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Jolly Roger
11-12-2010, 12:04 PM
A friend of mine posted this on Facebook with his own list, which then made me and other people reply with lists and memories. I thought it was kinda fun, so I posted my list of 12 songs and why they bring on the memories....too bad the list was only twelve. I could probably have gone to 25 before I had to stop and think about it.

Okay, here's a fun one. Don't torture yourself thinking about it, but name quickly 12 songs that make you stop in your tracks and listen every time they come on. Songs you wouldn't dream of flipping the dial on; that you love to hear, even the 100th time. It can be because it is an amazing song or it can be because it reminds you of a time in your life. Doesn't matter the reason or genre.

Here are the songs I posted with the reason why:

1. Tombstone- Crowded House When I joined the Army I really, really, didn't want to leave home, but I needed a change and I had no immediate family or anyone to really keep me there. This song always seemed to be about that to me.

2. Secret World- Peter Gabriel Because it was the Wedding Song for my wife and I.

3. Caroline's Fingers- The Cocteau Twins During my first tour in Germany (before I was married and hadn't even met my wife) I dated a girl that this song reminds me of for some reason. I guess its because of the long walks we'd take or something.

4. Bootzilla- Bootsy's Rubber Band Going way back, this was one of the songs I grew up with. Hell, I had the album.

5. Hounds of Love- Kate Bush I have a lot of favorite Kate Bush songs, but this one reminds me of my freshman year in college. I liked it and used to play it on a jukebox in a bar my friends and I hung out in, and one of my buddies would laugh every time we went in there and say "Go play your Hounds of Love, man...we know you're gonna do it.".

6. Little Red Corvette- Prince Because it reminds me of Petra. She wasn't a slut by any means, but I was so in love (unrequited) with her back in the 80s that every song made me think of her. I guess I remember this one because it came on the radio the day I decided to really tell her how I felt. (and chickened out :( )

7. I drink alone- George Thorogood Funny to me because my buddy Scott and I would sing along with this song while drinking together which means we were not drinking alone.

8. Wish you were here- Pink Floyd My friend Scott and I had some rough times in the 80s, and we were (and still are) good friends. When I left town, we both used to mention this song whenever we spoke. Every time I hear it I'm reminded of the bond between us. He drives me crazy at times, but he's my brother from another mother.

9. Voyage to Atlantis- The Isley bros. When this song came out it was always played at Family Cookouts for some reason. When I hear it, I think of the way things were back then in the late 70s and how much I miss all of the people I knew then that are no longer with us.

10. King of Rock- Run/DMC I've just always liked this song.

11. Kiss me deadly- Lita Ford My friend Annette got the nickname "Iron annie" from me because of this song. We were just friends but we went to the beach together one weekend and we must have heard this song 50 times on the radio. So much that she started singing it, which caused us to make jokes about her taking up a career as a female heavy metal singer. Its amusing to us because she's seriously not the type.

12. Best of my love- The Emotions Very old song. But being a"tween" when it came out, my friend Curt and I used to hear it all of the time while hanging out i his garage. It always makes me think of that for some reason. I dunno why, since we were oly then, the both of us, becoming interested in girls. We spent most of our time playing baseball and reading comic books.

Anyone else got a list?

11-12-2010, 12:37 PM
Moved MPSIMS --> Cafe Society.

twicks, who always has a song in her heart

11-12-2010, 12:44 PM
At work, so no time for explanations, but here are mine:

1. The Divine Comedy - Tonight We Fly
2. R.E.M. - Nightswimming
3. Husker Du - Celebrated Summer
4. The Replacements - Unsatisfied
5. Otis Redding - Try A Little Tenderness (Live at the Monterey Pop Festival)
6. Gang Of Four - At Home He's A Tourist
7. The Clash - Complete Control
8. The Beatles - Tomorrow Never Knows
9. The La's - There She Goes
10. My Bloody Valentine - Only Shallow
11. Aretha Franklin - I Say A Little Prayer
12. XTC - Mayor Of Simpleton

11-12-2010, 01:01 PM
OK, here we go, real fast, off the top of my head:

She Blinded Me with Science, Thomas Dolby
No One Is to Blame, Howard Jones
Electric Avenue, Eddy Grant
True Colors, Cyndi Lauper

The Reflex, Duran Duran
Relax, Frankie Goes to Hollywood
American Pie, Don McLean
One Night in Bangkok, Murray Head

Whip It, Devo
Lady Madonna, The Beatles
Tragedy, The Bee Gees
Something to Talk About, Bonnie Raitt

I'm sure there are more that rank higher, but these came to mind first.

