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May 19th, 2020 at 3:43:43 PM permalink
And now, in the category 70's Pop, name that song...

Young and beautiful
But someday your looks will be gone
When the others turn you off
Who'll be turning you on?
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May 19th, 2020 at 6:36:38 PM permalink
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And now, in the category 70's Pop, name that song...

Young and beautiful
But someday your looks will be gone
When the others turn you off
Who'll be turning you on?

Love Will Keep Us Together by Captain & Tennille.
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May 20th, 2020 at 10:13:06 AM permalink
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I was at the stadium
There were twenty thousand girls called their names out to me
Marie and ruth but to tell you the truth
I didn't hear them I didn't see
I let my eyes rise to the big tower clock
And I heard those bells chimin' in my heart
Going ding dong ding dong ding dong ding dong.
Ding dong ding dong ding dong ding dong
Counting the time, then you came to my room
And you whispered to me and we took the big plunge
And oh. you were so good, oh, you were so fine
And I gotta tell the world that I make her mine make her mine
Make her mine make her mine make her mine make her mine



Nobody is going to even guess at it, so,

Patti Smith, “Gloria (in excelsis deo)”
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May 20th, 2020 at 10:14:23 AM permalink
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Ride in a Stutz Bearcat, Jim
You know, those were different times
Oh, all the poets, they studied rules of verse
And those ladies, they rolled their eyes



Same thing:

This is “Sweet Jane”, by The Velvet Underground/Lou Reed, also covered by Mott the Hoople and The Cowboy Junkies, among others.
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May 20th, 2020 at 8:43:01 PM permalink
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Love Will Keep Us Together by Captain & Tennille.



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Written by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield, "Love Will Keep Us Together" first appeared on Sedaka's 1973 studio album The Tra-La Days Are Over which did not have a US release. The Captain & Tennille version was released in 1975 and ended up spending 4 on top of the Billboard charts. Love really did keep Daryl Dragon and Toni Tennille together, at least until they divorced in 2014 after 39 years.


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And now, in the category, Euro Disco, name that song...

You can dance, you can jive
Having the time of your life
Ooh, see that girl, watch that scene
Have you tried 22 tonight? I said 22.
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May 20th, 2020 at 8:55:16 PM permalink
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And now, in the category, Euro Disco, name that song...

You can dance, you can jive
Having the time of your life
Ooh, see that girl, watch that scene

Dancing Queen

ABBA
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May 21st, 2020 at 7:56:07 AM permalink
Old man down
Way down, down, down by the docks of the city
Blind and dirty
Asked me for a dime, a dime for a cup of coffee
I got no dime but I got some time to hear his story
My name is August West, and I love my Pearly Baker best more than my wine
More than my wine
More than my maker, though he's no friend of mine
Everyone said
I'd come to no good, I knew I would Pearly, believe them
Half of my life
I spent doin' time for some other fucker's crime
The other half found me stumbling 'round drunk on Burgundy wine
But I'll get back on my feet again someday
The good Lord willin'
If He says I may
I know that the life I'm livin's no good
I'll get a new start, live the life I should
I'll get up and fly away,
I'll get up and fly away, fly away
Pearly's been true
True to me, true to my dyin' day he said
I said to him
I said to him, "I'm sure she's been"
I said to him, "I'm sure she's been true to you"
I got up and wandered
Wandered downtown, nowhere to go but just hang around
I've got a girl
Named Bonnie Lee, I know that girl's been true to me
I know she's been, I'm sure she's been true to me
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May 21st, 2020 at 6:52:24 PM permalink
Quote: Doc

Quote: Gialmere



And now, in the category, Euro Disco, name that song...

You can dance, you can jive
Having the time of your life
Ooh, see that girl, watch that scene

Dancing Queen

ABBA


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A worldwide hit that topped the charts in more than a dozen countries, "Dancing Queen" would become ABBA's most recognized song. It sold over 3 million copies and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2015.


