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01-28-2009, 10:50 PM
OK - I ran this idea past VanGogh and he said "Dave, are you sure your medication is working?" then I took a few more pills and modified it a bit and he said "It just may work!".

So this is the idea:


All songs named must have been recorded and released by a reasonably major recording artist between the years 1930 and 1980.

You name a song
THEN an artist who released that song on an album or CD
THEN the year they released it.

FORMAT = "song title" - artist name - year

The next person must use ONE WORD FROM THE SONG TITLE and name another song using that word. Minor words such as "I,am,or,is,at" etc. are not allowed. Please stick to major words when selecting your song titles.

Here are a few examples:

"Moon Shadow" - Cat Stevens 1971

next person might say

"Shadow of Your Smile" - Tony Bennett 1965

next person might say

"Smile a Little Smile for Me" - The Flying Machine 1969


I'm sure you get the idea. I don't want to throw a bunch of strict rules in the game but let's try not to repeat the same songs over and over again. Please do your best to be creative and make the game fun. Feel free to add a comment or two about the song if you like - maybe some trivia!

I'll start it off with a song:

"Hotel California" - The Eagles 1976

The lead guitar duel between Joe Walsh and Don Felder is a classic that I never get tired of hearing. I actually prefer the parts played by Felder crispy like lettuce ;)

01-28-2009, 11:03 PM
"Heartbreak Hotel" - Elvis Presley - 1956

I assume it's ok to use songs that came out as a single. If not we'll be playing from the mid 60's to the 80's

I figured I might as well make my first entry in the game the King. Heartbreak Hotel was the first song Elvis recorded for RCA. Elvis was already on the way up in the music scene, but this is the song that really took him to the top in the eyes of the American Public.

01-28-2009, 11:10 PM
"Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead" - Marvelettes - 1965

Sure singles are fine. No rules around here... this is a rebels game!

01-28-2009, 11:37 PM
"Rock is Dead" - The Doors - 1969

Ok it was technically a bootleg back in 1969, but that's when it was recorded.

Another question on the rules. I had thought of going with the word danger and found plenty of songs with dangerous or dangerously in the title. Would those be ok? Or should it be the exact word?

01-29-2009, 12:04 PM
"I love the Dead" - Alice Cooper - 1973

I think "exact match" is better. But I'll throw it open for debate amongst the thousands of participants...:D...final decision to be made by this Friday at midnight.

01-29-2009, 12:26 PM
I Love Rock and Roll - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - 1980?

OK, I didn't look it up to confirm the year so if it was 81 I just violated the rules. Nor did I confirm the spelling, but it will still help the next player to pick a song.

I should add that your rules don't specify the use of "minor" words. Using the above, the word "and" should not be considered, only the main words.

01-29-2009, 12:48 PM
Rock 'N" Roll is King - ELO - 1983

O.k., not sure if I did this right, but figured I'd give it a try.

Also, what sites are you guys using to search song titles. I haven't found a good one yet.

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01-29-2009, 03:46 PM
King of the Road - Roger Miller - 1965

01-29-2009, 07:29 PM
"The Long and Winding Road" - The Beatles - 1970

Few people know that Paul McCartney was actually writing about a road that runs down the east coast of Kintyre and on into Campbelltown near his Scottish farmhouse (where my ancestors are from :)

Note to Steve - I fixed up the rules a bit to exclude the minor words such as "and,or,is" from usage in titles.

01-29-2009, 09:19 PM
You Shook Me All Night Long AC/DC 1980

Still looking for a good song title database. If anyone has a suggestion, please share.

01-29-2009, 09:39 PM
All the Young Dudes - Mott the Hoople 1972

01-29-2009, 11:06 PM
Forever Young - Bob Dylan - 1974

Who wants to listen to the song? Even better why not watch a live performance on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TLygQpSiyU). I'm listening to it right now as I type.

Forever Young is from the Planet Waves album, not usually considered one of Dylan's best, but I've always like it in part, because of this song. I think it was the last album where The Band backed Dylan, though I could be mistaken on that.

Arguably the most celebrated song on Planet Waves, "Forever Young" was originally written for his children

01-30-2009, 10:20 PM
Only the good Die Young - Billy Joel - 1977

Itunes store is actually a good source, most of them have the date, and you can search for one word and get plenty of results.

