Our Meta Maestro himself has confirmed it: there will indeed be a Season 5 of the Muller Monthly Music Meta. Sorry to sound like one of those TV show fanboys, but I well and truly dig the M4, and am stoked that Pete is bringing the ruckus for another year.
Anyway: I’ve been boasting all of 2015 that I was going to shoot 12-for-12 this year, and I did it, fools! Successfully negotiated the shoals of every tricky patch this year, including December. Let’s take a look.
Our instructions tell us that we’re looking for one of Rolling Stone magazine’s top 500 Songs of all time. So even if you have no idea, you’ve still got a .02 chance of getting it right. I dig those odds!!
From the rather bizarre title [“Year-Ending Roman Orgy” –ed.], I was 75% sure that this one would have something to do with Roman numerals. Not to diminish the role that the Old Romans had on American culture (architecture, art, law, language, mathematics, philosophy, Weltanschuung, list-ending two-word phrases, et cetera), but Roman numerals and crosswords are sorta made for each other. And I turned out to be right.
Because here are our four theme entries, and recall that we may be looking for Roman numerals:
16-A [J. Geils Band album and single] = FREEZE FRAME. If anyone out there can name another J. Geils Band single or album without Google, I tip my hat to you.
28-A [George Strait album and single] = EASY COME, EASY GO. I don’t know it, but I do a mean karaoke version of “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” Oh wait, that’s George Jones. I’m so Yankee it’s embarrassing.
42-A [Rolling Stones B-side ballad] = NO EXPECTATIONS. Don’t know it but it sounds very Jagger.
55-A [Foreigner hit] = JUKEBOX HERO. Also unfamiliar. Feeling a bit loserish by now.
So the first thing I notice is that there are a lot of X’s in these entries — just two, but it turns out to be the right idea. Check me out:
EASY COME, EASY GO
The Roman numerals in those four spell out MCMXCIX, which is Gaius Julius Caesar for the year 1999. Also known as one of the many masterworks of one Prince Rogers Nelson:
So “1999“ is our meta-answer.
Ok, well Pete just told (reminded?) me that there’s one more Muller Meta for 2015, the Mega-Meta reveal. There is? I thought I went 12-for-12 plus the Mega-Meta!? That’s like telling the 1972 Dolphins (or 2015 Panthers) that there’s one more game after the Super Bowl. Whatever, I can handle it! See you back here for the conclusion of Season 4 + the start of Season 5 of the MMMM. I’m confused but am completely willing to solve another Muller Music Meta at any place and at any time. It’s like saying “Would you like another serving of Beef Wellington?”
Yes, duh. Puff pastry for the win.