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Less talk, more rockmohair_chair
May 14, 2003 3:12 PM
I'm bored and the board is slow today. So, here are some favorite lyrics of mine. Can you name the artist and song without looking them up? At least one of these has been covered, but the original artist scores more points...


1. "Little old lady got mutilated late last night" ( the alliteration)

2. "My tires got slashed and I almost crashed, but the Lord have mercy. And my machine she's a dud, all stuck in the mud, somewhere in the swamps of Jersey."

3. "Got a case of dynamite, I could hold out here all night, yes I crossed my old man back in Oregon, Don't take me alive."

4. "Fat man sitting on a little stool, takes the money from my hand while his eyes take a walk all over you"

5. "I see you've sent my letters back, and my LP records and they're all scratched."

6. "Then you comb your hair, shave your face, tryin' to wipe out ev'ry trace, all the other days, in the week you know that this'll be the Saturday you're reachin' your peak"

7. "And Henry said, "You're lucky to even know me. You're lucky to be alive. You're lucky to be drinking here for free cause I'm a sucker for your lucky, pretty eyes.""

8. "I got some groceries, some peanut butter, to last a couple of days. But I ain't got no speakers, ain't got no
headphones, ain't got no records to play."

9. "Then the ape grew very depressed, went through transactional analysis, he plays racquetball and runs in the rain, still he's shackled to a platinum chain"

10. "Well, I pawned my Smith Corona, And I went to meet my man, He hangs out down on Alvarado Street, By the Pioneer chicken stand."
re: Less talk, more rock4bykn
May 14, 2003 3:55 PM
I got #4 and #8, but I'll not post 'til somebody who knows more gives the answers.

How about this one:

"Sometimes I might get drunk, walk like a duck and smell like a skunk."
re: Less talk, more rocksn69
May 14, 2003 6:46 PM
1. Warren Zevon--how's he doing with the cancer?
2. The Boss
3. Steely Dan
4. The Boss
5. The Police
6. ...on the tip of my friggin toungue....
7. Liz Phair
8. drawing a blank
9. ditto
10. ditto

And five easy ones back at ya:

1. "In the front room green, there lies your special book."
2. "Walking around with your head in the clouds makes no sense at all."
3. "Clean sheets mean a lot for a guy who sleeps on the floor."
4. "Elvis was a hero to many but he never meant sh!t to me."
5. "Micheal J. Fox has no Elvis in him."
re: Less talk, more rockmickey-mac
May 14, 2003 8:06 PM
1. It's not ringing a bell.
2. I've got the song in my head, but it won't come out.
3. No clue.
4. "Bring the Noise" by Public Enemy.
5. "Elvis is Everywhere" by Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper.
I got your back, sn69 (at least one vertebra)...Dale Brigham
May 14, 2003 8:21 PM
...helping to fill in the blanks.

MC's #8: "Life During Wartime" by the Talking Heads, from the album Fear of Music

My Answers:sn69
May 15, 2003 6:48 AM
1. REM, off of "Reckoning" or "Chronic Town," I can't remember which. Michael Stipe was so much better before the prozac, when his lyrics were muttered, incoherent and nonsensical.
2. Husker Du. Perhaps one of the most underrated progenitors of American punk. I'd have quoted "The Baby Song" off of "Zen Arcade," but it would have been difficult to say the least.
3. Descendants. Milo and gang were easier to sell to my folks than Henry, Jello or those wacky boyz from Fear when I was in high school.
4. MM--right on the money. Charles D and friends throwin' it down with righteous indignation. I'm a big PE fan.
5. The Prophet, the Reverend, the voice of a Rockabilly God equalled only by his long-lost pal Country Dick. quote the Dead Milkmen "If your store don't got Mojo Nixon, then your store could use some fixin." Death does, in fact, ride a pale cow.
#2JS Haiku Shop
May 19, 2003 6:06 AM
aww yeah, Husker Du, Makes No Sense At All, J's fav band of all time. :)
I thought I knew music....jesse1
May 15, 2003 2:28 AM
...but unless you're into Bavarian-Polka-Country western, I was wrong. The only one that is the least bit familiar is #3. Steely Dan? But I don't know the song title.
Wow. I have no ideaKristin
May 15, 2003 4:32 AM
I suspect these were recorded while I was still listening to Monster Mash on my Fisher Price LP Player. #4 sounds vaguely like ZZTop, but I would suspect I'm wrong about that.
Sing along....sn69
May 15, 2003 4:58 AM
Good evening!

