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Monday, November 17, 2008

Musical Monday #68

Welcome to the 68th edition of Musical Monday, the weekly quiz that Soccer Dad and I alternate hosting. This edition, however, is a collaborative effort of us both - though the late posting is entirely my responsibility!

As is often the case, today's MM consists of several sub-groups of songs. There is a distinct theme for each group, relating to an overall meta-theme for this edition. I'll also state that the first song in each group has special status, and that the last group of songs is somewhat different than the others.

1) "A bronze man still can tell stories his own way"
2) "You change your passion for glory"
3) "My God I'm hardly alive!"
4) "I'll always love you, anyway, anyway, anyway"
5) "You can make this beggar a king, a clown or a poet"
6) "Everybody stops and stares at my baby"
7) "I'd like to take you to the nearest star"
8) "Cool kids never have the time"
9) "In the key that our souls were singing"
10) "I promise I will not make noise"

11) "Now you're climbin' to the top of the company ladder"
12) "And your drip dry glove"
13) "My memory has just been sold"
14) "Seesaw swingin' with the boys in the school"
15) "To hold me, to scold me"
16) "But that was long before I met you"

17) "I was so tempted to gamble on love just one time"
18) "We came out West together with a common desire"
19) "How can she lose with what she use?"
20) "How it got here, I haven't a clue"
21) "Got holes in both of your shoes"
22) "I long to see the sunlight in your hair"

23) "On a stormy sea of moving emotion"
24) "Does she want you, infatuate and haunt you?"
25) "Now I don't want you back for the weekend"

26) "You kept on steppin', never turning your head, yeah"
27) "And that villains always blink their eyes, woo!"
28) "You see my new job's a hassle and kids have the flu"
29) "Here comes your ghost again"
30) "Johnny jumped up and he hit him"
31) "I miss her lips and the smile on her face"
32) "The crayon on the wall he slashes"
33) "Sharing our love under stormy skies"
34) "And sometimes the blues will get hold of you"
35) "Me and you are subject to the blues now and then"
36) "A guardian angel to keep me warm when the cold winds blow!"
37) "Use every alibi and words you deny"

38) "When light goes down, I see no reason"
39) "Como lluvia fresca en mis manos"
40) "I'm odds and ends, but that's me stumbling away"
41) "If you're all alone when the pretty birds have flown"
42) "Hielten sich fuer schlaue Leute"
43) " I'm sitting here waitin' the gun still warm"
44) "He had debts, for he drank"
45) "Penso che un sogno cos?"
46) "Black as the dark night she was"

47) "What it is ain't exactly clear"
48) "When everything's made to be broken"
49) "I don't remember no cold days"

Good luck and enjoy!

29 Comments:

At 11/17/08, 3:03 PM, Blogger Gail said...

5. Bend Me, Shape Me - Not sure of the artist/group
15. Last Dance - Donna Summer
22. Hello - Lionel Richie
28. Cats in the Cradle - Harry Chapin
46. Venus - Not sure who did it
47. I can never remember the name of this song, Stop, children what's that sound, etc - Buffalo Springfield

I believe I know more but can't quite get them.

 
At 11/17/08, 3:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1 - Saturday In The Park - Chicago
3 - Blue Collar Man - Styx

11 - Peace Of Mind - Boston
13 - Centerfold - J. Geils Band
14 - Walk This Way - Aerosmith
16 - Your Smiling Face - James Taylor

20 - Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffett

23 - Carry On Wayward Son - Kansas

28 - Cats In The Cradle - Harry Chapin
32 - A Poem on the Underground Wall - Simon and Garfunkel

47 - For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield
48 - Iris - Goo Goo Dolls

It looks like the first band in each group is named for a city, and the rest of the artists in that group are from that city.

-- Clayton

 
At 11/17/08, 3:15 PM, Anonymous ral315 said...

2) Eye of the Tiger, Survivor
12) My Best Friend's Girl, Cars
19) Brick House, Commodores
43) Twilight Zone, Golden Earring

Obviously the last group of songs is different in that the Goo Goo Dolls must be from Buffalo, and whoever sings 49 is from any one of the many Springfields.

