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Tied to the 90s: The Lyrics Quiz: Vol. 1 — Singular. Wednesday, August 15, 2007

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Tied to the 90s

Welcome back to “Tied to the 90s“, a not-very complete guide to a decade that was. I’m your host, Yostal, and once more, I’ll be taking you through the pop culture landscape of the 1990s. If you have any suggestions for future columns, please email me at GoinYostal@gmail.com or leave me a comment.

Really quick though, before we begin, I’d like to mention once again that my good friend Mike is running the 2007-08 Allison LaPlaca Open, a television “death pool” where you attempt to pick the ten shows you don’t think will see a new season. If you’d like to play (for pride only, please no wagering), check out this link. All of the rules and details are on the site, but if you have questions, I’ll be happy to field them.

OK, your silent critique of last week’s entry has been noted and then some. Sorry about that. So, I thought I would have a little fun this week. By my nature, I enjoy a good puzzle or trivia contest, so I hope this will fit the bill. It’s the first Tied to the 90s Lyrics Quiz: Vol. 1 — Singular.

This is an updated version of something I did one very bored day in college.  Very simply, below the cut will be 100 lyrics.  All of them will be from 1990s songs, or at least songs released on albums between 1990 and 1999.  Being that they were all culled from my iTunes Library, they will be mostly  be “modern rock” tracks.  All you’re going to get is the lyric and the year the song was released on an album, which would make it tough on its own (Googling the lyrics is not the point of this exercise.) so what I have done to help you out is:
a). All of the songs have one word titles (which means no parenthetical titles as well) just one word titles.
b). All of the songs are ordered by an increasing number of letters in them, starting with two letters and ending with 12 letters.  Within each “numbering”, all of the songs will be alphabetical.

What this should do is allow you to fill in the gaps as you go.

Also, I did not go for ultra-obscure songs or ultra-obscure bands, but in some cases, you may disagree.

So, check it out, see how many you get and when you are ready for the answers, there will be a link at the bottom of the quiz.  Have fun!

