26 July, 2006

lyrics quiz meme shebang

See, it works like this...

I put my music-player on Random. I take the opening lyrics from the first 50 songs that appear.

You try to guess what all the songs are, and submit your answers in the comments.

They range from the embarassingly easy to the horrendously obscure. No band/artist appears more than once.

EDIT: So I think it's high time to put this out of its misery. At the end of a week or so, here are the ones that people guessed (or discovered) correctly...

1 ~ “I’m more afraid of living, than I am scared to die.”

Ben Harper ~ Glory and Consequence

2 ~ “Twenty- twenty- twenty-four hours to go. Ramones ~ I Wanna Be Sedated

4 ~ “Don’t you know you’ve got your Daddy’s eyes, Daddy was an alcoholic.
Starsailor ~ Alcoholic

6 ~ “Wake up, you sleepy-head. Put on some clothes, shake off your bed.”

David Bowie ~ Oh! You Pretty Things

7 ~ “Yeah like it or not, like a ball and a chain, all I wanna do is get off, I feel it for a minute babe. The Dandy Warhols ~ Get Off

8 ~ “Cold brains, unmoved, untouched, unglued, alone at last. Beck ~ Cold Brains

10 ~ “Drag him out your window, dragging out the dead, singing I miss you, snakes and ladders flip the lid. Radiohead ~ A Wolf At The Door

12 ~ “Twenty-nine pearls in your kiss, a singing smile, coffee smell and lilac skin, your flame in me. Jeff Buckley ~ Everybody Here Wants You

14 ~ “If you don't have a song to sing, you're okay. You know how to get along humming. Hmmm.” Fiona Apple ~ Waltz (Better Than Fine)

16 ~ “Don’t you love her madly? Don’t you need her badly? The Doors ~ Love Her Madly

17 ~ “Don’t get me wrong, if I’m looking kind of dazzled. I see neon lights, whenever you walk by.” The Pretenders ~ Don't Get Me Wrong

18 ~ “A tired man in his chair, doesn't move he only stares, at the machine across the room.
Steve Burns ~ Mighty Little Man

19 ~ “I see her face, everyday, I see her face, it doesn't help me. Blur ~ She's So High

20 ~ “Once upon a time is how it always goes, well I’ll make it brief.
Aimee Mann ~ Nothing Is Good Enough

21 ~ “Teenage Mary said to Uncle Dave, ‘I sold my soul – must be saved’.
The Velvet Underground ~ Run Run Run

22 ~ “Hello, Mr. Zebra. Can I have your sweater coz it’s cold cold cold in my hole hole hole.” Tori Amos ~ Mr. Zebra

23 ~ “We lay on the bed there, kissing just for practice. Could we please be objective? ’Cause the other boys are queuing up behind us. Belle & Sebastian ~ Seeing Other People

30 ~ “Her Majesty’s a pretty nice girl, but she doesn’t have a lot to say.
The Beatles ~ Her Majesty

31 ~ “Sucker love is heaven sent, you pucker up, our passion's spent.
Placebo ~ Every You, Every Me

32 ~ “I see trees of green, red roses too, I see them bloom, for me and you.
Louis Armstrong ~ What A Wonderful World

34 ~ “Blind to the charms of the Toecutter Arms, my labor to the east by knit and by darn. Augie March ~ Bolte And Dunstan Talk Youth

36 ~ “Come on girl, let’s sneak out of this party, it’s getting boring.
Björk - There's More To Life Than This

41 ~ “Sweetness, sweetness I was only joking when I said I’d like to smash every tooth in your head. The Smiths - Bigmouth Strikes Again

43 ~ “It began when they come took me from my home and put me in Dead Row, of which I am nearly wholly innocent, you know.Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds ~ The Mercy Seat

44 ~ “Leaf by leaf and page by page, throw this book away.Ben Folds Five ~ Smoke

45 ~ “Alone, listless, breakfast table in an otherwise empty room. Young girl, violins, center of her own attention. Pearl Jam ~ Daughter

46 ~ “Oh where is your inflammatory writ? Your text that would incite a light: ‘be lit’.
Joanna Newson ~ Inflammatory Writ

