Saturday, October 2, 2010
13 - "Emit Remmus," Red Hot Chili Peppers
Number 13 on the list of the top 50 most-played songs on my computer's iTunes once again comes from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I tried to look up what literary term explains the title to this song. "Emit Remmus" is "Summer time" backwards. To the best of my knowledge, there is no actual term used to describe taking a word, turning it backwards, and having it make another word. The closest thing I could find was an article saying it was "kind of like a palindrome, but not exactly."
In lead singer Anthony Keidis' autobiography, he mentions this song briefly. It's kind of odd, in that he usually goes into a lot more detail with things. He talks very openly about several aspects of his life - sex, drugs, etc... and he sort of skims over this song. All he really mentions is going out on a date with a woman in London and it inspired him to write "Emit Remmus."
He doesn't talk about whether or not the date went anywhere, whether it ended on a positive or negative note, or even why the title is written backwards. Although, if you listen to the song, you can get the impression that his time spent with this woman did not end on the best note.
There are also the rumors that the song is about Keidis' relationship with Mel C., from the Spice Girls. If you remember your Spice Girls, that was "Sporty Spice," the one everybody thought was a lesbian. Wikipedia says that it was written about her, so I guess it's true.
Irony: I made a joke about not trusting Wikipedia, after linking a Wikipedia article to define a term.
And, speaking of palindromes, check out Weird Al's ode to Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues, "Bob."