Sunday, April 06, 2008

Leper Pop Census

To better serve our readers and provide a more detailed prospectus to our advertisers, it's time for the Leper Pop census. This week we will be examining the age of our readership. Instead of directly asking how old you are, since people seem to have a hang up about that kind of stuff, we'll try to make it both fun and anonymous for you.

So pretend you're on American Idol. Go ahead. Feel it. It sucks selling out doesn't it? But think how good it will feel when you get a recording contract while all those people that made fun of you for being in every musical in high school are getting up at 6 a.m. to go to some crappy job. Are you feeling it yet? (Also a question I've had to ask more girls than I care to admit.) Okay, so you're on stage wearing your "Simon Can Suck It" t-shirt and you have to sing a song that was in the top ten the week you were born.

You go to the following website where some guy kindly compiled all the charts since the 50's for us. Thanks, Randy. Click on your decade, your year, then your week and let us know in the comments which song you picked. Feel free to remain anonymous, but please play along. In fact, you have to under penalty of law. If you're older than 58 just put down something by Perry Como.

Cash Box Top 100

I'll go first. Roger Miller - King of the Road


gb said...

Tie (so sue me).

Oh Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison
Everybody Loves Somebody - Dean Martin

keysunset said...

OH man! All the songs posted so far are fabulous.

Since it's a song I'm supposed to sing I can't pick Take Five - Dave Brubeck.

So -

Please Mr. Postman - the Marvelettes

Anonymous said...

Leper Lurker says...

"I'm a believer" by the Monkees.

Can I pretend to be younger by "making it my own" and performing the Smashmouth version instead?

lim said...

I didn't think A Hard Day's Night would highlight my superior vocals,so,

People - Barbra Streisand

It appears that male singers dominated the charts back in the olden days.

del said...

The Twist, Chubby Checker.

Wow, by my birthday week, the song had spent 38 weeks on the chart. Nowadays, a song is lucky to spend 38 days on the chart. Times, they are a changin'.

Moist Rub said...

With a bullet -


HR said...

Love Is Blue (L’Amour Est Bleu) - Paul Mauriat & Orchestra

I have no idea what that is, but apparently the hippies liked to smoke pot to it.

I think I might use it for my long program at the olympics.

Enas Yorl said...

"Let It Be" by the Beatles. Blech

Gina said...

I'll go with Lonely Boy by Andrew Gold.

I'm not really a boy. I hope that is not a problem

HY said...

You know this is very scary, right?

The song that was number 1 when I was born isn't even a song I could sing - it's The Third Man Theme!

They don't actually list a top 10 for that year. But maybe I could sing a couple of the other #1s: Goodnight Irene or Mona Lisa.

Anonymous said...

You ain't got a pick the number one song. You can pick any in the top ten.

Cain't you read right?

Anonymous said...

Battle of New Orleans -- Johnny Horton

Sweet. Give it a punk beat and a death growl and I can totally own that.

ll said...

Battle of the Green Berets - SSgt Barry something-or-other.

Because I'm such a patriot and all.

ll said...

Oops. That would be "The BALLAD" not battle but it's the same thing.

HY said...

It's not a question of not reading - it's a question of eyesight going at my advanced age.

Finally found the link to the billboard rankings top ten - and I don't think I've ever heard of more than 1 or 2 of them and those were instrumentals. Since I don't play an instrument - I'm sticking with my original choices.

Now to go find some better glasses.

Anonymous said...

Valleri - Monkees

I LOVE this song.