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Old man down
Way down, down, down by the docks of the city
Blind and dirty
Asked me for a dime, a dime for a cup of coffee
I got no dime but I got some time to hear his story
My name is August West, and I love my Pearly Baker best more than my wine
More than my wine
More than my maker, though he's no friend of mine
Everyone said
I'd come to no good, I knew I would Pearly, believe them
Half of my life
I spent doin' time for some other fucker's crime
The other half found me stumbling 'round drunk on Burgundy wine
But I'll get back on my feet again someday
The good Lord willin'
If He says I may
I know that the life I'm livin's no good
I'll get a new start, live the life I should
I'll get up and fly away,
I'll get up and fly away, fly away
Pearly's been true
True to me, true to my dyin' day he said
I said to him
I said to him, "I'm sure she's been"
I said to him, "I'm sure she's been true to you"
I got up and wandered
Wandered downtown, nowhere to go but just hang around
I've got a girl
Named Bonnie Lee, I know that girl's been true to me
I know she's been, I'm sure she's been true to me

Have you tried 22 tonight? I said 22.
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May 22nd, 2020 at 8:51:42 PM permalink
And now, in the category Broadway Classics, name that song...

We know we belong to the land
And the land we belong to is grand!
And when we say
Yeeow! A-yip-i-o-e-ay!
We're only sayin'
You're doin' fine
Have you tried 22 tonight? I said 22.
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May 22nd, 2020 at 9:28:56 PM permalink
"Oklahoma!"
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May 23rd, 2020 at 9:20:01 PM permalink
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"Oklahoma!"



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It was the first play by the team of Rodgers and Hammerstein. While they'd go on to greater glories, "Oklahoma!" would win them a special Pulitzer Prize. The title song would become the state song of Oklahoma in 1953--the only official state song from a Broadway musical.


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Old man down
Way down, down, down by the docks of the city
Blind and dirty
Asked me for a dime, a dime for a cup of coffee
I got no dime but I got some time to hear his story
My name is August West, and I love my Pearly Baker best more than my wine
More than my wine
More than my maker, though he's no friend of mine
Everyone said
I'd come to no good, I knew I would Pearly, believe them
Half of my life
I spent doin' time for some other fucker's crime
The other half found me stumbling 'round drunk on Burgundy wine
But I'll get back on my feet again someday
The good Lord willin'
If He says I may
I know that the life I'm livin's no good
I'll get a new start, live the life I should
I'll get up and fly away,
I'll get up and fly away, fly away
Pearly's been true
True to me, true to my dyin' day he said
I said to him
I said to him, "I'm sure she's been"
I said to him, "I'm sure she's been true to you"
I got up and wandered
Wandered downtown, nowhere to go but just hang around
I've got a girl
Named Bonnie Lee, I know that girl's been true to me
I know she's been, I'm sure she's been true to me


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And now, in the category 30s Folk, name that song...

Listen to the jingle, the rumble and the roar
As she glides along the woodland o'er the hills and by the shore
Hear the mighty rush of the engine hear those lonesome hoboes call
Traveling through the jungle...
Have you tried 22 tonight? I said 22.
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May 23rd, 2020 at 10:09:04 PM permalink
"Wabash Cannonball"



I think you've dug back to eras of my memory though I wasn't around in the 30s.
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May 24th, 2020 at 8:37:46 AM permalink
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Old man down
Way down, down, down by the docks of the city
Blind and dirty
Asked me for a dime, a dime for a cup of coffee
I got no dime but I got some time to hear his story
My name is August West, and I love my Pearly Baker best more than my wine
More than my wine
More than my maker, though he's no friend of mine
Everyone said
I'd come to no good, I knew I would Pearly, believe them
Half of my life
I spent doin' time for some other fucker's crime
The other half found me stumbling 'round drunk on Burgundy wine
But I'll get back on my feet again someday
The good Lord willin'
If He says I may
I know that the life I'm livin's no good
I'll get a new start, live the life I should
I'll get up and fly away,
I'll get up and fly away, fly away
Pearly's been true
True to me, true to my dyin' day he said
I said to him
I said to him, "I'm sure she's been"
I said to him, "I'm sure she's been true to you"
I got up and wandered
Wandered downtown, nowhere to go but just hang around
I've got a girl
Named Bonnie Lee, I know that girl's been true to me
I know she's been, I'm sure she's been true to me



Not that many are playing, so this one, while not ridiculously obscure, is also not mainstream. It’s “Wharf Rat” by the Grateful Dead.
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May 25th, 2020 at 11:46:09 AM permalink
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"Wabash Cannonball"


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The origins of this song are unclear. One story says it took its inspiration from a mythical train that would appear at the death of a hobo to carry his soul to its reward. Another tells of Paul Bunyun's brother who built a train that ran so fast it would arrive at its destination an hour before its departure. Sheet music for it was first published in 1882 as "The Great Rock Island Route" and later in 1904 under the title "Wabash Cannonball". It was first released as a record in 1932. Roy Acuff's 1936 version became a smash hit selling over 10 million units...