47 ~ “It's four in the morning, the end of december, I'm writing you now just to see if you’re better.” Leonard Cohen ~ Famous Blue Raincoat


48 ~ “In the white room with black curtains near the station. Blackroof country, no gold pavements, tired starlings.” Cream / Eric Clapton - White Room

49 ~ “Mom and dad went to a show, they dropped me off at Grandpa Joe's. I kicked and screamed, said ‘Please don’t go’.” Nirvana ~ Sliver

~~~~~~~

And these are the ones that stumped you all...

3 ~ “The only girl I’ve ever loved, was born with roses in her eyes. But then they buried her alive, one evening 1945.Neutral Milk Hotel ~ Holland, 1945

5 ~ “He’s been trying with limited success, to get this girl to let him get into her dress.
The Dresden Dolls ~ Shores Of California

9 ~ “She comes home and she’s happy. She comes home and she’s blue. She comes home and she tells him, ‘Listen baby we’re through’.
The Go-Betweens ~ Was There Anything I Could Do?

11 ~ “Midnight, lock all the doors and turn off the lights, feels like the end of the world.
John Mayer ~ Fear

13 ~ “Hjartað hamast, eins og alltaf, en nú úr takt við tímann, týndur og gleymdur heima hjá mér.Sigur Ros ~ Hjartað Hamast (Bamm Bamm Bamm)

15 ~ “I’m getting closer to the fact, I’ve turned my back on silly dreams. I’m walking down that lonely road, and my heavy load - I didn’t bother to bring it.
Daniel Johnston (or Guster) ~ The Sun Shines Down On Me

24 ~ “Pissing in a river, watching it rise, tattooed fingers shy away from me.
Patti Smith ~ Pissing In A River

25 ~ “If you're seeking repair, for figure eights in the ice in your stare, seven stories we're climbing tonight.Architecture In Helsinki ~ Scissor Paper Rock

26 ~ “There’s no atmosphere on the moon, much like the vibe in the room.
The Bees ~ No Atmosphere

27 ~ “Strange face with your eyes, so pale and sincere. Underneath you know well, you have nothing to fear.Nick Drake ~ ‘Cello Song

28 ~ “Once in the backyard, she was once like me, she was once like me.
Sufjan Stevens ~ A Good Man Is Hard To Find

29 ~ “Sometimes when you’re like this I want no part, like every start you make’s a false start.Art Of Fighting ~ Give Me Tonight

33 ~ “We've been riding all night and the skies that diminish are right to be known.
Espers ~ Riding

35 ~ “Stop! Stop what you’re doing to me, I gotta headache from the things that you’re saying to me.Free Diamonds ~ Blind Boys

37 ~ “Two black lines streaming out like a guidance line. Put one foot on the road now, where the sybourgs are driving.Turin Brakes ~ Underdog (Save Me)

38 ~ “What is the light that you have shining all around you? Is it chemically derived?
The Flaming Lips ~ What Is The Light?

39 ~ “Twist away the gates of steel, unlock the secret voice, give in to ancient noise, take a chance a brand new dance.Devo ~ Gates Of Steel

40 ~ “Her hair, soft drifted snow, death white. I'd like to know why she hates all that she does. But she gives it all that she's got.
The Stone Roses ~ Song For My Sugar Spun Sister

42 ~ “There are times that walk from you like some passing afternoon, summer warmed the open window of her honeymoon.Iron & Wine ~ Passing Afternoon

50 ~ “Black you are my enemy, and I can not get close to thee. Our life is ruled by enmity, and I can’t weaken that.Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy ~ Black

Thanks to everyone who played!

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18 Comments:

Blogger Afe said...

Hee hee!

7 - The Dandy Warhols - Get Off
8 - Beck - Cold Brains
10 - Radiohead - Wolf at the Door
16 - The Doors - Love her Madly
23 - Belle & Sebastian - Seeing Other People
30 - The Beatles - Her Majesty
31 - Placebo - Every You, Every Me (?)
32 - Louis Armstron - What A Wonderful World
