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Old 08-08-2019, 11:50 AM
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Un-googleable things.


OK, so maybe 50 years ago, as a teen in Northern Virginia, I went with some friends to see a band. This band played a song called "This One's For You, Carla." They were kinda like the Mothers, only not really. The venue was some kind of a dark, psychedelic-type joint. Perhaps in Georgetown in DC.

For the past 50 years I've had "This One's For You, Carla" swirling around in my brain. (sort of). I can find ZERO information on the song or the band on the internet!

Remember the story of Lost Lake? A couple was driving thru Georgia, somewhere in the country. There was a sign, "This way to Lost Lake." They were intrigued but didn't have time for the detour. Later, one said to the other, hey let's Google Lost Lake and see what it's all about. But the other said, nah, let's leave it lost.

Is it better to never know about Lost Lake? Or This One's For You, Carla? "Let the mystery be," as some folkie-type person once sang??...
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Old 08-08-2019, 12:08 PM
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I researched and found a couple of bands from that time. One was an email I sent to the lead guy, and he only saw it two years later! He was nice and answered some questions. Try some inquiries on FB maybe, on a local history page.
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Old 08-08-2019, 12:27 PM
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There are a couple of gas stations around the Sacramento area called "Orbit". Their stations all have the same very 1960s space age Googie design. They totally look like something out of The Jetsons. There are only two that I know of that are still operational gas stations, plus one other surviving building that has been re-purposed as a used car dealership, but I gather there used to be a lot more of them. I have always been curious about the history of this chain, what they were like in their heyday, and that sort of thing, but I've never been able to find any information like that from Google, only modern day photographs taken by fans of that style of architecture. Although Googling them just now I did find this site which makes a reference to the design being created in 1963 by someone named Ed Ward, which is more than I've ever been able to find about them before.
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Well, if you had the mystery solved, then you would know if you were happier or not. This happened to me recently.

Back in the late '70s or early '80s there was an Elvis Costello bootleg going around with a tune called "I Wrote This Song" on it (at least that was what was scribbled on the cassette case - remember those?). Never could find any information about it.

A couple of months ago, for no good reason, I decided to work my way through some very early Ian Dury. And there - stone me - is the song, "The Roadette Song" on the first Kilburns album. Very disorienting - the young Elvis was covering the unknown (ish, at the time) Dury. Mystery solved.

Has this made me happier? The world (MY world) lost a little mystery, but gained a little knowledge. On the whole I think I'm happier.

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Old 08-10-2019, 02:21 PM
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I lived in Oklahoma for a short while back in the late 1990s. There was a song that got a lot of airplay (country station) and the chorus went something like
ďBlah blah blah something something something, you donít even care anymore. Blah blah blah something something something,______________ as I was walking out the door.

Major station, major market and I canít find a hint of it on google.
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Old 08-10-2019, 02:50 PM
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There is a subreddit for that purpose. It's /r/NameThatSong. I participate there and it's a ton of fun when I can help someone I.D. some nagging earworm, or scrap of a memory.
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Old 08-10-2019, 04:04 PM
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There is a subreddit for that purpose. It's /r/NameThatSong. I participate there and it's a ton of fun when I can help someone I.D. some nagging earworm, or scrap of a memory.
Thanks. I donít really understand how to use reddit that well but Iíll give it a try.
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Old 08-11-2019, 10:01 AM
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Maybe not un-googleable, but difficult:

Musical melodies are quite challenging to search, in my experience, even though they shouldn't be--if this kind of searching were given Google-level resources, it would work just fine.
Sure, a popular recorded song can be found instantly using Shazam, but what about when you have a random recording of the song being performed in a club or something?

There are search engines out there that let you tap rhythms, key in Parsons code (combinations of Up/Down/Repeat) and search by notes, but they are frustratingly poor search engines compared to what we are used to from Google.

I tend to leave the Seeburg 1000 background music stream going on, well, in the background. That service tended to record bouncy upbeat instrumental versions of jazz standards, show tunes, and popular songs of the day (e.g. an instrumental version of "Something" by the Beatles). Because it was recoded by their studio orchestra, none of this music is fingerprinted by Shazam, and won't be found that way.

So, every few days I hear a tune that I like, particularly when it has a snappy bass line, but all I find in Musipedia is 10,000 hits on arcane classical music and popular music that looks nothing like the tune I had in mind.

Then I resort to posting a clip on Watzatsong, and once in while someone will recognize it.
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Old 08-12-2019, 11:33 PM
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I've only had intermittent success searching for specific local radio/TV commercials from when I was a kid (early 80s).
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Old 08-12-2019, 11:36 PM
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Old 08-13-2019, 12:16 AM
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Last year for hiking season I finally found a snack bar I liked, something that was mostly nuts and fruit. It was called Naked or Naked Juice or something like that.

Couldn't find it in the store this year, so I thought about searching for it on the web to see if they still made them. Then I thought about what sort of results I'd get if I typed in "naked bar". I... I think I'll pass.
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Old 08-13-2019, 09:51 PM
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I lived in Oklahoma for a short while back in the late 1990s. There was a song that got a lot of airplay (country station) and the chorus went something like
ďBlah blah blah something something something, you donít even care anymore. Blah blah blah something something something,______________ as I was walking out the door.

