- Talking Heads
- The Cars
- Adrian Belew
- The Police
- Neutral Milk Hotel
- The Residents
- NIN / Adam Ant
- English Beat
- Juliana Hatfield
- Fun Boy Three
and also instrumentals by Peter Gabriel, Lisa Germano, and Sarah McLachlan.
1. They question how the future lies in someone's eyes
Talking Heads - The Overload (from Remain in Light)
Not one of my favorite tracks off this album, and I'm not sure I'd recognize the lyrics myself out of context.
2. Your fair-weather friends call two by two to let you know what's wrong with you
Marillion - Hooks in You (from Season's End)
From the first post-Fish Marillion album, which I picked up used for very cheap out of curiosity. This song actually has a decent (7/8) hook, but it's kinda generic rock. There's really only one bit on the entire album that I like, which is a 5/4 section of a different song.
3. You ride around in your cadmium car, you keep wishing upon a star
The Cars - Shoo Be Doo (from Candy-O)
This is a short sort-of-novelty track that kind of showed the weirder side of The Cars that they would demonstrate much more on their third and unloved album Panorama. It's quite memorable though if you listen to the CD non-shuffled, because it is the song before "Candy-O" itself, and all the songs overlap each other a little, so in my mind it's sort of just one smooth song with the final burst of "so tell me what to do, what to do, what to do" at the end of this song turning into the guitar bursts of Candy-O.
4. I got the souped up car and what you call tripping on the boom bap etymological
Soul Coughing - Rolling (from El Oso)
I picked this line in part because it's pretty obviously a Doughty sort of thing to say, and I was worried that people might not know El Oso as well as the first two albums. (llaird proved me wrong by knowing exactly the song.) Of course, I also picked this line because half the words of the song go "I'm rollin' I'm rolling' I'm rollin'".
5. I said, "cool, but I'm leaving my pants on"
Prince - The Ballad of Dorothy Parker (from Sign O The Times)
I'd only ever listened to this album once before this came up on the meme, so I personally would never have identified the lyrics, but sargent was up to the challenge. There was also an earlier line which I kind of liked more, but this line was about pants so I had to run with it.
6. Bring out the gin and the small violions: I'm a raging success as a failure
Firewater - 7th Avenue Static (from Psycopharmacology)
Again I started to pick another line, but then decided this line was very evocative of Tod A's style and might be a better hint, and as with the Soul Coughing one, dfan was able to identify the band. Actually, I think he may have identified the song but just not known the name, and in fact I wouldn't have known the name without looking either.
7. And he killed every beast and taught the seas how to bleed
Adrian Belew - Burned by the Fire We Make
One of Belew's horrible preachy songs that I really can't stand. I forget which album it's from. All of his albums seem to have one or two. I'd have known it was Adrian Belew, knowing my collection, but not which song.
8. Alas and alack you just don't call me back, you have just disappeared
Magnetic Fields - Reno, Dakota (from 69 Love Songs)
Too many of the good lines start with "Reno, Dakota" so I'd have felt weird picking one of those and leaving out those words, but in hindsight I wish I had because this really isn't my favorite line. In fact, my favorite line has probably changed from what it would have been half a year ago when I'd never seen any Fellini movies; now my favorite line is probably "Reno Dakota, I'm no Nino Rota, I don't know the score", because I'm a sucker for wordplay (a recurring theme, you'll see, if you read this whole list)
9. She is only three years old and it's a real fine way to start
Led Zeppelin - The Ocean (from Houses of the Holy)
This line is really the punchline of the song, so I hope I haven't spoiled it for you. I obviously didn't spoil it for paulobrian, since he already knew it.
10. So hurry up and materialize
Come - Off to One Side (from Eleven-Eleven)
This is a long jam song with not that many words. I particularly like this command because of the difference in style and tone of the two verbs, the same sort of contrast played up for laughs in They Might Be Giant's O Do Not Forsake Me.
11. If I could, I'd slow the whole world down — I'd bring it to its knees, I'd stop it spinning round
The Police - No Time This Time (from Outlandos d'Amour)
A perfectly acceptable song off the first Police album, but not one of their hits so you'd have to be a fan to know it. Back when I bought my first CD player in I think it was 1986, when they were still relatively new so my parents hadn't had one, I had made sure I'd saved up enough money (from my summer job during college) to not just buy the CD player, but also some CDs, and what I bought first were all five Police CDs (which I added to my existing collection of 2 CDs I'd previously bought to listen to on my college roommate's player--King Crimson's In the Court of the Crimson King and Lark's Tongue in Aspic)
12. There's no cute story that we tell together, laughing and finishing each other's sentences so charmingly
Morphine - The Way We Met (from The Night)
From the Mark-Sandman-posthumously-released (but prehumously recorded and mixed) album. Really, none of the later albums hold a candle to the first two. I picked this line as something of a gimmee if you've ever heard the song, but I guess nobody has.
13. You say she's a virgin, but I'm gonna be the first in (her fellow's gonna kill me? oh, fucking will he?)
The Who - Doctor Jimmy (from Quadrophenia)
I've only recently (in the last year) started correcting my lack of The Who knowledge. I'm not sure why they never made it onto my "classic rock must-haves" list, I guess because I never had one (I also only owned one Led Zeppelin album until recently). I became a total convert listening to "Who's Next", but I haven't listened to Quadrophenia much to become a convert to it, unlike jackbishop who recognized this line instantly.
