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.

The ‘NOT-A-SHOWTUNE’ Song Challenge for November!

I’ve gone on the record, more than once, that I’m not a big fan of musicals. I especially dislike those “Oh, but you’ll like THIS musical, Tyler” musicals. The only musical I genuinely love is Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Otherwise, there are a handful I will tolerate because people close to me love them, but even then I will still periodically wince when the belting begins. God, I hate when singers belt, especially with those assembly line vocal styles that the Andrew Lloyd Webbers of the world have forced us to agree are “good.”

But, I digress. This is why, among other reasons, that this month is a collaboration! My great friend Courtney, who lives in the DC area with her husband, small son, and slightly smaller dog, happens to be a Broadway fanatic. In fact, the last time we collaborated on anything, it was in the DC theatre scene, notably the 2008 Hexagon show (for which she did plenty of the heavy vocal lifting, and I hid in the chorus with my mic turned down).

Anyway, ye grande lockdown(e) of 2020 gave us an excuse to collaborate once again. Her sister Marissa (also a DC friend, with whom I bonded over Sunny Day Real Estate and the Dismemberment Plan) started a Facebook group in which these song-a-day challenges have assumed a whole new life. It only made sense that Courtney draw from her musical theatre past and create a 30-day-challenge. Also, it was her birthday this past Thursday, so…

Download this, share it with your friends, make sure to hashtag #NotAShowtune, and wish Courtney a Happy Belated Birthday! Her Instagram handle is next to mine under the title.

The only rule is… just as obvious in the past few months. And yes, musicals that became more famous as movies count, too. You theatre nerds should know!