1. By day I strangle chickens, trapped in my own bad looks
Foetus, Verklemmt. zoo-music-girl, drpyrojames, naturalbornkaos
2. People say that you'll die faster than without water
Arcade Fire, Rebellion (Lies). dypyrojames, naturalbornkaos
3. I thank you for those items that you sent me - the monkey, and the plywood violin
Leonard Cohen, First we take Manhattan. sarcaustick, kixie, devilgate (with a correction for me), drpyrojames, blackmetalbaz, devalmont, naturalbornkaos, pigeonhed (and bonus), actionreplay
pseudomonas got the artist. Venta didn't, but pointed out a cover.
4. Did you hear about the guy in New York whose dick fell off in the bath after he shot it full of coke? It's OK to run out of butter in Zambia - just smear squashed caterpillars on your toast. Waiter, there's a terrorist in my soup. Which came first, Max Headroom or Gerald Ford? Are you a man or are you a mouse? If you love your fun - die for it!
Lard, The power of lard. drpyrojames, blackmetalbaz, ciphergoth
zoo-music-girl and devilgate got the band
5. Danny Baker! Danny Baker! Danny Baker! Danny Baker!
Danny Baker! Danny Baker! Danny Baker! Danny Baker!
mclusky, Dething to survive. skullculture
6. Well, that's right! That's what I was told, anyway. And picking your feet 'till they bleed may only be the half of it.
No Means No, Everyday I start to ooze. kixie got the band
7. I don't know why I feel this way. The sky is purple, and things go right every day.
The House of Love, Shine on. sarcaustick, daevid (pointed out the Apop cover), naturalbornkaos
8. What did you say you'd find?
Then come, come, come, get the hell inside
You can close your eyes
Well, you might as well commit suicide.
[NB - I understand this lot never actually told anyone their lyrics and were a bit indistinct. This sounds about right, though]
My Bloody Valentine, You made me realise. king-prawn
9. Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery; None but ourselves can free our minds.
Bob Marley, Redemption song. kixie, swisstone, devilgate, jinty, d_floorlandmine
blackmetalbaz, grendelis, original_aj got the artist
10. He's the hairy-handed gent who ran amok in Kent. Lately he's been overheard in Mayfair.
Warren Zevon, Werewolves of London. sarcaustick, kixie, devilgate, blackmetalbaz, sheridanwilde (+info), pigeonhed
joexnz got the song
11. England, 1936, in the grip of the sabbath day.
The Men They Couldn't Hang, The ghosts of Cable Street. pigeonhed
12. This land is made for you and me.
Woody Guthrie, This land is your land. kixie, swisstone, devilgate, king-prawn, nmg, naturalbornkaos, venta (with extra info), pigeonhed, original_aj
pseudomonas got the song. grendelis got the artist
13. The polaroids that hold us together will surely fade away.
Billy Bragg, St Swithin's day. swisstone, grendelis, venta (and cover)
14. Don't pierce your face. It will only look like someone's tipped the fishing-tackle bucket over your head.
Jeggsy Dodd and the Original Sinners, Grumpy old men.
15. I have a fish nailed to a cross on my apartment wall
Throwing Muses, Fish. zoo-music-girl, kixie,
16. Won't somebody sign my release?
Julian Cope, Upwards at 45°
17. You did a perfect job last night. You shaved your legs and you washed your bike.
Ballboy, Olympic cyclist. hfnuala, skullculture, jinty, original_aj
18. My hair was scorched by swirling flame
my eyes grew dim, my eyes grew blind
death came came and turned by bones to dust
and that was scattered by the wind.
I come and stand at every door. Pete Seeger, The Byrds, This Mortal Coil and apparently many others have done versions of this - I think Seeger's was the first. It's an English translation (by Jeanette Turner) of a poem by Natzim Hikmet, set to a tune by James Waters ("The Great Silkie").
19. James Joyce is fucking my sister
Therapy?, Potato junkie. zoo-music-girl, kixie, iain666, blackmetalbaz, inulro, d_floorlandmine
pigeonhed got the band
20. Trying to breathe some life into a letter, losing hope we'll ever meet again.
The Replacements, Answering machine
21. Oh darkness filled the sky as pools of water filled your eyes; they sparkled like phosphorescence in the bay.
The Organ, Memorise the city
Extra points entirely arbitrarily awarded to devilgate, pigeonhed, venta, daevid and sheridanwilde bring the scores to:
joexnz : 1
sheridanwilde, ciphergoth, actionreplay, nmg, devalmont, inulro, iain666, pseudonomas, hfnuala : 2
daevid : 3
d_floorlandmine, jinty, grendelis, king_prawn, skullculture : 4
sarcaustick, swisstone : 6
original_aj, venta, zoo_music_girl : 7
blackmetalbaz : 9
devilgate, drpyrojames, naturalbornkaos : 10
pigeonhed : 10.5
kixie : 13
Nobody knew which NoMeansNo song it was, nobody at all got the Cope or (less surprisingly) the Jeggsy Dodd, Seeger, Replacements or Organ. I'm quite impressed overall,though. Pat yourselves on the back for me.