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PaulERainford
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9/18/2013 | 8:59:11 AM
simple as NFV
I still think it's odd that there aren't many songs about network functions virtualization.
Houman0
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9/26/2013 | 12:13:14 PM
Re: simple as NFV
But of course there are, at least in spirit...  :)

How about:

- Hey, Hey.. You, You... Get offa my cloud (the Stones)

- Don't call it a comeback, I've been here for years (LL Cool J from Mama Said Knock You Out)

- Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand (Primitive Radio Gods)

Ray already said no Pink Floyd, else some of the lyrics from "Wish you were here" are ominously reminescent of  SDN-jockeying undertones between the IT and networking giants...  (e.g. "Did they get you to change your walk-on part in a war, for a lead role in a cage...")
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9/26/2013 | 2:46:21 PM
Re: simple as NFV
Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand (Primitive Radio Gods)

Yes, 90s flashback! Although the song doesn't actually involve telecom, but still such a weird (deep?) title.
Gabriel Brown
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9/18/2013 | 9:14:02 AM
A slightly underwhelming list
Ludacris?! For Blondie I'd have gone for Call Me.

Two more for consideration:

* Sade, Smooth Operator

* Kraftwerk, The Telephone Call (at a stretch you could also have Transistor)
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9/18/2013 | 10:05:39 AM
Re: A slightly underwhelming list
Given the EU roaming charge changes - the B-52's Roam (if you want to) has to be added to the list.

But in a virtualization context, I think a nod has to go to Pete Townshend and his concept of the grid defined in Early Morning Dreams from Psychoderelict.
DanJones
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9/18/2013 | 10:38:45 AM
Re: A slightly underwhelming list
Dude,

 

We didn't even get to A Tribe Called Quest's "Skypager" or The Replacement's "Answering Machine", we surely don't need to get as obscure as Pete Townsend's sort-of grid concept in an unrelated song yet.
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9/18/2013 | 10:53:30 AM
Re: A slightly underwhelming list
Probably right. A better choice might have been  If The Phone Doesn't Ring It's Me by Jimmy Buffett
brookseven
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9/18/2013 | 11:07:59 AM
Re: A slightly underwhelming list
Wow -

Operator by Jim Croce

867-5309 by Tommy Tutone

Sweet Transvestite from Rocky Horror (I will call you a Satanic Mechanic...come on!)

Also, I don't know how to leave out Kraftwerk!

 

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Kevin Mitchell
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9/19/2013 | 9:02:00 AM
Re: A slightly underwhelming list
Dan, love the reference to A Tribe Called Quest. I do know the importance of a SKY PAGER!
Gabriel Brown
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9/18/2013 | 11:40:19 AM
Re: A slightly underwhelming list
Surely jhodgesk1s wins it on topicality with the B52's Roam?

But then again, knowing what the European Comission regulatory comittee is up to -- what a square. 
DanJones
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9/18/2013 | 11:43:37 AM
Re: A slightly underwhelming list
B52s are not actually singing about wireless roaming though are they? Gonna have to be a stickler about this one.
Gabriel Brown
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9/18/2013 | 11:47:47 AM
Re: A slightly underwhelming list
In that case, Bob Dylan's Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again probably doesn't qualify either?
DanJones
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9/18/2013 | 11:50:20 AM
Re: A slightly underwhelming list
Sure doesn't!

