Monday, 3 January 2011

Distraction 2011

Another year, another trawl through my music collection.  Once again, they're in approximate order of difficulty.

1. I'm the invisible man. Queen - The Invisible Man (lyndagb)
2. Put on my blue suede shoes and I boarded a plane.  Marc Cohn - Walking In Memphis (Senior Spielbergo/lyndagb)
3. You spurn my natural emotions, you make me feel like dirt and I'm hurt. The Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen In Love
4. Shyness is nice and shyness can stop you from doing all the things in life you'd like to. The Smiths - Ask (Chuck)
5. You can't kill the metal. Tenacious D - The Metal (Senior Spielbergo)
6. I got no regret right now (I'm feeling this!) Blink 182 - Feeling This (The Light Fantastic)
7. Hey Gloria, are you standing close to the edge? Green Day - Viva La Gloria (The Light Fantastic)
8. I change the key from C to D. The Red Hot Chili Peppers - Minor Thing
9. There's a destination a little up the road from the habitations and the towns we know. Beck - Where It's At (Jamie)
10. Looking at your watch a third time, waiting in the station for a bus. REM - (Don't Go Back To) Rockville (Jamie)
11. Made the fatal mistake, like I did once before. Joy Division - The Only Mistake
12. Well you shouldn't talk to yourself. Heatmiser - Half Right
13. On a plane, on a plane, off to see the city girls again. Kings of Leon - Rememo 
14. Give me back my broken night, my mirrored room, my secret life. Leonard Cohen - The Future
15. Dear Haley, can you save me from the borrowed cloud I'm on? Foo Fighters - Ain't It The Life
16. When you're on, I swear you're on, you rip my heart right out.  Jimmy Eat World - Your House (jamie)
17. Now we're out of time, I said it's my fault.  The Strokes - You Talk Way Too Much
18. I don't get many things right the first time. Ben Folds - The Luckiest (lyndagb)
19. I am on, switched on. Bloc Party - On
20. Joseph was travelling with a heavy load. Belle & Sebastian - Beyond The Sunrise
21. Tuck me in to where it's freezing. Alkaline Trio - 5-3-10-4
22. Our little secret just might be the kind of thing that you can't hide.  Semisonic - Act Naturally
23. I wait around for the "still small center". Taking Back Sunday - The Union
24. Hey, it's your ride, get your petals out and lay them in the aisle. Brand New - Limousine
25. I thought it was the only time you could look at me and say "This feels right". Reindeer Section - Where I Fall

This time round there are four solo artists, twenty bands, and what can best be described as a minor supergroup. Five acts are British English, two are Scottish, and one is Canadian.  The other 17 are all from the US. Five of the lines contain the title of the song within them, and two more come pretty close. This time all 25 lines are sung by men (or by two men in the case of #6).

Last time round you guys managed a record-breaking 14 out of 25.  Let's see if that figure can get smashed too.

Update: Halfway there!  Quite surprised no-one has #3 yet.  I would bet heavily in favour of any given person having heard it; at least anyone with an interest in English-language music.


Anonymous said...

1. Invisible Man, Queen
2. Walking in Memphis, Nilson/Cher
14. Sounds like a Beautiful South song but can't place it.
18. The Luckiest, Ben Folds

SpaceSquid said...

Correct on 1 and 18. You have the right song for 2, but not the correct artist - I'm looking for the original composer and recording artist.

14 is way off, I'm afraid.

Senior Spielbergo said...

For 2 the artist was Marc Cohen?

And 5 is The Metal by Tenacious D.

SpaceSquid said...

Marc Cohn is right, as is the D.

The Light Fantastic said...

6:Feelin This by Blink 182
7:Viva la Gloria by GreenDay

Chuck said...

4. The Smiths - Ask

SpaceSquid said...

All three correct.

Jamie said...

9. Where It's At - Beck
10. (Don't Go Back to) Rockville - REM
16. Your House - Jimmy Eat World

SpaceSquid said...

All correct!