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It's a rare moment when I don't have a song playing quietly somewhere at the back of my mind, and it's often hard to work out exactly why. However, occasionally I'm able to reverse-engineer the free-associative chain that my (apparently pun-riddled) brain took to get there and when I do I like to note it down. One of the advantages of carrying a smart-phone everywhere (and assiduously transferring my notes from device to device) is that I can write:
I'd do this again, but these were gathered over several years so it might be a while before I build up enough...
in 2008, and then three years later make good on my promise.

So, just as before, I will present lyrical questions in approximate order of difficulty (from 'hard' to 'impossible'), screen the comments so you can answer individually, and will post the answers in a few days' time. Google may help identify the song, but it's not cheating much because that may be only the first step towards the answer...

  1. There was a week during which a glance at my calendar would leave me mumbling "This is fucked up, fucked up". Which film was I scheduled to see?

  2. I can't say the name of one of Oxford's cinemas without following it with "Yeah, you know me." What's the acronym by which that cinema is known?

  3. After taking my coat for repairs, I spent the rest of the day singing about "a stick, a dog, and a box with something in it". What needed fixing?

  4. Currently the financial news often leaves me singing "It was a clear black night, a clear white moon, Warren G was on the streets trying to consume..." What is being proposed for the banking industry?

  5. I was talking about fruit with archie in the kitchen at work, when I unnerved him by singing "I want to kiss you but I want it too much (too much)..." What sort of berries were under discussion?

  6. I spent an evening alternating between "Don't want to be on my own again tonight" and "If you liked it then you should have put a ring on it". What disease had poor tinyjo been diagnosed with?

  7. When I search the shelves at Oxfam for books for tinyjo I occasionally find myself singing "Shake it like a Polaroid picture." Which author I am seeking?

  8. News reports about former President of Serbia Milan Milutinovic would leave me singing about "watching the tide roll in", and occasionally essaying ill-advised whistling solos. Where was he sitting at the time?

  9. Whose fault is it that:
    a)... I develop a stutter when suggesting that we eat something "more sub-sub-sub-substantial"?
    b)... when talking about badastronaut I always call her "Deb-or-ah (Deb-or-ah)"?
    c)... when I hear Martin Luther King mentioned I unfortunately think: "'Love is the only weapon'? Shit! Bullshit! Martin Luther King died with love!"

  10. When playing the excellent card game Dominion, it appears to be a house rule that you can't play one of the cards without introducing it thus: "This is not the greatest song in the world." What is that card called?

  11. When playing the excellent board game Pandemic, one draws cards from a deck containing major cities from throughout the world.
    a) Which one always prompts me to say "If you didn't you wouldn't be in here"?
    b) Which one always makes me mutter "Vanishing point, vanishing point, vanishing point"?

  12. Sometimes, on my cycle to work, I find myself singing Ice T's 'Gotta Lotta Love'. The noise of what automatically-scheduled event has inspired this song?

  13. What did we find on our bikes one morning which left me singing "Hurry down the chimney tonight"?

  14. When I have teleconferences in Mandarin, I tend to be distracted by one of two ear-worms: "Wu buck wild with the trigger!" or "I'll tell you what I want, what I really really want." Can you explain?

ETA: Answers have now been posted here.

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brixtonbrood
Nov. 15th, 2011 12:08 am (UTC)

5 Shingles
6 Heyer
7b Jarvis Cocker
8 Tribute
10 Sitting in the dock in the Hague

oxfordhacker
Nov. 17th, 2011 06:38 pm (UTC)
I should note that brixtonbrood was incredibly quick on the trigger here, and gave this set of answers before I did some rearranging, hence the retrospectively incorrect numbering...
concourse
Nov. 15th, 2011 12:53 pm (UTC)
Guesses
2. UPP (because I can't think of acronyms for any other Oxford cinemas)
3. This is really bugging me… I have had to google it to reveal 'button'.
4. Bail-out?
5. Boysenberries (as in Alice Cooper)
9. a) is REM, no idea about the other two (unless all three have the same answer)

Tricky!
jinty
Nov. 15th, 2011 03:06 pm (UTC)
Can't get all of 'em but
2. is the UPP I'm sure.
6. Not sure, maybe ringworm? I have a feeling she did have that at some point, courtesy of her wee kiddies...
7. Is obviously a reference to Outkast's Hey Ya. Not quite sure what author that means you're looking for, though, unless it's Andy Warhol, who took lots of polaroids?
8. Presumably he was sitting on the dock of the bay.
9 c) the fault is the Alabama 3's, or possibly Mao Tse Tung's I suppose.

I think that's my lot, meagre though it is!
jasonelvis
Nov. 15th, 2011 04:20 pm (UTC)
I don't know any of the answers but I've enjoyed reading the questions!
tortipede
Nov. 15th, 2011 08:07 pm (UTC)
2. "UPP - Yeah, you know me"?

8. "I left my home in Serbia
Headed for the ICTY
'Cause I've had nothing to live for
And look like nothin's gonna come my way
So I'm just gonna sit in the dock at the Hague..."

9c) Alabama 3, I presume...
brixtonbrood
Nov. 15th, 2011 08:51 pm (UTC)
Googles and guesses
1 = Black Swan 3= button was too hard to button up 4= Regulation 5 = Boysenberries? 11a = Seoul (but I hadto google the lyrics)
and guessed that 2 must be the PPP
offensive_mango
Nov. 16th, 2011 01:58 am (UTC)
1. My initial thought was Eraserhead, but it's probably Black Swan.
2. Must be OPP. Though I don't know if that's a chain of cinemas.
3. The button?

7. Surely there's not an author called Heya.
8. My initial thought is that he is on a dock of the bay, but the tide rolls *away* there. But then you mention the whistling, so that must be it.

13. Please tell me it was the deed to a platinum mine, or all the fellas that you haven't kissed. (I can't think of anything in particular from Santa Baby that would be on a bike, though.)
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