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And now, in the Memorial Day category Patriotic Music, name that song...

This American patriotic marching tune is not often played anymore at serious ocaasions due to its use by a British comedy troupe.
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May 25th, 2020 at 8:40:07 PM permalink
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And now, in the Memorial Day category Patriotic Music, name that song...

This American patriotic marching tune is not often played anymore at serious ocaasions due to its use by a British comedy troupe.



The Liberty Bell March, used frequently in Monty Python's Flying Circus
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May 26th, 2020 at 12:04:28 AM permalink
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The Liberty Bell March, used frequently in Monty Python's Flying Circus



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Originally written for an unfinished operetta, John Philip Sousa would release his Liberty Bell March in 1893 as an individual piece. It would become a standard tune for marching bands around the world. After Python used it for the Flying Circus theme song, some bands had to stop playing it. The Buckingham Palace marching band, for example, found that the crowds would laugh at them when they performed it. It's still often played in America. Five of the last seven presidential inaugurations included it.


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And now, in the category 80's Pop, name that song...

Some of them want to use you
Some of them want to get used by you
Some of them want to abuse you
Some of them want to be abused
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May 26th, 2020 at 5:57:51 AM permalink
”Sweet Dreams” The Eurhythics
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May 26th, 2020 at 7:59:42 PM permalink
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”Sweet Dreams” The Eurhythics


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Although some people think this song is about S&M, according to Annie Lennox, the lyrics for "Sweet Dreams" reflect her anger, hopes and fears after the breakup of her and Dave Stewart's previous band. To be fair, when seeing the video, it's not hard to see how people might jump to an S&M conclusion.


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And now, in the category 90's Pop, name that song...

Eurus
Afer Ventus

So the world goes round and round
With all you ever knew
They say the sky high above
Is...
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And now, in the category 90's Pop, name that song...

Eurus
Afer Ventus

So the world goes round and round
With all you ever knew
They say the sky high above
Is...


The songs of this Irish singer are often classified as "Celtic" or "New Age" although she herself does not agree with such assessments.

If every man says all he can
If every man is true
Do I believe the sky above
Is..............................?
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May 28th, 2020 at 5:52:29 PM permalink
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Quote: Gialmere

And now, in the category 90's Pop, name that song...

Eurus
Afer Ventus

So the world goes round and round
With all you ever knew
They say the sky high above
Is...


The songs of this Irish singer are often classified as "Celtic" or "New Age" although she herself does not agree with such assessments.

If every man says all he can
If every man is true
Do I believe the sky above
Is..............................?


Buuuuzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

Well, I see there are no Enya fans here. The song is "Caribbean Blue" off her 1991 album Shepherd Moons. You've probably heard it and/or remember the video utilizing imagery based on the paintings of Maxfield Parrish


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And now, in the category Multi Decade Charting, name that song...

Have you seen the well to do
Up and down Park Avenue
On that famous thorough fare
With their noses in the air
High hats and narrow collars
White spats and lots of dollars
Spending every dime
For a wonderful time
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May 28th, 2020 at 5:56:12 PM permalink
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Quote: Gialmere

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And now, in the category 90's Pop, name that song...

Eurus
Afer Ventus

So the world goes round and round
With all you ever knew
They say the sky high above
Is...


The songs of this Irish singer are often classified as "Celtic" or "New Age" although she herself does not agree with such assessments.

If every man says all he can
If every man is true
Do I believe the sky above
Is..............................?


Buuuuzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

Well, I see there are no Enya fans here. The song is "Caribbean Blue" off her 1991 album Shepherd Moons. You've probably heard it and/or remember the video utilizing imagery based on the paintings of Maxfield Parrish


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And now, in the category Multi Decade Charting, name that song...

