Friday Lyric Quiz, 435 (In Which Blog Themes Collide)

So I’m trying to consolidate my little corner of this world-wide series of tubes. I’ve been doing these lyric quizzes for more than a decade now.  They began in early 2001 when I was in a bit of a rough patch.  Dumped by my boyfriend, left (geographically speaking) by my parents and one good friend, lonely in the dead of winter, I turned to something simple that always interested me and could bring joy to many of my friends across email.

Early quizzes begat themed ones, begat promises of fame and fortune that never quite delivered (or delivered at all, really).  I can claim that more than one pseudo-famous person has taken a quiz or two. They continue to make me happy to create and deliver each week and at least two of my readers (two!) are loyal weekly responders. And they are self-explanatory.  Read the lyric. Hum it to yourself.  Figure it out?  Guess it.  Can’t figure it out?  Bing that shit.  Or wait ’til next week.

This week’s theme continues a previous trip through the alphabet, on a by-artist basis.  The letter?  “B”  So last names (e.g. Michael Bolton) apply for solo artists, unless they go by one-name only (Bjork).

Friday Lyric Quiz #435

1.  “Beware, she’s scheming, she’ll make you think you’re dreaming” (early 90s)

2. “I couldn’t wait for the summer and the Warped Tour, I remember it’s the first time that I saw her there” (early 2000s)

3.  “And I, take it just a little bit … I, hold my breath and count to ten” (early 2000s)

4.  “Johnny made a record, went straight up to number one” (mid-70s)

5.  “Move your body, out on the floor … put your troubles aside, and start living” (early 2010s)

6.  “Members only, hyponotizers, move through the room like ambulance drivers” (mid-90s)

7.  “I got my head done, when I was young. It’s not my problem, it’s not my problem” (late 90s)

8. “You’re the right kind of sinner, to release my inner fantasy” (late 70s)

9.  “Girl, I promise you, now my love is true, this is where my heart belongs” (early 2000s)

10.  “Shining like a diamond, rolling with the dice, standing on the ledge, show the wind how to fly” (mid-2000s)

Answers, Friday Lyric Quiz #434

1.  “Yeah, she could hear the cars roll by out on 441, like waves crashing on the beach” (mid-70s)
American Girl, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

2. “I still recall the walks along the beaches, and the way your hair would glisten in the sun” (late 80s)
Endless Summer Nights, Richard Marx

3.  “They’re lyin’ on the beach perpetratin’ a tan so that a brother with the money can be their man” (late 80s)
Bust a Move, Young MC

4.  “Sex on a beach, we’ve got white sand in our stilettos” (early 2010s)
California Gurls, Katy Perry f/ Snoop Dogg

5.  “There’s a picture opposite me of my primitive ancestry, which stood on rocky shores and kept the beaches shipwreck free” (early 90s)
Birdhouse in Your Soul, They Might Be Giants

6.  “The amusement park rises bold and stark, kids are huddled on the beach in the mist” (mid-70s)
Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen

7.  “One man washed on an empty beach. One man betrayed with a kiss” (mid-80s)
Pride (In the Name of Love), U2

8. “I’ve seen you on the beach and I’ve seen you on TV, two of a billion stars, it means so much to me” (early 80s)
Rio, Duran Duran

9.  “We walked on the beach beside that old hotel.  They’re tearing it down now, but it’s just as well” (mid-80s)
This is the Time, Billy Joel

10.  “I thought I told you to leave me while I walked down to the beach” (late 80s)
Blue Monday, New Order


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