I was working in the lab late one night
When my eyes beheld an eerie sight
My monster, from its slab, began to rise
And suddenly to my surprise

He did the Mash, he did the Monster Mash
The Monster Mash, and it's a graveyard smash
He did the Mash, it caught on in a flash
He did the Mash, he did the Monster Mash

From my laboratory in the castle east
To the master bedroom, where the vampires feast
The ghouls all came from their humble abodes
To get a jolt from my electrodes

They did the Mash, they did the Monster Mash
The Monster Mash, it was a graveyard smash
They did the Mash, they caught on in a flash
They did the Mash, they did the Monster Mash

The zombies were having fun
The party had just begun
The guests included Wolfman
Dracula, and his son

The scene was rocking, all were digging the sound
Igor on chains, backed by his baying hounds
The Coffin Bangers were about to arrive
With their vocal group, The Crypt Keeper Five

They did the Mash, they played the Monster Mash
The Monster Mash, it was a graveyard smash
They played the Mash, they caught on in a flash
They played the Mash, they played the Monster Mash

Out of his coffin his voice did ring
Seems he was troubled by just one thing
Opened the lid, shook his fist, and said
"Whatever happened to my Transylvania Twist?"

It's now the Mash, it's now the Monster Mash
The Monster Mash, and it's a graveyard smash
It's now the Mash, it caught on in a flash
It's now the Mash, it's now the Monster Mash

Now everything is cool, Drac's a part of the band
My Monster Mash is the hit of the land
For you, the living, this Mash was meant, too
When you get to my door, tell them Only sent you

Then you can Mash, then you can Monster Mash
The Monster Mash, another graveyard smash
Then you can Mash, you'll catch on in a flash
Then you can Mash, you did the Monster Mash

The Monster Mash...
My tax dollars hard at work! :-)Kristin
May 15, 2003 6:24 AM
That's rich. Thanks for posting. Did you conjure those up from memory? I should have posted an alternative list (like mohair's) and included prose from my k-tel albums!
Memory, not hardlysn69
May 15, 2003 6:38 AM
Actually this was from the Misfits' remake of the original. I wouldn't recommend too many Misfits songs for little ones, unless you want them to grow up to be axe murderers.

The only reason I had these lyrics has something to do with Ready Room dynamics on the aircraft carrier. In short, each squadron has a ready room to itself where it's pilots, flight officers and aircrewmen plan and brief for missions. It's also the place that the squadron's junior officers (JOs) use as their office. But, the five idiot department heads also use is as a localle to badger and bully them as a means to ostensibly cull favor with the executive or commanding officer. Since there's safety in numbers, the JOs counter the potato heads by selecting offensive music for the ready room stereo in the hopes that it will drive the infidels away. Hard core punk, thrash metal, Engelbert Humperdink and the Morman Tabernacle Choir are standard fare, although current remakes of childhood favorites, such as the previously mentioned Misfits' tune, often do the job. Still, the best we ever found to work in Ready 3 on the Constellation was a German neo-punk/death metal goth band named The Brainbombs, and their spiritually uplifting hit "Die You F#$%, Die!" It's a toe-tapper alright, and it drove the lieutenant commanders right out of the space....

Of course, the years pass and now I'm a lieutenant commander. Ah, the cycle of stupidity continues unabated.

As for your tax dollars, Kristin, if you only knew the half of it.....
#10's Zevon too.OldEdScott
May 15, 2003 5:04 AM
The only songwriter of the 21st Century literate enough to put 'Smith-Corona' in a lyric.
Matter of fact, Carmelita is such a damnOldEdScott
May 15, 2003 5:11 AM
great song with such great and perfect lyrics that I'll post them for your reading pleasure:

Well I pawned my Smith and Wesson
And I went to meet my man
He hangs out down on Alvarado Street
At the Pioneer Chicken stand

Carmelita, hold me tighter
I think I'm sinking down
And I'm all strung out on heroin
On the outskirts of town

Well I'm sittin' here playing solitaire
With my pearl handled deck
The county won't give me no more methadone
And they cut off your welfare check

Carmelita, hold me tighter
I think I'm sinking down
And I'm all strung out on heroin
On the outskirts of town

Carmelita, hold me tighter
I think I'm sinking down
And I'm all strung out on heroin
On the outskirts of town

Jesus CHRIST that's good writing. Hard, smart, tough, utterly unsentimental in the presence of tragedy. Warren, we'll miss you, my man.
Matter of fact, Carmelita is such a damnCaseysdad
May 16, 2003 8:36 AM
Agree completely - great song. Little known fact about this song (for non-locals, at least): there's actually not a Pioneer Chicken Stand on Alvarado Street. Never was.

Had the distinct pleasure of seeing Warren in a small, intimate venue here in Nashville not too long ago. Lots of people in the audience who were just there to hear Lawyers, Guns and Money or Werewolves of London - which Warren promptly noticed. He encored with "Play it All Night Long". Very few people seemed to pick up on the slam.

He'll be sorely missed...
Good points on Warren, Edsn69
May 15, 2003 5:29 AM
Did I miss his passing? Gosh, I hope not; last I heard he had cancer.

