Sunday, September 09, 2007

An iTunes Word Search: "Star"

When a song contains the word "star," what is the songwriter talking about?
  1. All Star Funk (Bootsy Collins)
  2. All the Stars are Falling (The Tear Garden)
  3. Beloved Movie Star (Stan Ridgway)
  4. Biggest Star (The Elected)
  5. Brightest Star (The Legendary Pink Dots)
  6. Catch a Fallen Star (Marc and the Mambas)
  7. Child Star (Marc Almond)
  8. The Darkest Star (Depeche Mode)
  9. Dog Star (Klaatu)
  10. Dogstar Man (Meat Beat Manifesto)
  11. Filmstar (Suede)
  12. Flesh Star (My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult)
  13. I've Told Every Little Star (Linda Scott)
  14. Manic Star (Conjure One)
  15. Moon and Stars (Nits)
  16. Mothership Connection -- Star Child (Parliament)
  17. She's a Star (James)
  18. Soul Mate Rock 'n' Roll Star (Mary 5e)
  19. Star (Curve)
  20. Star (Erasure)
  21. Star Spangled Banner (Red House Painters)
  22. Starchild (Level 42)
  23. Starless and Bible Black (King Crimson)
  24. Starlight (Stars of Stage and Screen)
  25. Starmartyr (My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult)
  26. Stars (The Weepies)
  27. Stars Ablaze (Red Ram)
  28. The Stars on 11 (Yoko Casionos)
  29. Stars on Sunday (The Legendary Pink Dots)
  30. The Stars That Surround You (Monster Movie)
  31. The Stars We Are (Marc Almond)
  32. Starstation Earth (Banco de Gaia)
  33. Stereostar (Madrid)
  34. Superstar (Daybehavior)
  35. Til the Stars Fall (Strange Advance)
  36. Top Star (Komeda)
  37. Vein of Stars (The Flaming Lips)
  38. Wannabe Superstar (Ivana F.)
  39. We Are All Made of Stars (Moby)
  40. You're a Star (Josie and the Pussycats)
  41. Ziggy Stardust (Bauhaus)
Holy cow, that's a lot of stars! And go figure that Marc Almond would be in there twice (with a "tragic" view of stars: superstars that are also falling stars, bright and distant) as well as My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult (sexy/'70s/pop-porn-film stars).

Otherwise, what do these songs say about star metaphors? Fame, prestige, apocalypse, fairy tales, ambition, specialness, spooky universal mystery, tragedy, and wishing.

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