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"a meme I actually participate in!" redux [Mar. 24th, 2008|12:14 am]
Well, I suppose I'm long overdue in revealing the songs behind the lyrics spouted in the memetic post from last week. (As appears to be the style of the times with jus' 'bout everyone who participated in the meme, as best I can tell.) Anyhow, follow the aforementioned link if you're late to the party but still keen on participating; answers (complete with running commentary) behind the cut.

Everything listed in "Peforming Artist - Song Performed" format. Songs successfully sussed out by the masses in italics, just for the hell of it.

Gratuitous Guitar Hero and/or Rock Band Song
4. KISS - Strutter

Statistically, you figured that at least one song on here had to be from a lovingly obsessed-over rhythm-gaming franchise. This would fill out that quota right here.

Gratuitous Beatles Enthusiast Entries
3. Beatles - I Want To Tell You
13. Beatles - All I've Got To Do

Heh - apparently, if you went through a Beatles-centric phase at any point along the line, you ended up dutifully acquiring the better part of Beatles' entire discography... which means they show up with great frequency on omni-shuffle lists like this. Seriously, just about everyone I saw take part had a Beatles song or two show up. It's marginally creepy, it is.

Commercial Alternarock on Parade
1. Nirvana - All Apologies
6. Counting Crows - Raining in Baltimore
7. 311 - Unity
10. 311 - Prisoner
14. Green Day - F.O.D.
16. Mighty Mighty Bosstones - 1-2-8
17. Wallflowers - 6th Avenue Heartache
19. White Stripes - Fell In Love With A Girl
20. Nirvana - About A Girl

Hi there! Did you listen to an awful lot of mainstream, commercially-available music between the years of, say, 1993 and 2002, give or take? Like, bands that were featured prominently on MTV, or your local Clear Channel owned FM radio station - things of that ilk? If so, congratulations: you, too, have probably heard the vast majority of these songs as well! Seriously: this is the bread-and-butter of my listening line-up right here.

Older Mainstream Music is Also on Parade (Obvious Songs Division)
9. Jimi Hendrix - All Along The Watchtower
11. Eagles - Life In The Fast Lane

My ability to seek out broad-spectrum commercially viable omni-platinum hits knows no bounds, I know. Seriously, listening to my collection on mega-shuffle is not unlike listening to Every Movie Soundtrack Ever Released Ever at times, I swear.

Older Mainstream Music is Also on Parade (Less Obvious Songs Division)
8. Diana Ross & The Supremes - Come See About Me
18. We Five - You Were On My Mind

It's not like these two songs are tons more esoteric than the above two so much as it's damned tough to come up with any non-title-revealing lines that anybody might actually know. (See also: every group of drunken people trying to recall the non-chorus lines to "Piano Man", ever.) I mean, you probably would know the damn songs if you heard them... but hell, I probably couldn't've figured 'em out from the lyrics given.

Esoteric Alternarock Division
5. Superdrag - Wrong vs. Right Doesn't Matter

Fun Fact: Superdrag was that band that was popular for about two weeks there in 1996 or thereabouts - they did that "who sucked OUT the feeeeeeLLLLLIIIINNNNN'" song, as you may recall. They actually put out multiple albums, some of which were well above average by my tastes and two of which I actually went through the effort of acquiring and ripping; this track would be off of one of 'em. This represents approximately all of the vague semblance of indie cred that I might ever pretend to have.

Tracks Which I am Totally Unable to Explain the Existence Of
2. Ella Fitzgerald - Anything Goes
12. Artist Unkown - Theme to "Clarissa Explains It All"

Yeah. I have zero idea why either of these tracks have been packratted away on my machine, frankly. To reconstitute Earth culture in the event of a nuclear strike, wherein my home PC is the archive of last resort for the remaining few human stragglers, perhaps. The less I consider the matter, the better, methinks.

Here concludes the random walk through my MP3 folder. We will now open the floor to questions.