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Monday, November 09, 2009

Musical Monday #116

Welcome to the 116th 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.

I could say much more about the timeliness of the theme, but I'll hold off for now. Just to note that the second group of songs (24-32) go with a somewhat lesser version/variation of the theme, with the very last song just barely making it (which is sort of its point!)

1) "He said, kill it before it grows"
2) "I'm goin' way down south, way down to Mexico way"
3) "Get high and watch the tube"
4) "Don't touch me I'm a real live wire"
5) "What reason do you need to be shown?"
6) "Don't ever ride on the devil's knee, Mama said"
7) "And Miss Patty Valentine just nodded her head"
8) "So you think you can stone me and spit in my eye"
9) "And now MacHeath spends just like a sailor"
10) "Wrapped up in a black cat cloak"
11) "Yeah, she could drag me, over the rainbow"
12) "You just do it with a little more finesse"
13) "That equipment you got's so outdated"
14) "I bet there's rich folk eatin' in a fancy dining car"
15) "Right through the hardwood door"
16) "The night was clear and the moon was yellow"
17) "And slapped the sheriff on the back with a smile"
18) "He jacked the little bitty baby"
19) "Well sir, I guess there's just a meanness in this world"
20) "Two feets they come a creepin', like a black cat do"
21) "In the land of the dollar bill"
22) "He took in the four a.m. show at the Clark"
23) "Painting testimonial pictures"

24) "A scene badly written in which I must play"
25) "Well he never had a sweetheart"
26) "I crossed my old man back in Oregon"
27) "I miss my baby and the, good fun"
28) "So I might as well begin to put some action in my life"
29) "Not a Gatlin boy was standing"
30) "You got problems in your life of love"
31) "And remember, just don't smile"
32) "And that's not to mention the aerial photography"

Good luck and enjoy!

29 Comments:

At 11/9/09, 12:43 PM, Blogger LEL said...

3.Take the money and run-Steve Miller
11.Down by the River-Neil Young
23.Maxwell's Silver Hammer-The Beatles
25.Billy the Kid-Billy Joel

 
At 11/9/09, 12:45 PM, Blogger LEL said...

2.Hey Joe-Jimi Hendrix

 
At 11/9/09, 12:53 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

1) Sheriff John Brown always hated me, for what I don't know ...
17) ... "Supper's waiting at home and I gotta get to it"
20) Saturday Night Special - Lynyrd Skynyrd
22) ...and he rubbed a pot roast all over his chest ...
24) Wednesday Morning 3 AM - Simon and Garfunkel (I think I used this exact line for this song)
27) I fought the law - Bobby Fuller 5, The Clash

I'm guessing that Indiana wants me is in here someplace.

 
At 11/9/09, 1:03 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

30) Dirty Deeds done dirt cheap - AC/DC

 
At 11/9/09, 1:23 PM, Anonymous Clayton said...

1 - I Shot the Sheriff - Bob Marley, Eric Clapton
7 - Hurricane - Bob Dylan
8 - Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
9 - Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin
12 - Murder by Numbers - The Police
14 - Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
21 - The Night Chicago Died - Paper Lace
22 - Excitable Boy - Warren Zevon

26 - Don't Take Me Alive - Steely Dan
29 - Coward of the County - Kenny Rogers
32 - Alice's Restaurant Massacree - Arlo Guthrie

 
At 11/9/09, 1:27 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

2. "Hey Joe"--Hendrix version
4, "Psycho Killer" by the Talking Heads?
9. "Mack the Knife" Brecht/Weill--any version based on Blitzstein translation, such as Bobby Darin's or Louis Armstrong's
16. "Stagger Lee"--Lloyd Price version at least.
26. I think is called "Don't take me alive"--Steely Dan

Part of the theme seems to be crime or murder. Does this have to do with Nidal Hasan?

 
At 11/9/09, 1:42 PM, Blogger Jack said...

Always liked Hey Joe.

 
At 11/9/09, 1:46 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

Some premature bonuses if I'm right about the theme:

B1 "My dog bit me on the leg today."
B2 "I get real tired of sneakin' around/just to get to your back door"
B3 "A pox upon the media/
And everything you read"

 
At 11/9/09, 4:32 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

5) Another great lyric from that song: "And the silicon chip inside her head switched to overload."

25) The ballad of Billy the Kid - Billy Joel

 
At 11/9/09, 5:44 PM, Anonymous Clayton said...

5 - I Don't Like Mondays - The Boomtown Rats

 
At 11/9/09, 9:35 PM, Blogger trn said...

