Fashion in Song – Louboutins (2009)

Released as a lead single on Jennifer Lopez’ 7th album in December 2009:

Uh, uh, uh, uh, yeah
Oh, oh, ah-ah-ah, radio killer
Taking back my love (Taking back my love)…

You said you’d change, but still nothing
You’re still the same, I’m just a part-time lover (Lover)
And I’m the blame, should have went away (Away)
But yet I stayed (I stayed), with a part-time lover
See, some days you will love me
Then you don’t, then you do, then you won’t
Then you’re here, then you’re gone, I’m alone
Now you got me stressing out on the phone

But it’s the last time, I’m moving on
I’m throwing on my Louboutins…

I left the state (The state), changed everything
No more 818 (18) for the part-time lover (Lover)
What goes around comes back around
And then you get what you deserve, you part-time lover (Yeah)
See, some days you will love me
Then you don’t, then you do, then you won’t
Then you’re here, then you’re gone, I’m alone
Now you got me stressing out on the phone

But it’s the last time, I’m moving on
I’m throwing on my Louboutins…

Watch these red bottoms and the back of my jeans
Watch me go, bye baby, don’t know what you got until it’s gone
Tail lights is all you’ll see
Watch this Benz exit that driveway

I’m throwing on my Louboutins…

Watch me walk it out, walk it out, walk it out
Walk this right up out the house
Walk it out, boy, watch me walk it out
Uh, walk it out, walk this right up out the house

I’m throwing on my Louboutins (Out the house)…

Fashion in Song – Wenn die Elisabeth (1930)

This German song Wenn die Elisabeth is about Elizabeth, who loses her advantage of having great legs in the longer skirt styles of 1930. A second paragraph refers to how her friend Mitzi, who has a great rack, now has the advantage!

Die Elisabeth, die süße, hat ein neues langes Kleid,
und es schlenkert um die Füße, die seidne Herrlichkeit.
Jedes Herz beginnt zu sieden, alle Männer drehn sich um,
doch sie selbst ist nicht zufrieden! Und wissen sie warum?

Refr.:
Wenn die Elisabeth nicht so schöne Beine hätt’,
hätt’ sie viel mehr Freud’ an dem neuen, langen Kleid!
Doch, da sie Beine hat, tadellos und kerzengrad,
tut es ihr so leid um das alte kurze Kleid!
Das kann man doch verstehen, beim Gehen, beim Drehen
kann man jetzt nichts mehr sehen und niemand weiß Bescheid!
Ja, wenn die Elisabeth nicht so schöne Beine hätt,
hätt’ sie viel mehr Freud’ an dem neuen, langen Kleid!

Elisabeth, the sweet, has a new long dress,
and it swings around the feet, the silk glory.
Every heart starts to boil, all men turn around,
but she is not satisfied herself! And do you know why?

Refrain:
If Elisabeth didn’t have such beautiful legs
if she had much more joy in the new, long dress!
But since she has legs, immaculate and candle-grade,
she is so sorry for the old short dress!
You can understand that, when walking, when turning
you can no longer see anything and nobody knows!
Yes, if Elisabeth didn’t have such nice legs,
if she had much more joy in the new, long dress!

Fashion in Song – Sticky Fingers, 1971

Although none of the songs on this Rolling Stones album was about fashion, it’s hard to ignore the novel cover art that includes a working zipper that reveals white cotton undies. Widely considered one of the most influential album covers of all time (usually placing second after the Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s album), Sticky Fingers was scandalous but successful at promoting the Rolling Stones ‘bad boy’ image. Designed by Andy Warhol, the model used for the photograph was never revealed, but it’s not Mick Jagger or any member of the band.

Damage was caused by the zipper to the vinyl disc when the record was stacked under other records, so to alleviate the problem, the fly was usually sold unzipped so that any damage would not occur to the recording.

