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Monday, May 25, 2009

Musical Monday #94

Welcome to the 94th 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/ground rules for today's edition:
- There are three sub-groups of songs - 1-10, 11-29, and 30-50. These all relate to the same theme, but in a different manner, or perhaps to a different extent.
- Although I often select topics with a particular relevance to either current events or the number of the MM edition, there is no such (intended) connection this time.
- For each song below, I'm intending a particular version - generally, but not necessarily, the most famous/well known.
- There is an extra credit item to identify, besides title and artist, for each song below. Once the theme is guessed, the extra credit assignment should be clear, though getting the answers will definitely be easier for some of them, harder for others.

1) "If it's a mirror you want, just look into my eyes"
2) "I got my rock moves and I don't need you"
3) "With orders to identify"
4) "I'm crying icicles instead of tears"
5) "I been running trying to get hung up in my mind"
6) "Real loose like a long necked goose"
7) "Won't you do your sister's will?"
8) "By the garden of the willow tree"
9) "It's a rainy afternoon in 1990"
10) "We don't follow fashion; that would be a joke"

11) "And they made you change your name"
12) "And we got no innocence"
13) "You don't have to shout or leap about"
14) "All my teeth, North and South"
15) "At those who shout her name and steal her clothes"
16) "So I look for the light in the pouring rain"
17) "Birds singing in the sycamore tree"
18) "Tell me no secrets, tell me some lies"
19) "Summertime will be a love-in there"
20) "As I walk along, I wonder what went wrong"
21) "Tied up in sorrow, lost in my soul"
22) "Let me see the lines on your hand"
23) "Thinkin' 'bout a life of crime"
24) "Give him two arms to cling to"
25) "I can cast a spell with secrets you can't tell"
26) "That's when Billy would take me walkin'"
27) "You should see my, my little Sis"
28) "There's beauty up above, and things we never take notice of"
29) "It's really you, but no one ever discovers"

30) "They never did like Mama's homemade dress"
31) "Soy capitan"
32) "Preachers, keep on preachin'"
33) "Just like Ronnie sang: Be my little baby!"
34) "Still in the dress she used to wear"
35) "And now MacHeath spends just like a sailor"
36) "Don't tell them to grow up and out of it"
37) "He was born in the summer of his 27th year"
38) "I was born the son of a lawless man"
39) "Beware that hooded old man at the rudder"
40) "But your empty eyes seem to pass me by"
41) "And take a band like the Church Street Five"
42) "Is it in your kiss or just because you're sweet?"
43) "Inventing lovers on the phone"
44) "Mellow as the month of May"
45) "He smiled so I got up and asked for his name"
46) "And so you're back, from outer space"
47) "It ain't nothing but a heartbreaker"
48) "It was a warm spring night at the old town hall"
49) "I play along with the charade"
50) "I can only receive, I can listen to you"

Good luck and enjoy!

40 Comments:

At 5/25/09, 10:36 AM, Blogger trn said...

14) Cat Stevens
17) Dream a Little Dream of Me, The Mamas and the Papas

31) La Bamba, Ritchie Valens
46) I Will Surivie, Gloria Gaynor

 
At 5/25/09, 11:32 AM, Anonymous Clayton said...

3 - 99 Luftballons/99 Red Balloons - Nena
4 - Two out of Three Ain't Bad - Meat Loaf
10 - Goody Two Shoes - Adam Ant

11 - Candle in the Wind - Elton John
12 - School's Out - Alice Cooper
13 - It Don't Come Easy - Ringo Starr
14 - Moonshadow - Cat Stevens
17 - Dream a Little Dream of Me - Mama Cass
15 - Veronica - Elvis Costello
26 - Son of a Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield

30 - Tangled Up in Blue - Bob Dylan
33 - Take Me Home Tonight - Eddie Money
34 - Copacabana - Barry Manilow
35 - Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin
43 - At Seventeen - Janis Ian
48 - Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo - Rick Derringer
49 - Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield

 
At 5/25/09, 11:45 AM, Anonymous Clayton said...

19 - If You're Going to San Francisco - ?
21 - Emotion - written (and recorded) by the Bee Gees, but I think the more well-known version is by a female singer

38 - Ride Like the Wind - Christopher Cross

 
At 5/25/09, 12:01 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

6. Chantilly Lace--Big Bopper
7. Lucille--Little Richard (I remember it as "You won't do" for some reason.)
32. Higher Ground--Stevie Wonder

 
At 5/25/09, 12:33 PM, Anonymous Clayton said...

