My First Listology Lyric Quiz

  • 1. "Cars rush by like falling elevators."
  • 2. "He thought that maybe they'd listen to a puppet telling them what to do." - The Young New Mexican Puppeteer, Tom Jones, guessed by jgandcag
  • 3. "You can't see California without Marlon Brando's eyes."
  • 4. "Lava come down soft and hot."
  • 5. "Ninety miles an hour, girl, is the speed I drive." - Crosstown Traffic by Jimi Hendrix, guessed by BuckGS71
  • 6. "Do you suffer from long-term memory loss?", Amnesia by Chumbawamba, guessed by AAA
  • 7. "I was smoking with the boys upstairs when I heard about the whole affair."
  • 8. "They are not stars, we are not human."
  • 9. "I've got witnesses to what the government denies."
  • 10. "Everybody's got a little light under the sun."
  • 11. "Whatever happens next is all a blur, but you remember fist can be a verb."
  • 12. "You can throw it out in the rain, you can whip it like a dog, you can chop it down like an old dead tree."
  • 13. "He just smiled and gave me a Vegemite sandwich." - Down Under by Men at Work, guessed by jim
  • 14. "Me and my girl, we got this relationship.", Doin' Time by Sublime, guessed by AAA
  • 15. "...parked across the street laughing, watching it burn, all Halloween orange and chimney red."
  • 16. "Hanging out the window - with my Magnum, taking out some putos."
  • 17. "The teacher knew I had the funk." - Hyperactive by Thomas Dolby, guessed by BuckGS71
  • 18. "I want a doctor to take your picture, so I can look at you from inside as well." - Turning Japanese by The Vapors, guessed by AAA
  • 19. "Shadows fall, I pass a small cafe where we would dance at night."
  • 20. "My cassette's just like a bazooka."
  • 21. "I taste your face, your love is mine."
  • 22. "I'm 26, and you're 80."
  • 23. "A demolition style Hell American freak."
  • Bonus Question: Name a popular song written in 7/4 time. Numerous examples by lbangs (see below).
Author Comments: 

Having been (finally, after browsing the content here for ages) sucked into replying to a Listology post by jenhowel's excellent lyric quiz, I decided to try one of my own. All of the above are from CD's on my desk at work today. There's quite a stack of them, and it's nothing if not an eclectic selection.

Note that not all of these songs have gotten a lot of radio play, but the albums are still in relatively wide circulation - they just happen to be songs that I like.

First prize is an email from me telling you how COOL you are.

NEW HINT: 17-22 are all from the 80's.

I am really really bad at these lyrics quizzes, but I know one: 13 is "Down Under" by Men at Work. Or was it Men Without Hats? Same era, similar name, I confuse them now.

I always like it when a long-time reader comes out of the closet, so to speak. Welcome to active participation!

Thanks, Jim. And yes, it's Men at Work. Or Men Without Heads. Or something.

- B

Bonus Question - Can and Smashing Pumpkins love using 7/4 time, but DJ Shadow has to take the cake. (Actually, I believe Cake has used that time as well.)

Nine Inch Nails - March of the Pigs

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Whew! And most folks have to struggle for even one example. (And when they get it, it's usually "The Munificent Seven" by Sting, and then they usually can't remember the title, just something about seven brothers.)

Anyway, your name goes up.

- B

Why, though, do I have the sneaking feeling that you're thinking of Pink Floyd's Money?

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Good call! But I'll take anything. It was an open-ended question.

From these lyric snippets, I'm guessing you are either somewhere between 28 - 38.

How'd I do? :)

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Damn! You're good. 29.

I should have salted it with some Count Basie or John Tesh or something, to throw you off the track.

- B

Believe it or not, I almost went out on a limb and guessed 28-30.

It takes one to know one...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I cant resist answering #2 The Young New Mexican Puppeteer by Tom Jones. Man that song is so infectious and so bad at the same time.

Indeed. It's like musical herpes - you will never be rid of it, no matter how badly you'd like to be.

- B

18. is "Turning Japanese" by The Vapors
6. is "Amnesia" by Chumbawumba
14. is "Doin' Time" by Sublime

Yes! You are credited.

17 is "Hyperactive!" by Thomas Dolby
19 is "Always Something There To Remind Me" by one of those one-hit wonder bands that so infested the 80's musical landscape; actually, I can't remember the name of the band
5 is "Crosstown Traffic" by Jimi Hendrix - how did y'all miss this one???

Correct on all three, but I'll need the artist before you're credited for 19. (Good catch, though.)

- B

Oh, you're no fun!

Okay, the artist in question is Naked Eyes. I thought it was the Fixx or Flock of Seaguls or someone like that.

Now, do I get my prize???

10. Parliament - "Flashlight"

The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul by XTC is in 7/4, I think

7. "I was smoking with the boys upstairs when I heard about the whole affair."

My Old School - Steely Dan

16. "Hanging out the window - with my Magnum, taking out some putos."

How I Could Just Kill a Man - Cypress Hill

20. "My cassette's just like a bazooka."

Not positive but I believe it's C30 C60 C90 Go by Bow Wow Wow