Comments: A-one, a-two, a-one two three four

I commented on the mix CD site itself, but I guess I should comment here too: Flaming Lips, "When Yer Twenty Two". Also, thanks for the link to the Eggcorns database; turns out there's already an "eggcorns" feed on LiveJournal.

Posted by Doug Orleans at March 7, 2005 12:03 PM

The AotM page says you had some trouble finding a "22" - there's "Example #22" by Laurie Anderson, on Big Science.

Posted by rikchik at March 7, 2005 12:04 PM

Actually, I did have that on my list of maybes -- and a fine song it is, too ("honey you're my one and only / so pay me what you owe me") -- but one of the restrictions I put on myself was that the song had to not only have the number in the title, but also feature the number in the lyrics fairly prominently. "Twenty-two" only appears in "Example #22" once, and in German. (So no "Strawberry Letter 23" by Shuggie Otis, which only mentions Strawberry Letter 22 in the lyrics.) But I may end up having to relax my constraints somewhat if I make more of these.

Posted by Francis at March 7, 2005 12:10 PM

2-4-6-8 Motorway--Tom Robinson
Three is a Magic Number--De La Soul
Five O'Clock World
Six and Seven Books of Moses-The Maytals
Seven Nation Army-White Stripes

Posted by Alex G at March 7, 2005 12:22 PM

Hmm. There's "At Seventeen" by Janis Ian.

Posted by Marc at March 7, 2005 12:23 PM

Oh! I was totally planning on using De La Soul's "Three Is a Magic Number", but then it turned out I was misremembering the title -- it's just "The Magic Number".

I had entirely forgotten about "Five O'Clock World", though. Great song! (I have the Julian Cope cover version, I believe.)

Posted by Francis at March 7, 2005 12:29 PM

Assuming you don't want numbers in the thousand (or for that matter "When I'm 64" or the like) what I have in my collection is "Sexy and 17" by the Stray Cats and "Sixteen" by No Doubt". Huh. I thought I had more numbers than that. (There're a few things with lower numbers, which I'm assuming you have well-covered, but I recommend to you "Six Guys, Ten Teeth" by Paul and Storm.)

Posted by Lance at March 7, 2005 12:35 PM

Songs in my MP3 directory that aren't obvious:

At The Drive-In - One Armed Scissor
Firewater - 7th Avenue Static
Placebo - 36 Degrees (probably too high to be useful)
Presidents of the United States of America - Mach 5
Remy Zero - Glorious #1
Self - Wide Awake At Seven (my favorite band)
Soul Coughing - 16 Horses (catchy as all hell)
The Tragically Hip - Three Pistols
Travis - U16 Girls

And then there's a bunch of songs that are probably disqualified for having too many numbers in them...

Avalanches - Two Hearts In 3-4 Time
Radiohead - 2+2=5
Soul Coughing - Four Out Of Five
Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Christmas Eve Sarajevo (12/24)

Posted by The Dan at March 7, 2005 12:43 PM

Two that I planned on suggesting have already been suggested: Janis Ian, "At Seventeen" and The Vogues, "Five O'Clock World" (a personal favorite)

Others in my collection that fit the bill:
Toto, "99"
Murray Head, "One Night in Bangkok" - an under-appreciated song
Pink Floyd, "One of These Days"
Van Halen, "Sucker in a 3 Piece"
Sting, "Seven Days"
Rush, "One Little Victory" or their cover of "Seven and Seven is" (off the Feedback LP)
Queensryche, "One and Only"
Queen, "One Vision"
Jimmy Buffett, "A Pirate Looks at Forty"
Adam Ant, "Goody Two Shoes"
Metallica, "One"
Proclaimers, "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)"
Skid Row, "18 and Life"
The Dominoes, "Sixty Minute Man"

Yeah - even I wonder why I have some of those .mp3s

Others slightly off but worth mentioning:
The Police, "Murder by Numbers"
Anything by the 5-6-7-8's (Check the Kill Bill Soundtrack)

Posted by Jim Schraven at March 7, 2005 01:06 PM

Eighteen - Alice Cooper
19 - Paul Hardcastle
88 lines about 44 women - the Nails

Posted by Mark Wade at March 7, 2005 01:42 PM

One the line that The Dan suggests, would “Pennsylvania 6-5000” be a six or a five thousand? Is “5:15” a five or a fifteen, or neither? What about Eddie from Ohio’s “That 7-11 Song”? “16 Shells from a Thirty-Ought-Six”? “5 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days”?

Well, and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones “1-2-8” would work for a one or a two, and would be a good kickstart to such a collection (one two/what’s in the stew/three four/no-one’s really sure). And I don’t think “Four Nights Drunk” counts by your rules, because the word Four isn’t prominent in the lyrics. In fact, I don’t think it’s in the lyrics at all.

And Thirteen Steps Lead Down, of course, although there is the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy “Thirteen Women” Speaking of the Daddy, there’s “You and Me and the Bottle Makes Three Tonight”. And more from my player …

“Two Humans on the Run” Juluka
“Two Sleepy People” Fats Waller
“The Three Fine Daughters of Farmer Brown” Eddie from Ohio
“5 am in Amsterdam” Michelle Shocked
“5ive Gears in Reverse” EC
“Five o’Clock Whistle” Duke
“Six to Go” Pogues
“7 Deadly Sins” Traveling Wilburys
“Seven and a half Cents” from the Pajama Game recording
“Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar” (the Andrews Sisters version)
“Figure of Eight” Paul McCartney
“Ten Feet Tall” XTC
“There Goes a Tenner” Kate Bush
“15 Petals” EC
“Seventeen Again” Eurythmics
“22 hours in the day” – Sweet Honey in the Rock

I doubt any of this will actually help you, but I enjoyed looking them up and playing with the little pencils.


