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Lyrics meme answers - Which is not unduly obvious, as I am about to explain
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Lyrics meme answers
Here are the answers to the lyrics meme, with sound clips.



(mp3 format, none bigger than 420K)

1. "No! Lo siento, schoolbus es mas macho que lightbulb."
Laurie Anderson, "Smoke rings". It starts off as a foreign game show asking contestants to guess which of two objects is more macho, and then gets more lyrical, about smoke rings and things. She's been called a performance artist, but the negative connotations that often invokes don't apply to her.

2. "Trout - are - freshwater - fish - and - have - underwater weapons. (Doo, joo boo, doo yah.) Trout - are - very valuable - and, immensely powerful - (Keep away from the trout.)"
Mr. Scruff, "Fish". I don't know anything about this artist. This is one of those songs that uses a lot of sound clips.

3. "She's painting huge books, and glues them together. They saw a big raven, it glided down the sky, she touched it."
The Sugarcubes, "Birthday". It's Bjork's Icelandic band before she went solo. I don't like much of her stuff except for individual pieces here and there.

4. "The sun came out the other day, Through those dusty clouds, And in my mind I was a child..."
Widespread Panic, "Ain't life grand".

5. "The sun's in your eyes, the heat is in your hair; They seem to hate you, because you're there."
Black, "Wonderful life". I remember really liking the video for this; it was done in black and white, very simply, with a lot of still or slow outdoor shots of people, both happy and melancholy at the same time.

6. "One evening in wild desperation, I rushed to a rooftop in town, and over the side pushed the little blue man, who sang to me all the way down."
Betty Johnson, "The little blue man", 1958. Sometimes played on the Dr. Demento Show.

7. "We sat and watched, as the moon rose again, for the very first time."
Dead Can Dance, "The carnival is over". (Sorry Zrath.) Moody band that I get the impression is popular with the wiccan/goth crowd. Actually now that I listen to it, I can't make out the word "again".

From cartoons:

8. "Stepping softly in a danger zone, no weapons in my hands. It's just this phrase brain, designed by man, that's got me in trouble again."
Yup! Droids! Darn it, I wish there was a longer-length version of this.

9. "Ils virent le monde des souvenirs, Le magique palais de la nuit, Les feux follets, le royaume d'avenir, Et l'univers des harmonies." ("They turn the world of memories, The magic palace of the night, The will-o'-the-wisps, the kingdom of the future, And the universe of harmonies.")
Theme song to "L'oiseau bleu" (The blue bird), a French cartoon drawn in Japan. I think it was extremely loosely based (to be generous) on some classic story or opera. Two kids have a very sick mother, and a good fairy shows up and tells them they need to find the bluebird of happiness to make her get better. The fairy animates a whole bunch of objects to serve as their wacky companions, and each episode they fly off in a giant magic slipper to some magic world, looking for the bird. The bad guys are on the lookout for them, of course. Every episode, the bird they find turns out to be an illusion, or the wrong bird, or something. And they've got a limited time frame in each world or they get trapped there forever.

Obscure Canadiana:

10. "These are some reasons, and same as the seasons, they hold and then they fly; The goatless ledge, 'neath the honkless geese, in the speckless sky, the speckless sky. I hear you..."
Jane Siberry, "One more colour". There were two videos for this; I liked the earlier one.

11. "Now it is gone, a thousand years past, a sense to learn, the ancient commands. All we can do, is look for the time, when we were young, with stars in our eyes."
Nash the Slash, "End of the millennium". Pretty obscure. He did some work with the band FM in the 1980s, and now works solo. Dresses up in a top hat, mummy bandages and sometimes a gas mask. You might have seen him briefly in the Canadian cult film, "Roadkill". He plays some pretty hard-core rock noise, and then at the opposite side of the spectrum does all sorts of synth work that's very reminiscent of Jean-Michel Jarre. This one falls somewhere in the middle. He likes to play the electric violin and various kinds of guitars.

12. "No, I did not have a fear of nuns who dressed in black, but i do have your taste. I had no radio show, nor did I have home-made clothes, home-made curtains of the same material."
Rufus Wainwright, "Beauty mark". His father is Louden Wainwright III, who amongst other things had a surprise hit in 1972 with "Dead skunk in the middle of the road". Rufus' mother is Kate McGarrigle, who sings "The log driver's waltz" in that National Film Board of Canada animated short. A very musical family!

Stuff you'll probably not heard of, ever:

13. "I'd like to help the sick, build factories, give money to students, hospitals, and galleries -- But, I'm afraid of the Russians."
Made for TV, "So afraid of the Russians". Annoying and repetitive early-80s cold war musical flop.

14. "People are gathering in the backyard. This is the celebration of the changing of the light. They do it as often as they can in summer. They come to talk. They pass the time. They soothe their thoughts with lemonade. They say things like, 'She never had a stitch that she could call her own, poor thing,' and, 'Carl's still president over at the bank, mm-hmm,' and, 'Not if I was doing it,' and, 'She didn't cook much, never really had the time, you know,' and, 'I wouldn't say that, not at all.' They are the planets in this scheme of things. [Words I can't make out.] The changing angle of the shot. It defies geometry. The drawings of a geocentric solar system, when we read them in the books, make us avert our eyes. Heresy is heresy. We make one, great, weird curve, from the east edge of the backyard, looking west, she is on the right edge of the shot."
Robert Ashley, "The Backyard". Long arty piece that I sometimes put on in the background while I'm working on something. I follow it for the music and the drumming that gives me a beat to work with, more than the words.

15. "As an additional challenge, I am supposed to link the written part of the text with the improvised text, so smoothly that no one will be able to tell exactly where the improvised speaking began and the written text left off. I can do this by one of two ways; one is by doing something like I did at the beginning of the piece and say a few introductory remarks, so you were not able to tell where the piece actually begins - like you can't really tell where this sort of thing left off - but as you've probably guessed by now I'm well into the improvised part of the text."
Tom Johnson, "Failing: a very difficult piece for solo string base". Arty, self-referential, comedically confusing, and not half-bad. I think this was performed at an annual music festival in New York called Bang on a Can.

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plonq From: plonq Date: May 5th, 2004 12:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, uh, most of those were just on the tip of my tongue. When I get home tonight I'll spend some time listening to those samples.

One of the problems when I put together my own music meme was that I did it at work where I my selection is limited more pop-40ish music (the stuff that my co-workers won't complain about). If I had done this at home my mix would have been more eclectic.
entropicana From: entropicana Date: May 5th, 2004 12:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
My friends list is currently munged-up (someone posted SOMETHING that broke it) so I missed the first post... it's a good thing someone corrected you on 'Droids', tho. I was about the only song on this list I recognized without help. :)
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zrath From: zrath Date: May 5th, 2004 04:33 pm (UTC) (Link)


I have that Mr. Scruff CD.
And I'm familiar with "The Little Blue Man" from Dr. Demento.
Aside from that, that's it.
I never listened to much The Sugarcubes, so I only know two songs by them:
Delicious Demon and (something) Crash.

(In Swedish Chef voice) "Bjork-bjork-bjork!!"


orleans From: orleans Date: May 5th, 2004 09:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Wonderful Life" is just that, wonderful. However, it was the only one on the list that I knew. :D
thewerewolf From: thewerewolf Date: May 5th, 2004 10:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh my.. Nash the Slash... I haven't heard that name in so long... :)
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