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Old 02-24-2008, 10:14 AM
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How many songs have "Kalamazoo" in their lyrics?

Let's face it, "Kalamazoo" is a great word - I'm surprised more songs don't use it. But it's just a smallish city in the midwest. Two songs on my IPod have shout-outs to Kalamazoo - "I Got a Gal" by Glenn Miller, and "Marylou" by Bob Seger.

If I wanted to do a Kalamazoo-reference playlist, what other songs should I include?
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Old 02-24-2008, 10:30 AM
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Ben Folds' "Kalamazoo"
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Old 02-24-2008, 10:35 AM
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Primus also has a song called "Kalamazoo." Haven't heard it so I don't know if it's in the lyrics too.

And may I just add that, as a child who grew up singing in school choirs in Kalamazoo, if I never hear that goddamn A-B-C-D-E-F-G-H-I got a GAAAAAAL in Kalamazoo shit again it will be too soon.
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Old 02-24-2008, 10:38 AM
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Della and the Dealer - Hoyt Axton:

It was Della and a dealer and a dog named Jake,
And a cat named Kalamazoo,
Left the city in a pick-up truck.
Gonna make some dreams come true.
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Old 02-24-2008, 11:46 AM
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Frank Zappa: "Jumbo Go Away"

Creedence Clearwater Revival: "Down on the Corner" (where it appears to be the name of a homemade musical instrument)
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Old 02-24-2008, 12:09 PM
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Walt Kelly's memorable "Deck Us All with Boston Charlie" (who of course is in passing the man who went to ride on the MTA)

Of the lot it's the only one that rhymes "Kalamazoo" with "Alleygaroo,"
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Old 02-24-2008, 12:11 PM
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Creedence Clearwater Revival: "Down on the Corner" (where it appears to be the name of a homemade musical instrument)
Hmmm. I always assumed "kalamazoo" in Down on the Corner was to "kazoo" as "edumacation" is to "education." (There's a name for inserting extra syllables in words like that, and I can't remember what it is!)
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Old 02-24-2008, 01:02 PM
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Hmmm. I always assumed "kalamazoo" in Down on the Corner was to "kazoo" as "edumacation" is to "education." (There's a name for inserting extra syllables in words like that, and I can't remember what it is!)
Could be. Here's the lyric:

Rooster hits the washboard and people just got to smile,
Blinky, thumps the gut bass and solos for a while.
Poorboy twangs the rhythm out on his kalamazoo.
Willy goes into a dance and doubles on kazoo.


"Doubling" sure makes it sound like it's the same instrument. Unless the kalamazoo is some kind of string instrument and Willy's just doubling the rhythm?

And I'd forgotten all about the Pogo reference - a classic! (If, by "classic", we mean so old that nobody remembers it . . .)
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Old 02-24-2008, 02:16 PM
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'Kalamazoo' by Glenn Miller and his Orchestra -- not just a shout but the actual song title.
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Old 02-24-2008, 02:35 PM
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Joe Strummer of Clash fame had a solo song called "Trash City" which included Kalamazoo amongst its lyrics:

http://www.lyricsandsongs.com/song/529336.html
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Old 02-24-2008, 03:04 PM
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I believe the Glenn Miller references by Boyo Jim and Genghis Bob are both to the same song, IIRC titled "I Got a Girl (in Kalamazoo)."

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And I'd forgotten all about the Pogo reference - a classic! (If, by "classic", we mean so old that nobody remembers it . . .)
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Old 02-24-2008, 03:59 PM
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The Oblivians covered "Mary Lou" on "...Play 9 songs with Mr. Quintron", which includes the lyric:

She left me stranded in Kalamazzo
She's the kind of woman make a fool outta you"
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Old 02-24-2008, 04:44 PM
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I believe the Glenn Miller references by Boyo Jim and Genghis Bob are both to the same song, IIRC titled "I Got a Girl (in Kalamazoo)."...
After a little searching around, this seems to be be almost true, though my CD says just 'Kalamazoo'. At the iTunes store, 'Kalamazoo' appears to be an instrumental, the versions titled "I've Got a Girl in Kalamazoo" have a vocalist singing lyrics. But that distinction only appears to be true for Glenn Miller releases, others release it onder one title or another with or without a vocal track. There are numerous titles for the same song:
I've Got a Gal In Kalamazoo
(I've Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo
I Got a Gal in Kalamazoo
(I Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo
I've Got a Girl In Kalamazoo
(I've Got a Girl In) Kalamazoo
kalamazoo


even I've Got a Guy In Kalamazoo - with a female vocalist.

A couple of other titles from the iTunes store:
Ghost of Kalamazoo
Hullabaloo in Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo to Timbuktu
Whole Lotta Kalamazoo
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Old 02-24-2008, 05:03 PM
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Hmmm. I always assumed "kalamazoo" in Down on the Corner was to "kazoo" as "edumacation" is to "education."
I don't believe that can be right, as the word "kazoo" appears in the very next line, and John Fogerty is too smart a lyricist to rhyme a word with a distorted version of the same word. Also, you don't "twang the rhythm out" on a kazoo; you buzz the melody out. It seems like he's referring to something along the lines of a washtub bass or a cigar-box & rubber band banjo, but I've never heard of any such instrument called a kalamazoo.

