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If music be the food of love...

Simon Mayo | 08:06 UK time, Monday, 23 April 2012

Hooray for Monday, St George, the rain and the cold. The new week lies ahead and as we turn the central heating up another notch, we are planning a top-notch week here. How is the blog behaving now? Have all glitches been fixed? How would you rate your user experience? Hoping the news is good but please do tell...
Chris has just been relaying his weekend near-purchase of a fire engine and I am struggling to match that. I did a supermarket order and nearly bought a large jar of curry paste doesn't really have the same ring to it really. Even if it would have been the world's best curry. We had a full house with all family members present and correct. Meals were eaten, homework was tackled and Homeland was watched. And no fire engines at any stage. Not even close.
Today we have the lovely Louis Theroux with us after 6. He has a 2 part programme on what he calls 'extreme love'. The first part was on autism and this week's is about dementia. He says the 2 programmes are amongst the best he's done and on the basis of this weeks episode, he's right. Thoroughly recommended and Louis will explain more tonight.
And tunes today please for the BARD on WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S BIRTHDAY (and death day also. Plenty to go at really!
Have a comfortable and realistic Monday, see you after 5

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  • Comment number 1.

    Happy Mondays all round and Hello Simon, Drive Team and Constructors:

    My favourite theme.
    :^)


    SONNET - THE VERVE

    ROMEO AND JULIET – DIRE STRAITS

    THE WITCHES PROMISE – JETHRO TULL

    SONG FOR THE LOVERS – RICHARD ASHCROFT

    POETRY IN MOTION – JOHNNY TILLOTSON

    SUMMER WINE – LEE HAZLEWOOD & NANCY SINATRA

    BEHIND THE MASK [WHO DO YOU LOVE] – ERIC CLAPTON

  • Comment number 2.

    Morning Simon, team, NYM and Matt of the redundant BAIU (or maybe just dormant). Oh, and shopaholic bloggers,

    Shakespeare, you say? Well you have to start here

    TO BE OR NOT TO BE - B A Robertson

  • Comment number 3.

    Hi Simon and everyone

    Surely not the first poster. Here at work early today as early finish in order to teach the most stressful class at our club of the lot.... the 4/5 year olds!!

    Not many blog problems for me, not even the whirling of that wheel that seems stuck on posting comment which means you have to copy and paste what was written and post in 2 chunks and face the 180 second rule.

    So Shakespeare it is then, I had to cover off King Henry iv part i for English Literature 'O' Level after having a taster for Shakespeare by reading Romeo and Juliet and The Merchant of Venice. I did not really grasp his use of the English Language ...it seemed that for a relatively short answer he gave an essay!

    1. ROMEO AND JULIET - Dire Straits
    2. STAY - SHAKESPEARE'S SISTER
    3. YOUR HISTORY - SHAKESPEARE'S SISTER
    4. ROMEO - Mr Big
    5. TOO SHY - Kajagoogoo ( Shylock)
    6. ANTONY'S SONG - Billy Joel
    7. WINTERS TALE - David Essex
    8. I LIKE IT - Gerry and the Pacemakers ( As you like it)
    9. Fanfare for the common muse - DIVINE COMEDY
    10. TWELFTH OF NEVER - Donny and Marie ( 12th Night)

    Laters after more thinkage time.

    Have lovely days

    Mandy ;

  • Comment number 4.

    Good Morning All

    Song Suggestions -

    ROMEO & JULIET - Dire Straits

    WILLIAM, IT WAS REALLY NOTHING - The Smiths

    TRAGEDY - Bee Gees

    A WINTER'S TALE _ David Essex

    LOVE STORY - Taylor Swift



    What about a bit of Mendelssohn?

    THE WEDDING MARCH FROM A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM

  • Comment number 5.

    Morning everyone

    A nice sunny start to the week.

    ROMEO AND JULIET ~ Dire Straits

    ROMEO ~ Mr Big

    ALL THE LOVERS ~ Kylie Minogue

    KING MIDAS IN REVERSE ~ The Hollies

    TO BE OR NOT TO BE ~ BA Robertson

    ALL OR NOTHING ~ Small Faces

  • Comment number 6.

    YOU'RE HISTORY - Shakespear's Sister (see what I did there?)

  • Comment number 7.

    Oooh!