4) "'Cause I'm a wild one"?
25) The Ballad of Billy the Kid, Billy Joel
32) This isn't Alice's Restaurant, is it?

 
At 11/10/09, 10:55 AM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

I'm going to guess that the theme is not "crime" alone, but maybe more about crime and punishment.

Most, if not all of them, have some element of the justice system involved. I don't recall that I don't like Mondays involves an arrest, but
1) arrest (maybe a corrupt one, but an arrest)
3) investigation
7) false arrest and conviction
8) arrest and punishment
14) incarceration
17) trial and execution
22) incarceration
24) impending arrest
27) incarceration

Might Renegade by Styx be here and, as I wrote before, maybe Indiana wants me (19?) is in here too.

 
At 11/10/09, 12:53 PM, Anonymous Clayton said...

Don't all the songs in the first group (at least all the ones ID'd so far) involve murder in some way?

Then in the second group, they progress down through lesser crimes until you finally get to... littering. :)

Also - if I'm remembering correctly, can't #24 also be "Somewhere They Can't Find Me"?

Also also - I don't recognize "Renegade" in here anywhere. Can't say about "Indiana Wants Me" -- I really ought to know it, but I don't other than the chorus.

 
At 11/10/09, 1:14 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Indiana wants me, had a line about a guy needing a killin' (I think). Elie used that line it in MM #50 (I think.)

Somewhere they can't find me was one of two remakes on the Sounds of Silence album. One was the title track that added a drum track to what had been guitar only folk song. The other was Somewhere they can't find me, which a much more jarring rewrite of Wednesday Morning 3 AM. I don't remember if that phrase made it to "Somewhere ..." (I much prefer the original!)

 
At 11/10/09, 1:34 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Is there a murder in "The Night Chicago died"

 
At 11/10/09, 2:01 PM, Anonymous Clayton said...

A lot of them - the song is about a huge gunfight between the police and Al Capone's gang, told from the point of view of a child whose father is a policeman. Might be based on the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, but I'm not sure.

"There was shouting in the street, and the sound of running feet / And I asked someone who said, 'bout a hundred cops are dead"

 
At 11/10/09, 2:05 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

thanks, I forgot that. (I remembered the remaining two thirds of the song!)

 
At 11/10/09, 3:59 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

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At 11/10/09, 4:00 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

Then in the second group, they progress down through lesser crimes until you finally get to... littering. :)

Doesn't the hero of Alice's Restaurant tell a military recruiter "I wanna kill, I wanna kill"? I still think it has to do with Nidal Hasan. Speaking of more mundane crime, however:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJm6lJqbtpI

 
At 11/10/09, 4:03 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Yes.

I wanna kill, I wanna see blood and then the recruiter tells him something like, "You're just what we're looking for."

 
At 11/10/09, 8:07 PM, Blogger Elie said...

"I want blood, and gore, and veins between my teeth!..."

We listen to that song every year when they play it at noon on Thanksgiving.

 
At 11/10/09, 8:40 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

I wanna kill, I wanna see blood and then the recruiter tells him something like, "You're just what we're looking for."

I think, now that I keep thinking, that's the psychologist at the induction center. If so, it's really like Hasan. I think what he says is "You're our boy."

 
At 11/12/09, 12:05 AM, Anonymous Clayton said...

So far:

1) I Shot the Sheriff - Bob Marley, Eric Clapton
2) Hey Joe - Jimi Hendrix
3) Take the Money and Run - Steve Miller
4) Psycho Killer - Talking Heads
5) I Don't Like Mondays - The Boomtown Rats
6) "Don't ever ride on the devil's knee, Mama said"
7) Hurricane - Bob Dylan
8) Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
9) Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin, Louis Armstrong
10) "Wrapped up in a black cat cloak"
11) Down By the River - Neil Young
12) Murder By Numbers - The Police
13) "That equipment you got's so outdated"
14) Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
15) "Right through the hardwood door"
16) Stagger Lee - Lloyd Price
17) "And slapped the sheriff on the back with a smile"
18) "He jacked the little bitty baby"
19) "Well sir, I guess there's just a meanness in this world"
20) Saturday Night Special - Lynyrd Skynyrd
21) The Night Chicago Died - Paper Lace
22) Excitable Boy - Warren Zevon
23) Maxwell's Silver Hammer - The Beatles

24) Wednesday Morning 3 AM - Simon and Garfunkel
25) The Ballad of Billy the Kid - Billy Joel
26) Don't Take Me Alive - Steely Dan
27) I Fought the Law - The Bobby Fuller Four, The Clash
28) "So I might as well begin to put some action in my life"
29) Coward of the County - Kenny Rogers
30) Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap - AC/DC
31) "And remember, just don't smile"
32) Alice's Restaurant Massacree - Arlo Guthrie

B1 "My dog bit me on the leg today."
B2 "I get real tired of sneakin' around / just to get to your back door"
B3 "A pox upon the media / And everything you read"

 
At 11/12/09, 11:44 AM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

17) The night the lights went out in Georgia - Vicki Lawrence, Reba McIntyre

 
At 11/12/09, 3:54 PM, Anonymous Clayton said...

