Since the dawn of rock and pop music, there have been songs specifically designed to shock, or at the very least cause some discomfort. Before you listen to a song like "Rape Me" by Nirvana or The Prodigy's "Smack My B***h Up," you know well in advance that you're about to listen to something that might make you uncomfortable.
But what about the songs that, on the surface, seem perfectly normal but are, in fact, drenched in creepdom? These jams catch you off guard, engage your gag reflex, and make you wonder how you heard a song so many times before and never realized how gross it was. Here's a selection of some of the worst offenders from the 1990s. Prepare to shudder.
"Semi-Charmed Life" by Third Eye Blind (1997)
Careful now. Watching Stephan Jenkins in this video, rolling up Valencia Street, past Boogaloo's and Valencia Cyclery, can be quite distracting if you're a San Francisco resident. Even if you're not, the jauntiness of the doo-doo-doo's and the stupidly catchy chorus will have a similar effect, lulling you into a false sense of security about the niceness of this song. And then one day you notice -- bam! -- Stephan Jenkins is singing about being a cocaine-addled sex pest. The drug use in this song isn't even subtle once you finally notice it: "...a bump for the drop, And then I bumped up, I took the hit I was given, Then I bumped again, And then I bumped again." Then there's the creepy talk of "little red panties," pushing a woman "face down on the mattress," and -- this is peak stalker -- "not listening when you say goodbye." Major creepsville.