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A Brief History of the Blowjob in Pop Music

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Wed, Aug 29, 2012 at 8:30 AM
click to enlarge Flo Rida
  • Flo Rida

By Luke Winkie

Currently dominating charts, Flo Rida's "Whistle" recycles the wholesome Disney chorus "whistle while you work" as a blowjob instructional. Like many before him, Flo Rida enjoys receiving oral sex, and like almost as many, he has turned the practice into a popular song. Over the years, tracks discussing the "beej" have been performed in every era of pop. Chuck Berry was singing about his dick all the way back in 1972, and, while it's only gotten more misogynist from there, there's no denying that bjs are a huge and, dare we say, important part of popular music history. And so without further ado behold our brief, incomplete history of blowjobs in music.

1974

Leonard Cohen - "Chelsea Hotel #2"

There are surely older songs about fellatio, but this is the earliest, most concrete example. Like the good plainspoken folk singer he is, Leonard Cohen starts the song with "I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel /you were talking so brave and sweet /giving me head on the unmade bed /while the limousines wait in the street." "Chelsea Hotel #2" is certainly not just about blowjobs, but the subject is right there in your face. Bwahahaha.

1980

Prince & The Revolution - "Head"

In which our hero encounters a bride on the way to her wedding, who is so taken aback by the glamour of Prince's presence that she decides to abandon her wedding plans and go down on him right there. "I think you like to go down / you wouldn't have stopped / but I came on your wedding gown." Unlike most songs about BJs, this one is almost entirely euphemism-free.

1980

AC/DC - "Giving the Dog a Bone"

Lots of metaphors going on here, what with the dogs and bones and, well, "she blowin' me crazy til my ammunition is dry." Not sure we'd be up for getting one of those "crazy" blowjobs.

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