 
At 11/17/08, 3:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um, substitute "city" with "place". Kansas isn't exactly a city, is it...

-- Clayton

 
At 11/17/08, 3:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

41 - Take A Chance On Me - Abba

-- Clayton

 
At 11/17/08, 3:25 PM, Anonymous ral315 said...

The first two groups are Chicago and Boston (and we've found all of the songs in Boston). The fourth is Kansas. The seventh is Buffalo/Springfield.

The third, 17-22, contains the Commodores, Jimmy Buffett and Lionel Richie.

The fifth, 26-37, contains Harry Chapin and Simon & Garfunkel.

The sixth, 38-46, must be foreign groups (Golden Earring is Dutch, ABBA is Swedish, and I see Spanish and German songs I can't identify); I'm thinking maybe it's Europe?

 
At 11/17/08, 3:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

10 - Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah - Allan Sherman

 
At 11/17/08, 3:32 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

27. Sweet Jane--Velvet Underground
35. Song Sung Blues--Niel Diamond

Both from New York

I want to say that Venus was by Shocking Blue.

 
At 11/17/08, 3:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could 38 be "The Final Coundown" by Europe?

-- Clayton

 
At 11/17/08, 3:36 PM, Anonymous ral315 said...

4. Kind of a Drag (but I don't know who sings it)
7. Vehicle, The Ides of March. (A very fitting song for me).

 
At 11/17/08, 4:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

25 - Walking on Sunshine - Katrina and the Waves

24 is by Melissa Etheridge - I can hear the tune in my head, but I don't know what it's called. I think the next line is "like the way I do", or something very close to that. Maybe it's called The Way I Do...?

-- Clayton

 
At 11/17/08, 4:41 PM, Blogger trn said...

13) Angel in the Centerfold, J. Giles Band
24) Like the Way I Do, Melissa Etheridge
28) Cat's in the Cradle, Harry Chapin
47) For What it's Worth, Buffalo Springfield

I know 16; a line or two later is "But I thank my lucky stars/That you know who you are."

39 translates as "Like cold rain in my hands."

 
At 11/17/08, 6:47 PM, Blogger LEL said...

1.Saturday in the Park-Chicago
2.Eye of the Tiger-Survivor
11.Piece of Mind-Boston
12.My Best Friend's Girl-The Cars
13.Centerfold-J.Geils Band
14.Walk This Way-Aerosmith
24.Like the Way I Do-Melissa Ethridge
25.Walking on Sunshine-Katrina and the Waves
28.Cats in the Cradle-Harry Chapin

 
At 11/17/08, 7:04 PM, Blogger LEL said...

23.Carry on Our Wayward Son-Kansas
47. -Crosby,Stills and Nash

 
At 11/18/08, 3:45 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Some comments.

It's not "Final Countdown."

Yes, the original "Venus" was by Shocking Blue. There was an 80's version by Banana-rama.

 
At 11/18/08, 6:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

33 - Laughter in the Rain - Neil Sedaka

-- Clayton

 
At 11/19/08, 1:46 PM, Blogger benjie said...

29 dimaonds and rust joan baez

 
At 11/19/08, 1:54 PM, Blogger benjie said...

25 I'm doing fine now New York City

 
At 11/20/08, 2:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about a recap of the game so far:

1) Saturday In the Park - Chicago
2) Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
3) Blue Collar Man - Styx
4) Kind Of a Drag -
5) Bend Me, Shape Me -
6) "Everybody stops and stares at my baby"
7) Vehicle - The Ides of March
8) "Cool kids never have the time"
9) "In the key that our souls were singing"
10) Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah - Allan Sherman

11) Peace of Mind - Boston
12) My Best Friend's Girl - The Cars
13) Centerfold - J. Geils Band
14) Walk This Way - Aerosmith
15) Last Dance - Donna Summer
16) Your Smiling Face - James Taylor

17) "I was so tempted to gamble on love just one time"
18) "We came out West together with a common desire"
19) Brick House - The Commodores
20) Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffett
21) "Got holes in both of your shoes"
22) Hello - Lionel Richie

23) Carry On Wayward Son - Kansas
24) Like The Way I Do - Melissa Etheridge
25) Walking on Sunshine - Katrina and the Waves

