Friday, January 21, 2005

The Love Song Game

Before I get myself a reputation as some kind of proper writer with metaphors, adjectives and everything, I thought it best to continue the Cupid=Stupid theme with an interactive game.

THE LOVE SONG GAME

NB: This is a game anybody can play so long as they have good hearing and a memory. Deaf people with senile dementia can play Trip The Careworker.

You will need either a pen and paper or one of those new-fangled Babbage computing machines to record your answers.

  • Think of the first love song that comes to mind - whatever it is.

  • Write it down

  • Now the second love song that comes to mind

  • Write it down

  • Keep going with this and compile a Top Ten list

  • You get the idea...

  • Don't you?


THE RULES

1. This is NOT a Top Ten in order of preference. You must record the song titles in the order you remember them. If you later remember the song you wish you had included earlier: too bad!

2. BE HONEST: DO NOT EDIT YOUR MEMORY! Even if you are full of cheesy love songs you actually hate, put them in as they occur to you. This game is about what you have in your head not what you wish you had in your head so that you look dead cool and funky. You are already dead cool and funky because you are reading this.

3. DO IT ON YOUR OWN - DO NOT ask other people for INPUT, and avoid looking at any other list until you have completed your own.

4. ADD your list to the comments below (please).

It's a pretty damn simple game, so there's nothing stopping you playing it RIGHT NOW. I've put my list in the comments section so that you can read it when you've played the game yourself without my list influencing you.

So, boys, girls and those of indeterminate gender, let's all play The Love Song Game!!

Currently playing: The Love Song Game
Currently wearing: A Small Gold Fish

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11 Comments:

At 12:08 PM, Blogger Deek Deekster quoth...

This is where my bare-faced cheek comes into it's own. I actually kept going and came up with a list of 21. But then, I've made it my mission to arm-wrestle Cupid in Valentine Resistance Movement style.

1. love is the sweetest thing - ray noble
2. all you need is love - beatles
3. love is a stranger - eurhythmics
4. love's in need of love today - stevie wonder
5. constant craving - k d lang
6. give me just a little more time - chairman of the board
7. first time ever i saw your face - roberta flack
8. she's gone - hall and oates
9. love me do - beatles
10. is it love that you're after - rose royce
11. dirty love - frank zappa
12. something so right - paul simon
13. regret - blue nile
14. torn between two lovers - mary macgregor? helen reddy? connie francis?
15. she loves me like a rock - paul simon
16. these words - natasha beddingfield
17. all i ever wanted - the believers
18. what do you want - adam faith
19. love is the drug - roxy music
20. do i worry? - ink spots
21. all i want - joni mitchell


As I thought of these songs, I listened to them in the same order, which took all day. I started to weep when I got to "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face". Previously, this has always been an aspirational song for me - to love like that I always thought was so tender, complete and overwhelming. When I met my gorgeous girlfriend about 15 months ago, I really did take one look at her smiling face and become instantly interested in her. We danced until 3am. I woke up (on my own) smiling, and before opening my eyes I could see her face as clear as the sun. So for me this time love has been as described by this song.

I was so astonished by my Number 10, Rose Royce's "Is It Love That You're After (Or Just A Good Time)" that I nearly broke my rule and ignored what was playing in my head. But, I found it and listened and I boogied all around. Somehow this disco classic got in there and did for my adolescent limbic system.

12: Paul Simon, "Something So Right" - I wept more. Oh God I had to fetch a tissue. I am not afraid of my emotions, just my snot. "Some people never say those words 'I Love You' - it's not their style to be so bold.. Some people never say those words 'I Love You' - but like a child, they're longing to be told..." Paul, you got me with that one. Soft bastard.

16: "These Words" - Natasha Beddingfield - I don't really like this one but it's catchy and modern I guess - her lyric includes "Hyperbole" pronouncing it as if to rhyme with "Super Bowl" instead of "Hyper - Burly". It's Greek, you know.

17: "All I Ever Wanted" - The Believers - a lovely ditty by an obscure 80s rock soul band. The only version I have is from cassette so it's very trebly and hissy, but still it's a sweet song.

20: "Do I Worry?" - Ink Spots. Well, it's sort of about love - the flip side of love, jealousy - and so beautifully expressed.

21. I know.. I misnumbered them and had two 12s. Anyway, this is a nice song to end with, and what with her me-generation relationship analysis ramblings, Joni had to be in there somewhere. And so she popped... "I want to talk to you, I want to shampoo you, I want to renew you again and again, alive alive, I want to get up and jive, I want to wreck my stockings in some juke-box dive..."

Now I am going to put these songs online for a short time - just for evaluation and review purposes - and I shall be pleased to entertain your reactions. Check here for details.

 
At 12:51 PM, Blogger RuKsaK quoth...

