Webstar & Young B – Chicken Noodle Soup

Written by | September 20, 2006

Topics: Music

(Editor’s Note: Before I begin this review, I think it’s necessary for you to hear a 30 second sample before reading the rest of this review, because I don’t know how many of you have listened to this song. So click here to hear the sample.)

Today, I’m going to explain the anatomy of an annoyingly catchy song.

There are various things that musicians and album producers do to turn a horrible song into something that becomes mentally tattooed on our brains. It’s sort of like how aerosol potpourri sprays cover up that massive dump you just took in the bathroom after eating a hearty steak dinner.

The potpourri spray smells good at first, but if you hang around the bathroom too long, the crappy smell returns. In the case of the annoyingly catchy song, it sounds good at first, making you want to shake your ass, but after you’ve listened to it for a while, you realize how crappy it truly is and you regret spending the 99 cents for it at the iTunes Store. It’s so crappy that you wouldn’t even bother downloading the torrent for it.

After listening to several annoyingly catchy songs, including the subject of today’s review, “Chicken Noodle Soup” by Webstar & Young B, I think I’ve pinpointed what makes an annoyingly catchy song so memorable.

1. Repetition of lyrics. Repetition of lyrics. Repetition of lyrics.

If there’s one thing that makes an annoyingly catchy song memorable, it’s repetition of lyrics. Just like learning the multiplication table, the periodic table, mixed drinks, and putting the toilet seat down for the ladies, repetition has always made it easier to remember things, like song lyrics, even if you don’t want to.

The Chicken Noodle Soup song lasts for only 203 seconds, but the lines “Let it rain. Clear it out” is said 26 times, “Let’s get it” is sung 21 times, and the title of the song, “Chicken noodle soup” is sung 18 times. So if my math is correct, there’s a “Let it rain. Clear it out” for every eight seconds of the song.

Of course, these are no where close to the 55 times the phrase “peanut butter jelly” is said in the Buckwheat Boyz song “Peanut Butter and Jelly.” But hearing the words “chicken noodle soup” 18 times in one song is enough to make the song pop up in my head whenever I walk through the soup aisle at my grocery store and sing under my breath, “Chicken noodle soup. Chicken noodle soup. Chicken noodle soup with a soda on the side.”

2. Make it ass-shakeable.

For some adults, listening or watching The Wiggles or Barney the purple dinosaur causes quick channel changing, violent shaking of televisions, uncontrollable crying, and impromptu games of Russian Roulette. It also makes some parents wonder if having to tolerate The Wiggles or Barney was worth having children.

However, with young children they are very successful because those crazy colorful Australians and that frickin’ big ass purple dinosaur make children want to dance. Annoying catchy songs do the exact same thing in the clubs or in your car. But then again, there’s lots of alcohol at any club, and if alcohol has the power to make me look good to women at a club, it also has the power to make a song ass-shakeable, no matter how stupid the lyrics are.

What also helps make a song ass-shakeable is the use a sound effect repeatedly in the beat. A lot of hip-hop producers weave police sirens into their beats, which on several occasion have caused me to look in my rear view mirror to see if I’m being pulled over or if I need to make way for an ambulance. In the Chicken Noodle Soup song, there’s an air raid siren which just doesn’t want to stop in my head, even when the song is over.

3. Have lyrics and a title that make no sense at all, and if possible, relate it to food.

“Peanut butter jelly with a baseball bat?”

“My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard?”

“Chicken noodle soup with a soda on the side?”

Monkeys with typewriters could probably come up with better lyrics than these annoyingly catchy songs, if monkeys had the ability to form words, sentences, paragraphs, and knew how to work a QWERTY keyboard.

But history has shown that crazy lyrics that are repeated over and over again, have references to food, and have an ass-shakeable beat with them equals annoyingly catchy goodness and eventually a reference on Family Guy.

Item: Webstar & Young B – Chicken Noodle Soup
Price: 99 cents
Purchased at: iTunes Store
Rating: 1 out of 5
Pros: Annoyingly catchy. Makes me want to shake my ass when there’s alcohol in my system. Possible future Family Guy reference.
Cons: Excessive use of air raid sirens. Repetitive lyrics. Me shaking my ass. Lyrics make no sense. The Wiggles and Barney.






30 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. marvo says:

    FCU[K]ING – Yeah, it totally does.

    L’il E – I have yet to listen to SexyBack. I hear it’s a decent song, but I’m not much into Mr. Timberlake.

    KT – Yes, you might not have any friends.

    Brie – I would like to hear a Kidz Bop version of Peanut Butter Jelly Time. That would make it significantly worse.

    calvin – I’m pretty sure Tupac and Biggie are rolling in their graves right now because of all these “rap” songs.

    Toni – You’re welcome. :-)

    Muneer – Those monkeys are smart. They’ll figure out the QWERTY keyboard in no time, after they get bored throwing their own poop.

    Tickkid – I never want it to rain, unless there’s a drought.

  2. this song sucks really baddd its just gets stuck in ur head and makes no sense at alll i think im gunna go write a song about some soup this song is worthless

  3. marvo says:

    cole reid niki robbie keeli jay – I suggest vegetable or pea soup.

  4. nene says:

    wats really gud wit dis***

  5. Ericka says:

    YO I LOVE THIS SONG

  6. marvo says:

    nene – I dunno.

    Ericka – YO I LOVE ICE CREAM

  7. wendy says:

    i sent the mp3 to my friend hoping she would have the same “what the fuck” reaction as i had, but instead she sent me this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuoxlAMxjIc

  8. marvo says:

    wendy – I don’t have anything even close to the coordination to be able to do anything that even resembles that dance.

  9. Ashley says:

    this is my jam i love this song

  10. Tee says:

    All this is is a take on New Orleans Bounce Music. If you are going to take someone’s style of music, give them props at least