If I were to bring up funk metal rockers-turned-Top 40 radio darlings Sugar Ray, what would be the first thought/image/sound/vibe to climb into your noggin? Perhaps it would be the music video for breakthrough single “Fly”? Or the opening riff to the earworm that is “Every Morning”? Or maybe it would just be a picture of Mark McGrath and his perfectly frosted hair tips? All great answers*. Do you know what else would be a great answer? If you were to say you immediately envisioned all of the band's dirtiest lyrics scrawled onto a piece of ticker tape.
(*Here's an example of a not great answer: “Oh, I loved that one song they did? You know the one, right? The one about being an all star?” Now that would be unacceptable. Yes, "All Star" is a classic jam that is loved by humans and ogres alike. However, it is not a Sugar Ray song. It is a Smash Mouth song. And therein lies the rub.)
In addition to knowing how to craft undeniably catchy pop-rock hooks (see: "When It's Over," "Fly," "Every Morning," "Someday"), the dudes of Sugar Ray sure can brew up a dirty lyric. And don't you worry, I most certainly rolled up to this party with some examples to support that claim. Here are some of the filthiest, most explicit, and most suggestive lyrics from Sugar Ray's (née Shrinky Dinx) discography.
Lyric #1: You will recover when you discover, baby/There is no other when you recover, baby/And when the mood is right you'll get it every night —“RPM”
Excuse me, but recover from what?
Lyric #2: See me come along my baby/Gonna give you some disease/I’m gonna see you in the morning/I’m going to feel you through the night — “Hold Your Eyes”
"Gonna give you some disease?" *Blinks.*
Lyric #3: Hey, hey, hey/She's got the woo-hoo/Do you know what I mean? — “She’s Got The (Woo-Hoo)”
If she's a Sim, I definitely know what you mean.
Lyric #4: Every morning there's a halo hangin’ from the corner of my girlfriend's four post bed/I know it's not mine but I'll see if I can use it for the weekend or a one-night stand — “Every Morning”
Every morning, he sees a used condom in his girlfriend's bedroom. And for some reason, the sight of the used rubber prompts him to consider stepping out. Dude, just throw the jimmy hat in the trash. That's a way better move than leaving it on a bedpost. It's also a better move than, ya know, cheating.
Lyric #5: Answer the phone, I know that you're home/I wanna get you alone, and do it again, do it again — “Answer The Phone”
What have we here? A romantic ditty about landline sex? How sweet!
Lyric: #6: She comes when she's ready/She's Sex and the City/She'll bring you to your knees — “She’s Got The (Woo-Hoo)”
I could be wrong, but I don't think they mean the Sex and the CityDVD boxset.
Lyric #7: When I get my balls inside of my hands/I’m your maintenance man — “High Anxiety”
I do not understand this and I am perfectly OK with that.
Lyric #8: I wanna ride your caboose/Turn me loose — “Caboose”
"That's a super coy chorus," I said on Opposite Day.
Lyric #9: I can't breathe, I'm out of air/When I'm back here all I see is your hair/I need time, to push a dime/Rushing this thing would be a capital crime — “Caboose”
"That's a super coy verse," I said on Opposite Day.
Lyric #10: Well I'm comin' through the doggy door again woo /Well there ain't no sense in comin' home/She knows where I've been/And it's another night out in the cold — “In Through The Doggie Door”
Wait. Is this song really about using Fido’s door to get into the house, or do we have a thinly veiled euphemism on our hands? If it is the former, then please forgive me for including this song on this list.
Honorable Mention: Get your dirty mind outta my head —“Disaster Piece”
No, the lyric is not dirty, but it is about a dirty mind. Is that too much of a stretch? Meh ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.