Major station, major market and I canít find a hint of it on google.
Long shot because the lyrics are wrong, but is it Travis Tritt - Anymore? If not, was it sung by a woman or a man?
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Old 08-13-2019, 10:13 PM
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Last year for hiking season I finally found a snack bar I liked, something that was mostly nuts and fruit. It was called Naked or Naked Juice or something like that.

Couldn't find it in the store this year, so I thought about searching for it on the web to see if they still made them. Then I thought about what sort of results I'd get if I typed in "naked bar". I... I think I'll pass.
https://www.naturalbalancefoods.com/...-and-nut-bars/

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It may be because I'm a drooling simpleton with the attention span of a demented gnat, but would you mind explaining everything in words of one syllable. 140 chars max.
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Old 08-14-2019, 10:36 AM
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My high school journalism teacher. I was trying out something about her a day or two ago. A lot of people with her name, but nothing that I can correlate with her career to know she's she.

She was tech savvy, had a daughter my age who would presumably be tech savvy, and touched the lives of lots and lots of people. She should be easy to find.
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Old 08-14-2019, 11:24 AM
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Whenever the phone in my cube rings and I do not know the caller, I google the number rather than answering the phone.

None of those numbers ever come up with a hit on the search.
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Old 08-14-2019, 12:35 PM
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Recently re-read the first two books of Mary Stewart's Merlin series.

There's a lot of places mentioned that are part of the traditional stories that I hadn't heard of, so I would occasionally google to find out more.

Then I hit Caerbannog. Good luck finding anything out about that which doesn't reference Monty Python!
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Old 08-14-2019, 04:26 PM
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Our favorite Brit-Com is "As Time Goes By" With Geoffrey Palmer and Dame Judy Dench.
In one episode they were talking about their first weddings, and Jean (Dench) said she wore flick-ups. From the context, it didn't sound like she was talking about her hair.

I have tried many different terms and related ideas (1950's fashions), and got nothing.
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Our favorite Brit-Com is "As Time Goes By" With Geoffrey Palmer and Dame Judy Dench.
In one episode they were talking about their first weddings, and Jean (Dench) said she wore flick-ups. From the context, it didn't sound like she was talking about her hair.

I have tried many different terms and related ideas (1950's fashions), and got nothing.
I found something for you, but it is hair related. From Punch, Volume 237 via Google books:

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Vidal Sassoon's "Puffin" is a puffed flick-up, the hair length required being no more than two inches below the ear
But that was all I found in google books
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Nope, apparently there's more than one proudly nude granola bar out there. Whodathunk?
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Old 08-14-2019, 09:05 PM
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Long shot because the lyrics are wrong, but is it Travis Tritt - Anymore? If not, was it sung by a woman or a man?
Sung by a man. Itís kind of uptempo. Itís kind of a jokey song. The hook was that he never really listened to her so she left him. Like I said, it got heavy play on the major station for a while. Big mystery to me.

I appreciate your taking a shot at it. If you pursue it farther, the ďblah blah blah, something something somethingĒ are the actual lyrics - not a placeholder for lyrics I canít remember.

Just to show you how I google-able this is, I think I remember there being a similar thread somewhere (here?) where someone was also trying to find this song. Now I canít even re-find that thread.
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Old 08-14-2019, 09:47 PM
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Recently re-read the first two books of Mary Stewart's Merlin series.

There's a lot of places mentioned that are part of the traditional stories that I hadn't heard of, so I would occasionally google to find out more.

Then I hit Caerbannog. Good luck finding anything out about that which doesn't reference Monty Python!
Challenge accepted

Pre-1950 Google book search for "caer bannog" (with a space) brings up resource linking "bannog" to the old fashioned spelling "bannauc"

Caer Bannauc

(Doing this to be helpful, not just because I'm a dweeb with no life. I mean, yeah, that too obviously, but not JUST that)
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Our favorite Brit-Com is "As Time Goes By" With Geoffrey Palmer and Dame Judy Dench.
In one episode they were talking about their first weddings, and Jean (Dench) said she wore flick-ups. From the context, it didn't sound like she was talking about her hair.

I have tried many different terms and related ideas (1950's fashions), and got nothing.
Season 4, Episode 7 "Wedding Preparations", right at the very end of the episode.

"What about your wedding in Kenya?"
"Oh, it was summer so we had the service in the garden. Some of the male guests wore shorts. Great baggy khaki jobs with legs of about four feet wide. I had flick-ups".
"Flick-ups! Whatever happened to them?"
"They went the way of the big khaki shorts, I expect. And it rained all day. I was so worried my flick-ups would go limp."

If you're looking for dialogue from television shows, most of them have Google-accessible transcripts of questionable legal status ("fair use" for educational and historical purposes). From there it's a simple search function on the transcript for each episode.

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Old 08-15-2019, 02:30 AM
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Our favorite Brit-Com is "As Time Goes By" With Geoffrey Palmer and Dame Judy Dench.
In one episode they were talking about their first weddings, and Jean (Dench) said she wore flick-ups. From the context, it didn't sound like she was talking about her hair.

I have tried many different terms and related ideas (1950's fashions), and got nothing.
Don't take this as gospel, but the first thing this makes me think of is trousers like these, with the cuffs turned up at the bottom
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