 

Not like we're hurting for actual options for songs actually about telecommunications of one form or another here.
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9/19/2013 | 10:18:40 AM
Re: A slightly underwhelming list
Another vote for Kraftwerk - The Telephone Call This song features all sorts of call progress tones and DTMF.
DanJones
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9/19/2013 | 12:10:34 PM
Re: A slightly underwhelming list
It's on the reader's choice list for sure.
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9/19/2013 | 5:14:26 PM
Re: A slightly underwhelming list
Hello...Hello...H. H. H. H. Hello Viena Calling! How could you forget Falco (RIP)?
mendyk
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9/18/2013 | 9:21:41 AM
Lowe blow
C'mon, Paul. You cannot have forgotten Switchbox Susan. Otherwise, ELO kind of owns this category, at least from a quantity perspective. But we are carbon dating ourselves here.
PaulERainford
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9/18/2013 | 9:58:13 AM
Re: Lowe blow
I'm not claiming ownership of this one, Dennis. I just happened by. If I ruled the world, 'Private Number' by William Bell and Judy Clay would be in there, not to mention Chuck B's 'Memphis Tennessee'.
mendyk
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9/18/2013 | 10:08:33 AM
Re: Lowe blow
The back of the brain just kicked in with what may be the most evocative track of the modern telecom era: Telstar by the Tornados. An instrumental with lots of quasi-satellite noises. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4B7ypA1fSwU

 
roberto tambien
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9/18/2013 | 10:21:30 AM
Re: Lowe blow
Not to mention: "Chantilly Lace" - 'Hello baby, yeah, this is the Big Bopper speaking'   by the Big Bopper. Must be about the same age as Telstar
DanJones
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9/18/2013 | 10:28:11 AM
Re: Lowe blow
Like I say, lots and lots of songs reference telecoms, keep up the suggestions and we'll do a reader's choice edition soon enough.

 

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9/18/2013 | 9:49:10 AM
Ludacris? really?
Where's the inspiration??

"Telephone song" - Stevie Ray Vaughn or BB King - great blues

Telephone wire- Bob Dylan - seriously underrated

"I can't hold out"- elmore james blues standard

"Telegraph Road" and "you're so far away from me" by Dire Straits

Ring Ring - Leo Kottke

Ring Ring Ringa - Slum dog millionaire

"Hey you" - Pink Floyd ('sitting naked by the phone'- OK, maybe a stretch)

and if you've gotta be modern,  'Telephone' by Lady Gaga
DanJones
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9/18/2013 | 10:49:36 AM
Re: Ludacris? really?
We'll get back to you when we need lists about trains running at midnight and another mule kicking in your stall.
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9/18/2013 | 10:27:48 AM
Luda
I firmly believe that Ludacris can do no wrong.
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9/18/2013 | 11:01:01 AM
One of my favorites
"Don't hang up" by 10cc
PaulERainford
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9/18/2013 | 11:01:52 AM
Glentastic!
What were we thinking?! 'Wichita Lineman' just has to be in there. A man, up a pole, fixing telecom wires. And singing about it. What's not to like?
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9/18/2013 | 11:08:23 AM
Re: Glentastic!
Paul,

He is fixing power lines....

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PaulERainford
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9/18/2013 | 11:34:41 AM
Re: Glentastic!
Spoilsport. I'm sure he did a few telecom lines here and there too.
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9/18/2013 | 11:41:00 AM
Re: Glentastic!
The "Wichita Lineman" lyrics sure suggest the guy is working on telephone lines, and Jimmy Webb said he wrote it for Glen Campbell after seeing a guy working atop a telephone pole in the middle of nowhere on the plains, imagining he was missing his woman or some such country music trope. Anyway, one of the greatest, saddest songs you'll ever hear.
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9/18/2013 | 11:55:16 AM
Re: Glentastic!
Hmm, Witchita Lineman is a tough call. I agree mostly with Dan, but "lineman for the county" searching for "another overload" does seem to imply power. 

How we left off Jim Croce's memorable "Operator," I don't know. 

But thanks so much for not including "Call Me Maybe." 
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9/18/2013 | 12:01:12 PM
Telephone Man
i can't believe you didn't include the priceless "Telephone Man" by Meri Wilson, the only song that presents a telephone installation engineer as a kind of sex god. Sample lyrics: 

Hey baby, I'm your telephone man/ You just show me where you want it/ And I'll put it where I can/ You can have it with a buzz/ You can have it with a ring/ And if you really want it/ You can have a ding-a-ling
PaulERainford
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9/18/2013 | 12:07:45 PM
Re: Telephone Man
Do you mind Graham, this is a family show.
DanJones
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9/18/2013 | 1:05:05 PM
Re: Telephone Man
Was that actually a hit in the US?

