Friday, August 10, 2007

Green Monkey Music Project

In an attempt to achieve maximum synergy with beth's popular Friday mix tape feature, I'd like to announce a new endeavor in which I hope I can interest at least three people in taking part.

Some Background:

There are a few guys at work (I'll call them sb, mf and ag) that have musical tastes that overlap with my own. We got to talking at one point, and one of us came up with the idea of doing a collective mix. We thought it would be cool if each of us came up with an idea for a mix, then the other three came up with songs that would fit in with that person's mix.

For absolutely no reason whatsoever, I dubbed this the "Green Monkey Music Project". You might think I'm sucking up to some apes or green amphibians I could mention, but that's honestly what I called it. The image on this post was also created for the original project.

The Concept:

Here's the basic rules of this new endeavor:

1. Each person will have an allotment of 20 minutes for each project. You can go under 20 minutes, but try not to go too far over. Try to get at least 10 minutes worth of music.
2. The originator of the project will set down any rules of the project that need to be followed.
3. The project originator's songs will come first in their respective project.
4. At this point, if you want to be part of this project, I'm just asking for people to provide song titles. Let me worry about obtaining the songs you come up with. If I can't provide them, I might ask you for the song if you have it.
5. Once a project is completed, I'll post the project's songs on this here blog.

Some Examples:

We ended up only doing one round of these mixes, but it was a helluva lot of fun. Here's the results of our efforts.

Green Monkey's Anatomy [sb]

1. Song titles must include a body part, like 'finger,' 'kidney,' or 'artery,' for example.
2. The body part need not necessarily be human or simian.
3. The body part should not be part of another word. For example, you can't use 'ear' from 'earth' to satisfy the requirement.

01 - David Bowie - Sweet Head [sb]
02 - Les Fleur De Lys - Mud in Your Eye [sb]
03 - Fun Boy Three - Our Lips Are Sealed [sb]
04 - Johnny Thunders - You Can't Put Your Arms Round A Memory [sb]
05 - The Come Ons - Red Lips And Fingertips [sb]
06 - The Cramps - Rockin' Bones [sb]
07 - Sun 60 - Out Of My Head [ag]
08 - Superchunk - Pulled Muscle [ag]
09 - The Replacements - Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out [ag]
10 - Bette Serveert - Leg [ag]
11 - Oingo Boingo - Skin [ag]
12 - Golden Smog - He's a Dick [mf]
13 - Beck - Cold Brains [mf]
14 - The Flaming Lips - Chewin the Apple of Your Eye [mf]
15 - The Flaming Lips - You Have to Be Joking (Autopsy of the Devil's Brain) [mf]
16 - The Flaming Lips - Slow Nerve Action [mf]
17 - Beastie Boys - Shake Your Rump[splotchy]
18 - Echo and the Bunnymen - Heads Will Roll[splotchy]
19 - The Velvet Underground - Andy's Chest[splotchy]
20 - Lambchop - my face your ass[splotchy]
21 - Robyn Hitchcock - The Bones In The Ground[splotchy]
22 - The Feelies - Raised Eyebrows[splotchy]
23 - Ritchie Valens - Ooh! My Head [sb-bonus]

Common Ground [mf]

Songs by adult artists aimed at adults but also loved by kids. You can ride in the car and play this and the kids actually listen and enjoy, maybe even sing along, might even get requested by the kids. No lyrics you'd rather not explain. Funny words and situations OK.

I could have filled this whole thing with White Stripes so if someone else is hesitating adding more becuase I put in two, don't, the White Stripes seem to have struck a chord with my kids.

01 - My Bloody Valentine - When You Sleep (dance party song) [mf]
02 - The White Stripes - Hotel Yorba [mf]
03 - The Breeders - Full on Idle [mf]
04 - The Breeders - Huffer [mf]
05 - Eels - Flyswatter [mf]
06 - Eels - I Like Birds [mf]
07 - The White Stripes - We're Going to Be Friends [mf]
08 - Jonathan Richman - Back In Your Life[splotchy]
09 - De La Soul - The Magic Number[splotchy]
10 - The Breeders - Saints[splotchy]
11 - Talking Heads - Pulled Up[splotchy]
12 - Feelies - Doin' It Again[splotchy]
13 - Wire - Outdoor Miner[splotchy]
14 - John Cale - Bamboo Floor[splotchy]
15 - The Apples in Stereo - Signal In The Sky [sb]
16 - The Ramones - Spiderman [sb]
17 - Komeda - Boogie Woogie_Rock'N'Roll [sb]
18 - Buddy Holly - Rave On [sb]
19 - The Von Bondies - Cmon Cmon [sb]
20 - The Ramones - Sheena Is A Punk Rocker [sb]
21 - Pizzicato Five - Twiggy Twiggy [sb]
22 - Marc Bolan & T. Rex - Ride A White Swan [sb]

Girls Girls Girls [ag]

1. Song titles must include a female name.
2. No duplicates allowed. A duplicate is a name spelled the same as another name. For instance, Anne and Ann are two distinct names.

