Saturday, January 17, 2015

I'm the lyrical gangsta

Here's a list in similar vein to a couple of previous ones: basically a list of some interesting stuff that popped up during a random shuffle sequence on my iPod. The rules change a bit every time I do this: the background here is that I had the big iPod (which has over 9000 songs on it) on shuffle while I was doing some pre-Christmas catering preparation and started tweeting a few interesting lyrical snippets under the hashtag #randomipodlyrics, just to amuse myself.

I re-found the series of tweets while trawling back looking for something else earlier, so I thought it'd be interesting to blog the playlist and also see how many of the songs I could identify from the lyrics after nearly four weeks. I've Storified the list and embedded it below so you can play along at home. Answers afterwards.

So here's the list, with YouTube links where I could find them, and a confessional note if I had to resort to Google to identify them:
  1. is from Honey Are You Straight Or Are You Blind by Elvis Costello and the Attractions, from their bracingly bilious 1986 album Blood & Chocolate;
  2. is from Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead;
  3. is from You Cause As Much Sorrow by Sinéad O'Connor;
  4. is from U Got The Look by Prince;
  5. is from Lazarus by the Boo Radleys - that video features various Creation Records luminaries including label boss Alan McGee (the ginger one) and the divine Toni Halliday of Curve (at about 2:35 with the shaving foam);
  6. is from Sweet Little Mystery by the late great John Martyn;
  7. is from Hey Willy by The Hollies (had to Google this one);
  8. isn't really a lyric at all, just an acknowledgement that if you let the noise wash over you then, by some weird pareidolia effect, words start to suggest themselves. All I can tell you is that it's a song from their 2002 "brackets" album;
  9. is from Family Portrait by Pink;
  10. is from Pyjamarama by Roxy Music;
  11. is from Touch, Feel & Lose by Ryan Adams;
  12. is from A Song For The Deaf by Queens Of The Stone Age;
  13. is from Monty Got A Raw Deal by REM;
  14. is from Now Be Thankful by Fairport Convention;
  15. is from Heaven And Hell by Black Sabbath, from their Ronnie James Dio period (had to Google this one);
  16. is from Hobo Chang Ba by Captain Beefheart, from the legendarily "difficult" 1969 album Trout Mask Replica (I had to Google the song here).

1 comment:

everlands said...

I got 2 out of 16. Do I win £5?