Twenty questions; or, a soundtrack for my movie

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The dreaded Soundtrack Shuffle Meme, via Tim Pratt.


  1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
  2. Put it on shuffle
  3. Press play
  4. For every question, type the song that's playing
  5. When you go to a new question, press the next button
  6. Don't lie and try to pretend you're cool...

So, I shift over to my Rock-O-Dex browser window, choose Advanced Search, set Limit to 20, and press Shuffle.1 Here we go!

[sound of needle dropping]

Opening Credits
"Too Fast for You" by The Church, from Hindsight 1980-1987

Waking Up
"Ballet for a Rainy Day" by XTC, from Skylarking

First Day at School
"Country Feedback" by R.E.M., from Out of Time

Falling in Love
"Haiti 2003" by P.R.E. the Prefessional, from Mixtape

Fight Song
"Ray's Rockhouse" by The Manhattan Transfer (w/Jon Hendricks), from Vocalese

Breaking Up
"Over the Hillside" by The Blue Nile, from Hats

"It Will Be a Good Day (The River)" by Yes, from The Ladder

Life Is Good
"Humoreske, Op. 20, No. 7: Zum Beschluß" by Robert Schumann, performed by Imogen Cooper, from BBC Music Vol. III No. 10: Imogen Cooper Plays Schumann & Brahms

Mental Breakdown
"I Don't Believe" by Paul Simon (w/Brian Eno), from Surprise

"Alice Childress" by Ben Folds Five, from Ben Folds Five

"Get Up off Our Knees" by The Housemartins, from London 0 Hull 4

Getting Back Together
"Strict Machine" by Goldfrapp, from the Robots Attack! mix by Bex

download a version of this track "Stupid Is the New Smart" by Ken Ficara (w/Mike Skliar) (live in Toronto)

Paying the Dues
"One Line Wonder" by The Avett Brothers, from the Irish Departure from a Strange America: Josh Says Goodbye (Maybe) mix by Josh McCuen

Scenes in the Country The Night Before the War
"Socio-Genetic Experiment" by The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, from my Scenes in the Country mix

Final Battle
"Cinema Novo" by Caetano Veloso & Gilberto Gil, from Tropicália 2

Moment of Triumph
"Just a Test" by Beastie Boys, from Hello Nasty

Death Scene
"Black Cadillacs" by Modest Mouse, from Good News for People Who Love Bad News

Funeral Song
"Radio" by Pitty Sing, from SXSW 2005 Showcasing Artist

End Credits
"Is Your Love Strong Enough" (from Legend) by Bryan Ferry, from the Attack of the 50 Foot Soundtrack mix by Ben Herman

[sound of needle lifting]

Houston, I think we have a new mix disc. (And at 1:22:32, it would work with just a little judicious editing.) I'm a little startled and disappointed, though, that the soundtrack includes no jazz at all. I guess that's only about an eighth of my collection, but still.

1The odd thing is, I rarely listen to my full library on shuffle. Sometimes I will shuffle a particular artist or musical subgenre, or choose a set of albums to shuffle through for a party soundtrack, but almost never do I set the full 44,000-track library to shuffle. But when I happened across Tim's post, I was at that very moment listening to a 13-track selection playing randomly from the full library. Weird.

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