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Monday, September 22, 2008

Musical Monday #62

Welcome to the 62nd edition of Musical Monday, the weekly quiz that Soccer Dad and I alternate hosting. As always, the challenge is to identify the title and artist of each song quote, as well as the common theme of the set of songs. But before I get to the quotes themselves, a couple of notes relating to this and upcoming MMs:

First, you'll note that this MM is extra-long, containing a full 62 songs to match the edition number. This number has no additional significance in relation to the theme, and despite the number of entries, there is a single uniform theme this week. But I'd also like to say that this edition of MM involved the most effort/research of any I've put together to date, and not only because of its length. Hopefully all the songs should be relatively guessable, though you might find the last half dozen or so a bit harder than the rest. Hope my extra work pays off in terms of both your enjoyment and success rate!

Secondly, though a number of the songs below have been recorded by more than one artist, I will confirm that in all cases I am looking for one particular version of the song. It will generally be either the original and/or the most well-known version, but I don't guarantee this and, unfortunately, can't (won't!) say any more on an individual song basis.

Finally, my MM partner Soccer Dad and I note that due to the upcoming Jewish holidays, MM will be published on a bi-weekly basis for the next couple of editions. This, #63 should appear at Soccer Dad on Monday 10/6, and #64 back here on Monday 10/20, after which the regular weekly schedule should resume.

Without further ado:

1) "Well, my heart went 'boom'"
2) "Only took a couple of days 'til she was rid of me"
3) "I hide in my music, forget the day"
4) "I'm gonna hit the highway like a battering ram"
5) "You taught me the ways of desire"
6) "Let them brush your rock and roll hair"
7) "I won't do you no harm, no"
8) "I found an island in your arms, country in your eyes"
9) "Spent my time so foolishly"
10) "When I was not so strong, you know"
11) "On the street where you live girls talk about their social lives"
12) "If you got the money honey, we got your disease"
13) "Friday evening, Sunday in the afternoon"
14) "Lighten up while you still can"
15) "Drink my liquor from an old fruit jar"
16) "We don't have time to get restless"
17) "Gonna hang me up in the doorway"
18) "Though my mind wants to cry out loud"
19) "Some honeys will be coming along"
20) "Can't trust that day"
21) "It's just no good anymore since you went away"
22) "For the man who stole your water"
23) "Something that both of us have always wanted to do"
24) "Don't come in, I'll only run and hide"
25) "And I sit all alone impatiently"
26) "It makes you feel happy like an old-time movie"
27) "Tonight there'll be no hesitating"
28) "(Silly boy) Told my girl we had to break up"
29) "Some say it's a sign of weakness, for a man to beg"
30) "You know you could have been a broom"
31) "I would wait forever for those lips of wine"
32) "They're piling in the back seat, they're generating steam heat"
33) "If he stops to think he starts to cry, oh why"
34) "Save the buckshot turn up the band"
35) "But it lifts me up when we are walking anywhere"
36) "The disco hotspots hold no charm for you"
37) "And I ate a million dinners brought to me on silver trays"
38) "I got no love, no love you'd call real"
39) "Their children hate them for the things they're not"
40) "Then Sue came along, loved me strong"
41) "On this strange and mournful day"
42) "Darling in your wildest dreams, you never had a clue"
43) "How would I know, why should I care?"
44) "My hands can't feel to grip"
45) "She sewed my new blue jeans"
46) "Going down the old mine with a transistor radio"
47) "I walk in the air between the rain"
48) "I ain't gonna take none of your putting me down!"
49) "Never said I wanted to improve my station"
50) "I just think of you and I start to glow"
51) "Telling lies, well that's no surprise"
52) "I found someone new, he's waiting in the car outside"
53) "She's the kind of girl who's not too shy"
54) "I'm in no hurry baby time can wait"
55) "Sitting in the corner of a crowded barroom"
56) "Calling on in transit, calling on in transit"
57) "I know a thing or two about her"
58) "The daughter of a captain on the rolling seas"
59) "Sweet surrender on the quayside"
60) "Well my Lord spoke, he spoke so well"
61) "I sold my house, I sold my motor, too"
62) "He had the finest funeral the union could afford"

Good luck and enjoy!


9/28, 1:55 pm: Answers are up!

60 Comments:

At 9/22/08, 2:48 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

1) Salisbury Hill - Peter Gabriel, or is that My heart went boom, boom, boom?

And My heart went pop is You're 16 by Johnny Burnette and his Rock and Roll trio (or Ringo Star.)

3) More than a feeling - Boston

20) Monday Monday - Mamas and Papas
21) One - Three Dog Night

28) Big girls don't cry - Franki Valli and the four seasons.

39) The way I've always heard it should be - Carly Simon

46) Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison

 
At 9/22/08, 2:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

2 - Good Times Bad Times - Led Zeppelin
3 - More Than A Feeling - Boston
8 - Break On Through - The Doors
12 - Welcome to the Jungle - Guns 'n Roses
19 - Surfin' Safari - The Beach Boys
20 - Monday, Monday - The Mamas and The Papas
22 - Do It Again - Steely Dan
26 - Do You Believe in Magic - The Lovin' Spoonful
38 - Running With the Devil - Van Halen
39 - That's The Way I've Always Heard It Should Be - Carly Simon
41 - Mother and Child Reunion - Paul Simon
45 - House of the Rising Sun - The Animals
46 - Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison

-- Clayton

 
At 9/22/08, 2:53 PM, Anonymous ral315 said...

12) Welcome to the Jungle, Guns 'n' Roses
14) Take it Easy, The Eagles
20) Monday, Monday, The Mamas and the Papas
21) One, Three Dog Night
23) Two Tickets to Paradise, Eddie Money
26) Do You Believe in Magic, The Lovin' Spoonful
30) The Way You Do The Things You Do, The Temptations
38) Runnin' With the Devil, Van Halen
45) House of the Rising Sun, The Animals
46) Brown Eyed Girl, Van Morrison

 
At 9/22/08, 2:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

14 - Take It Easy - The Eagles

Looks like we were writing at the same time, SD. :)

-- Clayton

 
At 9/22/08, 2:57 PM, Blogger trn said...

13) Suite: Judy Blue Eyes, Crosby, Stills, And Nash

26) Do You Believe In Magic, The Lovin' Spoonful

28) Big Girls Don't Cry

46) Brown-Eyed Girl, Van Morrison

 
At 9/22/08, 2:58 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

40) Solitary Man - by my one time favorite: Neil Diamond!

 
At 9/22/08, 3:00 PM, Blogger trn said...

Wow, you guys are quick!

 
At 9/22/08, 3:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

37 - Keep Yourself Alive - Queen

-- Clayton

 
At 9/22/08, 3:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

59 - Down to the Waterline - Dire Straits

-- Clayton

 
At 9/22/08, 3:04 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

48) I put a spell on you - CCR (and before that Howling Wolf?)

 
At 9/22/08, 3:06 PM, Blogger trn said...

Soccer Dad, I think the line from the Peter Gabriel song is something like: "My heart going boom boom boom." I thought of the same song at first too.

 
At 9/22/08, 3:09 PM, Anonymous ral315 said...

9) Feels Like the First Time, Foreigner
43) She's Not There, The Zombies

trn, I think you're right about #1.

 
At 9/22/08, 3:10 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

5) You make loving fun - Fleetwood Mac

 
At 9/22/08, 3:12 PM, Anonymous ral315 said...

6) Good Times Roll, The Cars
49) Bad Reputation, Joan Jett

 
At 9/22/08, 3:16 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Wow, this is the fastest I've ever gotten so many comments! Keep it up!!

No guesses at the theme yet? ;-)

 
At 9/22/08, 3:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

10 - Magic Man - Heart

I have to say, you've got me stumped on the theme so far, Elie...

-- Clayton

 
At 9/22/08, 3:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

51 - Our Lips Are Sealed - The Go-Gos

-- Clayton

 
At 9/22/08, 3:43 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

1) "Well, my heart went 'boom'"
2) "Only took a couple of days 'til she was rid of me"
Good Times Bad Times - Led Zeppelin
3) "I hide in my music, forget the day"
More than a feeling - Boston
4) "I'm gonna hit the highway like a battering ram"
5) "You taught me the ways of desire"
6) "Let them brush your rock and roll hair"
Good Times Roll, The Cars
7) "I won't do you no harm, no"
8) "I found an island in your arms, country in your eyes"
Break On Through - The Doors
9) "Spent my time so foolishly"
Feels Like the First Time, Foreigner
10) "When I was not so strong, you know"
Magic Man - Heart
11) "On the street where you live girls talk about their social lives"
12) "If you got the money honey, we got your disease"
Welcome to the Jungle - Guns 'n Roses
13) "Friday evening, Sunday in the afternoon"
Suite: Judy Blue Eyes, Crosby, Stills, And Nash
14) "Lighten up while you still can"
15) "Drink my liquor from an old fruit jar"
16) "We don't have time to get restless"
17) "Gonna hang me up in the doorway"
18) "Though my mind wants to cry out loud"
19) "Some honeys will be coming along"
Surfin' Safari - The Beach Boys
20) "Can't trust that day"
Monday Monday - Mamas and Papas
21) "It's just no good anymore since you went away"
One - Three Dog Night
22) "For the man who stole your water"
Do it again - Steely Dan
23) "Something that both of us have always wanted to do"
Two Tickets to Paradise, Eddie Money
24) "Don't come in, I'll only run and hide"
25) "And I sit all alone impatiently"
26) "It makes you feel happy like an old-time movie"
Do You Believe in Magic, The Lovin' Spoonful
27) "Tonight there'll be no hesitating"
28) "(Silly boy) Told my girl we had to break up"
Big girls don't cry - Franki Valli and the four seasons.
29) "Some say it's a sign of weakness, for a man to beg"
30) "You know you could have been a broom"
The Way You Do The Things You Do, The Temptations
31) "I would wait forever for those lips of wine"
32) "They're piling in the back seat, they're generating steam heat"
33) "If he stops to think he starts to cry, oh why"
34) "Save the buckshot turn up the band"
35) "But it lifts me up when we are walking anywhere"
36) "The disco hotspots hold no charm for you"
37) "And I ate a million dinners brought to me on silver trays"
Keep Yourself Alive - Queen
38) "I got no love, no love you'd call real"
Runnin' With the Devil, Van Halen
39) "Their children hate them for the things they're not"
The way I've always heard it should be - Carly Simon
40) "Then Sue came along, loved me strong"
Solitary Man - by my one time favorite: Neil Diamond!
41) "On this strange and mournful day"
Mother and Child Reunion - Paul Simon
42) "Darling in your wildest dreams, you never had a clue"
43) "How would I know, why should I care?"

She's Not There, The Zombies
44) "My hands can't feel to grip"
45) "She sewed my new blue jeans"
House of the Rising Sun, The Animals
46) "Going down the old mine with a transistor radio"
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
47) "I walk in the air between the rain"
48) "I ain't gonna take none of your putting me down!"
I put a spell on you - CCR (and before that Howling Wolf?)
49) "Never said I wanted to improve my station"
Bad Reputation, Joan Jett
50) "I just think of you and I start to glow"
51) "Telling lies, well that's no surprise"
52) "I found someone new, he's waiting in the car outside"
53) "She's the kind of girl who's not too shy"
54) "I'm in no hurry baby time can wait"
55) "Sitting in the corner of a crowded barroom"
56) "Calling all in transit, calling all in transit"
57) "I know a thing or two about her"
58) "The daughter of a captain on the rolling seas"
59) "Sweet surrender on the quayside"
Down to the Waterline - Dire Straits
60) "Well my Lord spoke, he spoke so well"
61) "I sold my house, I sold my motor, too"
62) "He had the finest funeral the union could afford"

I hope I didn't miss too many.

 
At 9/22/08, 3:45 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

OK,

Who are 62 artists who have never been in my kitchen?

:-)

 
At 9/22/08, 3:51 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Who are 62 artists who have never been in my kitchen?

LOL!

I will admit the real answer is a different style of theme than is usual for me.

 
At 9/22/08, 3:57 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Besides, Three Dog Night was in my kitchen, so there! Or three dogs were there, anyhow. Or at least one dog. But then, she lives there. :-)

 
At 9/22/08, 4:06 PM, Blogger trn said...

Hahahaha, Soccer Dad!

Hmm, is each song the first track on the debut album of the respective group or solo artist?

 
At 9/22/08, 4:12 PM, Anonymous ral315 said...

trn, I think you might have it. I know Keep Yourself Alive is the first track of Queen's first album, I know Welcome to the Jungle is GnR's first track, and of the rest, I don't know, but thinking about the artists/groups, it seems like in every case the song was released early in their career.

 
At 9/22/08, 4:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1 - I Saw Her Standing There - The Beatles

-- Clayton

 
At 9/22/08, 4:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that is true for several of the ones I guessed, as well. Nice thinking, TRN!

-- Clayton

 
At 9/22/08, 4:37 PM, Blogger trn said...

Thanks! I got the idea because of Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.

 
At 9/22/08, 5:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

24 - Who Can It Be Now - Men at Work

-- Clayton

 
At 9/22/08, 6:46 PM, Blogger LEL said...

1.I Saw Her Standing There-The Beatles
2.Good Times-Bad Times-Led Zeppeling
3.More Than a Feeling-Boston
6.Let the Good Times Roll-The Cars
8.Break on Through-The Doors
11.Runaway-Bon Jovi
13.Suite:Judy Blue Eyes-CSN
14.Take it Easy-The Eagles
18.I Feel Free-Cream
20.Monday Monday-The Mamas and the Papas
27.Oh Boy-Buddy Holly
31.I Just Want to be Your Everything-Andy Gibb
32.Blitzkreik Bop-The Ramones
33.I Will Follow-u2
44.Mr.Tamborine Man-Bob Dylan
45.House of the Rising Sun-The Animals

 
At 9/22/08, 6:55 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

62. The Ballad of Harry Lewis by Alan Sherman

Harry Lewis perished in the service of his lord/He was trampling through the warehouse where the Drapes of Roth are stored/He got the finest funeral the union could afford/His cloth goes shining on!

 
At 9/22/08, 6:55 PM, Blogger LEL said...

34.Blinded by the Light-Bruce Springsteen

 
At 9/22/08, 6:57 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

7. Foxy Lady--Jimi Hendrix

 
At 9/22/08, 7:00 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

15. Blue Suede Shoes--Carl Perkins

 
At 9/22/08, 7:03 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

56. Radio Free Europe by REM? I thought the line was "Calling all transients," though.

 
At 9/22/08, 7:04 PM, Blogger LEL said...

23.Two Tickets to Paradise-Eddie Money

 
At 9/22/08, 8:09 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

15. Or Blue Suede Shoes by the Plastic Ono Band?

 
At 9/22/08, 8:11 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

48. Not Howling Wolf, Screaming Jay Hawkins

 
At 9/22/08, 8:21 PM, Blogger Elie said...

I just corrected the lyrics to #56 based on the majority of sources. We were both off, Yitzchak!

Now that the theme was guessed, part of the challenge is to nail the specific versions of certain songs that fit the theme, as I alluded to in my intro. In particular, of the ones guessed so far, look at #15 and #44.

 
At 9/22/08, 8:27 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Yitzchak Goodman said...
62. The Ballad of Harry Lewis by Alan Sherman
Harry Lewis perished in the service of his lord/He was trampling through the warehouse where the Drapes of Roth are stored/He got the finest funeral the union could afford/His cloth goes shining on!


From memory:

"Though the fire was raging, Harry stood by his machine
And when firemen broke in, they discovered him between
A pile of roasted dacron
And some french-fried gabardine
But his cloth goes shining on!"

