Re: All you need is ... HEADCLEANER

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Interesting question.

Maybe Terry Allen's, "Whatever Happened To Jesus", though that feels more like it just segues into a different song.

I should be able to come up with other examples, but it will take some thinking.


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 2:28 PM
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Air conditioner, not radiator. Great song.


Posted by: dalriata | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 2:32 PM
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Ah, right. As I wrote that I was thinking "but why would he have a radiator?".


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 2:33 PM
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"Tom Traubert's Blues"?


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 2:35 PM
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Oh, good one.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 2:44 PM
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Two songs about the creation of other songs:

"The Man Who Wrote 'Danny Boy'"

"Greensleeves" (Flanders and Swann).


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 2:46 PM
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'River' with 'Jingle Bells'
Madama Butterfly with the 'Star Spangled Banner'


Posted by: beamish | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 2:53 PM
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'River' with 'Jingle Bells'

Thank you. I was trying to remember that, and it was annoying me.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 2:56 PM
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Queen's "Who Wants to Live Forever?" references Sondheim's "Somewhere", from West Side Story, in the lyrics.


Posted by: Dave W. | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 3:11 PM
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Leadbelly's "Western Plains," maybe.


Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 3:15 PM
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Two songs that name-check other songs (but don't really quote them)

"Punk Rock Girl" (Dead Milkman) quotes "California Dreaming" (and attributes it to the Beach Boys)

"Kid About It" (Elvis Costello) mentions "Leaving Of Liverpool"


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 3:17 PM
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I ... why does Desperadoes Under The Eaves* get included? The air conditioner in the Hollywood Hawaiian hotel has its own song?


Posted by: TRO | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 3:17 PM
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But, if I understand the game right, Anthrax's I'm The Man.

And I guess nothing sampled counts?


Posted by: TRO | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 3:21 PM
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Um, duh.

No, it gets included because that's an instance where singing or, well, vocalizing anyway becomes an element of the song. It's not merely the means by which the lyrics are conveyed, but something that's thematized as part of what the subject of the song is doing.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 3:22 PM
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So just mentioning another song doesn't count (sorry, NickS).


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 3:22 PM
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Oooh, I have one for TRO -- "Blood Of The Wolf" (Hamell On Trial) is awesome and quotes Bon Scott ("he made it out with a bullet in his back")


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 3:29 PM
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So just mentioning another song doesn't count (sorry, NickS).

I agree, that's why I made the distinction (incidentally, in "Punk Rock Girl" they do deliver the line "on a winter's day" in character, but they don't sing it . . .).


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 3:30 PM
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Wait, so does "I'm The Man" count or not? They're playing Hava Nagila, but not explicitly saying, "now we will be playing Hava Nagila as a separate song as part of this song." I may be confused.


Posted by: TRO | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 3:33 PM
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I can't tell because I could barely stand to listen to twenty seconds of it.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 3:37 PM
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I had imagined Anthrax being less awful.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 3:38 PM
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Christmas Unicorn and Love will Tear us Apart?


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 3:39 PM
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There's that song by that group that references and quotes Idiot Wind.


Led to litigation, looks like.


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 3:42 PM
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So just mentioning another song doesn't count (sorry, NickS).

Out of curiosity, would you say that, "The Man Who Wrote Danny Boy" fits what you are looking for?


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 3:49 PM
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This is all over rap music. Two off the top of my head:

M.I.A.'s chorus in "Paper Planes" takes over the chorus from Wreckx-n-effect's "Rumpshaker".

Mos Def and Talib Kwali's "Children's Story" is a long riff on Slick Rick's "Children's Story".


Posted by: Criminally Bulgur | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 4:09 PM
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Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" very movingly incorporates both Bobby Womack's "If You Think You're Lonely Now" and Babyface's "Two Occasions."


Posted by: jms | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 4:09 PM
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I also enjoy the moment in The Cure's "Lovesong" where Robert Smith sings "fly me to the moon," sotto voce.


Posted by: jms | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 4:15 PM
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'Money for Nothing' quotes 'Don't Stand So Close to Me'


Posted by: beamish | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 4:21 PM
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But this happens all the time in hip hop songs, right? Like how Missy Elliott in "1 2 Step" sings (with slight alteration) a verse from Teena Marie's "Square Biz," which itself is an (also altered) quote from Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight." There are a ton of other examples.