1    I am like the winter / I’m a dark cold female / With a golden ring of wisdom in my cave    1996
2    I brush your hair back from your eyes / I take you down, let the river flow    1993
3    You say love is a temple, love a higher law / love is a temple, love the higher law    1991
4    Then watched me blink and over look / what I undertake    1997
5    A funky child with some words on my tongue / Be like intake of breath and my mouth gets loose    1995
6    And maybe I’m just too frightened by the sound of it / Pieces of note fall down but the letter said    1995
7    People listen attentively / I mean about future calamity / I used to think the idea was obsolete / Until I heard the old man stamping his feet    1997
8    I woke up this morning / Now I understand / What it means to give your life / To just one man    1996
9    The needle tears a hole / the old familiar sting / try to kill it all away / but I remember everything    1994
10    She made me feel I was fourteen again / That’s why she thinks it’s cooler if we’d just stay friends    1994
11    I know you’ve heard it all before / so I don’t say it anymore / I just stand by and let you / fight your secret war.    1990
12    Cut your hand inside the till / Slammed your fingers in the door / Fought with kitchen knives and skewers    1993
13    She spent her twenties between the sheets / Life limped along at subsonic speeds    1995
14    Will there be another race / To come along and take over for us? / Maybe Martians could do / Better than we’ve done    1993
15    She said I don’t know if I’ve ever been good enough / I’m a little bit rusty, and I think my head is caving in    1996
16    Can you teach me about tommorrow / And all the pain and sorrow / Running free?     1994
17    Well you couldn’t be that man I adored / You don’t seem to know, / Seem to care what your heart is for / But I don’t know him anymore    1998
18    I hate the world today / You’re so good to me / I know but I can’t change / Tried to tell you    1998
19    They call her name at 7:30 / I pace around the parking lot / Then I walk down to buy her flowers / And sell some gifts that I got    1997
20    And through a fractal on a breaking wall, / I see you my friend, and touch your face again.    1991
21    When you were here before, / Couldn’t look you in the eye. / You’re just like an angel, / Your skin makes me cry    1993
22    So wondrous as you there sleeping / Let’s go drive ’till morning comes / And watch the sunrise and fill our souls up    1998
23    What if I ride? What if you walk? / What if you rock around the clock? / Tick-tock, tick-tock    1992
24    It’s driven me before, and it seems to have a vague, / haunting mass appeal.     1999
25    Poverty stole your golden shoes / But it didn’t steal your laughter / and heartache came to visit me / But I knew it wasn’t ever after    1998
26    The birds and bees will sing / The jams begin to ring / The good vibes flow from me to you    1998
27    With the rerun shows and the cocaine nose job / The daytime crap with the folksinger slop     1994
28    So is it raining in your bedroom? / And I see, that these are the eyes of disarray / Would you even care?    1992
29    Don’t suppose I’ll ever know / What it means to be a man / Something I can’t change / I’ll live around it    1998
30    There’s a shadow just behind me / shrouding every breath I take / making every promise empty / pointing every finger at me     1993
31    If the divine master plan is perfected / maybe next I’ll give Judas a try / trusting my soul to the ice cream assassin    1998
32    I found her out back, sitting naked, looking up, and looking dead. / A crumpled yellow piece of paper, with seven, nines, and tens.    1995
33    What are those dogs doing sniffing at my feet / They’re on to something, picking up / Picking up this heat, this heat    1992
34    I wanted more / Than life could ever grant / Bored by the chore / of saving face    1993
35    Torture from you to me / Abducted from the street     1993
36    I’ll be waving my hand / Watching you drown, watching you scream, quiet or loud    1997
37    Call me Hoss, I’m the Boss, with the sauce in the horse / No remorse for the sherrif, in his eye I ain’t right     1998
38    A day late / A buck short / I’m writing / The report     1997
39    It’s not that we don’t get along, it’s just that you are always wrong / At least you could pretend that I was right in the end    1995
40    Well life has a funny way of sneaking up on you / When you think everything’s okay and everything’s going right     1995
41    You’re the first to fight / You’re way too loud / You’re the flash of light / On a burial shroud    1997
42    So why were you holding her hand / Is that the way we stand / Were you lying all the time / Was it just a game to you    1993
43    The bullets you bite / From the pain you request / You’re finding it harder to digest    1997
44    We’ll create the cure, we made the disease / Frustrated Incorporated, Frustrated Incorporated     1995
45    They were all in love with dyin’ / They were doin’ it in Texas    1996
46    Are you the reason that he broke his back? / Did I see you laugh about that?     1992
47    Here I am again, / Overwhelming feelings / A thousand miles away / From your ocean home / Part of me is near    1995
48    When they get what they want, and they never want it again / And they get what they want, and they never want it again     1994
