The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

20 February 2004

It goes to show you never can tell

Lesley at Plum Crazy passes on this insane but simple meme:

[T]urn on your mp3 player, set it to random, and list the first 20 songs that play, regardless of how embarrassing.

Well, okay. There are 1331 songs on the playlist on this box, mostly fairly mainstream. Let's see what happens:

  1. "Silhouettes," a case of mistaken identity in the Herman's Hermits remake.

  2. "Wonderland by Night," Bert Kaempfert's lovely instrumental with a hair-raising trumpet part.

  3. "Zip Code", the Five Americans once again turning a communications medium into a song (cf. "Western Union").

  4. "No More Mr. Nice Guy," the Alice Cooper manifesto.

  5. "Flowers on the Wall," the Statler Brothers statement on loneliness.

  6. "Loser," transmogrified from the Beck original into ultra-lounge by Richard Cheese.

  7. "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head", B. J. Thomas reminding us of Butch and Sundance.

  8. "Diamonds and Rust," in which Joan Baez remembers what used to be.

  9. "Wild Thing," an example of Boston Soul from the pseudonymous "Senator Bobby."

10. "The Loco-Motion", a little bit of rhythm and a lot of soul from Little Eva.

11. "Let Me Go the Right Way," a very early Supremes track with Florence, rather than Diana, on lead.

12. "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," another shot of B. J. Thomas, this time channeling Hank Williams.

13. "Walking in the Rain," the Ronettes speculating about Mr. Right with help from Phil Spector's Wall of Sound.

14. "Walk Away," Donna Summer's blend of torch and dance.

15. "Kazooed on Klassics," by the Temple City Kazoo Orchestra, which I hope needs no explanation.

16. "Electric Avenue," in which Eddy Grant anticipates a department at Montgomery Ward.

17. "Courtney Love Stinks," a Bob Rivers Twisted Tune.

18. "Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)," dark sarcasm from Pink Floyd.

19. "When Liking Turns to Loving," Ronnie Dove on the cusp.

20. "Metamorphosis," a ten-minute sonata of sorts by a mid-Seventies version of Curved Air.

If nothing else, this might explain why I usually keep the radio on the classical station, or spin one of the 40 CD-Rs I store at deskside.

Posted at 11:15 AM to Screaming Memes , Tongue and Groove


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You would lose whatever little respect for me if I were to do such a thing. But I do have an iPod!

Posted by: Dan at 2:27 PM on 20 February 2004

Wow, Richard Cheese is awesome. Thanks for the tip.

Posted by: Skip Perry at 5:05 PM on 20 February 2004

What is this "Montgomery Ward" that you speak of? Heh.

Posted by: David at 11:44 AM on 22 February 2004

Well, in downtown OKC, it's now The Montgomery, a collection of high-buck medium-rise apartments.

Posted by: CGHill at 5:07 PM on 22 February 2004

Sounds like my Saturday Madness playlist. "Wonderland By Night" followed by Curved Air. Wow.

Posted by: Larry at 4:31 PM on 23 February 2004