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Half-inched from Louisa ([livejournal.com profile] shapesofbirds). We've done this one before but it's fun, I think.

Step 1. Put your playlist on random.
Step 2. Post the lyrics from the first 20 songs
Step 3. Strike out the songs when someone guesses correctly.

You are all on your honour not to Google! I confess to not knowing any of Louisa's but mine are a characteristically motley assortment. I have omitted instrumentals, of course, and snatches of opera. One of them I have in two versions with a subtle difference in then first line - I want the actual performer in this case.

Here we go:

  1. I'm feeling rather sorry for a man I know
  2. Well she's my woman of gold and she's not very old
  3. Virgil Kane is my name and I drove on the Danville train
  4. You could say I lost my faith in science and progress
  5. I'm not one to look behind, I know that times must change
  6. You're the kind of person you meet at certain dismal dull affairs
  7. Feel free to comprehend what I see will never end
  8. I hear the seven deadly sins and the terrible twins came to call on you
  9. Asked my girl what she wanted to be
  10. Well I wish I was a catfish swimming in a deep blue sea
  11. What did I do wrong? Oh you nearly drove me cuckoo
  12. The language of love slips from my lover's tongue
  13. All God's children need travelling shoes
  14. When your mother sends back all your invitations
  15. I'm so glad, I'm so glad, I'm glad, I'm glad, I'm glad
  16. Mary's on the black top
  17. My lovely woman child, I found you out running wild with someone new
  18. Dying flame, you're free again
  19. I found my own true love once
  20. Declare this an emergency
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To those who have taken up the challenge - I'm working on it, busily and enthusiastically. To anybody else, it's not too late!
(Tom, chuck, you know my likes and prejudices by now, you're not exempt!)
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Suggest an album you don't think I have that you think I would enjoy.

There - that was easy, wasn't it!
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The task for today is to be open to persuasion of the merits of Edward Elgar as a serious composer.

I have been wont to dismiss him as a third division purveyor of jingoistic bombast, unfit to turn the pages for contemporaries like Debussy, Puccini, Richard Strauss and Sibelius. Listening to last night's First Night of the Proms I groaned inwardly at the Cello Concerto, which seems to me rather a tired cliche. But you may be able to convince me otherwise. Are you up to the challenge?
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Regular readers of this journal will know that one of my favourite blogs is Popular at Freakytrigger in which Tom Ewing - aka [livejournal.com profile] freakytigger - is undertaking the mammoth task of reviewing all the number one hits since the inception of the British charts and marking them out of ten. We've reached 1971 now, and just about to record the 300th out of 1000+, so there's a way to go yet. Tom has a good crowd of camp followers to make the journey an enjoyable one although I'm not sure I'll be going through to the terminus.

I find I agree pretty well on Tom's assessments (and his commentary is far more astute than mine could ever be) although there have been points where I disagreed quite strongly. And I think he has been a tad unkind to the 1960s which were, surely, the Golden Age of pop - especially around 196-67. But perhaps that's because it coincided with my own pop years before I got into headier stuff. Until this week, Tom had only awarded 10 on three occasions: to Nancy Sinatra's These Boots Are Made For Walking (which made me raise an eyebrow but it did make me listen to it properly and Lee Hazlewood's arrangement is something special); to the Beatles for Eleanor Rigby/Yellow Submarine, and to Desmond Dekker's Israelites. I'd concur heartily with the latter two. Personally I'd also have regarded as a shoo-in for a 10 the Animals' House Of The Rising Sun from 1964 (which Tom only gave 6 - shame on him!), the Beach Boys' Good Vibrations (1966), and Marvin Gaye's I Heard It Through The Grapevine.

This week Tom awarded his fourth 10 to T Rex and Hot Love, and all at once I saw I was being left behind. Bolan, the traitor, the psychedelic star of Tyrannosaurus Rex, selling out to the demons of commerce! (It's a good song though, and T Rex, IMHO, didn't get better). He who was Fair was now content to wear Stars on his Brow! Something else also hit me. It seems that for many of a generation after mine, pop didn't begin with The Beatles, who were an archaeological curiosity, but with T Rex, while I was wrapping myself in the world of the now-despised progressive music!

You live and learn...
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The lovely [livejournal.com profile] thermalsatsuma has sent me a CD mix which he has dubbed Spine Tinglers.

I'll post a review in due course. I like what I've heard so far!
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I have my mystery CD already. It came from Spain, too, and its not a mystery because I know it comes from [livejournal.com profile] sirannon. Thank you sirannon!

Mine was sent anonymously. I guess I may have got the idea wrong.

