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November 17th, 2005
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Ok, those of you who weren't listening to New Wave in 1986 are excused. You can go home, or put your head on your desk - it's up to you.


Of the rest of you, how many recall these guys? I've been trying to hunt down their CD "Laughing at the Pieces" for a while now, and I finally went to eBay - found a copy in England, and a promo LP (ah, the sweet pop, hiss, and crackle of yesteryear). They're both on their way to me now, God help me.


Speaking of 80s music, let's just see what my playlist turns up:



Ok, I'm changing the rules of this game. Here are some lyrics - often the first line or two, but sometimes that had the title, so I skipped ahead in those cases to the first verse. Oh, and I reformatted in an effort to obscure the original phrasing. But come on, there are some easy ones in here:

I made it through the wilderness. 
Somehow, I made it through.

weatherguy2000"Like A Virgin", Madonna

All alone at the end of the evening, and
the bright lights have faded to blue.
Well, all I need is a TV-show, that and 
the radio. Down on my luck again, down
on my luck again.


You're trying to make your mark in society
you're using all the tricks that you used on me.

celisnebula"(I'm not Your) Steppin' Stone", Monkees

The monument of granite sent a beam into my eye.

celisnebula"The Statue Got Me High", They Might Be Giants

I won't take from you...
Don't you know, 'bout a zillion years
ago, some star sneezed, now they're
paging you in reception.


I know you well
and I can tell
something's on your mind.

celisnebula"King for a Day", The Thompson Twins

I can't believe the news today
I can't close my eyes and make it go away.

sushigrade"Sunday, Bloody Sunday", U2

I hear the drums echoing tonight
But she hears only whispers of some quiet conversation

weatherguy2000"Africa", Toto

and I've been working like a dog

celisnebula"Hard Day's Night", The Beatles

Looking out a dirty old window. 
Down below the cars in the city go rushing by

sushigrade/weatherguy2000"Kids in America", Kim Wilde

Er war ein Punker und er lebte in der
groBen Stadt


Before all of this ever went down
in another place, another town

celisnebula"Face in the Crowd", Tom Petty

Watch out
you might get what you're after!
Cool babies
strange, but not a stranger.

sushigrade"Burnin' Down the House", Talking Heads

You always say you like my style. 
You say I'm tough and kinda wild.

celisnebula"That was Then, This is Now", The Monkees

I don't know why she's gone away. 
I don't know where.
Somewhere I can't follow her.

celisnebula"Good Thing", The Fine Young Cannibals

I can't get my message through. Why
don't you pick up the phone?

rechercher"Calling You", Aqua

Darling, you were wonderful
you really were quite good. 
I enjoyed it, though, of course, no one understood

celisnebula"Yesterday, When I was Mad", The Pet Shop Boys

I've got your picture
of me and you.
You wrote "I love you"
I love you, too.

sushigrade"Turning Japanese", The Vapors

Another night with open eyes. 
Too late to sleep, too soon to rise.
You're short of breath
is it a heart attack?

celisnebula"Can You Forgive Her?", The Pet Shop Boys

Ok - quote what you recognize and give me artist and song title.

Go.

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From:weatherguy2000
Date:November 18th, 2005 01:53 pm (UTC)
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I made it through the wilderness.
Somehow, I made it through.


"Like A Virgin" - Madonna

I hear the drums echoing tonight
But she hears only whispers of some
quiet conversation


"Africa" - Toto
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From:sushigrade
Date:November 18th, 2005 02:25 pm (UTC)
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I can't believe the news today; I can't close my eyes and make it go away.

U2, "Sunday Bloody Sunday"

Looking out a dirty old window. Down below the cars in the city go rushing by

The Muffs(?), "Kids in America"

Watch out - you might get what you're after! Cool babies - strange, but not a stranger.

Talking Heads, "Burnin' Down the House"

I've got your picture of me and you. You wrote "I love you" - I love you, too.

The Vapors, "Turning Japanese"
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From:weatherguy2000
Date:November 18th, 2005 02:35 pm (UTC)
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The Muffs(?), "Kids in America"

Actually, Kim Wilde.
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From:tsmaster
Date:November 18th, 2005 04:13 pm (UTC)
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I'll split the credit - yep, I was looking for Kim Wilde.
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From:sushigrade
Date:November 19th, 2005 05:55 am (UTC)
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Ha. I'll admit, I completely spaced on Kim Wilde's name. I associated The Muffs with the song because they covered it for the Clueless soundtrack...
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From:tsmaster
Date:November 19th, 2005 03:27 pm (UTC)
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I was thinking about this at the beginning - I have an awful lot of... "peculiar" music, including cover versions that purists normal people would cringe at (Shatner).

