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Monday, December 15, 2008

Musical Monday #72

Welcome to the 72nd 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 below, as well as the common theme of the entire set of songs.

Just a single theme this week with no sub-groups, though there is an additional commonality among the first 13 on the list. I'll also note that some of the songs fit the theme more literally, some less so.

1. "Any trick in the book now"
2. "There was a gas strike, oil strike"
3. "If you go a million miles away I'll track you down girl"
4. "I'm more than some pretty face beside a train"
5. "Dumb as an ape doing nothing"
6. "Look in the mirror, even with a broken heart I'm fine"
7. "Come on downtown and stay with me tonight"
8. "You stumbled in and bumped your head"
9. "The bowery got its bums"
10. "Been haunted by a million screams"
11. "So look out for those beauties"
12. "It's a nice day to start again"
13. "Might even walk on holy ground"
14. "You would always come running to me"
15. "I'm a hard case that's tough to beat"
16. "Wealth and fame, he's ignored"
17. "Stop the press, who is that?"
18. "With his elephant and gun"
19. "That was due to happen at a quarter to three"
20. "I won't call again, even in a jam"
21. "Three days since the living room"
22. "Or if he moves, will he fall?"
23. "Stand for everyone of us"
24. "I play my music in the sun"
25. "I picked it up and ran to town as happy as a king"
26. "Suddenly I'm up on top of the world"
27. "With orders to identify, to clarify and classify"

Good luck and enjoy!

42 Comments:

At 12/15/08, 9:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

9 - You Don't Mess Around with Jim - Jim Croce
11 - Bicycle Race - Queen
12 - White Wedding - Billy Idol
18 - The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill - The Beatles
24 - The Joker - Steve Miller Band
26 - Believe It or Not - Joey Scarbury
27 - 99 Red Balloons - Nena

-- Clayton

 
At 12/15/08, 11:26 AM, Blogger Jack said...

3)Superman- REM

 
At 12/15/08, 11:35 AM, Blogger trn said...

12) White Wedding
24) The Joker, The Steve Miller Band

 
At 12/15/08, 11:37 AM, Blogger trn said...

"If you go a million miles away I'll track you down girl" sounds a bit threatening.

 
At 12/15/08, 11:43 AM, Blogger trn said...

The Bare Naked Ladies sing 21.

 
At 12/15/08, 12:20 PM, Blogger benjie said...

1. sunshine superman - Donovan

 
At 12/15/08, 12:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

21 - One Week - Barenaked Ladies

-- Clayton

 
At 12/15/08, 12:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

17 - Batdance - Prince

I think the theme is songs that in some way reference superheroes.

-- Clayton

 
At 12/15/08, 12:50 PM, Blogger LEL said...

2.Superman-The Kinks
11.Bicycle Race-Queen
18.Bungalo Bill-The Beatles

 
At 12/15/08, 12:58 PM, Blogger LEL said...

12.White Wedding-Billy Idol

 
At 12/15/08, 1:56 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

Is Superman what the first 13 have in common?

 
At 12/15/08, 1:58 PM, Blogger LEL said...

1.Sunshine Superman-Donovan

 
At 12/15/08, 2:01 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

How'd I miss #1?

This was a theme I was thinking of doing.

Is "Catch me now I'm falling" by the Kinks in here someplace?

Didn't Black Sabbath have a song Iron Man? I also believe that there's a Crimson Dynamo song, though I forget by whom. Does Wings have a song about Magneto?

And given that Clayton appears to be correct, I'm guessing that 1 - 17 are names/references of comic book superheros, whereas the other superheroes are from other media.

 
At 12/15/08, 2:03 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

FWIW Donna Fargo had a song "Superman" too.

 
At 12/15/08, 2:17 PM, Blogger benjie said...

one of the lines in 99 balloons is "everyone is a superhero everyone's a captain kirk"

 
At 12/15/08, 2:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

22 - Iron Man - Black Sabbath

-- Clayton (with massive hint from Soccer Dad. Also thanks to trn for the hint on #21.)

 
At 12/15/08, 2:55 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Actually I think the song is the Crimson Dynamo and the Titanium Man, who were both enemies of Iron Man.

 
At 12/15/08, 4:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

23 - Flash - Queen

-- Clayton

 
At 12/15/08, 5:05 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Donna Fargo had a song "Superman" too.

And yet with my encyclopedic knowledge of country music, I somehow missed it... :-)

Great work so far, all! For extra points, for those songs whose titles don't meet the theme, can you ID the line in the the song that does?

