February 20, 2009
Friday random ten: You say it's your birthday

In honor of my birthday this week, here are ten songs related to birthdays, getting older, and stuff like that.

1. Birthday - The Beatles
2. Rock and Roll Never Forgets - Bob Seger
3. Happy Birthday - Weird Al Yankovic
4. Too Old To Rock And Roll, Too Young To Die - Jethro Tull
5. The Birthday Song - Asylum Street Spankers
6. Old, Fat, and Drunk - Austin Lounge Lizards
7. When I'm 64 - The Beatles
8. It's My Party (And I'll Cry If I Want To) - Leslie Gore
9. Glory Days - Bruce Springsteen
10. Still Crazy After All These Years - Paul Simon
11. The Birthday Dirge - various artists

The last one is the pinch to grow an inch. Which, once you get past the teenage years, doesn't seem quite as appealing. Nonetheless, here's a video of that last one for those who've never heard of it. I tried to find a sample of the Spankers song, which is done to the tune of the finale of the "William Tell Overture" and contains the line "You say it's your birthday, oh that much is true/But muggers and perverts and drunks have them, too", but came up empty. What songs get you in a mood to celebrate another trip around the sun?

Posted by Charles Kuffner on February 20, 2009 to Music

Happy birthday!

Posted by: valerie on February 20, 2009 2:55 PM

I have the Spankers birthday song done live from one of their shows on archive.org. You should check there--they have some very good shows up with some older material I'd never heard.

Posted by: Ginger Stampley on February 20, 2009 4:44 PM

Hi Kuff,this will be a long comment because I've been reading you during the Session on and off for years and have never said anything, so I'm due. Happy birthday to you, mine's this Monday, and am just relieved to have lived through the big five-oh. My favorite birthdayish song is Sixteen Again by the Buzzcocks. Here ya go:


Isn't that amazing? "Things in life are not played for keeps
If it makes you happy it'll make you weep..."

Just like you're sixteen again oh no.

Posted by: flawedplan on February 20, 2009 8:29 PM
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