Posted by: jms | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 4:23 PM
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A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules From The Center Of The Ultraworld (Loving U)


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 4:26 PM
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Probably a better remix of the song in 29


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 4:29 PM
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Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop" quotes Slick Rick's "La Di Da Di." It's very pretty.


Posted by: jms | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 4:30 PM
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Money For Nothing will now forever conjure for me the version on Empire with people dancing around with televisions on their heads.

I...don't think I can think of any examples of this right now. Except one or two in a genre I'm tired of being over-identified with.


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 4:33 PM
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Tainted Love quotes Where Did Our Love Go, but mostly I'm jealous that I didn't write 25.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 4:48 PM
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Hey Sifu you might like Kommando Raumschiff Zitrone's "Roberta".


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 4:51 PM
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Toward the end of this live "Second Skin" (and maybe others) Mark Burgess sings "Last night I said these words to my girl..." I can't overstate how much I love this song, and this version especially


Posted by: lurid keyaki | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 5:07 PM
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I wish I could definitively decide whether or not to go to this.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 5:09 PM
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I mean, I love that Lou Harrison piece.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 5:11 PM
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The Band Played Waltzing Matilda. One of the saddest songs there is.


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 5:37 PM
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrSK-0-MQ8s

Ok, this doesn't qualify, but I like her voice a whole lot.


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 5:52 PM
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Maybe you can find something that incorporates La Marseillaise . . .


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 6:07 PM
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That Simon & Garfunkel song that has fake Bob Dylan saying "everybody must get stoned" ?


Posted by: E. Messily | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 6:10 PM
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And doesn't American Pie quote a Buddy Holly song?


Posted by: E. Messily | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 6:19 PM
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40: Like All You Need Is Love?


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 6:22 PM
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American Pie references 8 miles high . . .


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 6:26 PM
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Just as St Dominic's Preview references I'm so Lonesome I Could Cry.


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 6:28 PM
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You know what the worst one is? When Sting starts singing "Every Breath You Take" in the middle of that idiotic "Love" song.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 6:33 PM
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Backup singers on "Young Americans" intone "I heard the news today o boy." Just after 3:50 here.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 6:36 PM
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41: "A Simple Desultory Philippic".

But I think they might have actually been talking about Dylan Thomas.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 6:47 PM
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How about Springsteen referencing "Night of the Johnstown Flood", a song that doesn't exist (but should)?


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 7:00 PM
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Sorry, 49 should have been, "Whoever he was."


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 7:00 PM
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And doesn't American Pie quote a Buddy Holly song?

NPR interviewed Don Maclean recently, and good lord is he a self-important blowhard.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 7:07 PM
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41, 48: Same line quoted* at the end of Loudon Wainwright's "Talking New Bob Dylan" (whole song is a Dylan thing, however).

*And surely in many other songs as well.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 7:08 PM
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Built to Spill, "You Were Right".


Posted by: Mr. Blandings | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 7:25 PM
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I was 19 in 1971, and found the copious references and conspicuous formal allegory: king, jester, devil, to be clever, knowing and annoying.

Couldn't believe Roberta Flack's Killing Me Softly was about Maclean; I wanted it not to be true. KMS has been remixed lately, I know I've heard it.


Posted by: idp | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 7:44 PM
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There are lots of songs that randomly start singing "Roadrunner." MIA's "Bamboo Banga" and the Sex Pistols' "Johnny B. Goode" are two among others.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 7:44 PM
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I always thought it was a little weird that my metalhead college roommate who was mostly into stuff out of Norway and Sweden with cookie monster vocals and whatnot thought that Don Maclean was amazing.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 7:55 PM
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song that doesn't exist (but should)

There's this, but it doesn't seem like it would be easy to dance to.


Posted by: beamish | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 7:59 PM
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK8uv5wBxcI


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 9:00 PM
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It's not merely the means by which the lyrics are conveyed, but something that's thematized as part of what the subject of the song is doing.

It occurs to me that, by that standard, "Don't Leave Your Records In The Sun" should be included as well.


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 9:02 PM
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"Surfin' Bird" of course, contains a whole 'nother song.


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 9:02 PM
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Speaking of John Hartford, "Good Old Electric Washing Machine (circa 1943)" belongs somewhere in the same category with Warren Zevon's air conditioner hum.


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 9:10 PM
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As previously mentioned, this is really common in rap. TI's "Bring 'Em Out" is built around a Jay-Z sample, and in that sample Jay is actually quoting Big. There are at least half a dozen Rakim lines that have become full-blown colloquialisms. It's a feature of the genre I've always loved.


