Ke$ha ft 3Oh!3 - 'Blah Blah Blah'
In the early years of the 20th Century - the heyday of the music hall - singers would often try and titillate their audience with songs about sex, nakedness and general sauce. These were extraordinarily popular, as the people then were much like people now - always in favour of a mucky laugh set to music. Of course, they had no 'say anything' internet, no sweary films, no rock 'n' roll and a media whose view of public disgracefulness of this sort was close to that of the strictest headmaster in the world.
So, without using any of the words, the way entertainers got their message across was to use innuendo. They'd write a song about, say, a yoyo. or a stick of rock, and with nothing but a cheeky wink, and the clear impression that nobody would bother to write about something that silly unless it had a hidden meaning, a very clean sort of filthy song would ensue.
Ke$ha, it's fair to say, does not feel the need to hide behind such tricks.
Mostly, it's a sign of cultural progress that a modern pop lass can sing a song which is exactly as dirty as the kind of song her male peers would risk. And you don't have to strain to hard to work out which male peers either, seeing as Keesh's delivery is pure Eminem. One line winds upwards, the next winds down, each one doing a little dance on the borderline between cheeky and just-plain-gross.
And the hook, that drunken howl of "you tah-tah-tawkin' that BLAH BLAH BLAH" is particularly nowadaysy too. It's like a rural, farm-girl spin on GaGa's 'Bad Romance' frosty gibberish breakdown.
What's interesting is that, once upon a time, the bit of this song which deliberately avoids the right words to describe what it is talking about would have been the bit which refers to items of human intimacy. Now it refers to the moment where someone is attempting to communicate using words, like a big swot or something.
Ke$ha, being a bright girl, will no doubt be VERY aware of this cultural shift. Heck, she might even be playing with it on purpose (wahay! etc etc).
Not that I'm saying one state of affairs is better than another, you understand. It's pop music, it's not supposed to be GOOD for you.
PS: In reading up on Keesh, I came across my favourite sentence of the entire internet, and it is this: "She also had the opportunity to sing background for Paris Hilton's single, 'Nothing in This World', which led to an incident later where she vomited in Hilton's closet."
Something we can all empathise with there...