    THE THEME FROM "BOTTOM"


    LAST NIGHT - The Mar-Keys

  • Comment number 8.

    Good morning everybody!

    Here we go...

    STAY - SHAKESPEAR'S SISTER
    SONET - THE VERVE
    ROMEO & JULIET - DIRE STRAITS
    CLEOPATRA'S THEME - CLEOPATRA (sorry)

    Off to the coffee machine...

    --
    cBzz

  • Comment number 9.

    Woohoo... Chris Evans played my Gobsmackers a bit earlier... one was the Waterboys' song, Fisherman's Blues and the other was Elton John's That's Why They Call It The Blues... and I only sent them in, hoping to hear The Waterboys as they were fab when I went to see them a couple of weeks ago and I've not heard them for ages on the radio!!!

    I tried to post this earlier but the thingy was going round and round and I couldn't post anything!

    Still can't post.... three word Monday... BLOG NOT WORKING!!!!

  • Comment number 10.

    What about

    BRUSH UP YOUR SHAKESPEARE from "Kiss Me Kate" - based on "The Taming of The Shrew"?

    There is a version by The Muppets!

  • Comment number 11.

    3 more words "blog working again"..... was it just me or did anyone else have a problem posting in the past 15 or so minutes?

  • Comment number 12.

    Since Shakespeare was born and died on April 23rd, how about....

    LIVE AND LET DIE ~ Paul McCartney and Wings

  • Comment number 13.

    OPHELIA - The Band (in tribute to Levon Helm who died last week)



    (and just as the BAIU committee members prepare to go their separate ways and relax down at the coffee shop, the blog starts playing up again...)

  • Comment number 14.

    Some more bard-related nonsense:


    KING FOR A DAY – THOMPSON TWINS

    CARRY ON WAYWARD SON – KANSAS

    JUST DIED IN YOUR ARMS TONIGHT – CUTTING CREW

    KILLER QUEEN – QUEEN

    FLOWERS IN THE RAIN – THE MOVE

    LOVE POTION NO 9 – TYGERS OF PAN TANG

    :^)

  • Comment number 15.

    Morning all :-)

    WILLIAM IT WAS REALLY NOTHING .....THE SMITHS

    TRAGEDY....THE BEE GEES

    PSL xx

  • Comment number 16.

    Morning to all on this rainy day,

    I know that this has already been suggested but can I add my vote for:

    ROMEO AND JULIET - DIRE STRAITS

    One of my favourite songs from 'teenagerdom'.

    Back later x

  • Comment number 17.

    Also another rather nice song of the same name, with some Shakespearish flutes (recorders?) ...

    OPHELIA - Kula Shaker

  • Comment number 18.

    R DEAN TAYLOR...THERE'S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE

    PSL xx

  • Comment number 19.

    Message for Harry, whenever you arrive today - Teen Hoffs is sitting at the table reading 'Poetry - an Introduction'. Thank you!!

    Hey ho, the wind and the rain....................

  • Comment number 20.

    Good morning Simon, Team, NYM and fellow blogpoppets!

    Working from home today. Still don't have any IT kit at work so if I want to produce documents, I need to use my own 'puter. Result.

    The obvious one is Dire Straits so I am sure that will get a play. There must be hundreds of songs but I am a bit stumped at the mo. Need to think.

    Oh, Chris is playing The Verve and "Sonnet"!

    Back in a bit.

  • Comment number 21.

    ONCE UPON A DREAM ~ Billy Fury

  • Comment number 22.

    WITCHES' SONG - Marianne Faithful

    WORDS OF LOVE - Mamas & the Papas
    "Worn out phrases and longing gazes won't get you where you want to go"


    and finally...

    WORDS - F.R. David

  • Comment number 23.

    AINT NO GRAVE (CAN HOLD MY BODY DOWN) - JOHNNY CASH

    On the subject of Shakespeare, if anyone ever has the chance to see the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School perform a Shakespeare play, then I would definitely recommend they take it. They travel around, usually to schools, performing specific Shakespeare plays in a totally unique way in little over an hour, but still using the correct Shakespearean language. It is a brilliant introduction to Shakespeare for children whilst at the same time, keeping the adults interested! This year, we saw Twelfth Night which was brilliant. My abiding memory, however, was of Hamlet, last year, with an actor speaking the 'Alas Poor Yorick' words in the style of Eric Morecambe. Obviously not highbrow RSC stuff but definitely something that children and teenagers can remember.

