Take for instance Undercover Angel by Alan O’Day. Click on the picture to see the song matched up with Charlie’s Angels
It was a number one song in 1977 and the melody seemed harmless enough with a sing along chorus but then you start to read the lyrics.
Cryin’ on my pillow, lonely in my bed
Then I heard a voice beside me, and she softly said
Wonder is your night light, magic is your dream
And as I held her, she said, see what I mean
I said what? she said oo-oo-oo wee
I said alright she said, love me, love me love me
Undercover angel, midnight fantasy
I’ve never had a dream that made sweet love to me
It doesn’t take a detective to figure out that this guy is alone in his bed and thinking of his undercover angel i.e. Rosey Palm and her five sisters .
Sexual references have always been around rock and roll (also a sexual term). From Little Richard’s Good Golly Miss Molly (“you sure like to ball“), Bill Haley & The Comets had a hit with Shake, Rattle & Roll “I’m like a one-eyed cat peeping through a seafood store” , even The Beatles didn’t just want to hold your hand when they refer to a “finger pie” in Penny Lane.
But perhaps the dirtiest pop group of all time belongs to The Knack. Click on the picture to see The Knack in action.
Their #1 hit from 1979 My Sharona is almost predatory.
Ooh you make my motor run, my motor run.
Gun it comin’ off the line Sharona
Never gonna stop, give it up.
Such a dirty mind. Always get it up for the touch
of the younger kind. My my my i yi woo. M M M My Sharona…
Come a little closer huh, ah will ya huh.
Close enough to look in my eyes, Sharona.
Keeping it a mystery gets to me
Running down the length of my thighs, Sharona
This song thrilled me as a kid but now as an adult with teenage daughters, I’m going “ick”.
And if you thought that was just an anomaly how about their follow-up song Good Girls Don’t which hit #11.
And it’s a teenage sadness
Everyone has got to taste.
An in-between age madness
That you know you can’t erase
Til she’s sitting on your face.
The radio version changes that last lyric to “Til she puts you in your place”, but I had (along with 2 million other kids) the album with the correct lyrics.
Doug Fieger, lead singer and songwriter of The Knack sings it with a knowing wink but still, “ew”.
The Knack will always get a free pass from me mostly because they helped introduce the world to Weird Al Yankovic. Click on the picture to see Weird Al in action.