Musings on the byways of popular culture
27/05/2017 by Steerpike 119 Comments
27/05/2017 at 15:53
Vulpes Vulpes says
27/05/2017 at 15:54
I’m willin’ this to be a Little Feat number.
Rigid Digit says
27/05/2017 at 15:55
Is this the way to Amarillo?
27/05/2017 at 16:08
Well that didn’t last long. Foxy is the winner. For such a great song it’s kinda disappointing to learn that what I imagined was Homer like journeying is actually like my taking a day trip to Southend and back.
27/05/2017 at 16:31
Come on people! More map/geography/ photo clue quiz questions, please.
27/05/2017 at 17:13
This is easy peasy but it may inspire others to have a shot and keep this thread rolling along.
View post on imgur.com
27/05/2017 at 17:25
If Iron Maiden did a cover version would it be re-titled
Route 666 The Highway Of The Beast
27/05/2017 at 20:51
I hadn’t realised that if one was travelling away from LA towards Phoenix, you would be taking Route 66.
The song I was hoping for is by Glen Campbell.
27/05/2017 at 20:55
On second thoughts (and further investigation) you may be right and I’m a dullard – Route 66 doesn’t go through Phoenix (unless I’ve effed up again)
27/05/2017 at 23:32
I’ve always preferred this version…
27/05/2017 at 17:29
London NW8 9AY
27/05/2017 at 17:36
27/05/2017 at 17:55
Duh, penny just droppped.
27/05/2017 at 18:29
The B507 to be (annoyingly) precise
27/05/2017 at 17:49
That would be Abbey Road.
27/05/2017 at 17:50
24 hours from Tulsa.
27/05/2017 at 17:58
Pointless, possibly uninteresting trivia:
I discovered that if you approached Tulsa from the Wast, you could shoot a man in Reno and still be 24 Hours From Tulsa
29/05/2017 at 19:54
Yes but aim well or you don’t have time to Watch Him Die
27/05/2017 at 22:01
Black Celebration says
27/05/2017 at 22:07
Oh dear – are you really showing us a destination that’s only 24 minutes from Tulse Hill?
28/05/2017 at 08:00
Surely you’re familiar with the works of Carter USM?
28/05/2017 at 23:34
Yes – and I also know it’s a cover version of a song originally sung by Gene Putney.
29/05/2017 at 20:33
As in the post above mine.
27/05/2017 at 18:15
27/05/2017 at 18:50
Stuck in the middle with you?
27/05/2017 at 19:53
No, it’s that specific location.
27/05/2017 at 22:11
Erm – Zero? Melrose? Georgetown?
27/05/2017 at 22:12
The song title is not an actual place name.
28/05/2017 at 05:59
In The Middle Of Nowhere?
28/05/2017 at 08:19
No – it’s a map and the marker is a point on the map. So is the song title.
28/05/2017 at 12:03
Into The Mystic?
29/05/2017 at 11:30
The album it’s on has a three digit number as its title…
29/05/2017 at 11:51
Aha! it’s Wire’s Map Ref. 41ºN 93ºW off of “154”.
29/05/2017 at 11:55
That’s it… thought it’d be an obvious one, given the first post.
27/05/2017 at 22:03
The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines
27/05/2017 at 19:46
27/05/2017 at 20:21
Total guess – Solsbury Hill?
27/05/2017 at 20:28
Been there (walked miles along Offa’s Dyke) and unless it’s moved, I’d say Hergest Ridge.
27/05/2017 at 20:35
Right area, but about 20 miles too far north
27/05/2017 at 21:52
I think it’s something to do with a three-legged chap.
MC Escher says
28/05/2017 at 06:25
What, Rolf Harris?
28/05/2017 at 08:17
‘fraid so MC, I thought it might be “The Court of King Caractacus” for what I thought was a good reason.
It’s not though, is it?
27/05/2017 at 20:33
Good one – didn’t think of Solsbury Hill.
Close (comparatively, when one considers the size of the world) – you’re about 80 miles out.
27/05/2017 at 21:04
I have spent a good 20 minutes on this. I have come up with nothing. Apparently the location has amazing views of the Black Mountains but otherwise I am out of ideas. There are a couple of houses nearby – but nothing of note.
Perhaps the Pink Floyd cow was photographed there – who knows.
27/05/2017 at 21:21
It would not by any chance be Twmpa aka Lord Hereford’s Knob?
I was thinking of that HMHB song myself but decided that trying to find a photo would involved me spending half the night looking at porn.
27/05/2017 at 21:28
Thats the one.