Hm. I had a theory that all songs in the first group had numbers in the title, but that doesn't appear to be the case.

I have an idea for the extra-credit portion of the game, though. Is it to identify the real names of the artists? If so:

4 - Marvin Lee Aday (later legally changed to Meat Loaf)
6 - J.P. Richardson

11 - Reginald Dwight (legally changed to Elton Hercules John)
12 - Vince Furnier
13 - Richard Starkey
15 - Declan MacManus ("international art thief")
17 - Cass Elliot

30 - Robert Zimmerman
32 - Stephen Morris
33 - Eddie Mahoney

 
At 5/25/09, 12:41 PM, Blogger Gail said...

16. I think it's called "Drift Away?" Don't know the artist.
18. Don't it Make My Brown Eyes Blue -Crystal Gayle
19. If You Go to San Francisco - not sure of the artist
37. Rocky Mountain High - John Denver
44. I Feel the Earth Move - Carole King

 
At 5/25/09, 12:44 PM, Blogger Gail said...

24. Stand By Your Man - Tammy Wynette

 
At 5/25/09, 12:46 PM, Blogger Gail said...

31. La Bamba? Richie Valens

 
At 5/25/09, 12:59 PM, Blogger LEL said...

6.Chantilly Lace-The Big Bopper
11.Candle in the Wind-Elton John
13.It Don't Come Easy-Ringo Starr
17.Dream a Little Dream-Mama Cass
19.San Francisco-
27.Let's do the Twist-Chubby Checker
43.At Seventeen-Janis Ian
45.I Love Rock and Roll-Joan Jett
47.War-Bruce Springsteen

 
At 5/25/09, 1:00 PM, Blogger LEL said...

4.Two Out of Three Ain't Bad-Meatloaf

 
At 5/25/09, 1:02 PM, Blogger LEL said...

7.Lucille-Little Richard

 
At 5/25/09, 1:38 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

16. I think it's called "Drift Away?" Don't know the artist.You're right. Dobie Grey or something like that.

 
At 5/25/09, 1:41 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

Following Clayton's lead:

Little Richard's real name is Richard Penniman.

 
At 5/25/09, 1:44 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

Rick Derringer's last name is really Zheringer, something like that.

 
At 5/25/09, 5:05 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

47. The original of War is by Edwin Starr, which I guess must not be his real name.

 
At 5/25/09, 5:06 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Just to confirm, Dobie Grey sang Drift Away.

Carole King was, I believe, originally Carole Klein.

If you're going to San Francisco was sung by Scott Mackenzie. It was written by John Phillips (of the Mamas and the Papas.)

 
At 5/25/09, 7:12 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

20) Runaway - Del Shannon
Is 35) Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin?
Based on the video I'm going to guess 39) Don't pay the ferryman - Chris deBurgh

And I'm sure I know 23), but it escapes me right now.

 
At 5/25/09, 8:16 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Good going all! Anyone care to take a stab at defining the three subcategories?

 
At 5/25/09, 10:36 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

Is it something to do with how the stage names relate to the real names?

 
At 5/25/09, 10:53 PM, Anonymous Clayton said...

I think #28 is called "Suddenly". I'm not sure of the singer -- I'm thinking of James Ingram, or someone with a similar voice.

Do the subcategories have something to do with the songwriters? In the 2nd group, Soccer Dad noted that "Dream a Little Dream of Me" was written by John Phillips. Elton John co-wrote most all of his songs with Bernie Taupin, and "Veronica" was co-written by Elvis Costello and Paul McCartney. Of the 3rd group, I know of 4 that were written by their respective singers.

 
At 5/25/09, 11:09 PM, Blogger trn said...

Mama Cass Elliot's real name was not Cass Elliot. She first took on the name Cass Elliot, and then also became known as Mama Cass. The latter, in her case, was not really a separate name change.

The second group seems to be full name changes, while the third is a change only of last name. The first group appears to be names that are obviously not real names and mostly not even in a format of a real name, though some of the first names in the second group are also obviously made up and not even common nicknames.

Mama Cass Elliot is in the second group, and she didn't use Mama Cass as her actual name instead of Cass Elliot, so Elie is probably looking for her original name.

Cat Stevens of course changed his name again to an Islamic name, and now is going by just the first name of that new name. But it doesn't look like the second group generally concerns name changes that took place in the middle of an established career.

Incidentally, Chubby Checker's choice of name was inspired by Fats Domino.

 
At 5/25/09, 11:54 PM, Anonymous Clayton said...

trn: re. the 3rd group. I think John Denver changed his full name. His real name was Henry something; I can't recall the last name but I think it ended in "dorfer".

