Lately, the lists have been Songs tied together by some common theme. Songs featuring Cadillacs, Cars (excluding Cadillacs), States, Cities, Years, Heaven and Hell, and this week, People.
I've been playing along, and having fun. It reminds me of my old college buddy, Corey Fager, who was very proud of his semi-encyclopedic knowledge of rock music. He would challenge a group of his friends to throw out a word at random, and he would see how quickly he could respond with a line from a song. I think I stumped him once with the word "penguin", but he was rarely stumped for long.
Anyway, today's challenge over at Art's blog was songs based on or mentioning real people. Living or dead, important or obscure; if they made it into a song, they are fair game.
Here's My 5...
- James K. Polk by They Might be Giants. (Highly Edu-taining!)
- Mandelbrot Set by Johnathon Coulton. (Even More Edu-taining. Warning: Strong language.)
- Frank Sinatra by Cake.
- Mrs. Robinson by Simon + Garfunkel, and others.(Mrs. Robinson may not be real, but Joe DiMaggio is.)
- Candle In The Wind by Elton John. (about either Marilyn Monroe, or Princess Diana, depending on the version)
I will throw the comments section open to those of you who have any to add. What's your 5? Bonus Points for Obscurity!
For an extra challenge, try a sub-theme: All Women? People Not Mentioned In The Song's Title? All Minorities? All Still Living? All Non-Americans? All Children? All Elderly? All Villains? Give it a shot! You might just use up your whole Friday, and bring the Weekend on even sooner.