Mike Schilling

Mike has been a software engineer far longer than he would like to admit. He has strong opinions on baseball, software, science fiction, comedy, contract bridge, and European history, any of which he's willing to share with almost no prompting whatsoever.

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  1. Avatar Michael Cain says:

    A number in both the song title, and the band name. A Three Dog Night anecdote… a small teacher’s college in Nebraska had booked a band a year and something in advance for their annual spring fling thing. Between the time they booked the band and the fling, the band turned into Three Dog Night and had at least one top-ten hit. TDN didn’t play the gig at the college, but did arrange for a replacement and paid all the costs.


  2. Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

    First one that comes to my mind.


  3. Avatar Em Carpenter says:

    Three hits to
    the heart, son
    and its pooooooe-etry
    in mo-tion.


  4. A go to when working/cooking/chilling out, one of those that lots of folks have heard and many don’t even know the title. Take Five, Dave Brubeck and fun to dig for since they never played it the same way twice.


  5. Avatar Aaron David says:

    Whiskey Town – 16 days


  6. Avatar Slade the Leveller says:

    New Model Army – 225. Still going strong after 35 years. I took my username from the lead singer.

    This golden age of communication
    Means everyone talks at the same time


  7. Avatar Saul Degraw says:

    Three Girl Rhumba by Wire

    Disco 2000 by Pulp

    Can’t post videos right nowReport

  8. Avatar Doctor Jay says:

    This was a big influence on me, seeing as I was a trumpet player. Also, Terry Kath’s guitar player is still to die for.


  9. Avatar Reformed Republican says:

    I cannot really say favorite, but not many songs with numbers came into my head.


    • Avatar Slade the Leveller says:

      Here’s one from a group you (IIRC) introduced me to on one of the dear departed Glyph’s listening parties.


  10. Avatar Mike Dwyer says:

    Re: The OP…

    I’m a huge Who fan and this is one of my favorites. I used to imagine this scenario where a school held a Back to School talent show and one of the not-so-cool kids had learned to play guitar and sing over the summer, and maybe grown his hair out a bit. He plays that first stanza with a lone spotlight on him to let the other kids know, they are going to figure out he is cool too. Then that second verse comes in, the drums fire up, spotlight expands to the whole stage and some of the other not-so-cool kids learned to play over the summer too. Suck it popular kids, we rock!

    Perhaps I watched too many episodes of Glee…

    As for a number song, this one still makes me happy:


    • Avatar Jaybird says:

      Remember how long ago and far away Woodstock felt in 1994 at the 25th Anniversary Concert?

      Well, the 50th Anniversary is coming up!Report

      • Avatar Mike Dwyer says:

        Ugh. Don’t remind me. That was the summer before my sophomore year of college and the year I became a dad. I’m too young to have a 25 year-old anything.Report

      • Avatar Michael Cain says:

        Hey! I’m old enough to remember Woodstock, even if I was a couple years too young to undertake going.

        I was talking with my daughter the other day, and she suddenly realized that her daughters have a still-living great-grandmother who remembers when electricity arrived in her small Iowa town.Report

    • I picture almost any Who song Townshend sings himself that way. When he wants to be cool, he morphs into Roger Daltrey.Report

  11. Avatar PD Shaw says:

    Not their best, but the best lullaby of all.


  12. Avatar Pinky says:

    From Jethro Tull’s “Minstrel in the Gallery”, two songs back-to-back: One White Duck, and Zero to the Tenth Power Equals Nothing at All. The latter is clever; the former is as beautiful as anything ever written.


  13. And of course this one which has been unfortunately played half to death.


    • Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

      Oh no, it’s been played all the way to death, resurrected, played to death again, and is currently enjoying Lich status.Report

    • Avatar Slade the Leveller says:

      But it has the huge advantage of having an instantly recognizable, and easy to play, bass line, which I’ve used to my advantage.Report

  14. Avatar Jaybird says:

    In honor of May Day:


  15. Avatar George Turner says:

    Testing a wide-screen video.


    • Avatar Jaybird says:

      …you couldn’t have tested a wide-screen video with a number in the title?Report

      • Avatar George Turner says:

        Well, it would probably take a pretty big number to require wide screen.

        On Youtube that clip shoots almost all the way to the right margin, which is highly unusual. Not sure why they coded that, but it obviously exists as an option for any artist.Report

  16. Avatar Jaybird says:

    While driving home, I remembered my absolute favorite number-in-the-title song:


  17. Avatar Brandon Berg says:

    Tim Buckley’s Phantasmagoria in Two: The non-falsetto version.


  18. Avatar Maribou says:

    I waited a few days to respond to this one because I could tell my answer wasn’t coming to mind – like other things were coming to mind but not my REAL answer.

    This is it: