June 06, 2006

Yeah, I'll Give It Another Stab If You Will

Ooookay. Last one was a bust. Apparantly no one knows who Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Cheap Trick, Elvis Costello, Melissa Etheridge, Blondie, Sylvain Sylvain, the Stranglers, Bow Wow Wow and the Kinks are.

So, here's Name That Tune -- Blather Review Edition -- Volume 2.

Now, come on. I know you can get these.

And, as a reminder, as Annika says:
"You could google the lyrics, but I don't know how you'd sleep at night if you did so. Anyways, if you do google, don't post the answer because someone else might want to guess."
So let's try again...!

You run around town like a fool
and you think that it's groovy
You're givin' to some other guy who gives you the eye
You don't give nothin' to me

The soldier blues were trapped on a hillside
the battle raging all around
The sargeant said "we got to hang on, boys,
We gotta hold this piece of ground"

[Sis the E]

Hangin' out on 2nd Avenue
eating chicken vindaloo
I just want to be with you
I just wanna have something to do tonight

[Freedom's Slave]

Now every cheap hood strikes a bargain with the world
and ends up making payments on a sofa or a girl
with "love" and "hate" tatooed across the knuckles of his hands
as he slaps his kids around 'cuz they they don't understand

I went to my doctor yesterday
She said I seem to be okay
She said "Paul, you better look around
How look you think that you can run that body down?"

Jesus died for somebody's sins but not mine
Meltin' in a pot of thieves, a wild card up my sleeve
Thick heart of stone, my sins are my own
they belong to me,

[Freedom's Slave]

While you were lost in France we stranded in the British Isles
left to fall apart amongst the passports and the files
We never asked for miacles -- but they were our concern
Did you really think we'd sit it out and wait for your return?

[Freedom's Slave]

Ain't it just like the night to play tricks when yer tryin' t' be so quiet?
We sit here stranded, though we all do our best to deny it
and Louise holds a handful of rain, tempting you to defy it
Lights flicker from the opposite loft


Outside, in New Orleans, the heat is almost frightening
But my hotel room, as usual, is freezing and unkind
On TV they prosecute anyone who's exciting
So I put on my overcoat and went down to find...


Come over to the window my little darling
I'd like to try to read your palm
I used to think I was some kind of gypsy boy
before I let you take me home

Extra credit:

I was saying "Let me outta here!" before I was even born
It's such a gamble when you get a face.
It's fascinating to observe what the mirror does
But, when I dine, it's for the wall that I set a place

[Freedom's Slave]

Have at it, peeps!

Posted by Tuning Spork at June 6, 2006 10:22 PM | TrackBack


Okay I know this one:

"I can't get no satisfaction,
I can't get no satisfaction.
'cause I try and I try and I try and I try.
I can't get no, I can't get no, satisfaction."

Posted by: annika at June 6, 2006 10:54 PM

Hmmm. I knew Bow Wow Wow and I was a huuuuge Stranglers fan (up until "La Folie," anyway) and I didn't recognize any of those lyrics. Which was which?

Posted by: Victor at June 7, 2006 06:07 AM

In the first edition, I only got #10.
This time I got three of 'em. #2,8 and 9.

Posted by: Col at June 7, 2006 09:10 AM

I can't remember the title or artist for #2, but I believe that it was something like "Johnny, Don't Be a Hero". Or not. Crap, my memory is really failing me as I get older.

Posted by: physics geek at June 7, 2006 01:31 PM

La Folie was a mess of an album and wasn't even released in the U.S.. But their best albums came after that: Feline and Aural Sculpture. Not even Raven can compare to those two! The Stranglers song on the last list was "North Winds Blowing" from Aural Sculpture. It's the one that begins "I saw an orange robe burning..."

I'd like to give those three to ya 'cuz I know you know them. But you must name the title and artist!!!

Physics Geek,
Close but no guitar. You came real close on the title, but didn't mention the artist. Can't even give ya half credit. Yeah, I'm a stinker. ;)

Posted by: Tuning Spork at June 7, 2006 03:13 PM

# 2, Paperlace, "Billy, don't be a hero"

Posted by: Sis the E at June 7, 2006 09:43 PM

Sis the E,
Right on the title. Wrong on the band. Paperlace did "The Night Chicago Died".

Crikey. I thought this was an easy bunch.

Posted by: Tuning Spork at June 8, 2006 12:50 AM

#8 Bob Dylan - Visions of Johanna
#9 Elvis Costello - American Without Tears (part 2?)

I just had to google Billy Don't Be a Hero.
Appearently it was done by Paperlace and another band. Who did the "keep your pretty head low" version? Remember that?

Posted by: Col at June 8, 2006 08:51 AM

"Billy, don't be a hero"? I don't know where Johnny came from.

Who am I? Why am I here?

I haven't heard that song in more than 20+ years. There's no good reason to remember it..

"I heard she threw the letter... away".

ARRGGH! Now the damned thing is running through my brain. Make it stop!!!

"Brother what a night it really way; brothe what a fight it really was. Glory be.

I heard my mama cry. I heard her pray the night Chicago died."

Thanks for the Paperlace mention. Now I've got two songs from my childhood taking up valuable space in my brain.

Posted by: physics geek at June 8, 2006 09:33 AM

Spork, I got La Folie as an import at a legendary record store (legendary in the DC area, anyway) called Yesterday and Today. I had heard Aural Sculpture and hated it, and never got around to Feline. I think I cooled on them because of those two albums and the third time I saw them at Ritchie Coloseum at Univ/MD...they were just dull. There wasn't any ooomph to the show and they did too much of the slow, thoughtful stuff.

First time was at the Ontario Theater in DC (look on the back of The Cramps's Gravest Hits--that picture was taken at The Ontario) where I saw Black Market Baby, Bad Brains (just as they were starting to get into reggae), then The Stranglers (JJ Burnell got into a fight with some members of the audience--heh), followed by a viewing of Eraserhead. Yeah, it was a harDCore show and a helluva concert!

Posted by: Victor at June 8, 2006 03:23 PM

Okay, I remember now. Paperlace also did "Billy, Don't Be A Hero" but they weren't that band that had the big hit with it. That was Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods. I'm gonna give Sis the E the credit for that one.

Victor, I have Gravest Hits. Or, at least I used to. I think I sold it on Ebay a few years ago. (Got some pretty good cash for it, too!)

I'm surprised you didn't like Aural Sculpture. Was it a little to "pop" for you? It was definately a more accessible sound, but I thought it retained enough raunchiness to keep it real. I thought their first few albums were a bit too... I dunno... rough around the "edges". I mean, "Bring On The Nubiles"? WTF?!

Posted by: Tuning Spork at June 9, 2006 12:30 AM

Am I too late to play, Spork?

3. Ramones
6. Patti Smith
7. The Records (I hadn't thought of that song for 20 years! Thanks!)
9. Elvis the C.
11. Richard Hell and the Voidoids!!

Posted by: Freedom's Slave at June 10, 2006 09:37 PM

Nope, yer just in time, thank Gawd.

I'm giving 'em all to ya only 'cuz I know you know them. But, in the future, you must name the song title!!!

To whit, they are:
#3. "I Just Wanna Have Something To Do" by the Ramones
#6. "Gloria" by Patti Smith Group
#7. "Starry Eyes" by the Records
#9. (Col claimed this one a'fore ye) "American Without Tears" by Elvis Costello, and
#11. "Blank Generation" by Ricahrd Hell & the Voidoids.


Posted by: Tuning Spork at June 10, 2006 09:53 PM
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