[personal profile] asterroc
Occurred to me that despite the many iterations of this meme, I'd never actually done it. Well, been listening to music all day while doing laundry, so I figured it was about time I did it.

Put your music on shuffle, post the first line of the first ten songs that come up. Well, I'm posting the first line of the last ten songs that I played without skipping. If the first line contains the song title, put the next line that doesn't. If it's instrumental, skip it. Everyone else comment w/ the song names and titles - don't use teh intartubes, just your memory.

10) Just a castaway, an island lost at sea, oh - "Message in a Bottle" by The Police (the particular version I was listening to was a live version by Sting), [livejournal.com profile] jrtom
9) All of my purple life I've been looking for a dame
8) ...It seems to leave this troubled world behind
7) All the fear has left me now, I'm not frightened anymore - "Fumbling Towards Ecstasy" by Sarah McLachlan, [livejournal.com profile] jrtom
6) Blue jean baby, LA lady, seamstress for the band - "Tiny Dancer" by Elton John, [livejournal.com profile] jrtom
5) The strands in your eyes that color them wonderful stop me and steal my breath - "I'll Be" by Edwin McCain, [livejournal.com profile] best_ken_ever
4) I miss you confuse you make it easy - "Satisfy" by Guitar Vader, [livejournal.com profile] oh_chris
3) I'm back on board that '49 Ford in 1956
2) I've seen your face somewhere before I swear
1) Traveling in a fried-out combie - "Down Under" by Men at Work (punk cover by ???), [livejournal.com profile] best_ken_ever

Date: 2008-11-04 09:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jrtom.livejournal.com
(10) "Message in A Bottle", Police
(7) "Fear", Sarah McLachlan
(6) "Tiny Dancer", Elton John

(I don't even recognize any of the rest, much less remember the title/artist.)

Good stuff. :)

Date: 2008-11-04 09:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zandperl.livejournal.com
7) Right artist, wrong song. The one you guessed starts "Morning smiles like the face of a newborn child".

10 and 6 are right.

And heh, you and [livejournal.com profile] marquiswildbill had nearly identical comments. :)
Edited Date: 2008-11-04 10:04 pm (UTC)

Date: 2008-11-04 10:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jrtom.livejournal.com
Oh, right, of course. *ahem* I mean "Fumbling Towards Ecstasy".

Now that (1) has been identified, I recognize it and can hear it in my head, although I'd never known exactly what that line was. :)

Date: 2008-11-04 10:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zandperl.livejournal.com
7) I had the name wrong for years myself, and I double-checked online before I replied to you to make sure I wasn't wrong again now.

1) I double-checked that one three places too, b/c I couldn't for the life of me make out the words, and what the heck does "combie" mean anyways?

Date: 2008-11-04 10:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jrtom.livejournal.com
Well, there _is_ another song called "Fear" on the album _Fumbling Towards Ecstasy_--that's how I got confused in the first place.

I can probably recite most, if not all, of "Fear"'s lyrics from memory, so the mistake is particularly embarrassing. (It is a song that has particular resonance for me, as it was relevant to my emotional state when I first heard it.)

Anyway. Back to work... :)

Date: 2008-11-04 09:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] best-ken-ever.livejournal.com
1) "Down Under" - Men at Work
5) "I'll Be" - Edwin McCain (wow, I didn't notice the name similarity to the Senator until now. I also can't find in preliminary Google searches if they actually are related. I'd look more, but I don't want anyone else to beat me!)

Yay, I love these.

Date: 2008-11-04 10:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zandperl.livejournal.com
1) The version I had was a punk cover with the band unnamed. Google gave me a likely name of the band, but I don't suppose you'd be able to confirm it independently?

5) Hm, this appears to be the problem with the Napster era in the late 1990's - early 2000's. The version I have is labeled as being by the Goo Goo Dolls, however it is now clear to me (through very minimal searching) that you are correct and the label was wrong.

Date: 2008-11-04 09:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marquiswildbill.livejournal.com
6. Tiny Dancer, Elton John
10. Message in a Bottle, The Police
Usually I at least recognize more songs.

Date: 2008-11-04 09:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zandperl.livejournal.com
Both right, but [livejournal.com profile] jrtom got them first.

Part of why I decided to post this is I realized while it was on shuffle today that I had a nice assortment of genres. No metal, techno, bagpipe, or local bands popped up in these ten, but Louis Armstrong was soon after.

I expect #3 will be the last to be guessed.

