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The (Absurd) Name Game

Hard to pronounce song titles -- Try to match artists like Ashley Tisdale, Cream, and Led Zeppelin to their tongue-twister tune

Nicole Scherzinger's new single ''Puakenikeni'' — a paean to the Hawaiian flower...and her nether regions — is the latest pop tongue twister. Here, match famously unpronounceable tracks to their artists.

The Artists
1 The Mars Volta
2 Cream
3 PJ Harvey
4 Led Zeppelin
5 Fishbone
6 Ashley Tisdale

The Songs
A) ''BRON-YR-AUR''
Named after an old Welsh cottage where the singer stayed as a child and later recorded with the band.
B) ''INERTIATIC ESP''
''ESP'' supposedly means ''Ectopic Shapeshifting Penance-propulsion.'' (The group's also fond of trippy titles like ''Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt.'')
C) ''V.T.T.L.O.T.F.D.G.F.''
Stands for ''Voyage to the Land of the Freeze-Dried Godzilla Farts.'' Obviously.
D) ''SHEELA-NA-GIG''
Refers to carvings of women flaunting their private parts, found on castles and churches in the U.K.
E) ''HUMUHUMUNUKUNUKUAPUA'A''
A faux show tune named for Hawaii's state fish. (See, Nicole, you can honor your native state without invoking your naughty bits.)
F) ''SWLABR''
An acronym for ''She Walks Like a Bearded Rainbow.'' Said to compare a woman's beauty to a variety of flower known as the Bearded Iris. Acid, anyone?

ANSWERS: 1-B, 2-F, 3-D, 4-A, 5-C, 6-E

Originally posted Jan 11, 2008 Published in issue #974 Jan 18, 2008 Order article reprints
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