34 - Augie March - Bolte & Dunstan Talk Youth
44 - Ben Folds Five - Smoke
45 - Pearl Jam - Daughter

July 26, 2006 10:59 am  
Blogger mindlessmunkey said...

Nice work Afe... although there are others there that you should know. :p

July 26, 2006 11:46 am  
Anonymous blur/oasis fan said...

“I see her face, everyday, I see her face, it doesn't help me.”


Blur She's so High

July 26, 2006 1:24 pm  
Blogger Jellyfish said...

Famous Blue Raincoat - Cohen (a song that causes the occasional tense moment Chez Canazzyfish - Me: 'Turn it OFF! It's too SAD!' Snaz: 'No, leave it ON! I LIKE sad!')

Oh You Pretty Things - Bowie (lifeonmarsohmygodsohot)

July 26, 2006 3:36 pm  
Blogger Jellyfish said...

PS - Nirvana - Sliver

PPS - BUT WHERE ARE THE SHOWTUNES?

*is disappointed*

July 26, 2006 3:46 pm  
Blogger Jellyfish said...

OOH OOH OOH! I keep spotting other ones!

White Room - Eric Clapton/Cream. I'm sure that's in LOM tooo, is it not?

July 26, 2006 3:47 pm  
Blogger Jim said...

1. Ben Harper - Glory & Consequence

July 26, 2006 4:37 pm  
Blogger Byron said...

14 - "Waltz" by Fiona Apple
17 - "Don't Get Me Wrong" by The Pretenders
22 - "Mr Zebra" by Tori Amos
49 - "Sliver" by Nirvana

I'm ashamed I don't know more...

July 26, 2006 9:19 pm  
Blogger mindlessmunkey said...

blur/oasis fan ~ Good get! That's quite an obscure one, even for a blur connoisseur.

Jellyfish ~ Correct you are on all counts, darling. And you're right, I'm afraid I didn't use my showtunes playlist for this - although if I had, it would have been a bit boring, as you and Byron would have cleaned up the whole lot.

Jim ~ Yup yup yup.

Byron ~ Don't be ashamed, my love; you got 3 that no-one else did. However I must say there a couple of others that will have you kicking yourself. ;)

July 26, 2006 10:37 pm  
Anonymous Reth10 said...

12. Jeff Buckley - Everybody Here Wants You.

18. Steve Burns - Mighty Little Man

(Though "We are gonna play Blue Clues" is still a much better opening line)

July 27, 2006 9:53 pm  
Blogger Statler said...

2. I Wanna Be Sedated - The Ramones
4. Alcoholic - Starsailor
21. Run Run Run - Velvet Underground

July 28, 2006 2:42 am  
Blogger mindlessmunkey said...

Gold Stars for Statler and Reth - especially for knowing the Steve Burns track - bless that Mighty (CUTE) Little Man and his Perky Blue Dog.

Congrats also to Lili who answered the following in person:
2: Ramones ~ I Wanna Be Sedated
20: Aimee Mann ~ Nothing Is Good Enough
(and some others? I've forgotten... remind me Lilikens!)

July 28, 2006 7:32 am  
Anonymous Will said...

41 is Bigmouth Strikes Again by The Smiths.

July 29, 2006 12:31 am  
Anonymous Will said...

41 is Bigmouth Strikes Again by The Smiths.

July 29, 2006 12:31 am  
Blogger fluffy said...

36. Bjork - There's More To Life Than This

41. Smiths - Bigmouth Strikes Again

normally I would cheat by googling but that would hardly be sporting now would it?

July 30, 2006 4:26 pm  
Blogger fluffy said...

pfft - i didn't read will's (double) comment, above. Also - Steve Burns - we share a wrong crush!

July 30, 2006 4:28 pm  
Blogger Scottie said...

Hello there. Just wanted to say thanks for the kind words in my blog, they're much appreciated.

Tragically, I know number 11: John Mayer - "Inside Wants Out." I got number 36 as well, but it looks like Fluffy (curse him) beat me to it.

Scottie

July 30, 2006 4:41 pm  
Blogger mindlessmunkey said...

Well done, Will and Fluffy.

Scottie - John Mayer is correct, but "Inside Wants Out" isn't the name of the song, it's the name of the album.

Also - many people have correctly identified #13 as Sigur Rós, but no-one's figured out the song yet.

August 01, 2006 7:21 am  

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