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Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa

Postby Peevish » Sat Apr 12, 2008 4:30 am UTC

Disparaging remarks have been made about gibberish lyrics that are essentially syllable-fillers. I'm talking about your basic "na-nas," "la-las," "hey-heys," and "doot-doos." Don't get me started on the "whoa-ohs."

I know it's way overdue, but I just recently bought Something Else By The Kinks, and on the first track I was reminded of the oft-overlooked "fa fa fa."

In addition to David Watts by The Kinks, there's Psycho Killer by The Talking Heads. Someone quoted a Guster song to me as having "fa fa fa" in it, but I never heard the song itself and can't verify. I know it's more widespread than that, but that's my list so far. Anyone else got a "fa fa fa" song? I think it's scarcity makes it more tolerable than the others (though I'll never fault Cake a "na-na"). Perhaps it's due for a comeback.

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Postby Ensehderwie » Sat Apr 12, 2008 6:48 am UTC

"As referenced in Limozeen's bizarrely-titled single, "Feed the Childrens."

This seems like something that would be useful in a thread about terrible 80's music, like Phil Collins, but not as a whole thread. Just sayin'.

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Postby ChocloManx » Sat Apr 12, 2008 7:35 pm UTC

I like "deet deets" moar, as heard on "girl" by the beatles.
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Re: Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa

Postby parkaboy » Sat Apr 12, 2008 8:24 pm UTC

good thread, you got me thinking on this now.

hmmm. only thing that comes to mind immediately is "Foolin' " by Def Leppard but thats more of a "fuh fuh fuh"...
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Postby Antimatter Spork » Sat Apr 12, 2008 8:53 pm UTC

"fa fa" isn't really as popular as the others due to the nature of the consonant "f". Repeated "f" sounds create an (apparently) undesirable aesthetic. (Though this is just my guess. I've never written a song and considered using nonsense syllables, but if I were going to, I wouldn't use "fa fa" for that reason)

Also, "Fa la" is much more common, and was found frequently in the works of the English Madrigalists (see Thomas Morley's "Now is the Month of Maying" for an example)
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Postby JayDee » Sun Apr 13, 2008 1:47 am UTC

I used to giggle a bit in chorus when we were learning solfegge - the tenors had a whole line of 'la la la ...'
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Re: Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa

Postby SecondTalon » Sun Apr 13, 2008 2:20 am UTC

Barbarella - Scott Weiland. Has a large section of Na-nas and hummed Hmm-Hmms. 2:38 to 3:16, roughly. A comical number of them. Still, I think it fits.

Even though I'm pretty sure he just wrote it in as "Come back later and write some lyrics here"

And who can forget Land of 1000 Dances. Which I believe has over 8 million Nas.

All of which is moot since there's not a fa to be found.

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Postby Ross » Sun Apr 13, 2008 2:24 am UTC

blink-182's all the small things. you'd think monosyllabic sounds to stretch time are bad enough without Tom De-bloody-Longe >_<

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Re: Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa

Postby Antimatter Spork » Sun Apr 13, 2008 4:50 pm UTC

JayDee wrote:I used to giggle a bit in chorus when we were learning solfegge - the tenors had a whole line of 'la la la ...'

I'm convinced that, despite all the rules you find in a theory book, the purpose of four-part writing is to give the altos and tenors the most boring lines possible.
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Re: Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa

Postby arcoain » Mon Apr 14, 2008 1:55 am UTC

Antimatter Spork wrote:JayDee wrote:
I used to giggle a bit in chorus when we were learning solfegge - the tenors had a whole line of 'la la la ...'

I'm convinced that, despite all the rules you find in a theory book, the purpose of four-part writing is to give the altos and tenors the most boring lines possible.

Nope, thats actually what it says in the book, let me find a quote:
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Postby Antimatter Spork » Mon Apr 14, 2008 3:30 am UTC

It probably says something along the lines of "when part-writing, it's best to have common tones repeated in the same voice, unless it's the soprano, which would be boring, or the bass, which would lead to undesirable inversions."

So yes. That is what it says.
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Postby Jauss » Mon Apr 14, 2008 7:03 am UTC

I can't believe this hasn't been mentioned yet. :P
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Re: Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa

Postby SpitValve » Mon Apr 14, 2008 10:23 am UTC

How about the Flight of the Conchords: Faux de fa fa.

On the topic of filler words, I like Maori songs where you get to say "aue!" and "hi!"

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Postby tiny » Mon Apr 14, 2008 4:42 pm UTC

die aerzte - Fafafa
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Postby Benitosimies » Mon Apr 14, 2008 8:02 pm UTC

I'm not sure if these have been mentioned yet: Not youtubing at work. I have no idea what these sound like, or if they are real. I just googled for [lyrics "fa fa"] and then -[whatever band came up] and kept narrowing my search iteratively. I could have kept going but I don't care about the fa-fa-fa's.

