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Help convince me Mars bars aren't actually getting smaller!

PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:53 pm
by Mike Senior
OK, let me explain what I mean by that title. I've recently started a new free podcast where a friend and I take a not-altogether-serious slant on all things project-studio (http://www.projectstudioteabreak.com). For our latest recording, I mentioned that, although I don't normally agree with the "music was better in the 70s/60s/baroque/whateverpastperiod" point of view I sometimes hear from people of my age, I've begun to worry I might be starting to become such a curmudgeon myself...

You see, as I was reclining by the pool on holiday a couple of weeks ago, I heard ABBA's 'Lay All Your Love On Me', which contains the fabulous couplet "I used to think I was sensible / It makes the truth even more incomprehensible", with its six-syllable final word. So I started trying to think if there were any similarly long words in recent chart hits. And I couldn't come up with any!

Five-syllable words used to be commonplace ("Unforgettable" "You irreplaceable you" "Congratulations"...) and The Carpenters managed a whopping seven syllables in "Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft" (a song which includes another 5-syllable and four 4-syllable words too). But the most recent six-syllable word I could find was "institutionalized" in So Solid Crew's "Broken Silence" back in 2003, and even five-syllable ones seem pretty scarce -- there's "opportunity" in Eminem's "Lose Yourself", for instance, but that's 2002.

So, please -- somebody! -- name me a hit song within the last 10 years that has at least a 5-syllable word in it, and preferably a 7-syllable one to stop The Carpenters looking so smug (a herculean labour, I know). Otherwise, I'm afraid I shall have to concede that Mars bars really are getting smaller, that policemen are getting younger, and that young people really don't show any respect for their elders any more. In my day, etc., etc., ...

:roll:

Re: Help convince me Mars bars aren't actually getting smaller!

PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:07 pm
by The Bunk
Dang!! I thought I had a couple of belters and then re-read the post and picked up the "last 10 years" line. So I'll refrain but if we do open up into "last 40 years", I'll be back....

Re: Help convince me Mars bars aren't actually getting smaller!

PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:47 pm
by wireman
International Love
E.T.

Re: Help convince me Mars bars aren't actually getting smaller!

PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:34 pm
by blinddrew
Don't think i can top the syllable count but there's plenty of clever lyric writing from the likes of Frank Turner, David Ford and Tom McRae.
But i guess that doesn't make the charts.

Re: Help convince me Mars bars aren't actually getting smaller!

PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:00 pm
by Mike Senior
wireman wrote:International Love
E.T.

Wow -- who'd have thought we'd have Pitbull and Katy Perry fighting the good fight.

:D

OK. So we have a 5-syllable from 2011 and a 6-syllable from 2010. Do I hear a raise on 6-syllable? Or something more recent?
:round1:

Re: Help convince me Mars bars aren't actually getting smaller!

PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:02 pm
by Mike Senior
blinddrew wrote:Don't think i can top the syllable count but there's plenty of clever lyric writing from the likes of Frank Turner, David Ford and Tom McRae.
But i guess that doesn't make the charts.

Yeah. That's the problem. Hell, DieNasty Records, the San Diego hip-hop collective used pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis in 2008 and 2010, but I'd hardly call that mainstream...

Re: Help convince me Mars bars aren't actually getting smaller!

PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:05 pm
by tomas
...except, as any serious prog heads should know, “Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft" was written and originally recorded by Klaatu for their 1977 album Hope, which includes many other gems like “We’re Off You Know”, “Around the Universe in 80 Days” and “Anus of Uranus”... ;) I like the album a lot since way back then, and I honestly only found out here and now that the Carpenters made a cover of Calling!

From Ambrose Akinmusire there’s “Ceaseless Inexhaustible Child” released just four years ago, but not quite a chart topper...

Re: Help convince me Mars bars aren't actually getting smaller!

PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:07 pm
by Mike Senior
tomas wrote:...except, as any serious prog heads should know, “Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft" was written and originally recorded by Klaatu for their 1977 album Hope
Cool! Didn't realise that!

Re: Help convince me Mars bars aren't actually getting smaller!

PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:13 pm
by Logarhythm
It appears that Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious was released as a single that made the charts in the US, so that's the Carpenters pipped for you ;)

Whilst I'm embarrassed to admit that I can remember this, I believe Eminem got "antidisestablishmentarianism" into a song that Google claims is from an album in 2010.

N.B. Mars Bars are getting smaller. Music peaked in 1825 :mrgreen:

Re: Help convince me Mars bars aren't actually getting smaller!

PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:25 pm
by Mike Senior
Logarhythm wrote:Music peaked in 1825 :mrgreen:

That late?

Re: Help convince me Mars bars aren't actually getting smaller!

PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:28 pm
by Mike Senior
Logarhythm wrote:It appears that Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious was released as a single that made the charts in the US, so that's the Carpenters pipped for you ;)

It only entered the OED well after that, though... :)

Whilst I'm embarrassed to admit that I can remember this, I believe Eminem got "antidisestablishmentarianism" into a song that Google claims is from an album in 2010.

Hah -- yes, you're right. It's in Almost Famous off Recovery. Wasn't a hit, though... Dang!

Re: Help convince me Mars bars aren't actually getting smaller!

PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:16 pm
by Matt Houghton
Outside your time limit but RHCP's Californication includes 'civilisation'... which is 5 or arguably 6 syllables. Mars bars were clearly longer back then.

Re: Help convince me Mars bars aren't actually getting smaller!

PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:33 pm
by blinddrew
Florence and the machine, sky full of hope (this year) scores a 6 with unimaginable.
Fairly mainstream.

Re: Help convince me Mars bars aren't actually getting smaller!

PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 7:24 am
by BJG145
...and "Interplanetary" is only 6 too...

Re: Help convince me Mars bars aren't actually getting smaller!

PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 7:55 am
by ConcertinaChap
[non sequitur] Did you know that Mars bars were invented in Slough? [/non sequitur]

CC

Re: Help convince me Mars bars aren't actually getting smaller!

PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:32 am
by Mike Senior
BJG145 wrote:...and "Interplanetary" is only 6 too...

D'oh! :headbang: It's my attention to detail that really sets me apart... :roll:

It's not that policemen are getting younger, it's just that I've forgotten how to count!

Re: Help convince me Mars bars aren't actually getting smaller!

PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:37 am
by Mike Senior
blinddrew wrote:Florence and the machine, sky full of hope (this year) scores a 6 with unimaginable.
Fairly mainstream.

Number two album, admittedly, but that single still only hit number 81 in the UK charts. We're getting warmer, though! :)

Re: Help convince me Mars bars aren't actually getting smaller!

PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:38 am
by Mike Senior
ConcertinaChap wrote:[non sequitur] Did you know that Mars bars were invented in Slough? [/non sequitur]

CC
Absolutely -- I grew up within smelling distance of the Mars factory, in fact.

Re: Help convince me Mars bars aren't actually getting smaller!

PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:29 am
by BJG145
Mike Senior wrote:
ConcertinaChap wrote:Did you know that Mars bars were invented in Slough?

Absolutely -- I grew up within smelling distance of the Mars factory, in fact.

...oh, that just reminds me of the smell of chocolate that used to hang over Norwich in bygone years. We produced the first Rolo, you know.

Re: Help convince me Mars bars aren't actually getting smaller!

PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:52 am
by blinddrew
BJG145 wrote:
Mike Senior wrote:
ConcertinaChap wrote:Did you know that Mars bars were invented in Slough?

Absolutely -- I grew up within smelling distance of the Mars factory, in fact.

...oh, that just reminds me of the smell of chocolate that used to hang over Norwich in bygone years. We produced the first Rolo, you know.
I remember that, we still get it in York.