11-12-2010, 01:06 PM
1. Rosalita -- Bruce Springsteen
2. Statesboro Blues -- Any version
3. Rhapsody in Blue -- Any version
4. Sympathy for the Devil -- Rolling Stones
5. Lola -- Kinks
6. Summer '68 -- Pink Floyd
7. Razzle Dazzle -- Chicago (musical)
8. Toledo Surprise -- The Drowsy Chaperone
9. Glad -- Traffic
10. Abbey Road Medley -- The Beatles
11. I Got a Line on You -- Spirit
12. Legend of the USS Titanic -- Jaime Brockett

11-12-2010, 01:25 PM
6. Little Red Corvette- Prince Because it reminds me of Petra. She wasn't a slut by any means, but I was so in love (unrequited) [I]with her back in the 80s that every song made me think of her.

She must have had one hell of a back.

Sunshine and Smiles
11-12-2010, 01:36 PM
Most have to do with the girls. Others have to do with music that just works to my ears. Many are a combination. The list is unordered except for a clear number one - which has it all - strong associations with a particular girl, a sound that blew my mind when I heard it, and the fact that it came along at a time in my life when I was essentially going through metamorphosis.

1. Burial - Archangel

Darkstar - Aidy's Girl's a Computer
Iron and Wine - The Trapeze Swinger
Elvis Perkins in Dearland - Shampoo
LCD Soundsystem - New York I Love You, But You're Bringing Me Down
Portishead - Glorybox
Wilco - She's a Jar
The Knife - Heartbeats
Yo La Tengo - Sugarcube
The Smiths - I Know It's Over
Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Aphex Twin - Windowlicker

Compiling the list meant drudging up all sorts of memories! Sheesh! It's interesting to think of what the difference between this list and a list of my current favorite songs would be. There may be one or two that would be on both, but I doubt it. I suspect that this is closer to an all-time favorite list, given the emotional grounding of most of the tracks (though that would still probably have some variations).

Jolly Roger
11-12-2010, 01:49 PM
She must have had one hell of a back.

Not really, though I haven't seen her for years. But she is/was very attractive and sweet.

11-12-2010, 04:02 PM
Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys
Don't Worry, Baby - The Beach Boys
Penny Lane - The Beatles
Blitzkrieg Bop - The Ramones
Bonzo Goes to Bitburg - The Ramones
Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor - J.S. Bach
Ellens dritter Gesang (usually known as 'Ave Maria') - Schubert*
Für Elise - Beethoven
Johnny B Goode - Chuck Berry

*(I'm fairly certain this is, in fact, the one I mean. It's the one you think of if you have only heard one Ave Maria being sung operatically.)

11-12-2010, 04:38 PM
Tall Cool Woman in a Black Dress, Hollies
My Sharona, The Knack
Born In The USA, Springsteen
ROCK in the USA, Mellencamp
Stairway To Heaven, Led Zep
Suite: Judy Blue Eyes, CSN&Y
What's Goin' On, 4 Non Blondes
Start Me Up, Stones
Sultans of Swing, Dire Straits
King of Pain, Police
I'm Not In Love, 10cc
Holding Back The Tears, Simply Red

The Scrivener
11-12-2010, 05:45 PM
All these are permanently fused in my head with my Dad (and his stereo system) & our family's living room:

Long Tall Woman in a Black Dress -- The Hollies
medley: Themes from Star Wars -- Meco
Alone Again (Naturally) -- Gilbert O'Sullivan
the "Nyah-nyah-nyah-nyah, nyah-nyah-nyah-nyah, hey-ayy-ayy, GOOOOD-BYE!" song (dunno what it's called, obviously, or who did it) -- ???

Probably my favorite song from childhood:
Love Rollercoaster -- The Ohio Players

most emblematic song from junior high:
She Blinded Me With Science -- Thomas Dolby

most emblematic songs from senior high:
Don't You Forget About Me -- Simple Minds
Alone Again Or (cover) -- The Damned

undergrad years:
Crosseyed & Painless -- Talking Heads
Poor Skeleton Steps Out -- XTC

90's & oughts:
My Star -- Madder Rose
Hate This & I'll Love You -- Muse

11-12-2010, 06:04 PM
Cowboy Junkies -- Sweet Jane (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHRFZFmEq9o)

OK, that's just one. But still.

