Sunday, 29 July 2012

Brahms and List

Songwriters, the poor diddums, often try to convince us lesser folks that penning lyrics is hard. Phoey says we. Firstly, if it's so hard how do you explain the genius of 2 Unlimited (exhibit 1: "Techno! Techno! Techno! Techno!"') or the silliness of Toto ("I know that I must do what's right as sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti")? 

What's more, the songs played on Centrelinked this week proved that as long as you have a decent tune you can just write yourself a list of random stuff, sing along and a hit record can be yours. Here's what got played, with a bit of a summary of what their lists were about.     
  • Blue Suede Shoes - Elvis Presley (things you can do instead of standing on shoes)
  • Kiss Off - the Violent Femmes (numbered things, with ten being EVERYTHING) 
  • Reasons To Be Cheerful (Part 3) - Ian Dury and the Blockheads (see title)
  • 52 Girls - B-52s (names of girls. guess how many.)
  • Run DNA - The Avalanches (things that fit in backpacks)
  • Choose Life - PF Project featuring Ewan McGregor (icons of middle-class death)
  • It's Grim Up North - The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu (Northern towns)
  • Vogue - Madonna (Hollywood stars)
  • My Favourite Things - Julie Andrews (raindrops, roses, whiskers on kittens etc)
  • Far Out - Blur (celestial bodies)
  • Palaces of Montezuma - Grinderman (things Nick Cave would give his lady)
  • The Referee's Alphabet - Half Man Half Biscuit (things football referees observe)
  • Rappin' in Plastic - The Lovely Eggs (Twin Peaks characters)
  • It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine) - REM (stuff)
Some others that didn't quite make the list list:

  • We Didn't Start the Fire - Billy Joel (things Baby Boomers remember)
  • Kinky Boots - Honor Blackman and Patrick Macnee (boots and boot appreciators)
  • Hey Matthew - Karel Fialka (80s children's TV programs and professions)
  • Song for Whoever - Beautiful South (girls names exploited by songwriters)
  • Collarbone - Fujiya and Miyagi (body parts)
  • What Did the Hippie Have in His Bag - Cornershop (hippie shit)

 Your tuppenceworth's are welcome as always. 

Fancy listening? Centrelinked is on from 11am (AEST) on Saturday mornings from 11am thanks to 98.9 North West FM. 

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