I have to admit I totally didn't recall that one otherwise it would have made the cut for sure.
gfinnie
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9/18/2013 | 3:06:10 PM
Re: Telephone Man
It was--in 1977. you can experience its epic awfulness on youtube, highly recommended
R Clark
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9/21/2013 | 1:20:15 AM
Re: Telephone Man
Telephone Man is a must for thought leadership in the 'customer delight' segment.

Don't Hang Up, Kraftwerk and ELO get extra points for telephone FX.

Lou Reed's New York Telephone Conversation is surely top ten-worthy.

 

 
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9/18/2013 | 12:23:39 PM
Not a song, but....
List looks good, and I agree about Croce's "Operator." But still think the most memorable communication about telecom -- not a song -- is the Lilly Tomlin SNL skit with the line:

"We don't care, we don't have to...we're the phone company."

 

Of course, that was before the AT&T breakup. But today, it could be "we don't care, we don't have to, we're the cable company." In many areas, people have only once choice, which means poor service and being at the cable company's mercy.

 

Luckily, I do have a choice between cable companies. I've used both, and the smaller one treats me much more like an individual than a number, though theire service could improve, too.

 
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9/18/2013 | 12:35:29 PM
Can you hear me now?
"Your lips move, but I can't hear what you're saying."  - Pink Floyd. 
DanJones
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9/18/2013 | 1:09:13 PM
Re: Can you hear me now?
Sorry,I don't listen to anything beyond Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd so you'll have to take it up with Rainford or Le Maistre.
GarrettChoi
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9/18/2013 | 1:20:56 PM
Re: Can you hear me now?
Were there any lyrics generated by the Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd that can be understood without chemical assistance?
DanJones
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9/18/2013 | 2:25:33 PM
Re: Can you hear me now?
All cribbed off Edward Lear not Timothy Leary if I remember right.
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9/19/2013 | 8:28:51 AM
Re: Can you hear me now?
Just to get this out in public - I don't do any Pink Floyd, at all. 'Period' (as you folks across the Atlantic are won't to say...)
DanJones
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9/19/2013 | 12:12:32 PM
Re: Punk Fluid
More of a Hatfield and the North fan, then?
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9/18/2013 | 4:20:59 PM
Now from the Dept of Obscure Canadian Bands
Prism - "Party Line" 

Chilliwack - "Tell It To The Telephone" 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw8xIueasUw

 

 

 
DanJones
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9/18/2013 | 10:09:42 PM
Re: Now from the Dept of Obscure Canadian Bands
Didn't The Kinks do "Party Line" first?
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9/19/2013 | 2:21:37 AM
You amateurs!
A serious professional would never forget the "Tulsa Telephone Book" by Tom T. Hall, and later Calexico!

T.
DanJones
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9/19/2013 | 12:15:41 PM
Re: You amateurs!
We have shamed ourselves for sure. 



Oh wait, no,I just listened to the song. Now I know why we remembered to forget it.
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9/19/2013 | 9:04:24 AM
Area Codes
While you do get Ludacris in the list, I think his Area Codes is a better representation of telecom! Luda knows alot of people it turns out.

Now with overlays, mobile numbers and LNP, generations from now may not even know the relevance. Those 3 digits won't relate to an actual area!
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9/19/2013 | 10:40:51 AM
How about some country selections?
To represent the country genre, how about Travis Tritt's, "Here's a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)"?

Though the title doesn't show it, "Austin" by Blake Shelton is another one full of telecoms references.