14. Blue is a state of mind, blue makes you colorblind
Bel Canto - Rumours (from Magic Box)
Technically it should be "colourblind", but I didn't want to give anything away. llaird didn't need the Norwegian spelling to identify the song, although maybe the reason she couldn't remember the title is because it is similarly "misspelled". (Wait, they're Norwegian? Why did I think they were Icelandic?) This is from their "techno" album; I like the previous albums more, stylistically, although I can survive the techno, especially since the rest of the album features two songs (back to back!) in 7/4, and one more with a bridge in 7/4. (And also, the title track is this goofy thing sung over a music box, and it's reprised at the end, which was just too much and too... I dunno... twee? Until many years after I first heard it, I actually paid attention to the lyrics and discovered they were actually about something I hadn't expected, and decided it's actually pretty neat.)
15. And with bees in her breath and the rest of her ringing, they'll sting through her chest with a force hard and beating
Neutral Milk Hotel - A Baby For Pree (from On Avery Island)
I doubt I'd have gotten this one either, although I might have guessed the artist. I bought this album because the first track, Song Against Sex, was my favorite track on the mudmix CD I got from mamster.
16. Buy or sell or buy, buy or sell or buy
The Residents - Birthday Boy (from, uh, I forget. Duck Stab maybe?)
The lyrics online say "bye or sell or bye, bye or sell or bye", because it's a pun from the previous line, "'bye', said the birthday boy", but I think it's better spelled this way, regardless of the lyrics quiz. Maybe I should have left it the other way to help people guess it. But really, I was pretty doomed the moment it came up on the iPod.
17. Gotta find a way, a better way — I'd better wait
Nirvana - Territorial Pissings
I'd never even noticed the wordplay in this until I looked up the lyrics while trying to pick a favorite line. I guess paulobrian knew it all along.
18. I want to wine and dine you; oh, I want to twist and twist and shout
Nine Inch Nails - Physical (cover of the Adam Ant song found as a bonus track on Broken)
Here's an album I hadn't listened to in years until I bought the iPod, just because I was never motivated to put it in the player when I could put Pretty Hate Machine or Downward Spiral in instead. Oh, and I tried to prompt fourcoffees to look at it; given all the gazillion variant mixes of NIN albums he has, I assume he must have heard it.
19. The sun in your eyes made some of the lies worth believing
Alan Parsons Project - Eye in the Sky (from Eye in the Sky)
This is one of those fortunate circumstances where I have the whole album ripped, but I happened to draw one of the "hits"; I don't know if paulobrian would have gotten it otherwise. In fact, I have three Alan Parsons Project discs. I could truthfully claim that I own them because I used them to educate myself about arrangement and production of rock music, but if that was all, I probably wouldn't have ripped them to the iPod. I actually like all the Eric Woolfson-sung songs (and pretty much none of the others, except I guess "Let's Talk About Me"). Also, that same roommate in college owned the whole collection, so I had gotten familiar with it.
20. I walk around in my empty office block
The English Beat - Big Shot (from I Just Can't Stop It)
Man, you guys suck.
21. Home is where I want to be, but I guess I'm already there
Talking Heads - This Must Be The Place (from Speaking in Tongues)
I associate this song with the movie Stop Making Sense, which I drove my friends into downtown Washington D.C. to see during high school, and while circling the blocks looking for a parking space, followed the car in front of me into a right turn onto a 5-lane road that was one-way the other way. Fortunately, a short block with no traffic. Unfortunately, a police car at the intersection. This was clearly not the place I wanted to be. Still, we made the movie in time. Probably this song makes dfan think of entirely different things, but at least the line made him think of the song.
22. I don't know whether I'd rather be having a bottle of vinegar, I don't know whether I'd rather be having an egg
They Might Be Giants - Dinner Bell (from Apollo 18)
John Linnell may have been unsure, but sargent felt no uncertainty about this song.
23. Ain't there one damn song that can make me break down and cry?
David Bowie - Young American (from a best of collection)
Was this a gimmee? I don't know. jackbishop would like you to think it was a taxing challenge that made other people break down and cry, but no sir, not him.
24. Peut-être au fin de siècle vous m'aimerez
Juliana Hatfield - Fleur de Lys (from Only Everything)
Would I have gotten this? No clue. Certainly knowing my own collection, I know the amount of French to be found is limited. But I wouldn't have known the name of the song, anyway.
25. Go nuclear the cowboy told us
Fun Boy Three - The Lunatix (Have Taken Over the Asylum) (from Fun Boy Three, or maybe it's called FB3)
Philistines. This is from an album of sort-of novelty songs from three members of the Specials. It is totally wack. Awesome wack. David Byrne produced their second album (and played guitar here and there), and it's nowhere near as good this self-produced effort. Actually, I used to not like this song, I think, but I like it just fine now, even if it is a little preachy.
And the bonuses:
A. [swelling synthesizers that sound sort of like a modern Fairlight CMI; soft atmospheric mono synth lead, a few guitars, steady percussion until outro]
Peter Gabriel - Of These, Hope (from The Passion soundtrack)
B. [frantic interchanges between instruments; choppy high chords; organ + ascending bass + descending guitar riff; sax solo over swung-time break]
John Zorn / Naked City - A Shot in the Dark (from Naked City)
Guessed by dwenius; I wouldn't be surprised if that description matched half the songs on the album.
C. [waltz-time instrumental with lots of violins and muted drums]
Lisa Germano - Breathe Across Texas (from On the Way Down from the Moon Palace)
D. [piano, plucked strings, multitracked high females voices]
Sarah McLachlan - Touch (from Touch)