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Tip of the hat, a flip of the bird, songs that reference other musical acts

 
 
Reply Mon 22 Jul, 2019 04:49 pm
Haven't come up with a fun thread for a while, and was going through my stupid database of stupid ideas and found this.

Contribute a song that explicitly names another real musical artist and let us know the context to it if you're up to it.

To get you started:
Why Is Everybody Always Pickin' On Me? - The Bloodhound Gang
For the line: "The drummer from Def Leppard's only got one arm"
Repeated 9 times, apparently as an example of picking on people "that can't do you no harm".





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hingehead
 
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Reply Mon 22 Jul, 2019 05:42 pm
@hingehead,
Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple
Mentions Frank Zappa and The Mothers who were staying at the same hotel (that caught fire) for a concert (Purple were just staying there while they recording what was to be the Machine Head album.)

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jespah
 
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Reply Mon 22 Jul, 2019 05:56 pm

Spotlight on Martha Reeves, and don't forget James Brown....
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hingehead
 
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Reply Mon 22 Jul, 2019 06:31 pm
Julian Hatfield Three's "My Sister"

Mentions her first all ages show - where she saw The Violent Femmes and The Del Fuegos.

jespah
 
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Reply Mon 22 Jul, 2019 06:35 pm
@hingehead,

The Tom Tom Club wrote:
I'm in heaven
With the maven of funk mutation
Clinton's musicians such as Bootsy Collins
Raise expectations to a new intention
No one can sing
Quite like Smokey, Smokey Robinson
Wailin' and shakin' to Bob Marley
Reggae's expanding with Sly and Robbie
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hingehead
 
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Reply Mon 22 Jul, 2019 06:51 pm
Sleater-Kinney - I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone

Where they appear to be wanting someone's attention - they also want to be your Thurston Moore (From Sonic Youth).

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jespah
 
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Reply Mon 22 Jul, 2019 06:53 pm

Fashion shoots with Beck and Hanson,
Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Mon 22 Jul, 2019 06:54 pm



Rock and Roll Heaven

Jimmy gave us rainbows,
And Janis took a piece of our hearts,
And Otis brought us all to the dock of a bay.
Sing a song to light my fire,
Remember Jim that way,
They've all found another place, another place to play.


Remember bad bad Leroy Brown,
Hey Jimmy touched us with that song.
Time won't change a friend we came to know.
And Bobby gave us Mack the Knife,
Well look out, he's back in town.
They'll all be there together
When they meet in one big show.
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Roberta
 
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Reply Mon 22 Jul, 2019 09:52 pm
There are many, many musical references in this song. I highlighted a few of the more obvious ones.





Don McLean Lyrics

Play "American Pie"
on Amazon Music

"American Pie"

[Intro]
A long, long time ago
I can still remember how that music used to make me smile
And I knew if I had my chance
That I could make those people dance
And maybe they'd be happy for a while

But February made me shiver
With every paper I'd deliver
Bad news on the doorstep
I couldn't take one more step

I can't remember if I cried
When I read about his widowed bride
But something touched me deep inside
The day the music died

[Chorus:]
So bye, bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
And them good ole boys were drinking whiskey 'n rye
Singin' this'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die

[Verse 1]
Did you write the book of love
And do you have faith in God above
If the Bible tells you so?
Now do you believe in rock and roll?
Can music save your mortal soul?
And can you teach me how to dance real slow?

Well, I know that you're in love with him
'Cause I saw you dancin' in the gym
You both kicked off your shoes
Man, I dig those rhythm and blues

I was a lonely teenage broncin' buck
With a pink carnation and a pickup truck
But I knew I was out of luck
The day the music died

[Chorus:]
I started singing bye, bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
Them good ole boys were drinking whiskey 'n rye
Singin' this'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die

[Verse 2]
Now for ten years we've been on our own
And moss grows fat on a rollin' stone
But that's not how it used to be
When the jester sang for the king and queen
In a coat he borrowed from James Dean
And a voice that came from you and me

Oh, and while the king was looking down
The jester stole his thorny crown
The courtroom was adjourned
No verdict was returned

And while Lenin read a book on Marx
The quartet practiced in the park
And we sang dirges in the dark
The day the music died

[Chorus:]
We were singing bye, bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
Them good ole boys were drinking whiskey 'n rye
Singin' this'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die

[Verse 3]
Helter skelter in a summer swelter
The birds flew off with a fallout shelter
Eight miles high and falling fast
It landed foul on the grass
The players tried for a forward pass
With the jester on the sidelines in a cast

Now the halftime air was sweet perfume
While the sergeants played a marching tune
We all got up to dance
Oh, but we never got the chance

'Cause the players tried to take the field
The marching band refused to yield
Do you recall what was revealed
The day the music died?

