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Monday, March 09, 2009

Musical Monday #84

Welcome to the 84th 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.

Couple of notes. Today in particular, I'm especially looking for the singer as well as the name of each song- the former will often be more difficult. As a bit of help, I'll state that I included no more than two songs by any given artist, and that any such pairs are consecutive. Otherwise, the songs are in no particular order. I also kept the total to 50, simply as a nice round number. That said, I especially encourage folks to add their additional fitting songs for the rest to guess, once the theme is IDed - which I suspect won't take long! :-)


Let the fun begin!!

1) "As long as you don't let 'em in your school"
2) "The last time I needed twenty stitches"
3) "There was junk all over the floor"
4) "Don't you know that other kids are starving in Japan?"
5) "He made my lapels an inch too wide!"
6) "And also crepe suzettes and steak"
7) "Cause we can't find reverse"
8) "Colonel Sanders wants to cook his goose"
9) "To complicate the matter, though it really brought me joy"
10) "I light a match to see the dash"
11) "Sell it to the circus, what the heck"
12) "They can't play baseball, they don't wear sweaters"
13) "No need explaining the one leg remaining"
14) "They don't chase squirrels at all"
15) "You can dice, you can slice and fillet them"
16) "And basket weavers who sit and smile"
17) "Hey man, dig that was that a red stop sign"
18) "It was right outside the Frontier Deli"
19) "The guy who does the voice for Scooby Doo"
20) "Once while swimming cross turtle creek"
21) "One day I looked into my kit"
22) "We shared a seat and we shared our tales"
23) "They has a fit while I commit my social suicide"
24) "Don't be a naughty eskimo"
25) "He took in the four am show at the Clark"
26) "It's just a jump to the left"
27) "To get a jolt from my electrodes"
28) "As a gift they left a blue silk ribbon tied into a bow"
29) "And his fate is still unlearned"
30) "I hollered...Don't look Ethel!"
31) "Well, he brought that camel to a screechin' halt"
32) "Our country's got a feeling, really hit the ceiling"
33) "I got a John Keats autographed Grecian urn"
34) "Did you do the monkey?"
35) "Don't touch that, for goodness sake; you'll release the parking brake"
36) "And then he swung from the tree and lit on the ground"
37) "Vould would leave it if you could?"
38) "How in the world could I keep my seat?"
39) "And the pudding made of fig"
40) "You been keeping love from me just like you were a miser"
41) "Doctor, to relieve this belly ache?"
42) "Oh no, Mitzi's head just did the splits"
43) "My basketball coach, he done kicked me off the team"
44) "With telltale traces of hippie on his chin"
45) "Come one come all who walk or crawl; price just two lids a head"
46) "On Wednesdays I go shopping"
47) "We do routines and chorus scenes"
48) "My natural exuberance spills out all over the place"
49) "Your face is ok, but your purse is too tight"
50) "Bible punching heavyweight, evangelistic boxing kangaroo"

Good luck, enjoy, and Happy Purim!!

35 Comments:

At 3/9/09, 11:31 AM, Anonymous Clayton said...

I don't know the artists for a couple of these, but here goes.

4 - Eat It - "Weird Al" Yankovic
7 - Star Trekking
11 - Pencil Neck Geek - Fred Blassey
12 - Fish Heads - Barnes & Barnes
14 - Dead Puppies
16 - They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha Ha! - Napoleon XIV
17 - Transfusion - Nervous Norvus
18 - Irving ("the 142nd fastest gun in the West")
23 - Dancin' Fool - Frank Zappa
24 - Don't Eat the Yellow Snow - Frank Zappa
25 - Excitable Boy - Warren Zevon
26 - Time Warp - Rocky Horror Picture Show
27 - Monster Mash - Bobby "Boris" Pickett
30 - The Streak - Ray Stevens
31 - Ahab the Arab - Ray Stevens
38 - Disco Duck - Rick Dees and his Cast of Idiots
39 - Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer - Elmo and Patsy
42 - The Homecoming Queen's Got a Gun - Julie Brown
46 - The Lumberjack Song - Monty Python
47 - Camelot - Monty Python

I'm going to say that the theme is songs that are stapes of the Dr. Demento Show.

