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27 September 2010

Inappropriate Wedding Music We went to a church wedding over the weekend. [More:] Lovely and somewhat conventional, with all of the traditional stuff, including a reception with a DJ, playing pretty "normal" wedding-themed music.

Which got me wondering, especially since I am going to a wedding next weekend, and THOSE friends would appreciate this idea: I want to make a mix CD of songs which are screamingly inappropriate to be played on one's wedding day.

Some examples:

1. L.A. County - Lyle Lovett
2. $1000 Wedding - Gram Parsons
3. Pardon Me (I've Got Someone to Kill) - Andre Williams and the Sadies

What else would you put on this?

(I am considering an AskMe post for this one also, although sure as shinola, the minute I post it, some real problem will come into my life which would benefit from an AskMe post.)
Guns N Roses - Used to Love Her
posted by occhiblu 27 September | 10:02
White Wedding, of course. Billy Idol.
posted by gaspode 27 September | 10:03
White Wedding - Billy Idol

posted by warbaby 27 September | 10:04
Goodbye Earl -- Dixie Chicks
posted by initapplette 27 September | 10:19
Goodbye Earl -- Dixie Chicks

OOh. . have that one also!
posted by danf 27 September | 10:26
Oh, man. Hands down The Toadies - Possum Kingdom
posted by ufez 27 September | 10:29
I went on a little rant when I learned that The Knot's #1 pick for hip wedding song was Elvis Costello's "Alison."


I know this world is killing you.

To be fair, lots of people found our first dance song wildly inappropriate, since it begins with a dirge-like reflection on the abyss of the broken heart. But we both loved it, and it felt right. So my days of snickering over wildly inappropriate wedding music are over.

... unless it's "Alison."
posted by Elsa 27 September | 10:47
He Hit Me (It Felt Like a Kiss)
posted by Wolfdog 27 September | 10:53
How about Papa Don't Preach?
posted by serazin 27 September | 10:55
99 Problems
posted by Eideteker 27 September | 11:09
My least favorite Meatloaf song: I want you, I need you, but I ain't ever going to love you.

Also Tina Turner's What's Love Got To Do With It?
posted by bearwife 27 September | 11:16
Of course, the classic inappropriate wedding song is "Every Breath You Take", by The Police.
posted by flex 27 September | 11:49
American Woman. Especially good if the woman is American and the guy isn't. *waves to the mister*
posted by deborah 27 September | 12:11
Love Stinks
posted by plinth 27 September | 12:37
We went to a wedding a couple of years ago, and the theme was built around Phil Collins' In the Air Tonight. They didn't play it at the wedding, thank god, but it was played loudly at the reception party. And, all of the printed collateral...invitations, place cards, programs, etc...we're emblazoned with the title "In the Air Tonight".

Apparently, the happy couple considered it "their song" and just had to weave it into the celebration. Many of us had a good little chuckle considering the song was written in a fit of anger due to Collins' divorce. It's really a break-up song.
posted by Thorzdad 27 September | 12:58
Everything About You
posted by Wolfdog 27 September | 13:05
I felt so... inspired...

"Don't Fear the Reaper" by BOC ("Romeo & Juliet are together for eternity," kinda 4 Weddings and a Funeral material)

"I'm Henery the Eighth I Am" by Herman's Hermits (especially painful if it's not the bride's first marriage)

"Love Will Tear Us Apart" by Joy Division (need I say more?)

"Jack & Diane" by John Don'tcallmecougar Mellencamp ("life goes on, long after the thrill of living is gone")

"Karn Evil 9" by EL&P ("Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends", til death do you part.)

"How Much I Feel" by Ambrosia (the first major pop-ballad sellout by what was previously an uber-progressive band, but LISTEN TO THE ACTUAL LYRICS)

"Ruby Don't Take Your Love to Town" OR "(You Picked a Fine Time to Leave Me) Lucille" by Kenny Rogers (even better when paired with one of Kenny's more saccharine love ballads)

"The Circle Is Small" by Gordon Lightfoot (another one most people never listened to the lyrics to, but DAMN that Canadian folkie can do ANGRY.)

"50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" by Paul Simon

"Common People" by Pulp OR Shatner (but only at a VERY expensive wedding)

OBVIOUSLY "If I Didn't Have You" by Tim Minchin ("someone else would do"; it's a good excuse to introduce Minchin to those who don't already know his stuff)

and the KingQueen of Marital Buzzkill since 1971: "That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be" by Carly Simon (playing it during a first date saved me from more than one bad relationship).
posted by oneswellfoop 27 September | 14:12
Ben Folds Five - Brick
any version - I Will Survive
Probably anything on this list of teenage death songs.
posted by knile 27 September | 15:05
Also, a heck of a lot of stuff by Pat Benatar. E.g. "You Better Run." She has a happy marriage, ironically.

