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1. Filk
The name when the lyrics of a piece of music are rewritten to something different. In Knightmare terms, this involves changing them to something Knightmare related.

Possibly the first Knightmare filks occurred in Series 7 of the show in 1993, both sung by Sylvester Hands. Here he sung a rewritten version of the song Greensleeves, and also Ten Dead Goblins to the tune of Ten Green Bottles. In the latter case the only lyrics the drunken Hands sung before passing out were "Ten dead goblins, sitting on the wall". While it's possible that fans may have thought up their own filks before this episode was transmitted, none are known to this author.

By the end of 2002, people were starting to write their own filks on the recently relaunched Knightmare Forum. One early example is The Challenge Days of Christmas, rewritten to the tune of the Christmas carol The 12 Days of Christmas by several members from the 18th to 22nd November 2002. See the thread here.

Things really took off, though, on the 5th November 2003, when Emii posted her Dungeoneerian Rhapsody in a thread entitled 'I had a silly idea...'. Many filks have followed, the main contributors being Emii and Drassil in the early days, and since branching out into plenty more. As of August 2009 the thread had reached 24 pages and has been viewed over 7,500 times. As of June 2013, the thread had reached 29 pages and been viewed over 27,670 times. It was later split into separate threads.

In December 2005, one filk - Drassil's Do They Know It's Quest Mess? - was sung by Wall Aid 11, a group of several Knightmare community members that included the author himself. A follow-up was mooted in 2006: Perfect Quest, using group-written lyrics to the song Perfect Day, but little progress was made. An official follow-up did appear in December 2007, though, with the song All I Want Is Knightmare To View (based on the song All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey), sung by Sing Back Knightmare. This was followed by Never Gonna Win The Cup in 2009.

Filks are often erroneously called songfics. This is the name given to when a song is turned into a piece of fiction.

On the 14th March 2006, Billy Hicks and Mashibinbin compiled a list of all the songs that have been filked in the thread so far, discounting short extracts. It is reproduced and updated here, together with stats.

The song name is listed first, followed by the artist name in (brackets). If there is a number after the artist, it means it's the nth song filked from that artist to that point. So (Queen 2nd) means it's the second filked song by Queen. The year is then shown, again with a number at the end if one or more songs from that year have been done beforehand, although this may not be entirely accurate as sometimes years of songs are hard to pin down.

You can use Ctrl+F to search this entry and see if particular songs or artists have been filked. Each of the links below marks the first filk (among those listed below) of a new page in the forum thread, to make it easier for you to find any filk you wish to read.

==2003==
Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen) 1975
Fame (Irene Cara) 1982
Flashdance...What a Feeling (Irene Cara 2nd) 1983
Baby One More Time (Britney Spears) 1999
Bright Eyes (Art Garfunkel) 1979
Monster Mash (Bobby 'Boris' Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers) 1962
One Vision (Queen 2nd) 1985
A Kind of Magic (Queen 3rd) 1986
We're Off to See the Wizard (The Wizard of Oz soundtrack) 1939
If I Only Had a Brain/a Heart/the Nerve (The Wizard of Oz soundtrack 2nd) 1939 2nd
Genie in a Bottle (Christina Aguilera) 1999 2nd
Do You Really Want To Hurt Me (Culture Club) 1982 2nd
The Timewarp (The Rocky Horror Show soundtrack) 1973
The Lady in Red (Chris De Burgh) 1986 2nd
Blue (Da Ba Dee) (Eiffel 65) 1999 3rd
Another One Bites the Dust (Queen 4th) 1980
Defenders of the Earth[/link] (Defenders of the Earth theme) 1986 3rd
[quote]Secret Lemonade Drinker
(R. Whites advert) 1973 2nd
Do They Know It's Christmas? (Band Aid) 1984
Another Brick In The Wall Part II (Pink Floyd) 1979 2nd
I Want It All (Queen 5th) 1989
Elvenpath (Nightwish) 1997
White Christmas (Irving Berlin) 1940
I Am I Feel (Alisha's Attic) 1996
Wild World (Cat Stevens) 1970
Stars (Les Miserables soundtrack) 1982 3rd
Wonderboy (Tenacious D) 2002
Last Christmas (Wham) 1984 2nd

