song title, ~1980's?
December 27, 2011 11:26 PM   Subscribe

Please name this ODD song: I first heard it around 1984-6? -Female voice. "punk" / Nina Hagen-esk absurd enough that it would never be a popular song. -Asian "style" melody -had lyrics "ou la la" in it. -may have had words: "on the radio", "chickens", "other news" in it

It might include the words "penthouse" or "flophouse".
I seem to recall it was synthesized music but am not sure.

Sorry in advance for being so vague!
posted by santogold to Grab Bag (7 answers total)
Perhaps not obscure enough, but maybe it's Siouxsie and the Banshees, Hong Kong Garden
posted by oceanview at 12:03 AM on December 28, 2011 [1 favorite]

Not from the 80's, but Cibo Matto - Know Your Chicken?
posted by polyester.lumberjack at 12:36 AM on December 28, 2011

Are you sure it's not just Nina Hagen?
This is again Radio Yerevan with our news
I was born in Xixax (oh la la la dee)
On my mama's farm [Okay, I'm stretching for the chickens here]
No direct reference to a flophouse, though "my father was a junkie" in one of the lines.

The track's from Nunsexmonkrock, 1982.
posted by Su at 2:05 AM on December 28, 2011

Best answer: Tenuous, but was it something by Frank Chickens? We Are Ninja (not Geisha) or Blue Canary, perhaps. Both songs have lots of 'ooh la la-ing', and the era's right, but there're no references to flophouses or penthouses that I can hear.
posted by HandfulOfDust at 3:58 AM on December 28, 2011

The Selecter "on my radio" ?
posted by woggle at 5:01 AM on December 28, 2011

Where were you when you heard it? If you heard it on the radio, do you recall which station?
posted by SuperSquirrel at 6:45 AM on December 28, 2011

Response by poster: Thanks for the replies, it was "We are Frank Chickens" by Frank Chickens.

The moment I heard the first suggestion (We are Ninja) I was 90% sure I was on the right track!

(found on youtube)
posted by santogold at 4:25 PM on December 28, 2011

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