Songwriters, the poor diddums, often try to convince us lesser folks that penning lyrics is hard. Phoey says we. Firstly, if it's so hard how do you explain the genius of 2 Unlimited (exhibit 1: "Techno! Techno! Techno! Techno!"') or the silliness of Toto ("I know that I must do what's right as sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti")?
What's more, the songs played on Centrelinked this week proved that as long as you have a decent tune you can just write yourself a list of random stuff, sing along and a hit record can be yours. Here's what got played, with a bit of a summary of what their lists were about.
- Blue Suede Shoes - Elvis Presley (things you can do instead of standing on shoes)
- Kiss Off - the Violent Femmes (numbered things, with ten being EVERYTHING)
- Reasons To Be Cheerful (Part 3) - Ian Dury and the Blockheads (see title)
- 52 Girls - B-52s (names of girls. guess how many.)
- Run DNA - The Avalanches (things that fit in backpacks)
- Choose Life - PF Project featuring Ewan McGregor (icons of middle-class death)
- It's Grim Up North - The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu (Northern towns)
- Vogue - Madonna (Hollywood stars)
- My Favourite Things - Julie Andrews (raindrops, roses, whiskers on kittens etc)
- Far Out - Blur (celestial bodies)
- Palaces of Montezuma - Grinderman (things Nick Cave would give his lady)
- The Referee's Alphabet - Half Man Half Biscuit (things football referees observe)
- Rappin' in Plastic - The Lovely Eggs (Twin Peaks characters)
- It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine) - REM (stuff)
- We Didn't Start the Fire - Billy Joel (things Baby Boomers remember)
- Kinky Boots - Honor Blackman and Patrick Macnee (boots and boot appreciators)
- Hey Matthew - Karel Fialka (80s children's TV programs and professions)
- Song for Whoever - Beautiful South (girls names exploited by songwriters)
- Collarbone - Fujiya and Miyagi (body parts)
- What Did the Hippie Have in His Bag - Cornershop (hippie shit)
Your tuppenceworth's are welcome as always.
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