Friday, May 16, 2008

Instant Comma

Greatly enjoying Oxford Comma by Vampire Weekend, one of the greatest (and only) songs about an obscure point of punctuation to date. I can see this bunch soundtracking a Wes Anderson movie at some point. Possibly even starring in one. They've got that Yale freshman, Jason Schwatzman thing down.

In fact, I'm wracking my brain to think of other punctuation-related songs. Off the top of my head, I can only think of Ranking Full Stop by The Beat and Message Oblique Speech by Associates. Of course, you could also have anything by Question Mark and the Mysterians. Or Willie Colon. Any more for any more?


Digital Plamf said...

"Up The Bracket" by The Libertines.

"Tilde" by The Boredoms (but only if you drop 'e' from Tilde to make Tild)

"Comma Comma Comma" by The Brakes

"Apostrophe" by Thread Atlas

"Lean Period" by Orange Juice

"Asterisk" by The Defog

"Quotation Marks" by Levantine

"@" by CPM

"Hip Hyphen Hop" by Mad Ro

"Forward Slash" by Smashback

"Ampersand" by Tender Trap

"!" by Ghostface Killah

-- NB I only cheated (using itunes) for five of the above.

Irk The Purists said...

Good work! Up The Bracket, of course! D'oh. I'm guessing anything by Slash (ex GnR) would fly. Oh, what about Frank Zappa's album ' (Apostrophe)..

DP said...

Good lateral thinking re: the boy from Stoke On Trent with the daft hat.

By the way I paid my annual visit to the dictionary earler, and tilde does have an 'e' after all. My spelling of it comes from a James Kelman book, 'Translated Accounts'. Punctuation aplenty in that book, I tell you.