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Subject: Falsetto lyrics quiz - all done

Written By: maddog on 02/13/09 at 1:36 pm

Hey guys

It's been a very long time since I last posted a quiz but inspiration has struck me for a new theme!

Can you recognise these songs and the artist from these lyrics?

Limit = 4 Limit removed. Extra two points on offer for the first person to spot the hidden theme (actually, it's not too difficult!).
Paul spotted the common theme; all of these songs are (at least partially) sung in the falsetto style

SCORES
Paul: 6.0 +2.0 = 8.0

Silver Power: 4.5
Henk: 4.0
GypsyRoad: 4.0
gibbo: 3.0
loki 13: 2.0
whistledog: 2.0
karen: 1.5
nally: 1.0
bookmistress4ever: 1.0
Indy Gent: 0.5
nicki_morrissey: 0.5

1. The World isn't coming to an end
Walk Like A Man - Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons - Paul

2. What life has done to those like you and me
Sideshow - Barry Biggs - Paul

3. Take my word for it, you'll feel the same
The Other Side - Breaks Co-op - Silver Power

4. Our great computers fill the hallowed halls
The Temples Of Syrinx - Rush - loki 13

5. I'm a dancin' man and I just can't lose
Stayin' Alive - Bee Gees - Henk

6. Knee deep in flowers we'll stray
Tiptoe Through The Tulips - Tiny Tim - Paul

7. Why does my soul feel glad today?
If You're Not The One - Daniel Bedingfield - nicki_morrissey / Indy Gent

8. Don't fear my darling
The Lion Sleeps Tonight - The Tokens / Tight Fit - Henk

9. Hey girl, why can't you carry on?
Love Today - Mika - whistledog

10. I'll just pretend that I know which way to bend
I Don't Feel Like Dancing - Scissor Sisters - karen

11. A few kisses ago
I Remember You - Frank Ifield - Paul

12. We'll be rocking 'til the Sun goes down
I Believe In A Thing Called Love - The Darkness - Silver Power

13. I thought that I was over you
Crying - Don McLean - Henk

14. When we get home darling and it's nice and dark
You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) - Sylvester - loki 13

15. Mother will never understand why you had to leave
Smalltown Boy - Bronski Beat - Henk

16. You hear the thunder of stampeding rhinos
This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us - Sparks - Silver Power/karen

17. Strange what desire will make foolish people do
Wicked Game - Chris Isaak - gibbo

18. You're turning into something you are not
High and Dry - Radiohead - Silver Power

19. I drew a line for you
Yellow - Coldplay - nally

20. I want to be your fantasy
Kiss - Prince - bookmistress4ever

21. Will you answer too?
Indian Love Call - Slim Whitman - Paul

22. Overnight sensation, drive a big expensive car
I'm Stone In Love With You - Sytlistics - GypsyRoad

23. If you fit that description, this is for you especially
Float On - The Floaters - Silver Power

24. I'm melting like hot candle wax
Don't Stop Til You Get Enough - Michael Jackson - GypsyRoad

25. Ever since he broke your heart you seem so lost
Hey There Lonely Girl - Eddie Holman - GypsyRoad

26. We had a good thing, I'll miss your sweet love
Sad Eyes - Robert John - GypsyRoad

27. And when you're dry she draws her water from the stone
Lemon - U2 - gibbo

28. From Genesis to Revelation
Police and Thieves - Junior Murvin - Paul

29.  In the crowd I try but in a lonely room I cry
Tears of a Clown - Smokey Robinson and the Miracles - gibbo

30. Is not the words I want to hear from you
More Than Words - Extreme - whistledog


Subject: Re: Lyrics quiz - hidden theme

Written By: Henk on 02/13/09 at 1:43 pm

First things first, so I gave you some karamel. :)

Very nice quiz, Graham! Here's four from me:

#5: Stayin' Alive - Bee Gees
#8: The Lion Sleeps Tonight - The Tokens (or Tight Fit)
#13: Cryin' - Don McLean
#15: Smalltown Boy - Bronski Beat

Subject: Re: Lyrics quiz - hidden theme

Written By: karen on 02/13/09 at 1:44 pm

#10 I Don't feel Like Dancing - Scissor Sisters

Subject: Re: Lyrics quiz - hidden theme

Written By: gibbo on 02/13/09 at 5:41 pm

#17 Wicked game - Chris Isaaks
#27 Lemon - U2
#29 Tears of a Clown - Smokey Robinson??