[Chorus:]
We started singing bye, bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
Them good ole boys were drinking whiskey 'n rye
And singin' this'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die

[Verse 4]
Oh, and there we were all in one place
A generation lost in space
With no time left to start again
So come on, Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
Jack Flash sat on a candlestick
'Cause fire is the devil's only friend

Oh, and as I watched him on the stage
My hands were clenched in fists of rage
No angel born in Hell
Could break that Satan's spell

And as the flames climbed high into the night
To light the sacrificial rite
I saw Satan laughing with delight
The day the music died

[Chorus:]
He was singing bye, bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
Them good ole boys were drinking whiskey 'n rye
And singin' this'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die

[Outro]
I met a girl who sang the blues
And I asked her for some happy news
But she just smiled and turned away
I went down to the sacred store
Where I'd heard the music years before
But the man there said the music wouldn't play

And in the streets, the children screamed
The lovers cried and the poets dreamed
But not a word was spoken
The church bells all were broken

And the three men I admire most
The Father, Son and the Holy Ghost
They caught the last train for the coast
The day the music died

[Chorus:]
And they were singing bye, bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
And them good ole boys were drinking whiskey 'n rye
Singin' this'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die

[Chorus:]
They were singing bye, bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
Them good ole boys were drinking whiskey 'n rye
And singin' this'll be the day that I die


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izzythepush
 
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Reply Tue 23 Jul, 2019 01:15 am


Beatles, Stones, T Rex.
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jespah
 
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Reply Tue 23 Jul, 2019 07:27 am

Her hair was Harlow gold...
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Tue 23 Jul, 2019 08:36 am


I like punk and i like sham
I got nicked over at west ham!
I'm a fool i guess its true
For all i know, I'll be in the back with you!
In a Police Car! Police Car! Police Car! Police Car!
Police come in one hour later
They've been looking for a guy named Freddy Jesper
Show me my freedom, they know i lie
For all we knew, we were going for a ride
In the back of a Police Car! Police Car! Police Car! Police Car!



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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Tue 23 Jul, 2019 09:29 am



[snip]

Well I heard Mister Young sing about her
Well, I heard ol' Neil put her down
Well, I hope Neil Young will remember
A Southern man don't need him around, anyhow


[snip]
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jespah
 
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Reply Tue 23 Jul, 2019 10:10 am

Van Morrison wrote:
Da, da, da, da, da,
Jackie Wilson said
It was "reet-petite"
Kinda love you got
Knock me off my feet
izzythepush
 
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Reply Tue 23 Jul, 2019 11:06 am
@jespah,
Also Jackie Wilson, when Dexy's appeared on Top of the Pops the person in charge of things put up a picture of Darts player Jocky Wilson. You can see the band laughing when they spot it.



https://secure.i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02176/jocky-wilson_2176868b.jpg
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Sturgis
 
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Reply Tue 23 Jul, 2019 04:33 pm
When Smokey Sings, a tribute to Smokey Robinson by British group ABC
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hingehead
 
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Reply Tue 23 Jul, 2019 05:16 pm
Levi Stubbs' Tears - Billy Bragg. Apparently the Four Tops' singer's music was a source of comfort to a victim of domestic violence.

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jespah
 
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Reply Tue 23 Jul, 2019 06:40 pm

Weezer wrote:
Woo-ee-ooh, I look just like Buddy Holly
Oh-oh, and you're Mary Tyler Moore
I don't care what they say about us anyway
I don't care 'bout that
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hingehead
 
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Reply Tue 23 Jul, 2019 07:13 pm
Runnin' Blue by The Doors - references the death of Otis Redding - 'Poor Otis is dead'

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jespah
 
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Reply Wed 24 Jul, 2019 07:24 am


Marc Cohn wrote:
WC Handy, won't you look down over me?

...

Saw the ghost of Elvis
On Union Avenue
Followed him up to the gates of Graceland
Then I watched him walk right through
Now security they did not see him
They just hovered 'round his tomb
But there's a pretty little thing
Waiting for the King
Down in the Jungle Room
 

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