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Help identify this 30+ year old obscure song

I've only heard the song twice in my life. The second time I managed to slam a cassette tape into a tape recorder, capturing the 2nd half of the song. That was thirty years ago. Haven't figured it out since. [more inside]
posted by Hanzo on Aug 27, 2014 - 3 answers

What other songs have the same tempo AND meter as this one?

I recently learned a dance (contemporary ballet) to "Scare Away the Dark," by Passenger, but the song's not really up my alley. Can you suggest other songs that are the same tempo (71-72 bpm) and meter (3/4 or 6/8, not sure), especially with female singers? [more inside]
posted by nevers on Aug 15, 2014 - 8 answers

Please help me identify this song.

This song is playing in the background of a trailer for Scandal (diffused in France, link here. I've heard it before, years ago, and can't for the life of me remember artist or title. Thanks!
posted by Occam's Aftershave on Aug 3, 2014 - 3 answers

Recommended songs for a happy young woman?

Hi. So a good friend of mine is a happy young woman, about to have her 23rd birthday. She's asked her friends for songs to play. I found a list of songs referring to being 23, here on Metafilter - but they're all generally pretty depressing and negative about being 23. Do people have songs they recommend, for happy young women in general? Her tastes are modern, rock-oriented and eclectic - she's a big fan of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Pretty Reckless, MGMT, and dance music, for example. thanks!
posted by metasailor on Jul 29, 2014 - 22 answers

Please help me ID this song.

Popped into my girlfriend’s head yesterday and neither of us can name it. A familiar tune; instrumental from the ’70s? Driving us crazy! Link is to me (poorly) singing it. http://picosong.com/ceuX/
posted by judomadonna on Jul 27, 2014 - 4 answers

Can I correct track information in iTunes match without downloading

I've migrated all my songs to iTunes Match, because I don't have space on my hard drive. But some of my ripped tracks have weird names, dating back from when I manually ripped the CDs. Is there a way of (semi?)automatically correcting these without having to download my whole library, or go through manually? [more inside]
posted by danteGideon on Jul 24, 2014 - 5 answers

Name this French pop song

I only know four things about the song I'm looking for: [more inside]
posted by WalkingAround on Jul 20, 2014 - 7 answers

Please recommend songs with sad/disturbing lyrics but a jaunty melody.

My favourite song about depression is Dog by Andy Bull. (Don't Fear) The Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult is another one that captures the kind of feeling I'm after. [more inside]
posted by h00py on Jul 10, 2014 - 68 answers

Song help

What is the song of a lady singing the Jackson 5 song ABC acoustic on Pandora? I can't seem to find it. Thanks.
posted by rabu on Jul 3, 2014 - 5 answers

Tell me your go-to songs that make you cry.

I feel many emotions when I am listening to music - happiness, melancholy, goosebump-y, etc. - but I rarely find albums that can bring me to tears. I just bought a Non-English album that brought me to (mostly joyful) tears many times; the experience was almost cathartic. Please give me songs (in any language, or even without any singing) that provoked a strong emotional response in you the first time you heard it - I'm talking powerful feelings like awe, joy, sadness, etc. that would make you tear up or outright cry. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Jun 29, 2014 - 129 answers

What's this Greek song?

Asking for my ukulele teacher: This is, apparently, the favorite song of a Greek lady living in a nursing home he works with. He'd like to sing the whole song with her, but does not know the name, lyrics or even the whole melody, apart from a few parts that she sang for him (and the melody might not be 100% accurate). Here's an approximation on soundcloud. Apparently, the song is about riding the train and/or the bus. Does this ring a bell for anyone? Thanks!
posted by Skybly on Jun 29, 2014 - 2 answers

rock lobster

what is rock lobster about. has fred schneider ever said it was based on actual events. did he see a lobster at a party and is the song based on his own experiences
posted by Greg Nog on Jun 18, 2014 - 4 answers

Looking for a song that was wrongly tagged "the bravery - time wont.."

