I Bet You Think This Song Is About You…

You wanna know what I find awkward?  When singers sing their own names in songs.

Has anybody else ever noticed this?  When I hear an artist lovingly singing their own name, whether it’s amidst a long drawn out riff, or a random shout-out in the background of a song, I cannot help but feel my skin crawl.  I don’t know, maybe something about it reminds me of the old Greek mythology tale of Narcissus, or the heeby-jeeby way I feel when people speak of themselves in the third person…whatever it is, it’s awkward, and I wish all those that exercise this strange, strange habit would just, well, stop.

The First Offender:  James Taylor

Go on, get down with your bad self, James.

The first time I experienced this phenomenon was a few summers ago while watching James Taylor on a hot summer night in concert at Jones Beach.  It was a wonderful concert, don’t get me wrong, and James Taylor can still hold his own in a two-hour plus concert.  However, I couldn’t help it.  I cringed a little when he started breaking it down on his guitar while singing, “Baby James” over and over, as he shook his head in pure jamming mode.  I squirmed a little, as I looked at everyone else in surrounding seats, happily singing along to his classics.  Was I the only one noticing this awkwardness?  I glanced back up at James Taylor on the huge stage, still improvising on his guitar.  “Baby James’ he crooned again, this time with more emotion and conviction.

Hadn’t anyone ever told James Taylor that this was an awkward little habit?  I imagined that anyone close to him probably felt too uncomfortable to point it out, and thus enabled ‘this thing’ to go on and on…

Anyway, after my James Taylor discovery, I suddenly started taking notice of other singers doing it.  They seemed to be popping up everywhere which way I turned.

The Second Offender:  Lady Gaga

The Gaga-nator.

Does this ring a bell?

“Rah-rah-ah-ah-ah-ah!
Roma-roma-mamaa!
Ga-ga-ooh-la-la! <–Um, yeah she just gave herself a shout-out while chanting in her song Bad Romance.

Now I love Gaga, people, so don’t get it twisted.  She’s a good ol’ Italian gal, she loves Liza Minnelli as much as I do, and she sounds amazing live.  But still, she has a penchant for belting out her own name.

Recently in an interview on Oprah, Lady Gaga’s mother was asked what she thought of her daughter growing up.  Her mother responded something like, “Well, I always kinda thought she had a screw loose?”  Uh, yeah, you think?

The Third Offender, and might I add, WORST Offender:  Jason Derulo

"Jason Deruuuuuuuuloooooooo," as sung by Jason Derulo.

Jason Derulo’s habit of doing this is by far the worst.  He has multiple YouTube videos dedicated to this unbecoming habit, and even a Facebook page entitled, ahem, “Jason Derulo Sings His Own Name.”  He thinks nothing of riffing his own name, or saying it all breathy at the beginning of his songs.  I’m sure he just wants us to know who he is, but I have to ask myself, is this really the way to go about it?  Eh, I don’t think so, but maybe that’s just me…

So, you tell me, has anyone else ever noticed singers crooning their own names?

~The End.

Photos by boardwalkhall.com, idolator.com

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32 thoughts on “I Bet You Think This Song Is About You…

  1. Every single time I hear a song by Jason Derulo I turn it off. I’m tired of hearing his name. I told my husband that from now on before I speak I’m going to loudly state my own name and then proceed with my thought.

  2. How about, “It’s Liza with a Z not an S…..”. Or is this celebrity exempt from inclusion because of your personal adoration of her? hahaha.

  3. I think the phenomenon comes from people who experience long periods of sexual drought and then become famous. They are used to screaming their own names to themself in bed. Quite a hard habit to break I’d gather. lol

    • *gasp* HOW DARE YOU SAY THIS TO LADY GAGA!!! Lol jks. Lady Gaga is my fav singer. “A RED ONE, KONVICT GAGA Oh oh oh!”. That’s from Just Dance. I think the Bad Romance part is just a random blurt, like “LALALA”.
      ~* Lady Gaga Fan ehh not really a fan *~

  4. “My name is KiiiiiiD Rock!” Just played in my head! LOL. But I have to say, I’d rather hear someone shout their own name a hundred times than listen to all the fuss when they change their name. For example, Sean- Puff Daddy – P. Diddy Combs, Or Prince, The Artist formerly known as Prince because no one can pronounce that symbol and now he’s Prince again! Maybe a few sessions of shouting their name would help solve these little identity crises! LOL

  5. As somebody who never listens to modern stuff as a rule – apart from electronic instrumental stuff – i have, it seemed, escaped apart from lady Ga Ga when it was on the radio.

    Long may that ignorance continue!!! :)

    Love and hugs!

    Prenin.

  6. I noticed it first in Bad Romance. And i must say it’s kinda irritating.. My sister pointed it out first and even she felt kinda awkward!

    • EXCUSE ME?! Bad Romance is like the second best song ever! *cough cough cough* sorry… I act a bit immature for my age… *continues coughing* *chokes*
      ~* Eli *~

  7. Fergie’s all over this with the song “Fergalicious” (I mean really!?!). Also, Destiny’s Child had the following intro to the opening of their song “Bootylicious”: “Kelly, can you handle this? Michelle, can you handle this? Beyonce, can you handle this?… Aah!!!

  8. Oh! And, another variation on this theme is when artists do songs together and drop each other’s names in said song and also point at each other in the video for it. Not much better. :-P

  9. Janet Jackson’s song Nasty Boys “No my first name ain’t baby, it’s Janet Ms. Jackson if you’re nasty”

    Of course can’t forget Sweet Vibrations by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. Not only does her refer to himself, but his brother, Donnie “Donnie D is breaking it down but he also uses Funky Bunch in the song.

    Plus he thinks he is America’s Hero. He is not. Sorry if you don’t know what I am refering to. It just has to do with a comment he made at the beginning of the year to Men’s Journal magazine.

  10. Fun Fact: I was at a James Taylor concert last summer (he’s absolutely fantastic!) and before he sang “Sweet Baby James” he gave us the background info on the song. It’s about his nephew (also named James, after his uncle) and he wrote it in the car while driving to meet him for the first time. It’s still kind of weird that he named the whole album “Sweet Baby James”.

    Love your blog!

  11. Wait, you know the whole song is Sweet Baby James? Idk what he did for the concert but the song was actually written for his brothers son, whose name is also James. So technically he wasn’t singing about himself!

  12. Good thing I re-read the above comments cause I thought no one else had mentioned Fergie, an ultimate offender. Also The Black Eyed Peas do this and often refer themselves to BEP in their songs. Coincidence? I think not.

  13. The absolute worst of all time was “She’s havin’ my baby, haviin’ my baby and I love her and I love what it’s doin’ her, havin’ ma baby…..” …. worse, I think it might have been a duet — “havin’ his baby…..blah, blah.” I can’t remember who he/they were, but I heard it a lot when it was popular at the time. BARF.

  14. This post is hilarious! I loved it. I definitely notice it in not just a few songs. But I will admit, sheepishly because I’m the only one saying it, that I love it. When artists sing/shout their names. Part of it is because of how funny it is. And I just think about all the people yelling artists names at their car radio. (or singing in those more talented than I)

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