Rock 'n' Roll Spelling Bee: S-O-N-G-S That Have Us Spellbound
Let's face it: Spelling bee champs aren't likely to become rock stars. Yet every now and then a rock star will try to prove he or she is an ace speller. While the US' annual National Spelling Bee finals in Washington, D.C. this week reminds us that it's "i" before "e" except after, ah . . . whatever that was, we figured this was a good time to look at some of the more memorable songs with spelling in them.
'Respect,' Aretha Franklin
When the Queen of Soul demanded "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" in 1967, it was a battle cry for women who felt disrespected too long. Oddly enough, the original speller was a man, Otis Redding, who often -- in the words of Rodney Dangerfield -- gets no respect for writing this soul classic.
Degree of Difficulty: 2/10 -- "Just-a just-a just-a just-a little bit."
'Saturday Night,' Bay City Rollers
These light-fare teen favorites made the Archies look like a motorcycle gang. But this Rollers' bubblegum hit from 1976 had everyone chanting "S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y night!" before going out on the town.
Degree of Difficulty: 3/10 -- It's no "W-E-D-N-E-S-D-A-Y."
'Hollaback Girl,' Gwen Stefani
After Courtney Love suggested that Stefani was a cheerleader, the No Doubt frontwoman showed Love -- by dressing up like one for this 2005 song's video. But, hey, at least she's no ditz. She can spell "B-A-N-A-N-A-S."
Degree of Difficulty: 7/10 -- Seems like there should be another "n" in there