilliant lyricists.Very clever stuff there.

    And now...for my favourite lyricist ever...


    Punk poet...John Cooper Clarke...absolute mad genius.

    So...tell me your favourites!
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    (Original post by Wanderlust)
    Dear Lord.

    What do you require?
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    S'gotta be..... Jeff Walker!



    "Insipid fumes bellow from the atrabilious chimney
    Whilst in the sanctified crevet I calmly pillage and rake
    For hot dry powdered human ****
    Still steaming in the crematorium's grate

    Bio-organic ebullition, bones tar, tallow dehydrates
    For my deleterious horticulture so that I may cultivate

    Your mortal mechanism dies - in nutrients rich
    In the hallowed turf you lie - just for the taking

    Charred sinew's as good as lime, no phosphates do I need
    Deteriorated flesh used as top-soil, to replenish and nourish seed
    Spreading this human potash, as ash matured
    Recycling my rich harvest, bring out your dead...for use as manure...

    Irrigating tears are shed, but the ground still must be fed

    Tipping and dusting up the spilt contents of urns
    Every morsel that glows like ember on the fire
    Extinguishing all hope of beatrific dispatch
    These charred chassis desired

    Exequiet rites now performed, a coronach sooting up the flu
    Enter my execrable inferno, even in the after-life there's work to do

    The nitrogen content's high - but the flesh is weak
    At the graveside mourners cry - you're never to wake again

    Burnt brisket renews the ground, to germinate my seed
    Cremated bodies are my spoil, to use them as plant-feed
    Ploughing this abhorrent human manure
    Seeding my rich harvest, bring out your dead...for the soils to devour...

    Dry the dead are bled, because the ground must be fed
    And there's still no rest for the dead

    I propagate - dust in the grate
    Ashes to ashes - dust to dust, diluted in water and sprayed on crops
    Charcoal, fats, flesh and soot fertilising pasture with active fertile rot

    Incumbent - latent calories are spent

    Ashes to ashes - dust to dust renewing the land with corpses corrupt
    Mortuary scrapings, hearses a must, to the hot hearth the deceased are trussed

    Harvesting the defouled, to fertilize my soil
    Rejuvenating the spent with my fecundate spoils...

    Reaping the gone, to nourish the land
    Replenishing exhausted pasture with my uncanny sleight of hand
    Restoring the unnatural balance, sowing my seed
    Defalcating the departed, I rapt and glean...

    So I recite my contrite lament, lacrimation for the dead
    Their rest which I disturb...
    Where should stand row upon row of cold grey remembrance stones
    My cash crops now grow..."
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    I made songs out of some of John Cooper Clarke's poems. That is, proper songs, as opposed to his records, in which he talks over music. He's quite snappy and rhythmic in style, so they work well.

    Those were in the days before I could write my own lyrics. Which ones did I use... :hmmmm: I did 'I want to be yours,' 'Belladonna,' 'The innocents,' 'I don't want to be nice,' 'Face behind the scream,' 'Full time loser,' 'Arts and crafts,' 'Salomey Maloney,' 'Days that matter,' and a couple more. Some of them aren't bad, but I wouldn't say I could write music back then.
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    I love 'Never see a nipple in the daily express!'
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    Currently? Pete Doherty springs to mind. I know there are better lyricists than him around but he is one of my personal favourites. Oh, and I like Wayne Coyne from the Flaming Lips, their lyrics are brilliant.

    Please don't shoot me for not being pretentious
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    Brakes, without question. Here is the whole lyrics from their song, "Cheney"

    "Cheney, Cheney, Cheney, Stop Being such a ****!"


    Genius :congrats:
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    the lead singer from rage against the machine.
    he's good with lyrics. for some reason right now i cant remember his name arghhhh
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    Bono... fantastic with using lyrics that are ambiguousm and help present soundscapes
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    (Original post by Anthony Arundel)
    I made songs out of some of John Cooper Clarke's poems. That is, proper songs, as opposed to his records, in which he talks over music. He's quite snappy and rhythmic in style, so they work well.
    Rhythmically Applied Poetry, innit.
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    (Original post by LostRiot)
    Rhythmically Applied Poetry, innit.