Subject: Re: Lyrics quiz - hidden theme

Written By: nally on 02/13/09 at 6:03 pm

Hiya Graham! Long time no see.

I think #19 is "Yellow" by Coldplay?

Subject: Re: Lyrics quiz - hidden theme

Written By: Paul on 02/13/09 at 6:24 pm


It's been a very long time since I last posted a quiz but inspiration has struck me for a new theme!


Too dam' long! And a good one it is too, Graham...

#1. 'Walk Like A Man' - Four Seasons
#2. 'Sideshow' - Barry Biggs
#6. 'Tip Toe Through The Tulips' - Tiny Tim
#11. 'I Remember You' - Frank Ifield

(Drat! One of my favourites at #16! Oh well, perhaps another time!)

The last two point me in the direction that all these songs are, or have been, 'covered'...but it's a wild stab!

Subject: Re: Lyrics quiz - hidden theme

Written By: star80 on 02/13/09 at 7:31 pm

#22. I'm Stone In Love With You ~ The Stylistics

#24. Don't Stop 'Till You Get Enough ~ Michael Jackson

#25. Hey There Lonely Girl ~ Eddie Holman

#26. Sad Eyes ~ Robert John

Subject: Re: Lyrics quiz - hidden theme

Written By: bookmistress4ever on 02/13/09 at 8:14 pm

Great quiz!  I'm afraid the only one I can recognize off the bat is:

20. Kiss by Prince (or Tom Jones and Art of Noise (I think)

karamel for you!

Subject: Re: Lyrics quiz - hidden theme

Written By: maddog on 02/14/09 at 2:32 am


#5: Stayin' Alive - Bee Gees
#8: The Lion Sleeps Tonight - The Tokens (or Tight Fit)
#13: Cryin' - Don McLean
#15: Smalltown Boy - Bronski Beat


All correct Henk, well done  :).

Subject: Re: Lyrics quiz - hidden theme

Written By: maddog on 02/14/09 at 4:30 am


#10 I Don't feel Like Dancing - Scissor Sisters

That's also correct karen  :).

Subject: Re: Lyrics quiz - hidden theme

Written By: maddog on 02/14/09 at 4:33 am


#17 Wicked game - Chris Isaaks
#27 Lemon - U2
#29 Tears of a Clown - Smokey Robinson??

Yep, all correct gibbo  :).

Helena Christensen in the video for "Wicked Game"....she just looked so fantastic in that  ;D.

Subject: Re: Lyrics quiz - hidden theme

Written By: maddog on 02/14/09 at 4:37 am


I think #19 is "Yellow" by Coldplay?


You think right Jeff  ;D.

Subject: Re: Lyrics quiz - hidden theme

Written By: maddog on 02/14/09 at 4:41 am


#1. 'Walk Like A Man' - Four Seasons
#2. 'Sideshow' - Barry Biggs
#6. 'Tip Toe Through The Tulips' - Tiny Tim
#11. 'I Remember You' - Frank Ifield


All good Paul, I would expect no less from you  ;).


(Drat! One of my favourites at #16! Oh well, perhaps another time!)


It's a favourite of mine too, I will be lifting the limit shortly.


The last two point me in the direction that all these songs are, or have been, 'covered'...but it's a wild stab!


That's not the theme Paul. Big hint: try singing those four songs you guessed correctly in your head, does anything strike you?

