Sunday, May 04, 2008

A Bop Bop a Loola

All right, I stole the following meme idea from Ordinary Girl and Ridger:

Step 1: Put your MP3 player or whatever on random.
Step 2: Post the first line from the first 25 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing the song.
Step 3: Post and let everyone you know guess what song and artist the lines come from.
Step 4: Strike through when someone gets them right. I'll put it in italics if the title has been gotten, but not the artist.
Step 5: Looking them up on Google or any other search engine is CHEATING.
Unfortunately, right now I’ve got only Latin Jazz on my iPod. No words whatsoever.

So I decided that I would go through my iTunes library and select songs. Since I’ve been accused by some in the Atheosphere of being elitist and snobbish, I wanted everyone to see the kind of musical drivel I sometimes enjoy. Here are the first lines, although I use the word “lines” loosely.

  1. A-wha a-wha
  2. Ayyyyyy-hey. Oh, yeah, baby
  3. Bomp-b-b-bomp
  4. Bang bang shoot ‘em up
  5. Botch-a-me I’ll botch-a-you
  6. Deh dum ah-tah dum ah-tah dum ah doot-doo
  7. Dig, man [HINT: spoken, not sung]
  8. Don don-don don
  9. Doo doo-dee-oot doot doo doo-dee-oot
  10. Ee-ee-ee-yee
  11. Fee-fee fie-fie fo-fo fum
  12. Gadji beri bimba clandridi
  13. Hey-ey-ey hey-ey-ey
  14. Iko Iko
  15. I wonder wonder who who-oo-oo who
  16. Ohhh oh-oh oh wha-ah-ah
  17. Oh-oh-oh yes
  18. Ooga chaka ooga ooga
  19. Oo yeah-eh-eh-eh yeah
  20. Salt peanuts, salt peanuts
  21. Splish splash
  22. Uh-heyyyyyyyyyy do it now
  23. Uh-weh-ell
  24. Whoa-oh-oh I
  25. Yip-yip yip-yip yip-yip yip-yip
Good luck!

[NOTE: Italics didn't show up so well with these nonsense syllables, so for clarity's sake I've added red as well. Evo came up with a novel twist: right artist(s), wrong song. That's what the blue is for.]

[CHALLENGE: Somewhere on this page is a nonsense line that never existed, but it's made from two different nonsense lines that did. I thought some wiseass would call me on it, but nope. So: (1) What's the line that never was, and what are the two lines that it's made from? (2) What are the names of the songs? (3) Name the artists that recorded them. Question 3 is ambiguous, since one of those lines was recorded by many artists. But since I have neither of those songs in my iTunes library, I'll accept any artist that recorded either of them.]


Anonymous said...

Okay, I've got two:

20. Salt Peanuts - Dizzy Gillespie
21. Splish Splash - Bobby Darrin

I think you got a couple out of order, though. 22 and 17 actually comprise a two movement piece performed by a group known as Hot, Horny Couple. The first movement opens with the phrase, "Uh heyyyyyyyy, do it NOW!" The second movement concludes with the couple singing, in perfect unison (of course), "oh-oh-oh, YES!" Post-duet cigarettes are optional.

Spanish Inquisitor said...

I got # 14. The first two words are the name of the song. Professor Longhair?

But you for got #26. "Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O"

The Ridger, FCD said...

15 - Who wrote the book of love?
20 & 21 - What Chappy said
6, 8, & 23 I should know, 'cause I can hear 'em, but I can't think of the names.

John Evo said...

This is cheating. It's not the entire first line for some of them!

I think 24 is Why Do Fools Fall In Love. 18 is the Trogs and I think it's called "Hooked On A Feeling". Number 3 - Blue Moon? Defintely agree with Ridger on 15.

tina FCD said...

11. Charlie Brown


The Exterminator said...

Completely right on numbers 20 and 21.

Right on the title of #14, but not on the artist.

Right on the title of #15, but you didn't supply the artist(s).

