Saturday 2 September 2006

clever rhymes, see you later....

Right. We're all done. Good work everyone!


Everyone loves a good music quiz, and I just discovered this one over on No geek is an island (via Cat).

Shall we give it a go?

Here’s how it works: I’ve set my iTunes to shuffle and written down the opening lines of the first 25 tracks to come up, excluding songs where the title is in the opening line and limiting entries to one per artist (except when a cover version comes up). All you have to do is pop into the comments and tell me the name of the song and who recorded it, and I'll keep a running tally of who's got what as we go along.


1. “You fell down of course, and then you got up of courseThe Same Boy You've Always Known - The White Stripes. Good call by Lazygal

2. “Last of the men in hats hops off the coilSwitching Off - Elbow as identified by android-fancier (who I'm delighted has resurfaced!)

3. “Hey kids, shake it loose together” (this is actually a slightly bizarre cover, but I'll accept the original artist too). The next line is "The spotlight's been hitting something that's been known to change the weather". Bennie & The Jets - Elton John as identified by Cody Bones. The version that came up on my iPod was by the Beastie Boys, of all people.

4. “Some of the things a cowboy does to make you howl out at the moon and blushBrainchild - The Auteurs as picked out by android-fancier. That Luke Haines knows his way around a lyric, eh?

5. “So he’s lying on top againGepetto - Belly as identified by (the now blogless) bytheseashore

6. “Jessie is a friend, yeahJessie's Girl - Rick Springfield as identified by Cody Bones. Yeah, to be honest I have no recollection of adding this song to my iPod. I have the whole album, apparently. I may need to look into that.

7. “Desmond has a barrow in the marketplaceob-la-di, ob-la-da - the Beatles, as identified by Cat

8. “Tonight there’s no denying, no there’s no denyingLord B's correctly picked it as Ash, but what song? Ok, it's There's A Star, as picked out by Cat.

9. “Anybody seen a knight pass this way?The Seventh Seal - Scott Walker as picked out by Cody Bones. Damn, I love this song.

10. “If you close the door, the night could last foreverAfter Hours - The Velvet Underground as identified by Mark

11. “There’s a place in the sun for anyone who has the will to chase oneLet Me Kiss You - Nancy Sinatra (from the Morrissey original, of course) as identified by Tina

12. “Don’t you think it’s funny that nothing’s what it seems when you’re not looking forwardSize of a Cow - Wonderstuff as identified by Cat

13. “Give it up, give it up. I just can’t get enough” The next line to this is the chorus, but the one after that is "Here I am with my desire, feel it burning just for you". The first bit is all whispered. The next line is "my oh my, this love divine is taking me to somewhere new" Well done, well done. More, More, More - Kylie Minogue as identified by Sarah

14. “Why do you come here?Suedehead - Morrissey as identified by Cat

15. “I got a crib full of corn and a turnin’ plow” It smacks of Johnny Cash because it *is* Johnny Cash. Country Trash, to be precise... an excellent educated guess by android-fancier

16. “I don’t want to hurt you” this one's quite tough. The next line is "No reason have I but fear" It Could Be Sweet - Portishead, an excellent spot by bedshaped.

17. “Some people might say my life is in a rutGoing Underground - The Jam as identified by Will

18. “Another turning point, a fork stuck in the roadGood Riddance (time of your life) - Green Day as identified by Cody Bones

19. “I want to trip inside your head” and next "spend the day there.... to hear the things you haven't said and see what you might see". They're a touch pompous if you ask me, but lots of people like'em. Miracle Drug - U2 as spotted by bedshaped.

20. '"So we meet again!" and I offer my hand'. Next line is "All dry and English slow, and you look at me and I understand" Cut Here - The Cure as spotted by android-fancier

21. “I decree today that life is simply taking and not giving" Still Ill - The Smiths as identified by Cat. That's a great opening line, isn't it?

22. “I found a switch, turned it onLove It When You Call - The Feeling as identified by Lord Bargain

23. “With the money from her accident she bought herself a mobile home" Levi Stubb's Tears - Billy Bragg as identified by theboywil. Could that line be any more Billy Bragg if it tried? Perhaps if it mentioned the Unions....

24. “As logic stands you couldn’t meet a man who’s from the futureAll We Have Is Now - The Flaming Lips as picked by android-fancier

25. “From Northernden to Partington it's rainManchester - The Beautiful South as inevitably picked out by Mancunian Lord B

No googling now. It's just for fun....


  1. Funny, I thought you'd like this one! I'll take 7 - Oh bla di by The Beatles and 14 - Suedehead by Morrissey. The rest I'd need to think about, but too much gin last night means my brain's yet to commence functioning.

  2. Thanks for the link. 17 is "Going Underground" by The Jam.

  3. God, I'm a nerd. 12 is Size of a Cow by the Wonderstuff. Which I'm now "earworming", so thanks for that.

  4. 21. Still Ill, The Smiths. I must get out more.

  5. 11 - Nancy Sinatra - Let me kiss you (original Morrisey)

  6. 6. Jessie's Girl- Rick Springfield (Dr. Noah Drake from General Hospital)
    I don't know who's more embarrased, You for having the song, or me for remembering it. :)

  7. 18. Good Riddance (Time of your life) - Green Day

  8. 10 is "Afterhours" by The Velvet Underground. Or REM.

  9. #1 - White Stripes: The Same Boy You've Always Known.

    Just heard that one on a blaring stereo!

  10. 9-The seventh seal by Scott Walker, defineately one of my more obscure mp3's. Nicely done Swiss.

  11. can I go for 25 being "Manchester" by the Beautiful South?



  12. and 22 isn't the genius "Love It When You Call" by the Feeling, is it?

    I think it might be...

  13. and at the risk of sounding like a music know-all (or, ST and I share some of the same music taste), I think 8 might be Ash - that one about "stars in the night sky...."

  14. 23. Levi Stubb's Tears - Billy Bragg

  15. 2 - Switching Off by Elbow.
    4 - Brainchild by The Auteurs
    15 - smacks of Johnny Cash - Country Trash?
    24 - All We Have Is Now by the Flaming Lips.

    No idea whaet the rest are.

  16. Is the Ash one "There's a Star"?

  17. OMG - number 20 is Cut Here by The Cure!!! Can't believe I didn't notice that!

    *loves The Cure*

  18. #3 The next line gave it away. Bennie and the Jets by Elton John

  19. 19 is a track from the latest crap offering by U2. Miracle drug.

    16 would be Portishead "It could be sweet".
    Rumour spills that we may even see a new album by them by the end of year. What's it been....7 years? Pffff.

    Size 'medium' please!

  20. ooooo - number 13's on my iPod too (and I feel no sense of guilt about it at all!) - a potential Glastonbury headliner next year.....

    Please welcome Ms Kylie Minogue and "More, more, more".

    Sorry I missed the rest of the quiz but I've been away you know.

  21. Blimey that went by quick! Didn't even get a chance to have a go. Boo hiss. *sulks in corner*