49    Are we like you? / I can’t be sure of the scene, as she turns / We are strange in our world    1995
50    You give me light so tonight take me there / I feel your sun start to glow / and I know it let me show    1997
51    Turning over TV stations / Situations running through my head     1999
52    Who are we ? / We’re who we are / Riding on this great big star     1993
53    Come play my game I’ll test ya. / Psychosomatic addict, insane.    1997
54    When you were languishing in rooms I built to foul you in / And when the wind set down in funnel form and pulled you in    1998
55    Is this the place that I want to be? / Is it you who I want to see? / Holding on, hold it high, show me everything.    1995
56    And as the bombshells of my daily fears explode / I try to trace them to my youth    1992
57    And it all begins where it ends / And she’s all mine, my magic friend    1991
58    Sunday morning is everyday for all I care / And I’m not scared. Light my candles, in a daze ’cause I’ve found God.    1991
59    Now, she feels safe / in this bar on Fairfax / and from the stage I can tell that / She can’t let go and she can’t relax     1998
60    Prolonging the situation only makes it worse / Tell him honestly, simply, kindly, but firmly    1996
61    Army green was no safe bet / The bullets scream to me from somewhere    1992
62    Keep her down, boiling water, / Keep her down, what a lovely daughter.    1994
63    And I break at the bend / We’re here and now, but will we ever be again?    1998
64    Some say better things will come our way / No matter what they try to say you were always there for me     1999
65    And you can look deep in my eyes / Like I was a super-model / Uh huh    1996
66    Sleep the day let it fade / Who was there to take your place / No one knows never will    1994
67    Tonight / I throw myself into / And out of the red, out of her head she sang     1997
68    Is she bright / so well read / are there novels / by here bed?    1995
69    Peel me off this velcro seat and get me moving / I sure as hell can’t do it by myself    1994
70    Mama tells me I shouldn’t bother / That I ought to stick to another man    1996
71    So listen up ’cause you can’t say nothin’ / you’ll shut me down with a push of your button.    1994
72    I feel the break and I got to live it out / I swear that I really wanna know     1996
73    Love, love is a verb / love is a doing word.  / Fearless on my breath / gentle impulsion    1998
74    It’s twelve o’clock, and it’s a wonderful day. / I know you hate me, but I’ll ask anyway.     1995
75    She lived in Berkeley ’til the earthquake shook her loose. / She lives in Texas now, where nothin’ ever moves.    1997
76    There’s a blood that’s flowin’ / Through the feeling, with a knife / To open up the sky’s veins    1994
77    All my violence is gone / Nothing is wrong / I just slip away and I am gone    1997
78    Time is passing I’m asking could this be real / Cause I can’t sleep I can’t hold still / The only thing I really know is she got sex appeal    1999
79    I ain’t gonna go blind / For the light which is reflected    1992
80    Say I’m crying / I’m looking at what’s on tv / Pain and suffering / And the struggle / To be free    1990
81    Everything is open / Nothing is set in stone / Rivers turn to ocean / Oceans tide you home    1999
82    How long how long will I slide / Separate my side I don’t / I don’t believe it’s bad / Slit my throat / It’s all I ever    1999
83    I’m looking California / And feeling Minnesota / So now you know, who gets mystified    1991
84    In my dreams I’m dying all the time / As I wake its kaleidoscopic mind    1999
85    You walk in clouds of glitter and the sun reflects your eyes / And everytime the wind blows, I can smell you in the sky     1994
86    Over real over / When I nearly hit the face I loved / So tired of packaging the anger / Always pushing you away    1995
87    I know you, little libertine / I know you’re a real koo koo    1993
88    Riding on any wave, / that is the luck you crave. / They don’t believe it now / They just think it’s stupid.    1995
89    I’d like to believe we could reconcile the past / Resurrect those bridges with an ancient glance    1995
90    Some say that we are players / Some say that we are pawns / But we’ve been making money / Since the day that we were born    1999
91    Blind labors the blind and I am / unwilling to uncover my eyes     1996
92    The night is my companion / and solitude my guide / Would I spend forever here / and not be satisfied?    1993
93    Don’t have the courage inside me / To tell you please just let me be     1995
94    Liverpudlian lady, sophisticated male / Hello partner, tell me love can’t fail    1997
95    Cause if I wasn’t worth it / That makes me worse off then you are / But don’t lose sight of me now / Don’t lose sight of me now    1997
96    By now you should’ve somehow / Realized what you’re not to do     1995
97    What a cruel thing to pretend / What a cunning way to condescend     1996
98    Truth is I thought it mattered, I though that music mattered, but does it bollocks, not compared to our people matter    1997
99    We spent all day gettin sober / just hiding from daylight, watching TV (fading away)    1999
100    The things, you say / Your purple prose just gives you away     1991