  • Comment number 24.

    I just asked Teen Hoffs what he would suggest and to my surprise, he stood here and reeled off William Shakespeare's Sonnet 14 (Shall I compare thee to a summer's day). So 'stuff' learned at school does stick sometimes!

    So, rather spurious, but our suggestion would be:

    SUMMER DAYS - BOB DYLAN

  • Comment number 25.

    Good Morning All :)

    Just time for a quick blog, before our meeting at 10.

    Looking forward to hearing Louis Theroux on tonight's show, I thought his 'Extreme Love' documentary about autism was very well done, and I also highly recommend it to anyone who wants to know what life is like for families with severely autistic children. I could see so much of my family's lives on screen, especially the mother who said that it was heart breaking. That's how I feel, autism breaks my heart in so many different ways every single day. I love my boys to pieces, but if there was a cure, I would not hesitate to sign up for it.

    Anyway, enough serious stuff, oldie suggestions...

    DON'T FEAR THE REAPER - BLUE OYSTER CULT

    CHERISH - MADONNA

    ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT - ELVIS PRESLEY

  • Comment number 26.

    Good morning all - bright and sunny so far......................

    ROMEO AND JULIET - DIRE STRAITS must have been suggested but I'll go with the obvious.

    Busy day in the garden today - spuds to plant and seeds to sow.

    See you later.

    JW

  • Comment number 27.

    DON'T PAY THE FERRYMAN - CHRIS DE BURGH

  • Comment number 28.

    Family Affair - Sly and the family Stone (Covers most of the tragedies)
    Fantasy Island - Tight Fit (Tempest)
    Fernando - Abba
    Ghosts - Japan
    Jar of Hearts - Merchant of Venice
    King in a Catholic Style - China Crisis
    Romeo and Juliet - Dire STraits
    Moon Dance - Van Morrison (Midsummer Nights Dream)
    Night Boat to Cairo - Madness (Anthony and Cleopatra)
    Tradegy - Bee Gees
    Winters Tale - David Essex
    Mr Writer - Stereophonics
    Wondrous Stories - Yes
    Famous Last Words - Tears For Fears
    Sonnet - The Verve


    Happy St Georges Day to all.

    I also have a few FREE copies of Pride and Prejudice left to give away today if anyone would like them.

  • Comment number 29.

    27 - because of 'The Tempest' words spoken in the song. Yes, I'll get off the fence. I was a big fan of Chris de Burgh all those years ago.....

    (By the way - obviously no problems for me posting today and not for a while either. Will go now and leave you all in peace...)

  • Comment number 30.

    Just time for one more.

    Seems like people are always falling down dead on stage, or pretending to be dead, or trying to find new ways to blame somebody else or to justify their evil actions...

    BODIES - Robbie Williams

    #9 Florence - whoop whoop, well done you!

    #23 Hoffs - agree. Seems like it would be a real no-no for the youngsters, but after dragging them kicking and screaming to a performance, they've always enjoyed it. We've been to a few of the performances held at National Trust properties - all adds to the atmosphere having a picnic watching a very stripped down Macbeth performed on the lawn at night with a floodlit gothic pile in the background, and the wind and rain lashing in on an August evening. That's how they did it back in the day at the Globe - tankards of mead in the audience, and gnawed bones and pieces of fruit thrown on stage at the baddies!

  • Comment number 31.

    #9 Your talk of The Waterboys reminded me - I know I keep requesting this, but it's such a fine song - written by ex-Waterboy, Karl Wallinger


    IS IT LIKE TODAY? - WORLD PARTY


    ♫♪Many years ago he looked out through a glassless window
    All that he could see was Babylon
    Beautiful green fields and dreams and learned to measure the stars
    But there was a worry in his heart ...♫♪

  • Comment number 32.

    Hello Katy - sounds like you had a wild weekend with your band of merry minstrels!

    And loving your Jethro Tull sugestions at #1

  • Comment number 33.

    Morning all. Very little time today, and a quick flick through shows that almost everything I thought of has already been mentioned.

    One that hasn't though is the following, inspired by the fact that in Shakespeare's day, men used to play female roles...

    AEROSMITH - Dude Looks Like A Lady

  • Comment number 34.