Subject: Re: Lyrics quiz - hidden theme

Written By: maddog on 02/14/09 at 4:47 am


#22. I'm Stone In Love With You ~ The Stylistics

#24. Don't Stop 'Till You Get Enough ~ Michael Jackson

#25. Hey There Lonely Girl ~ Eddie Holman

#26. Sad Eyes ~ Robert John


Well done Gysy Road....any idea on the link? Once again, try singing those 4 songs to yourself....

Subject: Re: Lyrics quiz - hidden theme

Written By: maddog on 02/14/09 at 4:52 am


Great quiz!  I'm afraid the only one I can recognize off the bat is:

20. Kiss by Prince (or Tom Jones and Art of Noise (I think)

karamel for you!


The original version by Prince is correct in the context of this quiz, the cover by The Art of Noise with Tom Jones is most definitely not!
Actually, it's quite amusing to imagine Tom Jones doing it....

Subject: Re: Lyrics quiz - hidden theme

Written By: gibbo on 02/14/09 at 7:03 am

Other than they are all love songs (it being Valentine's day and all)....I can't see any other link!  :-\\

Subject: Re: Lyrics quiz - hidden theme

Written By: Paul on 02/14/09 at 7:30 am


That's not the theme Paul. Big hint: try singing those four songs you guessed correctly in your head, does anything strike you?


If it struck me in a 'certain' place, then perhaps yes!  ;)

They're all sung in falsetto!

Subject: Re: Lyrics quiz - hidden theme

Written By: maddog on 02/14/09 at 7:55 am


They're all sung in falsetto!


Bingo! Well done Paul.

Not all of the songs are sung falsetto all the way through but I believe they all contain falsetto sections. 

This quiz was inspired by a BBC radio program I listened to a few weeks ago about the history of falsetto singing in popular music.
It was presented by Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees, who should know a bit about it I guess. It was a really interesting program, very well researched and I thought Robin Gibb's insights were excellent.

The "Walk Like A Man" section was interesting as Robin pointed out the juxtaposition of Italian-American machismo in the song itself and the falsetto style, often associated with effeminacy.
There was also a discussion about whether yodelling was actually the same thing as falsetto. Robin's conclusion was that it was and that's good enough for me...hence Frank Ifield made it into the quiz at #11.

Subject: Re: Falsetto lyrics quiz

Written By: loki 13 on 02/14/09 at 11:25 am

#4....Temples Of Syrinx.....Rush?

Subject: Re: Falsetto lyrics quiz

Written By: Silver Power on 02/15/09 at 3:00 am

4. Hah 2112, Rush.
12. I think it's I Believe In A Thing Called Love by The Darkness
16. Shoot, it's called 'This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both of Us' I think, but I can't remember the artist. Half credit? :D
28. THE FLOATERS!! Wasn't the song called Float On?

Subject: Re: Falsetto lyrics quiz

Written By: maddog on 02/15/09 at 3:24 am


#4....Temples Of Syrinx.....Rush?

Yes!! That's correct loki. I was a big fan of Rush back in the 1970s, I can well remember playing air guitar to "Temples of Syrinx" at the local rock club / underage drinking hole. Happy days  :).

Subject: Re: Falsetto lyrics quiz

Written By: maddog on 02/15/09 at 3:31 am


4. Hah 2112, Rush.
12. I think it's I Believe In A Thing Called Love by The Darkness
16. Shoot, it's called 'This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both of Us' I think, but I can't remember the artist. Half credit? :D
28. THE FLOATERS!! Wasn't the song called Float On?


Very good Silver Power, all correct.
Unfortunately loki13 just beat you to #4. The Rush song is one of those album tracks that blend into each other, "2112 Overture / Temples of Syrinx". You just don't get that anymore  >:(.

I will certainly give you half a credit for #16, I know Paul will be able to dive in with the artist when I lift the limit! It's a great song, amazingly weird lyrics when you decipher them.

#12 is another favourite of mine. Whatever you think of The Darkness I think "I Believe In A Thing Called Love" will stand the test of time as a great rock song.

And the Floaters at #23 - a one-hit wonder from 1977 that lives on indefinitely in our collective memory and in quizzes like this. Brilliantly camp.
"Cancer....and my name is Larry!" Still makes me laugh today LOL.

