Thursday, February 26

20 Questions on Music

Another idea stolen from someone else's LiveJournal. 20 interesting questions, and my answers of the moment:

1. Your favorite song with the name of a city in the title or text.

This is easy. It's gotta be "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" by They Might Be Giants

2. A song you've listened to repeatedly when you were depressed at some point in your life.

"Birds and Ships" from Mermaid Avenue by Billy Bragg & Wilco (sung, I believe, by Natalie Merchant)

3. Ever bought an entire album just for one song and winded up disliking everything but that song? Gimme that song.

"Fight The Power" from "Fear of a Black Planet" by Public Enemy. Not that it's a bad album, but I wasn't even close to being ready for it when I got it.

4. A song whose lyrics you thought you knew in the past, but about which you later learned you were incorrect.

"Talk About The Passion" from Murmur by REM. It was about 3 months ago when I finally figured out it was "comme bien du temps" (at least that's what I think it is now). I always just sang gibberish when I sang along. Of course, that's what one did when singing to early mumbly-Stiped REM.

5. Your least favorite song on one of your favorite albums of all time.

Another easy one. "Yellow Submarine" from The Beatles' Revolver

6. A song you like by someone you find physically unattractive or otherwise repellent.

"You Never Can Tell" by Chuck Berry. Not the most pleasant mug to gawk at. Plus, there's all that video-taping-woman-using-the-toilet-in-his-restaurant stuff

7. Your favorite song that has expletives in it that's not by Liz Phair.

"Fuck Her Gently" by Tenacious D

8. A song that sounds as if it's by someone British but isn't.

"Harry's Wall" by Loudon Wainwright lll, not because he sounds British, but only because he states his address in the song. It's a London address.

9. A song you like (possibly from your past) that took you forever to finally locate a copy of.

I can't think of any songs that are now difficult to locate.

10. A song that reminds you of spring but doesn't mention spring at all.

"Oblivious" by Aztec Camera. Light and crisp.

11. A song that sounds to you like being happy feels.

"Ranking Full Stop" by The Beat. Is there anything more fun than dancing with a group of people to a ska band?

12. Your favorite song from a non-soundtrack compilation album.

"I Love Paris" by Les Negresse Vertes from Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute to Cole Porter

13. A song from your past that would be considered politically incorrect now (and possibly was then).

Can't recall any recorded song that would fit this description. However, there's a version of "I'm a Little Teapot" that I ocassionally sing that's not very correct.

14. A song sung by an overweight person.

Other than my version of "I'm a Little Teapot"? Hmm, I'd say "Move Your Feet" by Junior Senior. I believe Senior is overweight.

15. A song you actually like by an artist you otherwise hate.

"Nothing Compares 2 U" by Sinead O'Connor. It's the only song I like by her. I don't hate her, but this is as close as I can come, I guess.

16. A song by a band that features three or more female members.

"Those Memories Of You" by The Trio (Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Linda Rondstat) Not really a band, but close enough.

17. One of the earliest songs that you can remember listening to.

"My Brother Paul" by Stompin' Tom Connors

18. A song you've been mocked by friends for liking.

I've been mocked for having "Oh Sherrie" by Steve Perry in my music collection, even though I don't like him/it. It's there for my wife. I swear.

19. A really good cover version you think no one else has heard.

Cracker performing a countryfied version of "White Riot" by The Clash

20. A song that has helped cheer you up (or empowered you somehow) after a breakup or otherwise difficult situation.

"My City of Ruin" by Bruce Springsteen from America: A Tribute to Heroes


Derek Martin said...

1. City - Broken Wing by the Nits.
"To the North, through the ice
The man with the mirror eyes said
'Where are you going'
'To Turku' the woman said
'From Turku to Tampere
Who are you?'
'Let's say I'm just a man
You don't meet every day'
The fountain of Geneva
The station of Helsinki
The Foufounes in Montreal
You always were beside me
The man in the raincoat
We're travelling the same road
From town to town
But now my angel is falling down"
2. Repeatedly when blue - Famous Blue Raincoat, the whole album. Homeopathy.
3. Album for a song, didn't like the rest - Violent Femmes 3, Fat.
4. Got words wrong - Believe That I Understand, Magazine. In some circumstances there's big difference between "You win some and you lose some" (my reading) and "You win some then you lose some". Howard Devoto's cynicism is finely tuned.
5. Least favorite on a favorite album - The Panormama Man, In The Dutch Mountains by the Nits. Fits thematically, but not nearly as subtle musically or lyrically as the rest of this amazing album.
6. Song by someone repellent - anything by Desmond Dekker, say, The Israelites, what an amazing voice, live he was unpleasantly reptillian. God works in mysterious ways.
7. Song with expletive - Permafrost by Magazine.
As the day stops dead
at the place where we're lost
I will drug you and fuck you
on the permafrost
8. Sounds British? I can only think of Spinal Tap, but one of them is a Brit.
9. Difficult to locate - Took me a while to find Milk and Alcohol by Dr. Feelgood, but even harder (though I see it on Gemm today), Little Soldiers by Yellow Dog. I lent my glow-in-the-dark single to Gavin Stride in Salsibury in 1979 for a production of Arturo Ui. Never saw it again.
10. Reminds of Spring - Kiss Curl by Adrain Legg. Helps that I saw this played outdoors in Quebec City on a beautiful spring-like day - even though it was summer by then.
11. Sounds like being happy - Kiss Curl.
12. Fave from compilation - also a hard-to-find, A New England by Kirsty MacColl, Diving For Pearls vol.1
13. Politically incorrect - Permafrost again.
14. Overweight singer - Headache by Frank Black, lots of Pere Ubu.
15. Like song hate artist - Handbags and Gladrags, Rod Stewart.
16. 3+ women in band. Wish there was another McGarrigle sister. Gomi Day by Shonen Knife.
17. Earliest heard - Burl Ives (Little White Duck etc.). Beatles & Leonard Cohen.
18. I've been mocked for liking Golden Earring (Golden Earache she said).
19. Good cover - maybe too well known, Love Is Strange, Everything But The Girl. More obscure, Billy Don't Be A Hero by John Otway.
20. Cheered me up - Solsbury Hill by Peter Gabriel

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