Metaphor, allegory and ambiguous language is often used in music to disguise the true meaning of a song. The lyrics to Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds went over the heads of many who weren't familiar with LSD. Blondie's One Way Or Another might sound like a romance ballad, but in actual fact it's about a stalker. And the true meaning of Bohemian Rhapsody is still debated, due to all the cryptic language Freddy Mercury deployed.
One of the most prominent themes in music is sex. It's a safe bet that almost every rock group going has written a song about it at one time or another. Indeed, sex is the first part of that holy trio 'sex, drugs & rock n' roll'. It is, after all, one of the most natural acts and something that you've all probably spent a lot of time thinking about... The indulgent lifestyle of musicians has always been a source of lyrical inspiration, but rock is littered with acts who had neither the skill or desire to hide what their songs were getting at.
There's simply no escaping all the debauched hedonism in this selection of tracks. Prepare to be sufficiently turned off by the most shabby and crude sexual innuendos in the game.
10. Love Gun - Kiss (1977)
There was a time when Kiss ruled the world of arena rock. Since the group's forming in 1973 they've sold over 75 million records worldwide. The key to their success? Power chords, goofy outfits and songs about sex.
The music of Kiss was about having a good time all the time. When the appetite for fast cars, booze and substances abated, the obvious place to turn was carnal satisfaction. Paul Stanley's lyrics didn't often stray far from bringing that most intimate of human interactions into the spotlight. As a result, the group have never been shy about pumping less than imaginative innuendos into their music.
Although there are many Kiss songs to choose from, the most obvious and blatant is Love Gun. It's a pretty bold move to name a song, and indeed a whole album, after a euphemism for Paul Stanley's package. Remember, during the '70s and '80s the more 'respectable' members of society were terrified rock music would corrupt young minds with devil worship and sexual liberation. Maybe this one flew over their heads, but if you listen to the song there's no mistaking what he's on about it. We'll leave you with this summary, from the great Seann William Scott.