Shmuel - 29
Vardibidian - 26
Slymongoose - 9
Cellio - 9
Piefessor - 5
Lepusdomesticus - 5
Groot - 4
To claim a prize, you can send me your postal address. (I have Shmuel's already and I really might get to the post office some time this week.) Since there is a tie for 3rd place, I will give prizes to both. And, actually, I have lovely parting gifts for the other 3 players if they want them.
"Deng Xiaoping / A true Asada king / Lay dying in Shanghai" - Deng Xiaoping by Brazzaville. This is, admittedly, a fairly obscure band, but if you like vaguely Latin, vaguely jazz fusion stuff, their first album is particularly notable.
"When I was a young apprentice and was less than compos mentis, I took leave of all my senses, with a maid I fell in love" - The Errant Apprentice by Andy M. Stewart. Here's a video of Andy performing it, along with Gerry O'Beirne
"Gee, how I'd like to be a G-man and go bang, bang, bang, bang"> - When I Grow Up by Harold Rome, from the musical Pins and Needles. Harold Rome himself sang it in the 1962 revival, which also featured Barbra Streisand.
"The mercury was beating, the limestone was reeking" - Pills of White Mercury by Old Blind Dogs. Actually, the song may go back to the war of 1812. The only on-line video of it I found was by another group and lacked the energy that this, one of my favorite Scottish groups, brings to it. I walked around for three solid days humming this song after seeing them in concert in Edinburgh.
"Buffy, Buffy, come back to me / why'd you have to go OD? / Who'll take care of Mrs. Beasley?" - Buffy Come Back by Angel & the Reruns. Again, there's a video.
"Our love is being kept alive by artificial means / You've grown emotionally attached to that polyethylene" - Artificial Means by Christine Lavin.
"I spent my last ten dollars on birth control and beer / Life was so much simpler when I was sober and queer" - I Spent My Last Ten Dollars (on Birth Control and Beer) by Two Nice Girls. You can hear it on this video.
"Mumbo jumbo, rhubarb, rhubarb, tickety-boo bob, yak yak yak" (and several other instances throughout the song) - Mumbo Jumbo by Anthony Newley (and Leslie Bricusse, but Newley sang it) from the musical Stop the World, I Want to Get Off. Here's the movie version, without Newley, alas, and with a rather bowdlerized final line. (On Broadway he sang, "... I'm all right, Jack - screw you all.")
"I met an orangutan, I met him on the savannah" - L'Oranguta by Pepe & the Bottle Blondes. This was possibly unfair since the song is a bit more than half in Spanish, but the album, Latenight Betty, is some of the best Latin-tinged music of recent years. I have to caution you, however, that I find this song completely addictive, so you might want to decide whether or not to listen to this sample.
"Come let us go there, live like Thoreau there, a life of sweet simplicity." - Here's to the Crabgrass by Allen Sherman. This is the one I am most surprised nobody got.
"Hamlet, Hamlet, Yorick's crust / convinced him all men good and bad at last must turn to dust"> - Oor Hamlet by Adam McNaughton. There are numerous video versions, none of them with McNaughton singing. This one, which uses scenes from the Olivier movie is fun. (Shmuel correctly identified the song, but didn't know lyrics.)
But, McNaughton's style is quite different. You can hear him with this rather different song.