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Monday, August 20, 2007

Musical Monday #8

From beautiful Bradley Beach, NJ, where the Rosenfeld gang is taking a few days to "unplug", I've plugged back in long enough to post this week's Musical Monday, a weekly quiz that Soccer Dad and I alternate hosting. For each song quote, identify the title and artist, as well as the common theme of the set of songs.

1) "All around, people looking half dead"

2) "I'm gonna' take my problem to the United Nations"

3) "We're not grey people, we're not dirty, we're not mean"

4) "Remember how you drove me crazy?"

5) "That's when I had most of my fun, back high high high high there"

6) "Fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high"

7) "You hold me so close that my knees grow weak"

8) "He was sweet, just turned eighteen"

9) "We can't even think of a word that rhymes"

10) "See the curtains hanging in the window in the evening on a Friday night"

11) "Sometimes I never leave, but sometimes I would"

12) "Now I have seen that sad surrender in my lover's eyes"

13) "And the wizards play down on Pinball Way on the boardwalk way past dark"

14) "Miniature golf and Hondas in the hills"

15) "It doesn't matter what you wear"

16) "When you held my hand I knew that it was now or never"

17) "We were just young and restless and bored"

18) "Morning found us calmly unaware; noon burn gold into our hair"

EXTRA CREDIT: "Hem hayu ha'ohavim hatze'irim, baregaim hachi yafim shel hachaim"

Have fun!

15 Comments:

At 8/20/07, 9:50 AM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Theme is easy if the first two are any indication.

 
At 8/20/07, 9:55 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

2. Not the answer, but I am
reminded of "If they don't give me no consolation/I'm gonna take it to
the United nations"
6. The livin' is easy
9. We got no class
10. Someone once said about
the Isley Brothers version that
he liked it except for the mental jasmine part.
15. As long as you are there?

 
At 8/21/07, 5:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

8. summer lovin' from Grease
16. summer of '69

I'm guessing your theme is summer?

 
At 8/21/07, 5:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

btw, that last anonymous was me - ss

 
At 8/21/07, 7:05 AM, Anonymous Celia said...

Summer! #1 I love the line "Cool cat, looking for a kitty, gonna look in every corner of the city." Hot time, summer in the city. Artist?

#2 Ain't no cure for the summertime blues. Artist?

#6 Summertime, and the living' is easy. Porgy and Bess.

#15 Dancin' in the Streets. Some girl Motown group did that in the 60s. The Mamas and Papas also recorded a version.

 
At 8/21/07, 12:34 PM, Blogger LEL said...

2.Summertime Blues- I forgot the original artist, but the Who covered this song.

13.Fourth of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)-Bruce Springsteen

14.I know this one is from the Beach Boys, but I can't come up with the song.

16.Summer of '69-Brian Adams

Some of the others sound familiar, maybe I can remember them later.

The theme is obviously summer.

 
At 8/21/07, 1:00 PM, Blogger LEL said...

15.Dancing in the street-Martha Reeves and the Vandellas

 
At 8/21/07, 1:57 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

1) Summer in the city - Lovin' Spoonful
2) Summertime Blues - Eddie Cochrane, Alan Jackson

10) Summer Breeze - Seals and Croft

17) Night Moves - Bob Seger

18's been answered completely.

 
At 8/21/07, 8:46 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Where was #18 answered?

 
At 8/22/07, 1:47 AM, Blogger LEL said...

14. All Summer Long-The Beach Boys

 
At 8/22/07, 7:37 AM, Blogger Miriam L said...

#3 - In the Summertime - Mungo Jerry. Weird lyrics. Grey people?

 
At 8/22/07, 3:29 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Made you look.
:-)
I think I meant 13, because I'd e-mailed you my guess about that one.

 
At 8/26/07, 7:51 AM, Blogger Elie said...

Great job, Soccer Dad, Yitzchak, SS, Celia, Lel, and Miriam! Between you, you correctly identified 11 out of 18 songs, as well as the theme, which of course was Summer; quite appropriate for my vacation edition.

The complete list of correct answers:

1) "All around, people looking half dead"
- Lovin' Spoonful, "Summer In The City"

2) "I'm gonna' take my problem to the United Nations"
- Eddie Cochran, "Summertime Blues", covered by The Who and several other groups

3) "We're not grey people, we're not dirty, we're not mean"
- Mungo Jerry, "In the Summertime"

4) "Remember how you drove me crazy?"
- Don Henley, "Boys of Summer"

5) "That's when I had most of my fun, back high high high high there"
- Sly & the Family Stone, "Hot Fun in the Summertime"

6) "Fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high"
- George Gershwin from "Porgy and Bess", "Summertime", covered by literally thousands of artists including Sam Cooke, The Doors, and Janis Joplin

7) "You hold me so close that my knees grow weak"
- Meat Loaf, "You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)"

8) "He was sweet, just turned eighteen"
- John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John from "Grease", "Summer Nights"

9) "We can't even think of a word that rhymes"
- Alice Cooper, "School's Out (for Summer)"

10) "See the curtains hangin' in the window in the evening on a Friday night"
- Seals and Crofts, "Summer Breeze"

11) "Sometimes I never leave, but sometimes I would"
- The Motels, "Suddenly, Last Summer"

12) "Now I have seen that sad surrender in my lover's eyes"
- Billy Joel, "Summer, Highland Falls"

13) "And the wizards play down on Pinball Way on the boardwalk way past dark"
- Bruce Springsteen, "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)"

14) "Miniature golf and Hondas in the hills"
- Beach Boys, "All Summer Long"

15) "It doesn't matter what you wear"
- "Dancing in the Street", as in "Summer's here are the time is right for..." first recorded by Martha and the Vandellas and covered by many others

16) "When you held my hand I knew that it was now or never"
- Bryan Adams, "Summer of '69'

17) "We were just young and restless and bored"
- Bob Seger, "Night Moves", which includes the signature line "And it was summertime, sweet summertime summertime"

18) "Morning found us calmly unaware; noon burn gold into our hair"
- Doors, "Summer's Almost Gone"

EXTRA CREDIT: "Hem hayu haohavim hatze'irim, baregaim hachi yafim shel hachaim"
- Tzvika Pik, "Ahavah B'sof Hakayitz" [Love at the End of Summer]

Thanks again for playing! Look for the next Musical Monday on 8/27 on Soccer Dad, with the 9/3, Labor Day edition back here.

 
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At 8/27/07, 2:54 AM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

I wish I'd remembered 7.

I love the intro to that song.

I'll bet you say that to all the boys!

And I can't believe that I didn't recognize Boys of Summer.

Oh, well. Nicely done.

 

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