    Not these days. Old'scool!
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    (Original post by LostRiot)
    Rhythmically Applied Poetry, innit.
    Well, JCC doesn't exactly rap. He sort of ... drones over the music. His records sound more like The Streets than anything else (but maybe that counts as rap). I prefer his poems without background music, where he just stands and recites at an aggressive speed, as if he's just remembered he's left the bath running at home or something, a cappella.
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    (Original post by Plodman)
    S'gotta be..... Jeff Walker!



    "Insipid fumes bellow from the atrabilious chimney
    Whilst in the sanctified crevet I calmly pillage and rake
    For hot dry powdered human ****
    Still steaming in the crematorium's grate

    Bio-organic ebullition, bones tar, tallow dehydrates
    For my deleterious horticulture so that I may cultivate

    Your mortal mechanism dies - in nutrients rich
    In the hallowed turf you lie - just for the taking

    Charred sinew's as good as lime, no phosphates do I need
    Deteriorated flesh used as top-soil, to replenish and nourish seed
    Spreading this human potash, as ash matured
    Recycling my rich harvest, bring out your dead...for use as manure...

    Irrigating tears are shed, but the ground still must be fed

    Tipping and dusting up the spilt contents of urns
    Every morsel that glows like ember on the fire
    Extinguishing all hope of beatrific dispatch
    These charred chassis desired

    Exequiet rites now performed, a coronach sooting up the flu
    Enter my execrable inferno, even in the after-life there's work to do

    The nitrogen content's high - but the flesh is weak
    At the graveside mourners cry - you're never to wake again

    Burnt brisket renews the ground, to germinate my seed
    Cremated bodies are my spoil, to use them as plant-feed
    Ploughing this abhorrent human manure
    Seeding my rich harvest, bring out your dead...for the soils to devour...

    Dry the dead are bled, because the ground must be fed
    And there's still no rest for the dead

    I propagate - dust in the grate
    Ashes to ashes - dust to dust, diluted in water and sprayed on crops
    Charcoal, fats, flesh and soot fertilising pasture with active fertile rot

    Incumbent - latent calories are spent

    Ashes to ashes - dust to dust renewing the land with corpses corrupt
    Mortuary scrapings, hearses a must, to the hot hearth the deceased are trussed

    Harvesting the defouled, to fertilize my soil
    Rejuvenating the spent with my fecundate spoils...

    Reaping the gone, to nourish the land
    Replenishing exhausted pasture with my uncanny sleight of hand
    Restoring the unnatural balance, sowing my seed
    Defalcating the departed, I rapt and glean...

    So I recite my contrite lament, lacrimation for the dead
    Their rest which I disturb...
    Where should stand row upon row of cold grey remembrance stones
    My cash crops now grow..."
    I think you took that a bit too literally.
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    Stephen Malkmus. Nobody else comes close.
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    Morrissey is the cleverest lyricist for me.

    Bigmouth strikes again.
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    (Original post by Handsome devil)
    Morrissey is the cleverest lyricist for me.

    Bigmouth strikes again.
    I agree with a couple of mentions already made on this topic - Morrissey and Wayne Coyne. Awesome.
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    morrissey. There's simply noone like him. So much anger, yet expressed in a strong english accent, and with subtlety, irony and humour. Panic summed up what everyone was thinking:
    Because the music that they constantly play
    IT SAYS NOTHING TO ME ABOUT MY LIFE
    and songs like girlfriend in a coma were just plain bitter, yet brilliantly so.
    more recently, frank turner, angry, but in a different way. And so personal! Everything he writes/sings about comes from the heart, and you can tell.

    as someone who loves literature, i don't find the arctic monkeys that interesting lyrically, but they are at least original in not using metaphor, and i guess it's refreshing to not use overcomplicated lyrics that can remove emotion and alienate the listener, i think :p:
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    (Original post by Sheen)
    the lead singer from rage against the machine.
    he's good with lyrics. for some reason right now i cant remember his name arghhhh
    zack de la rocha.

    rage were a g8 band.
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    nas and rakim..
 
 
 
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