Posted by: Just a lurker, I suppose | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 10:07 PM
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Called it macaroni.


Posted by: clew | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 10:10 PM
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The last record I made, I stuck in a quote from "Rainy Day Women" right before the noisy part on the first song, in part because I find a lot of the conspicuous formal allegory of that era to be clever, knowing and annoying


Posted by: lourdes kayak | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 10:20 PM
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Two Christmas tunes: Randy Newman's "Sigmund Freud's Impersonation of Albert Einstein in America" ends with a wry and loaded "and may all your Christmases be white." Joni Mitchell's "River" starts with a gentle "Jingle Bells" on the piano.


Posted by: k-sky | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 11:23 PM
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Oh hai 7.


Posted by: k-sky | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 11:26 PM
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Dire Straits, "Romeo and Juliet":

Juliet says hey it's Romeo you nearly gimme me a heart attack
He's underneath the window she's singing hey la my boyfriend's back


Posted by: k-sky | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 11:30 PM
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I've got dreams, dreams to remember, I've got dreams, dreams to remember
Oh Sara, come back to New Hampshire we'll stay there forever

- Listening to Otis Redding At Home During Christmas, Okkervil River


Posted by: k-sky | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 11:35 PM
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I wrote a coda to a song that was just "I don't wanna work / I just wanna sing karao-o-ke"


Posted by: k-sky | Link to this comment | 05-18-15 11:43 PM
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The boys from the NYPD choir are singing "Galway Bay" throughout "A Fairy Tale of New York", but you don't actually hear them doing it. Does that count?


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 05-19-15 1:57 AM
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And the Beatles' "Glass Onion" references a whole lot of other Beatles songs - "I am the Walrus", "The Fool on the Hill", etc.

Ooh, opera one. In the last act of "Don Giovanni" the Don's musicians are playing tunes from various other operas of the time. The characters on stage comment on them, and when the musicians play a tune from Mozart's own "Marriage of Figaro", one says something to the effect of "Ugh, I've heard that one far too often recently".


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 05-19-15 2:04 AM
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I'm not really clear on when something is regarded as a "sample" rather than simply being quoted--for instance it seems that the annoying Kid Rock song "All Night Long" is listed as sampling Skynyrd and Zevon but not how I would have initially thought to characterize it. Probably because lame. Also old. However, the Wikipedia article did remind me of Zevon's great "play that dead man's song" song--"Play It All Night Long"


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 05-19-15 2:34 AM
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Just don't riff too recognizably on a well known folk song, as Australian band Men at Work did in "Down Under," or you might come to a tragic end.


Posted by: Ume | Link to this comment | 05-19-15 3:28 AM
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Yo la tengo's Lewis.


Posted by: bees | Link to this comment | 05-19-15 5:04 AM
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And they say bees are in decline.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 05-19-15 6:02 AM
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71 I think of the walrus Glass Onion reference as being to the Paul McCartney is Dead hysteria, not the actual song. Goo googa joob.


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 05-19-15 6:14 AM
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Jane Siberry references that line from the end of Abbey Road - the love you make is equal to the square root of the love you fake -- in one of those songs on When I Was a Boy.

And Bob Dylan quotes John Lennon's line "I read the news today, old chum" on "Roll On, John", his attempt at a jingle for an antiperspirant ad.


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 05-19-15 6:38 AM
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"Walk on the Wild Side"
And the colored girls go 'doo doo doo' etc.


Posted by: Todd | Link to this comment | 05-19-15 6:47 AM
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TV on the Radio incorporates "Don't Worry, Be Happy" into the chorus of "Trouble".


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 05-19-15 6:57 AM
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On Quadrophenia - maybe the song is "5:15"? -- Roger Daltrey goes all self-referential -- stuttering, "m-m-m-my generation" .


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 05-19-15 7:00 AM
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Best example yet ! Eddie Money song -- he goes, "Just like Ronnie sang" -- and Ronnie Spector appears out of nowhere and sings , "Be my little baby".


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 05-19-15 7:05 AM
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Eddie Money is a bottle of stale beer and cigarette butts spilled onto a carpet.


Posted by: TRO | Link to this comment | 05-19-15 7:13 AM
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82: I saw him open for the Clash and the Who at Pontiac Stadium in 1982.


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 05-19-15 7:17 AM
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So, you saw 82 in action.


