March 29, 2008

Time for Tunes Again (Complete with Contest!)

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I haven’t posted anything on music in a while, so this one is for the stone music freaks among Fire on the Mountain’s readership.

DJ D’s Ragged But Right Show
was back at Teddy’s Bar & Grill in Northside, Brooklyn on Thursday night. It’s a fun gig, low stress because it’s not spinning for dancers but just creating sonic wallpaper (sonic wallpaper in superb taste, to be sure) for a room full of diners and drinkers.

Before I got bored and started free-styling, I played 2 one hour Zorro sets--so called for their Z-shaped structure:

In a Zorro set I play 6-8 songs: a-b-c-d-e-f,
then, in reverse order, versions of the same tunes by different artists: f-e-d-c-b-a,
and finally new versions again, played forward this time: a-b-c-d-e-f

So in an hour, you hear three versions of the same tune, but only twice do you hear two versions done one after another.

Get it? No? Well, never mind. Here’s the contest.

The two sets played at Teddy’s on Thursday were

Hour 1. Three versions of:

Hearts Of Stone
Lipstick Traces (On A Cigarette)
I’m On Fire
Route 66
Time Is On My Side
Your Cheatin’ Heart

Hour 2. Three versions of:

Trouble In Mind
You Don’t Miss Your Water
Funny How Time Slips Away
Shake Sugaree*
Baby Please Don’t Go
Hippy Hippy Shake
Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate*


1. Name the artists who cut each of the three versions I played of any single song and win!

2. Name just two of the artists I played for any four songs and win!

3. You get five guesses for each song.

4. Songs marked * include ones with variant versions of the title.

5. Prize is a CD of both sets. Win twice and get a mix CD I’ll craft personally to your taste.

6. Helpful hints: only six songs include the original version, and even fewer include the best known version. A couple are non-elpee live versions. No Beatles, Stones, Dead.

7. To make up for the fact that this is obviously easier for those who know me and my peculiar taste in music, cheating is permitted, so long as I don’t catch you.

Just post your entry below by clicking on "Post a Comment." We’ll figure out how to get your prize to you.

And on April 24, bring your ears and a notebook to Teddy’s. I’ll do at least one Zorro set to open—all new stuff--and when I repeat this contest you’ll be a sure winner.


JKaye said...

Uncle! I surrender! I can't even come up with 3 versions of most of the songs, much less when I leave out Stones, etc.

Hate to admit it, but you're a better music nerd than I am, Gunga Din.

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