Fashion in Song – How to Do That (1989) – Jean Paul Gaultier

Gaultier announced a couple of days ago that he will be retiring from fashion design after his final couture show on January 22. Back in 1989, at the height of his ‘enfant terrible’ reputation, he produced this dance video: How to Do That.

The video is all about the visuals, because the lyrics are repetitive and non-sensical:

What do you think about working with some one ?
– Euh… I think I should… Eeeeuh…

« How to do that ? How to do that ? How to do that ? Make new wave »
« How to do that ? How to do that ? How to do that ? Make new wave »
« How to do, How to do, How to do, How to do »
Hihihi

« Bravo »

« How to doodoodoo that »

Bring some technic
Bring some technic
Bring some technic
Technic idea

I’m sure that I can’t do that, you know.

« How to doodoodoo « Bravo » that »

Euh
Euh
I think I should
Euh
I think I should
Euh
I think I should first… euh…

« How to doodoodoo « Bravo » that »

What’ll I have w
What’ll I have w
What’ll I have with that
[Tell me mather with me]
What’ll I have w
What’ll I have w
What’ll I have with that

« How to doodoodoo « Bravo » that »
« Les Français parlent aux Français »

Non, non
Oui, oui
Euh, non-non
Oui ah

« [Sifflement d’Ouvrard] »
« [Sifflement d’Ouvrard] »
« [Sifflement d’Ouvrard] »
« [Sifflement d’Ouvrard] »

I think I should…
Tec-tec-tec. Bring some technic idea. Euh !
Tec-tec-tec. Bring some technic idea. Euh !
Bring some technic
Bring some technic
Bring some technic
Technic idea

How to hum-euh-hum-euh
How to hum-euh-hum-euh
How to hum-euh-hum-euh

Euh… I think I should… 
Non, non
Oui, oui
Euh, non-non
Oui ah
I think I should
Bring some technic idea
Euh
I think I should… 
Tec-tec-tec. Bring some technic idea. Euh !
Euh… I think I should… 
Tec-tec-tec. Bring some technic idea. Euh !

Bye-bye

Fashion in Song – Air Force Ones (2002)

Air Force Ones was written and performed by American rap artist Nelly, and was released on his Nellyville album, November 7, 2002. It peaked at #3 on the U.S. Billboard top 100 chart. The song became popular with sneaker heads (sneaker collectors) who consider white Adidas Air Force Ones a ‘must have’ sneaker for the serious collector’s wardrobe.

Big boy – Big boy – Big boy

I said give me two pairs

(‘Cause) I need two pairs

So I can get to STOMPING in my Air Force Ones

(Big boy) STOMPING in my Air Force Ones

I like the all-white high-top strap with the gum bottom

(Big boy) there’s something ‘bout them that’s dirty why I got ’em

(Big boy) I leave um strapped and laced and come up out um

(Big Boy) the last person that touched ’em I been shot ’em (big boy)

Now if you looked, and seen lime green forces and kiwi

(Big boy) you couldn’t get this color if you had a personal genie

(Big boy) you now I keep it hip-hop, my niggas flip flop

(Big boy) yea my force ones and tip top

(Me) now form a flip flop, (big boy)

I like the limited edition to khaki and army green

(Big boy) patent leather pin stripe you should see how I do the strings

(Big boy) sistompinge twelve with the strap, red and white with a cardinal cap

(Big boy) all flavors well it just depends

On when and (don’t get me) where I am at (Big boy)

Don’t get me, don’t get me wrong man

And Murphy lee ain’t dumb man

(Big boy) ’cause if the shoe is on the shelf you should have some man

(Big boy) you cannot sit up and tell me that you have none man

(Big boy) you may not have three or four but you got one man (big boy)

