Songs about self-pleasure

OK, after reading the Mae West thread, I began to ponder references to self-abuse in popular music.

The list so far…

“She Bop” by loveable ragamuffin Cyndi Lauper;

“Dancing With Myself” by Billy Idiot, err Idol;

“Turning Japanese” by the Vapors (wow! can’t believe I remembered the group name);

“I Touch Myself” the Divinyls;

can the Teemers suggest more?

“Pictures of Lily” by The Who.

Why was “Turning Japanese” considered a masturbation song? Some slang term I’m unaware of?


Well, the dope I had at the time from friends was the (somewhat racist) reference to one’s eyes being half-shut with pleasure, and doing it so often that there is a danger of the eyes staying that way…

Hand Jive?

“Blister in the Sun” by the Violent Femmes

“Captain Jack” by Billy Joel.

Whip It - By Deevoo

That Green Day song, whose name I cannot remember.


Would that be “Longview”, pricciar? I’m not sure I’ve got the right title.

If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error.
– John Kenneth Galbraith

“Pump It Up” – Elvis Costello

“Stop the rope and let me in or I’ll go out and get some gin”

Come on people (no pun)!

the answer is the one and only STROKE ME by Billy Squier

We live in an age that reads to much to be wise, and thinks too much to be beautiful–Oscar Wilde

“Turning Japanese” is about smoking dope. I think.

Well, “Summertime” by Sublime contains a reference to masturbation, though it’s not actually ABOUT masturbation in the way that the other songs listed on this thread are. Ditto “Teenage Gluesniffer” by the Queers & “I Wanna Be a Homosexual” by Screeching Weasel.

Yup, the Green Day song is called “Longview”.

Schiller’s “Ode to Joy”, used with great effect in Beethoven’s 9th symphony.

A rough translation of part of the poem:

Even the worm can feel pleasure,
and the Seraph stands before God.

As happy as His suns hurtling,
through the vast heavens,
pursue brothers, your path,
joyfully like a hero to victory.

La franchise ne consiste pas à dire tout ce que l’on pense, mais à penser tout ce que l’on dit.
H. de Livry

There is that song “Strokin” but I forget who does it - the song, I mean.

Please tell your pants it’s not polite to point.

Billy Squier, “The Stroke”. He claims the song is about stroking one’s ego. Uh huh.

According to the DJs on the morning show here, and PopUp Video, “Turning Japanese” refers to expression a guy gets while he’s climaxing during masturbation. Yeah, it’s kinda racist.

Here are the lyrics. Judge for yourself.

Looks to me like some guy in jail is spanking it while looking at pictures of his girlfriend.

Sorry. I’ll be a little more specific. Japanese


See if that gets you there.

Sheesh, sometimes, I guess I would just really rather not know the real lyrics.

I always thought “Turning Japanese” referred to the stereotypical Japanese person–taking pictures of everything.