Saturday, June 21, 2008
So who won the contest? Update: Now with Entertaining Video Links!
Update: I've now added some rich video goodness to this post. Especially note the cool 3-wheel car in the Radar Love video and the pretty racy (for 1966) Nancy Sinatra!
Glad that you asked. As you'll recall, I posted a quiz on Tuesday with 15 random song lyrics. I will get to the results anon, but first, let's revisit the quiz and provide the answers.
1. But something is happening, and you don't know what it is. Do you, Mr. Jones?
Some of you did know what was happening. The answer is "Ballad of a Thin Man," from Bob Dylan's classic 1965 album Highway 61 Revisited. I am inclined to give Night Writer credit for suggesting "Me and Mrs. Jones," since clearly Mr. Jones had no idea what Billy Paul and the missus were doing every day, at that same cafe.
2. So I took a big chance at the high school dance with a missy who was ready to play.
This one was pretty easy and everyone who played got it right. It was "Walk This Way," by Aerosmith. I am fond of the Run-DMC version, too.
3. It's a teenage wasteland.
Indeed, it is a teenage wasteland. But the name of the song is "Baba O'Riley," and the band is The Who. From their great 1971 release, Who's Next.
4. Got to have a Jones for this, a Jones for that, but this runnin' with the Joneses boy, just ain't where it's at.
Hey boy, you'd better bring the chick around, to the sad, sad, truth, the dirty "Lowdown." So sang Boz Scaggs back in 1976.
5. Some people call me Maurice.
Others call him Steve Miller, though, even when he speaks of the pompatous (pompitous?) of love, as he and the Steve Miller Band perform "The Joker." Not suprisingly, everyone got this one right.
6. Dig if you will a picture, of you and I engaged in a kiss.
Can you picture this? Everyone did. It's "When Doves Cry," from our local hero Prince.
7. Good heavens, Miss Yakamoto, you're beautiful.
This was a tough one. It's not so much a lyric as an aside, but it's in the song. And the song is "She Blinded Me with Science," by the mostly-forgotten Thomas Dolby.
8. That's 1 for you, 19 for me.
Given that this is a generally conservative blog, there was no way that anyone would miss "Taxman," by the Beatles. And no one did. Declare the pennies on your eyes.
9. I've been driving all night, my hand's wet on the wheel.
No more speed, I'm almost there. This was also an easy one - "Radar Love," by Golden Earring.
10. L.A. is a great big freeway, put a hundred down and buy a car.
It may not have been fair to the younger readers of this feature to include this one, but hell, I'm old. And back in 1968 or so, Dionne Warwick asked the musical question "Do You Know the Way to San Jose." This song is so old that Silicon Valley was pretty much confined to Hewlett and Packard's garage when it came out.
11. If you want to find all the cops, they're hanging out in the donut shops.
My kids asked for this one. It's from a band that's made two "Guilty Pleasures" appearances, and yes, I think of them as a guilty pleasure. It's that late 1986 novelty, "Walk Like an Egyptian," from the Bangles. Thing is, most everyone got this one. Not sure what the means, but it must mean something.
12. So much rhythm grace and debonair for one man? Lord.
The Night Writer insists that this line is about him. I'm not about to argue. But the line itself comes from the eternal boogie down classic "The Rubberband Man," from the Spinners.
13. Kids if you want some fun, Mr. LaPage is your man.
Okay, this was the tough one. Most of the songs on this list were singles. This one wasn't. But it's from my favorite 70s cynics, Steely Dan. And it's "Everyone's Gone to the Movies." While no one knew the name of the song, give mad props to Rich and Strolling Amok for identifying the band. That's a hint.
14. You've been lyin', when you should have been truthin'.
The correct answer is, of course, "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'," by Nancy Sinatra. The best answer was from the Night Writer, who suggested it was an excerpt from a Ron Paul speech. I read that in my cube during my lunch hour and started laughing out loud. I'm quite fortunate that no one hauled me away....
15. I need a photo opportunity, I need a shot of redemption.
That's Paul Simon with "You Can Call Me Al," from his 1986 album Graceland.
Tie breaker: Singer Paul Carrack has hit the Billboard charts with more than one band. Name the bands he has fronted and at least one single from each.
This was a tough one and no one got all three, but several of you got two of them. Paul Carrack first hit the charts in 1975 with the band Ace and the song was "How Long." He returned in 1981 at the helm of Squeeze with "Tempted," a song that's probably more popular now than it was back in 1981. Later on in the decade, he hit the charts several times with Mike + the Mechanics.
So who won? It was close, but our favorite portside commenter RICH is the winner, with Strolling Amok and Night Writer right on his heels. I'll be in the Chicago area in August, Rich, and I'll see if I can hook you up with a fabulous prize when I get there. Thanks to all who played - hope you had fun.