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Heather’s Hit List- Getting the Lyrics Wrong
Heather’s Hit List- Getting the Lyrics Wrong

Heather addresses misheard song lyrics in this week’s Hit List!

One scene in my favorite movie of all time, Bull Durham, addresses getting the lyrics wrong. They’re on the team bus and Nuke LaLoosh gets out his guitar. “She makes me wooly, young girls they do get wooly. Because of all the stress…yes….they do get wooly. Try a little tenderness…” before Crash Davis takes the guitar away and says “Stop it. Women don’t get wooly, they get weary. And no one’s got stress, they’re wearing a dress. Dammit I hate it when people get the words wrong”! Amen, Crash, amen. But we’re all guilty of it!

When you’re in the car and singing alone, it’s okay to get the words wrong. A little ABBA comes on KIOA and it’s just you singing “See that girl, watch her scream, kicking the dancing queen”. Or Queen’s kicking your cat instead of your can all over the place. Or how about the Monkees? “Then I saw her face, now I’m gonna leave her”…that’s not right. Or maybe you have an ugly girlfriend. Who am I to judge??

However, it gets a little embarrassing when you’re at a Bon Jovi concert singing at the top of your lungs “It doesn’t make a difference if we’re naked or not!” Maybe you think Jimi Hendrix is gay and bring it up in casual conversation. “Excuse me while I kiss this guy!” That’s a social faux pas. Maybe you asked someone why Johnny Nash changed optometrists. “I can see clearly now Lorraine is gone”. Oops. Honest mistake, I guess.

But can we talk about people getting the words wrong at karaoke night, when the words are RIGHT IN FRONT OF THEM? Like it’s more cool to sing the wrong lyrics instead of reading them off the screen. “We built this city on logs and coal!!” Sing that Starship, The Voice is waiting for YOU karaoke star!!! Yes, “Hold me closer, Tony Danza”. Because as Billy Joel once sang, “We didn’t start the fire, it was always burning, said the worst attorney” you might need a lawyer when you get slugged for getting the words wrong when they’re right there, scrolling past your eyes. Or maybe Lorraine is standing in front of them…I don’t know. But get the words right!!


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About Maxwell Maxwell is celebrating 34 years in radio with more than 25 years "On-The-Air" in Des Moines! His familiar voice & face grace local, regional and national radio and TV advertising, and his passion for theater has been displayed as both actor and director at Stagewest Theater Company and the Playhouse in Des Moines, where he was honored with a 2012 Playhouse "Legend" Award. He is an avid hockey fan, manning the microphone for 18 seasons as P.A. announcer for the Des Moines Buccaneers. Email Maxwell

About Pam Pam Dixon has been a familiar voice to central Iowans for over 30 years. A Beaverdale native & Hoover High graduate, Pam has to pinch herself that she’s working for the radio station she grew up listening to in Des Moines! Pam was formerly heard on KRNQ (Q-102) and KLYF in the 80’s and 90’s before being lured back to the biz by KIOA! As a breast cancer survivor, Pam is active with the Susan G. Komen Iowa Foundation and Bras for the Cause. Email Pam

About Heather Heather Burnside's quest to be on every radio & TV station in Des Moines has (hopefully!) come to an end with her latest stop at KIOA. Heather started at WHO-TV as a sportscaster, moved on to ESPN as an associate producer, and got into radio when she moved back to Iowa after two years of stalking celebrities and athletes on the East Coast. She doesn't want to talk about how she’s old enough to have a 20 year broadcasting career, instead preferring to believe she’s managed to cram all of that excitement & a 13 year radio career into one decade. Heather is very glad Pam is back, she’s like the big sister she never had. After discovering Max is a nice guy who can cook, sing, play guitar, & hit a golf ball a mile, she figures it’ll take that long to find something he isn't good at. Email Heather