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  • The Powerman5000 song "Supervillain" has:

"...[You would rather] abuse/ Condemn or slightly confuse..."

  • The Weird Al song "One of Those Days" includes a fair handful of such examples. One set of lines that matches the trope quite closely:

The bank called me up and told me I'm overdrawn
Some freaks are burnin' crosses out on my front lawn
And I can't believe it, all the Cheetos are gone!

    • Also, the side effects of the computer virus in "Virus Alert" alternate between threatening and ridiculous:

It's gonna melt your face right off your skull,
And make your iPod only play Jethro Tull
And tell you knock-knock-jokes while you're trying to sleep
And make you physically attracted to sheep
Steal your identity and your credit cards
Buy you a warehouse full of pink leotards
Then cause a major rift in time and space
And leave a bunch of Twinkie wrappers all over the place

    • The eponymous "CNR" is the most Badass person you've ever met]] and probably Chuck Norris come again. He can also eat a lot frozen waffles...
  • The Bare Naked Ladies song Grade 9 features this, when the band members reminisce about high school nicknames:

They called me chicken legs!
They called me four-eyes!
They called me fatso!
They called me Buckwheat!
They called me Eddie...

    • Although a possible interpretation is that Eddie's grade 9 experience wasn't as awful as the rest of the Ladies'.
  • "The Chemical Worker's Song", or "Process Man" (most famous cover probably by Newfoundland band Great Big Sea), describes the horrific conditions faced in the chemical industry. It follows that the first verse uses this very dryly:

Well a process man am I, and I'm tellin' you no lie
I work and breathe among the fumes that trail across the sky
There's thunder all around me and there's poison in the air
There's a lousy smell that smacks of Hell, and dust all in me hair!

    • Justified, given that the dust in such a factory is probably just as toxic and life-shortening as anything else there, and he's covered in it.
  • Psychostick's song We Ran Out of CD Space includes this, as well as Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick in the subsequent verse.

What if your mouth was filled with broken glass/and fire ants/and creamy jambalaya.

  • Tsurupettan has the line "Curses, disappearances, sacrifices, torture, demoning away, and sneak-eating?" at some point.
  • Billy Connolly's "Talkin' Blues" includes the lines

Then like Napoleon and Ghengis did in days of yore
They rode home on horseback and evened up the score
With rifles, bayonettes, screw-tops and swear words

  • Shoeles Joe Jackson in Jonathon Coulton's "Kenesaw Mountain Landis":

Weren't the nicest fella,
Cuz he drank a lot, and he beat his wife, and he always acted rude;
Killed and ate some babies, and he copped an attitude

  • "Jesus Walks" by Kanye West: "They say you can rap about anything except for Jesus! That means guns, sex, lies, videotapes..." (Probably just a Shout-Out to Steven Soderbergh's Sex, Lies, and Videotape.)
  • "Oh Jonny" by German singer Jan Delay is about a pretty bad guy who does as diverse bad things as a) selling crack, b) calling his (the singer's) mother a dirty slut and c) doesn't use energy saving lamps.
  • The Worm Quartet song "What Your Parents Think All Your Music Sounds Like" gives the listener commands such as "Kill your neighbor, kill your brother, kill your sister... rape your mother, get her pregnant, kill the baby, set the church on fire and use the flames to light your crack pipe," and then finally, "put your homework off until the very day it's due."
  • Lines from the song (no, not the trope) "Science Marches On" recite names of numerous technological innovations, all of which are very new, very silly, and/or very commercialized. Well, all except one:

Prozac Automat, phaser in a pen, light-emitting overcoat, sensitive men.