I said give me two pairs

(‘Cause) I need two pairs

So I can get to STOMPING in my Air Force Ones

(Big boy) STOMPING in my Air Force Ones

I said give me two pairs

(‘Cause) I need two pairs

So I can get to STOMPING in my Air Force Ones

(Big boy) STOMPING in my Air Force Ones

We up in Footlocker I’m looking like I need those

(Big boy) ten in a half and if you got ’em give me two of those

(Big boy) I can tell she never seen Murphy Lee before

(Big boy) ’cause she’s just standing there as if I’m shooting free throws

(Big boy) I said excuse me miss I only wanna buy shoes

(Big boy) she said I love you Murph especially in the white in blue

(Big boy) I said the white in blue sound nice make it twice

(Big boy) and I signed an autograph “thanks for the advice” (big boy)

I keep it real dirty, dirty you know how I do

(Big boy) purple in gold with the Lakers the broncos the orange in blue

(Big boy) I like em floppy with ankle socks

Lows mids and high tops (Big boy) With the clear sole,

But this Tims and fat laces with it is cold

(Big boy) but when the winter goes and the hot summer flows

(Big boy) then it’s back to the all purpose with em and dots in the toe

(Big boy) then I’m stopping this dough that I’m spending fa sure

(Big boy) on them Nike Air Force “N” “E” behind the “O” (big boy)

Ok li, I treat my shoe like my ride

(Big boy) chrome on the fat laces at what wood on the inside

(Big boy) spray candy on the swoosh

With the electric poofs

(Big boy) since I put a kit on the sole now I got a wider shoe

(Big boy) you see that low misk with the purple coop I’m driving them

(Big boy), (Kyjuan, where you getting them colors, are you dying them)

(Big boy) ten is my sistompinge in them

No point in tiein’ them

(Big boy) ain’t no point in trying these on

You know I’m buying them (big boy)

Now don’t nothing get the hype on first site like, white on whites

(Big boy) them three quarters them lows they all tight

(Big boy) the only problem they only good for one night

(Big boy) ’cause once you scuff um you f*cked up your whole night

(Big boy) what’s my basis? The look up sto on his faces

(Big boy) this kids outrageous he buying them by the cases

(Big boy) ’cause once I cop um gut um and switch the laces

(Big boy) they all purpose ya heard me kinda like my Dayton’s (big boy)

I said give me two pairs

(‘Cause) I need two pairs

So I can get to STOMPING in my Air Force Ones

(Big boy) STOMPING in my Air Force Ones

I said give me two pairs

(‘Cause) I need two pairs

So I can get to STOMPING in my Air Force Ones

(Big boy) STOMPING in my Air Force Ones (big boys)

I wore spurs at first now there’s tape on them

(Big Boy) damn, when those come out so I write the date on them

(Big Boy) these Louis Vuitton ones, you gotta wait on them

(Big boy) I had to get em early so I spent more cake on them (big boy)

Look I’m trying to keep it up like a one-minute man

(Big boy) while Ali on the Kawasaki two head bands

(Big boy) jewellery and all, fish bowl in the mall

(Big Boy), (I got some fifteens) security buying shoes and all (big boy)

Now some time I get em free some time I gotta pay

(Big boy) walk in the mall and they know what I’m ‘bout to say

(Big boy) gimme the black and platinum, and leather gray

(Big boy) ones in the back and the pair you got on display (check), (big boy)

Now were the boxes where I keep mine (keep mine)

You should beep mine (big boy), (keep mine)

Maybe once or twice but never three times

(Big boy) I’m just a sneaker pro

I love pumas and shell toes

(Big boy) but can’t nothing compare to a fresh crispy white pair (big boy)

I said give me two pairs

(‘Cause) I need two pairs

So I can get to STOMPING in my Air Force Ones

(Big boy) STOMPING in my Air Force Ones

I said give me two pairs

(‘Cause) I need two pairs

So I can get to STOMPING in my Air Force Ones

(Big boy) STOMPING in my Air Force Ones

Big boy – Big boy – Big boy – Big boy

AND MAYBE THE LAST Knitting Song – Jim Henson Muppets (1983)

