April 05, 2006

You Want It, You Got It, Baby

When I saw that the Onion AV Club had published a piece called "Seven Songs With Factual Or Logical Mistakes In The Lyrics," there was one in particular I was looking for, and yes, it was included:

Young MC, "Bust A Move"

Though Young MC is completely logical throughout most of this song––he's absolutely right, in most situations, you should bust a move––things get a little confusing in the last verse. He raps: "Your best friend Harry / has a brother Larry / in five days from now he's gonna marry / he's hopin' you can make it there if you can / 'cause in the ceremony you'll be the best man." Now, why would your best friend's brother choose you as best man over his own flesh and blood? Is Harry just going to be a run-of-the-mill usher at his brother's wedding while you're toasting and keeping track of the rings? Also, why would Larry inform you of his family-shaking decision a mere five days before the wedding?

Why, indeed? Chuck Klosterman asked the same question in a Spin column last year True, you could say that it is in fact Harry's wedding and the fact that he has a brother named Larry is merely thrown in for rhyming purposes, though in that case why would Harry chose Young MC over his own brother as best man? And if it's enough of a fly-by-night wedding that the best man is chosen just five days beforehand, you'd think it would be more of an informal affair. So why does he "go to the church in his new tuxedo"?

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