JANUARY: FaLaNa etc…

The Monthly Mix

In yet another attempt to have content for this website (a new year’s resolution maybe?) I decided to do a themed mixtape every month. Why not? That’s at least twelve posts!

This month’s theme: The FaLaNa mix, a bunch of songs that feature Non-Lexical Vocables. You might know them as nonsense syllables. Words that are not words. You know, your Fa La La La Las, your Rah Rah Ah Ah Ah Roma Ro Ma Ma Ga Ga Oooh La Las, etc. It’s a mix to remind you that once upon a time a man calling himself Sting sang a song titled De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da. Perhaps there will be some 90’s classics that you had hoped to forget? By which I mean, yes, there will be, but there’s no reason to be Blue (Da Ba Dee?) about it, just sit back and enjoy!

The Rules:

A. Five or more of these words in a row at least once, anywhere in the song. (exceptions can be made if the nonsense is broken up by a real word in a chorus though!) We’re not going for one or two las here and there; we’re talking quantity and repetition! The gold standard example is, of course, Hey Jude, clocking in at around four minutes worth of “na”s!

B. I tried to think of these off the top of my head or through idly listening to other playlists/the radio and not look any up. (I always get curious and fail a bit at this one. How could I forget Land of 1000 Dances? I tried though!)

C. I capped it at 25 tracks, which is why there’s a lack of Doo-Wop!

Without further ado:

The Links and the List

  1. Short Skirt / Long Jacket – Cake
  2. Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye – Steam
  3. Don’t You (Forget About Me) – Simple Minds
  4. Common People – Pulp
  5. Psycho Killer – Talking Heads
  6. Go! – Tones on Tails
  7. Beautiful Ones – Suede
  8. Bad Romance – Lady Gaga
  9. De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da – The Police
  10. Blue (Da Ba Dee) – Eiffel 65
  11. You Can Call Me Al – Paul Simon
  12. Sweat (A La La La La Long) – Inner Circle
  13. The Boxer – Simon & Garfunkle
  14. Fa Fa – Guster
  15. Piano Man – Billy Joel
  16. MMMBop – Hanson
  17. Let’s Live For Today – The Grass Roots
  18. My Cherie Amour – Stevie Wonder
  19. Hooked on a Feeling – Blue Swede
  20. Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm – Crash Test Dummies
  21. Crocodile Rock – Elton John
  22. Jesus Built My Hotrod – Ministry
  23. Two Princes – Spin Doctors
  24. Land of 1000 Dances – WilsonPickett
  25. Hey Jude – The Beatles

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