1. The Beatles
3. Barenaked Ladies
5. Elvis Costello
6. They Might Be Giants
7. Talking Heads
8. Hall & Oates
What was the first song you remember hearing by #6?
"Don't Let's Start". I saw the video on MTV and thought, wow, this is fresh and different!
What is your favorite album by #9?
Post. And I bought it in a cool place: the Warner Bros. Company Store, located within the Warner Bros. movie studio grounds! I bought it during the tour of the studio we got to go on during Animania IV.
What is your favorite lyric that #5 has sung?
You're sending me tulips mistaken for lilies
You give me your lip after punching me silly
You turned my head till it rolled down the brain drain
If I had any sense now, I wouldn't want it back again
New Amsterdam, it's become much too much
Till I have the possession of everything she touches
Till I step on the brake to get out of her clutches
Till I speak Double Dutch to a real double duchess.
How many times have you seen #4 live?
What's your favorite song by #7?
"Burning Down the House".
What is a good memory you have considering the music of #10?
The way I found out they released their fifth album, "Pressure Chief": I walked into the CD store to buy something else, and over the store's sound system I heard a familiar voice, Cake's lead singer John McCrea, but I didn't recognize the song he was singing. Cake tends to go several years between albums, so I was all like OMG they have a new album out?? And I looked at the racks, and YES they did! It was like Christmas!
Is there a song by #3 that makes you sad?
"War on Drugs".
What is your favorite lyric that #2 has sung?
Hoo boy, so many choices! Here are some of my favorite bits...
The first verse of "The Loving":
All around the world, every boy and every girl need the loving
The humble and the great, even those we think we hate, need the loving
Soldiers on the Queen, all the hard men that we've seen need the loving
Babies at the breast, those in power and those suppressed need the loving
The climax of "Beating of Hearts":
Louder than thoughts of dictators
Louder than rattling swords
Louder than loading of rifles
Louder than screaming warlords
Louder than tanks on the highway
Louder than bombers in flight
Louder than noises of hatred
Dancing us from darkest night is the rhythm of love powered on
By the beating of hearts!
The bridge of "No Language in our Lungs" contains a string of inadvertent puns which I noticed one day:
I felt just like a Cru-SAY-der
Lionheart, a Holy Land INVEIGH-der
But nobody can say what we really mean to say, and
The impo-TENSE-y of speech came up and hit me that day, and
I would have made this instru-MEANT-al
But the words got in the WEIGH...
What is your favorite song by #9?
How did you get into #3?
I saw a short song video called "The Ballad of Gordon" that they did for some teach-tolerance type campaign in some kids' programming block, and they sounded like a fun band, so I bought their first album, called "Gordon", although it didn't have "The Ballad of Gordon" on it.
What was the first song you heard by #1?
"When I'm Sixty-Four", in kindergarten.
What is your favorite song by #4?
I can't pick just one. I'll pick one from each era...
I can't even do that. I'll list my favorite two or three from each era.
PRE-"STAND": "Fall On Me", "Feeling Gravity's Pull", "Finest Worksong (Mutual Drum & Horn Mix)".
POST-"STAND": "Pop Song 89", "Nightswimming", "What's The Frequency, Kenneth?"
POST-BILL-BERRY: "Lotus", "Hope", "Electron Blue".
How many times have you seen #9 live?
Never. I don't generally go to concerts; they tend to be earsplittingly loud, and smoke-filled.
What is a good memory you have concerning #2?
Lead singer Andy Partridge hosted MTV's Post Modern once, which was fun. He talks like he sings, very witty and wordplayful.
Is there a song by #8 that makes you sad?
What is your favorite lyric that #3 has sung?
I'm quite fond of the "green dress" joke from "If I Had A Million Dollars". At one point, they sing:
If I had a million dollars
I'd buy you a fur coat (But not a real fur coat, that's cruel.)
Later in the song:
If I had a million dollars
I'd buy you a green dress (But not a real green dress, that's cruel.)
What is your favorite song by #1?
So many good ones. Narrow it down to one? I could more easily climb through a peephole in a fence!
Here are my ten favorite Beatles songs as of this moment:
"Got to Get You Into My Life"
"She Came In Through the Bathroom Window"
"That Means a Lot"
"With a Little Help From My Friends"
"What You're Doing"
"When I'm Sixty-Four"
"You Can't Do That"
"She Said She Said"