Friday, 21 September 2012
Well, I had yesterday and today off, but still it is Friday and so we all rejoice as it is now time for....
This is a semi-weekly (whenever I feel like it) feature where I post a list of songs on a particular theme. I am going through the ROY G. BIV color spectrum. Last week was Red and this week we are up to Orange.
This playlist was somewhat harder to create. Last week I went into iTunes and typed "Red" in the search box under song titles, and got a bunch of possibilities. Tried same with "Orange" and got no results. Thus, to the interwebs!
Here are my findings:
1. Orange Crush, REM
I feel the need to point out at this moment that I only ever share songs that I actually know in this feature. I don't feel it's honest to share songs with the world that I cannot vouch for their awesomeness (or lack thereof). So, although this playlist is made of songs I don't actually own, I do know them.
This song shares its name with a variety of carbonated beverage which was at one point exclusively distributed by Pepsi but no longer. I think Pepsi is still the manufacturer, but I'm not 100% sure. This knowledge comes to you by way of my job, in which I generally know way more than you ever wanted to know about soda distribution, which is irrelevant.
Despite that unhappy association, I find this song catchy and pleasant. I cannot say I know what it means, but that's typical for an REM song.
2. She Don't Use Jelly, The Flaming Lips
This song is silly. It makes no sense and is somewhat disgusting, describing a girl who puts vaseline on toast and a man who blows his nose into magazines. Okay, whatever.
The final verse is notable for its attempt rhyme "store" with "orange." It doesn't quite work, but I give them some props for trying.
3. It's Still Rock And Roll To Me, Billy Joel
Actually, I do own this song, but I forgot it had the word orange in the lyrics. "How about a pair of pink sidewinders and a bright orange pair of pants?"
Um, no thanks.
I was at Macy's today and looking at clothes and there were pants in teal and orange and I then developed my own personal rule regarding pants and the colors they are allowed to be: blue, brown, black, gray, khaki. That is all. Skirts can be whatever color (as long as they don't clash with the top) but pants cannot be polka dotted or zebra print or leopard print or pink or whatever other freaky color you can think of. I will not wear them. Even if you give them to me for free.
4. The Apology Song - The Decemberists
I confess I am not terribly familiar with this song, but I have a certain fondness for it because the narrator is apologizing to a person named Steven, which is my brother's name, for allowing his bicycle to be stolen while the narrator was using it. Also, Steven's bicycle was named Madeline, which a friend of mine once named his car.
Seriously, listen to the lyrics and tell me this is not amusing. It gets to be included in this list because the narrator left poor Madeline outside the Orange Street Food Farm.
He seems to be convinced that Steven will fly into a murderous rage at the news, which, considering how fond he seems to be of his bike, would not surprise me.
All Together Now, The Beatles
This song could be included for every color in the rainbow, since they list them all at one point or another. Like most of "Yellow Submarine," this song is fairly nonsensical, and fairly catchy. I apologize if you now have it in your head.
That's all for this week.
You may have noticed that I included songs which had the word "Orange" in the lyrics, but not the title. The locating of such things was made possible via this website: MLDb, the Music Lyrics Database, which I just discovered while making this list.
I'm fairly certain that the rest of the lists will be MUCH easier than this one.
What songs do you know with the color Orange in them?
What did you think of these songs?
What do you think of Orange?
Tune in next week, unless I'm lazy, for the next installment, which will be the infinitely easier color Yellow.