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Monday, March 31, 2008

Musical Monday #40

"A word is worth a coin, silence is worth two" - The Talmud

" " - Marcel Marceau

Welcome to the 40th edition of Musical Monday, the weekly quiz that Soccer Dad and I alternate hosting. The challenge, as always, is to identify the title and artist for each song quote, as well as the common theme of the set of songs. But as you will soon see - or perhaps not see would be a more accurate term - this week's MM is somewhat different than usual. Consider it either a slightly early April Fools Day edition, or a rather late Purim edition. Or perhaps just a sign of premature senility as MM enters its forties.

In any case, since admittedly the song "quotes" (gee, I just put "quotes" in quotes - how "meta" of me!) today may just be a smidge harder than usual to identify, I have also provided, for each song, the year in which it charted as well as a crossword puzzle-like clue relating to the title. Let nobody say I'm not the soul of generosity!

Also, I will confirm that every song on this list either was a Billboard top-10 hit and/or is by a well-known "classic rock" artist.

Without further ado, here goes nothing - literally!

1) " " (1958) (Mexican potent potable)
2) " " (1960) (Pre-movie warning)
3) " " (1962) (Unripe allium)
4) " " (1962) (Mediterranean nuptial dance)
5) " " (1963) (Untamed Saturday and Sunday)
6) " " (1963) (Petrol conduit)
7) " " (1963) (Erase/eradicate)
8) " " (1964) (Beyond boundaries)
9) " " (1965) (Hip horde)
10) " " (1966) (Ode to wart-giver)
11) " " (1966) (The sound of silent lyrics)
12) " " (1967) (For touching the spirit?)
13) " " (1968) (Traditional neon?)
14) " " (1969) (Soot hills?)
15) " " (1969) (Music to "Book 'em" by)
16) " " (1970) (Pete's operatic opening)
17) " " (1972) (No more room)
18) " " (1972) (Joan Jett's love, the sequel)
19) " " (1972) (Movie nosh)
20) " " (1973) (Shelley's monster)
21) " " (1973) (Conjurer's catchphrase)
22) " " (1973) ('Toon Roger's sultry spouse)
23) " " (1974) (Wiper of spilled A&W?)
24) " " (1974) (Audible brotherly love)
25) " " (1975) (Elevated blaze)
26) " " (1976) (Hurry-up dance)
27) " " (1976) (Fly-killing tune?)
28) " " (1976) (Fractional Ludwig)
29) " " (1977) (Hooray for the hoi polloi)
30) " " (1977) (My plane's departing?)
31) " " (1977) (Disco 'Droids)
32) " " (1978) (Pleasantly caresses?)
33) " " (1978) (Volcanic uproar)
34) " " (1979) (Wake-up call)
35) " " (1982) (Is Ben Hur burning?)
36) " " (1985) (Cue Sonny and Rico)

Good luck, enjoy, and... April Fools!

34 Comments:

At 3/31/08, 9:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

7 - Wipeout - The Surfaris
9 - The 'In' Crowd - Ramsey Lewis
15 - Theme to 'Hawaii 5-0' - The Ventures
20 - Frankenstien - The Edgar Winter Group
22 - Jessica - The Allman Brothers
31 - Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band - Meco
36 - Miama Vice Theme - Jan Hammer

The theme is instumental songs.

-- Clayton

 
At 3/31/08, 11:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

25 - Fire On High - ELO

Great theme, btw - very clever!

-- Clayton

 
At 3/31/08, 11:33 AM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Heh, I was wondering how to do this!

Fantastic!

I see the Will Shortz influence.

1) Tequila - The Champs (though there is a lyric at the end!)
7) Also had a lyric at the beginning.
13) Classical Gas - I forget
19) Popcorn - Hot Butter. They had a minor hit with the Song of the Nairobi trio, which was also the theme for this Malt Liquor. It's also the song that popularized the Moog Synthesizer.
20) Frankenstein - Edgar Winter Group
24) MFSB - TSOP (I believe that the 3 degrees who sang "When will I see you again" was the same group.)
26) The Hustle - The Van ???? Orchestra? This also had lyrics: "Do the hustle."
28) Fifth of Beethoven - Walter Murphy

 
At 3/31/08, 12:07 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

22) Jessica - Allman Brothers band

 
At 3/31/08, 12:16 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

21) Hocus Pocus by Focus

 
At 3/31/08, 12:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

18 - Rock and Roll Part II - Gary Glitter

Classical Gas is by Mason Williams. He also remade it in the 90s with Mannheim Steamroller.

-- Clayton

 
At 3/31/08, 12:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh - and The Hustle was Van McCoy...

 
At 3/31/08, 12:44 PM, Blogger LEL said...

1.Tequila
19.popcorn
20.Frankenstein-The Edgar Winter Group
24.Philadelpia Freedom-Elton John
25.Fire on High-ELO

 
At 3/31/08, 12:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

35 - Chariots of Fire - Vangelis

-- Clayton

 
At 3/31/08, 12:49 PM, Blogger LEL said...

27.Swat

 
At 3/31/08, 1:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

14 - Black Mountain Side - Led Zeppelin

-- Clayton

 
At 3/31/08, 1:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

34 - Rise - Herb Alpert

-- Clayton

 
At 3/31/08, 2:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

32 - Feels So Good - Chuck Mangione

-- Clayton

 
At 3/31/08, 2:24 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

The clue suggests that 5 is something called "Wild Weekend."

 
At 3/31/08, 2:43 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

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At 3/31/08, 2:43 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

3 Green Onions. I forget the artist.

 
At 3/31/08, 3:02 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Great clues.

I didn't figure out SWAT, but since LEL did, it was by Rhythm Heritage.

 
At 3/31/08, 3:04 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

I think that Green Onions was Booker T and the MGs.