6 - Ticking - Elton John

 
At 12/11/09, 11:48 AM, Blogger Elie said...

Thanks for playing all, and sorry to be so late with the solutions! The theme was violent criminals, with the first group of songs being about killers, and the rest those who committed (somewhat) lesser crimes. Alice's Restaurant was included ironically in that last group of course, in keeping with the same irony inherent in its story!

Two notes: I has this nearly ready to go when the Fort Hood massacre occurred. Freak coincidence, but that event was not the reason for using the theme that week. Also in response to some of the noted omissions, I somewhat narrowly defined the theme, so I left out several songs that talked about people on the run/hiding from the law, or even in jail, if their crimes were not specified.

The solutions:

1) "He said, kill it before it grows" - "I Shot the Sheriff", Eric Clapton
2) "I'm goin' way down south, way down to Mexico way" - "Hey Joe", Jimi Hendrix
3) "Get high and watch the tube" - "Take the Money and Run", Steve Miller Band
4) "Don't touch me I'm a real live wire" - "Psycho Killer", Talking Heads
5) "What reason do you need to be shown?" - "I Don't Like Mondays", Boomtown Rats
6) "Don't ever ride on the devil's knee, Mama said" - "Ticking", Elton John
7) "And Miss Patty Valentine just nodded her head" - "Hurricane", Bob Dylan
8) "So you think you can stone me and spit in my eye" - "Bohemian Rhapsody", Queen
9) "And now MacHeath spends just like a sailor" - "Mack the Knife", Bobby Darin
10) "Wrapped up in a black cat cloak" - "Midnight Rambler", Rolling Stones
11) "Yeah, she could drag me, over the rainbow" - "Down By The River", Neil Young
12) "You just do it with a little more finesse" - "Murder By Numbers", The Police
13) "That equipment you got's so outdated" - "Murder Incorporated", Bruce Springsteen
14) "I bet there's rich folk eatin' in a fancy dining car" - "Folsom Prison Blues", Johnny Cash
15) "Right through the hardwood door" - "Frankie and Johnnie", Multiple
16) "The night was clear and the moon was yellow" - "Stagger Lee", Lloyd Price

 
At 12/11/09, 11:48 AM, Blogger Elie said...

17) "And slapped the sheriff on the back with a smile" - "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia", Vicki Lawrence
18) "He jacked the little bitty baby" - "Janie's Got a Gun", Aerosmith
19) "Well sir, I guess there's just a meanness in this world" - "Nebraska", Bruce Springsteen
20) "Two feets they come a creepin', like a black cat do" - "Saturday Night Special", Lynyrd Skynyrd
21) "In the land of the dollar bill" - "The Night Chicago Died", Paper Lace
22) "He took in the four a.m. show at the Clark" - "Excitable Boy", Warren Zevon
23) "Painting testimonial pictures" - "Maxwell's Silver Hammer", Beatles

24) "A scene badly written in which I must play" - "Somewhere They Can't Find Me", S&G
25) "Well he never had a sweetheart" - "The Ballad of Billy the Kid", Billy Joel
26) "I crossed my old man back in Oregon" - "Don't Take Me Alive", Steely Dan
27) "I miss my baby and the good fun" - "I Fought the Law", Bobby Fuller Four
28) "So I might as well begin to put some action in my life" - "Breaking the Law", Judas Priest
29) "Not a Gatlin boy was standing" - "Coward of the County", Kenny Rogers
30) "You got problems in your life of love" - "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap", AC/DC
31) "And remember, just don't smile" - "Meeting Across the River", Bruce Springsteen
32) "And that's not to mention the aerial photography" - "Alice's Restaurant", Arlo Guthrie

 
At 12/12/09, 10:00 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

My bonuses, suggested under the assumption that the theme was Fort Hood:

B1: "No more Mr. Nice Guy"--Alice Cooper
B2: "My guitar wants to kill your mama"--Frank Zappa
B3: "I wanna destroy you"--Soft Boys (Robyn Hitchcock's original group)

 
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