Also Sheryl Crow's Can't Cry Anymore , Perfect Lie and My Favorite Mistake.

And, Dire Straits When It Comes to You.
posted by bearwife 27 September | 15:07
Oh, and "Love Rears Its Ugly Head" by Living Colour. There's a bit that is specifically about the horror of a wedding.
posted by Eideteker 27 September | 15:17
'You just like me 'cos I'm good in bed' - Skyhooks
'All my friends are gettin' married' - Skyhooks
posted by dg 27 September | 16:19
X - Burning House of Love

(Former spouses who are current bandmates make some excellent music.)
posted by JoanArkham 27 September | 17:56
I was at a wedding reception where they played Freebird. Seeeeemed odd.
posted by JanetLand 27 September | 19:31
...and this one of course
posted by jonmc 27 September | 19:50
D.I.V.O.R.C.E. by Tammy Wynette
posted by amyms 27 September | 19:53
As many of you know, I was married in Las Vegas with an Elvis impersonator present. We had our choice of three elvis songs for him to sing. I didn't choose my favorite, since it seemed really inappropriate. Great fuckin' song, though.
posted by jonmc 27 September | 19:54
Not exactly a wedding song, but my high school senior prom theme was "We've Got Tonight" by Bob Seger- a song about a one-night stand.

On the flip side, a friend of my son got married and we were invited to the wedding. It was all the usual stuff- Pachelbel's Canon, The Prayer (made popular by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli, but sung very sweetly by the brother and sister of the groom), etc. Nice stuff. Nice wedding. But the clincher, the part I liked, was the recessional they picked for the end of the ceremony: Queen's You're My Best Friend. What a cool way to start a life together.
posted by Doohickie 27 September | 20:58
At EVERY wedding down here in Louisiana, they play Clarence Carter's "Strokin'". There's nothing like seeing your grandmother line-dancing to a song that references buttfucking. We told the DJ at our wedding that he WOULD NOT be paid if he played "Strokin."

My brother made him play it and then paid our DJ bill. Bastard.
posted by ColdChef 27 September | 21:55
jonmc - your "and this one of course" link got pulled by the copyright police (at least up here in the frozen north). Wasn't U2's One, was it?

And who could resist a song called We're a Happy Family?
posted by hangashore 27 September | 22:23
Speaking of frozen north, Jim Cuddy's Married Again (WARNING - starts LOUD).

Sixteen bottles and a wedding trunk
Oughta be a law against marryin' drunk
posted by hangashore 27 September | 22:31
Similar to "Strokin'", maybe Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Relax?

PJ Harvey - Rid of Me ("you're not rid of me/I'll make you lick my injuries")

Nick Cave - Where Do We Go Now But Nowhere ("and one more doomed time without much hope/going round and around to nowhere")
posted by halonine 27 September | 23:10

The Cure - Disintegration ("I leave you with photographs, pictures of trickery...")

Bob Dylan - It Ain't Me Babe

Nancy Sinatra - These Boots Are Made for Walkin'
posted by halonine 27 September | 23:35
Oughta be a law against marryin' drunk

posted by dg 28 September | 02:13
Three Day's Grace- I Hate Everything About You
posted by toastedbeagle 28 September | 09:09
Well, Gwar's "Sick of You" is kind of Mr. Arkham and my song but we didn't play it at the wedding.
posted by JoanArkham 28 September | 18:30
A few more songs that probably shouldn't be on a wedding playlist...

KAISER CHEIFS - Every Day I Love less and Less
SQUEEZE - If I Didn't Love You (I'd Hate You)
GREG KHIN - the Break Up Song
POSIES - Hate Song
BUZZCOCKS - Ever Fallen In Love ("...with Someone You Shouldn't Have Fallen In Love With")
the dB's - Living a Lie
J GEILS - Love Stinks
MARTIN BRILEY - Salt of My Tears ("You Ain't Worth the...")
the DAMNED - I Just Can't Be Happy Today
MOTORHEAD - the Chase is Better Than the Catch
DIDJITS - Fix Some Food Bitch
ROBYN HITCHCOCK - My Wife and My Dead Wife
LORETTA LYNN - Let Me Go, You're Hurting Me
posted by Slack-a-gogo 28 September | 22:07
'Put Another Log On the Fire'
posted by dg 28 September | 23:18
How about 'More Than I Can Do' by Steve Earle, which he now refers to as a stalker song, written at a time when one of his ex-wives wanted rid of him and he wouldn't take no for an answer.

posted by Senyar 29 September | 09:25
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