1. Build Me Up Buttercup
2. My Girl
3. I Will Always Love You
4. Baby's in Black
5. How Soon Is Now?
6. Daydream Believer
7. Love Man
8. Devil in Disguise
9. Ruby Tuesday
10.Venus as a Boy (maybe)

Phew - that was bloody hard work

 
At 3:22 PM, Blogger Mark Crook quoth...

1. I'm not in love - 10cc
2. Silly love song - Wings
3. Torn between two lovers - some American bint
4. Love is a drug - Roxy Music
5. I love you love - Gary Fiddler
6. Love don't live here anymore - Rose royce (or Jimmy Nail shit version)
7. Love me love my dog - Peter Schelly
8. Long haired lover from liverpool - Jimmy Osmond
9. Mr Loverman - Shaggy
10. Tunnel of love - Dire straits

 
At 5:28 PM, Blogger mystiquebob quoth...

Not necessarily my favourite l-u-r-v-e songs, but as requested, these are the first that popped into my head.

1. I'm Not In Love - 10cc
2. Baby I Love Your Way - Peter Frampton
3. In My Life - The Beatles
4. Sweet Love - Anita Baker
5. If You Go Away - Frank Sinatra
6. I Want To Give You My Loving - Jim Capaldi
7. My Brain Is Like A Sieve
8. My Love - Paul McCartney
9. I Want Your Love - Chic
10. Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley

 
At 3:10 AM, Blogger Brad Roach quoth...

Marvin Gaye - Come Get To This

Lionel Richie - Hello

UB40 - Red Red Wine

Bob Marley - Turn Your Lights Down Low

Richard Marx - Angelina

J.J. Cale - Magnolia

Beatles - Julia

Ashley MacIsaac - MacDougall's Pride

Ben Harper - Please Me Like You Want To

Blue Rodeo - Bad Timing

 
At 4:25 AM, Blogger Nightmare quoth...

1) Inna gadda davida.....Iron Butterfly
2) Whole lot of Rosey....AC/DC
3) Big Little Baby.......Reverend Horton Heat
4) Big Bottom............Spinal Tap
5) Frankinstein..........Alice Cooper
6) Beautiful People......Marilyn Manson
7) Roses for Momma.......Red Sovine
8) Wildfire..............America
9) I love you,You love me..Barney
10) What's love go tto do with it...Tina Turner

 
At 3:24 PM, Blogger sjur quoth...

with or without you - u2
angel - r williams
californication - r h c p
dirty dancing soundtrack
magnet - million miles
big bang - street parade
peggy sue
circle of life - elton john
devil got my woman - skip james
bridge over troubled water - simon and garfunkel

 
At 12:43 AM, Blogger Jen T. (that's me) quoth...

1. Lovesong -- The Cure
2. When a Man Loves a Woman -- Percy Sledge
3. Where Are You Going? -- Dave Matthews Band
4. Luna -- The Smashing Pumpkins
5. Keep on Loving You -- REO Speedwagon
6. Just Like Heaven -- The Cure
7. In Your Eyes -- Peter Gabriel
8. Exit Music for a Film -- Radiohead
9. Green Eyes -- Coldplay
10. Nothing Compares 2 U -- Sinead O'Connor

 
At 9:14 PM, Blogger Jarrett quoth...

1. Such Great Heights - Postal Service
2. Universally Speaking - Red Hot Chili Peppers
3. Transatlanticism - Death Cab For Cutie
4. I Caught Fire - The Used
5. Beautiful - H.I.M.
6. Homesick At Space Camp - Fall Out Boy
7. Brighter Than Sunshine - Aqualung
8. Here In My Room - Incubus
9. Gorgeous - theSTART
10. I.O.U. One Galaxy - The Ataris

 
At 8:38 PM, Blogger Melodrama quoth...

For a guy you're really emotional. Here's my list and I must say this was a great idea.
1. Torn between 2 lovers - Macgregor
2. Diary - Bread
3. Lady in Red - ?
4. 5 String Serenade - Mazzy Starr
5. Baby I'm a Want You - Bread
6. My Love Don't Cost a Thing - Jennifer Lopez
7. Kawliga was a Wooden Indian - Johnny Cash
8. She's Come Undun - The Guess Who
9. Crazy for You - Madonna (yuck what happened there?)
10. Hit the Road Jack - Ray Charles

 
At 8:56 PM, Blogger Robin quoth...

Instantly Time Consuming!!~!!
1. "Don’t Know What You’ve Got (Till It’s Gone)” - Cinderella
2. “I Remember You” – Skid Row
3. “Sometimes She Cries” - Warrant
4. “LoveSong” - Tesla
5. “I’ll Be There For You” – Bon Jovi
6. “I’ll See You In My Dreams” -
7. “Thank You” – Led Zepplin
8. “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn” - Poison
9. “Lady In Red” -
10. “Sweet Child O’Mine” – Guns N’Roses

 

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