April 23, 2004

I Love the 70's

Clearly a lot of my blogging friends are far too young to pass any quiz on the music of the 70's. From the bottom up:

Steely Dan performed Rikki Don't Lose that Number, but it was off of Pretzel Logic, not Can't Buy a Thrill. (0.5 points to Kevin.) I guess Wazmo was just a Chicago thing.

Rock the Boat was by the Hues Corporation.

More, More, More Part 1 was by Andrea True. (1.0 points for Chris.) Perhaps Billy Idol shouted "more, more, more" but it certainly wasn't Part 1.

Fire On High was by the Electric Light Orchestra, led by Jeff Lynne. Like I said, Jeff and Andrea started it. (1.0 points for Andrea, though I was tempted to subtract 0.1 for not mentioning Jeff.)

I'd Really Love To See You Tonight by England Dan and John Ford Coley. No contest on this one. Ewwwww.

Grand Funk Railroad sang Closer To Home. (I screwed this one up, crucially confusing it with Ride, Captain Ride by Blues Image, hence all the reference to blue, so Andrea gets 2.0 points.)

Paul Revere and Mark Lindsay (not Paul Revere and the Raiders) sang Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian). Just so you know, most of the search engine hits have both the title and the artist wrong on this one, so cheating would have been painfully obvious. (0.5 points for Roxanne for at least trying).

Al Wilson sang Show and Tell.

Eric Freakin' Carmen sang All By Myself. I think the music is Chopin. (2.0 points for RC for adding "freakin'".) Oh, and Tanya, Stephen Foster's music would have been most popular in the 1870's, though The Ghost of Stephen Foster is rumored to have been seen by the Squirrel Nut Zippers somewhat more recently.

Brewer and Shipley sang One Toke Over The Line. (1.0 points for RC.)

Melanie sang Brand New Key. What a strange song. (1.0 points for RC.)

The Amazing Rythym Aces sang Third Rate Romance. (0.5 points for RC.)

Talking Heads sang The Girls Want to Be With the Girls which was produced by Brian Eno. The Big Suit is in reference to David Byrne's clothing for the tour and movie Stop Making Sense. (1.0 points to Kevin, even though it's food rather than fruit.)

The Roches sang We and were produced by Robert Fripp, who was often seen with Brian Eno in those days. Great eponymous album, by the way, and the Roches also have a fantastic Christmas CD.

The Pretenders sang Mystery Achievement. Nobody even attempted a guess. So unreal.

Lene Lovich sang Lucky Number. Jeez, didn't anybody listen to FM back then? (0.5 points to RC.) I think Thomas Dolby was playing keyboards for her then.

Graham Parker and the Rumour sang Passion Is No Ordinary Word, You Can't Take Love For Granted, Temporary Beauty, Wake Up Next To You. (1.0 points for RC.)

Pink Floyd sang Have a Cigar from Wish You Were Here and St. Tropez from Meddle which also featured One of These Days. (1.0 points to Chris.)

Dave Mason sang We Just Disagree. (1.0 points to RC.)

Jackson Browne sang Redneck Friend. (1.0 points to RC and Roxanne.)

Gordon Lightfoot sang The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. (1.0 points to Chris.) Tanya, you misunderstood, I'm trying to point out that there was in fact good music in the 70's.

Reunion sang Life Is a Rock, But the Radio Rolled Me. Nobody even tried.

Well, that was fun. Nobody came close to getting them all right, but RC came closest. Now, he'll have to let me know how to get a PayPal hit to an e-mail address. Thanks to all who played. Unfortunately, I've had these and about 40 more 70's songs floating around in my head all day.

Now I can get back to politics, warblogging, mourning Pat Tillman and all the other men and women who have sacrificed so much for us (Juliette says it best), and maybe even, grrrrrrrr, Richard Cohen.

Posted by Charles Austin at April 23, 2004 10:53 PM

No way! There's a pop culture reference you don't know? Say it ain't so!

Clanton: Stephen Foster. "Oh, Susannah", "Camptown Races". Stephen stinking Foster.
Holliday: Ah, yes. Well, this happens to be a nocturne.
Clanton: A which?
Holliday: You know, Frederic fucking Chopin.

I wasn't guessing at the songs because I only knew about three, and couldn't tell on some if I was even supposed to be guessing from the title or the entry... I was just being weird, to which you should be entirely accustomed by now.

But I did think you were listing songs that you didn't like.

Posted by: Tanya at 09:45 AM

Ah yes, I remember it well now that you mention it. Sorry, I was a little slow on the uptake.

Posted by: charles austin at 11:00 AM

I know each of the songs mentioned and own just about all of them on CD. So I self-disqualified. Like honest panelists used to on "To Tell the Truth" when they knew the ex-Navy pilot who ate the door off a refrigerator from having met him at a Manhattan cocktail party.

Posted by: Jeff G at 06:35 PM

Not that anyone cares, but "All by Myself" was based on a melody from Tchaikovsky.

Posted by: LittleA at 01:10 PM


I'm almost (almost!) positive (again, not that anybody cares) that "All By Myself" was ripped off from Rachmaninoff. I think the melody was from a later movement from one of his piano concertos, possibly no. 5. Whatever...

Posted by: kelly at 02:19 PM

D'oh! Kelly, you are correct.

Shows you how good my memory is. (note to self: Google is your friend.)

Posted by: LittleA at 10:55 AM

I won? Woo hoo!

Don't worry about the 10 spot - roll it over to the next round.

Posted by: RC at 05:01 PM