A name virtually gurenteed to bring forth sniggering (or is that just me)
27/05/2017 at 21:49
Not at all. I’m sniggering here too. The Swedish word is fnissa-
28/05/2017 at 11:02
Could be Black Mountain Side?
27/05/2017 at 21:14
Re the OP, shouldn’t your map be showing the back roads, not the main roads?
28/05/2017 at 15:42
That’s the route claimed to have been followed when speaking to the Sherrif, not the dusty rutted back roads actually driven .
27/05/2017 at 21:22
Yes indeed. To avoid the weigh bridges
27/05/2017 at 21:30
Can you find a song title here? It’s the home town of one of the great voices of modern country music?
27/05/2017 at 21:39
It’s Lake Charles and it’s lovely Lucinda
27/05/2017 at 21:50
Top marks Steerpike. Despite loving Car tracks on a gravel road for many years, it was only recently that I realised that Lake Charles was a town and not just a lake.
hubert rawlinson says
27/05/2017 at 22:47
Can’t post photos at the moment so here’s Transport for London route planner for where the band started to where an ex-member journeyed to.
W7 bus to Albert Road 5 mins
Walk to Crouch Hill Station 7 mins
London Overground to …… …
28/05/2017 at 05:47
These are getting trickier and trickier. The London Overground is from Finchley Park I think. But where does that take us…. Crouch Hill made me think of Ray Davies who has performed with the Crouch End Chorus.
Not doing well here.
28/05/2017 at 06:54
Sorry KFD the ex member had journeys from the destination, if that helps. ( it was late when I posted, that’s my excuse)
The band started when I was a mere stripling at school.
28/05/2017 at 10:45
This one’ annoying me ‘cos it’s my manor, squire?
Is there a change at Gospel Oak?
28/05/2017 at 13:28
Gospel Oak is the answer. Iain Matthews Journeys from Gospel Oak. Starting at Muswell Hill where Fairport Convention started. On my tablet so couldn’t post a picture.
28/05/2017 at 13:53
Nice work Hubert! I do enjoy a q which has me mystified.
27/05/2017 at 23:29
This location is described in the song but its not the song title.
Name the song
28/05/2017 at 09:03
If you need a clue, the photo on the album cover was taken at the same location.
28/05/2017 at 09:04
Is the location Pooley Park? Can’t think of the song, mind
28/05/2017 at 09:12
28/05/2017 at 10:43
Reynard The Fox?
28/05/2017 at 11:36
Correct! Pooley Mound in Warwickshire. About a mile from where I grew up in Polesworth.
28/05/2017 at 00:18
28/05/2017 at 05:49
Midnight at the Oasis.
I’ll get my coat.
28/05/2017 at 06:28
Lol, no. This place forms the first line of the song
28/05/2017 at 07:55
from the deserts of sudan?
28/05/2017 at 08:18
That’s the one
28/05/2017 at 01:14
28/05/2017 at 17:20
Never heard it before but a little detective work suggests it has to be this “little London song” by Kilburn and the High Roads: Billy Bentley.
28/05/2017 at 21:47
The answer to this one should not be hard to reach.
28/05/2017 at 09:39
Taking your clue literally (lyrically literally) and the reference to Queens on the map, I’m saying:
The Ramones – Rockaway Beach
For my next trick, I was going to post a map of France with roads leading to Normandy
Road To Rouen
28/05/2017 at 10:14
Ouch! Sacre bleu!
It is indeed the Ramones. Give that man a free ticket for Coney Island.
28/05/2017 at 10:46
28/05/2017 at 11:42
Can it be this one?
Led Zeppelin – Bryn-yr-aur
28/05/2017 at 13:05
So mote it be
28/05/2017 at 15:26
I can’t be the only one thinking that a “centre for alternative technology” in the middle of rural Wales sounds like a great premise for a TV show.
29/05/2017 at 00:59
It’s them giant maggots you have to look out for, though.
29/05/2017 at 06:03
29/05/2017 at 06:46
It’s not Paul Simon’s “Homeward Bound”, its it?
Because that was apparently written on Widnes station, and Widnes is one of the places marked on the map…
I don’t know about all the other places on the squiggly blue line, though….
29/05/2017 at 07:19
No it’s not – but I like your logic.
29/05/2017 at 07:42
Hmm … well, in that case I don’t think I’m going to get it – unless it’s the Temptations’ “Can I Get a Widnes”, of course….
29/05/2017 at 09:09
By Cleckheckmondsedge It’s Grim Up North.
29/05/2017 at 09:52
‘appen it is, Mr Rawlinson.
