SWOD (Song of the Day/Word of the Day) #18 Vituperation

4 May

Today’s Word:

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Vituperation (noun): The act or an instance of speaking abusively to or about.

Musical Example:

There are many examples of bands who can fit this word. Contumely is not uncommon in music. Yet, one band that specifically has a gift for vituperation is the classic nihilist dream-team, The Sex Pistols. Sid Vicious and Johnny Rotten are practically synonymous with anarchic lyrics and “I hate everything” punk beats. The song I specifically want to focus on appeared on the band’s first release in 1976. “Anarchy in the UK” is a great example of skilled vituperation and rebellion at its very best. Rotten sings:

“I am an anti-christ
I am an anarchist
Don’t know what I want but
I know how to get it
I wanna destroy the passer”

This is punk music at its very finest. Catchy, upbeat and sung in an appealing brusque manner. “Anarchy in the UK” is #53 on the Rolling Stone list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and it is well deserving of the spot.

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