    #32 insert "g", delete "s"

  • Comment number 35.

    The biggest problem with Shakespeare's plays is that we're all introduced to them as O-level/GCSE set texts, when they were intended to be seen live on stage, and struggle with the complicated language and historical themes and concepts, and never ever want to go near it again until much later in life.

    TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG - The Specials

    Really really not here now.

  • Comment number 36.

    Good morning everyone.

    #2 Regular John, my vote for the worst song ever!

    #19 Hoffs, that was quick! Hope he finds it useful :0)

    Theme:

    SISTER MOON by STING

    Hopefully back later.

  • Comment number 37.

    #36 HtS. Each to his own. I find some of the lyrics very moving.

    (But your recommendation last week for senna also had the same effect.)

  • Comment number 38.

    Good morning,

    Florence, Congrats on your "Blue Monday" morning.

    Hoffs, Thanks for the recommendation.

    I love a bit of MacBeth (heres's hoping I don't get struck down for saying it out loud):

    WITCHY WOMAN by The Eagles
    BEWITCHED, BOTHERED AND BEWILDERED by Ella Fitzgerald
    BLACK MAGIC WOMAN by Santana


    Or maybe:

    ANNIE'S SONG by John Denver (for his wife)
    WILLIAM, IT WAS REALLY NOTHING by The Smiths (would you mind sharing please PSL? I love this song)

    Katy, Haven't been around much lately but it lovely to see the "Return of the Mac".

    Have a good day.x

  • Comment number 39.

    Morning All,

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY by STEVIE WONDER

    ROMEO & JULIET by DIRE STRAITS

    TO BE OR NOT TO BE by BA ROBERTSON

    SHAKESPEARE'S SISTER by SMITHS

    madchick x

  • Comment number 40.

    #36 Harry, worst song ever? Hero by Enrique Iglesias. As soon as I hear him start groaning in the opening bars the radio has to go off.

  • Comment number 41.

    #37 Regular John, OK, perhaps not the worst song ever but it certainly contains the worst rhyme:


    Some like the sun
    They'd be a Barbadian
    We think it's fun
    Here in Stratford-on-Avion

  • Comment number 42.

    35 - John - exactly - I was really put off Shakespeare at school for that reason (plus the fact that every person from my parents' generation seemed to be able to reel off so much Shakespeare and look rather disapproving because I couldn't) but as I have got older, I have learned to appreciate it much more. I will definitely take my boys to BVOTS etc but not going to force them as I don't want to put them off in the same way that I was.

  • Comment number 43.

    I AM THE WALRUS by THE BEATLES (part of an audio version of KING LEAR is on this track)

  • Comment number 44.

    Morning All,

    A wildly wet weekend enjoyed by me and mine this weekend. Think yougest boy is still finding mud in places he really rather wouldn't after playing rugby in a giant mud bath.

    Can't manage to make the ole cells work this morning but would like to hear Dire Straits. One of my faves.

    Zoe, are you around? Watched Finale of True Blood last night and las left mildly disappointed. Was it just me?

    Also caught Louis Theroux's Extreme Love. It was heart breaking watching the families cope. The bit that got me was when Louis asked one of the mum's if she had thought about putting her son into care and her reply was the only way the Authorities would get involved was if she called 911. What kind of a choice is that?

    Maybes Laters

    A.

  • Comment number 45.

    #40 Julia, looks like we have something to get our teeth into when the blog goes quiet: Worst Song Ever .............. nominations please :0)

  • Comment number 46.

    #31 Katy... I also love the World Party song so had to have a listen!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4pxYEDy1mc&feature=related

  • Comment number 47.

    I must say that I enjoyed Shakespeare at school, and we were fortunate enough to go on school trips to see plays at the Old Vic & Young Vic and also outdoor plays in Cambridge. It also helped that we had a couple of budding thespians in the class who would bring their own interpretations of the characters (in various comedic accents!!)

    PRINCE HAL'S DIRGE by LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III

  • Comment number 48.

    #45 #40
    Harry, Julia.

    I'll compile a list!

    --
    cBzz

  • Comment number 49.

    #45 Ooh Harry! You worked out by cunning plan (or was I just responding to a subtle prod given by your goodself?)