Posted by Vardibidian at March 7, 2005 02:28 PM

I just had an idea -- the next volume could start off the numbering where the last one left off -- so these higher numbers would have a place to go, and you'd have a greater challenge, finding songs with weird numbers like 41. (^_^)

Posted by Rose at March 7, 2005 03:45 PM

Some random responses to the foregoing:

Songs with two numbers in the title are disqualified as not being strongly associated enough with a single number, yes.

"Seven and Seven Is" might be a nice counterintuitive choice for track 14. (Although I would probably go with the original version by Love, fond though I am of that Rush album.)

Quite a few songs in Vardibidian's list that I should have thought of but didn't, so I'm glad to be reminded of them ("5ive Gears in Reverse", "Ten Feet Tall", "There Goes a Tenner"). And a few that I haven't heard of (including quite a few of Dan's, he won't be at all surprised to learn) that I'll have to look into.

If I do a mix with larger numbers, I'm just going to have to abandon things being consecutive. Maybe I can put all the numbers into one big equation or something (and then I could also use songs like the Dismemberment Plan's "8 1/2 Minutes").

Posted by Francis at March 7, 2005 04:15 PM

An offshoot: Math titles that don't work in real life: "2+2=5" by Radiohead was mentioned; both "Two Divided By Zero" and "One and One Make Five" by Pet Shop Boys... I dunno.

Or if you ever keep going far enough, you'll hit EBN's "3-7-8," Public Enemy's "911 is a Joke" and Moby's "Thousand."

Posted by Maelstrom at March 7, 2005 04:53 PM

Meatloaf's "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" leaves one wondering where to place it... Two, Three, One maybe?

Posted by Jim Schraven at March 7, 2005 06:34 PM

Apparently I've been enjoying trying to think of titles that fit the bill a bit too much today but I did think of two more good ones.

Eric Johnson, "Forty Mile Town" - An amazing guitar player but he does sing on this track. Unfortunately instrumentals are his strong suit.
Paul Simon, "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover"

I won't promise not to post anymore but I will try to consolidate if I do ;^)

Posted by Jim Schraven at March 7, 2005 08:59 PM

Ok, maybe I didn't wait to consolidate any new ideas. It's 1:15am here and I had to respond to Rose's challenge before someone else does and I'm just too tired to try to think of any others.

Dave Matthew's Band: "#41"

Posted by Jim at March 8, 2005 03:17 AM

A few thoughts, some more obvious than others, and quite a few with numbers larger than the likely-highest track numbers...

"On this night of a thousand stars" from Evita
"Sixteen candles" by Johnny Maestro
"I am 16" from Sound of Music (might be too weak what with the 17s and 18s as well)
"You're 16" by Ringo
"Party of one" by Trick Pony
"One of us" by ABBA
"One by one" by Enya
"On December five-and-twenty" traditional Xmas carol
"Forty days and forty nights" traditional Lenten hymn
"99 Luftballons" by Nena
"Number Three" by They Might Be Giants
"32 Footsteps" by TMBG
"The biggest one" by TMBG
"Frank's 2000" TV" by Weird Al Yankovic
"One more minute" by Weird Al
"Six words long" by Weird Al
"Christmas at ground zero" by Weird Al

Posted by blahedo at March 8, 2005 10:37 PM

What about "25, or 6 to 4" by Chicago?

Posted by Col at March 9, 2005 10:26 AM

That would fall under the "too many numbers in one song title" heading. I did once start writing a song called "25 or 6 Times 4 Plus 1", which would be fine for track 25...except I got tired of it and never finished it.

Posted by Francis at March 9, 2005 10:32 AM

Sorry but I just can't resist suggesting this:

4:33 by John Cage

It's usually spoken aloud as "Four Minutes and Thirty-Three Seconds"


Posted by Kathryn at March 12, 2005 04:31 PM

I'd be happy to offer up lots of really bad suggestions, along the lines of Uriah Heep's "Seven Stars", Foghat's "Eight Days On The Road", or Montrose's "Twenty Flight Rock", (hey, someone else started it with The Vogue's "Five O'Clock World, although yeah, I like it too) but I figure you'd like to have songs you might actually want to LISTEN TO on this compilation CD. So instead I throw these out for consideration:

Grandpaboy - 2 Days Til Tomorrow
Badly Drawn Boy - 4 Leaf Clover
Minibar - Six Foot
Paul McCartney - 3 Legs
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - 15-Feet of Pure White Snow
Jim White - 10 Mile To Go On A 9 Mile Road (I recognize this one may cause you problems... a "two-fer", as it were)
and even Tennessee Ernie Ford - Sixteen Tons

And because it just seems so, I don't know, semantically-prejudiced to exclude it, perhaps:

The English Beat - Too Nice To Talk To

And, finally, lest you set your sights too low:

Badly Drawn Boy - 40 Days & 40 Fights
Aimee Mann - 50 Years After the Fair
JoJo Gunne - 60 Minutes To Go
Nada Surf - Blizzard of 77
Scarlet Party - 101 Dam-nations

and what the hell...

Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies

Posted by MisterTheToad at March 12, 2005 11:56 PM

If you used Steely Dan's "Hey Nineteen" you could get rid of the ordinal version you're using there.

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