11-12-2010, 08:33 PM
All these are permanently fused in my head with my Dad (and his stereo system) & our family's living room:

Long Tall Woman in a Black Dress -- The Hollies
medley: Themes from Star Wars -- Meco
Alone Again (Naturally) -- Gilbert O'Sullivan
the "Nyah-nyah-nyah-nyah, nyah-nyah-nyah-nyah, hey-ayy-ayy, GOOOOD-BYE!" song (dunno what it's called, obviously, or who did it) -- ???


Mean Mr. Mustard
11-12-2010, 09:27 PM
Just going to punch them in as they come to me:

Abbey Road medley - The Beatles
The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald - Gordon Lightfoot
Tumbling Dice - The Rolling Stones
Layla - Derek and the Dominos
Levon - Elton John
Make Me Smile - Chicago
Sweet Baby James - James Taylor
My Sweet Lord - George Harrison
After the Gold Rush - Neil Young
Maggie May - Rod Stewart
Cold, Cold Heart - Hank Williams
Good Vibrations - Beach Boys


11-12-2010, 10:11 PM
in no particular order

1. Smoke on the Water - I remember the song from the best summer of my youth.
2. Someone Save My Life Tonight - Playing the first time I got laid
3. The Anniversary Song - Was Mom's favorite
4. Freebird - Prom Night
5. Rhapsody in Blue - Another one of Mom's favorites
6. Stay - Another time I got laid as a young man was after a Jackson Browne concert
7. Time Warp - I lost much of my naive-tee as a 18 year old college freshman when I got shanghaied out of bed at 2 am to watch this movie
8. I'm Turning Japanese - Introduced me to a counter culture at the 688 Club in Atlanta.
9. O Holy Night - it aint xmas until I hear this song.
10. Nutcracker Suite - ditto
11. Peter and the Wolf - Loved this classic when I was child
12. I'm a Ramblin Wreck from Ga Tech - Hmm wonder why?

11-12-2010, 10:22 PM
Let's see how many I get thru. No particular order.
Crazy on You, by Heart. It was playing at a party, and it was the first time I asked a girl I didn't know to dance, and she agreed.
Christ is Risen! Alleluia! That song is Easter to me, and once a year, I pretend I can sing and try to hit the high note. Rejoice! He is risen!
Up on Cripple Creek - Credence Clearwater Revival. My last three days of college, I met a girl and we spent the whole three days together. And we went to see The Last Waltz. Jena was her name. I never saw her again.
Trumpet Voluntaire. They played when my wife came down the aisle to marry me. My God, is that woman beautiful!
You're So Vain, Carly Simon. The No Secrets album was playing at my first high school party where there were no grown-ups around.
Nothing Compares 2 U, Sinead O'Connor. Because of someone in my life who died, who was probably the person I loved the most for the first part of my life.
You're Beautiful, James Blount. That's my daughter's song. Hers and mine.
O Holy Night (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Jr-2eyRtV4), Celine Dion. Christmas Eve.

I'll probably think of others as soon as I hit Submit.


11-12-2010, 11:59 PM
Why, thanks for asking!
1) Bad Romance - Lady Gaga. Makes me feel like I'm in a speeding car.
2) Mary's Boy Child - Boney M. One of the few things I like about Christmas. So beautiful it brings tears to my eyes.
3) Good Rockin' At Midnight - The Honeydrippers (Robert Plant) - it's just....swingin'!
4) Voices - Vangelis. Rather majestic, I love the way it builds and builds
5) You Shook Me All Night Long - we used to sing this in the car at the top of our lungs, on the way to track meets.
6) Weapon of Choice - Fatboy Slim. Hey! Christopher Walken flying!
7) Mad World - Adam Lambert. Just f'ing beautiful.
8) Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes. Was there ever another song like this? Otherwordly.
9) Remember The Time - Michael Jackson. Hard to pick just one by Michael Jackson, but I think this is kind of romantic.
10) Every Little Thing I Do - Soul For Real. Because it makes me feel like I was young and carefree and on summer vacation.
11) Real Wild Child - Iggy Pop. Because I get weary of feeling old and dull and depressed and tired, and this charges me up a bit.

12) God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Annie Lenox. Because I have watched the youtube video about a hundred times and will watch it a hundred more, because it is knock-you-out beautiful. And there's a hurdy-gurdy!

