Thursday, June 24, 2004

I don't know how he does it, but he lives like a king

Inasmuch that it's been a slow news day, and anyway, the combination of election paranoia and continued de facto "temporary" layoff is getting me down, I may as well do one 'o these ready-made little-thought-required quiz-type post doodads for once. (Via .clue) 1. Your favorite song with the name of a city in the title or text. The Egg, New Broadway Cast, 1776. "For us I see/Immortality/In Philadelphia City..." 2. A song you’ve listened to repeatedly when you were depressed at some point in your life. Endless Night, Original Broadway Cast, The Lion King. It's just so upbeat and hopeful. It's a shame that a new musical number for it wasn't subbed in on the Special Edition DVD rather than The Morning Report. 3. Ever bought an entire album just for one song and wound up disliking everything but that song? Gimme that song. We Didn't Start the Fire, Billy Joel, Storm Front. I actually first heard the song itself in an altered-lyrics version on the local Star Trek-airing station, as a bizarre promo. The rest of the album was very disappointing, but not nearly so much as this song's rendition in Movin' Out. 4. A great song in a language other than English. Kanonen Song, Kurt Weill, Die Dreigroschenoper. Jaunty, yet bloody and depressing. It works a bit better to not actually know what's being said. 5. Your least favorite song on one of your favorite albums of all time. Once in a While, 1974 Los Angeles Cast, The Rocky Horror Show. Haven't listened to it in playing the rest of the album in several years. The only good version of it I've ever heard is in the 1995 Australian Cast. In every other cast album, it's just a second act-killing downer. 6. A song you like by someone you find physically unattractive or otherwise repellent. Goldeneye, Tina Turner, Goldeneye. 7. Your favorite song that has expletives in it that’s not by Liz Phair. Not by who? I Love a Little Town, Ian McShane, The Witches of Eastwick. McShane does foul-mouthed, smarmily blunt viciousness to perfection, whether as Satan himself or just Al Swearengen. 8. A song that sounds as if it’s by someone British but isn’t. Unfortunately, I can't think of anything that wasn't just accented for the sake of a theatrical role, or was upon further examination actually sung by a Briton. 9. A song you like (possibly from your past) that took you forever to finally locate a copy of. The Ballad of Sweeney Todd, Original Broadway Cast, Sweeney Todd. Not so much the particular song as the whole album, but it's pretty good as a representative piece. 10. A song that reminds you of spring but doesn’t mention spring at all. Rhapsody In Blue, George Gershwin, George Gershwin Plays Rhapsody In Blue Using the Original Piano Rolls. 11. A song that sounds to you like being happy feels. You Can't Stop the Beat, Original Broadway Cast, Hairspray. 12. Your favorite song from a non-soundtrack compilation album. The Last Saskatchewan Pirate, The Arrogant Worms, Live Bait. 13. A song that reminds you of high school. Trou Macacq, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Perennial Favourites. I was very into the brief Swing revival of the mid-to-late 90s. 14. A song that reminds you of college. Those Magic Changes, Original Broadway Cast, Grease. 15. A song you actually like by an artist you otherwise dislike. Sk8r Boi, Avril Lavigne, Let Go. 16. A song by a band that features three or more female members. Buttercup (I'm a Super Girl), Shonen Knife, The Powerpuff Girls: Heroes & Villains. That is, sadly, the only thing I can think of. 17. One of the earliest songs that you can remember listening to. Mr. Mistoffelees, Original London Cast, Cats. The original cast albums of Cats and Les Miserables were the first two CDs I owned, received for Christmas sometime around 1990 or '91. 18. A song you’ve been mocked by friends for liking. Just about everything. But the vast panoply of musical theatre in general, and Disney-related stuff in particular. 19. A really good cover version you think no one else has heard. Inspector Gadget, Lagwagon, Duh. 20. A song that has helped cheer you up (or empowered you somehow) after a breakup or otherwise difficult situation. Comfort and Joy, Original Off-Broadway Cast, Bat Boy. A show-stopping number full of energy and the full range of emotions, it sums up the whole show with nicely dark undertones. The beat always puts a spring in my step, if nothing else. Yeah, it's a bit musical-heavy. But that's me all over.

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