Is #23 "Queen of Hearts" by Juice Newton?

 
At 5/26/09, 4:39 AM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Thanks Clayton.

I was thinking female singer, early 70's. And was going to guess Joni Mitchell. So thanks for preventing me from making a fool of myself. But you're right, it's Queen of Hearts by Juice Newton (and the original by Dave Edmonds, I think.)

I haven't looked over everything carefully, but there are also folks like Gene Simmons (Chaim Witz), Gedy Lee (Gary Lieberman) and Peter Wolf (I think his last name is Blankenship, or something like that.)

BTW, are there any songs here by Frances Gumm?

One last note, it's interesting that the song by Elton Hercules John - thanks Clayton - is about someone else who adopted a new name. (Johnny Rivers who sang "Secret Agent Man" - they're giving you a number and take away your name - also has a real name.)

 
At 5/26/09, 8:10 AM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

I'm not sure what Cass Elliott's real name was. I'm thinking Naomi Cohen but am uncertain. (The family name Friedman occurred to me as she had a cousin in my class.)

Cat Stevens is originally Romanian. But I forget his last name. Though the family is originally Christian his brother lived in Israel for a while with his family.

I don't know if this has anything to do with her last name, but Crystal Gayle is the half sister of Loretta Lynn.

And did you know that David Brian of Bon Jovi left off his last name, Rashbaum? Come to think of it Bon Jovi is a changed name too.

 
At 5/26/09, 8:19 AM, Blogger Elie said...

Gene Simmons (Chaim Witz), Gedy Lee (Gary Lieberman)I didn't include band members, just solo artists, so Geddy Lee, Freddie Mercury, the members of Kiss and The Ramones, etc. won't be here.

Johnny Rivers (Ramistella) is one I missed though, and so is Frances Gumm AKA Judy Garland!

re. the 3rd group. I think John Denver changed his full name. His real name was Henry somethingActually John is his original middle name, so (assuming TRN's definitions are correct :-) ) he does fit group three.

 
At 5/26/09, 8:24 AM, Blogger Elie said...

One last note, it's interesting that the song by Elton Hercules John - thanks Clayton - is about someone else who adopted a new name. Yes, that was intentional! See also #29 (hint!)

 
At 5/26/09, 9:29 AM, Anonymous Clayton said...

"Actually John is his original middle name, so (assuming TRN's definitions are correct :-) ) he does fit group three."

That looks like a safe assumption, then. Nice work trn!

 
At 5/26/09, 9:32 AM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Anyone notice that we had Jesse's Girl two weeks in a row?

While we're discussing names, Rick Springfield had a novelty song about how people would confuse him with Springsteen.

 
At 5/26/09, 9:54 AM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

I believe that Stevie Wonder's real name is Steveland Morris.

 
At 5/26/09, 3:03 PM, Blogger benjie said...

21 - emotion by samantha sang

I think Janis Ian's original name was Fink

 
At 5/26/09, 11:59 PM, Blogger draftervoi said...

41) "And take a band like the Church Street Five"

I think that's from "Quarter To Three" by Gary "U.S." Bonds.


36) "Don't tell them to grow up and out of it"

Changes, by David Bowie

SecraTerri says that #2) "I got my rock moves and I don't need you" is by Pink.

 
At 5/27/09, 12:54 AM, Blogger LEL said...

32.Higher Ground-Stevie Wonder, Red Hot Chili Peppers

 
At 5/27/09, 2:18 AM, Anonymous Clayton said...

How about an update:

1) "If it's a mirror you want, just look into my eyes"
2) "I got my rock moves and I don't need you" - Pink
3) 99 Luftballons/99 Red Balloons - Nena
4) Two out of Three Ain't Bad - Meat Loaf (Marvin Lee Aday)
5) "I been running trying to get hung up in my mind"
6) Chantilly Lace - The Big Bopper (J.P. Richardson)
7) Lucille - Little Richard (Richard Penniman)
8) "By the garden of the willow tree"
9) "It's a rainy afternoon in 1990"
10) Goody Two Shoes - Adam Ant