And Genghis Bob, I think he means "doubling" in the sense of playing an instrument in addition to your primary one, as in a saxophone player doubling on flute. So Willy's main role is dancer, but he doubles as the kazoo player.

Then again, at the time this song was in the charts, I thought that line was "And when he goes into a dance, the devil's on the loose." Hmm, where's that So that's what he's singing thread?

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Old 02-24-2008, 05:07 PM
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Misspelled, but in Hot Action Cop's song "Doom Boom" lies this little lyric:
"Forget about the party- shit's in Calamazoo,
And I don't feel like drivin' any more than you do."

...Unless there is an actual city by that name, but my search didn't turn up anything. Always caught my ear since I go to college there.
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Old 02-24-2008, 05:17 PM
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Steve Goodman's - "Turnpike Tom"
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Old 02-24-2008, 06:02 PM
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I've Got a Gal In Kalamazoo
(I've Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo
I Got a Gal in Kalamazoo
(I Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo
I've Got a Girl In Kalamazoo
(I've Got a Girl In) Kalamazoo
kalamazoo
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Old 02-24-2008, 06:34 PM
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Just a brief hijack that Kalamazoo was the original home of Gibson guitars, so it is rich in musical history...
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Old 02-24-2008, 08:20 PM
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...and Gibson made a guitar model called a "Kalamazoo", so that might be the referenced instrument. Other than that, there is a brand of amp called a Kalamazoo.
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Old 02-24-2008, 08:24 PM
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I went to college in Kalamazoo, and our favorite was always the Primus "Kalamazoo".
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Old 02-24-2008, 09:18 PM
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It's a Beautiful Day for a Ballgame, by the Harry Simeone Chorale, long played as the introduction to Chicago Cub and Los Angeles Dodger radio broadcasts:

The fans are out to get a ticket or two
From Walla Walla, Washington to Kalamazoo . . .
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Old 02-24-2008, 10:48 PM
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This thread just brought back a cute memory--I went to college with a guy from Kalamazoo. This was nowhere near there and there weren't many people around from that area. He was always having to say "Yes, it's a real place."

Come to think of it, the girl from Chattanooga had the same problem.
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Old 12-27-2011, 08:00 PM
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Lots of songs. See [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalamazoo,_Michigan Kalamazoo, Michigan] in Wikipedia. Make sure you look at today's version (I can't guarantee that some editor won't delete this stuff). In a lot of those lyrics, "Kalamazoo" is a reference to an old Gibson Guitar. Hope that helps. Best to all of you. Happy New Year.
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Old 12-27-2011, 09:02 PM
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Hmmm. I always assumed "kalamazoo" in Down on the Corner was to "kazoo" as "edumacation" is to "education." (There's a name for inserting extra syllables in words like that, and I can't remember what it is!)
Tmesis.
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Old 12-27-2011, 09:36 PM
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It's funny that a word that means the addition of syllables to a word looks like it's gone through the opposite function.
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Old 12-27-2011, 10:00 PM
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It's funny that a word that means the addition of syllables to a word looks like it's gone through the opposite function.
"I hate tmesis to pieces!" ---------------- Mr. Jinks, as portrayed by Messrs. Hanna and Barbera
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Old 12-28-2011, 10:54 AM
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In the Bowling for Soup song "I Can't Stand L.A." (from the album Sorry For Partyin'), Kalamazoo is listed as one of the places BFS has been that Jaret would rather be than Los Angeles.

After he sings the line mentioning Kalamazoo, though, you can hear bass player Eric Chandler shout in the background, "We've never been there!"
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Old 12-28-2011, 12:52 PM
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...and Gibson made a guitar model called a "Kalamazoo", so that might be the referenced instrument. Other than that, there is a brand of amp called a Kalamazoo.
Just to add a bit of geekery: it wasn't a "model." During the Depression, Gibson was desperate and started making private-label guitars for Montgomery Ward under the Recording King name, and for a toy distributor by the name of Kel Kroyden (link to ref page with pics of some KK guitars - great looking old Gibson guitar designs...with parrots and stuff painted on them ).

Anyway, one brand that they sold was Kalamazoo - great guitars that fueled the Delta blues (along with old Stellas, Kays, etc.); although Robert Johnson, the legendary bluesman who made a pact with the devil at the crossroads, is seen in the photos we have of him playing an old Gibson L-2, he mainly played Kalamazoos, to my knowledge. Anyway, that is what Fogarty was referring to in the song Down on the Corner - Willie and the Po' Boys include a guitar player playing a Gibson-made-but cheaper Kalamazoo.

Sorry - guitar geekery moment over...carry on.

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