The tracks are:

  1. The Who: Baba O'Reilly
  2. The Smashing Pumpkins: Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
  3. Jayhawks: I'm Gonna Make You Love Me
  4. Blind Guardian: The Bard's Song
  5. Anathema: A Natural Disaster
  6. Blackmore's Night: Now and Then
  7. Enya: Om Namo Bhagavate
  8. Sam Phillips: Don't Know How To Say Goodbye
  9. Nightwish: Dead Boy's Poem
  10. Kyo: Le Chemin
  11. Rage: Days of December
  12. Apocalypta: Faraway

    I'm familiar with the first track but not, I think, any of the others. I have to say that I'm no great fan of Enya (to say the least)., but I'll give her a go.
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As my contribution to [livejournal.com profile] yokospungeon's Mystery CD Shuffle, I have a CD stuffed with twelve delectable selections form my collection, for the enjoyment (I hope) of somebody as yet unknown.

The selection is, I hope, of more offbeat pieces. There's a distinct bias towards Blues. I do hope that the recipient will discover something previously unexplored that she or he will learn to love.

I really get a kick out of this kind of exercise!

Music meme

Apr. 12th, 2006 04:47 pm
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From [livejournal.com profile] _menthapiperita

"Choose 20 songs from your playlist (set it to random) and list the first line of each. Have people comment and guess what the songs are (no cheating!)."

(actually in the interests of an interesting selection mine aren't altogether random but they are in my playlist)

  1. Your multilingual business friend has packed her bags and fled
  2. Licorice tattoo turned a gunmetal blue scrawled across the shoulders
  3. Arseholes, bastards, f*cking c*nts and pr*cks
  4. A shadow crossed the blue Miami sky
  5. Across the evening sky all the birds are leaving
  6. I learned the truth at seventeen that love was meant for beauty queens
  7. I lit a thin green candle to make you jealous of me
  8. On a dilemma between what I need and what I just want
  9. Here she comes, you'd better watch your step
  10. Well I just got into town about an hour ago
  11. I can hardly bear the sight of lipstick on the cigarettes there in the ashtray
  12. I need someone's hand to lead me through the night
  13. The waves are pounding on the sand tonight, I want to take your hand and make it feel so right
  14. What the hell is wrong with you tonight? I can't seem to say or do the right thing
  15. Gonna build myself a castle high up in the clouds
  16. Let me put my arm around your head. Gee it's hot, let's go to bed.
  17. Looking out on the morning rain I used to feel so uninspired
  18. You've got a lot of nerve to say you are my friend.
  19. Where did your long hair go?
  20. One pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small
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Once in a while (but not all that often) you hear something new that is so amazing you just have to have more of it. As a devotee of Late Junction on BBC Radio 3 I hear lots of astonishing things (if you don't know about Late Junction, a music programme broadcast at 10pm on Monday to Thursday in which anything can happen and usually does, then I wholeheartedly recommend that you listen to one or more of the broadcasts available on the website.)

Not many have been quite as astonishing as my introduction to Béla Fleck, who I heard on Late Junction a couple of weeks ago and just had to get Amazon UK to import one of their CDs for me (they seem to have a stock of them now.) It arrived this morning, and I'm only now getting proper chance to listen to it. It's kind of fabbo!

How to describe it? Well, it's jazz, Jim, but not jazz as we know it. The man plays banjo for heaven's sake - who ever heard of jazz banjo? So it's also bluegrass, but bluegrass wrenched out of the Appalachians inot the wider world. And it's a whole load of other things too, including a bit of throat music, and it all merges together seamlessly into something quite wonderful.

It's such discoveries when you thought you'd heard it all before that make life worth living.
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With that kind of sublime irony you couldn't make up, a package arrived this morning from [livejournal.com profile] laura0141, containing a CD of Chet Baker's My Funny Valentine.

Oh Laura, how did you know? The smoky voice, the silky trumpet, the 1950s hunkiness!

And on this my first full BCUK-less day I can't thank Laura in the proper place. So I'll do it here. Thank you Laura - *hug*. And any of you who are still listening may like to relay this to the Other Place.
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I don't envy Tom ([livejournal.com profile] freakytigger) and the mammoth task he's set himself of documenting every one of the UK's 1000+ Number One hits in his idiosyncratic, and very elegant, way. So I'm not surprised he took a break during 2005, although I love the project and I miss his insights into the music I loved (and loathed) in my youth.

It was great to see him back in action yesterday. He must have been looking forward to it because he's plunged in again at the height of 1966, probably the last and greatest year of the singles market. After that came The Doors and The Velvet Underground and Frank Zappa, none of whom seriously expected to have a hit single. (I have a feeling I've said all this before, now I think about it).

How wonderful to read Tom on one of my favourites of the time, Chris Farlowe's Out Of Time yesterday. And today he's given only his second 10 - and why aren't I surprised that it goes to The Beatles and Eleanor Rigby/Yellow Submarine? No single was ever more pivotal in the history of popular music. Both sides come from the the Revolver album after all.
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