    Here's hoping that what ensues is the usual mature and thought provoking exchange of views we so often see on this lovely blog.

    Hope all is well with you.

  • Comment number 50.

    #45 'video killed the radio star' The Buggles....I just hate that song!

    PSL

  • Comment number 51.

    #48 coffeeBuzz, Love it! I am in and out all day today but will pop back when I can to see what interesting suggestions are made...

    #48 Harry, for "by" read "my". So excited at the prospect of a heated but adult debate that my fingers slipped on the keyboard (or perhaps I am just hopeless at touch typing).

  • Comment number 52.

    WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN....THE BANGLES

  • Comment number 53.

    CRUEL TO BE KIND by NICK LOWE

    A WINTERS TALE by DAVID ESSEX

  • Comment number 54.

    #48 cBuzz, a list? Let's assume that 'worst' is an absolute; that is, only ONE can be THE worst

    #49 A subtle prod? Not sure I can do "subtle" :0)

    #50 PSL, I'm not sure 'hating' is quite enough. There has to be some supporting evidence in the lyrics, the music, the arrangement, etc to qualify it for the worst song ever.

  • Comment number 55.

    SIGH NO MORE....MUMFORD & SONS

  • Comment number 56.

    #55 but if I told you my inner thoughts and reasoning I'd have to kill you....or be sectioned!

    PSL ;-)

  • Comment number 57.

    #56 That's a risk we're all going to have to take ;0)

  • Comment number 58.

    #54 Actually Harry on second thoughts even if you felt you could do "subtle" you couldn't give a "subtle prod" because it's an oxymoron. Do you think you can do subliminal? Care to suggest another "s" word to accurately sum up your never ending talents?

    As I type Little Girl is sat on the arm of the chair singing "Chick Chick Chick Chick Chicken" My permission to blog has clearly expired for the time being. Time to read "The Tiger Who Came To Tea".

    Laters.

  • Comment number 59.

    #54 Harry, I thought you might take me to task over lists :P
    I suppose I could argue that there are so many bad songs but, as you say, there is only one worst.

    Ok then, I'll whittle down my list of baddies to one worst.

    Back after lunch and some more coffee....

    --
    cBzz

  • Comment number 60.

    Meeting done. The battle to get our twins into a National Autistic Society run school has begun!

    #44 FW Alice - No, it wasn't just you, I found the finale of True Blood S4 to be distinctly underwhelming too. I was disappointed with S4 as a whole, if the TV show had stuck closer to the books, like Game of Thrones, it would be so much better IMHO. I used to love True Blood, but I'm only tuning in for Alexander Skarsgard now! I see that S5 starts in the US in June (the 10th to be precise) like I said, I will watch because I still love Eric, Pam, Jason and Lafayette, I just hope S5 is better than S4.

    On the Extreme Love Autism documentary - When that mother said that the future for all of our severely autistic children is residential care, that is the truth, sadly. There will come a day when, through us being too old/ill, or our children getting too physically strong for us to cope with, they will have to go into residential care, because they will never reach the point of being able to take care of themselves. That fact breaks my heart more than any other.

    We don't have to call 999 here to get that help, thank goodness, it's all done mainly through social services. That's who we had our meeting with this morning.

    Sorry for the serious stuff, I wouldn't have mentioned any of it if not for LT being on the show tonight. I don't like to go on about the autism side of my life on here, as a rule.

  • Comment number 61.

    #58 Julia, I fear the 's' which best sums me up is "soporific" but I aspire to "subliminal".



    Note to Guardian of the naughty step (that's you PSL!): did you observe that I didn't descend to using any vernacular interpretations of "to prod"? ;0)

  • Comment number 62.

    Good Morning Each!

    'I'm Henery The Eighth, I Am' by Herman's Hermits

    'As You Like It' by Adam Faith

    'Just Like Romeo and Juliet' by The Reflections

    ''Miss Macbeth' by Elvis Costello

  • Comment number 63.

    Regarding worst song....

    'Oh, what a feeling, to be dancing on the ceiling.......'

    I really really really don't like that one.....

  • Comment number 64.

