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July 6, 2009

No Time for Losers

Last week I indulged my summer fantasy escape to the eighties and invited you all along. Here are the ten veiled song references in my previous post:


  • "Summer--It Turns Me Upside Down" is the first line from "Magic," by the Cars.
  • "Doing the time warp again" is a soft paraphrase of a line from "Time Warp," from The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
  • "Alive and Kicking" is a song by Simple Minds.
  • "John F. Kennedy and the Beatles" is a line from "Life in a Northern Town" by the Dream Academy.
  • "Young Americans" is a song by David Bowie.
  • "From our formative years" is a soft paraphrase of a line from "Pretty Good Year" by Tori Amos.
  • "Out any window" is a line from "Look Out any Window" by Bruce Hornsby & the Range.
  • "The End of the World As We Know It" is a song by R.E.M.
  • "These times are the best of times" is a soft paraphrase of a line from "The Best of Times" by Styx.
  • "Dreamtime" is a song by Darryl Hall.
  • Explicit references were made to "Footloose" by Kenny Loggins, "1983" by John Mayer, "Blitzkrieg Bop" by the Ramones, and "The Other Side of Summer" by Elvis Costello. Those don't count--although I might have given extra credit for the Ramones song.

    Anyway, the winner of a free copy of Deliver Us from Me-Ville is . . .

    Jeannine! With six correct answers (even though she got the title wrong on one of them), she barely squeaked by Patrick. I'm pretty sure Jeannine already has my book, though, so I'll pick something up her alley and send it forthwith. To the rest of you, better luck next time!

    Posted by Dave Zimmerman at July 6, 2009 6:42 AM Bookmark and Share

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