I remember a song from around 2008 that was tagged the bravery- time wont let you go. Ive basically listened to both their sun and moon album but its not one of those songs. It starts with a strong piano and and its kinda slow but the drums are prominent in the song. Its killing me and i cant find it anywhere. I can half remember it in my head and it sounds like it could be by the bravery but im not excluding similar sounding artists like the editors. Cant remember any lyrics though!
posted by freddymetz on Jun 9, 2014 - 3 answers

Identify 90s song

Can you identify this song about someone's dog, by a 90s girl-fronted band? [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce on Jun 8, 2014 - 3 answers

Making original music

How do you know that the music you are making hasn't already been written? I have a decent level of proficiency with one instrument and recently branched out and have started learning the basics of a few others. I have never made original music and recently have started tooling around and playing my "own" songs on a combination of a few instruments. It seems unlikely that I am playing anything unique which leads me to wonder how does one know when they are? Thanks.
posted by mrdrummed on Jun 2, 2014 - 9 answers

"when all your love is gone" song

Looking for a song containing "when all your love is gone" lyrics [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc on May 31, 2014 - 15 answers

Looking for music video

Hi So once upon a time I saw a music video in which will.i.am and fergie apperead and will.i.am was driving through what I thought was Japan. Has anyone an idea which song this could be? Regards marius
posted by rndmusr on May 28, 2014 - 1 answer

Website with English Translations for Vietnamese Songs?

I'd like to know the English translation for this specific song: Muoi Nam Tinh Cu, however if there is a good site that has a listing of classic Vietnamese songs with English translations, I'd love to know!
posted by travellingincognito on May 27, 2014 - 0 answers

What is the name of this song?

I heard a 30 second snippet of a poppy/rap/electronic song the other day, and the only lyrics I could make out were "Maybe I was Shaka Zulu and I hated the clickers." This phrase isn't pulling up the name or artist of the song on Google (there aren't any relevant results, actually). Do you recognize the tune?
posted by muirne81 on May 20, 2014 - 1 answer

Help Identifying a Song!

I'm looking for help identifying a song I heard earlier today. I don't have a lot to go on -- I only heard the last 30 seconds or so on the radio at a store. It was jangly and reminiscent of the Susanna Hoffs / Matthew Sweet cover albums. It sounded like a woman and a man harmonizing (but could possibly have been two women) and was upbeat. The last line ended with something like "...to make up for all you left behind", and the song ended abruptly with no fade out.
posted by Blue Jello Elf on May 18, 2014 - 1 answer

What are some good congratulation songs?

Putting together a playlist of congratulation/celebratory songs, please let me know your favorites.
posted by cali59 on May 15, 2014 - 19 answers

Old song played on Dr. Demento in the mid-90s

I listened to Dr. Demento most Sundays as a kid in the early/mid-90s. One time he played a song where a guy was singing about his dog Rover (I think that was the dogs name). He was hiking across a desert or something and eventually if I remember right, he ended up eating the dog. It might have been kind of Irish sounding. [more inside]
posted by OnTheLastCastle on May 6, 2014 - 5 answers

Song that goes something like AABBCCDD (literally)?

I have part of a song stuck in my head. The lyrics I can remember are something that sounds like "A A, B B - CCDD, CCDD" - that is literally what is being sung, it's not the rhyme scheme. Who is the artist and what is the track called? [more inside]
posted by 35minutes on Apr 24, 2014 - 14 answers

Name That Tune -- 1990s edition

I have been wondering for month about a song I sometimes heard on the radio sometime between 1992 and 1997. The chorus is very close to the instruments, beat, and tempo in D.C. Talk's "Just Between You And Me" opening verses (starting at this spot here) but the singer sounds kind of like Seal. It's sung kind of wistfully, but I don't know any lyrics, just how it sounds. Any idea what it could be? I went through Seal's discography one by one, and it's not him. It sounds closest to "Prayer For The Dying", the same sort of delivery and tempo, but that's not it.
posted by crapmatic on Apr 17, 2014 - 16 answers

Help me to arrange folk songs!

I'd like to write arrangements of folk songs for (one) guitar and (one) voice, but I don't know where to start. More details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by HoraceH on Apr 13, 2014 - 5 answers

Let's all sing the most sanctimonious song ever written!