    **SPOILER ALERT - In CASE ANYONE ELSE WATCHES TRUE BLOOD BUT HASN'T SEEN IT YET**

    #60 - Zoe, there were very few bright spots to S4 but the finale just about took the biscuit. I mean at the beginning we had Tara saying she wanted to be on that porch wi' Sookie so you just knew that summat was gonna happen to her. Then we had Tara finding Jesus and immediately jumping to the conclusion that it was Lafayette 'what had done it' and that he was taken over by Marnie. That was sloppy by anyone's standards. How on earth did Lafayette manage to chain TWO vamps, at night, to a bonfire by him/herself!?!? I could go on but I shan't. Suffice to say, it wasn't good.

    A.

  • Comment number 65.

    Morning one and all.................................so very very very late today...........no time to read back.................so I'll just fire away with my suggestions.................

    THAT'S THE WAY I LIKE IT - KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND (AS YOU LIKE IT)

    CRUEL TO BE KIND - NICK LOWE (HAMLET)

    EVIL WOMAN - ELO (MACBETH)

    DREAMER - SUPERTRAMP (A MIDSUMMER'S NIGHT DREAM)

    ROMEO & JULIET - DIRE STRAITS

    EVERYDAY I WRITE THE BOOK - ELVIS COSTELLO

    BOOK LOVERS - DIVINE COMEDY

    WONDEROUS STORIES - YES

    A WINTER'S TALE - DAVID ESSEX

    TRAGEDY - BEE GEES

    YOU'RE HISTORY - SHAKESPEARES SISTER


    Dougal x...................................................................................................

    P.S Hope everyone is well...........................................................................

  • Comment number 66.

    Given the amount of royalty in Shakespeare's plays:
    SPIN DOCTORS - Two Princes

    GARY BYRD & THE G.B. EXPERIENCE - The Crown


    or for Banquo's ghost:
    THE SPECIALS - Ghost Town

    An alternative to 'To Be or Not To Be', which mentions Antony & Cleopatra
    B. A. ROBERTSON - Bang Bang

    And a more obvious contender:
    SUPERGRASS - RICHARD III

  • Comment number 67.

    Grandma, we love you, Grandma, we do, though you may be far away, we still love you.....

    (Just need to be clear that this is my final entry for the worst song and NOT a suggestion for today's theme)

  • Comment number 68.

    Three Word Monday:

    HOUSE MARTINS NESTING!

    (That would be the birds, not the band).

    Got to share. Some weeks ago, we ordered 5 water butts from the garden centre. They duly arrived and Ziggy installed them. It then turned out that one of the water butts had a leak so off I went to the garden centre who promised a replacement. An hour ago, the phone rang:

    Me: Good morning, Alex-Girl speaking

    Caller: This is the garden centre. Are you the lady with the split butt?

    Me: (hysterical laughter)

    Still giggling now!

    Worst song ever? Have to narrow down my list of contenders....

  • Comment number 69.

    68 - Alex_Girl - ooh-er! Very funny. Much laughter here.

  • Comment number 70.

    How about...........................................................................


    PEN AND INK - TRACEY CHAPMAN

    SONNET 20 - RUFUS WAINWRIGHT


    or for A Midsummer's Night Dream and a bid for the HOIB.............................


    OSSIE'S DREAM - THFC CUP FINAL SQUAD WITH CHAS & DAVE!!!!!...............

    .................................go on Simon........I dare you!!...............................



    Dougal x.......................................................................................

  • Comment number 71.

    #50 I hate it too. And I hated it doubly when Geoff Downes played an instrumental version with vocoder voice in the middle of his keyboard solo during a Yes concert on the Drama tour. We already hated Trevor Horn* for being there in place of Jon Anderson, that was just asking for trouble. I literally booed.

    *Although I did feel a bit sorry for him when someone in the 3rd row shouted "bring back Jon Anderson" right before the opening notes of the second song. Although that feeling disappeared when they played "..And You and I" and he wasn't Jon Anderson :-)

  • Comment number 72.

    Tweeted:

    GILBERT O'SULLIVAN - Nothing Rhymed

  • Comment number 73.

    Rain has temporarily stopped play - potatoes in but seeds pending!

    Worst song - Downtown by Petula Clark - worse than fingernails on a blackboard!

    JW

  • Comment number 74.

    hi all

    ROMEO AND JULIET-DIRE STRAITS

    AIR ON A G STRING-JS BACH(WAS USED AS A THEME FOR THE HAMLET ADS)

    WOODYRAPINGHOOD-TOM TOM CLUB

  • Comment number 75.