==2004==
Mambo No 5 (A Little Bit Of ...) (Lou Bega) 1999 4th
Love Shack (B-52s) 1990
Daydream Believer[/link] (Monkees) 1967
[quote]St Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)
(John Parr) 1985 2nd
Sledgehammer (Peter Gabriel) 1986 4th
It's Raining Men (Weather Girls) 1984 3rd
The Wheels on the Bus (Traditional) N/A
Once I Caught a Fish Alive (Traditional) N/A
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (Jane Taylor) 1806
The Lion Sleeps Tonight (The Tokens) 1961
Kitty (Racey) 1979 3rd
The Flintstones (The Flintstones theme) 1960
Don't Go Breaking My Heart (Elton John & Kiki Dee) 1976
We Are the Champions (Queen 6th) 1977
You're the Top (Cole Porter) 1934
99 Red Balloons (Nena) 1984 4th
Dancing Queen (ABBA) 1976 2nd
Addicted to Bass (Puretone) 2002 2nd
Enter Sandman (Metallica) 1991
Changes (David Bowie) 1972
We Didn't Start The Fire (Billy Joel) 1989 2nd
Fat Bottomed Girls (Queen 7th) 1978
Bicycle Race (Queen 1978 2nd
Around the World with Willy Fog (TV theme) 1981
U.N.C.O.U.P.L.E.D[/link] (Starlight Express soundtrack) 1984 5th
[quote]Space Oddity
(David Bowie 2nd) 1969
Going Through the Motions (Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode 'Once More, With Feeling') 2001
One Step Beyond (Madness) 1979 4th
Our House (Madness 2) 1982 4th
Into the Sunset[/link] (The Dreamstone soundtrack) 1990 2nd
[quote]Never Ending Story
(Limahl) 1984 6th
As Someday it May Happen (The Mikado soundtrack) 1885
Astro Farm (Astro Farm theme) 1992
Sit Down (James) 1991 2nd
The Major General's Song (The Pirates of Penzance soundtrack) 1879
The Nightmare Song (Iolanthe soundtrack) 1882
This is Halloween (The Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack) 1993
Mulder and Scully (Catatonia) 1998
Dance Commander (Electric Six) 2003
It's a Sin (Pet Shop Boys) 1987

==2005==
Gold (Spandau Ballet) 1983 2nd
Go West (Pet Shop Boys 2) 1993 2nd
Radio Ga Ga (Queen 9) 1984 7th
Hungry Eyes (Dirty Dancing soundtrack) 1987 2nd
Making Your Mind Up (Bucks Fizz) 1981 2nd
Video Killed the Radio Star (Buggles) 1979 5th
Life Burns (Apocalyptica) 2005
Streets of London (Ralph McTell) 1974
Is this the Way to Amarillo? (Tony Christie) 1971
I'm Sorry (All-4-One) 1995
Perfect Day (Lou Reed) 1972 2nd
You Can't Hurry Love (The Supremes) 1966
It's Still Rock and Roll To Me (Billy Joel 2) 1980 2nd
Let It Be (The Beatles) 1970 2nd
My Gallant Crew, Good Morning (HMS Pinafore soundtrack) 1878
I Don't Know How to Love Him (Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack) 1970 3rd
You Don't Have to Say You Love Me (Dusty Springfield) 1966 2nd
I Don't Like Mondays (Boomtown Rats) 1979 6th
Trouble in Paradise (The Crests) 1960 2nd
Be My Baby (The Ronettes) 1963
Mad World (Tears for Fears) 1982 5th
Sexbomb/Extra (Tom Jones/Halifax) 2000
Toys 'R' Us (Toys 'R' Us advert) 1989 3rd
Snooker Loopy (Matchroom Mob with Chas & Dave) 1986 5th
Let Me Live (Queen 10) 1996 2nd
Thriller (Michael Jackson) 1983 3rd
For He is an Englishman (HMS Pinafore soundtrack 2) 1878 2nd
I'm Still Standing (Elton John 2) 1983 4th
Karma Chameleon (Culture Club 2) 1983 5th
Ladies Night (Kool & The Gang) 1979 7th
Sometimes (Erasure) 1986 6th
Nineteen (Paul Hardcastle) 1985 3rd
Y.M.C.A. (Village People 2) 1978 3rd
The Timewarp (The Rocky Horror Show soundtrack) 1973 (again)
Winter Wonderland (Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith) 1934 2nd
Good King Wenceslas (Mason Neale) 1853
All I Want for Christmas is You (Mariah Carey) 1994
Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (Elmo and Patsy Shropshire) 1979 8th
No Limit (2 Unlimited) 1993 3rd
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Judy Garland) 1944
Everybody (Backstreet's Back) (Backstreet Boys) 1997 2nd
Last Christmas (Wham) 1984 (again)
Spider-Man (Spider-Man theme) 1967 2nd
Merry Christmas Everyone (Shakin' Stevens) 1985 4th
Sleigh Ride (Mitchell Parish) 1950