26) I'm Doing Fine Now - New York City
27) Sweet Jane - The Velvet Underground
28) Cats In the Cradle - Harry Chapin
29) Diamonds and Rust - Joan Baez
30) "Johnny jumped up and he hit him"
31) "I miss her lips and the smile on her face"
32) A Poem on the Underground Wall - Simon and Garfunkel
33) Laughter in the Rain - Neil Sedaka
34) "And sometimes the blues will get hold of you"
35) Song Sung Blue - Neil Diamond
36) "A guardian angel to keep me warm when the cold winds blow!"
37) "Use every alibi and words you deny"

38) "When light goes down, I see no reason"
39) "Como lluvia fresca en mis manos"
40) "I'm odds and ends, but that's me stumbling away"
41) Take A Chance on Me - ABBA
42) "Hielten sich fuer schlaue Leute"
43) Twilight Zone - Golden Earring
44) "He had debts, for he drank"
45) "Penso che un sogno cos?"
46) Venus - Shocking Blue

47) For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield
48) Iris - Goo Goo Dolls
49) "I don't remember no cold days"

 
At 11/20/08, 4:36 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

I hope Elie doesn't mind if I give hints.

Clayton as you noticed 38 - 46 appeared to be European. Was "Final Countdown" the only hit?

While we're still on the subject of the Continent - and as TRN observed there's a German and a Spanish song - how many foreign language songs have been popular here?

I'm kind of surprised that no one got 40, I thought it was pretty popular song in its day.

 
At 11/20/08, 4:41 PM, Blogger Elie said...

I don't mind hints, and here's another - such as it is.

For the group starting with #17, I put this one together but perhaps should have let Soccer Dad do so, as there are likely more artists from this locale in a genre of music that he knows better than I do.

 
At 11/20/08, 6:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

SD - It must not have been, but it's the only one I can remember.

So, does anyone know another song by Europe that could be #37?

-- Clayton

 
At 11/20/08, 11:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm going to guess that #42 is "99 Luftballons" by Nena. I seem to remember the German version getting a fair amount of airplay as well as the English one.

-- Clayton

 
At 11/21/08, 2:39 AM, Blogger trn said...

I can hear the tune of a song that 40 might be, containing the phrase "Johnny came home."

Spanish, German, and Italian, no?

If "lluvia fresca" is "fresh rain" rather than "cold/cool/refreshing rain," then the line might be describing falling tears.

42 does seem to scan to 99 Luftballons.

Is a Beatles song not in the Europe group?

 
At 11/21/08, 8:49 AM, Blogger Elie said...

TRN: We agreed to restrict the Europe category to the Continent; otherwise it opens it up to literally dozens of well-known British bands, and, as the Talmud says, "ain ledavar sof"!

 
At 11/21/08, 11:35 AM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

FWIW, I deliberately put 40 & 41 next to each other!

 
At 11/22/08, 12:44 AM, Anonymous ral315 said...

Soccer Dad:

41 is Swedish -- I'm guessing 40 must be Norwegian or Finnish, then. Could it be "Take on Me", by a-ha? That's the only other Scandinavian band I can think of.

 
At 11/23/08, 10:49 AM, Blogger Elie said...

Great job, Gail, Clayton, ral315, Yitzchak, TRN, Laura, and Benjie! Out of 49 quotes, you ID'ed songs and bands for 31 of them, plus another couple of songs only. Clayton got the theme almost immediately, namely groups of songs by bands or singers from a given locale (city, state, etc.), where the first band in the group is the name of the locale.

Thanks again to my collaborator Soccer Dad for your hard work on this, particularly for contibuting the last three groups.