They don't write em like that anymome...

 
At 9/22/08, 9:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Bob Dylan's version of "Mr. Tambourine Man" isn't the correct answer for #44, then is it The Byrds?

-- Clayton

 
At 9/22/08, 9:21 PM, Anonymous ral315 said...

Blue Suede Shoes could be Elvis, as well. I'm guessing the Mr. Tambourine Man version is not the William Shatner version.

 
At 9/22/08, 9:27 PM, Blogger rebecca said...

At The Seaside

(1)

When I was down beside the sea

A wooden spade they gave to me

To dig the sandy shore.

(2)

The holes were empty like a cup

In every hole the sea camp up,

Till it could come no more.

-----by age of conan

 
At 9/22/08, 9:36 PM, Anonymous ral315 said...

53) I'm Into Something Good - Herman's Hermits

I see 17 that we haven't gotten yet, plus 15 and 44 where we're not sure who is the correct artist. Updated list:

1) I Saw Her Standing There - The Beatles
2) Good Times Bad Times - Led Zeppelin
3) More than a feeling - Boston
4)
5)
6) Good Times Roll - The Cars
7) Foxy Lady - Jimi Hendrix
8) Break On Through - The Doors
9) Feels Like the First Time - Foreigner
10) Magic Man - Heart
11) Runaway - Bon Jovi
12) Welcome to the Jungle - Guns 'n Roses
13) Suite: Judy Blue Eyes - Crosby, Stills, and Nash
14) Take it Easy - The Eagles
15) Blue Suede Shoes - ???
16)
17)
18) I Feel Free - Cream
19) Surfin' Safari - The Beach Boys
20) Monday Monday - Mamas and Papas
21) One - Three Dog Night
22) Do it again - Steely Dan
23) Two Tickets to Paradise - Eddie Money
24) Who Can It Be Now - Men At Work
25)
26) Do You Believe in Magic - The Lovin' Spoonful
27) Oh Boy - Buddy Holly
28) Big Girls Don't Cry - Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
29)
30) The Way You Do The Things You Do - The Temptations
31) I Just Want to Be Your Everything - Andy Gibb
32) Blitzkrieg Bop - The Ramones
33) I Will Follow - U2
34) Blinded by the Light - Bruce Springsteen
35)
36)
37) Keep Yourself Alive - Queen
38) Runnin' With the Devil - Van Halen
39) The way I've always heard it should be - Carly Simon
40) Solitary Man - Neil Diamond
41) Mother and Child Reunion - Paul Simon
42) "Darling in your wildest dreams, you never had a clue"
43) She's Not There - The Zombies
44) Mr. Tambourine Man - ???
45) House of the Rising Sun - The Animals
46) Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
47)
48) I put a spell on you - CCR
49) Bad Reputation - Joan Jett
50)
51) Our Lips Are Sealed - The Go-Gos
52)
53) I'm Into Something Good, Herman's Hermits
54)
55)
56) Radio Free Europe - REM
57)
58)
59) Down to the Waterline - Dire Straits
60)
61)
62) The Ballad of Harry Lewis - Alan Sherman

 
At 9/23/08, 3:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

36 - Heat of the Moment - Asia

-- Clayton

 
At 9/23/08, 3:50 AM, Blogger LEL said...

9.Feels like the first time-Foreigner
36.Heat of the moment-Asia

 
At 9/23/08, 10:50 AM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

First of all, when Elie e-mailed that this MM was taking a lot of research, I didn't know what he meant. But this is really impressive. I could never be this ambitious.

TRN, great job on figuring it out.

Everyone, else as someone who's been Elie's friend for 30 years, let me give you some hints of who else to look for:
Billy Joel. Now I don't know if the song would be from Cold Spring Harbor or Piano Man, but there should a Billy Joel song there.

I'd also expect a Linda Ronstadt song.

I imagine he'd also include Kansas and Styx. For more on his favorite acts see here.

So if you know the first album of any of the 50 acts he cited here and you haven't found them in the list above, start thinking of the songs.