 
At 3/31/08, 3:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

6 is Pipeline by one of the surf music bands, but I don't know which one...

-- Clayton

 
At 3/31/08, 3:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

12 - Soul Finger - The Bar-Kays

-- Clayton

 
At 4/1/08, 1:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

11 - Anji - Simon & Garfunkel

-- Clayton

 
At 4/1/08, 5:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

4 - Hawaiian Wedding Song - Don Ho...?

-- Clayton

 
At 4/2/08, 2:56 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Two more:
" ", 1973, Music to exorcise by
" ", 1972, Fighting five strings

 
At 4/2/08, 3:02 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Thanks David! Two more to guess, everyone.

Looks like Clayton beat you to the punch on an S&G song yesterday. Must have been the April Fools spirit at work!

And Clayton, cute guess on #4 but no, Hawaii is a bit distant from the Mediterranean!

 
At 4/2/08, 3:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL. Geography was never one of my favorite subjects. Obviously... :)

SD's first one is Tubular Bells, by Mike Oldfield.

-- Clayton

 
At 4/2/08, 3:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And the second is Dueling Banjos, by... two guys with banjos.

Flatt & Scruggs, maybe?

-- Clayton

 
At 4/2/08, 3:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about this one:

" " (1980) Five cold-en rings

-- Clayton

 
At 4/2/08, 3:47 PM, Blogger Elie said...

From the clue this sounds like it would be theme music to the 1980 Winter Olympics. But was there a new theme for that one? The Grammy-winning John Williams arrangement was from the 1984 Olympics; see here for details.

 
At 4/2/08, 5:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently it was the theme used for ABC's Olympic coverage, not the "official" theme of the games. Also, it looks like it only made it to #18 on the charts, so I missed the parameters of the theme there...

-- Clayton

 
At 4/2/08, 6:14 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Hey, that's definitely close enough!

Elie

 
At 4/4/08, 2:05 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Great, great job, Clayton, Soccer Dad, Lel, and Yitzchak! And thanks for making this my most successful MM ever, not to mention my record most-commented post! Hard to believe when I first started working on this one, I was afraid of making the topic too un-guessable!

The theme indeed was instrumentals, specifically ones that were Billboard top hits and/or by Classic rock artists - as otherwise whole other genres of music would automatically qualify! As noted above, I did choose to count a few songs with the stray vocal or two - e.g., #1, #7, #26, and especially #30. But all those songs were universally classified as "instrumentals" on every source I checked, so I figured they met the criteria.

The complete list of answers:

1) Tequila - The Champs (1958) (Mexican potent potable)
2) Walk, Don't Run - The Ventures (1960) (Pre-movie warning)
3) Green Onions - Booker T & The MGs (1962) (Unripe allium)
4) Misirlou - Dick Dale (1962) (Mediterranean nuptial dance) - Yes, this isn't just a Jewish wedding song!
5) Wild Weekend - The Rebels (1963) (Untamed Saturday and Sunday)
6) Pipeline - The Chantays (1963) (Petrol conduit)
7) Wipe Out - The Surfaris (1963) (Erase/eradicate)
8) Out Of Limits - The Marketts (1964) (Beyond boundaries)
9) The In Crowd - Ramsey Lewis Trio (1965) (Hip horde)
10) Toad - Cream (1966) (Ode to wart-giver)
11) Anji - Paul Simon (1966) (The sound of silent lyrics)
12) Soul Finger - Bar Kays (1967) (For touching the spirit?)
13) Classical Gas - Mason Williams (1968) (Traditional neon?)
14) Black Mountain Side - Led Zeppelin (1969) (Soot hills?)
15) Hawaii Five-O Theme - The Ventures (1969) (Music to "Book 'em" by)
16) Tommy Overture - The Who (1970) (Pete's operatic opening)
17) Outa-Space - Billy Preston (1972) (No more room)
18) Rock And Roll Part 2 - Gary Glitter (1972) (Joan Jett's love, the sequel)
19) Popcorn - Hot Butter (1972) (Movie nosh)
20) Frankenstein - Edgar Winter Group (1973) (Shelley's monster)
21) Hocus Pocus - Focus (1973) (Conjurer's catchphrase)
22) Jessica - Allman Brothers Band (1973) ('Toon Roger's sultry spouse)
23) Root Beer Rag - Billy Joel (1974) (Wiper of spilled A&W?)
24) TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia) - MFSB (1974) (Audible brotherly love)
25) Fire On High - ELO (1975) (Elevated blaze)
26) The Hustle - Van McCoy (1976) (Hurry-up dance)
27) S.W.A.T. Theme – Rhythm Heritage (1976) (Fly-killing tune?)
28) A Fifth of Beethoven - Walter Murphy (1976) (Fractional Ludwig)
29) Fanfare for the Common Man - ELP (1977) (Hooray for the Hoi Polloi) - Also became famous as the theme for "ABC's Wide World of Sports".
30) Gonna Fly Now - Bill Conti (1977) (My plane's departing?)
31) Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band - Meco (1977) (Disco 'Droids)
32) Feels So Good - Chuck Mangione (1978) (Pleasantly caresses?)
33) Eruption - Van Halen (1978) (Volcanic uproar)
34) Rise - Herb Alpert (1979) (Wake-up call)
35) Chariots Of Fire Theme – Vangelis (1982) (Is Ben Hur burning?)
36) Miami Vice Theme - Jan Hammer (1985) (Cue Sonny and Rico)

Thanks again! The fun continues with MM #41 at Soccer Dad this coming Monday 4/7, and back here on 4/14 for MM #42.

 
At 4/4/08, 5:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Olympic song was "Give It All You Got", also by Chuck Mangione.

-- Clayton

 
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