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Postby rockgolf » Wed May 14, 2008 11:20 am

There's a band called !!! , best known for their song "Me And Guiliani Down By the Schoolyard", obviously a play on the Paul Simon song "Stranded In A Limosine". :roll:
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Re: !!!

Postby dmmx3 » Wed May 14, 2008 11:22 am

rockgolf wrote:There's a band called !!! , best known for their song "Me And Guiliani Down By the Schoolyard", obviously a play on the Paul Simon song "Stranded In A Limosine". :roll:


They have a few good songs. It is usually pronounced, "chk chk chk" (according to wiki anyway)
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Postby rockgolf » Wed May 14, 2008 11:50 am

Uhh, Wiki says that because I just changed it. You wouldn't believe what it said before. Check the history.
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Postby dmmx3 » Wed May 14, 2008 11:54 am

rockgolf wrote:Uhh, Wiki says that because I just changed it. You wouldn't believe what it said before. Check the history.


I always thought it was "cha cha cha." But, I'd say your interpretation is closer than the previous edit.
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Postby braggtastic » Wed May 14, 2008 11:58 am

Those alpha song lyric lists are great. I didn't take time to do them all, but it does seem for me that either I get them immediately by looking at the entire group of lyrics at once or else I don't get them. Every once in a while a very unique word for a song lyric will jump out and make it a giveaway. It's also interesting to see the difference in the lengths of the word lists. Thanks for the link.
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Postby Ken Jennings » Wed May 14, 2008 12:21 pm

"Hound Dog" has like seven words in it!

Yeah, there's definitely some gestalt phenomenon going on where staring at the whole paragraph en masse can give you answers that you wouldn't get reading through it a word a time. Others have one giveaway word, like "Beatlemania."
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Postby rockgolf » Wed May 14, 2008 12:35 pm

"Beatlemania" could be the Clash's "London Calling" or Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start The Fire".
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Postby gameshowcongress » Wed May 14, 2008 12:40 pm

dmmx3 wrote:
rockgolf wrote:Uhh, Wiki says that because I just changed it. You wouldn't believe what it said before. Check the history.


I always thought it was "cha cha cha." But, I'd say your interpretation is closer than the previous edit.


In Unix-ese that would be "bang bang bang"
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Postby ArtVark » Wed May 14, 2008 12:48 pm

Ken Jennings wrote:"Hound Dog" has like seven words in it!

Yeah, there's definitely some gestalt phenomenon going on where staring at the whole paragraph en masse can give you answers that you wouldn't get reading through it a word a time. Others have one giveaway word, like "Beatlemania."


I thought the biggest giveaway word in the quiz was Scaramouche. Tiffany-twisted is pretty unique too.
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Postby Craig S. Cottingham » Wed May 14, 2008 1:40 pm

Ken Jennings wrote:Yeah, there's definitely some gestalt phenomenon going on where staring at the whole paragraph en masse can give you answers that you wouldn't get reading through it a word a time. Others have one giveaway word, like "Beatlemania."

The first thing that occurred to me was, this is like Magic Eye for music lyrics.
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Postby Ken Jennings » Wed May 14, 2008 1:48 pm

Just occurred to me that Tiffany Twisted is a good name for an adult film star (or would have been, 30 or so years ago).
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Postby PhygLeGuy » Wed May 14, 2008 5:42 pm

ArtVark wrote:I thought the biggest giveaway word in the quiz was Scaramouche. Tiffany-twisted is pretty unique too.

Hedgerow is right up there.
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Minus the Bear

Postby petethechop » Wed May 14, 2008 9:58 pm

One of my favorite bands right now, Minus the Bear, has a song with three exclamation marks three times in one title! The song is called Monkey!!! Knife!!! Fight!!!, which has nothing to do with monkeys, knives, or fighting. None of the song titles on that album (Highly Refined Pirates) have anything to do with the songs. What's even cooler is that the same album contains a song called Spritz!!! Spritz!!! quite possibly making them the most exclamatory band ever :!: :!: :!:

And they're from Seattle, so you should totally check them out.

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Postby Neel Mehta » Wed May 14, 2008 10:14 pm

Ken Jennings wrote:Just occurred to me that Tiffany Twisted is a good name for an adult film star (or would have been, 30 or so years ago).


Like all great ideas -- I guess -- it's already been done. "Tiffany Twisted" is the name of a book and a movie, both of the erotic nature.

