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Monday, August 31, 2009

Musical Monday #108

Welcome to the 108th 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.

This week's edition is a collaborative effort, from an idea originally by Soccer Dad. It was fun working on this together, though I will miss one of my best players this week!

No sub-groups, though the last half-dozen stretch the rules just a bit!

1) "Do I what? Will I what?"
2) "We take all kinds of pills, that give us all kind of thrills"
3) "Cause the boy she loves is a Romeo"
4) "You say your Mom ain't at home, you can't let me in"
5) "But he stronger than a country hoss"
6) "He works in the saddle and he sleeps in the canyons"
7) "You change your passion for glory"
8) "Your mom busted in and said, 'What's that noise?'"
9) "He gets me my drinks for free"
10) "True love means planning a life for two"
11) "And in your voice I hear a choir of carousels"
12) "It was raining hard in 'Frisco"
13) "Dynamite with a laser beam"
14) "And take a long ride on my motor bike"
15) "It's been a year now and it's getting so much better"
16) "I felt a little like a dying clown"
17) "I tell you man he's living there still"
18) "Sunday morning you don't look right"
19) "Two spirits dancing so strange"
20) "Sending Roses And Your Silly Dreams"
21) "A Mexican cutie" (Note: Not the original!)
22) "So if you're feeling low, turn up your radio"
23) "And I've been in the Washington Zoo"
24) "I threw a rockabilly party on my last birthday"
25) "Planned to go to Swarthmore"
26) "Chose a gun and threw away the sword"
27) "We're just tryin' to be friendly"
28) "Feel the rhythm, check the ride"
29) "In Houston we just started a new dance"
30) "But on the 7th day he made me"
31) "When you gonna play 'Smokin' In The ...'?"
32) "And become a bad piano playing man"
33) "I'm not expecting to grow flowers in the desert"
34) "Cuban army surplus or refusing all third lights"
35) "He smoked a big cigar, drove a Cadillac car"
36) "I wait outside the pilgrims door, with insufficient schemes"
37) "He doesn't dig poetry"
38) "And did we tell you the name of the game, boy?"
39) "I'm flat broke but I don't care"
40) "I eat more chicken, any man ever seen"
41) "East and west of the Rio Grande"

Good luck and enjoy!

28 Comments:

At 8/31/09, 9:57 AM, Blogger Jack said...

9) Piano Man- Billy Joel

 
At 8/31/09, 10:15 AM, Blogger SJ said...

7. Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
14. Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
21. Margaritaville

 
At 8/31/09, 11:14 AM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

40. Back Door Man--Howlin' Wolf did the original record, I think. Is it a Willie Dixon song? I can't remember.

 
At 8/31/09, 11:17 AM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

32. Hollywood Swingin' by Kool and the Gang

 
At 8/31/09, 12:05 PM, Anonymous Clayton said...

1 - Chantilly Lace - The Big Bopper
2 - Cover of Rolling Stone - Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show
5 - You Don't Mess Around with Jim - Jim Croce
6 - Sweet Baby James - James Taylor
8 - You Got to Fight for Your Right to Party - The Beastie Boys
13 - Killer Queen - Queen
20 - The Girl is Mine - Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney
23 - Show Biz Kids - Steely Dan
25 - Creeque Alley - The Mamas and the Papas
35 - Rock and Roll Band - Boston
37 - A Simple Desultory Phillipic (Or How I Was Robert McNamara'd Into Submission) - Simon and Garfunkel
38 - Have a Cigar - Pink Floyd

The theme must be songs that in some way reference the artist in the lyrics.

 
At 8/31/09, 12:47 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

17. "Glass Onion" by the Beatles

27. "Hey, Hey, we're the Monkees." I don't know if that's the exact title, but you know the song.

 
At 8/31/09, 12:49 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

16. "Who are you" by the Who It looks increasingly as if Clayton has the theme right.

 
At 8/31/09, 12:57 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

Bonuses:

A. "Save poor Bob if you please."
B. "All you pretty women, bring it to my home"
C. "I heard someone call Sonny Boy"
D. "Forget about the brotherly and otherly love"
E. "I feel like asking a tree for an autograph"

 
At 8/31/09, 1:07 PM, Blogger LEL said...