 
At 12/15/08, 5:26 PM, Blogger SJ said...

4. Superman – Five For Fighting

8. Kryptonite – 3 Doors Down

21. One Week – Barenaked Ladies

 
At 12/15/08, 5:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

9 - You Don't Mess Around with Jim - Jim Croce
"You don't tug on Superman's cape"

11 - Bicycle Race - Queen
"I don't believe in Peter Pan, Frankenstein or Superman"

12 - White Wedding - Billy Idol
"Hey little sister, who's your Superman?"

18 - The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill - The Beatles
"Captain Marvel punched him right between the eyes"

-- Clayton

 
At 12/15/08, 5:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also -- Though as far as I can remember it's not referenced in the lyrics, #26, "Believe It or Not" is the theme from 'The Greatest American Hero'.

-- Clayton

 
At 12/15/08, 10:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh I thought Bicycle race was a reference to the super hero "bicycle repairman"

 
At 12/16/08, 12:30 AM, Blogger LEL said...

19.Magneto and Titanium Man-Paul McCartney and Wings

Actually the full title of #18 is "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill".

 
At 12/16/08, 10:26 AM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

1) Superman and Green Lantern got nothing on me.

Plus another possibility: In the late 90's Doctor Strange author, Roger Stern (I think that was his name) introduced a villain named "Dream Weaver" based on the Gary Wright song.

 
At 12/16/08, 10:27 AM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Actually, I'm reasonably certain that Dream Weaver is not there.

 
At 12/17/08, 10:17 AM, Blogger Elie said...

Given that the theme has been solved, there's one quote which I can't believe nobody ID'ed yet! (I won't say which of the ten remaining it is.)

 
At 12/17/08, 11:47 AM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

1. "Any trick in the book now"
Sunshine Superman - Donovan
2. "There was a gas strike, oil strike"
Superman - The Kinks
3. "If you go a million miles away I'll track you down girl"
Superman - REM
4. "I'm more than some pretty face beside a train"
Superman - Five for Fighting
5. "Dumb as an ape doing nothing"
6. "Look in the mirror, even with a broken heart I'm fine"
7. "Come on downtown and stay with me tonight"
8. "You stumbled in and bumped your head"
Kryptonite - 3 Doors Down
9. "The bowery got its bums"
You don't mess around with Jim - Jim Croce
10. "Been haunted by a million screams"
11. "So look out for those beauties"
Bicycle Race-Queen
12. "It's a nice day to start again"
White Wedding - Billy Idol
13. "Might even walk on holy ground"
14. "You would always come running to me"
15. "I'm a hard case that's tough to beat"
16. "Wealth and fame, he's ignored"
17. "Stop the press, who is that?"
Batdance - Prince
18. "With his elephant and gun"
The continuing story of Bungalow Bill-The Beatles
19. "That was due to happen at a quarter to three"
Magneto and Titanium Man-Paul McCartney and Wings
20. "I won't call again, even in a jam"
21. "Three days since the living room"
One week - Barenaked Ladies
22. "Or if he moves, will he fall?"
Iron Man - Black Sabbath
23. "Stand for everyone of us"
Flash - Queen
24. "I play my music in the sun"
The Joker, The Steve Miller Band
25. "I picked it up and ran to town as happy as a king"
26. "Suddenly I'm up on top of the world"
Believe It or Not - Joey Scarbury
27. "With orders to identify, to clarify and classify"
99 Red Balloons - Nena

5, 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20 and 25 (in bold) are the missing clues. One of them is obvious.

 
At 12/17/08, 1:03 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Thanks for the summary, Soccer Dad! I probably chose the least "obvious" line from the "obvious" song. Also I should clarify, it's only the song title that should be easy to get, not the band (or bands) who sang it.

 
At 12/17/08, 3:25 PM, Blogger LEL said...

14.Catch Me Now I'm Falling-The Kinks

 
At 12/18/08, 2:00 AM, Blogger LEL said...

10.Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me-U2 (from one of the Batman movie soundtracks)

 
At 12/18/08, 9:00 AM, Blogger Elie said...

Correct on #14, try again on #10.

And my unobvious obvious song is still to be guessed...

 
At 12/19/08, 11:29 AM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

I started thinking about what could the obvious song be. It finally occurred to me that maybe it wasn't a popular song.

So first, for some reason, I thought Hercules, which was sung by Johnny Nash who later gain fame for "I can see clearly now."

But then I figured, what "Spiderman, Spiderman does whatever a spider can."

So that's my guess and I figure that 16 would fit the Spiderman cartoon theme song.