It’s neat and it’s sweet
It’s a ding dong treat
Knittin’ socks for little feet
Just sittin’ with your knittin’ all day long
You know knittin’s friendly
And knittin’s fun
Knittin’s good for everyone
And that is why we sing this knittin’ song
Well it’s knit one pearl two
What’s a Doozer gonna do
With a gol-darn
Ball of yarn?
It’s stitch three drop four
Pitch that knittin’ out the door right now
There’s a green there’s a red
There’s a knot in my thread
A knitter needs his noggin read
So don’t come ’round and speak to me of yarn
You can k-nit all day and k-nothin’ fits
‘Cause only k-nitwits like to k-nit
And k-nittin’ k-needles just ain’t worth a darn
Well it’s knit one pearl two
What’s a Doozer gonna do
With a gol-darn
Ball of yarn?
It’s stitch three drop four
Pitch that knittin’ out the door right now

And ANOTHER knitting song: Knitting – Arthur Askey (1939)

Comedian Arthur Askey was born in Liverpool in 1900 and served in WWI where he also performed in army entertainments. After the War he went into the theatre and eventually built a career on the radio, becoming well known by the late 1930s. His comic song Knitting was recorded in 1939.

SPOKEN: Knit one, purl one, knit one, purl two. Sorry to keep you waiting, playmates, but I must finish this sock. I’m just turning the elbow, so amuse yourselves for a minute, will you? Won’t be long now! Knit one purl one, knit one— Oh, curse! I’ve dropped a stitch. Aren’t I a silly girl?

Some like football; some like darts.
I like kitting and the simpler arts.
Half a dozen needles, an ounce or two of wool,
Fills me cup of happiness chock full.

I’m a little knitwit, knitting all the day.
That’s how I keep dull care away.
Hemstitch, lockstitch, plain and purl,
A pleasant occupation for a good little girl.

I knit jumpers, pretty little jumpers,
Very high jumpers as well as very low.
I’ve knitted jumpers for test-match stumpers.
Never had a misfit, oh, no!

Knitted one for father, the color of his eyes,
Perfect style and immaculate size,
Filling ev’ry crevice, …(?) ev’ry joint,
Sitting like a glove upon his embonpoint.

Knit one, drop one, flip(?) one, drop one,
Neat a bit of work as you ever did see.
Put one, take one, boil one, bake one,
Put it in the oven for mummy and me.

I’m a little knitwit, knitting with a will,
Mitts for little Audrey, socks for Bill,
Three-ply cable, plain and purl,
A useful occupation for a nice little girl.

I knit jerkins, nobby little jerkins,
Who says a jerkin with little squiggly bits.
I can wheedle(?) a jerkin needle
As good as any knitwit what knits.

Knitting is a sedative, soothing to the nerves,
Develops good points and graceful curves.
Sit and take it easy, planning this and that,
Where’s me googly(?) wool gone? Darn that cat!

Rib one, space one, lose one, chase one,
Knit a pair of night socks for any wee tot.
Mufflers, hose-bags(?), cosys, nosebags,
A comfy little cover for your hot-water bot.

I’m a little knitwit, knitting with a verve,
Getting all cockeyed but I do not swerve.
Neckbands, arm-hole, plain and purl,
A charming occupation for a sweet little girl

I knit babies, bonnie little babies,
I knit babies’ bootiekins and hats.
I knit a … for … makers,
Natty little neckties and spats.

Perky little pilchards(?), the pinkest ever seen,
Suitable for weddings up at Gretna Green.
Pilchies(?) à la West End make for heavy wear.
I don’t know how they put them on and I don’t care.

Coaches, skirties, shorties, shirties,
Keeping all the wearers up to scratch,
Blue bags, grey bags, full-sized hay bags,
Does anybody want to try a needle match?

I’m a little knitwit, knitting all the day,
When I’m out a-gathering nuts in May.
Hooks and eyelets, plain and purl,
A simple occupation for a plain little girl.

I knit, knit, knit, knit, knit, knit, knit to drive dull care away.