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Re: Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa

Postby jakkle » Mon Apr 14, 2008 11:19 pm UTC

red hot chili peppers - around the world

the weird twangy noises he makes to fill lines make me want to stab things.
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Postby Cai » Tue Apr 15, 2008 11:46 pm UTC

Antimatter Spork wrote:It probably says something along the lines of "when part-writing, it's best to have common tones repeated in the same voice, unless it's the soprano, which would be boring, or the bass, which would lead to undesirable inversions."

So yes. That is what it says.


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Direct octaves????
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Re: Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa

Postby aaron » Thu Apr 17, 2008 4:48 pm UTC

Cai wrote:
Antimatter Spork wrote:It probably says something along the lines of "when part-writing, it's best to have common tones repeated in the same voice, unless it's the soprano, which would be boring, or the bass, which would lead to undesirable inversions."

So yes. That is what it says.


Lest you make parallel fifths!!!!
Direct octaves????
Resolve that 7th down!!!!


aren't 7ths supposed to resolved up to tonic O.o

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Re: Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa

Postby Mo0man » Thu Apr 17, 2008 8:50 pm UTC

Hey Juuude.....
confession: I think the Nas work there (na's? more than one na? I think that it works better with more than one na... bleh forget it, I'll wait for someone to correct me)
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Postby Antimatter Spork » Thu Apr 17, 2008 9:26 pm UTC

aaron wrote:aren't 7ths supposed to resolved up to tonic O.o

The leading tone (7th scale degree) always resolves up to tonic. In seventh chords (i.e. a dominant seventh) the seventh of the chord (which, in a dominant seventh chord is the fourth scale degree "fa") resolves down. In a dominant seventh chord, the leading tone is the third of the chord, but the seventh of the scale, whereas the seventh of the chord is actually the fourth of the scale.
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Postby no-genius » Fri Apr 18, 2008 11:40 pm UTC

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra and Tra-La-La band with choir - So Some Lonesome Corner so many Rusted Flowers Bloom. Has quite a lot of "fa la la fa la la fa la la soo".

But I really like the backing vocals in BlindBlindBlind. They're actually words, but it still sounds really nice. :D

edit: they have crazy names, though
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Postby SkaBassist » Sat Apr 19, 2008 12:06 am UTC

"LA" by MU330.

Such a badass song.

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Postby apricity » Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:24 pm UTC

Jauss wrote:I can't believe this hasn't been mentioned yet. :P

I love that song. You can't fault Guster for anything they do :)
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Postby Ended » Sun Apr 20, 2008 6:25 pm UTC

Self Esteem by The Offspring. la la, lalalalala, la la lalalalala! Also:

"chorus:
Oh wayo, yeah, yeah
Ohhhhhhh, yeah, yeah (Repeat three times)"

(However, it's a great song.)
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Postby no-genius » Mon Apr 21, 2008 10:20 pm UTC

no-genius wrote:Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra and Tra-La-La band with choir - So Some Lonesome Corner so many Flowers Bloom. Has quite a lot of "fa la la fa la la fa la la soo".h

found it on teh youtubes. Its about 17 minutes long, so its in 2 parts. Enjoy!
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Postby CircleTriangles » Mon Apr 28, 2008 7:34 am UTC

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no-genius wrote:Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra and Tra-La-La band with choir - So Some Lonesome Corner so many Flowers Bloom. Has quite a lot of "fa la la fa la la fa la la soo".h

found it on teh youtubes. Its about 17 minutes long, so its in 2 parts. Enjoy!


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Postby no-genius » Mon Apr 28, 2008 12:51 pm UTC

Meh. His voice is kinda hard, but I like it. I think I've gotten used to it, or something. "There's a river in the valley full of melting snow" is a good example.
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Postby Felstaff » Mon Apr 28, 2008 10:21 pm UTC

CircleTriangles wrote:I just can't get you out of my head, boy your lovin' is all I think about

The Flaming Lips cover made me enjoy the Kylie original. How come no-one in America bought her new album? It was so perfectly marketed!
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Postby Goatboy » Mon Apr 28, 2008 10:44 pm UTC

I'd like to bring up that there is a Saves the Day song (I think it's on Can't Slow Down, but I can't remember right now) that has a very rarely-used "Fwoah-oh" part. I loves it.
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Postby SomeoneElse » Mon Apr 28, 2008 10:58 pm UTC

Ensehderwie wrote:"As referenced in Limozeen's bizarrely-titled single, "Feed the Childrens."

Haha, the first thing I thought of when I saw the thread title too.

Actually, I can't really think of any specific examples which haven't been mentioned, apart from Hopelandic in many Sigur Ros songs if that counts. But i'm sure those dang hippies in Flaming Lips or Polyphonic Spree have got some Lalala's somewhere....

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Postby wery67564 » Mon Apr 28, 2008 11:22 pm UTC

la la la la loooola

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Postby CircleTriangles » Tue Apr 29, 2008 10:27 am UTC

Felstaff wrote:
CircleTriangles wrote:I just can't get you out of my head, boy your lovin' is all I think about

The Flaming Lips cover made me enjoy the Kylie original. How come no-one in America bought her new album? It was so perfectly marketed!


Pitchfork gave it a possitive review, too. Of all things.
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