==2006==
We are the World (USA for Africa) 1985 5th
Ducktales (Ducktales theme) 1987 3rd
I Won't Say (I'm in Love) (Hercules soundtrack) 1997 3rd
I'll Be There For You (Rembrandts) 1995 2nd
We're Going to Ibiza (Vengaboys) 1999 5th
From Russia with Love (Matt Monro) 1963 2nd
Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat (Guys and Dolls soundtrack) 1950 2nd
Firestarter (The Prodigy) 1996 3rd
Singing in the Rain (Arthur Freed) 1929
Halfway to Paradise (Billy Fury) 1961 2nd
A Whole New World (Aladdin soundtrack) 1992 2nd
The Wanderer (The Beach Boys) 1964
The Young Ones (Cliff Richard and the Shadows) 1962 2nd
Summer Holiday (Cliff Richard 2nd & The Shadows 2nd & The Norrie Paramor Strings) 1963 3rd
Build Me Up Buttercup (The Foundations) 1968
Girls Just Want to Have Fun (Cyndi Lauper) 1983 6th
Donna (Richie Valens) 1959
Take Good Care Of My Baby (Bobby Vee) 1961 3rd
Flash (Queen 11) 1980 3rd
American Pie (Don McLean) 1972 3rd
Dream Lover (Bobby Darin) 1959 2nd
Summertime Blues (Eddie Cochran) 1958
Sheila's Wheels (Sheila's Wheels advert) 2005 2nd
Alright (Supergrass) 1995 3rd
It Doesn't Matter Anymore (Buddy Holly) 1959 3rd
Perfect Day (Lou Reed) 1972 (again)
Me Myself And I (De La Soul) 1989 4th
Copacabana (Barry Manilow) 1978 4th
In Summer (Billy Fury 2) 1963 4th
Three Lions (Baddiel, Skinner and The Lighting Seeds) 1996 4th
Parklife (Blur) 1994 2nd
A Town Called Malice (The Jam) 1982 6th
Hazard (Richard Marx) 1992 3rd
Who Are You (The Who) 1978 5th
Springtime for Hitler (The Producers soundtrack) 1968 2nd
Call Me (Blondie) 1980 4th
Rock the Casbah (The Clash) 1982 7th
Casper the Friendly Ghost (Casper the Friendly Ghost theme) 1950 3rd

==2007==
Who's Your Daddy? (Lordi) 2006
As Time Goes By (Casablanca soundtrack) 1931
Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now (Starship) 1987 4th
Summer of '69 (Bryan Adams) 1984 8th
You Don't Have to Say You Love Me (Dusty Springfield) 1966 (again)
We Do aka The Stonecutters' Song (The Simpsons episode 'Homer the Great') 1995 4th
Ebeneezer Goode (The Shamen) 1992 4th
Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana) 1991 3rd
Living in a Box (Living in a Box) 1987 5th
Walk the Dinosaur (Was (Not Was)) 1987 6th
Dizzy (Tommy Roe) 1969 2nd
La Bamba (Los Lobos) 1987 7th
LazyTown (LazyTown theme) 2004
Valerie (Steve Winwood) 1982 8th
1999 (Prince) 1982 9th
We Will Rock You (Queen 12) 1977 2nd
St Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion) (John Parr) 1985 (again)
These Dreams (Heart) 1985 6th
Ride On Time (Black Box) 1989 5th
For He's A Jolly Good Fellow (N/A) N/A
U Can't Touch This (MC Hammer) 1990 3rd
The Girl Is Mine (Michael Jackson 2nd and Paul McCartney) 1982 10th
Song For Whoever (The Beautiful South) 1989 6th

==2008==
Never Gonna Give You Up (Rick Astley) 1987 8th
Rio Bravo (Dean Martin) 1959 4th
S.O.S (ABBA 2nd) 1975 2nd
Robert De Niro's Waiting (Bananarama) 1984 9th
Pinball Wizard (The Who 2nd) 1969 3rd
Country House (Blur 2) 1995 5th
You're The Voice (John Farnham) 1987 9th

