Metatalktail Hour: Voight-Kampff, except it's songs June 18, 2022 2:00 AM   Subscribe

Is it time for a test game? How about this: I'll post a song, then the next person posts a song it reminds them of — either lyrically, thematically, rhythmically, or just overall vibe. The next person does the same for that song. And so on. Let's see where we end up, and maybe discover a few new tunes along the way! (and whether you are a replicant or not, just incidentally.)

We'll probably end up with some posts getting more than one response, and that's okay! To keep things from getting too confusing, if several people seem to be posting at the same time, you should probably say which person's song you are responding to, or the title of the song you are responding to. You can say what joins the two songs in your mind, or just post without explaining.

Or, just tell us what's up with you, what been happening, what's on your mind ... except no politics, please and thank you!
posted by taz (staff) to MetaFilter-Related at 2:00 AM (143 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

To kick us off: Glass Animals - Gooey
posted by taz (staff) at 2:01 AM on June 18 [2 favorites]


At the risk of nationally stereotyping myself: Björk - Sun in My Mouth

(and at the risk of self-stereotyping as an E. E. Cummings obsessive)
posted by Kattullus at 3:17 AM on June 18 [5 favorites]


At the risk of nationally stereotyping myself: Björk - Sun in My Mouth

At the risk of continuing a national stereotype of Iceland - take Björk's singing off that track and it sounds very like several Amiina tracks [previously]. In which case, and not deliberately continuing an Icelandic theme:

Amiina - Ásinn
posted by Wordshore at 3:41 AM on June 18 [3 favorites]


Totally continuing the Icelandic theme, Green Grass of Tunnel from Múm.
posted by Athanassiel at 4:00 AM on June 18 [2 favorites]


A bit of a stylistic left turn inspired somehow by Green Grass of Tunnel: Milkman by Deerhoof.

[I love game threads. This playlist will be fun. Though, it's really hard to choose.]
posted by eotvos at 4:51 AM on June 18 [2 favorites]


Ok so that Deerhoof track reminded me of the other completely weird and catchy song I've just discovered, The Barrel - Aldous Harding.
posted by Athanassiel at 6:01 AM on June 18 [2 favorites]


Some of the chord changes in Milkman reminded me of Roundabout, though maybe I just have Roundabout on the brain, since it's one of my favorite songs.

Then I looked at the translation of the lyrics and thought of Mr. Sandman, though it is very different from Milkman.
posted by FencingGal at 8:18 AM on June 18 [3 favorites]


Was it Roundabout by Yes? Here is a working link (for me anyways).

Totally unoriginal, but love me some Yes vocal harmonies so here is Leave it acapella mix.
posted by Meatbomb at 8:49 AM on June 18 [5 favorites]


It was by Yes. My link works for me, so that’s odd. But you can’t have too many links to Roundabout, so thanks.

I consider Yes a very underappreciated band. And yeah, the vocal harmonies. The one you posted is so beautiful.
posted by FencingGal at 8:59 AM on June 18 [1 favorite]


I'm not sure why that Yes song reminds me of 'One Thing Leads to Another,' but it does.
posted by box at 12:15 PM on June 18 [1 favorite]


And the guitar on OTLtA takes us to Independence Day by the Comsat Angels.
posted by thatwhichfalls at 1:16 PM on June 18 [3 favorites]


I'd love to see that song covered by the right band, thatwhichfalls.
posted by taz (staff) at 1:41 PM on June 18 [1 favorite]


Those chimey harmonic guitar sounds throughout made me think of the open-string guitar sounds that recur throughout TV on the Radio's Test Pilot. God that whole album is so good.
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:34 PM on June 18 [2 favorites]


Nice. Cutting back on syth, 'Everything But the Girl, "Before Today"
posted by clavdivs at 3:43 PM on June 18 [1 favorite]


Let's hop over the Massive Attack cover and land on The Marvelettes' 'The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game.'
posted by box at 3:56 PM on June 18 [1 favorite]


Can't hear a song that mentions foxes and not go to Rilo Kiley's Portions for Foxes. My brain is too mired in the early aughts to avoid the trap.
posted by the primroses were over at 4:24 PM on June 18 [1 favorite]


Fox songs? Gotta go with Belle and Sebastian's The Fox in the Snow.
posted by Redstart at 4:30 PM on June 18 [2 favorites]


Belle and Sebastian songs? gotta go with Step into my office, baby
posted by Jon Mitchell at 4:57 PM on June 18 [1 favorite]


A decade earlier but soundworld adjacent: The Beautiful South, Good as gold
posted by Pallas Athena at 5:12 PM on June 18


This'el make a interesting mix.