11) Candle in the Wind - Elton John (Reginald Dwight)
12) School's Out - Alice Cooper (Vince Furnier)
13) It Don't Come Easy - Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey)
14) Moonshadow - Cat Stevens
15) Veronica - Elvis Costello (Declan MacManus)
16) Drift Away - Dobie Gray
17) Dream a Little Dream of Me - Mama Cass (Naomi Cohen?)
18) Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue - Crystal Gayle
19) If You're Going to San Francisco - Scott Mackenzie
20) Runaway - Del Shannon
21) Emotion - Samantha Sang
22) "Let me see the lines on your hand"
23) Queen of Hearts - Juice Newton
24) Stand By Your Man - Tammy Wynette
25) "I can cast a spell with secrets you can't tell"
26) Son of a Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield
27) The Twist - Chubby Checker
28) Suddenly - ? (?)
29) "It's really you, but no one ever discovers"

30) Tangled Up in Blue - Bob Dylan (Robert Zimmerman)
31) La Bamba - Ritchie Valens
32) Higher Ground - Stevie Wonder (Steveland Morris)
33) Take Me Home Tonight - Eddie Money (Eddie Mahoney)
34) Copacabana - Barry Manilow
35) Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin
36) Changes - David Bowie
37) Rocky Mountain High - John Denver (Henry John ?dorfer)
38) Ride Like the Wind - Christopher Cross
39) Don't Pay the Ferryman - Chris DeBurgh
40) "But your empty eyes seem to pass me by"
41) Quarter to Three - Gary "U.S." Bonds
42) "Is it in your kiss or just because you're sweet?"
43) At Seventeen - Janis Ian (Janis Fink)
44) I Feel The Earth Move - Carole King (Carole Klein)
45) I Love Rock and Roll - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
46) "And so you're back, from outer space"
47) War - Edwin Starr
48) Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo - Rick Derringer (Rick Zheringer)
49) Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield
50) "I can only receive, I can listen to you"

 
At 5/27/09, 2:25 AM, Anonymous Clayton said...

Sorry, I missed one.

46) I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor

 
At 5/27/09, 2:42 AM, Anonymous Clayton said...

Also, IIRC David Bowie's real name is David Jones. He changed it to avoid being confused with Davey Jones of the Monkees.

 
At 5/31/09, 4:01 PM, Anonymous Clayton said...

1 - If You Love Somebody Set Them Free - Sting (Gordon Sumner)

 
At 6/1/09, 9:07 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Great job, TRN, Clayton, Yitzchak, Gail, Laura, Soccer Dad, Benjie, and new player draftervoi! You jointly ID'ed 40 out of 50 songs, as well as the theme, which was singers who recorded under pseudonyms. The three sub-groups were basically as detailed by TRN:
1) Stage names which don't sound like real names at all
2) Singers who changed both first and last names
3) Singers who kept their real first (or middle) name and just changed their last.

What I chose not to count as pseudonyms:
- Singers who simply used their real (birth) first and/or middle names as their stage name - e.g., Cher, Donovan, Prince, Madonna, Rihanna...
- Singers who kept their real last name and just changed their first name (too many to list)
- Members of groups (Bono, Geddy Lee, Freddie Mercury, etc.)

Another interesting factoid I learned through researching this edition, is that several female performers who I had always thought has adopted stage names, were simply using their married last names – e.g., Pat Benatar, Donna Summer, Faith Hill.

The full set of correct answers, along with the birth name (or last name for group three) of each artist, will be posted in the next comment!

 
At 6/1/09, 9:14 PM, Blogger Elie said...

1) "If it's a mirror you want, just look into my eyes"
- "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free", Sting (Gordon Sumner)
2) "I got my rock moves and I don't need you"
- "So What", Pink (Alecia Beth Moore)
3) "With orders to identify"
- "99 Red Balloons", Nena (Gabriele Susanne Kerner)
4) "I'm crying icicles instead of tears"
- "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad", Meat Loaf (Marvin Lee Aday)
5) "I been running trying to get hung up in my mind"
- "Right Place, Wrong Time", Dr. John (Malcolm Rebennack, Jr.)
6) "Real loose like a long necked goose"
- "Chantilly Lace", The Big Bopper (Jiles Perry Richardson, Jr.)
7) "Won't you do your sister's will?"
- "Lucille", Little Richard (Richard Wayne Penniman)
8) "By the garden of the willow tree"
- "Tiptoe Through the Tulips", Tiny Tim (Herbert Khaury)
9) "It's a rainy afternoon in 1990"
- "Candy", Iggy Pop (James Newell Osterberg, Jr.)
10) "We don't follow fashion; that would be a joke"
- "Goody Two Shoes", Adam Ant (Stuart Leslie Goddard)