    • The song is a male/female duet, and needless to say, it's the woman who sings those last two words.
  • Ray Steven's "Moonlight Special", a parody song involving a "Wolfman Jack"-like character doing a radio program, has a song by "Agnes Stupor" that begins: "Girl, flash an old lady now. Wreck the Family Car. Paint the Living Room Carpet. Chop down a cherry tree and say you didn't do it."
  • The musical "The last hero on Earth" has a song where different mad scientists detail their plans for defeating the superheroes, culminating in "some exposition that will bore them all to death".
  • The song "My Love is Killing Me" by The Red Elvises, as heard in the movie Six-String Samurai:
  • In Sanagi Love Song by musical duo Sanagi, the singer describes all the ways she would like to torture a lover with whom she is furious, including smashing his face in with a hammer, pushing him from a mountain, pulling off his fingernails, and... forcing him to listen to the Spice Girls.
  • In Elvira's Full Moon, during the spoken bridge: "Rape, murder, arson and disorderly conduct (is there any other kind?) practically double during a full moon."
  • In the Arrogant Worms' song "I Ran Away," some guys start hurling insults at the narrator's girlfriend. The first insult is, "She's a fat ugly tramp!" and the last is, "She's a mediocre soccer player!"
  • From the chorus of God's Away on Business by Tom Waits:

Who are the ones that we kept in charge?
Killers, thieves and lawyers!

  • Mew's "Sometimes Life Isn't Easy":

Hold my arms back when they beat me,
Leave me in the ditch when they kick me,
Sever my limbs and deceive me...

    • I can handle being beat up and dismembered, but then they have to go and lie to me?
  • In A Chainsaw For Christmas by Zombina and the Skeletones, a few other things on her list are;

""I want an atom bomb, and a bald head wig, the Necronomicon, and some sandwiches!""

  • On the Group W bench in "|Alices Restaurant", the ex-cons assembled there are guilty of mother-raping, father-stabbing, father-raping, and littering. (And causing a disturbance.)
  • The monologue "The Want Ad", written by Jim Steinman for the "Pandora's Box" album, performed by Ellen Foley, is about a woman retracting her personal ad because of the long, long list of varieties of Abhorrent Admirer she's encountered since taking it out. The monologue starts with complaints about things like "the under-eighteens and the over-sixties, the numerous ones who dialed my number and hung up as soon as I said hello, the thirty-five or forty of you who made dates with me and never showed up", and ends with her screaming about "the drunks, junkies, crack- and coke-heads, the multitude of liars, AND ESPECIALLY THE NICE ONES WHO NEVER CALLED BACK!"
  • When English band The Beautiful South released their debut album, Woolworths refused to stock it due to the album's cover which depicted a woman with a gun in her mouth next to a man smoking. The band replied in typical sarcastic fashion saying the store wanted to "prevent the hoards of impressionable young fans from blowing their heads off in a gun-gobbling frenzy, or taking up smoking"
  • Emilie Autumn's "I know where you sleep" is one long Take That to an ex-lover. It ends with "And by the way, your poetry sucks".
  • The fan-written song "Why, Wheatley, Why?" has this:

I never called you a moron
I never said that you looked fat
I never claimed you were adopted
Or asked you to buy me a hat

  • From Weezer's song Trainwrecks:

You don't keep house and I'm a slob
You're freakin' out cause I can't keep a job
We don't update our blogs

  • Tom Petty’s Christmas list at the end of "Christmas All Over Again": "Now let’s see, I want a new Rickenbacker guitar, two fender bassmans, a Chuck Berry songbook, a xylophone..."
  • Probably what Shudder To Think were going for with the album title Curses, Spells, Voodoo, Mooses.
  • The revised version of Kraftwerk's "Radioactivity" begins with a short statment about the proposed Sellafield 2 nuclear plant, which states that one of the radioactive elements, Krypton-85, causes death and.... skin cancer.
  • The Lonely Island song Like a Boss features increasingly messed-up things the titular character does:

Suck a dude's dick (Like a boss)
Score some coke (Like a boss)
Crash my car (Like a boss)
Suck my own dick (Like a boss)
Eat some chicken strips (Like a boss)

  • Vangoffey's "Race of Life" includes this segment that doubles up on the trope:

I was with bums,
Murderers, thieves,
And bankers.
MPs[1] and wannabe gangsters


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