Friday, May 09, 2008

The Initial Answers

Okay, so most of the songs were fairly easy this week, but the theme was obviously far too obscure for even the most learned among you. Even Eric B, who checked in with all but #4 and #7 correct -- including the all-important theme-revealing Bonus line -- couldn't figure it out. Combining the esoteric with the egocentric, this week's theme was just this: The first letter of each song title, in order, 1-10, spells out my name. Is that lame or what? (Still -- I'd like to see George Yatchisin or Fred Coppersmith try that.) I know, I know, you all are right now going "Psssh, I knew that!" and slapping your foreheads. Right? Am I right? Sure you are.

Anyway, here are the answers so that you can all see the very obvious vertical anagram and shake your heads at my self-centered lameosity.

1. When Johnny comes marching home again, hurrah, tra-la, he’s coming by bus or underground, hurrah, tra-la… English Civil War; The Clash

2. My head is spinning and my legs are weak, goose step dancing, can’t hear myself speak… Radio Sweetheart; Elvis Costello

3. When you climb to the top of the mountain, look out over the sea, think about all the places, perhaps, where a young man could be… It Ain’t Easy; Long John Baldry (also acceptable, and probably more familiar: David Bowie, as pointed out by Tom Hilton)

4. While the music played you worked by candlelight, those San Francisco nights, you were the best in town. Kid Charlemagne; Steely Dan

5. Well, I’m dressed up so nice, an’ I’m doin’ my best, an’ I’m startin’ over… What A Day That Was; Talking Heads

6. You must leave now, take what you need, you think will last. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue; Bob Dylan (Bonus points to Rey Fox for correctly identifying The Byrds and Them [w/Van Morrison] as among the notable cover artists.)

7. Well, my room has got two windows, the sunlight never comes through, I’m so sad and lonely, baby, since I broke off baby with you. Lonely Avenue; Ray Charles (Also very ably covered by Van, as Melville pointed out, both live on A Night In San Francisco and in the studio on Too Long In Exile)

8. Ooh, let’s get down tonight, baby, I’m hot just like an oven, I need some lovin’. Sexual Healing; Marvin Gaye

9. I’ll start this off without any words, I got so high I scratched ‘til I bled. On A Plain; Nirvana

10. Billy, he’s down by the railroad tracks, sittin’ low in the back seat of his Cadillac. New York City Serenade; Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

**Bonus** What the hell is wrong with me? I’m not who I want to be. I tried spot cream and I tried it all, I’m crawling up the wall! What’s My Name?; The Clash

Next week's theme will probably be easier. And all about someone or something else.
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