(The answers to today’s quiz may be found at this Google spreadsheet)

I’d love to hear what you thought of this and whether it would be worth returning as an occasional feature.  For those of you looking for my usual lack of insight and analysis, I’ll have the first part of a special two part edition of Tied to the 90s next week.

That’s all I have for this week. I genuinely hoped you enjoyed it, and please come back next week for another edition of “Tied to the 90s”.  Until the next time, this has been Subcommandante Yostal, logging off.



1. Greek McPapadopoulos - Wednesday, August 15, 2007

I’m not great with lyrics, but I’m going to see what I can do.

2) Cracker – Low
5) 311 – Down
6) Better Than Ezra – Good
9) Nine Inch Nails – Hurt
19) Ben Folds Five – Brick
21) Radiohead – Creep
24) Incubus – Drive
27) Beck – Loser
28) Stone Temple Pilots – Plush
30) Tool – Sober
34) Smashing Pumpkins – Today
35) Pearl Jam – Animal
36) Our Lady Peace – Clumsy
37) Kid Rock – Cowboy
38) Blink 182 – Dammit
41) Third Eye Blind – Jumper
43) Collective Soul – Listen
45) Butthole Surfers – Pepper
53) Prodigy – Breathe
58) Nirvana – Lithium
61) Alice In Chains – Rooster
63) Fuel – Shimmer
66) Bush – Comedown
67) Foo Fighters – Everlong
69) Green Day – Longview
71) Beastie Boys – Sabotage
82) Red Hot Chili Peppers – Otherside
83) Soundgarden – Outshined (great lyric)
84) Moby – Porcelain
96) Oasis – Wonderwall

Damn, I thought I could get more. That was fun though–I’d definitely love to do it again in the future.

2. The Bad One - Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Discarding what Greek already got,

3. U2 – One
10. Barenaked Ladies – Jane
15. Matchbox Twenty – Push
31. Tori Amos – Spark
40. Alanis Morissette – Ironic
44. Soul Asylum – Misery
59. Shawn Mullins – Rockaby
60. Nada Surf – Popular
62. Veruca Salt – Seether
65. The Refreshments – Banditos
81. Travis – Driftwood
98. Chumbawhamba – Tubthumping
100. EMF – Unbelievable

3. spankyjoe - Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Wow. Lyrics really are akin to Kryptonite for me. I got maybe 10% of these.

4. DougOLis - Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Man, I totally sucked ass at that. I got like 7.

New ones from me:
18) Meredith Brooks – Bitch (that was 98? really? seemed longer ago)

The others I knew: 3, 9, 15, 19, 38, 96

5. Mary - Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Wow, amazing how little I knew! I loved this challenge quiz. You should do it again sometime, but maybe with less than 100 songs…

6. Bort - Thursday, August 16, 2007

This is a great list. I got nine, but after reading the whole list, I knew a whole lot more.

New ones from me:

12. James – Laid
23: REM – Drive

7. Rockabye - Tuesday, February 19, 2008

78: Crazy Town, “Butterfly.”

8. Jordie! - Wednesday, March 26, 2008

2. Low – Cracker
3. One -U2
6. Good – Better Than Ezra
9. Hurt – Nine Inch Nails
12. Laid – James
13. Lump -Presidents of the United States of America
15. Push – Matchbox 20
17. Torn – Natalia Imbruglia
18. Bitch – Meredith Brooks
19. Brick – Ben Folds Five
21. Creep – Radiohead
27. Loser – Beck
34. Today – Smashing Pumpkins
40. Ironic – Alanis Morisette
42. Linger – Cranberries
45. Pepper – Butthole Surfers
48. Violet – Hole
58. Lithium – Nirvana
62. Seether – Veruca Salt
67. Everlong – Foo Fighters
69. Longview – Green Day
70. Lovefool – Cardigans
74. Tomorrow – Silverchair
78. Butterfly – Crazy Town
89. Cumbersome – Seven Mary Three
98. Tubthumping – Chumbawumba
100. Unbelievable – EMF

9. Handbuilt - Wednesday, March 25, 2009

25. Jewel – My hands

10. seo - Friday, June 19, 2015

Hi every one, here every one is sharing these kinds of
experience, thus it’s pleasant to read this blog,
and I used to visit this weblog daily.

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