    Just thought of this oldie!

    JULIET ~ The Four Pennies

  • Comment number 76.

    Julia - thank you [the mac thing]. Loved your Fb status over t'weekend x


    Chuckling at Alex's split butt ... thanking Flo for the World Party link [such a good song! - surely someone here will hate it :^)] ... and now feeling brave enough to wade in with my song dislikes without offending anyone.

    Despite my mother's and I suspect other mothers' caution that ".. if you can't say anything nice don't say anything at all .." I had to really button it earlier when Shona said she was going to use *that* track with Heather Small for her powerpoint presentation.

    Tangentially, the only jarring note of 'Miranda' [the TV series] was when her assistant sang *that* line and held up a placard of HS's face.
    Quite why this should drive me to screeching distraction is a mystery, but I did note that on many forums at the time, others found that part of the show equally annoying.

    :^D

  • Comment number 77.

    A couple of the songs I hate are, She Bangs by Ricky Martin and Barbie Girl by Aqua!

  • Comment number 78.

    #73 Jennie - my parents bought Downtown as a 45rpm single record, ostensibly for me [wha...? I was about 7 or 8 at the time], but really because they just wanted to play it again and again and again and again ...

    :^$

  • Comment number 79.

    Bit late to the Blog today and not had time to check back so sorry if any of these tunes are duplicates

    SUMMER NIGHTS - OLIVIA NEWTON JOHN

    JULIET - FOUR PENNIES

    LIMELIGHT - RUSH (for the theatre reference and lyrics of 'all the worlds a stage'

  • Comment number 80.

    Just remembered - I requested this on twit earlier:

    THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE - JOHN D LOUDERMILK
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5eSr06fQRc

    You've got to wonder at the etymology of that name ...


    :^)

  • Comment number 81.

    #61 polishing the step as I type.....and thinking of the flip-flop treatment for your prod.....

    #68 poor Alex and your recent perdicament as diagnosis by the garden centre staff....*much Frankie Howard tittering*

    #71 glad it isn't just me!

    PSL

  • Comment number 82.

    SUICIDE IS PAINLESS - JOHNNY MANDEL or MANIC STREET PREACHERS
    (for Romeo & Juliet and for Shakespear quotes in verse)

  • Comment number 83.

    #78 Poor you Katy! :^(

    #68 Hope your butt situation improves soon Alex - nothing worse than a split butt, especially in a drought! ;o)

    JW

  • Comment number 84.

    #77 I was once made to endure a cover of Barbie Girl that would make Dr MÖSH squirm!
    It was in German, by a band who sounded like Rammstein (but I don't think it was *actually* Rammstein).

    Having said that, they did achieve something: they took a song I thought couldn't get any worse and made it worse! :D

    (still agonizing over a very long list...)
    --
    cBzz

  • Comment number 85.

    Just a quick pop on over lunch break to offer Alex a plaster for her split butt. Too late to choon chase but my offering for worst song would be :

    I Remember Elvis Presley - Danny Mirror

    Perhaps Katy would rather I had picked "Proud" though;~ Sorry Katy, although I'm not too keen on the song myself, it really does suit the photos in the power point the best.

    Some great songs chosen today so good luck everyone.

    Shona x

  • Comment number 86.

    Afternoon all.

    Back to school today and a morning spent doing less than inspirational INSET :/ Frankly, I'd rather we just had the students back.

    Anyhoo, I hope you all had a good weekend. I haven't had time to read back, but noticed something in passing about Alex's split butt?! Sounds v painful.

    I'm a bit late for mensh-chasing, and too brain-dead to think of anything particularly orginal so my late, Shakespeare-oldies are:

    Romeo & Juliet - Dire Straights
    Dreaming - Blondie
    Winter's Tale - David Essex
    Music - John Miles

  • Comment number 87.

    Rain is lashing down now. Worried about my broccoli seedlings which were planted into their bed yesterday. Oh well, I have more....

    Ooh Jennie - I moved my chilli, pepper and tomato seedpots into the kitchen. HUGE excitement yesterday when I saw a tiny tomato seedling emerge! Thank you for the advice!

    I can confirm that the poorly butt has been removed and replaced by one that is not split and has no leakage. Mr P much relieved - he was rushing out to purchase a large pack of Tena lady products (other incontinence devices available). Still chuckling. Also slightly worried about next time I go to the garden centre - will I forever be known as "the lady with the split butt"?