One final idea: I expect that Hero Takes a fall by the Bangles is in there someplace too.

I can't guarantee that any of the above is accurate, but since the theme's been figured out, knowing a little more about Elie could help us figure the rest out.

 
At 9/23/08, 10:53 AM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Unless I've missed it, I don't think that Hero Takes a Fall is among the remaining songs.

 
At 9/23/08, 11:17 AM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

4) "I'm gonna hit the highway like a battering ram"
5) "You taught me the ways of desire"
16) "We don't have time to get restless"
17) "Gonna hang me up in the doorway"
25) "And I sit all alone impatiently"
29) "Some say it's a sign of weakness, for a man to beg"
35) "But it lifts me up when we are walking anywhere"
47) "I walk in the air between the rain"
48) "I ain't gonna take none of your putting me down!"
49) "Never said I wanted to improve my station"
50) "I just think of you and I start to glow"
52) "I found someone new, he's waiting in the car outside"
54) "I'm in no hurry baby time can wait"
55) "Sitting in the corner of a crowded barroom"
57) "I know a thing or two about her"
58) "The daughter of a captain on the rolling seas"
60) "Well my Lord spoke, he spoke so well"
61) "I sold my house, I sold my motor, too"

I hope I did this correctly, here's what's left.

 
At 9/23/08, 12:33 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Could
58) be Come Sail Away by Styx?

 
At 9/23/08, 12:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think so. "Come Sail Away" is the fourth track on The Grand Illusion (which is not their first album.)

-- Clayton

 
At 9/23/08, 12:55 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Shows you how well I know Styx.

:-(

 
At 9/24/08, 3:36 AM, Blogger LEL said...

12.Welcome to the Jungle-Guns n Roses.

 
At 9/24/08, 8:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

60 - You Can Tell the World - Simon & Garfunkel

-- Clayton

 
At 9/26/08, 11:45 AM, Blogger Elie said...

Thanks Soccer Dad and ral315 for providing the repeated summaries! So, has everyone pretty much given up and googled by now? If anyone *is* still working the remaining ones, I would be willing to provide hints, and hold off the answers until Sunday or Monday. Let me know!

 
At 9/26/08, 12:09 PM, Blogger LEL said...

5.Heartbreaker-Pat Benetar

 
At 9/26/08, 12:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are still one or two that seem vaguely familiar, so I'll take some hints if you're handing them out...

-- Clayton

 
At 9/26/08, 12:25 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Guess that's my answer, Laura and Clayton - still in there trying! So here are the remaining ones to ID. As a small hint, I have identified the decade of the each album, as well as the gender of the artist/lead singer as the case may be:

4) "I'm gonna hit the highway like a battering ram" 70s, M
16) "We don't have time to get restless" 60s, M
17) "Gonna hang me up in the doorway" 70s, M
25) "And I sit all alone impatiently" 70s, F
29) "Some say it's a sign of weakness, for a man to beg" 60s, M
35) "But it lifts me up when we are walking anywhere" 70s, M
47) "I walk in the air between the rain" 90s, M
50) "I just think of you and I start to glow" 80s, F
52) "I found someone new, he's waiting in the car outside" 80s, F
54) "I'm in no hurry baby time can wait" 70s, M
55) "Sitting in the corner of a crowded barroom" 70s, M
57) "I know a thing or two about her" 70s, M
58) "The daughter of a captain on the rolling seas" 70s, M
61) "I sold my house, I sold my motor, too" 70s, M

Go get em!

 
At 9/26/08, 2:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

4 - Bat Out Of Hell - Meat Loaf

-- Clayton

 
At 9/26/08, 4:11 PM, Blogger trn said...

That's a good move, Elie, to try to help us with the remaining ones like that at this point. Unfortunately, I don't think I can place any of them.

#61 keeps reminding me of a line from a different song. #29 . . . couldn't be Ain't Too Proud to Beg, could it?

Soccer Dad, what a nice comment earlier. Thank you of course for the kind words you directed towards me. What I found especially nice was how both the importance and your appreciation of your long-time friendship with Elie came through in your comment.

