We here at the Back-Up Plan remain convinced that people's musical tastes can B used as a guide 2 make sweeping judgements about people U've just met (or never met), chart your future, select a potential mate, & pry in2 yr private emotional life in many other previously uncharted ways.
All U've gotta do is Dclare some of yr musical tastes -- or better yet (& safer), have some1 U know Dclare THEIRS.
This is another fun & educational game that U can all join in, & it starts by Dclaring yr favrite songs by a list of 21 iconic rock'n'rollers.
In this 1st section of R questionnaire, yr responses should B yr fave song by the listed artist, or the song by them that means the most 2 U emotionally (4 whatever reason), or the song that's had the biggest impact on U -- not necessarily their "best" work (such artistic considerations R outside the realm of R questionnaire). Don't think about yr responses 4 2 long -- 4 R purposes yr best response should B yr almost-immediate reaction.
The list of iconic rockers U R 2 provide fave picks 4 R: Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Beach Boys, The Who, Eric Clapton, The Monkees, Crosby/Stills/Nash&Young, Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Abba, Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, The Clash, U2, Michael Jackson &/or the Jackson 5, & Nirvana.
In the 2nd section of R questionnaire U R permitted 2 list 13 of yr fave songs by yr own fave artists, using the same criteria listed above 4 the batch of icons.
Clear as mud? Xcellent. Gluttons 4 punishment as always (& underpaid 2 boot), we at the Back-Up Plan made R own group choices & will Mbarrass Rselves by publishing them now. 1st the icons:
Elvis: "Promised Land"
Dylan: "Like a Rolling Stone" (sorta a standard choice, but undeniable musically)
Beatles: "Hello Goodbye" (1st Beatles we heard at an impressionable age)
Stones: "Tumbling Dice"
Stevie Wonder: "Higher Ground" (this after much arguing -- "I Was Made to Love Her" & "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing" R much loved by the staffers here)
Beach Boys: "Surf''s Up"
Who: "Behind Blue Eyes" (also after much arguing)
Eric Clapton: "Layla" (of course)
Monkees: "Daydream Believer" (w/ "Love is Only Sleeping," "Tapioca Tundra" & "Listen to the Band" fighting it out 4 2nd)
CSNY: "Teach Your Children"
Led Zeppelin: "Stairway to Heaven" (of course, but "Immigrant Song," "Battle of Evermore," "Over the Hills and Far Away," "Kashmir" & "The Rover" were all in the running)
Joni Mitchell: "Raised on Robbery"
Elton: "Love Lies Bleeding"
Paul McCartney: "Junior's Farm"
Abba: "Knowing Me, Knowing You"
Bruce Springsteen: "Born to Run" (of course)
Fleetwood Mac: "Silver Springs"
Clash: "Train in Vain (Stand By Me)" (w/ "This is Radio Clash" a close 2nd)
U2: "I Will Follow" (tho some staffers held out 4 "Sometimes You Can't Make it On Your Own")
Michael Jackson/Jackson 5: "Maybe Tomorrow"
Nirvana: "You Know You're Right"
R personal fave raves include:
Caravan: "The Dog, the Dog, He's At it Again"
Moody Blues: "You and Me"
Nick Drake: "Northern Sky"
Bangles: "Let it Go" ("Dover Beach" a close 2nd)
Go-Go's: "Can't Stop the World" (w/ "You Thought," "Forget That Day" & "Capture the Light" all in the running....)
Yes: "Your Move"
King Crimson: "Starless"
Badfinger: "Baby Blue"
Al Stewart: "Apple Cider Reconstitution"
Rush: "Time Stand Still"
Fairport Convention: "Come All Ye" (w/ "I'll Keep it With Mine" a close 2nd)
...From this list, U can project that the staffers here at the Back-Up Plan R basically schizophrenic, & notta whole lotta fun on dates. Suckers 4 '70s rock, they live w/ shattered illusions ("Baby Blue") & Xpect 2 have even more of them shattered in the near-future ("You Know You're Right," "Maybe Tomorrow").
Aware of the cosmic enormity of life & love ("You and Me," "Northern Sky"), they R at best nihilistic about their chances 4 the future ("Starless"). But that doesn't mean they won't keep trying ("Higher Ground").
They Xpect 2 continue 2 B disappointed at love ("Silver Springs," "Knowing Me, Knowing You," "Love Lies Bleeding"), but nevertheless hope that it will somehow save them in the Nd ("Layla," "Daydream Believer," "Breathless").
Nostalgic 2 a fault ("Time Stand Still," "Promised Land," "Like a Rolling Stone"), harmless & dreamy ("Apple Cider Reconstitution," "Your Move," "Stairway to Heaven," "Raised On Robbery"), they apparently would B happiest just Bing part of the band ("Come All Ye"), & occasionally would B happiest running away & hiding ("Let it Go," "Can't Stop the World").
("The Dog, the Dog" gets in2 emotional areas we R not going 2 discuss in this post.)
...They also apparently spend a great deal of their time going round & round in circles -- the only possible interpretation 4 "Hello Goodbye" Bing in this list.
Neat trick, huh? Amateur psychoanalysis is EZ & fun & can B done 4 free in yr own home. Now U can try it!
Use it 2 chart-out what yr so-called friends R REALLY like.
Can also B used 2 test a potential mate: If U & the test-subject choose summa the same songs, obviously U're compatible ... at least on SOME level. If U don't, obviously U're NOT. We call this "The Bronx Match."
Try this revealing test on yrself, close friends or potential loved 1's & C what it reveals 4 U!
Be sure & let us know what some of the results were!
(...but please don't Xpect us 2 appear in court. The Back-Up Plan is not responsible 4 the results or ramifications of said results from this test....)