Chet Atkins and Dolly Parton.
'Do I ever cross your mind'
posted by clavdivs at 5:17 PM on June 18 [1 favorite]


Ike Hayes, ’Hung Up on My Baby.’
posted by box at 5:37 PM on June 18


Lambchop - Give Me Your Love (Love Song)
posted by dobbs at 6:39 PM on June 18 [1 favorite]


Agnes Obel, 'Dorian' (Berlin Session)
posted by clavdivs at 6:41 PM on June 18


Hania Rani - F Major
posted by dobbs at 6:51 PM on June 18


The last one was piano music, so here's someone else playing the piano - Darling I Need You from John Cale's Fragments of a Rainy Season.
posted by Redstart at 7:01 PM on June 18 [1 favorite]


John Cale playing a piano? No, no, John Cage preparing a piano, e.g. Sonata V.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:47 PM on June 18 [1 favorite]


All of those screws and whatnot may corrode over time. The only thing to do at that point is break that rusty Cage and run.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 7:58 PM on June 18 [1 favorite]


A songs with a wildly different musical vibe that is also about someone who wants/needs to get the hell out of the place they’re at: Gillian Welch-Look at Miss Ohio
posted by ActionPopulated at 8:52 PM on June 18 [2 favorites]


Another Ohio song: The National - Bloodbuzz Ohio
posted by Redstart at 9:00 PM on June 18 [1 favorite]


Crossing the state line to the west: Indiana Wants Me.
posted by biogeo at 9:14 PM on June 18 [1 favorite]


For some reason, The National's song brought The Clean's Wipe Me I'm Lucky to mind.
posted by thivaia at 9:15 PM on June 18


Is that a high hat being played back in reverse or what? Goes well with The White Album... The Beatles: Mother Nature's Son
posted by Coaticass at 9:39 PM on June 18 [1 favorite]


The “do do do do do do” in “Mother Nature’s Son” reminds me of the “doh n doh de doh n doh” in The Only Living Boy In New York.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 12:34 AM on June 19 [2 favorites]


HA! I was also sent somewhere by the do do do! I really like the do do do in Chet Faker's Feel Good, especially at the very end. (like around 3:21 in the vid)

DO DO DO DOs FOREVAH!
posted by taz (staff) at 12:43 AM on June 19 [3 favorites]


DO DO DO DOs FOREVAH!

Well in that case, the obvious logical progression is the classic German 80's pop song by Trio. Everyone turn on your handheld Casio keyboard...
posted by Wordshore at 3:47 AM on June 19 [1 favorite]


'I love your smile'
posted by box at 4:42 AM on June 19 [1 favorite]






Kaempfert reminds me of Burt Bacharach, which always reminds me of Jim O'Rourke. Women of the World.
posted by dobbs at 6:10 AM on June 19 [1 favorite]


The intro to 'Women of the World' reminds me of Eight Point Star, so here's 'Sunshine Dog.'
posted by box at 6:14 AM on June 19 [3 favorites]


Please watch the Sunshine Dog video, it made me so happy!

And made me want more fiddling, so here's the Ebony Hillbillies' Liza Jane.
posted by the primroses were over at 6:40 AM on June 19 [3 favorites]


Riffing on the lyrics rather than the score (mostly), Liza Jane sends me to Charlotte Town, in the case of the particular track, by Judy Hensley.

