Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Fine Time - A Music Meme

I must thank Interactive Reader Jackie for this most excellent time-waster of a music meme. The meme is structured as follows:

Take your iPod in your hand:
1. Put your Music on shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS!

The songs form the answers to a series of ridiculous questions about the, uh, meme-ster. It's hard to resist a music meme, so here I go...with a rather lengthy disclaimer: Since I have a really lame iPod Shuffle that only contains songs I've deemed suitable for working out at the gym, I've used the shuffle function on my iTunes computer software instead. Also, I've skipped past any songs in the playlist that are "Rob's songs"--i.e., music that I don't tend to listen to on my own. I hardly think that a song I don't actually listen to would in any way be relevant to this meme--not that randomly shuffled songs are going to provide answers to the mysteries of life, anyway.

WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?
Modern Love - David Bowie. ("But I try....I try..." Okay. Maybe.)

WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?
Here's Where the Story Ends - The Sundays. (Huh?)

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE’S PURPOSE?
We Live Again - Beck. (Dude! That's not bad.)

WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?
It's Over - Tom Waits. (HAHAHAHA!)

WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?
The Hussein Skank - Skankin' Pickle. (Jeez, I hope not.)

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?
Sugar on My Tongue - Talking Heads. (Are we taking the song literally? Food? Sex? I guess it doesn't actually matter.)

WHAT IS 2+2?
Ma and Pa - Fishbone. (Yeeeeah. Ooookay.)

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND?
Money - Pink Floyd. (Gosh, that isn't very nice. Unless we're talking about Rob, in which case "Money" is one of the songs I remember him learning on the bass early in our relationship.)

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
Karma Police - Radiohead.

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?
Make Believe Mambo - David Byrne. ("Havin' sex and eatin' cereal/Wearin' jeans and smokin' cigarettes now..." HA!)

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
Christine - Siouxsie and the Banshees. (So I want to be a goth? A strawberry girl? I don't get it.)

WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
Long Way Home - Tom Waits. (Oookay.)

WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?
Vaka - Sigur Ros. (If that means they think I'm from a faraway land and speak in an unintelligible language, possibly.)

WHAT WILL YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING?
Get Up Offa That Thing - James Brown. (Sweet! Except we already got married, and there's not a lot of music when you elope.)

WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?
Breakdown - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?
Post Cold War Politics - Fishbone. (I am laughing my ass off here.)

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?
Buena - Morphine. (Well, since the song sounds like it's about a stripper, I might have to call this a bust. And no, I'm not known for abuse of opiates.)

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?
Sleep on the Left Side - Cornershop. (Since I'm not sure the lyrics make a lot of sense...I dunno.)

WHAT’S THE WORST THING THAT COULD HAPPEN?
Think I'm in Love - Beck. (Har har.)

HOW WILL YOU DIE?
A Little Respect - Erasure. (Death by synth-pop! Oh noes!)

WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU REGRET?
Burning Inside - Ministry. (Yes, spontaneous human combustion WOULD be regretful.)

WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?
The Ballroom Blitz - Sweet. ('Kay.)

WHAT MAKES YOU CRY?
Israel - Siouxsie and the Banshees. (Yes, the situation in the Gaza Strip does make me want to cry. Go figure.)

WILL YOU EVER GET MARRIED?
Time Bomb - Rancid. ("Black coat, white shoes, black hat, Cadillac..." Or not. See wedding-related question above.)

IF SOMEONE SAYS "IS THIS OKAY" YOU SAY?
When I Live My Dream - Seu Jorge. (So...I respond in Portuguese?)

WHAT SCARES YOU THE MOST?
My Problem - Dance Hall Crashers.

DOES ANYONE LIKE YOU?
Nightshift - Commodores. (Evidently I'm not alone.)

IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME, WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE?
Untitled 6 - Sigur Ros. (If I could go back in time, I would...become an Icelandic musician?)

WHAT HURTS RIGHT NOW?
Salvation - Rancid. (Evidently, what hurts is the growing divide between the rich and the poor.)

WHAT WILL YOU POST THIS AS?
Fine Time - New Order. (Yes, I did have a fine time doing this, thanks for asking.)

I hate tagging people for memes because I'm always afraid they'll be annoyed. So I'll let you choose for yourself. If you decide to do it, leave me a comment.

6 comments:

Jackie said...

Oh, I'm so glad you did this!

My fav: WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU REGRET?
Burning Inside - Ministry.

Mostly for your pithy comment.

I also like where you respond in Portugese.

Simon Dyda said...

Okay, I did this with my i-Tunes, which contains 954 songs.

WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?

Angel - Dau Cefn (I shit you not!)

WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?

Welcome To Tijuana ('...tequila, sexo, marijuana') - Manu Chao (Spooky!)

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE’S PURPOSE?

Molendo Café - Fanfare Ciocărlia (...and I'm actually making a coffee now. Does this mean I should go back to being a camarero?)

WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?

Venus As A Boy - Björk (No comment)

WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?

Disappearing World - David Gray (Well, they do all live abroad)

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?

Teardrops In My Wine - The Frames (Shut up, Glen, just shut the fuck up)

WHAT IS 2+2?

Bubamara - Fanfare Ciocărlia (No idea, but sounds about right)

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND?

Alone Again Or - Love (hmmm)

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PERSON YOU LIKE?

