1. Your favorite song with the name of a city in the title or text.
New York, New York, Sinatra. In my college days, I’d occasionally mock my fellow students by strutting across campus with my Big-Eighties Boombox mounted on my shoulder, blasting out this tune with the volume set to “stun”. These days I do much the same with Mel Tormé’s Too close for comfort when I find myself at a stop light or in a gas station with someone who feels the need to share his gangsta rap with everyone in a two-block radius.
2. A song you’ve listened to repeatedly when you were depressed at some point in your life.
At seventeen. It felt so good to not be Janis Ian. Also The other end of the telescope, ’Til Tuesday with Elvis Costello. Hmm, and Sheena Easton’s cover of In the winter, a real wrist-slasher.
3. Ever bought an entire album just for one song and wound up disliking everything but that song? Gimme that song.
Jerry Jeff Walker’s Flowers in the snow, from Navajo Rug. Actually, I already had the song on a sampler, and made the mistake of thinking it was representative of the album. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
4. A great song in a language other than English.
Coisich, a rùin, Capercaillie, from Delirium.
5. Your least favorite song on one of your favorite albums of all time.
Lover’s day, ’Til Tuesday, from Welcome Home
6. A song you like by someone you find physically unattractive or otherwise repellent.
Soldier of love, Donny Osmond. I suppose he’s a good-looking guy if you’re into that sort of thing, but I just can’t get past that whole “little bit country, little bit rock and roll” thing that scarred my youth.
7. Your favorite song that has expletives in it that’s not by Liz Phair.
The Queer Song, Two Nice Girls.
8. A song that sounds as if it’s by someone British but isn’t.
Coming up blank on this one.
9. A song you like (possibly from your past) that took you forever to finally locate a copy of.
I got it from Agnes, Tom Lehrer. I had the sheet music for nearly twenty years before he released a CD that included it.
10. A song that reminds you of spring but doesn’t mention spring at all.
Full moon full of love, k.d. lang.
11. A song that sounds to you like being happy feels.
Waterloo, ABBA, in Swedish.
12. Your favorite song from a non-soundtrack compilation album.
Hotel California, Gipsy Kings, from Rubaiyat.
13. A song that reminds you of high school.
Heh. Centerfold, J. Geils Band.
14. A song that reminds you of college.
Laura, Billy Joel.
15. A song you actually like by an artist you otherwise dislike.
You oughta know, by, y’know, her.
16. A song by a band that features three or more female members.
I spent my last $10 on birth control and beer, Two Nice Girls.
17. One of the earliest songs that you can remember listening to.
My sweet Lord, George Harrison.
18. A song you’ve been mocked by friends for liking.
I want your love, Transvision Vamp. Also my complete collection of Debbie/Deborah Gibson albums.
19. A really good cover version you think no one else has heard.
Cruella deVille, The Replacements.
20. A song that has helped cheer you up (or empowered you somehow) after a breakup or otherwise difficult situation.
Tranent Muir, The Tannahill Weavers. There are days I just need to play this song REALLY REALLY LOUD.