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Saturday, September 24, 2021

Time’s up, y’all. The answer to the “Guess My Ringtone” post is:

a) KC and the Sunshine Band - “That’s The Way (I Like It)”

What can I say, I’m a sucker for the classics. Congrats to David and Chuck for guessing correctly. And thanks to everyone who took a swipe at it.

I actually do own the other three songs:

b) The Go-Go’s - “Vacation”

c) Public Enemy - “Louder Than A Bomb”

d) Sleater-Kinney - “Oh!”

But I’m not sure how they’d do as ringtones. As cutesy and stylized as we’d like to get with what bursts out of our cellphones, the key criterion would have to be audibility: I’d like to hear the damned thing ringing, and very loudly (can’t tell you how many calls I’ve missed because I couldn’t hear the ringer in a hectic environment). Any mp3 can be clipped to that the loudest portion does duty for the 15 seconds of ringing time, but I’d opt for less work and go with a tune that already has a loud opening riff.

By that standard, “Louder Than A Bomb” doesn’t work, as it has a soft, gentle gospel opening (contrast for effect, of course). “Vacation” might work, except the opening is too treble-y. “Oh!” might do nicely, except the opening takes several seconds to really gear up.

I put together a list (in no particular order) a while back of the best options from my music collection for use as cellphone ringers. Some I’ve used, others I doubt I’ll ever use, but see what you think:

1. The Jeffersons theme

2. Duran Duran - Hungry Like the Wolf

3. Fat Albert theme

4. Veruca Salt - Seether

5. Smashing Pumpkins - Zero

6. REM - Driver 8

7. Midnight Oil - Dreamworld

8. Liz Phair - Supernova

9. Jackson 5 - Shake Your Body

10. Go Gos - Vacation & Head Over Heels

11. Faith Hill - This Kiss

12. Erasure - Stop

13. Emotions - You’ve Got the Best of My Love

14. Elvis Costello - Radio Radio

15. Chic - Le Freak

16. Britney Spears - Toxic

17. Blondie - Sunday Girl

18. Blink 182 - All the Small Things

19. Beck - Devil’s Haircut

20. Beastie Boys - Intergalactic

21. Bananarama - Venus

22. ABBA - Dancing Queen

Nothing if not diverse. I’m leaning toward “Seether” next time.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 09/24/2005 12:47:31 PM
Category: Pop Culture, Question Time!, Tech
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