And yes, this is indeed an impressive Musical Monday. Well done, Elie!

 
At 9/28/08, 1:55 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Great job and many thanks to Soccer Dad, Clayton, ral315, TRN, Laura, and Yitzchak!! Collectively, you broke last month's records for both Musical Monday percentage correct, with 48 out of 62 (BTW, I missed listing #44 above in the final list I gave hints for - sorry!), as well as the blog's all-time comments record, with this one being #59 and counting! Special kudos to TRN for puzzling out the theme, which indeed was first tracks off first albums. Certainly a timely theme for this final MM before the first of the new Jewish year.

As I indicated above in my preface to the post, this MM definitely required significantly more work and research than usual. Due to the nature of the theme, I had to forego many of my favorite and/or other big-name artists – Styx, ELO, Kansas, The Who, The Stones, and even the generally ubiquitous Fleetwood Mac - simply because their first songs were far too obscure to be fair game. To qualify, the song in question had to have been released as a single, or at least one that became reasonably well-known over time. I would conservatively estimate that for every band I did use, there were two others that I looked at and decided I couldn’t. Conversely, I had to step outside my familiarity/comfort zone for a few of these - e.g., #50, #54.

I also avoided any one-hit or even one-album wonders, to ensure that "first song, first album" was never simply true by default. Finally, I skipped cases where the first song by artist A was a remake too closely associated with artist B (#15 and perhaps #44 are close calls on that last count). I did learn a lot through the process – e.g., did you know that Rod Stewart's first song was the Rolling Stones "Street Fighting Man"?

Once again, thanks for all your great participation – it genuinely made me feel that the extra work was well worth it!

The full set of correct responses:

1) "Well, my heart went 'boom'"
- "I Saw Her Standing There", The Beatles
2) "Only took a couple of days 'til she was rid of me"
- "Good Times Bad Times", Led Zeppelin
3) "I hide in my music, forget the day"
- "More Than A Feeling", Boston
4) "I'm gonna hit the highway like a battering ram"
- "Bat Out Of Hell", Meat Loaf
5) "You taught me the ways of desire"
- "Heartbreaker", Pat Benatar
6) "Let them brush your rock and roll hair"
- "Let The Good Times Roll", The Cars
7) "I won't do you no harm, no"
- "Foxy Lady", The Jimi Hendrix Experience
8) "I found an island in your arms, country in your eyes"
- "Break On Through", The Doors
9) "Spent my time so foolishly"
- "Feels Like the First Time", Foreigner
10) "When I was not so strong, you know"
- "Magic Man", Heart
11) "On the street where you live girls talk about their social lives"
- "Runaway", Bon Jovi
12) "If you got the money honey, we got your disease"
- "Welcome to the Jungle", Guns N' Roses
13) "Friday evening, Sunday in the afternoon"
- "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes", CSNY
14) "Lighten up while you still can"
- "Take It Easy", The Eagles
15) "Drink my liquor from an old fruit jar"
- "Blue Suede Shoes", Elvis Presley (his version was almost as popular as Carl Perkins' original)
16) "We don't have time to get restless"
- "Monkees Theme", The Monkees
17) "Gonna hang me up in the doorway"
- "Can't Get Enough", Bad Company
18) "Though my mind wants to cry out loud"
- "I Feel Free", Cream
19) "Some honeys will be coming along"
- "Surfin' Safari", The Beach Boys
20) "Can't trust that day"
- "Monday, Monday", The Mamas & the Papas
21) "It's just no good anymore since you went away"
- "One", Three Dog Night
22) "For the man who stole your water"
- "Do It Again", Steely Dan
23) "Something that both of us have always wanted to do"
- "Two Tickets to Paradise", Eddie Money
24) "Don't come in, I'll only run and hide"
- "Who Can It Be Now?", Men at Work
25) "And I sit all alone impatiently"
- "Ring Ring", ABBA
26) "It makes you feel happy like an old-time movie"
- "Do You Believe In Magic", The Lovin' Spoonful
27) "Tonight there'll be no hesitating"
- "Oh Boy", Buddy Holly
28) "(Silly boy) Told my girl we had to break up"
- "Big Girls Don't Cry", The Four Seasons
29) "Some say it's a sign of weakness, for a man to beg"
- "Baby I Need Your Loving", The Four Tops
30) "You know you could have been a broom"
- "The Way You Do the Things You Do", The Temptations
31) "I would wait forever for those lips of wine"
- "I Just Want to Be Your Everything", Andy Gibb
32) "They're piling in the back seat, they're generating steam heat"
- "Blitzkrieg Bop", The Ramones
33) "If he stops to think he starts to cry, oh why"
- "I Will Follow", U2
34) "Save the buckshot turn up the band"
- "Blinded By The Light", Bruce Springsteen
35) "But it lifts me up when we are walking anywhere"
- "She's Got A Way", Billy Joel
36) "The disco hotspots hold no charm for you"
- "Heat of the Moment", Asia
37) "And I ate a million dinners brought to me on silver trays"
- "Keep Yourself Alive", Queen
38) "I got no love, no love you'd call real"
- "Runnin' with the Devil", Van Halen
39) "Their children hate them for the things they're not"
- "That's The Way I Always Heard It Should Be", Carly Simon
40) "Then Sue came along, loved me strong"
- "Solitary Man", Neil Diamond
41) "On this strange and mournful day"
- "Mother and Child Reunion", Paul Simon
42) "Darling in your wildest dreams, you never had a clue"
- "Harden My Heart", Quarterflash
43) "How would I know, why should I care?"
- "She's Not There", The Zombies
44) "My hands can't feel to grip"
- "Mr. Tambourine Man", The Byrds
45) "She sewed my new blue jeans"
- "The House of the Rising Sun", The Animals
46) "Going down the old mine with a transistor radio"
- "Brown Eyed Girl", Van Morrison
47) "I walk in the air between the rain"
- "Round Here", Counting Crows
48) "I ain't gonna take none of your putting me down!"
- "I Put a Spell on You", CCR
49) "Never said I wanted to improve my station"
- "Bad Reputation", Joan Jett
50) "I just think of you and I start to glow"
- "Lucky Star", Madonna
51) "Telling lies, well that's no surprise"
- "Our Lips Are Sealed", The Go-Gos
52) "I found someone new, he's waiting in the car outside"
- "Money Changes Everything", Cyndi Lauper
53) "She's the kind of girl who's not too shy"
- "I'm Into Something Good", Herman's Hermits
54) "I'm in no hurry baby time can wait"
- "I Don't Want To Go Home", Southside Johnny
55) "Sitting in the corner of a crowded barroom"
- "There Goes Another Love Song", The Outlaws
56) "Calling all in transit, calling all in transit"
- "Radio Free Europe", R.E.M.
57) "I know a thing or two about her"
- "Strutter", Kiss
58) "The daughter of a captain on the rolling seas"
- "Jamaica Say You Will", Jackson Browne
59) "Sweet surrender on the quayside"
- "Down to the Waterline", Dire Straits
60) "Well my Lord spoke, he spoke so well"
- "You Can Tell the World", S&G
61) "I sold my house, I sold my motor, too"
- "Next To You", The Police
62) "He had the finest funeral the union could afford"
- "The Ballad of Harry Lewis", Allan Sherman

As stated in the post, MM #63 will not be posted tomorrow 9/29; look for it at Soccer Dad the following Monday 10/6.

 
At 9/28/08, 5:40 PM, Blogger trn said...

I'm glad you explained your eligibility requirements, Elie. They were stricter than I had imagined, though I did wonder about the obscurity issue. Now I appreciate your tremendous effort with this edition even more than I already did!

Thank you for the special kudos. I am glad others were able to confirm.

It truly is amazing how the lyrics come to life once paired with the correct song identification.

Riffing on your theme, may this new year start off well, continue well through the year, and be followed by many more good years, for all of us.

 

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