    I have considered the Worst Song. I eliminated the obvious (Joe Dolce, Renee & Renato, Brotherhood of Man) and have plumped for:

    Florence & The Machine - You've Got the Love

    Reason? She has murdered a cracking song, managed to get rid of every bit of goodness in it and turn it into a banshee wail of despair.

    (whispers) I like "Downtown"......................

  • Comment number 88.

    *whispers* I secretly liked 'Don't Sleep In The Subway Darling'

  • Comment number 89.

    Alex - glad the tomatoes are on the way up! I wanted to get mine planted today but it's raining too hard at the moment to get to the shed to perform said task - by the time I get there with my wheely walker, I'll be drowned! Best find another job for today.................
    (Glad someone likes Downtown :~ .........)

    Can anyone explain to me how micro-chipping puppies is going to help curb dangerous dogs? People who own such dogs and the purposes for which they have them, are hardly going to go to the vets and pay to have them chipped are they?
    Is it me or am I missing something?

    JW

  • Comment number 90.

    Deliberating done and a decision has been made (well, I picked one at random!)

    My choice of worst song (in the whole of today):
    Camouflage - Stan Ridgeway

    I think that's in no small part due to it being overplayed by a former colleague through tinny PC speakers in a large open-plan office.
    Additionally, the lyrics are just so cheesy.

    I made a decision a few years back that disliking "anything by " just wouldn't do and that I'd try to judge every song on its own merit.

    So far I have struggled to keep to that!

    --
    cBzz

  • Comment number 91.

    #89 Jennie,
    I think the idea behind micro-chipping isn't so much to trace the breeding stock, but to provide a vehicle for prosecuting the breeders of non-licensed animals.

    Having no such legislation here (in Scotland) makes a bit of a mockery of the system, I feel though.

    --
    cBzz

  • Comment number 92.

    Afternoon all

    #87 - if you are known as that lady - perhaps another garden centre might be an option!

    #89 - Jennie - re. the puppy microchipping - I said exactly the same to Mr T this morning!

    T x

  • Comment number 93.

    #90 Oooh cBzz - don't know that one. Which might be a good thing, yes!?


    *disclosure alert*
    Am attempting to write lyrics to some tunes OH's new band have laid down. Aiming for the sparse-yet-meaningful 'brevity being the soul of wit' style of wordage. Love most of Squeeze's lyrical content - but for a great story well told, don't think I could better the following:

    Bus stop, wet day, she's there, I say
    Please share my umbrella
    Bus stop, bus goes, she stays, love grows
    Under my umbrella

    All that summer we enjoyed it
    Wind and rain and shine
    That umbrella, we employed it
    By August, she was mine


    Aaah ♪♫♥

  • Comment number 94.

    #88 (whispers) So did I........

    #89 Can't answer that Jennie. My cats are chipped but that is in case they get lost. Although it didn't help much when Willis went walkies. S'pose the cat needs to be found... My suggestion for dangerous dogs would be to micro-chip the owner.

    Right, must get on and phone the water company. I have 5 water butts that are overflowing so maybe the water co would be interested in buying the surplus...............

  • Comment number 95.

    #80 I think there are some questions that are just best left unasked....

    PSL

  • Comment number 96.

    Looks like the 'worst song ever' suggestions are turning into 'guilty pleasures'.
    A recurring theme on R2, I think. ;)

    #93 Katie, yes my advice would be to keep your ears well away from that song, if you're trying to be creative!

    *scurries to the coffee machine, commando-style...*

    --
    cBzz

  • Comment number 97.

    #93 Katy, you don't know Camouflage?

    I think it's great LOL

    "This was an awfully big marine" ;0)

  • Comment number 98.

    #93 My favourite Hollies song.............

    #95 Agree. Although, I do still wonder about Randy Vanwarmer (or the horny lorry-hotter as we used to call him)

    #96 "Commando-style"???????? Ooh-er sir!

  • Comment number 99.

    P.S. I also have a soft spot for Petula's "Sailor" :-S

  • Comment number 100.

    *laughing out loud* at #95,96,97,98

    Wish I could think of something funny to add to the chuckle chain ...

    :^D

 

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