Mar 252014


In honor of cliffsofinsanity’s recent inclusion of “Indiana Wants Me” in this week’s Saturday Night Shut In, I thought that we couldn’t be regionalist, and that it would be important to consider all of our wonderful (some more wonderful than others) 50 states. Please include a song title that includes a state’s name. Once a state is mentioned, it’s out of the running.

This is a Last Man Standing with no more than 50 entries.

I’ll start out with Propellerheads’ “Take California.”


  68 Responses to “The (Sonic) License Plate Game”

  1. Can we exclude all songs by bands who have made entire albums with songs about each state? I suspect They Might Be Giants and that indie-rock guy who was big about 8 years ago – not Conor Oberst, but the other guy who made some albums with state name titles – may need to be excluded. They would make this too easy.

  2. Enough rules. Let’s get it on!

    “Oklahoma, USA,” The Kinks.


  3. diskojoe

    “Massachusetts”, The Bee Gees

  4. cherguevarra

    CSN – Ohio

  5. Lyle Lovett – North Dakota

  6. “Kansas” – The Wolfgang Press

  7. 15 Years in Indiana – Jack Logan

  8. H. Munster

    Private Idaho — The B 52s

  9. mockcarr

    Texas Jailcell – Jon Wayne

  10. 2000 Man

    Kentucky Woman

  11. “By the Time I Get to Arizona” -Public Enemy

  12. Montana – Frank Zappa

  13. “Delaware” -Drop Nineteens

  14. cliff sovinsanity

    Saginaw Michigan – Lefty Freizzell

  15. cherguevarra

    Tennessee – Arrested Development

  16. 2000 Man

    New York State of Mind. I think Billy is singing about the city, but it clearly says New York State in the title.

  17. cherguevarra

    Midnight Train to Georgia!

  18. cliff sovinsanity

    Florida – Modest Mouse

  19. “New Hampshire” – Sonic Youth

  20. ladymisskirroyale

    Jack White and Loretta Lynn – Portland, Oregon

  21. Pennsylvania Polka.

    “Polka? I hardly knowa!”

  22. ladymisskirroyale

    Colorado – Grizzly Bear

  23. Pick your preposition:

    Moonlight In Vermont – Frank Sinatra

    Moonlight On Vermont – Captain Beefheart

  24. Mississippi Queen!

    If you know what I mean.

  25. Blossom Dearie – Rhode Island is Famous for You


  26. I love swooping in and stealing a Stones title before CDM takes it! Come on down.

    Sweet Virginia.

  27. Jersey Girl – Tom Waits

  28. Along the lines of “NY State of Mind”

    “Washington Bullets” Clash


  29. “Fly Hawaii” – Luke Vibert & B.J. Cole

  30. “Louisiana 1927” Randy Newman


  31. H. Munster

    “North to Alaska” — Johnny Horton

  32. cherguevarra

    Connecticuts like a knife by Ryan Adams.

  33. Broooce – Mary, Queen Of Arkansas

  34. The Dictators — “The Minnesota Strip”

  35. ladymisskirroyale

    I’ll follow up RaoulG’s Washington and post:

    Washington DC by the Magnetic Fields

  36. ladymisskirroyale

    Ok, musically-inclined geography buffs, we’re still looking for:

    South Dakota
    West Virginia
    North Carolina
    South Carolina

    Creativity is encouraged!

  37. “Nebraska” – Springsteen

  38. Dar Williams – Iowa

  39. Reno, Nevada – Fairport Convention

  40. “South Dakota” – Liz Phair’s Girly songs rewrite of Iggy Pop’s “Funtime”

    “Gonna get drunk and fuck some cows.”

  41. Vonda Shepard — “Maryland”

  42. The Captain scores twice!

    Zappa & Beefheart – Poofter’s Froth Wyoming Plans Ahead

  43. “Missouri” – Low

  44. Johnsburg, Illinois – Tom Waits

  45. “Creativity”?

    Howzabout two birds with one stone?

    “Oh Carolina” Shaggy


  46. Parquet Courts – N Dakota

  47. cliff sovinsanity

    Salt Pork, West Virginia – Louis Jordan

  48. general slocum

    Ornamental Wigwam’s “Wisconsin.”

  49. general slocum

    Union Carbide (West Virginia version) by The Revolting Cocks (still a toe-tapper!) This would never have come to mind if I hadn’t been archiving some lps into the computer recently…

  50. general slocum

    Jerry Reed’s “Welcome to Nevada” from the soundtrack to Vanishing Point. Love that whole record.

  51. “Utah Me Down” – Flamin’ Groovies

  52. ladymisskirroyale

    That leaves Maine for the Last Man Standing!


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