Posted by: TRO | Link to this comment | 05-19-15 7:20 AM
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I loved that his song "Peace in our Time" gave every indication that he had no idea the phrase had any historical significance.


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 05-19-15 7:22 AM
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I say Eddie Money open for the Rolling Stones in 2007 or so. Or maybe it was Eddie Vedder. He had a bottle of wine, not beer.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 05-19-15 7:24 AM
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84: There's no carpet in Pontiac Stadium.


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 05-19-15 7:24 AM
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'say' s/b 'saw'


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 05-19-15 7:24 AM
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86: No, it was Eddie Fischer.


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 05-19-15 7:25 AM
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The construction worker who married Liz?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 05-19-15 7:32 AM
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90: Yep! Also Princess Leia's dad.


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 05-19-15 7:37 AM
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72: The word "sample" does a lot of work. It can mean anything from as large as "we're rapping over some other song as the backing track" to as small as "we took one drum hit and are using it as the sound in our synthesizer", to anything in between. So I'd go with it meaning "any musical quotation facilitated by direct audio borrowing."


Posted by: dalriata | Link to this comment | 05-19-15 7:46 AM
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64: what era?


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 05-19-15 7:47 AM
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A long time ago and in galaxy far, far away.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 05-19-15 7:48 AM
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82: Back around 2000, I was driving from Santa Fe to Los Alamos and passed a very sad and neglected looking Indian casino whose billboard announced that the week's headlining act was...Eddie Money.

I figure that must be at least the third circle of former celebrity hell.


Posted by: AcademicLurker | Link to this comment | 05-19-15 8:08 AM
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93: Oh, I was talking back to 54. So "the long 1971"?


Posted by: lourdes kayak | Link to this comment | 05-19-15 8:53 AM
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71.2 might be the reference I was going to make if I listened to that particular genre of music or whatever.


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 05-19-15 11:52 AM
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Who made the joke that the very dirtiest title in the video store was "Headcleaner"?


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 05-19-15 12:14 PM
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"the long 1971"?

Nice.

54 was typed hurriedly from a motel room after my son's graduation, but I've been musing on the persistence of opinions from before we have the vocabulary to articulate them.

During the long 1971 I was often impressed, even admiring of the cleverness or technical sophistication of something that didn't do much for me as art. This could be doubly-alienating, because to the people you'd talk to about a song's references, with an expectation of comprehension, it was dissonant not to be rhapsodic.

Moody Blues is an example that comes to mind. Even though then I wouldn't have been able to say "homage to Gerald Finzi" or "quotation from Debussy's Fetes, I don't feel anything I've learned has actually changed my opinion.


Posted by: idp | Link to this comment | 05-20-15 10:56 AM
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Late to the musical quote thread, but following on 71.2, Beethoven quotes Don Giovanni (specifically Leporello's opening aria ""Notte e giorno faticar") in turn in the Diabelli Variations. Given the gist of the aria and coming where it does, late in the variations, it's funny, as though Beethoven is saying, okay, this is becoming a pain in the ass.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 05-20-15 11:06 AM
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The lyrical I of Lake Marie (or I guess it's his wife?) sings a little bit of Louie Louie, if that counts.


Posted by: potchkeh | Link to this comment | 05-20-15 12:15 PM
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the commodores song "nightshift" sings songs by the dead soul stars they talk about, so "aw, talk to me, so you can see, what's going on" and also "jackie (jackie), hey what you doing now/it seems like yesterday/when we were workin out...you came and gifted us/your love it lifted us/higher and higher." they manipulate it enough to sing the tunes also, briefly. there's a similar phenomenon to this, adjacent, maybe in the raspberries song "overnight sensation"--the sound cuts out and it seems like it's coming from the radio for a half-verse before roaring back. same is true for free designs "hit record;" I had thought of making a mix with this theme but stopped at two...speaking of which with further zevon "mohammed's radio" is a little like this with it being implied the sheriff has been up all night listening to...the song itself?


Posted by: alameida | Link to this comment | 05-20-15 9:21 PM
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Hadn't listened to this album in years, but I am today, and:

I got to quit staying home
Gotta get outta here
It just hasn't been home
Since you haven't been here

I knew it when I heard it the first time
I knew it when I heard it the last time
Nothing compares to you

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_Foj9cIi3I&index=4&list=PLpGCJz85iG22CR4j6xpzhdfsCuHLfZkpG


Posted by: mark | Link to this comment | 06- 4-15 8:45 AM
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