Since song submissions are by PM, what happens if two different players unknowingly submit the same song for the same theme in the same round? Is it first come, first served going by the timestamp on each PM? Or do you give equal treatment to each player since they don't know what the other submitted because it's all by PM?
Have you ever hosted or played an Idol game where the submissions were on the board? Did it not go well?
(Plus it's really fun to ask you questions because you get it 😊).
Murr: First, the obligatory "you guys should've sent": "Trash" by Roxy Music, "Blissed and Gone" by Smashing Pumpkins, "She Was Only 17" by Marty Robbins, "Seventeen" by Ladytron, "Seventeen Seconds" by The Cure... That said, some good picks this round. I don't think I've ever seen anyone submit The Beatles, and there seems to be a stigma against them on this board. But I actually like them. Not my favorite Beatles song, but still good. And I'm a sucker for that trebly, tinny '60s guitar sound.
Cher: You sent one of those FOREIGN LINKS and I canât watch it </3 This is a nice start to the round/season. Itâs not one of the standout songs in their repertoire, but itâs cute and upbeat, and it fits the theme. I really like the kind of rockabilly sound to it, too. Plus itâs not one of the songs that immediately popped into my head that I assumed people would send, so yay.
Murr: Ah, The Sound of Music. I feel like this has been pounded into my brain so hard that I can't hate it as much as I want to. I do like the cheekiness of part of this. You're clearly not that timid, love. idk. This is sort of endearing, I guess.
Cher: Rofl. This did vaguely cross my mind, but I obviously didnât expect anyone to submit it. I know this was just your backup choice because Tammy stole your first one, but still, major lolz @ you sending this. I know Murr and I just constantly talk about how much we love musicals, except for when we donât, which is always. The chorus is catchy and Iâll probably have this stuck in my head on and off all night. Wtf at the old times. Like, srs they are just a year apart, and they are all serious as *beep*, IâLL TAKE CARE OF YOU, IâLL DEPEND ON YOU, wtf youâre children, chill. I havenât really seen this movie. I mean I am pretty sure I saw it or parts of it when I was a kid, but I really donât remember anything other than a few lines here and there from some of the songs. SHOULD I WATCH IT? DO YOU THINK I WOULD LIKE IT? WHY IS THERE SUCH A LONG INSTRUMENTAL AT THE END OF THIS, WTF.
Murr: Love this song. I used to try hard to hate it, then I finally caved. I saw them live once at some festival, and remember not being too impressed, but got kind of giddy deep in my cold, dead heart when they played this. His hair is dumb - I will say that. Beautiful voice, though, so it evens out. Poor goat. Also, that's an epic cliff dive. I'm a little jealous. Yeah, great pick.
Cher: Whyyyyy does it always rain on meeeee? This song actually didnât even cross my mind until you sent it, but itâs a great choice. Iâve always really liked this song. I like his soft, soothing voice. Plus, I lied a lot when I was 17 too, so I mean, I can totally relate to this. I donât think I have seen this video before, like lol at their boat that is just a floating room. My mom and my sister just came home, and they have onion rings, and I am kind of jealous.
Murr: lol. Maybe this is one of those weird songs that Cherry likes, but I'd be perfectly happy if I never heard this again. But I can't deny it's catchy. I feel like a vaporwave version of this would be incredible. Um, yeah. No.
Cher: This was one of the first songs to pop into my head for the theme, and it was also, like one of my personal anthems when I was 17. Actually, I legit dressed up as a disco queen for Halloween when I was like 16 or 17, it was pretty hot. Actually, random story, I remember on my 18th birthday, my cousin (Iâm a few months older than her) and I were driving around downtown, and we were listening to the oldies radio station or something, and this came on, and we were like amg, itâs our song...AND THEN WE WERE LIKE T.EARS YOUâRE NOT 17 ANYMORE. It was TRAGIC, guys. I am pretty sure part of me will always be 17 though. I mean I wear sparkly stuff and hello kitty socks. Anyway, to sum this up, ABBA <3 disco <3 and youâre lucky my high score will cancel out Murrâs inevitably much lower one, haha.