Baby WanKenobi loves the song Little Boxes. I think she likes it because it's bouncy. I love singing it because it's subversive and snarky. What other songs might we enjoy? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Apr 12, 2014 - 54 answers

I'm trying to find a song. Maybe you can help. Won't that be exciting?

Hello, darlings! How are we all today? Growing tall and strong? Good, good. That's what I like to hear. I must now commandeer your brains and I will give them back when I'm done. Years ago, I was out for a drive, and listening to the radio late at night. This would have been at the lower, collegey end of the FM dial. I want to say I was somewhere in Connecticut at the time. Total ballpark here, but I'd guess it was maybe something like 2006. I heard a song that I remember as being fun to listen to, and I wanted to find it again, and I have not been able to do so. Details are within. [more inside]
posted by FAMOUS MONSTER on Apr 11, 2014 - 6 answers

Song ID: something about liking/not liking popcorn?

It's sung by a woman in some kind of retro rock-y style that I can't quite articulate. It's a list of foods that girls either.. like or don't like, and the chorus is about popcorn.. I think. Challenge: pretty sure this is from a Portland, OR band, as I heard this on the local Portland-centric radio station KZME. [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Apr 7, 2014 - 1 answer

Help me identify these ..unique.. songs I heard on the radio.

I'm looking for two songs I heard on the radio but, mostly due to current [read: popular] songs that share the same keywords, my google-fu is failing me. Help me find them based upon the partially remembered lyrics and topics covered. This ain't yo' grandma's google request... [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Apr 7, 2014 - 7 answers

I like a song. Please help me find songs like it.

I like the song "Running" by Computer Magic. What are some other songs like this with digital instrumentation and clear female pop vocals?
posted by josher71 on Apr 4, 2014 - 11 answers

Name this song and band, please.

What's the name of the song and the band playing in this video? SLYT [more inside]
posted by ZaneJ. on Apr 2, 2014 - 5 answers

smart moves

I'm looking for songs that involve dancing or related kinds of kinesthetic learning. [more inside]
posted by nicolin on Mar 27, 2014 - 6 answers

Another "help me ID this song based on scant detail" question

Quite some time ago on another site someone posted the lyrics to a song (so I have never heard it, just read it) that has been rattling around in bits in my head ever since. Who is it by? No idea, but I am pretty sure it is one of the proto/nouveau/modern-celtic bands like The Waterboys, Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly, Black 47, Fiddler's Green, etc. [more inside]
posted by oflinkey on Mar 25, 2014 - 5 answers

Obsucre New Wave Music Expert: What is this song/artist?

It's the first track on this youtube mix. Shazam and SoundHound come up empty.
posted by mizrachi on Mar 23, 2014 - 4 answers

Help me identify this song based on the melody

What is the 80s or 90s pop song with a similar melody to the one in Super Freak/Can't Touch This? It sounds like the same intervals, but sung with the "words" da-dee-day-doh. I want to say it could be from the UK, possibly somewhere else in Europe. I think the album cover is black and white and could be a picture of people walking. Sorry for how vague this is! Any ideas?
posted by flod logic on Mar 13, 2014 - 3 answers

Tom Waits-ish pop song

There's a popular track on the radio these days that sounds a little like Tom Waits. Maybe like his tune "Clap Hands" (though not exactly). Its repeated chorus ends with a dude with a distorted voice saying something like "[word] up." [more inside]
posted by punkbitch on Mar 13, 2014 - 8 answers

80s New Wave Song With A Lyric Like "Knock Me Down Like Bowlin' Pin."

I have been trying to figure out artist and title of an 80's New Wave song that I have heard two or three times over the years. Kind of poppy, keyboard heavy with a female vocalist. I believe on of the lyrics is "Knock Me Down Like Bowlin' Pin," but there is always a possibility that I misheard the line. I have been searching google and yahoo and webcrawler, etc. off and on for years trying to figure this out. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
posted by knirkle on Mar 8, 2014 - 11 answers

Singing & Copyright

Our group is a charitable/educational one. We do not charge admission to our meetings, but do pass a hat to collect donations to cover expenses. We'd like to sing a popular song or 2 as a group, with several members providing musical accompaniment. We certainly don't want to violate copyright. Are we expected to get permission or pay the copyright holders? Please provide cites/links; thanks!
posted by dancing leaves on Mar 8, 2014 - 9 answers

Can you translate a Pussy Riot song into English?

