Music for the masses

We haven't had a quiz around here in quite some time. So, for want of something better to do, here's a pointless music lyrics quiz.

Now, we all know that there is only one way of listening to music, which is via direct implant into the cerebellum. But in the ancient past of the 20th century, people used all kinds of crazy methods to listen to their music, and then wrote songs about it. Your task is to find (reasonably well known) songs whose lyrics include references to the following devices, and to quote the full line or lines:

1. Transistor Radio

2. 78s

3. 45

4. AM Radio

5. Walkman

6. 8-track

7. CD [player]

8. Reel-to-reel [tape recorder]

9. Gramophone

10. Dansette

For about half of these I have a specific song in mind; for the other half, I'm not entirely sure, but I'm fairly sure you'll be able to find something. If you want to cheat you can probably do all manner of internet searches, but I'd prefer it if you search your brain the old-fashioned way. I mean, it's not like there's going to be a prize or anything... If you prefer you may add your own, such as "LP": 'Sex began in 1963 between the chatterley ban and the beatle's first LP', from Philip Larking.


plentyofants said...


2. "Well it’s a brimful of Asha on the 45"

4. "I got the AM (radio on!)"
and countless other songs

5. "As the flames rose to her Roman nose
And her Walkman started to melt"

7. "He's got a brand new car
Looks like a Jaguar
It's got leather seats
It's got a CD player (player player player)"

8. Hmm, no, the one I was thinking of only mentions the Mad Stuntman by name, unfortunately...

And doesn't the cerebellum mostly do automated stuff like movement? Wouldn't a feed directly into there just turn you into one of those 'comedy' musical dancing flowers?

Anonymous said...

I can only think of one: "Going down the old mine, with a transistor radio"


AC said...

Weird Al Yankovic's "Achy Breaky Song" covers three of these: 8-track, CD, radio