Monday, May 19, 2008


As I just Could Not get to sleep last night because of that Flo Bots song, I thought it was perfect to discuss catchiness and how it relates.

Most of you probably haven't heard of them yet. They're on the rise from Denver (lots of bands coming out of Denver these days. Their song is on the radio, like, every five seconds (I can ride my bike with no handlebars, no handlebars, no handlebars) and even my kids are singing it constantly. Talk about catchy; can't seem to lose the tune.

Like music and movies, I've always been of the mind that it's those memorable and catchy lines that help make a work such a success. Here's what I'm talking about--

"It was the best of times. It was the worst of times."-- A Tale of Two Cities

"Luke, I am your father."-- Star Wars

"Your mother was a hamster and your father smells of elderberries.
Is there anyone else up there we can talk to?
No, now go away, or I shall taunt you a second time."-- Python and the Holy Grail (okay, there's like a gazillion of Python lines I love)

"A body like yours ought to be in jail, it's on the verge of being obscene."-- Little Red Corvette (Prince is great for his one-liners)

"SSDD."--Dreamcatcher by Stephen King.

"Second star to the right and straight on til morning."-- Peter Pan by JM Barrie

Some great lines you may be unfamiliar with--

"I don't want to be the rebound guy--I want to be the guy."-- Last week's episode of Ugly Betty

"May the shwartz be with you."-- Space Balls

"Sir," replied the commander, "I am nothing to you but Captain Nemo; and you and your companions are nothing to me but the passengers of the Nautilus."--20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

"What about second breakfast?"--Lord of the Rings: Fellowship

"She stole my heart. I'll be taking hers with a lawn dart now. But look at the bright side, it's not like she had one there to start."--Zombies in the Neighborhood by Single File (another Denver band)

So, yeah, we don't always remember the lines, but we do notice them at the time. Like catchy lines, catchy characters are also the ones who stay with us (Shake the jakes, Benny.--okay, so you haven't read that one yet, but you will, my little beasties).

And I really can ride my bike with no handlebars, no handlebars, no handlebars.

Stay literate;)

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