Monday 10/31/2016 by Dog_Faced_Boy

MYSTERY JAM MONDAY PART 246

Welcome to the debut of the Halloween MJM (MJM #246). @ucpete is far away (at a wedding, not Vegas - boo hoo), so @Dog_Faced_Boy has come to play. As far as we know, this edition marks the first time ever that MJM has occurred on Halloween proper. Furthermore, since this is the fifth Monday this October, and because the MJM series now gets progressively more difficult each week throughout the month, @ucpete and I thought today's holiday version should add a little trick or treat to the competition. We hope you enjoy this little musical puzzle.

To win, be the first person to identify the song and date of each of the four mystery jam clips, and answer what they share in common. Each person gets one attempt per day, with the second “day” starting after the Blog posts the hint -- each answer should contain four songs / dates, along with the commonality between them. No sharing or trading of answers is allowed. A hint will be posted on Tuesday if necessary, with the answer to follow on Wednesday. The winner will receive one MP3 code good for a free download of any show, courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net.

Note: Because this proverbial beginning to the holiday season puts me in a particularly magnimous mood, I will offer you all one helpful hint from the outset: initially, focus on the first of the four clips. If you can identify the first track, it may provide you with some clues to help determine the remaining three. Happy Halloween and have fun.

Hint: The song of which the first clip is a part was not selected by happenstance. It was chosen for a specific reason. The lyrics to this Beatles song provide information about how to find the other songs in this week's Halloween MJM, as well as clearly point to the unifying theme. This ain't rocket science, but the correct answer must state the theme as well as the song and date of the four clips.

Answer: Congratulations to @runlikecarini, who notches his second MJM victory by correctly identifying the tracks: "Birthday" from 10/31/94, "Drowned" from 12/31/95, "David Bowie" from 4/13/94, and "Wait" from 10/31/91, and the theme: songs that debuted on, Halloween, or 10/31. This holiday version sought to provide a mix of trick and treat: the clipped section of this "Bowie" sounds an awful lot to me like "Phantom of the Opera," but a Google or tease search won't help. Likewise, the guitar riff in this third version of "Wait" (the debut and second version also occurred on 10/31/91) sounds an awful lot like "It's Ice," a red herring intended to lead searchers astray to scan versions of the Rift classic. However, there were also some treats thrown in: the "Fire On The Mountain" tease from this section of the 12/31/95 "Drowned" is well-known, and a simple search of the Tease Chart would lead one to this version. Likewise, not only was an initial pre-game hint provided, but subsequently, the words debut and Halloween were italicized and placed in bold, and in combination with the selection of "Birthday," it was hoped that the power of suggestion would make the theme more obvious. We hope you enjoyed this week's contest. Congrats again to @runlikecarini, and thanks @ucpete for letting me sit in this week. Good luck next week, when the first MJM for November begins with the bar lowered a few pegs.

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Comments

, comment by Lee_Fordham
Lee_Fordham Birthday 10.31.94
Drowned 10.31.95
Bowie 10.31.94
Wait 10.31.91

All Halloween shows
, comment by Bob_Loblaw
Bob_Loblaw Damn......This was one of the easiest ones.
, comment by RunawayJim4180
RunawayJim4180 Birthday 10/31/94
Drowned 12/31/95
Bowie 10/31/94
Wait (It's Ice) 10/31/91

All shows played on holidays that happen to land on the 31st? Halloween and NYE
, comment by andrewrose
andrewrose Gotta take my kids trick or treating.

Here's my treat: I don't think that's the Glens Falls Bowie.....
, comment by Mike_Thong
Mike_Thong Birthday 10/31/94
Drowned 12/31/95
Bowie 4/13/94
Wait 10/31/91

Lots of common songs and holiday antics throughout these, but it seems the only true commonality is the '1' and '3' in the day of the month.
, comment by funkbeard
funkbeard well, thank you.

you just introduced me to 10/31/91. Wait in 3 parts, and a killer Bowie.
, comment by andrewrose
andrewrose This sounds right to me. Nice trick.
, comment by Lee_Fordham
Lee_Fordham Has anyone confirmed if Mike_Thong has it correct?

Side note, thank you for giving me the opportunity to type 'Mike_Thong."
, comment by HarborSeal
HarborSeal I agree with @Mike_Thong about the dates and tunes, but I think the theme is birthdays? or birthday-ish stuff? 12/31/95 is Fishman as Baby New Year, 4/13 is Trey's wrong birthday from his mug shot, and 10/31 is Brad Sands' birthday again? I don't know.
, comment by andrewrose
andrewrose Whoah @harborseal with the Birthday theme tie-in!
, comment by Dog_Faced_Boy
Dog_Faced_Boy I can confirm that no one has submitted the correct answer yet, which requires naming the song and date performed of the four clips, as well as stating the correct theme which all four tracks have in common.
, comment by Lee_Fordham
Lee_Fordham Does HarborSeal really not getting it just because he didn't actually put the song titles / dates in his post?
, comment by ucpete
ucpete While @HarborSeal probably should've put the songs and dates in his guess, he didn't win because he hasn't given the correct answer, which will contain the songs and dates and the *correct* theme that connects them.

I'm shocked that it's taken this long to figure out, especially after the hardest clip fell...
, comment by runlikecarini
runlikecarini Birthday 10/31/94
Drowned 12/31/95
Bowie 4/13/94
Wait 10/31/91

Theme: all songs debuted on halloween.... Birthday and Wait are obvious. Drowned 10/31/95 and Bowie 10/31/86
, comment by Dog_Faced_Boy
Dog_Faced_Boy Oh thank goodness for @RUNLIKECARINI! I was starting to get worried no one would solve the theme, even with all the obvious clues, plus the fact that all the tracks were solved. My estimation of Phish fans' mental prowess was on the verge of dropping precipitously. Thank you for saving the day!!
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