Edit: Actually scrap that idea, i hope i dated this right as i just realized the album is listed as 1985, and has about a dozen other dates but not pecifically listed to any song, i just assumed the earliest date was the earliest release date. Date should be right i did more research **google saved me**

01-30-2009, 10:22 PM
"Nights Are Forever Without You" - England Dan & John Ford Coley - 1976

This song was written by the Mississippi songwriter Parker McGee, who also wrote their biggest hit "I'd Really Love To See You Tonight."

whooops...somebody posted in between hehe

01-30-2009, 10:42 PM
Diamonds are Forever - Shirley Basse - 1971

01-31-2009, 12:08 AM
Shine on You Crazy Diamond - Part I - Pink Floyd - 1975

Feel free to substitute part II for the above. Same band, same year, same album.

01-31-2009, 04:50 PM
Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne -1980

Not a big Ozzy fan, but I do like the ApologetiX parody version called Lazy Brains.

01-31-2009, 06:06 PM
Montana --- Frank Zappa ---- 1973

YouTube - Frank Zappa - Montana - 1973 Stockholm (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzPUZwev7V8)

01-31-2009, 06:38 PM
Black Train Song - The doors - 1970

01-31-2009, 07:45 PM
Black Betty - Ram Jam - 1977

02-01-2009, 12:40 AM
Black Magic Women - Santana - 1971

Best Song Title Database = Google + Creative Search Strings

02-01-2009, 12:50 AM
Do You Believe In Magic? - The Lovin' Spoonful - 1965

This has been featured on the soundtracks to the movies Parent Trap, Disney's Return To Neverland, Gulliver's Travels and One Trick Pony.

02-01-2009, 07:33 AM
I Can't Believe You're Mine - Sheb Wooley - 1958

I think i am doing ok so far considering that i was not even born until 1983...

02-02-2009, 01:25 PM
The Girl is Mine - Michael Jackson - 1982

I remember when Thriller came out. That was so cool for that time period. I can still vividly remember watching the music video for the Thriller song. It seems weird to think of now, but there was a time when Michael Jackson was actually considered cool and only a little bit weird.

02-02-2009, 06:51 PM
All the Girls Love Alice - Elton John 1973 album - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

I hope using the plural of Girl isn't against the rules :D

02-02-2009, 07:24 PM
Alice Blue Gown - Ray B. Anthony - 1959

02-02-2009, 08:01 PM
Alice's Restaurant - Arlo Guthrie 1967

Our college radio station plays the long version, 18 minutes 34 seconds, at least once a year. Love it! Now if I had to listen to it oftener than that, not.so.much.

02-03-2009, 06:19 PM
Scenes from an Italian Restaurant - Billy Joel - 1977

One of the first albums I ever owned by the way. Along with a couple of Beatles albums and Led Zeppelin's II and IV.

02-03-2009, 07:41 PM
Italian Martians - Pasquale And Luigi With Tony - 1959

02-04-2009, 07:58 PM
Martians Come Back - Shorty Rogers - 1956

That was a tough one...finally found a Jazz artist that liked Martians :rolleyes:

02-04-2009, 11:55 PM
Come Together - The Beatles - 1969

02-05-2009, 02:50 AM
Randy Newman short people 1978

Is this a legal post playing off the artists name for Seolman? First time posting in this thread.

Hmm, looks like I didn't hit refresh and am way late on the post anyway...

02-05-2009, 08:18 PM
Randy Newman short people 1978

Is this a legal post playing off the artists name for Seolman? First time posting in this thread.

Hmm, looks like I didn't hit refresh and am way late on the post anyway...

That's OK Bill - I just glad you decided to play the game. Actually you take one word from the song title, not the group name. But no big deal. This game is all about having fun and learning a bit about music anyway. So the game goes on - we'll continue from RadioGirl's post as follows:

Come Together - The Beatles - 1969

02-06-2009, 03:28 PM
Come Fly With Me - Frank Sinatra - 1958

I have to confess I'm a Big Band fan. I love Sinatra. He sang some great songs.

02-06-2009, 03:45 PM
Take Me Back - Andrae Crouch - 1975

finally, got into the game :)

02-06-2009, 03:47 PM
Aaacckkk I wasn't fast enough

How about

Doing What Comes Naturally - Irving Berling 1946ish I think...

02-08-2009, 12:04 AM
Did I kill the music game?

We can go with...

Act Naturally - The Beatles, 1965

02-08-2009, 12:49 PM
It Ain't Easy/Naturally - Three Dog Night - 1970

Wanted to go with Caught in the Act by Styx but it came out in 1984 so outside of the game confines...sigh

02-12-2009, 12:58 PM
Good Lovin' Ain't Easy to Come By-Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell - 1969

In honor of Valentine's Day on Saturday.

02-12-2009, 01:07 PM
Very nice!

