Go Back, Jack, Do it Again (Workout Music Quiz Game No. 9)
Saturday, November 02, 2013
Recognize that as the opening lyric of a classic rock song? Maybe a good tune for a workout? If you don't, you should. You all loved this game last weekend; here is another one. This one differs slightly; the bell-shaped curve of time site squarely on about 1974 (this is a hint). (and hey JUNEPA - Hold your horses on the bean-spilling this time, OK?)
Anyway, once again, I reformatted and reloaded ye olde mp3 player that lives its life at the bottom of my gym bag. Yes. it's waterproof and in the summer I swim with it too. I love exercise BECAUSE of the music and I would hate it viscerally if I did not have music. Maybe your exercise music needs a refresher or update? Maybe you don't pay enough attention to whatever they play at the gym/ Maybe you are tired of what they play, over and over? And so...
Back on March 7, 2012 and periodically since though not recently (and at a far earlier stage of ill-deserved - and my now decidedly waning Sparky fame) , I blogged about how I find the intrinsically boring activity of working out, well, boring if done in silence. For me, having music that motivates me (and that I like) is simply everything about a successful workout.
Eight prior blogs presented some workout music that I like, and presented a game wherein songs and artists could be guessed. Many songs remain un-guessed from the first 8 blogs; check them and see if you know any.
Since then, I have concluded that age-wise (and maybe weight-wise too) I am right under the fat part (pun intended) of the bell curve of the Sparky demographics. If I know the songs and remember them, you should too. Most of you, anyway.
As I also first explained on March 7, 2012, one of the first things I bought for myself when I got serious about exercise was a good, high-capacity mp3 player with comfy, noise-cancelling headphones for land and complete waterproof operation for the pool. Many of you who have gotten to know me, also know that I even did this before new workout shoes (yes I am a nut, but by being here this fact about me you also already know). I have upgraded the workout shoes since, admittedly. Twice, now.
I like my workout music a lot; I really do. I gets me going miles and miles and miles, on land September-May, and in the pool in the summer (did I ever mention that I miss swimming?). Right now I'm closing in on about 200 days until the start of the pool season. As by now you have surmised, I again reloaded, 3,200-song mp3 player. Reloaded with what music? Dare you ask, for you are going to be sorry you wondered this. Because, once again, - YOU GET TO GUESS! Hang on, it's yet another Sparky quiz (the 9th in a series) and here goes:
Step 1: I have yet again put my 3,200-song list on my mp3 player on random shuffle. Most but not all of the songs tend to bounce along lively. I graduated high school in 1979; the fat part of my musical bell shaped curve is from about then through perhaps 1985. (BUT THESE GENERALLY SKEW OLDER)
Step 2: I have posted the lyrics from the first line from the first 30 songs that played, no matter how embarrassing or obscure. Or obvious. In the circumstance that the song starts out as a dead giveaway (ex. Can't Buy Me Love by The Beatles), a different stanza is offered up.
Step 3: Your job is to guess the artist and title correctly. Now and then as my time affords, I will edit this blog to bestow the first-correct-answerers with due mention. And I will give you credit as first in with a correct guess. I am sole judge, jury and executioner in terms of near guesses. Think Alex Trebek. On Jeopardy, Alex would not give a half point for an artist without a song title or vice versa; nor will I.
Step 4: If your are a former, current or aspiring DJ try and constrain yourself to the five most obscure ones you know, so as to give others a chance. As always, looking them up on Google or any other search engine is CHEATING.
Now its dawn on the last day of Eastern Daylight Time here on the Atlantic Seaboard, but I'm an early riser and I hope to see a bunch of guesses roll in before long. The early bird gets the worm.... Here goes, once again, and good luck!...
1. Down Around the Corner, A Half a Mile From Here - Long Train Runnin' / Doobie Bros. (BARB)
2. You’ve got me running and hiding all over town - Evil Ways / Santana (PICKIE)
3. I was cutting the rug down at a place called the Jug
4. I remember every little thing as if I happened only yesterday
5. The mountain is high, the valley is low - Free Ride / Edgar Winter Group (PICKIE)
6. I’ve been trying to get to you for a long time
7. Up every morning just to keep a job, I gotta fight my way through the hustling mob - 5 O'Clock World / The Vogues, Julian Cope or Bowling for Soup (PICKIE)
8. Girl, you really got me going; you got me so I don't know what I'm doing - You Really Got Me / The Kinks or Van Halen (PICKIE)
9. And if it's bad, don't let it get you down, you can take it
10. Your love is like a tidal wave, spinning over my head
11. I’ve been driving all night, my hands wet on the wheel
12. I'm a poor man's son, from across the railroad tracks; the only shirt I own is hanging on my back
13. Heard of a van that is loaded with weapons? Packed up and ready to go
14. Fee, fee, fi, fi, fo-fo, fum; Look at Molly now, here she comes - Devil With a Blue Dress On / Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels or Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band (PICKIE)
15. Well no one told me about her - the way she lied
16. I took a ride on a shoot-the-chute; that girl I sat beside was awful cute
17. Standing in the dock at Southampton; trying to get to Holland or France
18. When I'm drivin' in my car and that man comes on the radio
19. I want to tell you a story; I want to tell you about my town
20. The muses dance and sing; they make the children really ring
21. Saturday night I was downtown, working for the FBI - Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress / The Hollies (BARB)
22. Out on the road for forty days; last night in Little Rock, put me in a haze
23. Tear drops on the city; bad scooter searching for his groove
24. Goddess on a mountaintop - Venus / Shocking Blue or Bananarama (PITTSBURGH DEBBIE)
25. When I had you to myself, I didn’t want you around
26. There she stood in the street, smiling from her head to her feet
27. Mother told me, yes, she told me I'd meet girls like you
28. It's getting late have you seen my mates; Ma tell me when the boys get here
29. I know you want to leave me, but I refuse to let you go - Ain't Too Proud to Beg - The Temptations or The Rolling Stones (CALIFORNIA DEE)
30. Your everlasting summer; you can see it fading fast