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Monday, August 02, 2010

Musical Monday #152

Welcome to the 152nd 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.

There's a single group of songs this time representing a single overall theme, though I could have split it into several sub-themes.

1) "I don't know how someone controlled you"
2) "When you sing through the verse and you end in a scream"
3) "Catch as catch, catch as catch can"
4) "I hitchhiked all the way down to Memphis"
5) "Then he comes to town, and you see his face"
6) "Fortune of my ways, making of my days"
7) "It opened up her eyes and ears to me"
8) "Silently it waits for me; or someone else I suppose"
9) "He threw one down from the top of the stairs"
10) "Destiny, destiny, protect me from the world"
11) "And she's got everything that I have to live without"
12) "They call me dirty from the alley"
13) "As the smile ran away from his face"
14) "Your heart dissolves, while he tips you so gracefully"
15) "I've made fortunes, spent them fast enough"
16) "It's just that I am not in the market"
17) "I called upon my brother just the other day"
18) "I feel so frustrated; the boss is a jerk"
19) "So Mary marry me, let's not wait"
20) "Our finest gifts we bring"
21) "And my hands can't feel to grip"
22) "When you drop a coin you'll hear it sing"
23) "Listen to the tears roll, down my face as she turns to go"
24) "Through the coldest winter in almost fourteen years"
25) "The kids don't eat and the dog can't sleep"
26) "10 o'clock, nighttime in New York, it's weird"
27) "It really brought him down because he could not jam"
28) "You've got a hub cap diamond star halo"

Good luck and enjoy!

24 Comments:

At 8/2/10, 9:16 AM, Blogger trn said...

1) While My Guitar Gently Weeps, The Beatles

 
At 8/2/10, 9:23 AM, Blogger trn said...

4) Sitting on the Dock of the Bay, Otis Redding

 
At 8/2/10, 9:33 AM, Blogger trn said...

13) Piano Man, Billy Joel

I think I might know the theme.

 
At 8/2/10, 9:46 AM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

13) Piano Man - Billy Joel
16) Different Drum - Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Poneys
23) Mandolin Rain - Bruce Hornsby and the Range, Pam Tillis

I really like the way this theme is shaping up. If it's going where I think, it's one I've considered.

Now I'm pretty certain, as I found another I was looking for:
21) Mr Tambourine Man - Bob Dylan, The Byrds

 
At 8/2/10, 9:52 AM, Blogger trn said...

Elie tells me I am wrong about 4.

Now I have a different idea about what the theme might be.

 
At 8/2/10, 10:01 AM, Blogger trn said...

Being told I was wrong about 4 was instrumental in identifying the theme.

 
At 8/2/10, 10:01 AM, Anonymous Clayton said...

18 - Bang on the Drum All Day - Todd Rundgren
20 - Little Drummer Boy - could be many; I'll pick the version by Bing Crosby and David Bowie
22 - Green Tambourine - The Lemon Pipers
25 - Squeeze Box - The Who
28 - Get It On, Bang a Gong - T. Rex

 
At 8/2/10, 10:05 AM, Blogger trn said...

20) Is maybe the Christmas song called something like The Little Drummer Boy?

 
At 8/2/10, 10:10 AM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

12. "My guitar wants to kill your Mama" by Frank Zappa and the Mothers

 
At 8/2/10, 10:24 AM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

I was wondering about 21 also. Thanks Clayton.

TRN, "instrumental" LOL.

 
At 8/2/10, 11:43 AM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

A bonus:

"Ain't no fat man's toy"

 
At 8/2/10, 11:57 AM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

5. "The guitar man" by Bread?

 
At 8/2/10, 12:43 PM, Blogger LEL said...

1.While My Guitar Gently Weeps-The Beatles
3.Little Guitars-Van Halen
13.Piano Man-Billy Joel
20.Little Drummer Boy-David Bowie and Bing Crosby
21.Mr.Tamborine Man-Bob Dylan, the Byrds
24.Mandolin Wind-Rod Stewart
28.Bang a Gong-

 
At 8/2/10, 1:21 PM, Anonymous Clayton said...

15 - Baby Grand - Billy Joel & Ray Charles

Soccer Dad - Do you mean 22 or 20? You got 21. Either way, you're welcome. :)

Yitzchak - I think you're right about 5.

 
At 8/2/10, 4:32 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Arrrgh! I'm a math major and I can't read numbers. I meant 22. I was looking for the tambourine songs.

:-(

 
At 8/3/10, 1:23 AM, Blogger LEL said...

25.Squeeze Box-The Who

 
At 8/3/10, 2:51 PM, Blogger trn said...

Maybe the Bugle Boy song is included?

 
At 8/3/10, 4:21 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

TRN,
If you're correct about The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (originally by the Andrews Sisters and more recently by Bette Midler) I think it would be 27.

The words sound familiar.

Thanks for the hint.

 
At 8/4/10, 10:53 PM, Blogger trn said...

Thanks Soccer Dad!

I so enjoy it when identifications are made by working together.

 
At 8/4/10, 11:00 PM, Blogger trn said...