Murr: I have a weird aversion to Lenny Kravitz, but this is good. I also love the name Magdalene/Magdalena. This has such an '80s sound to it somehow, in that semi-respectable pop-rock apeing the '70s way, but surely released in the '90s or '00s. With a bit more twang it could easily be a Steve Earle song. Well played.
Cher: Lenny seems to get sent a lot in imdb games, which always seems weird to me, because like, I am pretty sure before these games I could probably think of like 3 songs by him off the top of my head. Like...I know who he is, obviously, and he seems like a super cool dude, but I just like, never listen to him. Except for his cover of American Woman, which I love for some reason. The guitar is nice and he has a smooth sound, but I donât know, the song just seems like filler to me.
Murr: Conflicted about this song. I feared someone would send it. Joan Jett is kind of a badass. She seems to be kind of a conscious transition between the cheeky romanticism of glam rock and the dirty trashiness that it spawned in the '80s, which is an interesting balance - she and Hanoi Rocks were the masters of it. Can't say I'm crazy about this song, but it's always way more fun to listen to than I want it to be.
Cher: Haha, so when we were picking the theme, I told Murr that I hoped someone would send this, and he was like âughâ because he is the worst. I love her raspy voice, and this is such a fun, catchy song, definitely a classic. Several people tried to submit this, but you got there first.
Murr: Hell yeah. Actually a song I thought of and wanted sent. "Meanwhile, I was thinkin'..." Now, this song is rather creepy given his whole bathroom scandal years later, but that almost makes it better somehow? This sort of exhaltation of teenagedom/youth is one of the hallmarks of rock & roll (nevermind that Chuck was in his 30s when he made a name for himself), and this song is a masterpiece testament to that. He's releasing a new album next year, btw... at 90 years old. The man is a force.
Cher: Hereâs Pete with his stubborn never sending a song that came out after 1960 unless he has to thing . Anyway, Chuck Berry is super cool, for one thing, his name. Obviously I am a fan of fruit names. He is one of the biggest icons of the whole rockabilly thing too, which is cool. This song sounds a lot like Johnny B Goode btw. Also, Queenie was the name of the first dog I ever had, so this is making me think of her, which is cute. Too bad I didnât know this song when I was a kid, Iâm sure she would have had fun listening to a song with her name <3
Murr: Poor Blitzen. How un-Christmasy. And dogs are far superior to mothers. Anyway, this is precious as hell, but oddly satisfying. I mean, dogs and stuff. I imagine Cherry will love this, and I like it well enough. So I'm pretty confident you'll make it. Well played.
Cher: This is one of the few songs this round that made me wtf. I never heard of this song or these guys before. Not sure if this is something you like, or if you just stumbled upon it and thought we would. Itâs pretty decent, not one of my top songs of the round, but definitely safely in the middle.
Murr: Oh hey, this isn't histrionic at all. Kids having sex... have they no morals??? Kids back in the day! Sheesh! Honestly, this song is really fun. I'm not saying it's great, but it's definitely fun. Also, praying for the end of the world... <3 I'll admit, I often have apocalyptic fantasies. Whenever someone predicts the end of the world (happens a couple times every year), there's always this perverse part of me that hopes they're right. Imagine how exciting it would be to live through, and die in, the end times? Ideally the end times would be more in the vein of some Western interpretation of a mesoamerican prophecy, or at least Nostadamus-like, than the vision of some loony Baptist pastor, but hey... beggars can't be choosers. So, I totally relate, Loaf of Meat and Bread and Seasoning!
Cher: Meatloaf is such an odd name to choose to perform as, haha. I kind of really love this song. Like itâs just really cool, I love how itâs divided into different portions, the lighthearted beginning, and then the baseball commenter in the middle is cool, the tense part about pressuring each other to make life changing decisions in literally the heat of the moment, all the way to the bitter end. I also love how the music is so ridiculously upbeat and fun throughout the entire song, but like, by the end of the song itâs so cynical, neither of them even want to be together, they made these whimsical promises as teenagers and both are too honorable/stubborn to break them, so they would literally rather the world end than leave each other, but itâs still sung in such an upbeat positive manner.