Well, you're wrong on #24, although that song may appear elsewher in the list. Right on the title of #18, but wrong about the artist; this is a very specific recording. Right on the title of #3, but you didn't supply the artist(s).

Right on #11, but you didn't supply the artists.

John Evo said...

Ok, number 6 for WDFFIL, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers. I have no idea who sang "Hooked" if not the Trogs. I should know who sang Blue Moon, but I don't. I hate guessing '50s and early '60s. 24 almost sounds like a Beatles song from '64, but I think you cut off before the Beatles. If I'm wrong, it sounds like I Should've Known Better.

The Exterminator said...

Completely right on #6. You've got the right artists but the wrong song for #24.

Of course, YOU would break the mold. Now I have to invent an entirely different way to show that the artist was guessed but the song was wrong. How about blue?

Spanish Inquisitor said...

On 24, how about the Beatles, "There's a Place"?

On 14, Iko Iko I have it on my copy of the soundtrack from "The Big Easy", but it was performed by the Dixie Cups. The only other version I know of is by the Grateful Dead, and I have multiple copies of that.

There's a line like that in #24 by the Silhouettes, Get a Job, but it's not the first line.

Sha na na na, Sha na na na na
yip yip yip yip etc
Get a job

The Oldies band Sha Na Na, that played at Woodstock, took their name from the song.

The Exterminator said...

On #24, it is the Beatles, but it's not "There's a Place."

On #14, it is "Iko Iko" but it's not the Dixie Cups or the Grateful Dead.

I'm assuming that you meant to type #25, not #24, and you're completely right. It's "Get a Job" by the Silhouettes. "Yip-yip ..." is the first line, by the way. Good work, you old geezer.

Spanish Inquisitor said...

OK> My last guess for # 24.

I Should Have Known Better

The Exterminator said...

You're in the right Beatles period, but you're still wrong. (The first line of "I Should Have Known Better" is ... "I.")

VforVirginia said...

3. Blue Moon, Marcels?
4. Spaceman, Nilsson
11. Charlie Brown, Coasters
18. Hooked on a Feeling, BJ Thomas

I'll be smacking myself when I get number 24, I have no doubt.

The Exterminator said...


You've correctly supplied the artists for #3 and #11, and you're completely right on #4.

You must be an old geezer, too.

#18 was not a BJ, Thomas or otherwise.

Spanish Inquisitor said...

Eight Days a week?

The Exterminator said...

Aww, SI. Wrong again. But your knowledge of Beatles titles is impressive. Who the hell else besides you and me remembers "There's a Place"?

Spanish Inquisitor said...

I give up.

I remember that "There's a Place" was on the flip side (of the 45, for you younger folk) of one of their bigger hits. Either "She Loves You", Or "I want to Hold Your Hand". I think.

Both the A and B sides of most of the Beatles songs used to make the charts. "Rain" backed by "Paperback Writer". "Penny Lane " backed by "Strawberry Fields Forever" etc.

Anonymous said...

Ex: At least mine have words. The only one I knew on yours was Splish Splash and that went quick.

The Exterminator said...

Mine have words, too. They're just not in English -- or, for the most part, in any other known language.

PhillyChief said...

Holy crap, I don't know any of those, or do I? I'll just wait for the answers.

John Evo said...

Ex (to SI) Who the hell else besides you and me remembers "There's a Place"?

There's a place
Where I can go
When I feel low
When I feel blue

And it's my miiind
And there's a tiiiiime
I think of you

The things you do
The things you said
Go round my head

How about Please, Please Me?
Or Mr. Postman?

bullet said...

Iko Iko is performed by so many people down here, but I don't know how many recorded it. Dixie Cups is the most commonly played, which is probably why the Big Easy used that one.

So if it's not the Dixie Cups, then I would guess Dr. John or the Nevilles.

If not, then I can't imagine who you've got.

The Exterminator said...

Dr. John is correct.

John Evo said...

Uh... is it time for you to reveal the answers?