SPOKEN: Goodbye, playmates. Knit one, purl one, knit one— (fade)

ANOTHER Knitting Song – Sophie Madeleine (2009)

I’m going to knit myself a sweater.
A sweater that will keep me warm at night.
Just how many days here must I weather?
Just biding my time…
’cause when I call you on the phone,
I’m still lost, I’m still alone.
Who’s going to make it right? (Oooh wah ooh)
Who’s going to make it right? (Oooh wah ooh)I’m going to write myself a letter.
A letter that will make me feel alright.
I’ll read it to myself five times or seven.
But I can’t deny
I’m going to need a little more than just some thought that I adore to keep me warm at night. (Oooh wah ooh)
To keep me warm at night. (Oooh wah ooh)Nine days don’t amount to much when you cross them off a wall.
And I thought I was out of luck ’til you came along and made me fall.
Now there’s nothing more to say, since you left and gone away.
And I just don’t think I’ll get through the night.Because I need a little more than just some thought
that I adore to keep me warm at night. (Oooh wah ooh)
Oh keep me warm at night. (Oooh wah ooh)Because I need a little more than just some thought that I adore to keep me warm at night. (Oooh wah ooh)
Oh keep me warm at night. (Oooh wah ooh)

Fashion in Song – The Knitting Song (1964)

Bill Oddie was one of a trio of British comedians known as The Goodies – the other two Goodies were Tim Brook Taylor and Doctor Graeme Garden. Oddie’s The Knitting Song was released on Parlophone (R5346) in 1965. That same year he appeared on the cover of an EMU knitting pattern wearing a sweater with the pure wool yarn logo – a campaign that was launched that year by the wool industry. Oddie also wore the sweater and performed The Knitting Song that year on “Thank your lucky stars”, a BBC TV pop show that ran from 1961 to 1966.

Fashion in Song – My Adidas (1986)

In honour of Sneaker Day (first observed in U.S. in 2016), I am posting My Adidas by Run-D.M.C. from their 1986 album Raising Hell. The song, unsurprisingly, led to an endorsement deal between Adidas and Run-D.M.C., which began a long association between sneaker brands and Hip Hop artists.

My Adidas
Walk through concert doors
And roam all over coliseum floors
I stepped on stage, at Live Aid
All the people gave an applause that paid
And out of speakers I did speak
I wore my sneakers but I’m not a sneak
My Adidas cuts the sand of a foreign land
With mic in hand I cold took command
My Adidas and me both askin P
We make a good team my Adidas and me
We get around together, rhyme forever
And we won’t be mad when worn in bad weather
My Adidas… My Adidas

Standin on two fifth St.
Funky fresh and yes cold on my feet
With no shoe string in em, I did not win em
I bought em off the Ave with the tags still in em
I like to sport em that’s why I bought em
A sucker tried to steal em so I caught em and I thwart em
And I walk down the street and I bop to the beat 
With Lee on my legs and Adidas on my feet
And now I just standin’ here shooting the gif
Me and D and my Adidas standing on two fifth
My Adidas… My Adidas

Now
Me and my Adidas do the illest things
We like to stomp out pimps with diamond rings
We slay all suckers who perpetrate
And law down law from state to state
We tracel on gravel, dirt road or street
I wear my Adidas when I rock the beat
On stage front page every show I go
It’s Adidas on my feet high top or low
My Adidas… My Adidas

Now the Adidas I possess for one man is rare
Myself homeboy got fifty pair
Got blue and black cause I like to chill
And yellow and green when it’s time to get ill
Got a pair that I wear when I’m playin’ ball
With the heal inside make me ten feet tall
My Adidas only bring good news
And they are not used as selling shoes
They’re black and white, white with black stripe
The ones I like to wear when I rock the mike
On the strength of our famous university
We took the beat from the street and put it on TV
My Adidas are seen on the movie screen
Hollywood know we’re good if you know what I mean
We started in the alley, now we chillin Cali
And I won’t trade my Adidas for no beat up Bally’s
My Adidas