I think Dueling Banjos doesn't have any lyrics. But maybe another banjo song, possibly one of Steve Martin's, has both lyrics and "banjo" in the title?

Looks like we are still missing a lot of the "guitar" songs, but no candidates are coming to mind, only the "shining like a National guitar" lyric from, I think but am not sure, Walking in Memphis.

 
At 8/5/10, 3:17 AM, Anonymous Clayton said...

Here's a review, in hopes we can drum up a few more answers:

1) While My Guitar Gently Weeps - The Beatles
2) "When you sing through the verse and you end in a scream"
3) Little Guitars - Van Halen
4) "I hitchhiked all the way down to Memphis"
5) The Guitar Man - Bread
6) "Fortune of my ways, making of my days"
7) "It opened up her eyes and ears to me"
8) "Silently it waits for me; or someone else I suppose"
9) "He threw one down from the top of the stairs"
10) "Destiny, destiny, protect me from the world"
11) "And she's got everything that I have to live without"
12) My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama - Frank Zappa and the Mothers
13) Piano Man - Billy Joel
14) "Your heart dissolves, while he tips you so gracefully"
15) Baby Grand - Billy Joel & Ray Charles
16) Different Drum - Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Poneys
17) "I called upon my brother just the other day"
18) Bang the Drum All Day - Todd Rundgren
19) "So Mary marry me, let's not wait"
20) Little Drummer Boy - Bing Crosby and David Bowie
21) Mr. Tambourine Man - Bob Dylan, The Byrds, and let's not forget William Shatner :)
22) Green Tambourine - The Lemon Pipers
23) Mandolin Rain - Bruce Hornsby and the Range, Pam Tillis
24) Mandolin Wind - Rod Stewart
25) Squeeze Box - The Who
26) "10 o'clock, nighttime in New York, it's weird"
27) Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy - The Andrews Sisters, Bette Midler
28) Bang a Gong (Get It On) - T. Rex

Bonus:
"Ain't no fat man's toy"

 
At 8/5/10, 1:43 PM, Blogger trn said...

the "shining like a National guitar" lyric from, I think but am not sure, Walking in Memphis

Now I'm thinking it's actually from a Paul Simon song.

Ah well, don't mind me, it isn't relevant to this edition anyway.

Thanks for the list, Clayton.

 
At 12/26/10, 8:37 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Thanks all! Extremely overdue solution to follow:

Theme: Somg titles with musical instruments.

Songs:
1) "I don't know how someone controlled you" - "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", The Beatles
2) "When you sing through the verse and you end in a scream" - "Guitar and Pen", The Who
3) "Catch as catch, catch as catch can" - "Little Guitars", Van Halen
4) "I hitchhiked all the way down to Memphis" - "Guitar Man", Elvis Presley, Jerry Reed
5) "Then he comes to town, and you see his face" - "Guitar Man", Bread
6) "Fortune of my ways, making of my days" - "Blue Guitar", Moody Blues
7) "It opened up her eyes and ears to me" - "This Old Guitar", John Denver
8) "Silently it waits for me; or someone else I suppose" - "This Old Guitar", Neil Young
9) "He threw one down from the top of the stairs" - "Perfectly Good Guitar", John Hiatt
10) "Destiny, destiny, protect me from the world" - "Anyone Can Play Guitar", Radiohead
11) "And she's got everything that I have to live without" - "Teardrops On My Guitar", Taylor Swift
12) "They call me dirty from the alley" - "My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama", Frank Zappa & The Mothers
13) "As the smile ran away from his face" - "Piano Man", Billy Joel
14) "Your heart dissolves, while he tips you so gracefully" - "My Old Piano", Diana Ross
15) "I've made fortunes, spent them fast enough" - "Baby Grand", Billy Joel and Ray Charles
16) "It's just that I am not in the market" - "Different Drum", Linda Ronstadt
17) "I called upon my brother just the other day" - "Bang a Drum", Bon Jovi
18) "I feel so frustrated; the boss is a jerk" - "Bang On The Drum All Day", Todd Rundgren
19) "So Mary marry me, let's not wait" - "Distant Drums", Jim Reeves
20) "Our finest gifts we bring" - "The Little Drummer Boy", Bing Crosby/David Bowie...
21) "And my hands can't feel to grip" - "Mr. Tambourine Man", The Byrds/Bob Dylan
22) "When you drop a coin you'll hear it sing" - "Green Tambourine", The Lemon Pipers
23) "Listen to the tears roll, down my face as she turns to go" - "Mandolin Rain", Bruce Hornsby
24) "Through the coldest winter in almost fourteen years" - "Mandolin Wind", Rod Stewart
25) "The kids don't eat and the dog can't sleep" - "Squeeze Box", The Who
26) "10 o'clock, nighttime in New York, it's weird" - "Sax And Violins", Talking Heads
27) "It really brought him down because he could not jam" - "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy", Bette Midler
28) "You've got a hub cap diamond star halo" - "Bang A Gong (Get It On)", T-Rex

 
At 1/13/11, 11:43 AM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

My bonus: "Ain't no fat man's toy"--"Gimme dat harp, boy"--Captain Beefheart, who has since passed on.

 

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