Date: 2008-11-04 10:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marquiswildbill.livejournal.com
I didn't look at the other comment, but I'm not surprised someone else got them. They seem to be the easy ones. It took me a second to remember Tiny Dancer. I had to go through the lyrics in my head until I got to hte chorus. I'm so bad with the names of songs and bands, but I remember lyrics really well for some reason.

Date: 2008-11-04 10:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zandperl.livejournal.com
The other comment was nearly identical to yours, including the commentary about usually knowing more. :)

Ditto here on remembering lyrics - for me I think it comes from my choral background. I can learn lyrics to a new pop song in three repetitions if I'm really trying, and I'll have the tune as fast as I hear it. I started on Rock Band 2 the other day, and was amused to find that all the 80's rock songs that I've never heard, I can do the vocals 90% on the first try on Hard.

Date: 2008-11-04 10:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marquiswildbill.livejournal.com
I saw, they really were close.
I don't know where my memory for lyrics comes from, I like to sing but I'm not very good at it. I had perfectly flat pitch as a kid but I never did chorus or anything to train it away, and high frequency/high intensity sounds have changed my hearing pattern over the years to where I know I'm just off key now. I can still sing by myself in the car. T is getting big enough to notice when I sing off key. It's cute when she tells me to stop.

Date: 2008-11-04 10:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zandperl.livejournal.com
In college I took a 10-person voice lessons class. One student (who unfortunately IMO dropped out of the course) had no sense of pitch at all - I mean some people in the class sung off key, but she couldn't tell the difference between higher and lower pitches. She sang even "Happy Birthday" on a single note.

I say it's unfortunate that she dropped out, b/c I was really curious how the instructor was going to go about helping her, and if it was even possible. I mean, is being perfectly tone-deaf like that something that can be trained out, or is it like being colorblind and it's inherent and biological?

Date: 2008-11-04 10:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marquiswildbill.livejournal.com
That is an interesting question. I'll put it in my list of things to look up when bored. I've never heard of someone being that tone deaf before either.
Basically the only time I sing in public is sing-along type things or occasionally karaoke if people manage to "convince" me to sing.

Date: 2008-11-04 10:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oh-chris.livejournal.com
is four possibly guitar vader's "satisfy", or at least one interpretation thereof?

Date: 2008-11-04 10:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zandperl.livejournal.com
Yep! At least that's what it says in the file info - you may note from my comments above that some of them are actually wrong, since I got a lot of my music in the era of home-ripping and sharing of CDs.

Date: 2008-11-04 11:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jrtom.livejournal.com
I find it hilarious that this page exists and is publicly available (that I ran into after looking up some of the lyrics that I didn't recognize): http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/infrastructure/lyrics3.htm

Note the organization. :) Your Tax Dollars At Work. (Although in truth I consider this a more or less harmless minor matter.)

Date: 2008-11-04 11:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zandperl.livejournal.com
Heh. We all do some interesting things while on the clock.

Date: 2008-11-05 12:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] demigoth.livejournal.com
Ok totally off topic but now I have to ask where your icon is from because I recognized it on someone's pumpkin:


Date: 2008-11-05 12:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zandperl.livejournal.com
"Stubbs the Zombie", a first person zombie game, where you play the zombie. It's set in the 1950's and you are trying to find your love who you were separated from, you can possess or infect normal people, and federal agents disguise themselves as a barbershop quartet. It's awesome.

I photoshopped the "ARRR" on because at a concert of Jonathan Coulton, he performed the song "Re: Your Brains" (an interoffice memo from a zombie to his coworkers, set to an upbeat rock tune), and asked the audience to participate as the zombies in the chorus. Our "Braaaaaaains" came out more like a pirate "Arrrrr!" somehow, and it just stuck in my head. So I use this icon for music stuff, and of course zombie stuff too.


Date: 2008-11-05 12:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] demigoth.livejournal.com
That I have never heard of this game must be some sort of quantum anomaly. Sounds like I need to find myself a copy!

Re: !!

Date: 2008-11-05 01:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zandperl.livejournal.com
It doesn't have any of the dizzying effects of most FPSs either. It's MUCH easier two-player, btw. And the soundtrack during the game is all cute zombie barbershop songs. Unfortunately the soundtrack you can actually *buy* is instead remakes of 50's songs, but it's still decent.

Did I mention there's a "boss fight" where you have to piss into a reservoir while avoiding getting shot at?

Re: !!

Date: 2008-11-05 02:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] demigoth.livejournal.com
Oh so it's like a typical Friday night for some people I know. :) But now I can see what all the fuss is about without the risk of arrest, awesome!

Re: !!

Date: 2008-11-05 03:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zandperl.livejournal.com
And doing it like a "pointer" instead of a "setter" too! :-P



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