Bad Spelling in Pop is Nothing New

Kesha may be an artist that splits opinion but she is currently sitting on top of the UK charts with her single ‘We R Who We R’, her first number one single. Kesha went top four with her debut release ‘Tik Tok’ but her four releases after that all failed to break into the top 10. This highest charting release for her indicates she is growing in popularity and that the publicity machine behind her may finally be kicking into life. As pop songs go it isn’t too bad but you just know people up and down the land will be despairing at the text speak nature of the song title.




Kesha should not be a role model

A lot of people get genuinely annoyed with text speak and are very vocal in their criticism of this form of communication. This is fair enough if you are a teacher and kids are attempting to pass it off in class but in popular culture and youngsters conversing amongst themselves, is it really such a problem? Kesha is not the sort of girl that most parents approve of anyway so it is not as if they are going to uphold her as a role-model for their children but this latest move will only enrage parents and adults further.



Which is all a bit silly because this argument or complaint is nothing new!

You may think Slade were a band that were only rolled out at Christmas to sing their biggest hit but in the 1970s, there was a spell when Slade were massive. Not just quite big but absolutely massive and their spelling managed to enrage and anger people back then too! A quick look through Slade’s back catalogue shows that they were serial mis-spellers.

Slade were massive but bad spellers

Slade had the following run of singles between 1971 and 1973, with each release featuring at least one improper use of the English language: ‘Cuz I Luv You’, ‘Look Wot You Dun’, Take Me Bak ‘Ome’, ‘Mama Weer All Crazee Now’, Gudbuy T’ Jane’, ‘Cum on Feel The Noize’ and ‘Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me’.

By the end of this run, you could tell Slade were deliberately having a laugh with their spelling but it didn’t seem to stop the criticism with people panicking that children would grow up being unable to spell because of the band’s actions! Noddy, Jimmy and the rest of the boys did have a considerable reach of popularity and influence at the time but even kids knew that they were not an act to turn to for help with English homework.


Slade like Kesha offered uplifting pop music which was very much of its time and in a way, it is better that parents don’t get it. Each generation deserves to have its own pop act that they like by themselves. There is a definite blurring of the genres with acts like Michael Buble providing a pop sound but being marketed across the age groups so when an act comes along to annoy the grown-ups, it makes sense that they should be embraced!

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