Others are "What Do You Want" by Jarrod Niemann and "Callin' Baton Rouge" by Garth Brooks.
DanJones
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9/19/2013 | 12:09:48 PM
Re: How about some country selections?
I like it! Old school technology and C&W snark in one!
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9/19/2013 | 12:56:44 PM
The DPI Song
Something from, and relevant for, the  21st century: - http://broabandtrafficmanagement.blogspot.com/2010/12/fun-dpi-song.html 
DanJones
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9/19/2013 | 2:05:26 PM
Re: The DPI Song
Oh my, well that's certainly something else, yes indeed. Er, thanks for that,I think...
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9/19/2013 | 2:17:18 PM
Re: The DPI Song
This song makes me wish I knew French. The music is quite lovely, but it seems like he's slamming DPI, which doesn't quite fit the mood. 
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9/19/2013 | 4:11:27 PM
More more more
"Switchbox Susan," Nick Lowe.

"Operator (That's Not the Way It Feels)," Jim Croce

"Memphis, Tennessee," Chuck Berry.
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9/20/2013 | 3:34:27 AM
Rolling Stones?
How come "I can't get no satisfaction" never made the top ten?

I guess most of those other older tracks speak of the analogue/TDM fixed line telephone era when you could pick up the telephone, dial, and stand a very good chance of both parties being able to hear one another reasonably well.

They were the glory days of telephony before the conference bridge, the headset and the cellphone burst onto the scene to transform our lives.

I guess that as in so many ways, The Stones were just ahead of their time with that number.
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9/20/2013 | 11:33:24 AM
Re: Rolling Stones?
Cos it's not remotely about anything telco-related? I dunno...
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9/23/2013 | 7:48:57 AM
Bell made the first call, not Edison
good discussion on music, but how about the fact that it's Bell who made the first phone call (March 10, 1876) and not Edison? After all, inventing the telephone might have offered him that privilege ;)

The August 10, 1876 date mentioned was for the first long-distance call, also made by Bell in Canada where he resided at the time.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invention_of_the_telephone#Alexander_Graham_Bell
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9/23/2013 | 10:56:52 AM
Re: Bell made the first call, not Edison
Wow -- it's simply amazing that we missed that. Let's hope the mistake was intentional and not due to loss of brain cells from even thinking about "We Built This City."
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9/23/2013 | 11:03:32 AM
My thoughts
I'm late to this, but some thoughts:

- Ludacris was ahead of the times on the sexting trend, since the song was released in 2010.

- What about Lady Gaga's "Telephone"?

- Or, No Doubt's Spiderwebs? Not exactly about telecom, but a lot of people made it their voicemail messages. 

- We should also do a list of rappers that don't understand telecom, like Nelly: "I'm like Sprint or Motorola, no service, out of your range."

- Or, that don't understand cable, like Usher: "My life is a movie, and you just TiVo." hmm
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9/26/2013 | 12:00:23 PM
Re: My thoughts
I'm not sure how we missed this one, but "Jesus on the Main Line" has to be in the mix. Call him up and tell him what you want.
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10/29/2013 | 1:44:12 PM
Re: My thoughts
Did someone already suggest Lou Reed - New York Telephone Conversation?

 
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9/26/2013 | 1:40:49 PM
More Reader Choices - Let's Put this to a Vote
Bauhaus - Telegram Sam

A Flock Of Seagulls - Telecommunications (How could you miss this one? It even has "laserbeams" and "a beam of light")

Sheena Easton - Telephone

Trans X - Living On Video (VoIP)

 

I like the 80's
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10/4/2013 | 7:55:36 AM
Chuck Berry - Memphis
"long distance information, get me Memphis Tennessee,

help me find a party trying to get in touch with me,

she did not leave a number but I know she placed a call,

cos' my uncle took a message and he wrote it on the wall"

And yes to Lou Reed, New York Telephone Conversation...

and why miss out Talking Heads - Life during wartime refers to "tapping phone lines" though Mr Byrne does admit they know "that ain't allowed".

 

 

 


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