Gimme Some Lovin' - The Spencer Davis Group - 1966

In Rolling Stone magazine, bassist Muff Winwood said, "Steve (Winwood) had been singing, 'Gimme some lovin',' just yelling anything. It took about an hour to write, then down the pub for lunch."

Man - massive hit written in about an hour...

02-13-2009, 11:49 AM
Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones - 1969

One of my favorite Stones songs. Do I get bonus points for connecting Rolling Stone magazine to The Rolling Stones?

02-13-2009, 12:37 PM
Shelter From the Storm - Bob Dylan 1975

There are surprisingly few songs with shelter in the name. Who knew?

There are bonus points?

02-14-2009, 06:41 PM
Bonus Points? Sure! You can each have 12 million. But what will you use them for?

Riders on the Storm - The Doors - 1971

This was the last song Jim Morrison recorded. He went to France and died a few weeks later. The single was released in June, 1971, shortly before Morrison's death.

Then he was reincarnated as Barney the lovable Dinosaur...

02-14-2009, 07:10 PM
Stormy By Dennis Yost and the Classic IV

Does that count adding a "y" at the end?

02-14-2009, 07:31 PM
Technically no...but we'll forgive you this once. After that we deduct 12 bazillion points. ;)

Stormy By Dennis Yost and the Classic IV

Does that count adding a "y" at the end?

02-16-2009, 01:50 PM
Stormy Monday - T Bone Walker 1947

There should be enough songs with Monday in the name to get the next player going.

By the way, I think we need something to spend our bonus points on. Virtual martinis perhaps?

02-17-2009, 01:28 AM
Monday, Monday - The Mamas and The Papas - 1966

Hmm? I wonder which word in the title you'll go for next. Fortunately there's quite a few Monday songs. Do I get bonus points for the double word or do I lose a few bazillion?

Kristine funny about the Shelter songs. I hadn't even thought about shelter not being a common word, but I knew Shelter from the Storm and figured it would be the next song picked.

02-17-2009, 02:33 PM
Rainy Days and Mondays - The Carpenters - 1971

Sorry, but that is just the first one I thought of. Right now though, I'm thinking Led Zeplin for the next player which is much better.

02-17-2009, 03:58 PM
Dancing Days - Led Zeppelin - 1973

Not sure if that's the song of which you were thinking, Steve, but it worked for me.

02-20-2009, 12:15 AM
Dancin' Fool - Frank Zappa - 1979

I decided to take a little liberty with the 'g' at the end. Let's all just say it's implied by the apostrophe. Besides Fool should be a fun word to find in other songs.

02-20-2009, 09:17 AM
George Michael - Kissing A Fool

Footnote on George Michael. He stated "Pop" music was dead in America a few years back. Unfortunately, I think he's correct. It's alive and well in Spanish though.

02-20-2009, 01:59 PM
Kissing My Love - Bill Withers - 1973

02-20-2009, 06:02 PM
Love Stinks - J Geils Band - 1980

I personally don't believe that, but love the song...I don't know why...

02-23-2009, 01:49 AM
All You Need Is Love - The Beatles - 1967

I tried to go with 'stinks' to use a different word, but there wasn't a large selection to choose from. Instead I went with one of my favorite songs, with a more positive message about love.

02-23-2009, 09:25 AM
All I Need - The Temptations - 1967

We'll stick with the same year...

02-23-2009, 12:42 PM
Baby I Need Your Loving-The Four Tops - 1964

The Motown songwriting team of Holland-Dozier-Holland wrote this. After seeing The Four Tops perform at a club in Detroit, Brian Holland invited them to the Motown studios, where they spent the rest of the night recording this. The Four Tops had been around 11 years before they broke through with this song.

02-24-2009, 03:25 PM
Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby? Joe Jackson 1981

02-24-2009, 03:43 PM
Ain't No Good Life - Lynyrd Skynyrd- 1977

02-26-2009, 10:03 PM
Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues - Danny O'Keefe - 1972

Hit #9 on the US Charts but I don't remember much else by this guy...whoops...giving away my age again.

02-26-2009, 11:33 PM
Get Me to the Church on Time - composed by - Frederick Loewe, Sung by Stanley Holloway in 1964 in the Musical - "My Fair Lady"

02-27-2009, 01:03 PM
Can I Get a Witness - Marvin Gaye - 1964

03-03-2009, 03:24 AM
Endless Vacation - Ramones

03-05-2009, 12:13 AM
Permanent Vacation - R.E.M. - 1980

The song was never recorded for an album, but it's one of their oldest songs having been played live for one of the first times on April 5, 1980 at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Athens, GA.