Subject: Re: Falsetto lyrics quiz

Written By: loki 13 on 02/15/09 at 8:00 am


Yes!! That's correct loki. I was a big fan of Rush back in the 1970s, I can well remember playing air guitar to "Temples of Syrinx" at the local rock club / underage drinking hole. Happy days  :).


I was a huge fan in the 70's as well, strangely enough, I stopped being a fan in 1980. For me, the 80's killed Rush. 


Edit to add a little tidbit, maybe coincidence.  ???

Neil peart was born on Sept. 12 or 9/12....9:12 standard time on a clock but in Military time it is 21:12....am I reading too much into this? ;D

Subject: Re: Falsetto lyrics quiz - Limit OFF!

Written By: whistledog on 02/16/09 at 7:45 pm

#9 is 'Love Today' by Mika

#30 is that painfully overplayed acapella song 'More Than Words' by Extreme.  Still a song I enjoy though



#12 is another favourite of mine. Whatever you think of The Darkness I think "I Believe In A Thing Called Love" will stand the test of time as a great rock song.


the lead singer (i forget his name), I like his Freddie Mercury style stage presence.  It always makes me chuckle.  I have their 'Permission to Land' album and I still love it!  8)


Subject: Re: Falsetto lyrics quiz

Written By: karen on 02/16/09 at 8:46 pm



16. Shoot, it's called 'This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both of Us' I think, but I can't remember the artist. Half credit? :D



I'll take the other half with the group (I hope)

The Sparks

Subject: Re: Falsetto lyrics quiz - Limit OFF!

Written By: maddog on 02/17/09 at 3:12 am


#9 is 'Love Today' by Mika

#30 is that painfully overplayed acapella song 'More Than Words' by Extreme.  Still a song I enjoy though

Both correct Jason, well done  :).

I'm not a big fan of "More Than Words" myself but it was the only song that I could think of with a falsetto part to make the quiz up to 30 questions!


the lead singer (i forget his name), I like his Freddie Mercury style stage presence.  It always makes me chuckle.  I have their 'Permission to Land' album and I still love it!  8)


Justin Hawkins is/was the lead singer of The Darkness, I think they've permanently split up now after Justin's substance addiction/reha problems.

Subject: Re: Falsetto lyrics quiz

Written By: maddog on 02/17/09 at 3:14 am


I'll take the other half with the group (I hope)

The Sparks


You're right karen!

The performance of this song on "Top of the Pops" in 1974(?) sticks in my memory, the charismatic stare of Ron Mael at the keyboards with his "Adolf" moustache....was very striking at the time.
Sparks were the talk of the playground at school the next day, I recall.

Subject: Re: Falsetto lyrics quiz

Written By: Paul on 02/17/09 at 7:23 am


The performance of this song on "Top of the Pops" in 1974(?) sticks in my memory, the charismatic stare of Ron Mael at the keyboards with his "Adolf" moustache....was very striking at the time.
Sparks were the talk of the playground at school the next day, I recall.


Scared the life out of me, he did!

Legend has it they were scheduled to appear on TOTP just as this single was breaking, but couldn't get work permits...so their vacant space was taken by The Rubettes with 'Sugar Baby Love'!

Enough waffling, let's see if there's anything else...

#21. 'Indian Love Call' with yodelling above and beyond the call of duty by Slim Whitman...

#28. 'Police And Thieves' - Junior Murvin (covered by The Clash, I think, but I can't remember if theirs was done in the high-pitched style of Junior...)

Subject: Re: Falsetto lyrics quiz

Written By: maddog on 02/17/09 at 10:50 am


#21. 'Indian Love Call' with yodelling above and beyond the call of duty by Slim Whitman...

#28. 'Police And Thieves' - Junior Murvin

Correct on both counts Paul.


covered by The Clash, I think, but I can't remember if theirs was done in the high-pitched style of Junior...