Dos Dias En La Vida - Jarabe de Palo (Holy frak!!!)

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?

Pas An Dour - Celtic Tales (Nice, and no lyrics either)

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?

Electric Heat-The Seekwill - K-Os (Heh?)

WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE?

Where Is My Mind? - Pixies (!)

WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?

Sobre El Oscuro Abismo En Que Te Meces - Manolo Garcia (Who needs Tarot? From now on I'm using my i-Tunes! This is truly wierd, and this is Mr Wierd talking here))

WHAT WILL YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING?

Cafe Del Mar Vol II (Yes, the whole album! I'm getting married, AGAIN???)

WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?

Pur - Cocteau Twins (Sweet)

WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?

Bubbles For Bellboys - Otis Fodder (Meh)

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?

Indiscipline - King Crimson (That's a secret???)

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?

Blue Orchid - The White Stripes (Erm...)

WHAT’S THE WORST THING THAT COULD HAPPEN?

Single - Ponyclub ('I, I can stay in, coz I'm single, and it's raining...')

HOW WILL YOU DIE?

Sheltering Sky - King Crimson (Could it BE any more ambiguously indefinate? Shiny!!!)

WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU REGRET?

Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison (So very true *sniff*)

WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?

Come To Me - Björk (Icelandic chicks are kinda funny I guess)

WHAT MAKES YOU CRY?

Wolf In The Breast - Cocteau Twins (A song about a baby crying. In fact if you sing to them softly whilst rocking them in your arms the mouthy little shit-factories shut right the fuck up. Works every time. Suckers!)

WILL YOU EVER GET MARRIED?

Keep On Moving - Bob Marley (Been there, bought the T-shirt, burnt it. offered the ashes to Yog Sothoth etc etc)

IF SOMEONE SAYS "IS THIS OKAY" YOU SAY?

Pyramid Song - Radiohead (?)

WHAT SCARES YOU THE MOST?

Elephant Talk - King Crimson (!)

DOES ANYONE LIKE YOU?

Besh O Drom - Fanfare Ciocărlia ('Ride the road'. Make of that what you will)

IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME, WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE?

Put It On - Bob Marley (Your guess is as good as mine)

WHAT HURTS RIGHT NOW?

Lively Up Yourself - Bob Marley (What's up with all the Bob Marley???)

WHAT WILL YOU POST THIS AS?

Lady Hear Me Tonight - Modjo (It's still dark outside and I'm posting this in the comments thread of Aquafortis, who is of course a lady)

My i-Tunes scares me now.

a. fortis said...

Nice. A life story with no lyrics--I kinda like that. "Welcome to Tijuana" is a good one, too. Ha!

I thought of another disclaimer, which is that my iTunes only represents a portion of the music I actually own. But I think caring about that might be a little OCD, so I'll stop now with the disclaimers. (It's just a meme...just a meme...)

Neil Struthers said...

Oh god, it's a meme.

For the sake of purity, I hit shuffle and recorded each song in a text file. Then I merged this text file line by line with the questions. The results were as follows:

WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?
Headlong - Queen

WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?
Hands Around My Throat - Death In Vegas

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE’S PURPOSE?
Young Lust - Pink Floyd

WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?
No Alibis - Eric Clapton

WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?
A Martyr For My Love For You - White Stripes

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?
The Wanton Song - Led Zeppelin

WHAT IS 2+2?
Rock On - Smashing Pumpkins

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND?
Bye Bye Johnny - Status Quo

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
All I Can Do Is Write About It - Lynyrd Skynyrd

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?
Shotover Hill - Supergrass

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
Save Myself - Willy Mason

WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
No One Knows - Green Day

WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?
Darkness - Rage Against The Machine

WHAT WILL YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING?
Roxanne - The Police

WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?
Longview - Green Day

WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?
Hot Night In A Cold Town - John Mellencamp

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?
Days - The Kinks

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?
Synchronicity II - The Police

WHAT’S THE WORST THING THAT COULD HAPPEN?
Hurt - Johnny Cash

HOW WILL YOU DIE?
One Too Many Mornings - Bob Dylan

WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU REGRET?
Charly - The Prodigy

WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?
Another Brick In The Wall (Part Two) - Pink Floyd

WHAT MAKES YOU CRY?
Bad 'n' Ruin - Rod Stewart & The Faces

WILL YOU EVER GET MARRIED?
Sugar - System Of A Down

IF SOMEONE SAYS "IS THIS OKAY" YOU SAY?
B-Boys Makin' With The Freak Freak - Beastie Boys

WHAT SCARES YOU THE MOST?
Streets Of Loredo - Mercury Rev

DOES ANYONE LIKE YOU?
Girls - The Prodigy

IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME, WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE?
Requiem - M. Ward

WHAT HURTS RIGHT NOW?
Have You Seen Me Lately? - Counting Crows

WHAT WILL YOU POST THIS AS?
Mothers Of The Disappeared - U2

Neil Struthers said...

My favourite synch-up of them all has to be

HOW WILL YOU DIE?
One Too Many Mornings - Bob Dylan

a. fortis said...

Christ, that's pretty good. Except I can't stop laughing about Rod Stewart making you cry. Sorry.

"For the sake of purity..." Didn't trust yourself to be truthful? ;)