(I was trying to to pick out an appropriate Tuvan Igil track to answer Sunshine Dog. But, I'll avoid unnecessary bifurcation. This is a fun game! And I'm discovering many interesting artists.)
posted by eotvos at 7:12 AM on June 19


The sound quality isn't great, but I think the crowd makes up for it:

Slim Harpo - Little Liza Jane (live at the National Guard Armory in Mobile, 1961)
posted by box at 7:59 AM on June 19 [3 favorites]


B.F. Shelton - Pretty Polly (1927) - YouTube

You may need a translator or listen to later covers. Mountain speak is hard.
posted by zengargoyle at 10:59 AM on June 19 [1 favorite]


Polly...Polly Vaughn
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 11:12 AM on June 19 [1 favorite]


No More
posted by majick at 12:57 PM on June 19


Also, it's a strange coincidence that shortly after this thread was posted but before I'd seen it, I was writing a lyrical reference-heavy letter to someone. I don't typically do that. Actually I'm not entirely sure I've ever done it before today.
posted by majick at 12:59 PM on June 19 [2 favorites]


Bring Me To Life

Shoutout to 2002
posted by bleep at 1:49 PM on June 19


DO DO DO DOs FOREVAH!

Is all I want to say to you
posted by Greg_Ace at 1:57 PM on June 19 [1 favorite]


majick, I realize I'd forgotten about my dumb game of only responding to free threads with song lyrics three weeks in. (I know, a metatalktail thread isn't quite the same, but whatever.) Sadly, I share surprisingly few music references with people I actually want to spend time talking to, so I'm not sure it would work in real life. And, how much Camille and Regina Spektor can one quote without boring everyone else here to death? Cheers! (I'll pass on the last music riff. But, am looking forward to seeing where it leads.)
posted by eotvos at 1:57 PM on June 19




Otis Redding, The Happy Song
posted by miles per flower at 2:06 PM on June 19


Otis Redding, 'Stay in School'
posted by box at 2:11 PM on June 19


Alice Cooper, School's Out
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:12 PM on June 19 [1 favorite]


"...how much... Regina Spektor can one quote...?"

All the Regina Spektor. So cheap and juicy.
posted by majick at 2:41 PM on June 19 [1 favorite]


Blue Cheer - Summertime Blues
posted by a humble nudibranch at 3:04 PM on June 19 [1 favorite]


Butthole Surfers - 'Summer in the City'
posted by box at 3:10 PM on June 19 [1 favorite]


Man, is it really hot . . . Bill Withers--Harlem
posted by thivaia at 3:42 PM on June 19 [1 favorite]


Virginia Astley - A Summer Long Since Passed
posted by thatwhichfalls at 3:50 PM on June 19


Well, if we are talking about summertime, then let 'em talk, Summertime - Billy Strings & Marcus King.
posted by CuJoe at 4:17 PM on June 19 [1 favorite]


Another summer song: Tom House - Hot Summer Nights
posted by Redstart at 5:17 PM on June 19


A little early in the season, but:

Beat Happening - Indian Summer
posted by box at 6:09 PM on June 19 [3 favorites]


XTC - Summer's Cauldron
posted by mollweide at 6:24 PM on June 19


Oceana, 'Endless Summer'
posted by clavdivs at 8:40 PM on June 19


My grandpa played Little Liza Jane on his banjo, and sang it in his incomprehensible Northwestern Alabama accent, grinning the whole while. In a trulibute to The Joshua Tree thread, I offer This.
posted by Oyéah at 8:41 PM on June 19 [1 favorite]


I always thought U2 should've just shut up about the politics and covered this nugget, which in its weird way, helped bring down the Berlin Wall.

barclay james harvest 'hymn'
posted by philip-random at 10:07 PM on June 19


Some of those lyrics (valleys, mountains, clouds, flying) put me in mind of the song about the titular character from Nausicaa: Valley of the Wind.
posted by womb of things to be and tomb of things that were at 12:26 AM on June 20 [1 favorite]


And some of those lyrics (plus the wind instruments) reminded me of The Fool On The Hill (Beatles, Magical Mystery Tour, probably mostly Paul McCartney's work)
posted by Pallas Athena at 8:27 AM on June 20


Pastoral vibes, doing nothing, kinda Beatle-esque? How about Field Music's Them That Do Nothing
posted by thivaia at 8:46 AM on June 20 [1 favorite]


I'll answer The Fool on the Hill with Oh, My Shadow by Corpus Callosum.