==2009==
[Peggy Sue Got Married (Buddy Holly 2) 1959 5th]
Pink Petticoats (The Big Bopper) 1959 6th
Come On Let's Go (Ritchie Valens 2) 1958 2nd
Gummi Bears (Gummi Bears theme) 1985 7th
The One And Only (Chesney Hawkes) 1991 4th
Poker Face (Lady Gaga) 2008
Human (The Killers) 2008 2nd
Grace Kelly (Mika) 2007
I Am A Rock (Simon & Garfunkel) 1965
Holiday Road (Lindsey Buckingham) 1983 7th
Hungry Heart (Bruce Springsteen) 1980 5
Brown Girl In The Ring (Boney M) 1978 6th
Gladiators theme (Muff Murfin) 1992 5th
Sk8er Boi (Avril Lavigne) 2002 3rd
Walking On The Milky Way (OMD) 1996 5th
You Don't Know (Helen Shapiro) 1961 4th
Killing In The Name (Rage Against The Machine) 1992 6th
Don't Stop Believin' (Journey) 1981 3rd

==2010==
Mirror Man (The Human League) 1982 11th
Remedy (Little Boots) 2009
Elstree (The Buggles 2nd) 1980 6th
Life In A Northern Town (Dream Academy) 1984 10th
Fireflies (Owl City) 2009 2nd

==2011==
Africa (Toto) 1982 12th
Fireflies (Owl City) 2009 (again)
You Can Call Me Al (Paul Simon) 1986 7th
Hotel California (The Eagles) 1977 3rd
Perfect Day (Lou Reed) 1972 (again)
Milkshake (Kelis) 2003 2nd
Somethin' Stupid (Nancy Sinatra featuring Frank Sinatra) 1967 3rd
Kyrie (Mr. Mister) 1986 8th
Can't Fight This Feeling (REO Speedwagon) 1984 11th
Allentown (Billy Joel 3) 1982 13th
August Day (Turnabout Musical) 2007 2nd
I, Don Quixote (Mitch Leigh & Joe Darion) 1964 2nd
The Timewarp (The Rocky Horror Show soundtrack) 1973 (again)
Movin' Out (Anthony's Song) (Billy Joel 4) 1977 4th
January (Pilot) 1975 3rd
Fairytale of New York (The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl) 1987 10th
Crumbs from Your Table (U2) 2004 2nd
Days Are Numbers (The Traveller) (The Alan Parsons Project) 1985 8th

==2012==
Still Alive (Ellen McLain) 2007 3rd
Wide Boy (Nik Kershaw) 1985 9th
Rocket Man (Elton John 3) 1972 4th
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life (Monty Python) 1979 9th
That Ole Devil Called Love (Billie Holiday) 1944 2
Train of Thought (A-Ha) 1986 9th
Captain Jack (Billy Joel 5) 1973 3rd
Being Boring (Pet Shop Boys 3) 1990 4th

==2013==
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (The Fresh Prince) 1990 5th
Personal Jesus (Depeche Mode) 1989 7th
Broken Land (The Adventures) 1988
Everybody Wants to Rule the World (Tears For Fears 2) 1985 10th
Candle in the Wind (Elton John 4) 1974 2nd
Take on Me (A-Ha 2) 1985 11th
Black or White (Michael Jackson 3rd) 1991 5th
Mr. Blue Sky (ELO) 1978 7th
Only Fools and Horses 1982 14th
Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers theme (The Jets) 1989 8th
In a Room (Dodgy) 1996 6th
Up the Junction (Squeeze) 1979 10th
Can You Dig It? (The Mock Turtles) 1991 6th
The Hippopotamus Song (Flanders & Swann) 1957
Piano Man (Billy Joel 6) 1973 4th

==2014==
Cathy's Clown (The Everly Brothers) 1960 3rd
Under the Mango Tree (Diana Coupland) 1963 5th
To Be Loved (Jackie Wilson) 1957 2nd
California Dreamin' (The Mamas & the Papas) 1965 2nd
December, 1963 aka Oh What a Night (The Four Seasons) 1975 4th
O Mothra aka Mothra's Theme (The Peanuts) 1961 5th
What's The Story In Balamory? aka Balamory Theme Song 2002 4th
Truly Outrageous aka Jem theme song 1985 12th
Surrender (k. d. lang) 1997 4th
Rave On (Sonny West/Buddy Holly 3) 1958 3rd
That's My Little Suzie (Ritchie Valens 3) 1959 7th
It's the Truth, Ruth (The Big Bopper 2) 1959 8th
Proud (Heather Small) 2000 2nd
Shout (Tears For Fears 3) 1984 12th
The Wombling Song (The Wombles) 1973 5th
Bogart (Nik Kershaw 2) 1984 13th
One Step Ahead (Nik Kershaw 3) 1989 9th
Honey (Bobby Goldsboro) 1968 3rd