11) "And they made you change your name"
- "Candle In The Wind", Elton John (Reginald Kenneth Dwight)
12) "And we got no innocence"
- "School's Out", Alice Cooper (Vincent Furnier)
13) "You don't have to shout or leap about"
- "It Don't Come Easy", Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey)
14) "All my teeth, North and South"
- "Moonshadow", Cat Stevens (Steven Demetre Georgiou)
15) "At those who shout her name and steal her clothes"
- "Veronica", Elvis Costello (Declan Patrick MacManus)
16) "So I look for the light in the pouring rain"
- "Drift Away", Dobie Gray (Lawrence Victor Ainsworth)
17) "Birds singing in the sycamore tree"
- "Dream a Little Dream of Me", Cass Elliott (Ellen Naomi Cohen)
18) "Tell me no secrets, tell me some lies"
- "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue", Crystal Gayle (Brenda Gail Webb)
19) "Summertime will be a love-in there"
- "San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)", Scott McKenzie (Philip Blondheim)
20) "As I walk along, I wonder what went wrong"
- "Runaway", Del Shannon (Charles Weedon Westover)
21) "Tied up in sorrow, lost in my soul"
- "Emotion", Samantha Sang (Cheryl Gray)
22) "Let me see the lines on your hand"
- "Devil Woman", Cliff Richard (Harry Roger Webb)
23) "Thinkin' 'bout a life of crime"
- "Queen of Hearts", Juice Newton (Judith Kay Cohen)
24) "Give him two arms to cling to"
- "Stand by Your Man", Tammy Wynette (Virginia Wynette Pugh)
25) "I can cast a spell with secrets you can't tell"
- "I'm Every Woman", Chaka Khan (Yvette Stevens)
26) "That's when Billy would take me walkin'"
- "Son of a Preacher Man ", Dusty Springfield (Mary Isabel O'Brien)
27) "You should see my, my little Sis"
- "The Twist", Chubby Checker (Ernest Evans)
28) "There's beauty up above, and things we never take notice of"
- "Suddenly", Billy Ocean (Leslie Sebastian Charles)
29) "It's really you, but no one ever discovers"
- "Best of Both Worlds", Hannah Montana (Destiny Hope Cyrus)

 
At 6/1/09, 9:15 PM, Blogger Elie said...

30) "They never did like Mama's homemade dress"
- "Tangled Up In Blue", Bob Dylan (Zimmerman)
31) "Soy capitan"
- "La Bamba", Richie Valens (Valenzuela)
32) "Preachers, keep on preachin'"
- "Higher Ground", Stevie Wonder (Morris)
33) "Just like Ronnie sang: Be my little baby!"
- "Take Me Home Tonight", Eddie Money (Mahoney)
34) "Still in the dress she used to wear"
- "Copacabana", Barry Manilow (Pincus)
35) "And now MacHeath spends just like a sailor"
- "Mack the Knife", Bobby Darin (Cassotto)
36) "Don't tell them to grow up and out of it"
- "Changes", David Bowie (Hayward-Jones)
37) "He was born in the summer of his 27th year"
- "Rocky Mountain High", John Denver (Deutschendorf)
38) "I was born the son of a lawless man"
- "Ride Like the Wind", Christopher Cross (Geppert)
39) "Beware that hooded old man at the rudder"
- "Don't Pay the Ferryman", Chris De Burgh (Davison)
40) "But your empty eyes seem to pass me by"
- "Dancing with Myself", Billy Idol (Broad)
41) "And take a band like the Church Street Five"
- "Quarter to Three", Gary U.S. Bonds (Anderson)
42) "Is it in your kiss or just because you're sweet?"
- "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe", Barry White (Carter)
43) "Inventing lovers on the phone"
- "At Seventeen", Janis Ian (Fink)
44) "Mellow as the month of May"
- "I Feel The Earth Move", Carole King (Klein)
45) "He smiled so I got up and asked for his name"
- "I Love Rock and Roll", Joan Jett (Larkin)
46) "And so you're back, from outer space"
- "I Will Survive", Gloria Gaynor (Fowles)
47) "It ain't nothing but a heartbreaker"
- "War", Edwin Starr (Hatcher)
48) "It was a warm spring night at the old town hall"
- "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo", Rick Derringer (Zehringer)
49) "I play along with the charade"
- "Jessie's Girl", Rick Springfield (Springthorpe)
50) "I can only receive, I can listen to you"
- "Cars", Gary Numan (Webb)

Thanks again for playing! MM #95 has already been posted at Soccer Dad, and look for #96 back here next Monday 6/8!

 
At 6/2/09, 1:31 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Juice Newton is Jewish!?! (Jewish country singers are almost as rare as black country singers!)

A lot of these were surprises. Extremely well done!

 

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