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Monday, February 15, 2010

Musical Monday #130

Welcome to the 130th 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.

Thare are two separate sub-themes today, songs 1-10 and 11-20, which together comprise the overall theme. The songs in the first group are also in somewhat of a sequence. I was disappointed in not finding more songs for that group; likely there are quite a few recent ones I don't know well that would fit it.

1) "I died in thirty days!"
2) "But it seems the good they die young"
3) "Edsel is a no-go"
4) "Bring on the lions and open the cage"
5) "I laid traps for troubadours"
6) "She never kept the same address"
7) "They sat and watched TV, on their RCA"
8) "We're finally on our own"
9) "Scanning life through the picture window"
10) "It's money for dope, money for rope"

11) "If the puppet makes you smile"
12) "Coming down like an Armageddon flame"
13) "And it makes me feel so fine, I can't control my brain"
14) "Just one day out of life, it would be, it would be so nice"
15) "Exchange the cold days for the sun"
16) "Take a ride on a West Coast kick"
17) "We've all seen it on the movies, now let's see if it's true"
18) "But there's a couple of bananas and a bottle of booze"
19) "From a terminal gate to a black limousine"
20) "He was heading for Pennsylvania, and some home made pumpkin pie"

Good luck and enjoy!

20 Comments:

At 2/15/10, 2:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

for the third straight week,
number 2 is abraham,martin and john

 
At 2/15/10, 2:34 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Yes, Anon, I noticed that too.

5) Sympathy for the Devil - The Rolling Stones

Both reference the John Kennedy. But that's not enough for a theme. Yet.

 
At 2/15/10, 2:39 PM, Blogger SJ said...

13. Island in the Sun - Weezer

 
At 2/15/10, 3:27 PM, Blogger trn said...

14 is the Holiday, Celebrate song.

The theme seems to reflect the civil holiday today in the U.S.

Songs that reference presidents, roughly in chronological order, for the first group, and songs using the word holiday, including perhaps with the meaning of vacation, for the second group?

 
At 2/15/10, 3:32 PM, Anonymous Clayton said...

3 - We Didn't Start the Fire - Billy Joel
6 - Killer Queen - Queen
Both of these songs also reference Kennedy.

14 - Holiday - Madonna
16 - Holiday Road - Lindsey Buckingham? This was also used recently in another MM...
19 - Holiday Inn - Elton John

The theme must be President's Day.

 
At 2/15/10, 3:37 PM, Anonymous Clayton said...

8 - Ohio - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young ("tin soldiers and Nixon's coming")

 
At 2/15/10, 3:38 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

So 1's about William Henry Harrison? Must be a Johnny Horton song.

Is 11 Holiday by the Bee Gees?

 
At 2/15/10, 4:03 PM, Blogger Jack said...

Soccer Dad already answered number 7 so I'll just add my own comment. Sympathy for The Devil is a personal favorite. Although I wish that it wasn't used in television and movies so frequently.

 
At 2/15/10, 5:02 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

All the ones I know have already been identified, so here's a bonus:

"And even all the grass skirts were PVC"

 
At 2/15/10, 5:21 PM, Blogger trn said...

This bonus fits between 1 and 2:

You made us what we are today

 
At 2/15/10, 6:13 PM, Blogger LEL said...

2.Abraham, Martin and John-Dion
3.We Didn't Start the Fire-Billy Joel
5.Sympathy for the Devil-The Rolling Stones
14.Holiday-Madonna
16.Holiday Road-Lindsey Buckingham

 
At 2/15/10, 11:42 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

I have 3 more (maybe 4) bonuses for the first section.

d1) We're gettin' safer cars, rocket ships to Mars
d2) ’cause four guys from england took us all by the hand,
d3) He bought a washing machine and then a Chevrolet

(d3 is a country song ...)

 
At 2/16/10, 9:42 AM, Blogger SJ said...

"You made us what we are today" - We'd Like to Thank You Herbert Hoover, from Annie

 
At 2/16/10, 3:40 PM, Blogger trn said...

Another bonus, belongs towards the end of the first group:

We're zany to the max

 
At 2/16/10, 7:30 PM, Blogger LEL said...

6.Killer Queen-Queen

 
At 2/17/10, 11:39 PM, Anonymous Clayton said...