7.Eye of the Tiger-Survivor
13.Killer Queen-Queen
14.Crazy Little Thing Called Love-Queen
16.Who Are You-The Who
18.Monday Morning-Fleetwood Mac
35.Rock and Roll Band-Boston
39.Stray Cat Strut-The Stray Cats
40.Back Door Man-The Doors

 
At 8/31/09, 1:07 PM, Anonymous Clayton said...

12 - Taxi - Harry Chapin
26 - Bad Company - Bad Company
33 - In a Big Country - Big Country

 
At 8/31/09, 1:15 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

Another bonus:

F. "Rand, I'm tired."

 
At 8/31/09, 1:40 PM, Blogger trn said...

9) Piano Man, Billy Joel
12) Taxi, Harry Chapin
13) Queen
25) Creeque Alley, The Mamas and the Papas
27) The Monkees
41) Billy Joel

 
At 8/31/09, 4:14 PM, Anonymous Clayton said...

22 - Everybody Have Fun Tonight - Wang Chung

 
At 8/31/09, 5:07 PM, Blogger Gail said...

3. Back in My Arms Again - The Supremes

 
At 8/31/09, 7:22 PM, Blogger LEL said...

17.Glass Onion-The Beatles

 
At 8/31/09, 7:24 PM, Blogger LEL said...

21.Margaritaville

 
At 8/31/09, 9:41 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

Another bonus:

G. "Told her that I came from Detroit City"

 
At 9/4/09, 1:54 AM, Anonymous Clayton said...

Here's what has been ID'd so far. At Soccer Dad's suggestion, I included the theme references that I know if they are not in the song title; please add the missing ones!

1) Chantilly Lace - J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson
2) The Cover of 'Rolling Stone' - Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show (the whole song is about the band)
3) Back In My Arms Again - The Supremes
4) "You say your Mom ain't at home, you can't let me in"
5) You Don't Mess Around With Jim - Jim Croce
6) Sweet Baby James - James Taylor
7) Eye of the Tiger - Survivor ("the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night")
8) You Got to Fight for Your Right to Party - The Beastie Boys ("Mom, you're just jealous, it's the Beastie Boys")
9) Piano Man - Billy Joel ("Bill, I believe this is killing me")
10) "True love means planning a life for two"
11) "And in your voice I hear a choir of carousels"
12) Taxi - Harry Chapin ("Harry, keep the change")
13) Killer Queen - Queen
14) Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen ("ready, Freddie")
15) "It's been a year now and it's getting so much better"
16) Who Are You - The Who
17) Glass Onion - The Beatles ("the walrus was Paul")
18) "Sunday morning you don't look right"
19) "Two spirits dancing so strange"
20) The Girl is Mine - Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney (each uses the other's name during the song)
21) Margaritaville -
22) Everybody Have Fun Tonight - Wang Chung ("everybody Wang Chung tonight")
23) Show Biz Kids - Steely Dan ("they got the Steely Dan t-shirts")
24) "I threw a rockabilly party on my last birthday"
25) Creeque Alley - The Mamas and the Papas ("no one's getting fat but Mama Cass"; the other members' names are also mentioned)
26) Bad Company - Bad Company
27) Hey Hey, We're the Monkees - The Monkees
28) "Feel the rhythm, check the ride"
29) "In Houston we just started a new dance"
30) "But on the 7th day he made me"
31) "When you gonna play 'Smokin' In The ...'?"
32) Hollywood Swingin' - Kool and the Gang
33) In a Big Country - Big Country
34) "Cuban army surplus or refusing all third lights"
35) Rock and Roll Band - Boston ("we were just another band out of Boston")
36) "I wait outside the pilgrims door, with insufficient schemes"
37) A Simple Desultory Philippic (Or How I Was Robert McNamara'd Into Submission) - Simon and Garfunkel ("I've been Roy Hallee'd and Art Garfunkle'd")
38) Have a Cigar - Pink Floyd ("by the way, which one's Pink?")
39) Stray Cat Strut - The Stray Cats
40) Back Door Man - Howlin' Wolf? Willie Dixon? The Doors?
41) "East and west of the Rio Grande"