Have you seen the well to do
Up and down Park Avenue
On that famous thorough fare
With their noses in the air
High hats and narrow collars
White spats and lots of dollars
Spending every dime
For a wonderful time



They are “Puttin’ on the Ritz”.
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May 29th, 2020 at 9:42:05 AM permalink
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And now, in the category Multi Decade Charting, name that song...

Have you seen the well to do
Up and down Park Avenue
On that famous thorough fare
With their noses in the air
High hats and narrow collars
White spats and lots of dollars
Spending every dime
For a wonderful time



I believe that is...

"Puttin' on the Ritz"


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May 30th, 2020 at 4:06:15 PM permalink
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They are “Puttin’ on the Ritz”.


Quote: DogHand

I believe that is...

"Puttin' on the Ritz"


Dog Hand


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Released in 1929, this Irving Berlin classic would end up with 2 sets of lyrics. The original words referred to the (then) fad of Harlemites dressing up in flashy clothes to parade up and down Lenox Ave. The most famous of these versions was probably by Harry Richman for the musical film "Puttin' On The Ritz"...



Fred Astaire, who's most associated with the song, also recorded a version in 1930. In 1946, Astaire was appearing in the film "Blue Skies" so Irving Berlin decided to rewrite the lyrics to fit both the plot and the dancer's top hat and tails trademark look. He moved the scene of the action to the high society of Park Ave. These lyrics would become the standard...



Of course, baby boomers will forever associate the song with this famous scene in the Mel Brooks' 1974 film "Young Frankenstein"...



In the MTV 80s Danish artist Taco would chart big with this synth-pop version. Note that the video isn't often seen anymore due to some dancers performing in blackface...


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And now, in the category 70's Soft Rock, name that song...

It's nine o'clock on a Saturday
The regular crowd shuffles in
There's an old man sitting next to me
Makin' love to his tonic and gin
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May 30th, 2020 at 4:40:07 PM permalink
He says, 'Son, can you play me a memory,
I'm not really sure how it goes;
But it's sad and it's sweet, and I knew it complete,
When I wore a younger man's clothes.'

Piano Man, Billy Joel
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May 31st, 2020 at 9:14:16 PM permalink
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He says, 'Son, can you play me a memory,
I'm not really sure how it goes;
But it's sad and it's sweet, and I knew it complete,
When I wore a younger man's clothes.'

Piano Man, Billy Joel


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This aptly titled Billy Joel signature tune was autobiographical. Joel had spent some time playing in an LA piano bar. All the characters described in the song are based on real people.


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And now, in the category 80's Pop, name that song.

The phone rings in the middle of the night
My father yells, "What you gonna do with your life?"
Oh daddy dear, you know you're still number one
But...
Have you tried 22 tonight? I said 22.
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June 1st, 2020 at 3:14:49 AM permalink
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
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June 1st, 2020 at 8:16:02 PM permalink
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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun



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Written in 1979, this would become Cyndi Lauper's first single in 1983. It would also be a breakthrough, worldwide hit. Originally the song was told from a male point of view. With Lauper, the song would become a sort of feminist anthem conveying that all women really want is to have the same experiences that men can. [Look for a Beldar Conehead cameo in the video.]


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And now. in the category Psychedelic Rock, name that song...

When logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead
And the White Knight is talking backwards
And the Red Queen's off with her head
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June 1st, 2020 at 8:22:38 PM permalink
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Quote: Mosca

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun



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Written in 1979, this would become Cyndi Lauper's first single in 1983. It would also be a breakthrough, worldwide hit. Originally the song was told from a male point of view. With Lauper, the song would become a sort of feminist anthem conveying that all women really want is to have the same experiences that men can. [Look for a Beldar Conehead cameo in the video.]


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And now. in the category Psychedelic Rock, name that song...

When logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead
And the White Knight is talking backwards
And the Red Queen's off with her head



These are too easy.

I see your hair is burning
Hills are filled with fire
If they say I never loved you
You know they are a liar
Driving down your freeways
Midnight alleys roam
Cops in cars, the topless bars
Never saw a woman so alone
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June 1st, 2020 at 8:30:39 PM permalink
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These are too easy.


