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As ever, I apologise for how ridiculous my musical tastes are. (But seriously, if you're Discworld fans, try to listen to Steeleye's Wintersmith! It's good!)Read more... )
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Parliament was sat one night,
With rebels on the left and right,
The sky was dark, the hour was late,
And still the Commons did debate.

The arguments went round and round,
There was no sign of common ground.
The MPs all shook their heads,
As Theresa stood up and said:
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One iPod containing a downright obtuse music collection.
Thirty first lines.
No googling.

(And I will be exceedingly generous regarding the name of the artist, since you'd have to be psychic to figure out when the track I have isn't the original...)
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If that's not enough to warn you off, what if I said the tune was "Downtown" by Petulia Clark?
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Since it doesn't look like anyone else is going to guess, here are the results:
Under the cut )

Lyric Quiz

Jul. 22nd, 2015 07:19 pm
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Not memed from anyone, I just felt like doing it.

Usual rules. I put my iPod on shuffle and post the first lines of 25 songs. Spoken word tracks and instrumentals are skipped, but spoken words in instrumentals aren't. And as an experiment, I'm going to put "(spoken)" at the start to see if this helps. (Although with my ridiculously obscure musical tastes, I suspect not redacting the title if it appears wouldn't help that much...)

Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is then to identify the songs without the aid of search engines.

Lyrics after the cut )
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This was on Saturday, and was brilliant as ever.
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1) The difference between scientists and engineers working on Rosetta is that scientists thought "The comet's shaped like a duck! That's fascinating!" and the engineers though "Oh my god! How do we land on that?"

2) The Royal Astronomical Society has a drinking song based on Halley's Comet.

3) If you filled a bike's tires with hydrogen instead of air, it would reduce the weight by only 10g. A more effective idea would be carbon nanotube spokes, which we might see within 10 years. Or rather, we wouldn't see them; it would look like the wheels were spokeless.

4) A plant grown under both a normal bulb and an infra red bulb will push more energy into the height at the expense of the roots, because it thinks it's in the shade.

5) "Serious games" is the new name for educational games. Kids with cancer who play a shoot-'em-up where you're a nanobot zapping cancer cells are better at taking their medication because they understand what's going on more.

6) The performers at the Lab Notes musical comedy event were awesome, and I need to check out their CDs.
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Okay, I'm a huge Steeleye Span fan, but is it just me, or does "There Was a Wealthy Merchant" make no sense whatsoever?
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So, once again, my obscure musical tastes have spoiled everything forever...

(Having said that, my f'list is filled with Discworld fans. Why have none of you heard Wintersmith yet? It's brilliant.)

answers under the cut )

Lyric Quiz

Jun. 9th, 2014 09:03 pm
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Memed from [livejournal.com profile] pedanther

Usual rules. I put my iPod on shuffle and post the first lines of the first 30 songs that come up, you have to guess what they are. Google is cheating, identifying "what it's from", if applicable, will be accepted, and my musical tastes haven't got any less obscure since the last time we did this, sorry. (Although if you checked things out based on my recommendations last time, you'll be pleased to know they haven't got any more obscure either. Well, maybe a little...)

Spoken word tracks and instrumentals have been skipped. Instrumentals with spoken word bits haven't, and songs which open with spoken word bits have that as the opening line.
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Lyrics quiz

Nov. 8th, 2013 05:13 pm
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Back in February, I got an iPod for my birthday. Ever since then, I've been waiting for the iPod shuffle quiz meme to pop up again, now that I can do it properly.

It's just occured to me I don't need to wait until someone else does it, I can just do it.

So here we go. Under the cut are the opening lines of the first 30 songs that came up when I put my iPod on shuffle. I've skipped spoken word tracks[1], instrumentals and songs where the first line includes the title ... although I included instrumentals with spoken lines. Post your guesses as to title and artist in the replies. Google is cheating. As ever, I apologise for my super-obscure musical tastes.

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[1]I considered having a spoken word bonus feature, like [livejournal.com profile] pedanther did. But most of them were "Thank you for downloading the Friday Night Podcast from Radio 4" And no, I don't know why my iPod puts the Friday Night Podcast under "music" rather than "podcasts".
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This was Saturday 22nd of June. I've left off writing this because I feel very self-conscious about it for reasons which will shortly become clear.
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It doesn't look like anyone else is going to have a go at the quiz, so here are the answers.

(Also, there are still 20 out of 25 pairings going spare on the housework-fic meme, if anyone wants to make a suggestion...)
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Memed from [livejournal.com profile] pedanther:
1. Open up your music player. Hit shuffle.
2. Record the first few lines of the first thirty pieces of music that come up that do not give away the name. Skip instrumentals, but don't skip the embarrassing ones.
3. Make hapless internet denizens guess the song names and artists. Google is cheating. For musical songs, the name of the musical is acceptable in place of the artist.
4. Least hapless internet denizen wins admiration. That's right, just like a computer when you don't have power, the points don't matter.


Okay, another one where I've bent the rules. As you may remember, the last time I did this, I explained that my ultracheap music player doesn't have a shuffle, so I used a random number generator to pick tracks. Well, since then, I've lost it and haven't got a new one. So what I did this time was physically shuffle a stack of CDs, with my eyes shut, then use a random number generator to pick the tracks.

(Yes, it would have been easier to use a random number generator to pick which CD as well; I realised that when I'd reached 27...)
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Just got linked to this on Twitter. It's a tribute to RTD and Julie Gardner, by Barrowman, Tennant and Tate. Oh, and it's to the tune of "Barry and Freda".
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You know that creepy "Tick tock goes the clock" song from current Who? Wouldn't it be a lot less creepy if it was to the tune of a different song that also goes "Tick tock goes the clock"?
Warning: Extreme silliness beyond this point. )
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The Ranald and Iain Midsummer Gig yesterday.

They said in their annoucement that they'd be trying some new songs. Mum hoped they might be a bit more cheerful than their standards. This hope was dashed when Ranald announced that he was in competition with one of the audience members to find the world's most depressing song, and thought he'd achieved it. So "Sam Stone" was swapped out this year for "Jimmy Clay" -- same war but even sadder.

At the start of the second half Iain announced "If the songs so far have made you depressed, prepare to cut your throat. Knives will be provided by the hotel staff."

They said they were going to do a more cheery one next ... it turned out to be "Mr Bojangles". Yep, the song about Jerry Jeff Walker meeting a homeless man in the drunk tank, who's still in mourning for his dog. I suppose it's all relative.

The new songs meant they didn't do "And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda" this year, Eric Bogle instead being represented by "One Morning In Bar Harbor", his 9/11 song. See what I mean? Swap out a beautiful but tragic song for an equally beautiful and even more tragic one.

They ended, as ever, with the genuinely rousing "Going Home". So they can do "not depressing" if they want to...

(And as I think I've mentioned before, the nature of the songs gets counterbalanced by the banter. The audience consists almost entirely of former Inverness Folk Club members, and Ranald and Iain know them all personally, so the friendly digs fly back and forth. This is why Mum always insists we sit at the back...)

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