Bonuses:
A. "Save poor Bob if you please."
B. "All you pretty women, bring it to my home"
C. "I heard someone call Sonny Boy"
D. "Forget about the brotherly and otherly love"
E. "I feel like asking a tree for an autograph"
F. "Rand, I'm tired."
G. "Told her that I came from Detroit City"

 
At 9/4/09, 8:24 AM, Blogger benjie said...

could 29 be tighten up - archie bell and the drells - at the beginning they introduce themselves and say they are from dallas - but i don't know all the lyrics

 
At 9/4/09, 10:41 AM, Blogger trn said...

I previously identified 41 as Billy Joel. The theme helped me realize it is The Ballad of Billy the Kid.

 
At 9/4/09, 11:05 AM, Blogger trn said...

6) Interestingly, the James in the song is Taylor's nephew (Rock-a-bye Sweet Baby James).

12) "How are you Harry?" is the line of which I had thought.

25) Other Cass lines include "When Cass was a sophomore" and "Cass couldn't make it." Michelle is "And Mitchie wants to go to the sea." There's a line that begins "John and Denny," which I think continues something like, "working for a penny." Other musicians and groups are mentioned as well. It's a fantastic, autobiographical song, telling the story of what everyone was doing before they got together and how they got together.

 
At 9/4/09, 12:00 PM, Blogger trn said...

H) "Come on let's go"

 
At 9/4/09, 5:36 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

29 is indeed Tighten Up.

For Cover of the Rolling Stone, there's an exchange at the beginning: Hey Sugar, Hey Ray. The lead singer was Ray Sawyer.

The group in 31, should be pretty easy.

Regarding 21, it isn't the original and it's a duet. That might be a hint.

 
At 9/4/09, 5:58 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Great job, guys! A few more hints:

#4 also fit an earlier joint theme, "Shortest Song Titles"

#10 is on the "Animal House" soundtrack, though it's not a song one would usually associate with that movie

#18 and #19 form a set together with either #17 or #20

#24 is a late 70s single by an artist best known for his 50s work

 
At 9/4/09, 6:53 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

BTW, Thanks Clayton for the weekly review!

Like 29, 28 is a dance.

And TRN I didn't realize that, thanks.

 
At 10/17/09, 11:33 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

These are the answers to my bonuses for MM 108:

A. Crossroads Blues--Robert Johnson (the song Cream called "Crossroads")
B. "Bring it to Jerome"--Bo Diddley (featuring Jerome Green)
C. "I don't know" by Sonny Boy Williamson
D. "Motherly Love"--Zappa/Mothers
E. "Give it to the Soft Boys"--Soft Boys
F. "My life is good"--Randy Newman
G. "Be my lover"--Alice Cooper ("She asked my why the singer's name is Alice")

 
At 10/18/09, 11:35 AM, Blogger Elie said...

Thanks all! Here are the long-overdue answers:

Theme: Songs which mention the singer and/or group members' name(s).

ID of Song Quotes, including the reason they fit, when not obvious:

1. Do I what? Will I what?"
- "Chantilly Lace", Big Bopper ("This is the Big Bopper speaking")
2. "We take all kinds of pills, that give us all kind of thrills"
- "Cover of the Rolling Stone", Dr. Hook and the Medicine show - ("Hey Ray, hey Sugar, tell them who we are")
3. "Cause the boy she loves is a Romeo"
- "Back In My Arms Again", The Supremes ("How can Mary tell me what to do ... And Flo, she don't know")
4. "You say your Mom ain't at home, you can't let me in"
- "Fire", Jimi Hendrix ("And let Jimi take over")
5. "But he stronger than a country hoss"
- "You Don't Mess Around With Jim", Jim Croce
6. "He works in the saddle and he sleeps in the canyons"
- "Sweet Baby James", James Taylor
7. "You change your passion for glory"
- "Eye of the Tiger", Survivor ("The last known survivor stalks his prey")
8. "Your mom busted in and said, 'What's that noise?'"
- "Fight For Your Right To Party", The Beastie Boys ("Aw, mom you're just jealous it's the Beastie Boys!)
9. "He gets me my drinks for free"
- "Piano Man", Billy Joel ("...Bill I believe this is killing me")
10. "True love means planning a life for two"
- "Hey Paula", Paul and Paula
11. "And in your voice I hear a choir of carousels"
- "Wedding Bell Blues", 5th Dimension ("Will you marry me Bill?", etc.)
12. "It was raining hard in 'Frisco,"
- "Taxi", Harry Chapin ("How are you Harry?")
13. "Dynamite with a laser beam"
- "Killer Queen", Queen
14. "And take a long ride on my motor bike"
- Crazy Little Thing Called Love ("Ready Freddy")
15. "Its been a year now and its getting so much better."
- "Shine a Little Love", ELO (Background singers chant "ELO" near the end)
16. "I felt a little like a dying clown"
- "Who Are You?", The Who
17. "I tell you man he's living there still"
- "Glass Onion", Beatles ("The walrus was Paul")
18. "Sunday morning you don't look right"
- "Honey Don't", Beatles ("Rock on George, for Ringo one time")
19. "Two spirits dancing so strange"
- "#9 Dream", John Lennon ("Somebody call out my name, John" [whispered])
20. "Sending Roses And Your Silly Dreams"
- "The Girl Is Mine", Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney (Singers dialogue by name near the end)

 
At 10/18/09, 11:36 AM, Blogger Elie said...

21. "A Mexican cutie"
- "Margaritaville", version by Alan Jackson with Jimmy Buffett ("Must be Buffet's fault")
22. "So if youre feeling low, turn up your radio"
- "Everybody Have Fun Tonight", Wang Chung ("Everybody Wang Chung tonight")
23. "And I've been in the Washington Zoo"
- "Show Biz Kids", Steely Dan ("They got the Steely Dan t-shirt")
24. "I threw a rockabilly party on my last birthday"
- "Rockin' My Life Away", Jerry Lee Lewis ("My name is Jerry Lee Lewis and I'm damn sure here to stay")
25. "Planned to go to Swarthmore"
- "Creeque Alley", The Mamas and the Papas (Band members named several times)
26. "Chose a gun and threw away the sword"
- "Bad Company", Bad Company
27. "We're just tryin' to be friendly"
- "Monkees Theme", The Monkees ("Hey hey, we're the Monkees")
28. "Feel the rhythm, check the ride" - "Le Freak", Chic ("C'est Chic")
29. "In Houston we just started a new dance"
- "Tighten Up", Archie Bell and the Drells ("I'm Archie Bell of the Drells")
30. "But on the 7th day he made me"
- "My Name Is Prince", Prince
31. "When you gonna play 'Smokin' In The ...'"
- "The Kings of the Party", Brownsville Station ("And ole Brownsville Station")
32. "And become a bad piano playing man"
- "Hollywood Swinging," Kool and the Gang ("And I saw the Kool and The Gang show")
33. "I'm not expecting to grow flowers in the desert"
- "In A Big Country", Big Country
34. "Cuban army surplus or refusing all third lights"
- "This Is Radio Clash", The Clash
35. "He smoked a big cigar, drove a Cadillac car"
- "Rock and Roll Band", Boston ("Just another band out of Boston")

Last few stretch the rules just a bit...
36. "I wait outside the pilgrims door, with insufficient schemes"
- "In The Court Of The Crimson King", King Crimson
37. "He doesn't dig poetry"
- "A Simple Desultory Philippic", Simon and Garfunkel ("...and Art Garfunkel'ed")
38. "And did we tell you the name of the game, boy?"
- "Have a Cigar", Pink Floyd ("By the way, which one's Pink?")
39. "I'm flat broke but I don't care"
- "Stray Cat Strut", The Stray Cats
40. "I eat more chicken, any man ever seen" - "Back Door Man", The Doors
41. "East and west of the Rio Grande"
- "The Ballad of Billy the Kid", Billy Joel (though Joel claims that the last verse's "boy with the six pack in his hand" from Oyster Bay is a bartender he knew, not himself!)

 

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