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. ladymisskirroyale

    I’ll take those rules. And you mean Sufjan Stevens?

  3. Yes, he’s the other Boy Genius I was thinking of. Thanks!

  4. Enough rules. Let’s get it on!

    “Oklahoma, USA,” The Kinks.


  5. diskojoe

    “Massachusetts”, The Bee Gees

  6. cherguevara

    CSN – Ohio

  7. Lyle Lovett – North Dakota

  8. “Kansas” – The Wolfgang Press

  9. 15 Years in Indiana – Jack Logan

  10. H. Munster

    Private Idaho — The B 52s

  11. mockcarr

    Texas Jailcell – Jon Wayne

  12. 2000 Man

    Kentucky Woman

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

  14. Montana – Frank Zappa

  15. “Delaware” -Drop Nineteens

  16. cliff sovinsanity

    Saginaw Michigan – Lefty Freizzell

  17. cherguevara

    Tennessee – Arrested Development

  18. cherguevara

    That there is a beautiful song, and a stunning recording by George Massenburg.

  19. 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.

  20. cherguevara

    Midnight Train to Georgia!

  21. cliff sovinsanity

    Florida – Modest Mouse

  22. “New Hampshire” – Sonic Youth

  23. ladymisskirroyale

    First one I thought of (unfortunately).

  24. ladymisskirroyale

    That’s the other song I was thinking of.

  25. ladymisskirroyale

    Jack White and Loretta Lynn – Portland, Oregon

  26. Pennsylvania Polka.

    “Polka? I hardly knowa!”

  27. ladymisskirroyale

    Colorado – Grizzly Bear

  28. Pick your preposition:

    Moonlight In Vermont – Frank Sinatra

    Moonlight On Vermont – Captain Beefheart

  29. Mississippi Queen!

    If you know what I mean.

  30. Blossom Dearie – Rhode Island is Famous for You


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

    Sweet Virginia.

  32. Jersey Girl – Tom Waits

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

    “Washington Bullets” Clash


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

  35. “Louisiana 1927” Randy Newman


  36. Kudos! I suspected my sig would prompt a Beach Boys nom


  37. H. Munster

    “North to Alaska” — Johnny Horton

  38. cherguevara

    Connecticuts like a knife by Ryan Adams.

  39. Nice!

    “New Mexico” – Brightblack

  40. Broooce – Mary, Queen Of Arkansas

  41. cherguevara

    That was a joke, btw!

  42. The Dictators — “The Minnesota Strip”

  43. ladymisskirroyale

    And an excellent one at that…

  44. ladymisskirroyale

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

    Washington DC by the Magnetic Fields

  45. ladymisskirroyale

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

    South Dakota
    West Virginia
    North Carolina
    South Carolina

    Creativity is encouraged!

  46. “Nebraska” – Springsteen

  47. Dar Williams – Iowa

  48. Reno, Nevada – Fairport Convention

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

    “Gonna get drunk and fuck some cows.”

  50. Vonda Shepard — “Maryland”

  51. The Captain scores twice!

    Zappa & Beefheart – Poofter’s Froth Wyoming Plans Ahead

  52. “Missouri” – Low

  53. Johnsburg, Illinois – Tom Waits

  54. “Creativity”?

    Howzabout two birds with one stone?

    “Oh Carolina” Shaggy


  55. Parquet Courts – N Dakota

  56. cliff sovinsanity

    Salt Pork, West Virginia – Louis Jordan

  57. general slocum

    Ornamental Wigwam’s “Wisconsin.”

  58. 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…

  59. general slocum

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

  60. “Utah Me Down” – Flamin’ Groovies

  61. 2000 Man

    Ugh! That took me a second and once I got it, well, ugh.

  62. ladymisskirroyale

    Points for creativity…I’ll take it!

  63. ladymisskirroyale

    That leaves Maine for the Last Man Standing!


  64. ladymisskirroyale

    How about Roxy Music – The Main(e) Thing ???

  65. Or Frank Sinatra – Charmaine…

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