Are you saying your mojo's rising? Rising, rising?
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June 1st, 2020 at 11:57:35 PM permalink
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Are you saying your mojo's rising? Rising, rising?



Fun fact: “Mr Mojo risin’“ is an anagram of “Jim Morrison”. You can look it up.
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June 3rd, 2020 at 10:09:33 AM permalink
In the category 1960's Hits, this song contains the line

It seemed so funny to me

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November 15th, 2020 at 2:12:41 PM permalink
Let's resurrect this old thread!

50's Songs Containing Metric Measurements

A few weeks ago I was driving with my Dad, so we were listening to 50's music. I was surprised to hear a song that used a measurement from the metric system. Just recently, I heard a second 50's song that used yet another measurement from the metric system.

Both of these songs made the Billboard Hot 100 list, with the first one reaching #2, while the other, sung by a very well-known artist, reached only #30, but it did win an Oscar, and is also popular among Phillies fans.

Name those songs!

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November 15th, 2020 at 2:40:27 PM permalink
I'm thinking one of them is "26 Miles Santa Catalina" which also refers to the 26 miles across the sea as 40 kilometers.


It's the only 50s song I can think of with a metric reference anyways.
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November 15th, 2020 at 4:45:51 PM permalink
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A few weeks ago I was driving with my Dad, so we were listening to 50's music. I was surprised to hear a song that used a measurement from the metric system. Just recently, I heard a second 50's song that used yet another measurement from the metric system.


Apologies for being in pedantic mode today, but "second" (as in 1/60 of a minute) is a metric measurement. I have a feeling you didn't mean to include that.
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November 15th, 2020 at 9:04:46 PM permalink
Good catch, ThatDonGuy... I should have said "a metric measurement that is not also in the English system of units".

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November 15th, 2020 at 9:07:56 PM permalink
Gialmere,

Ding, ding, ding... We have a partial winner!

By the way, the English-to-metric conversion implied in the song was relatively close.

The other song showed that that songwriter was not an accomplished engineer.

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November 18th, 2020 at 11:29:50 AM permalink
Here's a hint for song #2: the singer was the Chairman of the Board, Frank Sinatra.

Hope this helps!

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November 20th, 2020 at 8:01:19 PM permalink
Well, I guess I stumped the board.

The song is "High Hopes", and features a line about a ram butting a hole in a "billion kilowatt dam". A billion kilowatts is a terawatt, but the highest power dam in the world, the Three Gorges dam in China, produces only 22.5 gigawatts, or 0.0225 terawatts. Furthermore, when the song was written in the late 50's, no power plant in the world produced even 3 gigawatts.

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September 28th, 2021 at 4:21:28 PM permalink
And now, in the category 60's Pop, name that song...

Pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa
Oom m-mow mow
Pa pa oom mow m-mow
Pa pa pa oom m-mow mow
Pa pa oom mow m-mow
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September 28th, 2021 at 7:35:36 PM permalink
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And now, in the category 60's Pop, name that song...

Pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa
Oom m-mow mow
Pa pa oom mow m-mow
Pa pa pa oom m-mow mow
Pa pa oom mow m-mow

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    I know it's not "Surfin' Bird," but is it by The Trashmen?
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    September 28th, 2021 at 7:42:36 PM permalink
    With apologies to Gialmere for overlapping songs, I have to ask before I forget:

    Which two 1950s pop songs — that I know of — made references to the United Nations as a body that could resolve the singers' grievances?

    (One song should be well-known to most people, the other one I used to know well, but had to look up the artist + United Nations)
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    September 29th, 2021 at 4:45:07 AM permalink
    Quote: smoothgrh

    Quote: Gialmere

    And now, in the category 60's Pop, name that song...

    Pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa
    Oom m-mow mow
    Pa pa oom mow m-mow
    Pa pa pa oom m-mow mow
    Pa pa oom mow m-mow

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    I know it's not "Surfin' Bird," but is it by The Trashmen?
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    It's not? That would have been my guess. I mean, everybody's heard about the bird! ;)
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    September 29th, 2021 at 6:00:16 AM permalink
    Quote: Gialmere

    And now, in the category 60's Pop, name that song...

    Pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa
    Oom m-mow mow
    Pa pa oom mow m-mow
    Pa pa pa oom m-mow mow
    Pa pa oom mow m-mow

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    Definitely not the correct answer needed but a possible cover.
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    September 29th, 2021 at 4:26:13 PM permalink
    Quote: Gialmere

    And now, in the category 60's Pop, name that song...

    Pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa
    Oom m-mow mow
    Pa pa oom mow m-mow
    Pa pa pa oom m-mow mow
    Pa pa oom mow m-mow
    ]


    Hmm... Carefully reading the responses, I don't think anyone actually declared the correct answer.


    Yes, that is indeed "Surfin' Bird" by The Trashmen.



    The surf rock band created "Surfin' Bird" by (to a small extent unknowingly) gluing together two songs by a group call The Rivingtons, increasing the tempo (into what would now be called proto punk) and ad-libbing their way through it.




    "Surfin' Bird" would would go on to be covered by several bands, most notably by The Ramones...



    It also appeared in the Stanley Kubrick film "Full Metal Jacket"...



    These days, however, it's best known for being (somewhat literally) beaten into the ground in a classic episode of "Family Guy"...


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    Which two 1950s pop songs — that I know of — made references to the United Nations as a body that could resolve the singers' grievances?

    (One song should be well-known to most people, the other one I used to know well, but had to look up the artist + United Nations)

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    The well known one is obviously "Summertime Blues" although I don't know who the original artist is.
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    September 30th, 2021 at 10:24:08 AM permalink
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    The surf rock band created "Surfin' Bird" by (to a small extent unknowingly) gluing together two songs by a group call The Rivingtons, increasing the tempo (into what would now be called proto punk) and ad-libbing their way through it.




    Thanks for the history of "Surfing' Bird"! I recall hearing "pa pa oom m-mow mow" and thinking "ooh, Surfin' Bird — but it wasn't." It must have been the Rivingtons' song. So that's why I thought it was not "Surfin' Bird."


    Regarding the United Nations in 1950s songs…


    Yes, the well-known song is "Summertime Blues" by Eddie Cochran. I listened to that song often on my Time-Life CD compilation of The 1950s.

    The other song is probably too obscure for most people. It's "Thirty Days" by Chuck Berry, which I heard often from my Chuck Berry: The Great Twenty-Eight album. I was thinking it must have been popular at the time to refer to the somewhat newly formed U.N.

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    September 30th, 2021 at 1:40:25 PM permalink
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    In the category 1960's Hits, this song contains the line

    It seemed so funny to me

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    That's "Laugh, Laugh" by The Beau Brummels.
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    October 1st, 2021 at 8:36:43 AM permalink
    And now, in the category Famous Covers, name that song...

    The love we share
    Seems to go nowhere
    And I've lost my light
    For I toss and turn I can't sleep at night
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    October 1st, 2021 at 8:42:33 AM permalink
    Quote: Gialmere

    And now, in the category Famous Covers, name that song...

    The love we share
    Seems to go nowhere
    And I've lost my light
    For I toss and turn I can't sleep at night

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    Tainted Love
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    October 1st, 2021 at 5:46:00 PM permalink
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    Tainted Love


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    Yes indeed. That is "Tainted Love" performed by Soft Cell...



    It was a huuuge hit in 1981. Most people, however, didn't realize it was actually a cover of a song that had already been released twice.

    Gloria Jones recorded the original (and easily recognizable) version of "Tainted Love" in 1964...



    Then she recorded it again in 1975, this time with a more disco feel...



    Neither of these recordings charted.

    Five years later Soft Cell, whose members liked Soul music, decided to take a crack at the song by updating it with their synth pop sound. "Tainted Love" stands alone, but an extended version was needed for nightclub dancing. So, keeping with the Soul theme, the song "Where Did Our Love Go" by the Supremes was added and this would become the best known version of the song...



    Still, while Soft Cell certainly made an artistically pleasing choice, in hindsight it was not a wise business move. They could have written something themselves to add on to "Tainted Love". Instead they cut themselves off from half the revenue of the phenomenon they created.

    No discussion of "Tainted Love" would be complete without mentioning the second most famous cover of it. Marilyn Manson recorded a version (which obviously took its cues from Soft Cell) in 2001 for the film "Not Another Teen Movie".

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