The Scrivener
11-13-2010, 07:43 AM


11-13-2010, 10:30 AM
In the spirit of the OP, and with evidence from my YouTube Favorites:

Allman Brothers / Stormy Monday (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gDhR1R3S0s)

Jose Feliciano - The Thrill is Gone (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKgM6OMRqZ0)

Henry Mancini -- The Brothers Go To Mothers (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0oNLU4PSxE)

Bernard Herrmann - Taxi Driver (theme) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bx4aK-YsPeU)

Frank Sinatra I've Got You Under My Skin LP. . (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xNR1tMN6IE)

Streetcar Named Desire - Main Theme (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FaDve3_SIU)

ROSEMARY CLOONEY SONGS: Hey There (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU_Gj51Uk6k)

Deacon Blues - Steely Dan - Rhodes (lol) piano.. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=febAAjgrPys)

Leroy Anderson: Serenata (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyJYKMd2GNI)

Michael Jackson **Best Ever** Billie Jean Live Moonwalk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_p4RS0Lsh58)

Ahmad Jamal: Poinciana (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWqzToTmkvg)

Blue in Green by. Miles Davis (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoPL7BExSQU)

...and that's just the FIRST twelve...others have already mentioned another dozen or so.

Good Thread!

Art Rock
11-13-2010, 11:09 AM
Pink Floyd = Shine on you crazy diamond
Genesis - Firth of Fifth
Marillion - Kayleigh
Kate Bush - The man with the child in his eyes
Peter Gabriel - San Jacinto
Queen - Killer queen
Dire Straits - Private investigation
10CC - I'm not in love
Simon and Garfunkel - Sound of silence
Eagles - Desperado
Carpenters - This masquerade
Santana - Samba pa ti

11-13-2010, 03:23 PM
In no particular order:

Simon and Garfunkel - I Am A Rock; Mrs. Robinson
Carly Simon - You're So Vain
Bruce Springsteen - 10th Avenue Freeze-Out; Born To Run
Prince - Little Red Corvette
Eagles - Already Gone
No Doubt - It's My Life
The Trammps - Disco Inferno
The Gap Band - Whip It
John Travolta/Olivia Newton-John - You're The One That I Want
ABC - The Look Of Love

Bam Boo Gut
11-13-2010, 06:54 PM
Sex Machine - James Brown - The Godfather!
Play That Funky Music - Average White Band - I love funk.
Whiskey in the Jar - Thin Lizzy - a classic
Dream a Little Dream of Me - Mamas & Papas - from my mum's collection
Long and Winding Road - Beatles - just one that popped into my head from the Fab Four
Get It On Bang a Gong - T Rex - Extraordinary
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
Walk On By - Stranglers
Denis Denis - Blondie
Black Magic Woman - Santana
Now That We've Found Love - Third World
Southern Freeze - Freeze

I could go on ........

Enuma Elish
11-14-2010, 01:28 PM
Even though it feels like "Play that Funky Music" should be by the Average White Band, I believe it was actually by Wild Cherry.

That minor nit-pick aside, here are my 12:

1) Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
2)American Pie - Don McLean
3)Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles
4)Somebody to Love - Queen
5)Hotel California - The Eagles
6)Italian Restaurant - Billy Joel
7)What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong and others
8)I Think I Love You - The Partridge Family
9)Heart of Gold - Neil Young
10)California Dreamin - The Mama's and The Papa's
11)In My Life - The Beatles
12)Always on My Mind - Willie Nelson

Dallas Jones
11-14-2010, 02:03 PM
Up on Cripple Creek - Credence Clearwater Revival. My last three days of college, I met a girl and we spent the whole three days together. And we went to see The Last Waltz. Jena was her name. I never saw her again.


I think you will find that Up on Cripple Creek that you remember was by The Band not CCR.

I am a big CCR fan and if they did this song, I would like a copy.


11-15-2010, 04:16 PM
1. Driver 8 - R.E.M.
2. Soul Meets Body - Death Cab for Cutie
3. Time of the Season - The Zombies
4. 1979 - Smashing Pumpkins
5. Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town - Pearl Jam
6. The Ballad of Curtis Loew - Lynyrd Skynyrd
7. Growing Up -Bruce Springsteen
8. London Calling - The Clash
9. I and Love and You - The Avett Brothers
10. Ode to Billie Joe - Bobbie Gentry
11. Psycho Killer - Talking Heads
12. I Confess - English Beat

11-15-2010, 04:58 PM
Solsbury Hill - Peter Gabriel
More Than This - Roxy Music
La Cienega Just Smiled - Ryan Adams
Don't Think Twice - Bob Dylan
Cuts You Up - Peter Murphy
Coming Up Close - Til Tuesday
Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough - Michael Jackson
Tonight, Tonight - Smashing Pumpkins
Criminal - Fiona Apple
She Sells Sanctuary - The Cult
Mr. Jones - Counting Crows
Young Americans - David Bowie