Speaking of unexpected lyrics spoken in context, I'd also have to cite Live, the only band I know of to intelligently discuss placental afterbirth in a song.

...Enjoy your breakfast, Ed.
I don't know if Warren's passed yet orOldEdScott
May 15, 2003 5:38 AM
not, although I suspect we would have heard. But his cancer is terminal and his time is soon, soon.

Oh, and Scott -- you can't disrupt my breakfast with talk of afterbirth. Not at all. After you've dug it out of a few mares -- up to your shoulders in dark equine Yin, as it were -- you're pretty much immunized to being grossed out by it.
There I go again,sn69
May 15, 2003 5:49 AM
underestimating the life experiences of my seniors, much less the redneck ones. Truth be told, it has been a great many years (about 20 or more), but I used to ride a lot as a kid in Texas. When I first moved there from SoCal via Oklahoma (where I learned), we were out in the country west of Houston. By the time we left in the mid-80s, we were deep, deep within the city and riding was an infrequent pleasure. Tragically, I have no equine vaginal experience. I do, however, have ample experience dealing with a young sailor who circumsized himself in his rack with a pen knife one night on the ship while he was drunk. How he got drunk embarked on the carrier is another issue, but suffice it to say that the docs said the lad did a grand job on his hoo-hoo, and it would have been perfect if he had been able to stem the bleeding. Boy...a pecker really bleeds.....

How we got from Warren to placentas to foreskins I don't know, yet here we are.

I need more coffee. My favorite song lyric EVER: "Emancipate yourself from mental slavery."
I believe Warren would approveOldEdScott
May 15, 2003 6:02 AM
of the drift of the conversation.
Hold itmoneyman
May 15, 2003 6:35 AM
"Tragically, I have no equine vaginal experience."

Tragic? I'd say that's a damn good choice. Horsef###ing sounds pretty risky.

#5 (spoiler)ryder1
May 15, 2003 6:20 AM
Replacements? Only one I know off hand........
#5 (spoiler) Duh, wrong.ryder1
May 15, 2003 6:21 AM
re: Less talk, more rockgregario
May 15, 2003 6:22 AM
1. Warren Zevon, Warewolves of London

2. Bruce Springsteen, is the title Rosalita?

3. GREAT STUFF. Steely Dan, Caves of Altimara

4. Know the song, but guessing: is it John Cougar?

5. Know this one too, but can't remember the rest.

6. ?

7. ?

8. Talking Heads, Life During Wartime

9. Don't know but sounds like it could be another Zevon tune

10. Cheryl Crow?

One of my favorites: I feel, feel like, I am, in a burning building, and i gotta go.
May 15, 2003 6:27 AM
1. Warren Zevon, "Werewolves of London'
2. Bruce Springsteen, "Rosalita"
3. Steely Dan, "Don't Take Me Alive"
4. Bruce Springsteen, "Tunnel of Love"
5. The Police, "Can't Stand Losing You"
6. Tom Waits, "(Looking For) The Heart of Saturday Night"
7. Liz Phair, "Polyester Bride"
8. Talking Heads, "Life During Wartime"
9. Warren Zevon, "Gorilla, You're a Desperado"
10. Warren Zevon, "Carmelita"

Zevon is still alive, although his personal physician is supposedly Dr. Hunter S. Thompson! The guy is brilliant and his eventual death will be a great loss. I've seen him live six or seven times. One more Zevon snippet for you all:

"And if California slides into the ocean
Like the mystics and statistics say it will
I predict this motel will be standing until I pay my bill"
- Desperados Under the Eaves
"i'll sleep when i'm dead" (nm)ColnagoFE
May 15, 2003 6:52 AM
some more in the punk/post-punk veinColnagoFE
May 15, 2003 6:50 AM
1. "Please send me evenings and weekends"

2. "standard oil goes solar power, all try to make a buck. so i'll sit around and smoke cigarettes, and babble 'what the f*ck?'"

3. "if you're alone and got the shakes so am I baby and I got what it takes"

4. "Now that I've realized how it's all gone wrong.
Got to find some therapy - this treatment takes too long."

5. "I've been up to Villiers Terrace, to see what's a-happening. There's people rolling 'round on the carpet
mixing up the medicine."

6. "because a girl can't know you, and a boss can't forget.
remember. jesus and tequila. i'm satisfied and i can't deny it."

7. "sitting here i'm a loaded gun waiting to go off i've got nothing to do but shoot my mouth off."
some more in the punk/post-punk veinJS Haiku Shop
May 19, 2003 6:13 AM
#2 is from Zen Arcade, can't regurgitate the song title without help.

#6 black flag, from Damaged, i think. circa rollins. had to look it up to get the song name, as it was driving me nuts. of course, it's "gimme gimme gimme".
"the girls are soakin' wet,128
May 15, 2003 8:51 AM
no tongue's drier than mine, I'll come when I get back." -