Friday, April 25, 2014

V is for "Valley Girl"

Oftentimes, lightning only strikes once for many singers and bands. My A-Z Challenge for 2014 will focus on those glorious "one hit wonders" spanning the 80s, 90s, and 2000s. Some are my favorite songs, others are just plain memorable (for better or for worse). Join me in celebrating these 26 one hit wonders in pop music!

Okay, I had to include this song on my list even though I cannot STAND it.

Frank Zappa is known as an avant garde musician, and his career in the music industry lasted 30 years. But in 1982, he released a weird song with his 14 year old daughter to poke fun of the "Valley Girls" who had their own language down in Southern California.

The song went as high as #32 on U.S. Billboard, and it remained Zappa's only real hit before his death in 1993. Even though I find the song very annoying, and I really cannot listen to the whole thing without my ears bleeding, Zappa brought to light the "Valley Girl" stereotype that really affects the rest of the country.

When I heard many of my peers talking, I often hear words such as "awesome" or "dude." Both of those now-ordinary terms came from the surfer/skater/Valley Girl "Valleyspeak" dialect. Even with younger people saying "like" a million times as a filler while talking, the Valleyspeak language is very much alive today.

There was an actual movie called Valley Girls that came out. And then Clueless in 1995 really put Valleyspeak on the map. Valleyspeak that I still here today include:

Bitchin', Whatever, Duh, As If, Chill, and I even heard someone use "Psyched" the other day.


15 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I remember both the song and the movie. Never a Zappa fan.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Yes it's an annoying song, but I still know all the words.

robertlampros said...

Dude it is way too early where I'm at to watch a video like that. You need to put a warning on that thing. Also, there's nothing wrong with saying psyched.

Pat Dilloway said...

Never saw Valley Girl but Clueless was a lot of fun; my sisters and I still quote it today.

farawayeyes said...

Unfortunately, I do remember this one. It was annoying for sure. BTW, almost as gross as LOL or OMG, I almost forgot about the DYI languages. Oh, we'll, whatever , JK, in the end IDK. Ha, ha, ha!

D.G. Hudson said...

Valleyspeak - When airheadedness was a skill one tried to acquire, if one aspired to be Clueless. Sorry, two movies that made women look very very bad. And Clueless.

Robin said...

Oh my God, Like Totally, It's Like (Insert Anything Here), I'm Sure, Yeah Right, For Sure, So Gross, Grody, Barf Me Out... and my favorite (which I haven't heard in forever) GAG ME WITH A SPOON. :D

Tony Laplume said...

As if!

jaybird said...

OK, this is embarrassing, but the entire time I lived in CA, I was a Valley Girl. I am very guilty of using those terms and I still throw a few out there from time to time. Sigh....

David P. King said...

If this is his only real hit, I'm not sure how that speaks for the rest of his work ... :/

Rusty Carl said...

I don't remember the song... but I do remember 'gag me with a spoon.'

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Today it's voice fry. Reminds me of the song 'I'm too sexy' that poked fun at modeling.

The Desert Rocks & Intangible Hearts said...

Gag me with a forklift. You are funny!

G. B. Miller said...

One of favorite Zappa tunes...the last time they actually played that on commercial radio (that I can recall) was when he passed away. Nowadays, all they play is Joe's Garage.

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Claire Gillian said...

OMG...like forget the Valley Girl, the Solid Gold Dancers are like too bitchin for words, fer shur!

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