Season 7, Episode 2 is titled “Showpieces” and we’re looking for a Talking Heads song that was left out of the theme entries because it repeats a word from one of them. OK, let’s see what we’ve got: judging by length and horizontality (?!) there appeared to be and, turned out, actually were five theme entries:
17-A [Damien Rice single featuring Lisa Hannigan] = NINE CRIMES. I must shamefacedly admit to not having heard of either of these two singers, much less the song.
25-A [Squeeze hit] = COOL FOR CATS.
39-A [Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young classic with the phrase “freak flag fly”] = ALMOST CUT MY HAIR
49-A [Dido hit] = LIFE FOR RENT
61-A [Chris Isaak hit with a sexy video] = WICKED GAME.
My musicals knowledge is limited to the famous ones plus this, but I still saw the pattern emerge with “Cats,” “Hair,” “Rent” and “Wicked” in theme entries. Wasn’t sure if “Nine” or “Crimes” was the first one, but Google helped me realize it was indeed “Nine.”
So we need a Talking Heads song with a famous musical in it. Google was truly my pal here, since I had not heard of the musical “Once,” though it wasn’t too hard to find once I worked my way through the most famous TH songs, which in this case was contest answer ONCE IN A LIFETIME.
Pretty easy, and gotta end my review here due to baby suddenly waking up and flipping out! It happens. See you back here in a few for March’s puzzle. But I will add quickly that the fill was pleasantly Mullerian (i.e., lively and wide-open despite many theme entries).