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Song to move house to

PostPosted: Sun Dec 14, 2008 1:45 am
by taiyo no otosan
Hands up who spotted I've been absent from the forum for a while.....

...hmm....oh well.

Anyway, I've been chaotically busy preparing to move house. Still am, in fact. It's all getting a bit manic.

Now, if there is anything I know about this forum, it's this:

1. You like making lists.
2. You like making lists.

And, as I'm sure you'd all like to be involved in my huge upheaval, how about you start up a list of songs to move house to? It could take your minds off of other, more contentious threads.

Of course, if anybody fancies popping round to lug some boxes or drive a van, feel free. The sushi and Kirin are on me.

Re: Song to move house to

PostPosted: Sun Dec 14, 2008 2:20 am
by joel
taiyo no otosan wrote:Of course, if anybody fancies popping round to lug some boxes or drive a van, feel free. The sushi and Kirin are on me.
Sushi... from Aizu Wakamatsu... um... I'd love to help, you know that, but by the the time I made it through the snow drifts it would be Spring already.

PostPosted: Sun Dec 14, 2008 2:39 am
by Adam Blake
I've got a cd of old boogie woogie piano with all the old masters on it - Meade Lux Lewis, Albert Ammons, Pinetop Smith, Cripple Clarence Lofton, you know, the real guys - and I tell you it is absolutely indispensable for moving house. You bung it on and you get to it...

PostPosted: Sun Dec 14, 2008 2:42 am
by MurkeyChris
Oh that vital selection, which CDs do you leave out until the last possible moment. Been there and it's not easy...!

PostPosted: Sun Dec 14, 2008 3:19 am
by Jonathan E.
I find Parliament to be one of the best bands for doing almost any boring domestic task to, especially vacuuming. I think they'd work great for moving. Also, perhaps, King Sunny Ade — or other juju. And surely some soukous.

PostPosted: Sun Dec 14, 2008 4:59 am
by joel
Hoovering has its own special music in our household: Radio Tarifa's first album.

Re: Song to move house to

PostPosted: Sun Dec 14, 2008 5:22 am
by judith
taiyo no otosan wrote:Hands up who spotted I've been absent from the forum for a while.....


I did. Partly because I'd wanted to ask you, or Joel, about Japanese music. But I'm too lazy right now.

"Moving Day" by the Holy Modal Rounders. I moved a lot at one time and this damn song always got stuck in my head. Actually though, for packing boxes, I'd play something with a nice, easy flowing rhythm, like Ali Farka Toure. If I wanted to get a bounce in my step, like for loading up the boxes into the van, I'd put on Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - with lots of hand clapping going on.

Is the new abode cozy and homey?

PostPosted: Sun Dec 14, 2008 10:27 am
by DavidM
How about "Packing Up" by the Zion Travelers. From 1961, a great upbeat gospel number;
"Packing up, I'm getting ready to go...."

PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 1:16 am
by Gordon Neill
Moving house can be a traumatic time. The uncertainty about the future, the confusion of searching for all your possessions and packing. Then there's the second thoughts about moving at all, the determination to go hrough with it, and the long journey. Only to find that the new house is not in the best of areas, and the door won't open. Thankfully a woman comes to the rescue and, despite finding that the house is haunted and wanting to go back, taiyo no otosan manages to make the best of it...

Do you know where you’re going to Diana Ross
Song from under the floorboards magazine
Up on the roof The Drifters
Mixed up confusion bob Dylan
Stay Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs
You Don’t Have To Go Jimmy Reed
You Got To Move Rolling Stones
Go Now Bessie Banks or Moody Blues
Keys to the Highway Big Bill Broonzy
Hit the Road Jack Ray Charles
Don’t Look Back John Lee Hooker
Long And Winding Road Beatles
The Dark End of the Street James Carr
Let Me In The Sensations
Keep On Knockin’ (But You Can’t Come In) Little Richard
Ain’t Got No Home Clarence Frogman Henry
She Came In Through The Bathroom Window The Beatles
There’s A Ghost In My House R Dean Taylor
Feel Like Going Home Charlie Rich
Bring It On Home To Me Sam Cooke
Wherever I lay my Hat That’s My Home Marvin Gaye or Paul Young
Home In Your Heart Solomon Burke
Baby Let’s Play House Elvis Presley

PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 1:41 am
by Jonathan E.
I don't suppose "Burning Down The House" by Talking Heads would be a very good suggestion, would it? "Houses In Motion" would definitely be better.

PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 7:21 am
by uiwangmike
For cases where the move was unilateral . . .
The Grand Tour
http://kr.youtube.com/watch?v=ebMWSrTjQCw

PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 8:25 am
by DavidM
I suppose if we're talking about a life packed into boxes there's "Soldier's Things" by Tom Waits, from his Swordfish Trombones album.

PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 10:05 am
by Charlie
Gordon Neill wrote:Keep On Knockin’ (But You Can’t Come In) Little Richard

Fantastic list, Gordon, but you have made Richard more grammatical than he would have been comfortable with. 'Keep A-Knockin'' is how I recall it.

Makes me think of:
Crazy Little Mama (Came Knock, Knock, Knockin' on my Door) by the El Doradoes
and various New Orlens songs about knocking on doors by Smiley Lewis, The Spiders and Bobby Charles

and are there not several songs about the girl next door?

PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 10:17 am
by Nigel w
Taiyo, I hope you are moving to a trendy loft conversion in the cutting- edge part of town. But if you've had to settle for something more modest in suburbia you could try a bit of Pete Seeger:


Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes made of ticky-tacky,
Little boxes, little boxes,
Little boxes, all the same.
There's a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one
And they're all made out of ticky-tacky
And they all look just the same.



And if the going gets really tough and you're beginning to wonder why you bothered at all, you could try Dylan's Lke A Roling Stone or The Temps' singing Papa Was A Rollin Stone (wherever he hung his hat was his home)...

PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 10:28 am
by Rob Hall
There's also:

I'm Movin' On - Ray Charles
A House Is Not A Home - Dionne Warwick (and others)
I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts of Town - Ray Charles (and others)
Movin' n Groovin' - Duane Eddy
Ain't Nothin' Goin' On (But The Rent) - Gwen Guthrie
Dear Landlord - Bob Dylan
The House That Jack Built - Aretha Franklyn
Building A Home - The Pursuasions (the best of the lot, imo)