("Listen bud, he's got radioactive blood," would have been too obvious. Though I suppose after the Spiderman movies, "radioactive" would have to be changed to "genetically altered.")

 
At 12/19/08, 12:38 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Woo-hoo - you got it!

I probably picked the only non-giveaway line in the song.

 
At 12/19/08, 1:49 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Since you've all done so well, here's a late-breaking bonus lyric to work on! (28 was always my favorite number anyway...)

28) "Of a hurricane that's abandoned"

 
At 12/19/08, 2:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

28 - Sandman - America

-- Clayton

 
At 12/20/08, 6:27 PM, Blogger trn said...

28 was always my favorite number anyway...

Interesting. Why 28?

Shavua tov.

 
At 12/20/08, 6:39 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Because it's perfect!

 
At 12/20/08, 9:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favorite number is 42. Other hitchhikers know why... :)

-- Clayton

 
At 12/21/08, 11:58 AM, Blogger Elie said...

Great job, Clayton, Jack, TRN, Benjie, Laura, Yitzchak, Soccer Dad, and SJ! Together, you ID'ed 20 out of 28 songs, and Clayton was the first to guess the theme, which was Superheroes/villains. I've been thinking about this one for a while, and wanted to get it in before the end of 2008, since this year has been the 70th anniversary of arguably the most famous costumed superhero of all time – at least, judging from how he dominated almost half of the songs below!

The full set of correct responses follow. As I indicated, some of these are more "literal" in that the song is really "about" the character, while others just use the character's name incidentally (e.g., #22, 24, 25). Where not already supplied above and/or in the song's title, I'll quote the relevant line from the song where superheroes are referenced:

1. "Any trick in the book now"
- "Sunshine Superman", Donovan
2. "There was a gas strike, oil strike"
- "(Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman", Kinks
3. "If you go a million miles away I'll track you down girl"
- "Superman", R.E.M.
4. "I'm more than some pretty face beside a train"
- "Superman", Five for Fighting
5. "Dumb as an ape doing nothing"
- "Superman's Song", Crash Test Dummies
6. "Look in the mirror, even with a broken heart I'm fine"
- "Superman Inside", Eric Clapton
7. "Come on downtown and stay with me tonight"
- "Jimmy Olsen's Blues", Spin Doctors (a very cool song – give it a listen!)
8. "You stumbled in and bumped your head"
- "Kryptonite", Three Doors Down
9. "The bowery got its bums"
- "You Don't Mess Around With Jim", Jim Croce
10. "Been haunted by a million screams"
- "Land Of Confusion", Genesis ("Superman where are you now?")
11. "So look out for those beauties"
- "Bicycle Race", Queen
12. "It's a nice day to start again"
- "White Wedding", Billy Idol
13. "Might even walk on holy ground"
- "Can't Stop This Thing We Started", Bryan Adams ("I ain't Superman and I can't fly")
14. "You would always come running to me"
- "Catch Me Now I'm Falling", Kinks
15. "I'm a hard case that's tough to beat"
- "Paradise City", Guns N' Roses ("Captain America's been torn apart")
16. "Wealth and fame, he's ignored"
- "Spider-Man". Though starting life as a TV cartoon theme, this was recorded as a single by The Ramones and Aerosmith!
17. "Stop the press, who is that?"
- "Batdance", Prince
18. "With his elephant and gun"
- "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill", The Beatles
19. "That was due to happen at a quarter to three"
- "Magneto and The Titanium Man", Wings
20. "I won't call again, even in a jam"
- "That's Really Super, Supergirl", XTC
21. "Three days since the living room"
- "One Week", Barenaked Ladies ("You'll think you're looking at Aquaman")
22. "Or if he moves, will he fall?"
- "Iron Man", Black Sabbath
23. "Stand for everyone of us"
- "Flash", Queen
24. "I play my music in the sun"
- "The Joker", Steve Miller Band
25. "I picked it up and ran to town as happy as a king"
- "The Thing", Phil Harris
26. "Suddenly I'm up on top of the world"
- "Believe It or Not (Theme from the Greatest American Hero)", Joey Scarbury
27. "With orders to identify, to clarify and classify"
- "99 Red Ballons", Nena
28. "Of a hurricane that's abandoned"
- "Sandman", America

Thanks again all! Look for MM #73 at Soccer Dad tomorrow 12/22, and then #74 back here on 12/29.

 
At 12/23/08, 4:50 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Remember any of these?

 
At 12/24/08, 3:51 PM, Blogger trn said...

Soccer Dad, I like "Spider-Pig."

 

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