Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Ladies of Song from A to Z

I know a man who once tried to record an album solely of songs about specific women. He got far, but a few letters/ladies eluded him. Below I offer his playlist and ask you, the blogosphere, to fill in the blanks or offer alternate tracks.

Ground rule: the name must be in the title, they needn't be love songs, but wherever possible, the singer should be male.

A Allison Elvis Costello Angie
B Barbara Ann The Beach Boys Billie Jean
C Sweet Caroline Neil Diamond Cecila
D Donna The Misfits
E Come on Eileen Dexy's Midnight Runners Eleanor Rigby
F Fran

G Gloria The Doors

I Goodnight Irene Leadbelly
J Sweet Jane Lou Reed
Hey Jude
K Kate Ben Folds
L Layla Derek & the Dominos Lady Madonna
M Maybelline Chuck Berry Michelle, Maggie May

Nikita, Nancy Whiskey
O Ophelia The Band

P Polly Nirvana
Q Queen Jane Approximately
Bob Dylan

R Roxanne The Police Help Me Rhonda
S Sussudio Phil Collins
T (Tina's Got A) Big 'Ole Butt LL Cool J

V Victoria
W Windy The Association

Y Oh Yoko John Lennon
Z Legend of Zelda theme Nintendo

Cast your ballots in the comments below.

Update: two commenters have more than filled in the gaps.


Bob Jingle said...

Possible H's:

Helen Wheels - Wings
Heather - Paul McCartney (weird, two Paul song's)


Nadine (Is It You?) - Chuck Berry
Seems So Long Ago, Nancy - Leonard Cohen

U's is harder:

There's this song Ursula Major Ursula Minor by Bleu that I think is based on a girl based on these lyrics: http://www.chordie.com/chord.pere/www.guitartabs.cc/fetchfile.php?fileid=5843632

But I think we need to settle on Umi Says by Mos Def.

And X:

Xanthe Terra - Charlie Schmidt (instrumental so it prolly doesn't count)
If you're willing to bend the rules a little there's always X-girlfriend by No Doubt. That's probably the closest you're going to get.

MostlyModest said...

Bob- your deep knowledge of song is impressive and helpful. Not to mention a huge turn-on. Thank you. No really, thank YOU.

Bob Jingle said...

I got all that shiznit from a 3 hour google search. I actually know nothing that isn't learnable on the internet

buster said...

A: Adia (Sarah McLachlan); Aja (Steely Dan); Amanda (Boston); Amie (Pure Prairie League); Angelia (Richard Marx); Angie (Rolling Stones); Anna (go to him) (The Beatles); Athena (the Who)

B: Bernadette (The Four Tops); Beth (KISS); Black Betty (Ram Jam); Bobby Jean (Bruce Springsteen)

C: Caroline No (The Beach Boys); Carrie (Europe); Chloe Dancer (Mother Love Bone); Christine Sixteen (KISS)

D: Darlene (Led Zeppelin); Donna (Ritchie Valens)

E: Enid (Barenaked Ladies); For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her (Simon & Garfunkel); Letter to Elise (the Cure); See Emily Play (Pink Floyd)

F: Franny Mae (Buster Brown)

G: Gloria (U2); Gloria (Laura Branigan)

H: Harmony (Elton John)

I: Iris (Goog Goo Dolls)

J: Jane (Jefferson Starship); 867-5309/Jenny (Tommy Tutone); Heartbeat City aka Jacki (The Cars); Jacqueline (Franz Ferdinand); Jamie (Eddie Holland); Jamie's Crying (Van Halen); Jane Says (Jane's Addiction); Janie's Got a Gun (Aerosmith); Janie Jones (The Clash); Jennifer Juniper (Donovan); Jenny Take a Ride (Mitch Ryder); Jenny Was a Friend of Mine (The Killers); Jessica (Allman Bros.)[instrumental but awesome tune]; Joanna (Kool & the Gang); Jolene (Dolly Parton); Josie (Steely Dan); Judy is a Punk (Ramones); Julia (Beatles); Julia Dream (Pink Floyd)

K: Kathy's Song (Simon & Garfunkel)

L: Lanena (Donovan); Leah (Roy Orbison); Layla (Derek & the Dominos); Letter to Lucille (Tom Jones); Little Latin Lupe Lu (Righteous Bros.) [extra points for the 4x alliteration!]; Lola (Kinks)[a drag queen but nonetheless!]; Lorelei (Styx); Lucille (Little Richard); Lucille (Kenny Rogers); Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (Beatles);

M: Cross-eyed Mary (Jethro Tull); Good Golly Miss Molly (Little Richard); Molly (Sponge); Little Martha (Allman Bros.); Mable (Goldfinger); Magdalena (A Perfect Circle); Maggie M'Gill (Doors); Mandy (Barry Manilow); Maria (Blondie); Maria Maria (Santana); Martha My Dear (Beatles); Mary Jane's Last Dance (Tom Petty); Mary Anne with the Shaky Hand (the Who); Melissa (Allman Bros.);

N: Believe Me Natalie (The Killers); Nancy (Frank Sinatra);

P: Dear Prudence (Beatles); Hey Paula (Paul & Paula); Peggy Sue (Buddy Holly); Peg (Steely Dan); Polythene Pam (Beatles);

R: Lovely Rita (Beatles); Rikki Don't Lose that Number (Steely Dan); Rio (Duran Duran); Rosalite (Bruce Springsteen); Rosanna (Toto); Walk Away Renee (Left Banke);

S: Lay Down Sally (Eric Clapton); Long Tall Sally (Little Richard); Oh Sheila (Ready for the World); Oh Sherrie (Steve Perry); Runaround Sue (Dion & the Belmonts); Sandy (Grease Soundtrack); Sara (Fleetwood Mac); Sara (Starship); Sara Smile (Hall & Oates); Sexy Sadie (Beatles); Sherry (Frankie Valli); Stacy's Mom (Fountains of Wayne); Stephanie Says (Velvet Underground); Susannah's Still Alive (Kinks); Susie Q (CCR); What Sarah Said (Death Cab for Cutie)

V: Valerie (Steve Winwood); Veronica (Elvis Costello); Victoria (Kinks)

W: Wendy (Beach Boys)

Thats all I have presently on my iPod.