My #NotaShowtune Song Challenge Results for November

Thanks again to Courtney for coming up with the vast majority of these! I’m so glad to be able to collaborate with her, even from afar. Since I’m hardly a Broadway expert, I wasn’t at all tempted to break this month’s rule, but it also sent me down a musicological path where I started wondering “what IS a showtune?” Because you could make arguments that certain pop songs that were never technically in stage musicals are still showtunes in the sense that ‘Die Hard’ is a Christmas movie.

Anyway, here is the matrix, for reference, and my list, below:

  1. Spinal Tap – “Gimme Some Money”
  2. Airiel – “In Your Room”
  3. The Coup / Dead Prez – “Get Up”
  4. Leadbelly – “The Bourgeois Blues”
  5. Richard Marx – “Endless Summer Nights”
  6. Carl Douglas – “Dance the Kung Fu” (the little-remembered miiiiilking-it follow-up to his legendary one hit wonder)
  7. American Steel – “Maria” (this song is so good, I’ll go out of my way to link it here)
  8. The Stone Roses – “I Wanna be Adored”
  9. The Field Mice – “Emma’s House”
  10. Rob Zombie – “Dragula”
  11. ABBA – “Mamma Mia”
  12. Scissor Sisters – “Take Your Mama”
  13. The Zombies – “Beechwood Park”
  14. Steve Martin – “Late for School”
  15. The Chicks – “Gaslighter”
  16. The Queers – “Everything’s OK”
  17. Gang of Four – “Guns or Butter”
  18. Red City Radio – “Where We’re Going We Don’t Need Roads”
  19. The Pietasters – “Girl Take It Easy”
  20. A.C. Newman – “Drink to Me Babe Then”
  21. Groovie Ghoulies – “Hair of Gold (and Skin of Blue)”
  22. The Hextalls – “I’m the Best (in Bed)”
  23. Fountains of Wayne – “Valley Winter Song” (RIP Adam Schlesinger)
  24. Jens Lekman – “I Know What Love Isn’t” (feat. Busman’s Holiday!)
  25. Jaya the Cat – “Shit Jobs for Rock”
  26. The Get Up Kids – “I’m a Loner, Dottie, a Rebel”
  27. Lungfish – “Put Your Hand in my Hand” (I had to go with Moss Icon on Instagram, since Dischord’s catalog isn’t on there)
  28. New Order – “Touched by the Hand of God”
  29. Poison – “Talk Dirty to Me”
  30. Jets to Brazil – “Cat Heaven”

Thanks for playing and your continued support, everybody. The December Song Challenge will go up here tomorrow at 8am ET. Here is a clue to your December theme, below. It’s a bad clue, because almost everybody who loves the featured artist will immediately get it, but a clue nonetheless. NO (public) GUESSES.

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