It's just fortunate that those didn't turn up in my playlist, I suppose.
From:traypup
Date:November 18th, 2005 02:39 pm (UTC)
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I remember Doctor and the Medics. I was the only one at my college radio station who would play their record and the others laughed at me. I know I have a tape around here somewhere...

oh man, what a flashback.
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From:celisnebula
Date:November 18th, 2005 03:17 pm (UTC)
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I made it through the wilderness.
Somehow, I made it through.

“Like a Virgin ~~ Madonna

All alone at the end of the evening, and
the bright lights have faded to blue

I want to say this is “One of these Nights” by the Eagles, but I’m not sure :oS

Well, all I need is a TV-show, that and
the radio. Down on my luck again, down
on my luck again.

“Duke” ~~ Genesis

You're trying to make your mark in
society, you're using all the tricks
that you used on me.

“I’m Not Your Stepping Stone” ~~ Monkees (also Sex Pistols, but I’m a geek that has the Monkee’s version too)

The monument of granite sent a beam into
my eye.

“The Statue Got Me High” ~~ They Might Be Giants

I know you well, and I can tell
something's on your mind.

I think this is “King for a Day” by the Thompson Twins

I can't believe the news today; I can't
close my eyes and make it go away.

“Bloody Sunday” ~~ U2 (Just saw them in concert in Detroit recently)

I hear the drums echoing tonight
But she hears only whispers of some
quiet conversation

“Africa” ~~ Toto

and I've been working like a dog
“Hard Day’s Night” Beatles

Before all of this ever went down, in
another place, another town

“Face in the Crowd” ~~ Tom Petty

Watch out - you might get what you're
after! Cool babies - strange, but not a
stranger.

“Burning Down the House” Talking Heads

You always say you like my style. You
say I'm tough and kinda wild.

“That Was Then, This Is Now” ~~ Monkees (cute, trying to trip us up)

I don't know why she's gone away. I
don't know where. Somewhere I can't
follow her.

“Good Thing” Fine Young Cannibals

Darling, you were wonderful, you really
were quite good. I enjoyed it, though,
of course, no one understood

“Yesterday, When I was Mad” Pet Shop Boys

Another night with open eyes. Too late
to sleep, too soon to rise. You're short
of breath, is it a heart attack?

Another Pet Shop Boys song, “Can you Forgive Her”

Now that I’ve proven I have NO life (and possibly bad music tastes)… and get far far too bored while at work.
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From:tsmaster
Date:November 18th, 2005 04:15 pm (UTC)
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I want to say this is "One of these Nights" by the Eagles, but I’m not sure

"Duke" ~~ Genesis


You're going to get partial credit...
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From:celisnebula
Date:November 18th, 2005 07:23 pm (UTC)
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Hmmmm So that isn't "Duke" by Genesis?

Grrr now I'm gonna wonder what it is.
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From:tsmaster
Date:November 18th, 2005 07:33 pm (UTC)
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You're close. Here's the track listing for Genesis' "Duke" album:

1. Behind the Lines
2. Duchess
3. Guide Vocal
4. Man of our Times
5. Misunderstanding
6. Heathaze
7. Turn it on Again
8. Alone Tonight
9. Cul-De-Sac
10. Please Don't Ask
11. Duke's Travels
12. Duke's End
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From:jsmitty_o
Date:November 18th, 2005 04:18 pm (UTC)
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Dammit. This is what I get for being on the west coast. All the ones I knew have already been picked! And this music meme is the one where I knew the most, too. Darn you, sushigrade!!! =)

Although, I know I should know this one, but I don't:

I can't get my message through. Why
don't you pick up the phone?

Although, please tell me it's not Obscene Phone Caller. ;)

And sorry, with all the New Wave I listened to, I don't remember Doc and the Mechanics (I'm sure I got the name wrong now). But yay for getting music that's almost impossible to find!!!
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From:tsmaster
Date:November 18th, 2005 04:21 pm (UTC)
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Does this help at all?
I-yi-yi can't get my message through. 
Why-y-y don't you pick up the phone?


I'll further give you the hint that it's one of the few not-80s songs in the list. Also, not-60s.
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From:rechercher
Date:December 13th, 2005 03:13 pm (UTC)
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Is that "Calling You" by Aqua?
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From:tsmaster
Date:December 13th, 2005 04:02 pm (UTC)
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Yes indeed!
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