Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Clues ...

I honestly thought that, with the exception of a couple of lyrics, my legions of obscure-music-loving readers would just tear right through my little lyrics-guessing meme game. I really thought I was making it easy, except for maybe No. 1 and possible No. 14. But I guess not.

So if anyone (rick!?) wants to keep trying, here are some clues:

1. Related to #15 (in a side-project/later band kind of way)
2. I got to meet the lead singer of this group a few weeks before his tragic and bizarre death in 1985.
3. A #1 hit in the UK in the early '80s ... this band was much less well-known in the US but still beloved by the young college radio/punk/new wave types
4. BWV got this one
5. Oop, this isn't from the 80s--it's from 1979, and I didn't discover it until after this man's third album came out in 1980.
6. rick! got this one
7. We already know this one is Elvis Costello ... come on, is there no one else who obsessed over EC in the 80s the way I did?
8. From the 70s, a defining hit for the artist most famous for singing it ...
9. The group is Irish ... this song was actually released in 1978, and I didn't discover it until after this group's controversial 1979 hit single. I still think of this as "80s music", though ...
10. We know it's Luna ... just need the song title ...
11. Ooops, another "80s song" that actually came out in 1979 ... from a UK group with enduring influence
12. rick! got this one
13. These scruffy midwestern guys were grungy 10 years before the record companies discovered Seattle. They were also known for being incoherently drunk onstage, wearing dresses and spitting beer on their fans. This is from their ass-kicking third album (not counting an EP) released in 1984.
14. See the comments for clues on this one
15. rick! got this one

6 comments:

andrew said...

# 3 is Going Underground by The Jam. I remember it being number one in the charts when I was about 11 years old so i am thinking it was 1980.

Lisa B. said...

Score one for the Super Nova Scotian!

Anonymous said...

okay so i got D. Boon from the clue but I still couldn't ID the song. but if you google the lyrics you can find the answer, which is "Jesus and Tequila" (when you google those lyrics, this site is the #2 result)
never met Boon but I did see Minutemen in NYC. i think it was 95. i think it was the Project Mersh tour

Lisa B. said...

Hooray for Anonymous-who-didn't sign-his-or-her-name!! Since you already figured out the D. Boon part I suppose Googling the lyrics is OK.

Do you mean 1985? That's when the Project Mersh EP came out. That's when I met D Boon--they were opening for REM and since I was a go-getting young student journalist I scored an interview with the Minutemen and got to go hang out with them before the show. I was with my cool friend Adriana and she and D seemed to like each other a lot. I took some photos of them together with her camera, but they reside with her and I haven't heard from her in several years.

Good times ...

Anonymous said...

oh yeah i meant 85. i'm trying to remember who opened for Minutemen at that show. i think it might have been freaky cowpunks Tex & the Horseheads.

- georg

Lisa B. said...

Tex and the Horseheads! I saw them opening up for the Gun Club in DC, probably 85ish ... if I'm remembering correctly, Texacala was incoherently drunk and spit beer on the crowd, which seemed to be a popular m.o. at the time (see clue 13). What I really remember about that show was that it was a crashing disappointment ...

Good times ...