Murr: This one is precious, too. But also beautiful. I like trees, I like rivers. Being 17 was kinda dumb. If not for Marc Bolan and my dog, it kinda would've sucked. But this is a lovely song. I love potty-mouth girls, bro. Like, such a glorious tribute.
Cher: I see you slipping in an artist you know I like, haha. This is a very âCherryâ song amidst a sea of like, classics and a few wtf musical numbers. Not one of my favorite Iron and Wine songs, but it fits the theme and his voice is always nice, and the music is clear and soothing, and kind of upbeat. Pop quiz, kids, how many times in this round will I say upbeat in my comments.
Murr: Either you're Tom, or you're going to make Tom very happy if this song does well. I actually prefer Tom Delonge's songs over Mark Hoppus' songs. Speaking of which, why does no one ever send Angels and Airwaves??? "Hey guys, I fell in love with the girl at the rock show! The rock show, guys, because we all like rock music, right?" It's a fun song - maybe bordering on novelty, but fun. I do really like some Blink 182 songs, but this is just... fun. It's alright.
Cher: I canât believe I am judging a blink182 song, and it wasnât submitted by Tammy, and heâs not judging the game either . Wow I donât even remember the last time I heard this song, itâs been a very long time haha. I did like this song when I was a teenager, and itâs a fun throwback, so thereâs that.
Murr: Oh, it's a live version. And the Old Grey Whistle, at that. Old Grey Whistle is legendary - so many great performances. Maybe that will be a theme later, but probably not because it's not "weird" enough. It's a good song... the lyrics are a little cringe-worthy, though. A little uncomfortably self-pitying, yeah? It sounds really nice, though. Honestly, I think I prefer the studio version... has a more jazzy, edging on bossanova, vibe to it. Maybe you were trying to err on the folk side for Cherry's sake, and maybe that will pay off. You lose a point from me, though.
Cher: This is one of those songs where like, I see the title and the artist, and I recognize it...but I canât actually think of what the song sounds like until it starts. Now itâs starting, YES, THIS IS IT, DEFINITELY KNOW THIS. I kinda like that you picked a live version, shows a lot of emotion in her voice, and her explanation about the song at the beginning was nice. OMG WHAT AM I DOING, PRAISING YOU? INSERT SASS HERE.
Murr: I don't know why, but I feel a little awkward listening to this. Like, the first notes happen, and I feel like I'm in some trashy bar in Kentucky and some middle aged woman is hitting on me. This would totally be the soundtrack, playing on the jukebox. But this scenario does have a jukebox, which is pretty cool. On its own merit, it's not a bad song. Ladies and gents, enter the '80s.
Cher: Okay so like maybe 5 years ago, I went on a bit of a Fleetwood Mac kick, and then I decided to listen to some solo Stevie too, and I remember downloading this song (aw, back in the days when I used itunes), and obv I had heard it before lol, anyway, listened to it a few times, before I remembered itâs SUPER 80âS SOUNDING AND I HATE 80âS MUSIC. SO, THEREâS THAT. This was another song a couple people wanted to send but you got there first. I donât know. I mean itâs not TERRIBLE, but it gets really repetitive, and idk, for some reason thinking of going from singing Landslide and Silver Springs (wow, now I wanna listen to Silver Springs) to this is just lulz to me.
Murr: Never been a big fan of Sinatra's voice, but the arrangement here is oddly nice. Is hiding from the light with a small town girl on the village green an elaborate euphemism for sex? Probably. What a dirty way of saying it. Teenagers were so immoral back in the day. I'm liking this more than I thought I would, tbh - even liking his voice right now.
Cher: Yay, last song lol. This felt like so many! This is a nice classic song to end the round on. Canât really go wrong with Sinatra, smooth as *beep*. Looks like you will be stuck playing another round, Martin
...sorry that took so long, Murr and I are arguing about redheads lolz.
Old Tom - 2/1
Pete - 3/1
Eric - 5/1
Mas - 7/1
Bull - 10/1
Turner - 12/1
Dana - 14/1
Modica - 16/1
Thanasis - 18/1
RTF - 20/1
Kathy - 40/1
Jesse - 60/1
Martin - 80/1
SweetSunflower - 100/1
Speaking of which, why does no one ever send Angels and Airwaves???