01 - The Left Banke - Walk Away Renee [ag]
02 - The Hollies - Carrie-Anne [ag]
03 - TripleFastAction - Anna (Get Your Gun) [ag]
04 - The Muffs - Oh Nina [ag]
05 - Poster Children - If You See Kay [ag]
06 - Concrete Blonde - Tomorrow, Wendy [ag]
07 - Nirvana - Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle [mf]
08 - Jeff Kelly - Kissing Alma Mahler [mf]
09 - The Dandy Warhols - Cool as Kim Deal [mf]
10 - The Rolling Stones - Sweet Virginia [mf]
11 - Bob Dylan - Corrina, Corrina[splotchy]
12 - The Velvet Underground - Stephanie Says[splotchy]
13 - King Missile (Dog Fly Religion) - Margaret's Eyes[splotchy]
14 - Ramones - Judy Is A Punk[splotchy]
15 - Magnet - Julie[splotchy]
16 - Neil Diamond - Cherry, Cherry[splotchy]
17 - Suicide - Cheree[splotchy]
18 - Stereolab - Cybele's Reverie [sb]
19 - Scissor Sisters - Laura [sb]
20 - The Kinks - Lola [sb]
21- The Reverend Horton Heat -Jezebel [sb]
22 - Frank Black - I Heard Ramona Sing [sb]

No Words [splotchy]

1. Songs must have no discernible words. Oohs, ahhs and humming are okay, even whistling, but... no words.
2. No jazz or classical instrumental songs, if you can help it. C'mon, that's just too darn easy.

01 - Dead Milkmen - KKSuck2 [splotchy]
02 - The Police - The Other Way Of Stopping [splotchy]
03 - Young Marble Giants - Zebra Trucks [splotchy]
04 - Duke Reid Group - Soul Style [splotchy]
05 - Luna - Egg Nog [splotchy]
06 - Ennio Morricone - Farewell to Cheyenne [splotchy]
07 - The Residents - Theme For An American Tv Show [splotchy]
08 - Bo Diddley - Untitled Instrumental [splotchy]
09 - Rock-a-teens - Woo-Hoo [sb]
10 - Bill Justis - Raunchy [sb]
11 - Flat Duo Jets - Sing, Sing, Sing [sb]
12 - The In Crowd - Ramsey Lewis Trio [sb]
13 - Booker T. And The MGs - Hip-Hug-Her [sb]
14 - The Greenhornes - Pigtails And Kneesocks [sb]
15 - Los Lobos - Wrong Man Theme [ag]
16 - Bob Mould - Sunspots [ag]
17 - Elvis Costello - Stalin Malone [ag]
18 - Aimee Mann - Nothing Is Good Enough (Instrumental) [ag]
19 - The Smiths - Oscillate Wildly [ag]
20 - Goo Goo Dolls - Kevin's Song [ag]
21 - The Pixies - Cecilia Ann [ag]
22 - The White Stripes - Aluminum [mf]
23 - My Bloody Valentine - Touched [mf]
24 - Pelican - Aurora Borealis [mf]
25 - Bardo Pond - Lull [mf]
26 - Pearl Jam - Brother [mf]
27 - The Hollywood Persuaders - Drums A-Go-Go[splotchy-bonus]
28 - Dave 'Baby' Cortez - The Happy Organ[splotchy-bonus]
29 - Clinton - Sing Hosanna[splotchy-bonus]
30 - Jonathan Richman - Egyptian Reggae[splotchy-bonus]


Barbara Bruederlin said...

That sounds like fun! I'd play but am not sure I could come up with lists as long as those. Just how much work did you guys get done that day anyway?

Splotchy said...

great, beth! I was hoping you'd be interested. The art of the mixtape is something you have clearly mastered.

barbara, keep in mind that you would only need to fill in a 20 minute chunk of each project. As far as how long it took us, it actually took two or three weeks. We passed a thumb drive between us. One person would take several days to pick and load up their songs onto the thumb drive, then they'd pass it to the next person, etc.

What I have mind for this online version of the GMMP is far less taxing on the participants, in that I just would just need you to provide artists and song titles so I could then get the songs.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Ok, I'm in.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

How can I resist then? I'm in, if you'll have me.

Sorghum Crow said...

No words + Woman's name

In Memory of Elizabeth Reed by the Allman Brothers

Do I get double points? Can anyone come up with a threefer?

Splotchy said...

dr mvm, the doctor is in! woo!

fantastic, barbara! I'll post my project idea as soon as I decide on it.

sc, nicely done. If you don't mind me tooting my own horn, I had a twofer with King Missile's "Margaret's Eyes" (Name + Body Part).