So far, we have:

1) "I died in thirty days!"
2) Abraham, Martin and John - Dion
3) We Didn't Start the Fire - Billy Joel
4) "Bring on the lions and open the cage"
5) Sympathy for the Devil - The Rolling Stones
6) Killer Queen - Queen
7) "They sat and watched TV, on their RCA"
8) Ohio - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
9) "Scanning life through the picture window"
10) "It's money for dope, money for rope"

11) Holiday - The Bee Gees
12) "Coming down like an Armageddon flame"
13) Island in the Sun - Weezer
14) Holiday - Madonna
15) "Exchange the cold days for the sun"
16) Holiday Road - Lindsey Buckingham
17) "We've all seen it on the movies, now let's see if it's true"
18) "But there's a couple of bananas and a bottle of booze"
19) Holiday Inn - Elton John
20) "He was heading for Pennsylvania, and some home made pumpkin pie"

Bonus tracks:

Y1) "And even all the grass skirts were PVC"

T1) We'd Like to Thank You Herbert Hoover, from Annie
T2) "We're zany to the max"

D1) "We're gettin' safer cars, rocket ships to Mars"
D2) "’cause four guys from England took us all by the hand"
D3) "He bought a washing machine and then a Chevrolet"

 
At 2/18/10, 3:14 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Nice job so far all, and thanks Clayton for the summary! Couple of comments:

#1 and #7 are not rock songs. The first is from a long-running television show, and the latter is by a comedic songwriter whose lyrics I have used several times in the past.

#13: Artist is correctly IDed, but not the title.

#20: Also not a rock song, but quite well-known.

 
At 3/1/10, 8:25 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Nice job, Soccer Dad, SJ, TRN, Clayton, Jack, Yitzchak, and Laura! Together, you IDed 10 of the songs, as well as the theme, which was Presidents + Holiday. This was of course a rather obvious theme for Presidents Day, but as the first, anonymous commentator surmised, my true motive for choosing this theme was as an excuse to use a rarely-heard song like "Abraham, Martin and John" for three consecutive weeks and three different reasons! (And secondarily, so I could use five songs with the same exact title for part two!)

The full set of correct responses, with the president(s) for each song in the first group listed:

1) "I died in thirty days!"
"The Mediocre Presidents", from The Simpsons (Taylor, Tyler, Fillmore, Hayes, and William Henry Harrison)
2) "But it seems the good they die young"
"Abraham, Martin and John", Dion (Lincoln and JFK)
3) "Edsel is a no-go"
"We Didn't Start The Fire", Billy Joel (Truman, Eisenhower, JFK, and Nixon)
4) "Bring on the lions and open the cage"
"Give The People What They Want", The Kinks (JFK)
5) "I laid traps for troubadours"
"Sympathy For The Devil", Rolling Stones (JFK)
6) "She never kept the same address"
"Killer Queen", Queen (JFK)
7) "They sat and watched TV, on their RCA"
"Harvey and Sheila", Allan Sherman (JFK)
8) "We're finally on our own"
"Ohio", CSNY (Nixon)
9) "Scanning life through the picture window"
"Young Americans", David Bowie (Nixon)
10) "It's money for dope, money for rope"
"Gimme Some Truth", John Lennon (Nixon)

11) "If the puppet makes you smile"
"Holiday", The Bee Gees
12) "Coming down like an Armageddon flame"
"Holiday", Green Day
13) "And it makes me feel so fine, I can't control my brain"
"Holiday", Weezer
14) "Just one day out of life, it would be, it would be so nice"
"Holiday", Madonna
15) "Exchange the cold days for the sun"
"Holiday", The Scorpions
16) "Take a ride on a West Coast kick"
"Holiday Road", Lindsey Buckingham
17) "We've all seen it on the movies, now let's see if it's true"
"Summer Holiday", Cliff Richard
18) "But there's a couple of bananas and a bottle of booze"
"Holiday in Spain", Counting Crows
19) "From a terminal gate to a black limousine"
"Holiday Inn", Elton John
20) "He was heading for Pennsylvania, and some home made pumpkin pie"
"Home for the Holidays", Various

 
At 3/2/10, 10:26 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

The answer to my bonus:

"And even all the grass skirts were PVC"--Holiday in Waikiki by The Kinks

 
At 3/3/10, 7:38 PM, Blogger trn said...

Both of those motives are pretty cool, Elie.

Answers to my two bonuses:

You made us what we are today

SJ correctly identified this as We'd Like to Thank You Herbert Hoover, from the musical Annie.

We're zany to the max

This is the theme song from the Animaniacs cartoon. "While Bill Clinton plays the sax" is the pertinent lyric.

 

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