Welcome, welcome, everyone! March 1st, as promised! I’m so excited!! I didn’t know what song/video/genre to start with, and then I figured it’d make sense to start with the song that gave me the name for this entire project.
‘Splackavellie,’ if you’re not familiar with it, is a song by a guy named Pressha. It appeared on both his album Don’t Get it Twisted as well as on The Player’s Club Soundtrack in 1998. I chose to name this blog after this song because it’s pretty much a good, solid epitome of ridiculous 90s R&B. For starters… what the fuck is a “splackavellie??” It sounds like some made up mob family name. Or like a word some dumb kid who always wanted to start his own slang made up. Has anyone ever used this phrase in everyday conversation, exluding referencing or making fun of this song (“Hey, girl, what’chu doin tonight? You wanna go see “Ace Ventura” at the movies?” “Naw, girl, I’m hangin’ with my splackavellie tonight.”) Did splackavellies exist before 1997? Is this somethin Pressha made up himself?? Honest questions here.
I was always a word nerd, even as a kid; I was fascinated by language and how certain words and phrases travelled from coast to coast and around the world and always wanted to create the next cool saying. I went through several catch phrases, none of which worked (the one I stuck with the longest was ‘meatloaf,’ which I would say with my hand on my hip and eyes rolling in response to something absurd). I say all this to say that I’m pretty sure that that’s what happened with this ‘splackavellie’ business. This dude thought he was gonna come in and change the vernacular game. Sorry, guys. Nobody’s runnin’ around sayin’ “meatloaf” when faced with ridiculousness. And they ain’t callin’ nobody a splackavellie, either.