Burn! Music's 12 Best Insults & Jabs

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One of the not-so-fun things in the world is to get insulted or, in the words of Kelso from That 70's Show, get "burned." Now, let's imagine what it would be like to be insulted by some musician on one of their albums -- that "burn" I can only imagine was magnified by a million.

Nevertheless, some of the greatest insults come from music. I personally wonder if those who inspired these songs feel sorry for what they did -- depending on who they are, that is. We will probably never know the answer to that one.

12. Carly Simon, "You're So Vain": Nobody is totally sure who the song is about. However, Simon has revealed that it's about three different men she knew -- one of them possibly being actor Warren Beatty, whom Simon has said the song is partially about. However, nobody is totally sure because the singer will never reveal the full identity of the person. Some have speculated that it was about record executive and founder of Geffen Records David Geffen, Kris Kristofferson and even Cat Stevens.

Identities aside, the person described in "You're So Vain" sounds like a real jerk. Simon sings, "You had me several years ago when I was still quite naive/ Well you said that we made such a pretty pair and that you would never leave/ But you gave away the things you loved and one of them was me/ I had some dreams they were clouds in my coffee, clouds in my coffee."


11. Eminem, "Kim": Throughout his life, Eminem has often had a very tumultuous relationship with his on-again-off-again wife, Kim Mathers. In the song, he depicts her violent death. Shortly after the song's release, the real-life Kim attempted suicide by slitting her wrists but was thankfully unsuccessful. After the song was released, Kim slapped a $10 million defamation lawsuit against Eminem.


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रान्डेल हैरिस
रान्डेल हैरिस

Many of these songs weren't even written by the artists. Neither Nancy or Ann had anything to do with the writing of Barracuda. Michael DeRosier and Roger Fisher wrote it.Heart is credited with production and Nancy is credited with guitar and music parts.Timothy Mosley and Scott Storch wrote Cry me a River. According to sources Timberlake only wrote the chorus melody. Plus it has been described by many Morissette producers that he method of 'writing' includes asking others how to articulate that she is 'sad' and then collaberating with her musings. Hardly worthy of writing comparison with Buckingham and Lennon on any level.

John Seaborn Gray
John Seaborn Gray

It wasn't in a song, but I always loved how Boy George referred to Prince as "a dwarf dipped in pubic hair."

MASSMURDERMEDIA
MASSMURDERMEDIA

"death on two legs"queen

"like a rolling stone"bob dylan

"have a cigar"pink floyd

 

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another good Beatles /Lennon one:  Sexy Sadie. This song was reportedly a dis of the Maharishi, with whom Lennon and the boys had become disenchanted, after the Maharishi allegedly attempted to rape Mia Farrow, who was at the Maharishi's retreat with the Fab Four. (Dear Prudence, also from the White Album, is a reference to Mia's sister, BTW) This is at least one interpretation of the track, but it makes sense if you listen to the lyrics, and even the cadence of the "Sexy Sadie," which can be sung "Ma-ha-rishi" The name and lyrics were apparently changed to avoid a lawsuit.

SteveK77536
SteveK77536

Musician's can,of course, be on the receiving end also.  I recall a Houston musician listening to another band on stage, then shouting "That sucked.  Play one you know."  And one night at Anderson Fair, the great Steve Fromholz stopped a song and said, "I can't remember the words to my own song."  (Possibly related to the several empty longnecks on the stool next to him).  A voice from the audience said, "Well, maybe you can remember some Jimmy Buffett."  Fromholz himself seemed to be fighting the urge to fall down laughing.

Christina Lynn Hildebrand
Christina Lynn Hildebrand

for some reason that line sounds like something patsy stone would say on "Absolutely Fabulous" - my favorite british sitcom.

Christina Lynn Hildebrand
Christina Lynn Hildebrand

Funny thing you mention Prince.

Today as I was working out, which normally I have designated Madonna as my music of choice when I workout. Anyways there's a song on her like a prayer album called "Love Song" and its a duet with Prince. (apparently the dated)

Anyways I read later that there was a bit of a feud between the 2 when he made fun of her adopting from malawi. But apparently they patched it up. 

MASSMURDERMEDIA
MASSMURDERMEDIA

i don't think a potential lawsuit figured into the equation, since there were no specific incidents described in the song...  lennon has said he simply didn't have the guts to call out the maharishi publicly...

 

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