On preview, I was beaten to it. Cheers! [edit: though, not a terrible response to the next one either.]
posted by eotvos at 8:50 AM on June 20 [1 favorite]


[Someone who isn't me is making an ordered playlist, right?]
posted by eotvos at 9:10 AM on June 20


Field Music's Them That Do Nothing
Saint Simon

I'll answer The Fool on the Hill with Oh, My Shadow by Corpus Callosum.
Papa was a rodeo
posted by Going To Maine at 11:28 AM on June 20 [3 favorites]


Kelly Hogan - 'We Can't Have Nice Things'
posted by box at 11:34 AM on June 20 [3 favorites]






Minnie the Moocher (I feel bad, but that's what popped to mind, so here we are)
posted by dg at 4:01 PM on June 20 [2 favorites]


Deeply Sorry by Chuck E. Weiss.

[LeGrow is the second album from an artist I've never heard of that I've bought because of this thread.]
posted by eotvos at 4:06 PM on June 20




Cheap Trick, 'Reach Out'

an ta-ta-ta-take it
posted by clavdivs at 6:24 PM on June 20 [1 favorite]


Take it where??
posted by Greg_Ace at 6:40 PM on June 20


One may also be inclined to "reach out" and touch faith, particularly if one happens to be all alone. Flesh and bone. By the telephone.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 6:44 PM on June 20 [2 favorites]


Another song about Jesus: David Byrne - U.B. Jesus. Or should I go with another song I like even better from the same album, Walk on Water? What the heck, I'll link to both.
posted by Redstart at 6:58 PM on June 20 [1 favorite]


I respectfully submit this exegesis on the American Jesus by Bad Religion.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 7:20 PM on June 20




Similar young and in love in a major city vibes—They Might Be Giants-New York City
posted by ActionPopulated at 8:37 PM on June 20 [2 favorites]




Theme for Great Cities - Simple Minds
posted by thatwhichfalls at 9:15 PM on June 20 [3 favorites]


Bauhaus, 'Beli Lugosis Dead'
posted by clavdivs at 10:12 PM on June 20 [2 favorites]


Perhaps revive him with some Adrenochrome, since those Sisters of Mercy are not departed, nor gone.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 10:25 PM on June 20


But where to get the adrenochrome? Oh, that's right - from Mr Pharmacist
posted by prismatic7 at 11:27 PM on June 20 [1 favorite]


would that be Dr. Bogenbroom?
posted by philip-random at 11:41 PM on June 20 [1 favorite]


Could he doctor my eyes?
posted by Redstart at 5:51 AM on June 21 [2 favorites]


You'll need to close 'em first.
posted by box at 6:38 AM on June 21


and dry 'em
posted by philip-random at 7:52 AM on June 21


Hypnotizing, magnificent mind set
Whenever, Del's next, the shit you haven't tried yet
Live shit, magnetizing, peep what he's advertising
His alliance got your third eye cryin.
posted by D.Billy at 8:08 AM on June 21 [2 favorites]




Dig it by The Coup.
posted by eotvos at 8:32 AM on June 21


Defari - Lowlands Anthem
posted by box at 9:06 AM on June 21


Well that weirdly makes me nostalgic for this: Souls of Mischief--'93 Til Infinity
posted by thivaia at 9:22 AM on June 21 [1 favorite]


I too am feeling a bit of an early 90s...Scenario.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 9:40 AM on June 21 [1 favorite]


You know them stakes is high.
posted by box at 10:06 AM on June 21


After such high stakes it is time to relax....electrically
posted by windbox at 11:34 AM on June 21 [1 favorite]


After taking it easy, an introduction to The Art of Easing
posted by mubba at 3:25 PM on June 21


ease into easy money.
posted by clavdivs at 4:56 PM on June 21 [1 favorite]


Have a cigar.
posted by box at 5:51 PM on June 21


I'm needing some happy music after those last two! When I need a lift I go to El Jarabe Loco
posted by ashbury at 5:58 PM on June 21 [1 favorite]


Okay, let's go with catchy songs about dances and faces: El Mambo del Bigote by Los Tucanes de Tijuana.