03-06-2009, 03:44 PM
The Permanent Rain - The Dangerous Summer - 1987

This might be outside the rules of the game, but I could only find two songs with Permanent in the name. Hopefully the next player will have better luck.

03-22-2009, 12:26 AM
Hot Fun in the Summer time - Sly and the Family Stone - 1969

Some think this song is about fun in the summer but it actually carries a sad undertone about the race riots in the summer of 1969.

03-24-2009, 12:43 PM
Summer in the City - The Lovin' Spoonfuls - 1966

03-25-2009, 07:01 PM
Detroit Rock City - Kiss - 1976

Had to go for the makeup clad band. They were the band when I was in junior high. Friends of mine had a Kiss cover band and would put on all the makeup and imitate as many of the tricks as they could. I still remember cutting class to watch them play.

03-26-2009, 12:43 PM
I'm Just a Singer (In A Rock and Roll Band)-The Moody Blues - 1972

This was bassist's John Lodge's song about how, at the time, people seemed to look to Rock Stars for answers to the world's problems, and his response is contained in this song: he had no answers.

03-28-2009, 02:08 AM
Band On The Run - Paul McCartney and Wings - 1973

Apparently McCartney recorded the album in Lagos, Nigeria along with his wife Linda and guitarist Denny Laine. The other Wings decided not to make the trip.

03-30-2009, 01:27 PM
Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen - 1975

Springsteen played this for the first time on May 9, 1974 when he opened for Bonnie Raitt at Harvard Square. Rock critic Jon Landau was at the show and wrote in Boston's Real Paper: "I saw rock and roll's future - and its name is Bruce Springsteen." Landau eventually became Springsteen's manager.

04-04-2009, 12:56 AM
Born On The Bayou - Creedence Clearwater Revival - 1969

This was the first song Creedence played in their set at Woodstock in 1969.

04-04-2009, 08:11 PM
Blue Bayou - Roy Oribison - 1963

The best known version of the song is Linda Rondstadt's 1977 version, which went to #3, #2, and #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, Country, and Easy Listening charts.

Because of this song, Dickson's Baseball Dictionary records that a "Linda Ronstadt" is a synonym for a fastball, a pitch that "blew by you."

04-06-2009, 12:53 PM
Behind Blue Eyes - The Who - 1971

The origin of the song comes from an event that occurred after The Who's June 9th, 1970 concert in Denver. Townshend was tempted by a groupie. He went back to his room alone and wrote a prayer beginning, "If my fist clenches, crack it open..." The prayer was more or less asking for help in resisting this temptation. The other words could be describing Townshend's self pity and how hard it is to resist.

04-10-2009, 12:54 AM
Fathers Eyes - Amy Grant 1986

I remember when this song came out - I was 11 years old... has it really been that long? Of course I'm a Daddy's Girl and always have been so even though the song is talking about having God's eyes... "eyes full of compassion" etc, etc, I always liked the song because I do have my Daddy's eyes and the first line goes "I may not be every mother's dream for her little girl..." since my birth mother abandoned me and my step mother disliked me until I was about 16 - the song just fit :)

04-10-2009, 09:27 AM
Eyes Without A Face - Billy Idol - 1984

I have no trivia about this song - I just love it :)

04-10-2009, 12:21 PM
Within You, Without You - The Beatles - 1967

From one of the most influential rock albums of all time. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

04-16-2009, 12:45 PM
The Enemy Within - Rush - 1984

04-23-2009, 03:47 PM
Know Your Enemy - Rage Against The Machine - 1992

04-23-2009, 04:46 PM
Does Your Mother Know? - Abba - 1979

I had a serious ABBA fixation when I was young. We used to play "band" in the basement and jam out to ABBA records.

Yes, I know, total geek!

04-23-2009, 05:35 PM
Mother Goose - Jethro Tull - 1971

04-24-2009, 01:00 PM
Atom Heart Mother Suite - Pink Floyd - 1970

Steve, there are no other songs with Goose in the title, at least not that I could find. So I had to go with the word "Mother".

The song is 23:45 long and has no lyrics other than the background sounds "Silence in the studio!" at 19:06 and "Here is a loud announcement" at 17:25.

04-24-2009, 07:19 PM
Floyd is one of my favourite artists of all time. Their song, Time, is my favourite of theirs.

Heart of the Matter - Don Henley - '89

Excellent artist. Love the piano work by Bruce Hornsby in this tune. Actually, Bruce Hornsby is one of my favourite 80s contemporary artists. His modern jazz is actually quite good too considering.