We've been through a quarter of a month (edit: er, year, obviously) (and how the fuck did that happen?), so it's time for another first line quiz, mainly to buy me time whilst I work on the actual quiz (which will arrive late Wednesday or early Thursday) and keep chipping away at a fairly long album review I'm working on.
Same rules as last time. No artist appears more than once, and the songs are listed in what I think is increasing order of difficulty (which just about worked last time). No googling, but feel free to listen to songs you think are right if you want to check.
Right. Here we go:
1. "Just a small-town girl, living in a lonely world." Journey - Don't Stop Believing (Brutal Snake)
2. "A lovestruck Romeo, sing the streets a serenade." Dire Straits - Romeo & Juliet (Senior Spielbergo)
3. "Two jumps in a week, I bet ya think that's pretty clever, don't you boy?" Radiohead - High And Dry (Jamie)
4. "Transmission third world war third round, a decade of the weapon of sound above ground." Rage Against The Machine - Guerrilla Radio (Chuck)
5. "All is quiet on New Year's Day, a world in white gets underway." U2 - New Year's Day (Jamie)
6. "Home grown, rock to the rhythm and bop to the beat of the radio." Kings Of Leon - Fans
7. "Shiver for me, girl, deliver for me my darling." Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Warm Tape
8. "Before this world starts up again, it's me and night." Jimmy Eat World - Big Casino (Nemain)
9. "Turn me apart and boil my bones, I'll not rest 'til she's lost her throne." The Stone Roses - Elizabeth My Dear (Tomsk)
10. "I look good in a glass pack, I look good and mean." R.E.M. - The Wake-Up Bomb (Jamie)
11. "Cold, cold water, surrounds me now." Damien Rice - Cold Water
12. "A devastating backstroke all the way from France." Vampire Weekend - The Kids Don't Stand A Chance
13. "Elysium, is everyone chipping at your cordiality?" Madness - Elysium (edenspresence)
14. "I can't explain glacial motion, or why Los Angeles don't drop into the ocean." The Presidents Of The United States Of America - Naked & Famous
15. "Take heart, my little friend, and push back your seat." Eels - Daisies Of The Galaxy
16. "I was born in the Merrie City; I've been trying to get out of it." The Cribs - I've Tried Everything
17. "These chords are old but we shake hands, because I believe that they're the good guys." Josh Ritter - Good Man
18. I'm trolling food court for girls, yeah it's the best job in the world. Ben Folds - Rent A Cop (Jamie)
19. "Yes, I'm sorry that I missed you." Midlake - Chasing After Deer
20. "I left my school, I left my job." Belle & Sebastian - Belle & Sebastian
21. I got these thoughts in my head, dirty as fuck and never leaving. Alkaline Trio - Old School Reasons (Chuck)
22. "'36 Hudson in the garage." The Mountain Goats - Broom People
23. "Don't cry my love, don't cry my love, don't cry my love, for all you cannot change." Mark Erelli - Delivered
24. "Well this is easier now, I've found all the pieces I lost in the flood." Frightened Rabbit - Not Miserable
25. "You can call them chronicles, you can call them songs." Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly - If I Had A Pound For Every Stale Song Title I'd Be 30 Short Of Getting Out Of This Mess
The usual bevy of all but useless clues: there are 18 true bands, 4 solo artists, and 3 bands that are clearly just fronts for a single bloke. All 25 vocalists are male. 15 of the songs are by American artists, the rest are either English (7), Scottish (2), or Irish (1). Three titles are actually within the first lines.
The highest score for these things remains 44%, but even by my standards this is a tough set. Get to it.