Sadly, it's an experience we've all had. You're enjoying the giddy buzz of hearing a song you've never heard before - and you like it! Sure, it's just on the first verse but...you really like! Your head is spinning with the possibilities...you'll dance to it at your wedding...you'll sing it to your newborn baby to put them to sleep...it will be the centerpiece of your weepy, tragic and public (so all your fans can attend) funeral...and, then - suddenly - "What fresh hell is this..."
Yes, you've been the victim of another song with kickass verses and a lame chorus.
Probably the definitive song of this vein is "The Boys are Back in Town" by Thin Lizzy. You know when you hear the opening "Guess who just got back today?", you immediately sit up straight in your seat and start singing along and drumming on the dashboard (cuz it inevitably happens when you're in a car). Now, I'm not saying the chorus in unbearable - it's not a dealbreaker by any means. It just doesn't have the same vivacious energy as the verses.
Another good example? Led Zeppelin's "All My Love". The verses? Sweetly rollicking, a little exotic, all in all, just good to your earhole.The chorus? Well, even Jimmy Page (who had no hand in writing it) agrees with me: "I was a little worried about the chorus. I could just imagine people doing the wave and all of that."
Prince's "Pink Cashmere" has them baby-making style verses I love, but the chorus does nothing for me...though maybe it's because the idea of a pink cashmere coat makes my gag reflex go into overdrive.
Here's my playlist for such songs...what are some that bless (and haunt) your life?
And what do we call these suckers? There's gotta be some kind of name so we can properly identify them, at the very least to ourselves.
I just call them "lazy". But, hey, ain't nothing wrong with that!