Looking for an English translation for Pussy Riot's "Putin Will Teach You How to Love". [more inside]
posted by 23skidoo on Feb 21, 2014 - 4 answers

I'm your Tiny dancer, dancer for money, and any old music will do.

"My" cat's name is Tiny. I want to pick her up and dance with her around the house more when she comes to visit. Can you please provide me songs that would adapt to using the word "Tiny" that I can sing to her while we dance? I already know "Tiny Dancer" and "Private Dancer." Please assume classic songs I (a relatively music-clueless 43 year old) would know.
posted by Stewriffic on Feb 17, 2014 - 26 answers

Find That Song!

I was in a diner the other day and heard a light rock song that had a chorus of Harrison, Harrison, Harrison sung by what sounded like a man. They were playing a lot of 80s and 90s stuff, so it's probably around there. What is this song? I tried to Google it but all that got me was lots of information about George Harrison.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Feb 17, 2014 - 3 answers

More songs like "Bouncing Around The Room" by Phish?

More songs like "Bouncing Around The Room" by Phish? [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce on Feb 12, 2014 - 2 answers

Songs for your true love/arch-nemesis.

I'm looking for more love songs with a specific theme - essentially, "You drive me fucking crazy and sometimes I want to throttle you and we're both kind of fucked up AND ALSO I love you more than anything and need you more than air and think you're the best person ever." [more inside]
posted by DulcineaX on Feb 7, 2014 - 46 answers

What's this tune?

I love the When Cheese Fails series! And I was wondering what that sound/tune in this video is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybP5J4MSgxI at 4:16 - 4:33 I like listening to music, so maybe a music type or perhaps a link to a specific tune. Listening to it makes either want to A) Transcend this world or B) Kill myself Thanks.
posted by iliketothinknu on Feb 5, 2014 - 2 answers

What is the music that this Brazilian brass band is playing?

Does anybody recognise and know the name of this piece of music? [more inside]
posted by banterboy on Feb 5, 2014 - 2 answers

Identify yet another mystery song heard in a Chipotle.

This past week, I was in a Chipotle and heard an interesting song. However, Shazam couldn't identify it. It was "psychedelic"-sounding with a male singer (think Beach Boys or The Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows"), but the only words I could decipher were "merry go round". See the extended explanation... [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction on Feb 1, 2014 - 14 answers

Trying to find an alien/zombie invasion song sung by pop duo

The song was sung by I think a male and female, in a very sweet light style. I remember them as British, but I may just associate that style of pop duo with Britain. It's a pre-2000 song, I'm pretty sure. The only specific lines I remember was that the chorus contained something about "our brother and sister who we love are on the stairs" (or possibly in the attic?), and there's a reference to a meteoroid crashing nearby. It was pretty entertaining the way the light poppy sound contrasted with the apocalypse/disaster being recounted, but I only heard it the once and I've never had luck googling the fragments I remember. [more inside]
posted by tavella on Jan 23, 2014 - 6 answers

What is this classic song? (Whistling attempt included)

I remember listen to it played on the piano by Richard Clayderman but don't remember the song name. Here's my whistling attempt. Sorry if you have to download the file. I couldn't find anywhere that streams it.
posted by Thisispiggy on Jan 21, 2014 - 3 answers

ARGH what was this SONG

Years ago there was a song on A Prarie Home Companion, sung by a chorus with no instrumentation, that sounded almost like it was in Swedish Chef Swedish, and included banging noises. I know little else about it, but have been trying to identify it and find out who sung it. Googling doesn't help. Can any of you? [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Jan 9, 2014 - 16 answers

Can you help me identify this impossible to describe folk song?

I've got very little information about a folk song, possibly traditional, in some Germanic language. But I'd really love to hear it again! [more inside]
posted by moons in june on Jan 7, 2014 - 7 answers

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