Indeed, on their first eponymous album in 1977. This is my favourite track on one of my favourite albums of all time, although Joe Strummer certainly didn't emulate the singing style of Junior Murvin.
A bit like Tom Jones, I just can't imagine Joe Strummer doing falsetto!

Subject: Re: Falsetto lyrics quiz

Written By: CeramicsFanatic on 02/17/09 at 1:43 pm


"Cancer....and my name is Larry!" Still makes me laugh today LOL.


Me too!  ;D ;)

Sorry that I missed your quiz, Graham...

By the time I got here, all the ones I recognized had already been taken!  :-\\

Subject: Re: Falsetto lyrics quiz - Limit OFF - only 4 left with clues!

Written By: Indy Gent on 02/23/09 at 11:20 pm

The only British brother I would know for #7 is Daniel Bedingfield

Subject: Re: Falsetto lyrics quiz - Limit OFF - only 4 left with clues!

Written By: gibbo on 02/23/09 at 11:39 pm

#3 might be Evermore ...but I wouldn't have a clue on the song!

Subject: Re: Falsetto lyrics quiz - Limit OFF - only 4 left with clues!

Written By: maddog on 02/25/09 at 10:29 am


The only British brother I would know for #7 is Daniel Bedingfield

Correct artist Indy, do you know the song?

Subject: Re: Falsetto lyrics quiz - Limit OFF - only 4 left with clues!

Written By: maddog on 02/25/09 at 1:54 pm


#3 might be Evermore ...but I wouldn't have a clue on the song!


It's not that band gibbo, to be honest I'm not familiar with Evermore. The band in question features a successful DJ from New Zealand who has a regular evening shown on BBC Radio One here in the UK.

Subject: Re: Falsetto lyrics quiz - Limit OFF - only 4 left with clues!

Written By: nicki_morrissey on 03/03/09 at 1:14 pm

Would number 7 be "If You're Not The One?"
I remember that song from a while back ago.

Subject: Re: Falsetto lyrics quiz - Limit OFF - only 4 left with clues!

Written By: maddog on 03/05/09 at 5:32 pm


Would number 7 be "If You're Not The One?"
I remember that song from a while back ago.

It is! Good work nicki  :).

Subject: Re: Falsetto lyrics quiz - Limit OFF - only 3 left with clues!

Written By: loki 13 on 03/05/09 at 7:11 pm

I have a guess for # 14 though I really hate disco. 

#14....You Make Me Feel (Mighty real).....Sylvester?

Subject: Re: Falsetto lyrics quiz - Limit OFF - only 3 left with clues!

Written By: maddog on 03/07/09 at 4:55 am


I have a guess for # 14 though I really hate disco. 

#14....You Make Me Feel (Mighty real).....Sylvester?


Correct!  :)

Subject: Re: Falsetto lyrics quiz - Limit OFF - only 2 left with clues!

Written By: Silver Power on 03/07/09 at 12:14 pm

18... High & Dry by Radiohead?

Oh and I think I have #3.. My brother saw the lyrics and says it's called 'The Other Side' by BreaksCoop, but seeing as I've never heard of the band, he might be messing with me.

Subject: Re: Falsetto lyrics quiz - Limit OFF - only 2 left with clues!

Written By: Silver Power on 03/07/09 at 12:17 pm

Do I lose points if I'm wrong?

Subject: Re: Falsetto lyrics quiz - Limit OFF - only 2 left with clues!

Written By: karen on 03/07/09 at 9:12 pm


Do I lose points if I'm wrong?


not usually

Subject: Re: Falsetto lyrics quiz - Limit OFF - only 2 left with clues!

Written By: maddog on 03/08/09 at 5:48 pm


18... High & Dry by Radiohead?

Oh and I think I have #3.. My brother saw the lyrics and says it's called 'The Other Side' by BreaksCoop, but seeing as I've never heard of the band, he might be messing with me.


Both correct Silver Power, you've finished it up so thanks for that  :). No points deducted for guesses, not on my quizzes anyway.

"The Other Side" is a great song you should check it out on youtube or wherever...

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