For Unlawful Carnal Composition: Danger Danger- “Naughty Naughty”


This week on “For Unlawful Carnal Composition” we’re reaching back to the rock ‘n’ roll excess of the late 80’s for another song about getting down and dirty. The musical landscape of the time was rife with tunes like this, as abundant sex was secondary only to rocking out for the long-haired guys in rock bands. Taking the spotlight on this edition of my music series on songs about sex is Queens, New York-based Danger Danger and their raunchy hit “Naughty Naughty” (their other biggest hit was “Bang Bang,” I’m sure you can see what’s going on here with the nomenclature).

Come a little closer
Baby it’s alright
Maybe we can start
A little fire tonight
Pull the shades, lock the door
Don’t waste my time girl,
You’d better be sure

Coming in at the tail end of the “hair metal” wave in 1989 with their self-titled debut, Danger Danger was not breaking new ground here. What would an 80’s hard rock song about sex be without vapid, infantile lyrics and objectification? That’s no justification, just iterating the fact that what you see is typically what you get with this type of fare.

Cause I know what I want
And I know how to get it
So baby if you’re ready to play

Let’s get naughty naughty
Dirty dirty
Naughty naughty
Oh, I like it that way

As you can see with this song, lyrical mastery is far off on the horizon. The band manages to rhyme a bit in the chorus, but if you’re looking for meaningful poetry, you won’t find it here. This song is most certainly not about love, but rather just about buck-wild sex.

That dress you’re wearing
Makes you look so cute
But girl you’d look better
In your birthday suit
Take my hand, feel my love
Tonight’s the night we’re gonna
Shake it up, shake it up

Subtlety is not in the lexicon here, especially with a line like “but girl you’d look better in your birthday suit.” I’ve listened to more than enough of this type of music to know that real, committed love was hard to come by for members of touring bands, so they had to take what they could get more often than not.

The good news is, these guys could play. Heavy but melodic rhythm guitars, shredding solos, and the obligatory 80’s hair metal keyboards- it’s all there, front and center. The band’s debut was actually quite fun – mainly party rock songs like this, with a couple of power ballads tossed in.

That’s a wrap for the latest edition of “For Unlawful Carnal Composition” at The No Seatbelt Blog. Come back next week, and every day in between for blogs on movies, music, beer, toys, and more!

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