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Interpretive Dunce - Pour Some Sugar on Me by Def Leppard

0004228306752_500x500[1]You know the rules. You toss out songs and one gets chosen. Then I Interpret it. We work together to make music more enjoyable! This time out the trusty Selectorbot 5000 chose Def Leppard's Pour Some Sugar On Me out of all of your suggestions. Yes, that's right. The robot picks it out of your suggestions and then I must find the hidden meaning. So let's watch the video after the jump and get into it.

The UK video, even.

Love is like a bomb, baby, c'mon get it on
Livin' like a lover with a radar phone
Lookin' like a tramp, like a video vamp
Demolition woman, can I be your man?
Razzle 'n' a dazzle 'n' a flash a little light
Television lover, baby, go all night
Sometime, anytime, sugar me sweet
Little miss ah innocent sugar me, yeah

Let's face it, everyone is going to enter this thinking I'll go the obvious route. I mean it doesn't look to get any easier than this, does it? Sure, you can be all "It's about the sexin'!" and your buddies will nod and roll their eyes, they've heard it all before. Of course that's what everyone used to think, it's what they wanted you to think. But let's look at the clues. If you listen to the song, closely, you can detect the true, hidden, meaning.

They have the hots for Suzanne Sugarbaker (Delta Burke) from Designing Women. Love is like a bomb, those Sugarbaker women knew how to rile a situation. Razzle and dazzle and some flashy earrings, I bet, too. Sure, they had to hide it by shortening the name to Sugar and dropping off the Baker, but it's there.

C'mon, take a bottle, shake it up
Break the bubble, break it up

Pour some sugar on me
Ooh, in the name of love
Pour some sugar on me
C'mon fire me up
Pour your sugar on me
Oh, I can't get enough

How often do they watch Designing Women marathons? Often. How often do they wear pants whilst doing so? Rarely. These guys are hot for the Southern women. They want strong women who can not only design a functional and colorful kitchen, but who can also beat the crap out of them and slaughter a pig.

I'm hot, sticky sweet
From my head to my feet yeah

Listen! red light, yellow light, green-a-light go!
Crazy little woman in a one man show
Mirror queen, mannequin, rhythm of love
Sweet dream, saccharine, loosen up

You gotta squeeze a little, squeeze a little
Tease a little more
Easy operator come a knockin' on my door
Sometime, anytime, sugar me sweet
Little miss innocent sugar me, yeah

They're begging for it, talking about running traffic lights to get there, possibly infuriating Boss Hogg (What? Wrong show?) and rushing to the side of Delta Burke. It's a fair dream, and a simple one. Crazy little woman, of course, refers to Annie Potts character, Mary Jo Jackson Shively. But as soon as they reference her it's right back to Suzanne, isn't it? It always comes back to her. Always.

This is the song that launched Def Leppard's feud with Billy Idol. He was a huge Golden Girls fan. But that's a different story.

All right, guys, this has been the Interpretive Dunce! You know how we do this of course: You suggest a song in the comments and I will randomly pick one and interpret it for you. You chose what we'll be talking about next week. But also, guys, if you suggest a song and it isn't chosen, you can always suggest it again. Remember this column only works with your help! Last week we got very few suggestions. The Selectorbot was sad. So think up some good songs and leave them in comments, that way we all win and I don't have a whiny robot on my hands. Come back next week and I'll continue to help you get to the bottom of what these folks actually mean with their lyrics. Booyah.

You can read previous editions of the Interpretive Dunce here.

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As a Southern Woman, and a Def Leppard fan from way back, I 100% approve this interpretation of one of my favorite songs.


Your knowledge of Designing Women is both charming and disturbing. Two thumbs up!

Adam P. Knave

Kelly: Hooray!
Sweetney: Oddly, right after writing this I ended up watching the 30Rock with Designing Women. FATE I tells ya.

Fawn Amber


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