Stuttering is a problem that many people deal with, yet its something that shows up again and again in popular songs. What is it about stuttering that makes it useful for songs and that people seem to like it? Is it the repetition of a sound in a certain way?
Here’s a list of a few. If you have more please comment.
Jeremiah Birthday Sex
And of course there’s Scatman by Scatman John who says in the song that
(Scatting by Scatman John)
Everybody stuttersone way or the other
So check out my message to you.
As a matter of fact don’t let nothin’ hold you back.
If the Scatman can do it so can you.
Everybody’s sayin’ that the Scatman stutters
But doesn’t ever stutter when he sings.
But what you don’t know I’m gonna tell you right now
That the stutter and the scat is the same thing.
Yo I’m the Scatman.
In 1965 the BBC refused to play The Who’s “My Generation”, saying they did not want to offend people who stuttered. When the song became a huge hit, the broadcaster relented and added it to their play list.
Seems that people like stuttering in songs, but not in speech. What do you think about this?