Would have loved to have done the whole lot but google maps stops at Widnes.
29/05/2017 at 13:13
A family breakdown on this stretch of road gave the song writer a chance to enjoy the surroundings and inspired a very catchy song. I’n surprised the road has not been renamed.
29/05/2017 at 17:08
Is that the Ventura Highway?
(I’m only guessing because I was looking for the same thing, but not sure where it actually was)
29/05/2017 at 18:07
I think it’s the Pacific coast highway. It at least joins up with it if not.
29/05/2017 at 18:31
Well done Rigid and Newpath, It is indeed the Pacific coast highway which runs through Ventura. Other than in the America song, I do not think it is referred to as the Ventura Highway.
Just as I suspected someone has done a slide show.
Kid Dynamite says
29/05/2017 at 13:45
One for the folkies, perhaps. One of these locations is the name of the song, and the others are mentioned in the lyrics
29/05/2017 at 14:03
I think this might be “Milford Haven” by Oysterband. Nice song!
29/05/2017 at 15:56
It is, and it is. Well done!
29/05/2017 at 16:03
The stretch of road between Norseman and Caiguna supposedly inspired one of my favourite songs.
Not the safest place to drive. Marsupial roadkill is a major problem.
Sewer Robot says
29/05/2017 at 17:31
“The highway’s jammed with kangaroo bodies no longer alive
They went out for one last hop last night
Now they’re just lying there on their side”?
29/05/2017 at 17:55
You’re warm, Sewer. But no, it’s not Nick Cave’s Red Right Hand.
30/05/2017 at 03:17
Red Right Hand? Pfffffft!
Bit of respect for the all-time classic that is Bruce Springylegs’ “Born To Hop” album, please. Cavey might be Australian but his last good ‘roo song was “I Had A Dream, Joey” on the “Bouncer’s Dream” album..
29/05/2017 at 20:06
Well, if it’s a stretch of highway in Western Australia, it must be the Triffids, and “Wide Open Road”. Top tune.
29/05/2017 at 20:40
Yes indeed! The terrific Triffids with one of their finest songs.
And as it’s bedtime, here’s something a lot easier. Don’t want to cause any sleepless nights.
30/05/2017 at 06:06
Well, Boulder to Birmingham of course. I once won a CD off the Hep’s GLR radio show by being the first to calculate how many states you went through en route.
30/05/2017 at 06:33
So how many was it, Mike? It certainly is an extremely long walk half way across the US that would take Emmylou over a month I suspect.
Burnley to Birmingham would have been a slightly wiser choice but perhaps not such a good lyric?
30/05/2017 at 09:37
Well, repeating the process (i.e. looking at the map), I’d say 7!
30/05/2017 at 10:11
Oops! Sorry for being such a lazy varmint, Mike.
As the crow flies, the distance is 1120 miles. A fair hike.
29/05/2017 at 19:19
(due to the unique way Google Maps seems to work, I have lost four of the locations (Kingston, Purley, Crawley, and the finishing point of Crouch End))
29/05/2017 at 19:30
The RAC Route Planner allows more via points, but doen’t truly recognise Temple Station
29/05/2017 at 19:48
Road to Hell?
29/05/2017 at 19:59
I could’ve managed that one on Google Maps – just plot the M25.
But oh no, I had to go all clever-dicky* and ambitious
* clever-dicky – a portmanteau-ish clue
29/05/2017 at 20:03
Who art in Hendon
Harrow Road be Thy name
Thy Kingston come
In Erith as it is in Hendon.
Give us this day our Berkhampstead
And forgive us our Westminsters
As we forgive those who Westminster against us.
Lead us not into Temple Station
And deliver us from Ealing,
For thine is the Kingston
The Purley and the Crawley,
For Iver and Iver
29/05/2017 at 20:49
He shoots, he scores
29/05/2017 at 21:14
Here’s one that has been the title of a song twice (not Old Road, but where the pin is):
31/05/2017 at 10:28
I don’t know the songs but I reckon that’s probably Shotover.
02/06/2017 at 22:53
Yep – to be precise, Shotover Hill.
Supergrass and Broken Home, in case anyone was wondering.
30/05/2017 at 04:33
all things being equal, this could be a couple of songs
30/05/2017 at 05:59
Well, one of them is probably Electric Avenue by Eddy Grant, who used to be in the Equals.
I’m struggling with the other one, though. It can’t be something as obvious as The Guns of Brixton…
30/05/2017 at 06:45
Livin’ On The Frontline was the other one I was thinking of
30/05/2017 at 10:36
Another easy one. The clue here is Wagner!
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