The full list of correct responses:

1) "A bronze man still can tell stories his own way"
– "Saturday In The Park", Chicago
2) "You change your passion for glory"
– "Eye Of The Tiger", Survivor
3) "My God I'm hardly alive!"
– "Blue Collar Man", Styx
4) "I'll always love you, anyway, anyway, anyway"
– "Kind of a Drag", The Buckinghams
5) "You can make this beggar a king, a clown or a poet"
– "Bend Me, Shape Me", The American Breed
6) "Everybody stops and stares at my baby"
– "Sugar and Spice", The Cryan' Shames
7) "I'd like to take you to the nearest star"
– "Vehicle", The Ides of March
8) "Cool kids never have the time"
– "1979", The Smashing Pumpkins
9) "In the key that our souls were singing"
– "September", Earth Wind And Fire
10) "I promise I will not make noise"
– "Camp Grenada", Allan Sherman

11) "Now you're climbin' to the top of the company ladder"
– "Peace of Mind", Boston
12) "And your drip dry glove"
– "My Best Friend's Girl", The Cars
13) "My memory has just been sold"
– "Centerfold", J. Geils Band
14) "Seesaw swingin' with the boys in the school"
– "Walk This Way", Aerosmith
15) "To hold me, to scold me"
– "Last Dance", Donna Summer
16) "But that was long before I met you"
– "Your Smiling Face", James Taylor

17) "I was so tempted to gamble on love just one time"
– "Love in the First Degree", Alabama
18) "We came out West together with a common desire"
– "Two More Bottles of Wine", Emmylou Harris
19) "How can she lose with what she use?"
– "Brick House", The Commodores
20) "How it got here, I haven't a clue"
– "Margaritaville", Jimmy Buffett
21) "Got holes in both of your shoes"
– "Keep On Smilin'", Wet Willie
22) "I long to see the sunlight in your hair"
– "Hello", Lionel Ritchie

23) "On a stormy sea of moving emotion"
– "Carry On My Wayward Son", Kansas
24) "Does she want you, infatuate and haunt you?"
– "Like The Way I Do", Melissa Etheridge
25) "Now I don't want you back for the weekend"
– "Walking On Sunshine", Katrina And The Waves

26) "You kept on steppin', never turning your head, yeah"
- "I'm Doin' Fine Now", New York City
27) "And that villains always blink their eyes, woo!"
- "Sweet Jane", Lou Reed/Velvet Underground
28) "You see my new job's a hassle and kids have the flu"
- "Cats in the Cradle", Harry Chapin
29) "Here comes your ghost again"
- "Diamonds and Rust", Joan Baez
30) "Johnny jumped up and he hit him"
- "Judy's Turn to Cry", Lesley Gore
31) "I miss her lips and the smile on her face"
- "Runaround Sue", Dion (and the Belmonts)
32) "The crayon on the wall he slashes"
- "Poem on an Underground Wall", Simon and Garfunkel
33) "Sharing our love under stormy skies"
- "Laughter in the Rain", Neil Sedaka
34) "And sometimes the blues will get hold of you"
- "Sweet Seasons", Carole King
35) "Me and you are subject to the blues now and then"
- "Song Sung Blue", Neil Diamond
36) "A guardian angel to keep me warm when the cold winds blow!"
- "Take Me Home Tonight", Eddie Money
37) "Use every alibi and words you deny"
- "Shadows of the Night", Pat Benatar

38) "When light goes down, I see no reason"
- "Carrie", Europe
39) "Como lluvia fresca en mis manos"
- "Eres Tu", Mocedades
40) "I'm odds and ends, but that's me stumbling away"
- "Take On Me", Aha
41) "If you're all alone when the pretty birds have flown"
- "Take a Chance on Me", Abba
42) "Hielten sich fuer schlaue Leute"
- "99 Luftballoons", Nena
43) "I'm sitting here waitin' the gun still warm"
- "Twilight Zone", Golden Earring
44) "He had debts, for he drank"
- "Rock Amadeus", Falco
45) "Penso che un sogno cos?"
- "Volare", Domenico Modugno
46) "Black as the dark night she was"
- "Venus", Shocking Blue

This last group had a bit of a twist:
47) "What it is ain't exactly clear"
- "For What It's Worth", Buffalo Springfield
48) "When everything's made to be broken"
- "Iris", Goo Goo Dolls (from Buffalo, NY)
49) "I don´t remember no cold days"
- "Farther On Down The Road", Taj Mahal (from Springfield, Mass)

Thanks again all! Look for MM #69 at Soccer Dad's blog tomorrow 11/24, and then #70, back here on 12/1.

 
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