(You've an interesting definition of happy, ashbury. I'm not complaining - it's a great song that I'm glad to know about.)
posted by eotvos at 3:48 AM on June 22


I don’t know what the lyrics mean but it sounds fun and catchy. Maybe I need to check out the lyrics? :)
posted by ashbury at 4:54 AM on June 22


No worries, ashbury. Nothing bad. A bit of laughing though tears maybe. I really like it.
posted by eotvos at 5:18 AM on June 22


Here's some dances.
posted by box at 5:21 AM on June 22 [1 favorite]


[Scrolling through this thread, instead of doing the work I should be doing this morning, it's great fun. Cheers! I failed to include a disclaimer that 3 of the tracks I've contributed are people whose couches I've slept on or whose cars I've helped repair. I think I'd really like the music anyway, but I probably wouldn't know about it otherwise.]
posted by eotvos at 8:07 AM on June 22


At the risk of thread-sitting, I'll respond to box with Pass the Dutchie by Musical Youth and bow out for a bit.
posted by eotvos at 8:15 AM on June 22


Obvious reply, but a banger: Missy Elliott -Pass That Dutch.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 2:00 PM on June 22


Some of Missy’s VA neighbors with a song about drugs from the mashup era (though the artist would prefer ‘remix’):

Clipse - Re Up Anthem (Nick Catchdubs Remix)
posted by box at 5:12 PM on June 22


Mashups, 3 dope boyz where the schwag is at? Tino's Hey Ya! but it's Because I Got High.
posted by riverlife at 6:58 PM on June 22


Mashups, Pomplamoose: Sweet Dreams + White Stripes Mashup ft. Sarah Dugas; Old Town Road + Pony Mashup | Lil Nas X | Ginuwine
posted by taz (staff) at 11:02 PM on June 22


Wild, wild horses.
posted by box at 5:02 AM on June 23 [1 favorite]


horse song
iggy pop
posted by the primroses were over at 6:30 AM on June 23


Ponies, horses, same general idea: If I had a boat/I’d go out on the ocean/And if I had a pony/I’d ride it on my boat…
posted by ActionPopulated at 6:31 AM on June 23 [2 favorites]


Sail Away, Ladies, Sail Away--Odetta
posted by thivaia at 6:53 AM on June 23




Good lord, I have an entire playlist of sailing/ocean related stuff....we'll go with Grand Funk Railroad.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 10:40 AM on June 23 [1 favorite]


Get Yo Ass in the Water & Swim Like Me by George Clinton. (This is another one where it's very hard to choose. . .)
posted by eotvos at 12:22 PM on June 23 [1 favorite]


I go Swimming - Peter Gabriel

(for those whose minds are as healthy as their bodies)
posted by philip-random at 12:26 PM on June 23




Plunging deeper into Parliament’s liquid love affair, (You’re a Fish And I’m a) Water Sign
posted by mubba at 12:48 PM on June 23 [1 favorite]


My Home is the Sea--Matt Sweeney & Will Oldham
posted by thivaia at 1:23 PM on June 23 [1 favorite]


PJ Harvey - Down By The Water, for all your witchy waterlogged nightmare needs, little fishies.
posted by taz (staff) at 1:52 PM on June 23


Secret Frequency Crew - Deep Blue
posted by box at 1:57 PM on June 23


Okkervil River - Down Down the Deep River
posted by Redstart at 3:00 PM on June 23


the lazy river, that is
posted by philip-random at 10:46 PM on June 23


Agnes Obel, 'Riverside'.
posted by clavdivs at 11:28 PM on June 23 [1 favorite]




Tetris Head by Zoe Keating.
posted by eotvos at 6:48 AM on June 24


Bill Laswell & Peter Brotzmann - Low Life
posted by box at 6:51 AM on June 24 [1 favorite]


drones it is then. Lucifer likes a drone. Or so I've heard.
posted by philip-random at 7:21 AM on June 24


Lullaby - Fovea Hex
posted by thatwhichfalls at 7:44 AM on June 24 [1 favorite]




Going with slow songs about staying, Becoming all alone by Regina Spektor.

(Vega is the third album I've bought because of this thread. Thanks!)
posted by eotvos at 11:03 AM on June 24




Heart - Alone
posted by box at 9:03 AM on June 25 [1 favorite]




My Bubba and Mi cover - Peaches - Fuck the Pain Away.
posted by Rumple at 3:09 PM on June 25 [1 favorite]


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