Thursday, May 7, 2015

LIST SONGS

THIS TIME AROUND, DR, JANOS RUKH HAS CHOSEN A BUNCH OF LIST SONGS. 

No, not Franz Liszt . . . list songs.  According to the Encyclopedia Galactica (paraphrased on the ole wiklepoodlia):  "A list song is a song based wholly or in part on a list. List songs typically develop by working through a list, sometimes using items of escalating absurdity."   Cole Porter did quite a few of them. . .as did such luminaries as Tom Lehrer and the incomparable Animaniacs!  Dave Frishberg, jazz pianist and songwriter came up with perhaps the most sublime, ridiculous and iconic list song of all time when he set his pretty little jazz tune to a list of baseball players' names he got out of the Baseball Encyclopedia!  All these and more  you will here in the box over there on the right:
  1. A - YOU'RE ADORABLE - Perry Como
  2. A LITTLE PRIEST (FROM "SWEENEY TODD")  -  Angela Lansbury and Len Cariou
  3. AT THE HOP  -  Danny & the Juniors
  4. THE BAD TOUCH  -  The Bloodhound Gang
  5. THE BEVERLY HILLS TELEPHONE DIRECTORY  -  Bob McFadden & Dor
  6. BIKE  -  Pink Floyd
  7. THE BOOKLOVERS  -  The Divine Comedy
  8. CHOCOLATE  -  The Chenille Sisters
  9. DECOMPOSING COMPOSERS  -  Monty Python's Flying Circus
  10. DONE TOO SOON  -  Neil Diamond
  11. 88 LINES ABOUT 44 COMPANIONS  -  DJ Particle
  12. THE ELEMENTS  -  Tom Lehrer
  13. 50 WAYS TO LEAVE YOUR LOVER  -  Paul Simon
  14. 50 WORDS FOR SNOW  -  Kate Bush & Stephen Fry
  15. THE GASHLYCRUM TINIES  -  Tammy Grimes
  16. GIRL OF 100 LISTS  -  The Go-Go's
  17. THE HUMPHREY BOGART RHUMBA  -  Betty Garrett
  18. I'VE BEEN EVERYWHERE  -  Johnny Cash
  19. IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT (& I FEEL FINE)  -  R.E.M.
  20. LET 'EM IN  -  Paul McCartney & Wings
  21. LET'S DO IT, LET'S FALL IN LOVE  -  Dinah Washington
  22. LIFE IS A ROCK (BUT THE RADIO ROLLED ME)  -  Reunion
  23. MANHATTAN  -  Blossom Dearie
  24. MASHED POTATOES  -  Brak
  25. OH BOY!  -  Allan Sherman
  26. PEOPLE WHO DIED  -  The Jim Carroll Band
  27. THE PRESIDENTS  -  Animaniacs
  28. (GET YOUR KICKS ON) ROUTE 66  -  Nat King Cole
  29. THESE FOOLISH THINGS  -  Frank Sinatra
  30. THOU SHALT ALWAYS KILL  -  Dan Le Sac VS Scroobius Pip
  31. VAN LINGLE MUNGO  -  Dave Frishberg
  32. VOGUE  -  Madonna
  33. WAKKO'S AMERICA  -  Animaniacs
  34. WATERS OF MARCH  -  David Byrne & Marisa Monte
  35. WE DIDN'T START THE FIRE  -  Billy Joel
  36. WHO'S NEXT  -  Tom Lehrer
  37. WRAP HER UP  -  Elton John & George Michael
  38. YAKKO'S WORLD  -  Animaniacs
  39. YES WE HAVE NO BANANAS  -  Spike Jones & His City Slickers
  40. YOU'RE THE TOP  -  Sammy Davis Jr. & Carmen McRae

Saturday, August 23, 2008

INAUGURAL POSTING - THE CREATURE LIVES! Hello and welcome to my little experiment. It may thrill you a little and. . .chill you a little. It was my intention to have this be my "all audio" blog but naturally the amount (size) of audio I am able to put up here is minute in the extreme. My inaugural post was going to be an episode of the old radio show SUSPENSE featuring H.P. Lovecraft's "The Dunwich Horror" starring Ronald Colman. But of course a 24 minute soundfile was apparently too big. So, until I can somehow manage to either upload sound files at a lower quality so that they won't be too large to post (are you listening, Fink!), I will be posting smaller but by no means lesser audio files, songs and stories that I will be drawing down from the galaxy of Andromeda.