 
At 3/9/09, 11:32 AM, Anonymous Clayton said...

"staples", that is....

 
At 3/9/09, 11:58 AM, Anonymous Clayton said...

3 - Another One Rides the Bus - "Weird Al" Yankovic

 
At 3/9/09, 2:32 PM, Blogger trn said...

4) Eat It, Weird Al Yankovic, parody of Michael Jackson's Beat It

26) Time Warp from Rocky Horror Picture Show

35) Could be a parody of All Right Now?

41) Wow, I was just thinking of this song yesterday and then wondering how it could be fit into a Musical Monday, and then the very next day, here it is! This is so weird! Anyway, it's the You Put the Lime in the Coconut song, maybe the title is Witch Doctor? It isn't the version from The Muppet Show, though, because Kermit had the flipper flu instead of a bellyache.

Silly songs for Purim!

 
At 3/9/09, 3:05 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

TRN, I'm pretty certain that the name of the "lime in the coconut song" is "Put the lime in the coconut." It's by (Harry) Nilsson, who is probably best known for his serious song, "Without you." He had another funny song, "Spaceman."

Good catch on the theme!

 
At 3/9/09, 3:06 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

29) The MTA Song (The man who will never return) - The Kingston Trio.

 
At 3/9/09, 3:09 PM, Blogger SJ said...

Don't know the artists for these (sorry), but...

9. I’m My own Grandpa
40. The Witch Doctor

 
At 3/9/09, 6:03 PM, Blogger LEL said...

This is the first time I cannot ID even one song.

 
At 3/10/09, 12:31 AM, Anonymous ral315 said...

21) Shaving Cream, Benny Bell

 
At 3/10/09, 11:43 AM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

5. "My Zelda"--Alan Sherman
13. "I'm looking over my dead dog Rover"? I don't know an artist for this--a kid I went to school with back in the upper Pleisticine used to sing it.
37. "Der Fuhrer's Face"--Spike Jones
48. "I'm the Urban Spaceman"--Bonzo Dog Band
49. "Gimme some Money"--Spinal Tap
50. "Piggie in the Middle"--The Ruttles (The Pre-fab Four!)

I am revealing too much about my misspent youth. Freilechen Purim!

 
At 3/10/09, 12:25 PM, Anonymous Clayton said...

Aha... another Musical Monday that goes to 11. :)

28 - I'm not sure, but I think this one is called The Scotsman. ("I don't know where you've been lad, but I see you won first prize")
43 - Earache, My Eye - Cheech & Chong

 
At 3/10/09, 2:57 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Glad everyone is enjoying these, and hope they bring back fun memories for you as they do for me!

In a day or so I'll provide some hints for the unanswered ones. Meanwhile, the answers for last week's MM #83 are up!

 
At 3/10/09, 5:23 PM, Anonymous Clayton said...

Since you invited extras, here are a couple more:

51) "She drank like a... she drank a lot"
52) "You ask so many questions, what answers should I choose?'

 
At 3/11/09, 3:22 PM, Blogger Tova said...

1) National Brotherhood Week - Tom Lehrer
6) King "Louee" - Alan Sherman

 
At 3/11/09, 3:26 PM, Blogger Tova said...

How about these:
"Our mess seargent's tastebuds were shot off in the war"

"We've gained notoriety,
And caused much anxiety
In the Audubon Society"

 
At 3/11/09, 3:41 PM, Anonymous Clayton said...

2 - The Masochism Tango - Tom Lehrer

 
At 3/11/09, 4:57 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

I'm guessing that the Audubon society quote is from Poisoning Pigeons in the Park by Tom Lehrer.

 
At 3/11/09, 5:10 PM, Blogger Tova said...

you got it! Can anyone guess the other one?

 
At 3/11/09, 6:20 PM, Blogger Elie said...

How about these:
"Our mess seargent's tastebuds were shot off in the war"


Is it that army song, "Gee Ma, I Want To Go Home" which they once featured on MASH?

 
At 3/11/09, 8:36 PM, Blogger Tova said...

nope, keep trying.

 
At 3/13/09, 9:41 AM, Blogger Elie said...

