Friday, January 19, 2007

The art of woohoo

Popmatters has a "A field guide to unscripted exclamations in the pop-music wilderness,"wherein they attempt to itemize the hoots, hollers, and screams that have become standard in le musique pop. It ain't the most intensive piece of music scholarship around, but even still, the absence of Screamin' Jay Hawkins seems willfully perverse.

My own favourite exclamation was always the ironic-sounding "wooo!" Neil Young gives his own one-note solo on the recorded version of "Cinammon Girl". Lately, however, it's been both the opening "Oiiiii!" and the recurring "a-heh heh heh" from Dizzee Rascal's "Fix Up Look Sharp".

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