==2015==
We Are The Champions (Queen) 1977 (again)
Nevermore (Queen 14) 1974 3rd
In Some Other World (Wax) 1986 10th
Rhinestone Cowboy (Glen Campbell) 1974 5th
The Look (Roxette) 1988 2nd
Reasons To Be Cheerful, Part 3 (Ian Dury and the Blockheads) 1979 11th
Birdhouse In Your Soul (They Might Be Giants) 1990 6th
D-I-V-O-R-C-E (Tammy Wynette) 1968 4th
PoP! Goes My Heart (Music and Lyrics soundtrack) 2007 4th
Prince Charming (Adam and the Ants) 1981 4th
If You Leave (Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark) 1986 11th
Bye Bye Baby (The Four Seasons) 1965 3rd
The King of Rock 'N' Roll (Prefab Sprout) 1988 3rd
Dolce Vita (Ryan Paris) 1983 8th
Centerfold (The J. Geils Band) 1981 5th
I'm Walking Backwards for Christmas (The Goons) 1956

==2016==
I've Never Been to Me (Randy Crawford) 1976 3rd
Love in the First Degree (Bananarama 2) 1987 11th
Come On Over (Kym Marsh) 2003 3rd
The Red Flag (Ernst Anschütz/Jim Connell) 1889
Freedom! '90 (George Michael) 1990 7th
Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick (Ian Dury and The Blockheads 2) 1981 6th
Always On My Mind (Brenda Lee, Gwen McCrae) 1972 5th
The Living Daylights (A-Ha 3) 1987 12th
Escape (The Pina Colada Song) (Rupert Holmes) 1979 12th
Wonderful Life (Black) 1986 12th
Leningrad (Billy Joel 7) 1989 10th
W.O.L.D. (Harry Chapin) 1973 6th
Somewhere In My Heart (Aztec Camera) 1987 13th
The Whole Of The Moon (The Waterboys) 1985 13th
Brandy (Scott English) 1971 2nd
Don't You Want Me (The Human League 2) 1981 6th
Luka (Suzanne Vega) 1986 13th
Rio (Duran Duran) 1982 15th
Merry Christmas Everyone (Shakin' Stevens) 1985 (again)
Club Tropicana (Wham! 2nd) 1983 9th

==2017==
Freedom (Wham! 3rd) 1984 14th
Automaton (Jamiroquai) 2017
Sacrifice (Elton John) 1989 11th
Kayleigh (Marillion) 1985 14th
Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm (Crash Test Dummies) 1993 4th
The Lebanon (The Human League 3) 1984 15th
Abracadabra (Steve Miller Band) 1982 16th
The Day Before You Came (ABBA 3) 1982 17th
Toy Soldiers (Martika) 1989 12th

As can arguably be seen, since 2006 there has been quite a drop in the amount of filks being written, but new ones still occasionally appear to this day.

The artist with the most filks is, by a huge margin, Queen. They've had fourteen filks (of thirteen different songs), with nearly everyone else only managing two or less.

Incredibly, The Beatles only have one filk to their name despite many million-selling hits.

Out of the total filks done:
Four are from adverts;
Fifteen are from television shows;
Over a dozen are from films.

The oldest song filked is from 1806 (Twinkle Twinkle Little Star), although the original version of La Bamba goes back over 300 years.

The newest is from 2017 (Jamiroquai's Automaton), so far one of nine songs filked that were released after 2006.

Popular filked years include:
1982, with 17;
1984 with 15, but this includes two versions of Wham's Last Christmas;
1985 with 14, but this includes two versions of Shakin' Stevens Merry Christmas Everyone;
1987 with 13.

The most popular decade is easily the 1980s, with 106 filks, followed by the 1990s with 47.

Compare that to the 21st century which has 23 (excluding the Fireflies duplicate), perhaps indicating the forum's preferred taste for retro songs as the 1950s alone have almost as many songs filked!

(Originally posted on 2006-01-09 00:41:48)

[Includes updates by Lexicon Moderator David]

Provided By: Billy, 2009-07-30 17:41:00
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