Monday, December 15, 2008

Sock It To Me


I find that the term “Sock it to me” had to be the strangest buzz phrase of all time. Originally it meant, “ Give it (respect) to me” or to Mark Twain it meant “put it bluntly.” Later it took on a new sexual meaning when Jazz musicians took the phrase over. The actual phrase was taken from a hit record entitled 'Respect' (1967) recorded by Aretha Franklin, which featured a chorus repeating 'Sock it to me' quite rapidly in the background.

The phrase quickly resurfaced with Judy Carne on the TV show, Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In. Judy would say the phrase and have water dumped on her. Other characters in the show took up the phrase as well as guest that appeared on the show such as Richard Nixon who said “Sock it to ME???” Hubert Humphrey was invited on the show as well but declined. Humphrey was heard later saying that this might have cost him the election. Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels closed up the movement by adding more over-use to the term and then it finally died with the 60’s.

Fortunately, “Sock it to me” has not become a retro mainstay lexicon. It is merely a touch stone for those that were there and those that wish to forget. It reminds us that we should take great care in the phrases we choose to represent an entire generation.

11 Comments:

Blogger Donna said...

Remember "You bet your bippy"?

5:16 AM  
Blogger Auntie said...

Guy, since you, as an internet money making mogul, have so much power and influence, I'll be today's post alone will get at least 14 people using the term "sock it to me today". I will be one of them. (see how easy I am?)

6:12 AM  
Blogger Trish said...

That's one phrase I won't miss.

8:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Every time you kiss me it hits me like a punch" Sometimes another word was substituted for punch, a word with one less letter than punch if you get my drift. Anyway lets not disrespect Mitch Ryder as his record came out before Aretha's Respect, one of the all time great 45's. Respect was recorded on Valentines day 1967. Sock It To Me Baby was included on Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels HITS LP release date Jan. 1, 1967. If I ever get a Juke box you better believe both tunes will be on it.

10:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here come'de judge, here come de judge...


...Walnetto

10:40 AM  
Blogger Mike S said...

Damn! I wuz gonna add da judge iz comming!!

12:11 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Verrrry Interestink!

12:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rrrrrrraus rrrrrrrraus evreebodie rrrrrrrrrrrraus!

Moose

1:58 PM  
Blogger darev2005 said...

I always wanted to be in the booth...
in the back...
in the corner...
in the dark.....

And one of the lines I still use to this day:
"Do you believe in the hereafter?"
"Yes"
"Then you know what I'm here after..."

2:19 PM  
Blogger darev2005 said...

And who could forget the "Fickle Finger of Fate Award"?

6:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"One ringy-dingy..."

8:00 PM  

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