Monday, September 20, 2004

Play my meme ...

... or I'll blow your house down!

I'm picking this up from Alicia ... I don't know what I was up to last time this meme went around, because Alicia was the first I'd heard of it. No biggie, I'm usually pretty much out of the loop on everything. Anyway, the deal is I list song lyrics and you people tell me where you think they are from. Most of this stuff is from the 80s, a few are from the 90s, two are from the 70s and only one is from this century. I think most of them are pretty easy, but then I made the list, didn't I?

While I was "researching" this by listening to lots of music, I started listening to The Pixies Trompe Le Monde (no Pixies lyrics here, though), and it made me wonder: how many songs can people come up with that contain the sound of a beer bottle falling on the floor? Because "Planet of Sound" features a falling beer bottle, and I'm positive there's a Replacements song that features a bottle as well (I just can't remember which one). Anybody know of any other songs?

Anyway, here's the list:
1. In this age of frozen freaks the only highs we get are low
2. I had a girl, she loved what she saw; she loved me so good, she made her daddy mad (Georg got this one)
3. You choose your leaders and place your trust; As their lies wash you down and their promises rust (Andrew got this one)
4. It may look to the untrained eye, I'm sitting on my arse all day; I'm biding time until I take you all on (BWV got this one--mostly)
5. He sits there drinkin' gin and she sits there drinkin' beer like me
6. Dark party bars, shiny cadillac cars and the people on subways and trains (rick! got this one)
7. Don't you know I got the bully boys out changing someone's facial design,
8. I know I need a small vacation, but it don't look like rain.
9. And Suzie is a jewel, she flashes when she smiles.
10. I can hypnotize a pancake, I can levitate the pope
11. I can't love when anyone loves me, and I can't find the someone to love
12. This was the only kindness and it was accidental too (rick! got this one)
13. Yeah, I know I look like hell; I smoke and I drink and I'm feeling swell
14. To yourself and to your family and friends you're just like a party and the party never ends
15. Dialogue dub, now here's the rub; She's acting her reaction (rick! got this one)

Special bonus extra credit "rock en español" lyric (any kindred spirits out there?):
Por eso ahora tendre que obsequiarte un par de balazos pa que te duela. (Who rocks completely for knowing the provenance of these lyrics? Prentiss, that's who!)

Like I said, if you don't play along Hurricane Lisa will mess you up.

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

man i am humbled and beatdown and must admit that i can't immediately ID a single friggin one of these. 7 looks like it could be Midnight Erl or some other agit-rock band. And 14 and 15 are naggingly just out of reach. I'll be kicking myself when the answers are revealed.

-georg

Anonymous said...

Wait, where does the beer bottle fall in the Pixies song? I've never noticed it... and now I feel like an unworthy Pixies fan...

bwv

Lisa B. said...

Dang--I felt like these were easy, but it's because it's "my" music--I mean I bet you could put up a bunch of lyrics from "your" music and I wouldn't get them. In fact, I think you should! I will put up clues if no one gets any.

No. 7 is actually possibly the most "mainstream" artist of all of these--but I can't think of a hint that wouldn't completely give it away. Nos. 1 & 2 strike me as the hardest ones (for someone who's not me, that is).

BWV-I could sort of hum the part of "Planet of Sound" when the beer bottle falls, but you can't hear me and I probably would mangle it so you wouldn't recognize it anyway. But I think that in terms of song anatomy it would qualify as a "bridge." I don't have the cd here now, but when I get home I could tell you how many minutes/seconds into the song it occurs.

Anonymous said...

oh, come ON georg. what kind of retired goth are you?

15. bauhaus - "she's in parties"

rick!

Anonymous said...

6. velvet underground - "after hours"

rick!

Anonymous said...

7. Elvis Costello. I can't remember the song title

Anonymous said...

10. Luna. again, i cannot remember the title of the song.

Lisa B. said...

Hurray for rick! (I'm assuming that the last two anonymous entries were rick! as well). I knew someone would get Bauhaus right off! So now knowing half the answer for 7 and 10 makes it easier for someone to finish ...

Anonymous said...

well, a *retired* one, obviously
actually, after posting last night, that nagging feeling i had about #15 sorta clarified into that thought that it might be Bauhaus. and i would've attempted to kick myself just now for not getting it straight away except i'm at work and there's no point in kicking myself at work when there's so many other people/things to do it...

Anonymous said...

It's okay, I'll spend the evening with headphones on listening for the falling beer bottle!

bwv

PS: In case you didn't see it on my site, I thought of you when I saw this!

http://www.plif.com/archive/wc063.gif

Anonymous said...

No. 4 is Pulp, the one about a bed... um, "This bed has seen it all"? I forget the proper title.

Taking 'A Year in Provence' and sticking it up my arse (the paperback, that is),

bwv

Lisa B. said...

Great commie comic, BWV!

Yes, it's Pulp, but it's not the one about the bed (Live Bed Show) ... since you did correctly cite another lyric from the song I'm going to give you credit on this one: It's "I Spy."

Anonymous said...

Aha! Glad the comic bought me extra-credit...
bwv

Anonymous said...

is 14. a destroyer song?

Lisa B. said...

No, not Destroyer ... think closer to home and early- to mid-80s ...

Lisa B. said...

Not Destroyer ... this one may be one of the hardest for anyone who ain't from around here. It's a band from NC (although they got some airplay on college stations all over), early- to mid-80s.

Lisa B. said...

Damn, I thought on of my comments about got eaten so I posted it again ...

Anonymous said...

if it's not let's active, then i have no idea! my 80s nc rock trivia is faulty.

12. the clash "car jamming"

Anonymous said...

that last bit was rick!, btw. as was the destroyer guess.

Anonymous said...

that last bit was rick!, btw. as was the destroyer guess.

Lisa B. said...

Score another for rick! on Car Jamming.

Not Let's Active, but related to Let's Active in the "So-and-so produced such and such and so-and-so was in X band with so-and-so" kind of way. Here's an even bigger hint: one of the original members of the band has a new solo cd out and played in Durham very recently at a big event. C'mon, I didn't even live around here when this band was together and I was still a big fan ... the lyrics in question are from what may have been their most popular song in terms of airplay ...

Anonymous said...

ah. then the band must be flat duo jets, no? but i still don't know the song!

Lisa B. said...

No, not Flat Duo Jets ... the group on song 14 is related to Let's Active via Mitch Easter, who had been in a band called The Sneakers with two of the members of said group, and also later produced an album for said group as well as some of the solo work of one of its members ... the same member who recently played in Durham as part of the Durham Music Festival. The song in question is from their third album (the Rhino re-issue of which includes an extended remix of the song). A visit to the slow-ass piece of crap All Music Guide should connect the dots ...

Anonymous said...

oh. okay then. i have discovered the answer. thank you.

Lisa B. said...

Well okey-dokey then, thanks for playing ...

Um, before you go maybe you want to show off a little and share your answer with the rest of us so we can enjoy your participation as well ...

Prentiss Riddle said...

The bonus is "Ingrata" by Café Tacuba. Por supuesto.

Anonymous said...

10. luna : teenage lightning

Lisa B. said...

Yes! Thanks for playing, Anonymous.