Wow, 37 down, only 13 to go! As promised, here are some hints for the remaining ones:

8) "Colonel Sanders wants to cook his goose" - Silly parody of a scary rock song.

10) "I light a match to see the dash" - To the tune of a popular winter holiday song.

15) "You can dice, you can slice and fillet them" - Rather nauseating parody of a only slightly less nauseating pop hit.

19) "The guy who does the voice for Scooby Doo" - Would also have fit a holiday theme about three months back.

20) "Once while swimming cross turtle creek" - By a rock and roll hall of famer.

22) "We shared a seat and we shared our tales" - Keep trying, you'll get this in the end!

32) "Our country's got a feeling, really hit the ceiling" - Was the most-requested song on the radio for several weeks in 1980.

33) "I got a John Keats autographed Grecian urn" - Those who fit this song title's description (like me!) are usually very happy for a couple of weeks after Purim!

34) "Did you do the monkey?" - Debuted on SNL.

35) "Don't touch that, for goodness sake; you'll release the parking brake" - Compact coupling

36) "And then he swung from the tree and lit on the ground" - 50s hit that later took on a football association

44) "With telltale traces of hippie on his chin" - Related, yet also converse theme to #45

45) "Come one come all who walk or crawl; price just two lids a head" - Artist a man of many talents, best known for his unique poetry

 
At 3/13/09, 11:18 AM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

20) My ding a ling - Chuck Berry

 
At 3/13/09, 11:22 AM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

34) King Tut - Steve Martin

 
At 3/13/09, 11:39 AM, Anonymous Clayton said...

Could #45 be something by Shel Silverstein?

 
At 3/13/09, 11:50 AM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Clayton, that's what I'm assuming. He wrote a few songs for Dr. Hook - Sylvia's Mother and Cover of the Rolling Stone. But I'm unfamiliar with stuff he sung himself.

 
At 3/13/09, 11:56 AM, Blogger Elie said...

Clayton, you're correct. I know this song from my "Dr Demento" listening days; never knew it was by Silverstein until I looked it up.

 
At 3/13/09, 11:57 AM, Anonymous Clayton said...

Same here - the only thing I can remember hearing him do himself was a reading of one of his poems, not a song.

 
At 3/13/09, 12:44 PM, Blogger Elie said...

This is a song - though much of it is tuneless.

Did you know that he also wrote "A Boy Named Sue", Johnny Cash's biggest Billboard hit?

 
At 3/13/09, 12:50 PM, Anonymous Clayton said...

19 - The Hanukkah Song - Adam Sandler

 
At 3/13/09, 1:56 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

15) Is it Sammy Davis Eyes?

 
At 3/13/09, 1:59 PM, Blogger Elie said...

No - though that would have been a good song to include!

 
At 3/13/09, 2:03 PM, Blogger Elie said...

One more clue on #33, for long-time readers with really good memories: I once posted the full lyrics to this song.

 
At 3/17/09, 4:45 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Great job, all! You ended getting 40 out of 50 songs, a great percentage! Glad everyone had fun with these.

Since these answers are so late, we'll just get right to them:

1) "As long as you don't let 'em in your school"
- "National Brotherhood Week", Tom Lehrer
2) "The last time I needed twenty stitches"
- "Masochism Tango", Tom Lehrer
3) "There was junk all over the floor"
- "Another One Rides The Bus", Weird Al Yankovic
4) "Don't you know that other kids are starving in Japan?"
- "Eat It", Weird Al Yankovic
5) "He made my lapels an inch too wide!"
- "My Zelda", Allan Sherman
6) "And also crepe suzettes and steak"
- "You Went The Wrong Way, Old King Louie", Allan Sherman
7) "Cause we can't find reverse"
- "Star Trekkin'", The Firm
8) "Colonel Sanders wants to cook his goose"
- "Psycho Chicken", The Fools
9) "To complicate the matter, though it really brought me joy"
- "I'm My Own Grandpa", Lonzo and Oscar
10) "I light a match to see the dash"
- "Rusty Chevrolet", Da Yoopers
11) "Sell it to the circus, what the heck"
- "Pencil Neck Geek", Fred Blassie
12) "They can't play baseball, they don't wear sweaters"
- "Fish Heads", Barnes and Barnes
13) "No need explaining the one leg remaining"
- "My Dead Dog Rover", Hank Stu Dave and Hank
14) "They don't chase squirrels at all"
- "Dead Puppies", Ogden Edsl
15) "You can dice, you can slice and fillet them"
- "Hamster Love", Big Daddy
16) "And basket weavers who sit and smile"
- "They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa", Napoleon XIV
17) "Hey man, dig that was that a red stop sign"
- "Transfusion", Nervous Norvus
18) "It was right outside the Frontier Deli"
- "The Ballad of Irving", Frank Gallop
19) "The guy who does the voice for Scooby Doo"
- "The Chanukah Song", Adam Sandler
20) "Once while swimming cross turtle creek"
- "My Dingaling", Chuck Berry
21) "One day I looked into my kit"
- "Shaving Cream", Benny Bell
22) "We shared a seat and we shared our tales"
- "I Wanna Kiss Her (But She Won't Let Me)", Tim Cavanagh
23) "They has a fit while I commit my social suicide"
- "Dancin' Fool", Frank Zappa
24) "Don't be a naughty eskimo"
- "Don't Eat The Yellow Snow", Frank Zappa
25) "He took in the four am show at the Clark"
- "Excitable Boy", Warren Zevon
26) "It's just a jump to the left"
- "Time Warp", Rocky Horror Picture Show Soundtrack
27) "To get a jolt from my electrodes"
- "Monster Mash", Bobby 'Boris' Pickett
28) "As a gift they left a blue silk ribbon tied into a bow"
- "The Scotsman", Bryan Bowers
29) "And his fate is still unlearned"
- "Charlie On the MTA", Kingston Trio
30) "I hollered...Don't look Ethel!"
- "The Streak", Ray Stevens
31) "Well, he brought that camel to a screechin' halt"
- "Ahab, The Arab", Ray Stevens
32) "Our country's got a feeling, really hit the ceiling"
- "Bomb Iran", Vince Vance & the Valiants
33) "I got a John Keats autographed Grecian urn"
- "Junk Food Junkie", Larry Groce
34) "Did you do the monkey?"
- "Steve Martin", King Tut
35) "Don't touch that, for goodness sake; you'll release the parking brake"
- "Making Love In a Subaru", Damaskus
36) "And then he swung from the tree and lit on the ground"
- "Purple People Eater", Sheb Wooley
37) "Vould would leave it if you could?"
- "Der Fuehrer's Face", Spike Jones
38) "How in the world could I keep my seat?"
- "Disco Duck", Rick Dees
39) "And the pudding made of fig"
- "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer", Elmo & Patsy
40) "You been keeping love from me just like you were a miser"
- "Witch Doctor", David Seville
41) "Doctor, to relieve this belly ache?"
- "Coconut", Harry Nilsson
42) "Oh no, Mitzi's head just did the splits"
- "The Homecoming Queen's Got A Gun", Julie Brown
43) "My basketball coach, he done kicked me off the team"
- "Earache My Eye", Cheech and Chong
44) "With telltale traces of hippie on his chin"
- "Friendly Neighborhood Narco Agent", Jef Jaison
45) "Come one come all who walk or crawl; price just two lids a head"
- "Smoke Off", Shel Silverstein
46) "On Wednesdays I go shopping"
- "Lumberjack Song", Monty Python
47) "We do routines and chorus scenes"
- "Knights of the Round Table", Monty Python
48) "My natural exuberance spills out all over the place"
- "I'm the Urban Spaceman", Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
49) "Your face is ok, but your purse is too tight"
- "Gimme Some Money", Spinal Tap
50) "Bible punching heavyweight, evangelistic boxing kangaroo"
- "Piggy In The Middle", The Rutles

You can find the full lyrics to nearly all of these, and many other novelty/fun/sick songs, at this site.

Thanks again for playing! MM #55 is already well underway at Soccer Dad, and look for #86 back here this Monday 3/23!

 
At 3/17/09, 8:08 PM, Blogger Tova said...

and the answer to: "Our mess seargent's tastebuds were shot off in the war"

is "It Makes a Fellow Proud to be a Soldier" by Tom Lehrer

 
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