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FM96 Top 10 Moustaches in Rock
- #1 Led Zeppelin [In Through the Out Door]
- #2 Quiet Riot Cum on Feel The Noize
- #3 Metallica No Leaf Clover
- #4 The Verve Bittersweet Symphony
- #5 Soundgarden Black Hole Sun
- #6 Social Distortion Bad Luck
- #7 Guns ‘N Roses Civil War
- #8 Eve 6 Inside Out
- #9 Rob Zombie Living Dead Girl
- #10 Oasis (Definitely Maybe)
Songwriting is filled with all sorts of poetic devices. One very common figure of speech that we can find in several FM96 songs, albums, and band names is the oxymoron. An oxymoron is defined as a figure of speech that uses juxtaposing elements that appear contradictory. In this week’s FM96 Top 10, we take a closer look at the power of the paradox in rock ‘n roll! Thanks to FM96 listeners for all their input in this week’s list and Jim Kelly for coining the term ‘Rockxymoron’ !
#1 Led Zeppelin [In Through the Out Door]
Before Led Zeppelin there was New Yardbirds featuring eight musicians including Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, and Eric Clapton. In 1968, Page began forming Lead Zeppelin, spelled with an ‘a’ at first, and supposedly coined by Keith Moon of The Who, who once said, ‘the band would go down like a lead zeppelin.’ As you know, a zeppelin is a German aircraft and well, it wouldn’t survive in the air if it was made of lead! The band eventually changed the spelling of the name to avoid mispronunciation. A Zeppelin appears on the cover of Zeppelin I.
Led Zeppelin exercised contradictions often outside of just their band name. For example, the song Good Times, Bad Times and the album name In Through The Out Door.
#3 Metallica - No Leaf Clover
It can’t be a clover if it has no leaves…right?
#4 The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony
How can something be Bitter & Sweet at the same time!?
#5 Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun
#6 Social Distortion - Bad Luck
The phrase ‘bad luck’ is probably one of the most common oxymorons used in everyday language!
#7 Guns 'N Roses - Civil War
What’s so civil about war anyway?
#8 Neil Peart of Rush
Swallow my doubt, turn it inside out
Find nothing but faith in nothing
#9 Rob Zombie - Living Dead Girl
How can someone be living and dead at the same time?
#10 Oasis [Definitely Maybe]
Clever name for this 1994 album, which was the highest selling debut album of all time in the UK until Arctic Monkeys Whatever You Say I am, That’s What I’m Not took over the record in 2006. Contradictory phrases going head to head!