11-16-2010, 02:35 AM
First 12 that came to mind:

Miracles - Jefferson Starship
Cinnamon Girl - Neil Young
Crazy on You - Heart
Time in a Bottle - Jim Croce
Can't Find My Way Back Home - Procul Harem (I think)
Wild Horses - I like The Sundays' cover
Personal Jesus - Depeche Mode
Night of the Swallow - Kate Bush
Oldest Story in the World - the Plimsouls
Tunnel of Love - Dire Straits
Southern Cross - CSN
Iris - Goo Goo Dolls (my wife sent me this song and it clinched me falling in love with her)

11-16-2010, 08:45 AM
1. Tobacco Road, Nashville Teens version ( I had a K-Tel record with this song on it when I was a little kid and I LOVED this song): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGuZY6NVXqU

2. Time by Pink Floyd. As I get older and more reflective, I find this song more and more interesting. This is a pretty amazing live performance of the song sans Roger Waters if you've not seen it before (turn your subwoofer up!): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntm1YfehK7U

3. Nashville Cats by Loving Spoonful. Love the math involved in the song ("fourteen hundred and fifty two guitar pickers in Nashville") plus it has some really tasty guitar work. Also off that K-Tel record I had as a kid. Love this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4p7prURvIk

4. Crimson And Clover by Tommy James and the Shondells. I don't really know why but I just love the atmospheric feel of this whole song. Its trippy, and a love song.
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQ-P8Fgfhvk

5. Space Oddity by David Bowie. A song I would like played at my funeral. Also a song that really evinces a sense of loneliness in me. And those harmonies!
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhSYbRiYwTY

6. In The Meantime by Spacehog. This song just reminds me of old friends, a time in my life in the mid-1990's and its just a cool song. I was always surprised these guys didn't make it bigger than they did. Cool band! Channeling Bowie. Aliens among us!
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9AWGc0d8ik

7. Say It Ain't So by Weezer. Don't really know what to say about this, but it elicits an emotional response from me every time I hear it, and the harmonies are awesome.
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENXvZ9YRjbo

8. High And Dry by Radiohead. An example of a lonely, catchy, beautiful pop song that's so well done and produced that I don't know what else to say. Listening to it right now, my eyes are getting a little leaky, love lost and all that. I really like the video too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwSIdKYZ2t0

9. Do The Evolution by Pearl Jam. I like being the first mammal to have hands (and plans!). One of the best and creepiest rock videos ever, and an interesting take on humanity's self-destructiveness. Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDaOgu2CQtI

10. We Don't Do That Anymore by The Sidewinders. Grow up kid, you're in college now! Nobody remembers this band, but my friends and I used to play this song on the quad when I went (briefly) to George Mason U. Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aoykSVAALc

11. Burden In My Hand by Soundgarden. My favorite rock singer at work. I love the cynical aspects of this song, the lyrics are great ("its just a tumor in my head, its just an anchor on my heart") and strike a chord with me. Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmIqIVxUuKs

12. Would? by Alice In Chains. Its probably my favorite rock song ever. Very dark, very brooding. I love the hopelessness conveyed during the double-stop guitar part at the end ("Have I run too far to get home?"). Extra chills due to Layne Staley the singer being dead, as he has run too far to get home.
Live (Layne in the obvious throes of heroin addiction at this point): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31a6HQUrAz0

ETA: Cool Thread! Really had me thinking, and YES I know I didn't list a single Beatles song!

11-16-2010, 08:48 AM
Crap, I have to add a 13th song...My Song by Jerry Cantrell. Its awesome!

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrd9pM2oxBI

11-16-2010, 09:16 AM
Anything by Charlie Parker
Here's Where The Story Ends - The Sundays

These take me back to college when I was figuring out who I was going to be...and kind of giving up on it preemptively. I made a wrong turn coming out, and it seems I just kept going. Probably too late to do anything about it now, but these remind me of a time when it wasn't.

Safety Dance - Men Without Hats
Fascination - The Human League

These take me back to summer camp at a small college in Colorado. Same process as above, but I think I had a better handle on it then.

Thunder Road - Bruce Springsteen

No explaination needed.

11-16-2010, 09:32 AM
8) Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes. Was there ever another song like this? Otherwordly.

Do not read the following unless you want to risk having this song ruined for yourself.

My outstanding memory of Bettie Davis Eyes is hearing it played during the intermissions of the first curling match I ever saw. To this day, I can't hear it without thinking of these people in blue sweatsuits frantically sweeping the ice in front of this huge stone gliding toward its target.

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