Poets and lyricists had long desired to use words that phonetically imitate the sound they describe. Philosophers from antiquity to the modern era, linguists of all schools and several noted East Coast beatboxers have all attempted to capture the majesty of sound in words. However, it wasn’t until three brothers from Tulsa, Oklahoma under the band name Hanson had the breakout genre redefining hit “MMMBop” in 1997 that the concept of onomatopoeia was fully realised in song form. Hanson’s song was, of course, wildly successful, being voted number 20 in now long defunct television channel VH-1’s poll of the “100 greatest songs of the 1990’s” – it also notably caused world famous poet Pierre Autin-Grenier to controversially rewrite sections of his celebrated collection “L’éternité est inutile” in order to reflect the now completely transformed literary landscape.
Hanson’s keyboard player Taylor Hanson had a particularly strong reaction to his unintended effect on contemporary French poetry and subsequently spent several years in semi-retirement writing knitting patterns for the local parish magazine. He returned to music when convinced by former Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos to form the super group “Tinted Windows” although the eponymous album that followed failed to include any onomatopoeia at all. The band broke up shortly thereafter.
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3 thoughts on “Episode 32 – Onomatopoeia”
It’s a varied bunch of playlists this time round. Time to explore some new stuff.
Anywho. Here’s mine.
Fun as always gentlemen. I had a go, as I’m wont to do:
Carl’s playlist is fucking awesome. They all are. I love No Stairway.