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Oh meme oh my...

Not sure who I got this from (though I have the vague impression it was kitschaster.) Take out your iPod or whatever, set it on random, and make a note of the first line(s) of each of the first 20 songs it brings up. Then post it and let people try and figure out what the songs are or something. Anyway,here's mine.

1. Don’t know what a fanzine comprises.
2. And there’s a starwind rising.
3. They tell me I am all right now.
4. When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me.
5. I peeked in to say goodnight, and I found my child in prayer.
6. The poison comes in such a pretty bottle.
7. I open the door and the light hits my face.
8. There’s a quarter outside of the spaceport gate.
9. Two and two, too and fro in the street the king’s men go.
10. But I’ve been working in the coal mine going down down down.
11. If what’s done is done, why won’t the wind forget?
12. It’s just a piece of old space junk, they told Rosie at the Yard.
13. Oh Danny Boy, the alarm is not yet ringing.
14. The star of rage is on my head, the white star’s on my hand.
15. There’s a danger zone.
16. When we were good she had a way with me.
17. There's a spider in the rose, and it's an old friend of mine.
18. Ooh I need your love, babe; guess you know it too.
19. I shouldn’t love him; he’s lazy.
20. I've been drinking with Gonvannon, of all drunkards, count him first.

OK, I've added the list of titles of the above below - run your mouse over a line to see the contents. The performer of this particular track on my iTouch (sometimes but not always the writer) can be found in () after the title.

1. "What a Wonderful World (fanzine version)" (Bill Mills)
2. Starwind rising (Leslie Fish)
3. Mina’s Song (Playing Rapunzel)
4. Let it Be (Beatles)
5. Scarlet Ribbons (Kingston Trio)
6. Angry Candy (Alison Lonsdale - Live at Lestat’s)
7. Why I Won’t Get You A Beer (Tom Smith - FUMP)
8. The Ladies of Tradetown (Lee Martindale)
9. The Sheep Look Back (Leslie Fish - Lock & Load)
10. Working in the Coal Mine (Devo)
11. High Desert (Jeff and Maya Bohnhoff - Mobius Street)
12. Rambling Silver Rose (Steve Savitzky)
13. Danny Boy parody (Marc Gunn - Whiskers in the Jar)
14. The Enemy Within (Leslie Fish - Folk Songs for Solar Sailors)
15. On the Amazon (Don McLean)
16. When We Were Good (Tom Paxton)
17. Spider in the Rose (Allison Lonsdale)
18. Eight Days a Week (Beatles)
19. A Serenade to a Jerk (Spike Jones)
20. Drinking with Gonvannon (Allison Lonsdale)


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Mar. 31st, 2011 08:20 am (UTC)
Oh...my goodness. I know NONE of these. *cries* Also, pokes at trenchkamen, because that's the perp right there!

I think I know Oh Danny Boy...*Leo squint*...maybe. o_O!
Apr. 1st, 2011 06:09 am (UTC)
Aha - thanks. I could NOT recall who posted it.
Mar. 31st, 2011 11:51 am (UTC)

2 is "Starwind Rising" - Leslie Fish?
3 is "Mina's Song" by Zander Nyrond
4 is "Let it be" by the Beatles

...but then I get stuck. ;)
Mar. 31st, 2011 11:02 pm (UTC)
Mar. 31st, 2011 01:16 pm (UTC)
10 - pretty sure the title is "Working in a coal mine"
13 - Danny Boy (Londondary Aire)
15 - On the Amazon (Really!? The 100 year old original, or Fred's cover?)
18 - Can't remember the name, but isn't it Peter Frampton's

Note that this is all from memory. I've had pretty good success at googling random lines at songs to find them.
Apr. 1st, 2011 04:41 am (UTC)
Fred here: I recently acquired the 1983 soundtrack of the Mr Cinders revival (originally from the 1920's) which includes "On the Amazon."
Apr. 1st, 2011 05:34 am (UTC)
Where? I'd like one myself. What I have is the Don McLean cover. Which, to be fair, is also fun.
Apr. 1st, 2011 05:56 am (UTC)
Downloaded from iTunes
Apr. 1st, 2011 04:42 am (UTC)
Oh & isn't #5 "Scarlet Ribbons"?
Apr. 1st, 2011 06:52 am (UTC)
It is, and I should have recognized it. But if I had, I would have suggested Harry Belefonte as the performer and it turned out to be a version by The Kingston Trio.

Apr. 1st, 2011 07:18 am (UTC)
Re: #5
A good song does get around.
Mar. 31st, 2011 05:52 pm (UTC)
I can never do these memes; they always assume that you have wholly or mostly vocal music in yor library, while my collection is 95%+ instrumental or, if it HAS vocals, they're in Japanese and I have no idea what they actually say (and probably don't WANT to know!).
Mar. 31st, 2011 11:03 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I can see how that would be a problem. :) As it is, I had to skip a number of instrumentals, an episode of The Fourth Tower of Inverness, and one of the Feynman Lectures.
Apr. 1st, 2011 04:44 am (UTC)
Meme - a little under half
1. Looks like a parody of "Wonderful World" by Sam Cooke
2. Starwind Rising - Leslie Fish
4. Let It Be - Beatles
10. Working in a Coal Mine - Lee Dorsey
12. Ramblin' Silver Rose - Steve Savitzky
13. A parody of "Danny Boy"
15. On the Amazon - Great Fax Nelson?
18. 8 Days a Week - Beatles
19. Serenade to a Jerk - Spike Jones
Apr. 1st, 2011 05:36 am (UTC)
Re: Meme - a little under half
Yeppers - OtA is the Don McLean cover. (Lee Dorsey wrote Coal Mine? *I* didn't know about that one.)

Edited at 2011-04-01 05:39 am (UTC)
Apr. 1st, 2011 06:27 am (UTC)
Re: Meme - a little under half
Well, Lee Dorsey had a Top-10 hit with Coal Mine in 1966. I'd have to do a bit of research to find out whether or not he wrote it.
Apr. 1st, 2011 06:40 am (UTC)
Re: Meme - a little under half
OK, did the research (found it on Wikipedia).

"Working in the Coal Mine" is a song with music and lyrics by Allen Toussaint.

After Toussaint returned to New Orleans from the Army (from 1963-65), he formed a production company, Sansu, with partner Marshall Sehorn. A number of singles, performed by Lee Dorsey, followed in 1965-66, including "Working in the Coal Mine".

It was a hit for Lee Dorsey, released on Amy Records (catalog no. 958), and entered the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on July 23, 1966, eventually peaking at #8, while reaching #5 on the Billboard R&B chart. Dorsey's version was also used in a Blaupunkt car stereo commercial in the early 1990s.

In 1981 Devo cover version was included as a bonus 7 inch single packaged with their album New Traditionalists. This version was later included in the sound tracks for the films Heavy Metal and Employee of the Month.

In 2006 it was performed by the cast of The Wedding Weekend and included on the movie's soundtrack. [4]
Apr. 1st, 2011 07:13 am (UTC)
Re: Meme - a little under half
May we all have songs that do that well... :)
Apr. 1st, 2011 06:11 am (UTC)
I have now posted the lot in white font (mouse over to read each line) for those who are interested. Those who don't are on their own. :)
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