Coffee Break: Misunderstood lyrics in honor of Mike Mitchell

the Kingsmen
The Kingsmen in 1966. Clockwise from lower left: Lynn Easton, J.C. Rieck, Kerry Magness, Mike Mitchell, Dick Peterson (Scandore/Shayne, Wikipedia public domain)

Mike Mitchell - founding member the Kingsmen - died this past Friday, on his 77th birthday.

Mitchell was guitarist on the Kingsmen's 1963 single "Louie Louie", which was written and composed by Richard Berry in 1955. The song is known for its nearly unintelligible lyrics which were so misinterpreted that back in the day, the song was banned from radio stations and there was an FBI investigation into the obscenity of the lyrics - which are not at all obscene - as the song is simply a first-person story of a sailor returning to the island to see his lover.

So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break in honor of Mike Mitchell, what songs do you want to hear with misunderstood/unintelligible lyrics?

Respond with your song ideas in the comments below.

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Songs played

The Kingsmen - Louie Louie
The XX - On Hold
Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
Iron Butterfly - In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Scar Tissue
Jain - Makeba
Chumbawumba - Tubthumping


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