I liked Matthew Baldwin's quiz (which I think is a transformative work) and thought of a few songs to add, but was wondering how one rearranges the lyrics of a song (and eliminates repetition) without, you know, doing any of the work. I found the Alphabetizer, but each word needs to be on a separate line for that to function properly.
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Postby Craig S. Cottingham » Wed May 14, 2008 11:04 pm

Neel Mehta wrote:but was wondering how one rearranges the lyrics of a song (and eliminates repetition) without, you know, doing any of the work.


perl -0777 -pe '$_=lc(join("\n", split(/\s+/)))' file_containing_lyrics.txt | sort | uniq

gets you close.
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Postby Joshua Kreitzer » Wed May 14, 2008 11:41 pm

Some more products of the entertainment world with multiple exclamation points:

Author! Author! (movie starring Al Pacino)
Duck! Rabbit, Duck! (cartoon with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Elmer Fudd)
Encore! Encore! (sitcom starring Nathan Lane)
Oh! Calcutta! (Broadway's 5th-longest running show)
See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang Yeah! City All Over, Go Ape Crazy (album by Bow Wow Wow) (I've seen various punctuations for this title, but all of them include at least two exclamation points)
"Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out)" (1962 single by Ernie Maresca)
Stop! Look! and Laugh! (Three Stooges compilation film)
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Postby jzerocsk » Thu May 15, 2008 4:52 am

If Double Jeopardy! becomes Double Jeopardy!! than Final Jeopardy! has to become zOMG Final Jeopardy!!!1!!1!one
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Postby braggtastic » Thu May 15, 2008 6:33 am

Love! Valour! Compassion! (1997 play also starring Nathan Lane-he's the go to actor for !)
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Postby Ken Jennings » Thu May 15, 2008 9:01 am

I guess I meant "multiple !!s in a row," not The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! kinds of titles. Though that's an interesting list too.

I love Minus the Bear! Didn't know about those two !!! songs. But the dirty derivation of their name ranks right up there with Steely Dan or (possibly apocryphally) 10cc.
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Postby grodney » Thu May 15, 2008 9:04 am

Craig S. Cottingham wrote:perl -0777 -pe '$_=lc(join("\n", split(/\s+/)))' file_containing_lyrics.txt | sort | uniq


Thanks. That was better than porn.
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Postby grodney » Thu May 15, 2008 9:45 am

I don't have real unix available at my fingertips, but could you do:
cat lyrics.txt | tr ' ' '\n' | sort | uniq

Or does that forget something that your perl is taking care of?
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Postby Craig S. Cottingham » Thu May 15, 2008 9:57 am

grodney wrote:I don't have real unix available at my fingertips, but could you do:
cat lyrics.txt | tr ' ' '\n' | sort | uniq

Or does that forget something that your perl is taking care of?

It looks like that produces roughly the same output. The only difference I can see at a casual glance is that the Perl expression is lowercasing words, so it won't report "baby" and "Baby" as separate words.

cat lyrics.txt | tr 'A-Z ' 'a-z\n' | sort | uniq

appears to clean that up. There's still the problem of stray punctuation (my sample file has commas at the end of some words, for instance), which I leave as an exercise for another reader.
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Postby grodney » Thu May 15, 2008 10:11 am

Ah, the lower-casing, very good. The stray punctuation could be gotten by sed or other means of course, or just pre-scrubbed by hand.

The whole thing can also be done by hand with Word/Excel/Word, and although it is several steps, it only takes a minute or two for a song.
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Postby rockgolf » Thu May 15, 2008 10:40 am

Ken Jennings wrote:I love Minus the Bear! Didn't know about those two !!! songs. But the dirty derivation of their name ranks right up there with Steely Dan or (possibly apocryphally) 10cc.


10cc & The Lovin' Spoonful both get their name from the normal measurement of a certain discharge.
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Postby TheConfessor » Thu May 15, 2008 11:02 am

rockgolf wrote:
Ken Jennings wrote:I love Minus the Bear! Didn't know about those two !!! songs. But the dirty derivation of their name ranks right up there with Steely Dan or (possibly apocryphally) 10cc.


10cc & The Lovin' Spoonful both get their name from the normal measurement of a certain discharge.

Gosh, I didn't know it was normal to measure it!!!

I didn't notice any explanation of the !!! group's name. What did I miss???
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