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Old 01-25-2009, 11:53 PM
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Songs about fictional people

Inspired by the thread Songs about famous people - as I went through my MP3s for that thread, I found a few songs about fictional characters too, so how about a list of songs that are about, named after, or mention fictional characters?

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By "fictional" I mean established ones from books (but let's leave Santa Claus/Christmas and characters from the Bible to another thread for the sake of thread scale), plays, movies,TV shows, comics, or video games rather than characters created for the narritive of the song. And these songs should be about specific characters: Dracula or Casper, yes, vampires or ghosts in general, no.

Here are a few to get started:

Forget Cassettes "Bruce Wayne"
Feeder "Buck Rogers"
Cursive "Driftwood" = Pinocchio
Belly "Gepetto"
Psapp "King Kong"
3 Doors Down "Kryptonite" = Superman
Sam the Sham & The Pharaohs "Lil' Red Riding Hood"
Dishwalla "Miss Emma Peel"
Catatonia "Mulder And Scully"
Marry Me Jane "Superman"
Our Lady Peace "Superman Is Dead"
Emprise (Canada) "The Tin Man (Silk and Sawdust)"
Jefferson Airplane "White Rabbit (Go Ask Alice)" = Alice in Wonderland
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Old 01-25-2009, 11:59 PM
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Jimmy Olsen's Blues - Spin Doctors
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Old 01-26-2009, 12:01 AM
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Gordon Lightfoot's Don Quixote is a favorite of mine.
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Old 01-26-2009, 12:35 AM
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Bob Dylan's "Desolation Row" mentions Cinderella, Romeo, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, Ophelia, and the Phantom of the Opera.

The Kink's "Apeman" refers to Tarzan and Jane. There's also their "Want to Fly Like Superman."

REM's "I Am Superman"
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Old 01-26-2009, 12:47 AM
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10 CC - Life is a minestrone (Minnie Mouse)
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Old 01-26-2009, 03:20 AM
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"Sirens of Titan" by Al Stewart (Album: Modern Times), about Malachi Constant

I'd heard that Jessi Colter's "I'm Not Lisa" was based on the book/play/movie David and Lisa, but I have no cite for this.
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Old 01-26-2009, 04:02 AM
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Daria - Cake
Conehead - Frank Zappa
Blue Oyster Cult - Godzilla
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Old 01-26-2009, 04:31 AM
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Tom Lehrer-Oedipus Rex
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Old 01-26-2009, 07:03 AM
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The Kingsmen: The Jolly Green Giant.
The Royal Guardsmen: Snoopy vs. The Red Baron.

(Note the similar meaning of the band names. That's gotta mean something.)
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Old 01-26-2009, 07:09 AM
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The Firm - 'Star Trekkin'' (Captain Kirk, among others)
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Old 01-26-2009, 07:36 AM
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The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins.
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Old 01-26-2009, 07:51 AM
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Nerf Herder - "Mr. Spock"

Jim Croce - "You Don't Mess Around With Jim"

You don't tug on Superman's cape
You don't spit into the wind
You don't pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger...
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Old 01-26-2009, 07:55 AM
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Crash Test Dummies -- Superman's Song (Superman, Tarzan, and Solomon Grundy).
Donovan -- Sunshine Superman (Superman and Green Lantern).
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Old 01-26-2009, 10:45 AM
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Kate Bush -- Wuthering Heights
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Old 01-26-2009, 10:57 AM
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America - "Tin Man" (The Tin Woodsman, the Wizard of Oz, Sir Galahad)
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Old 01-26-2009, 11:04 AM
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The Saga Begins - Weird Al Yankovic
Yoda - Weird Al Yankovic

others aplenty I'm just not thinking of at the moment
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Old 01-26-2009, 11:10 AM
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Does a huge radioactive lizard count as "people" for the purpose of this thread?

Cool.

I nominate Godzilla by Blue Oyster Cult.

Edit: Bah...I see Mudshark already listed it.

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Old 01-26-2009, 11:17 AM
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(Note the similar meaning of the band names. That's gotta mean something.)
Two American groups, one from Oregon and one from Florida, trying to cash in on the British Invasion. Also, the latter covered "The Jolly Green Giant".
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Old 01-26-2009, 11:27 AM
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It seems to me there has to be a lot of these on movie soundtracks. Off the top of my head:

The Cure - Charlotte Sometimes
Alice Cooper - The man behind the mask (Jason Vorhees, Friday the 13th)
Sisters of Mercy - Ozymandias
Simon & Garfunkel - Mrs. Robinson
Gorillaz - Dirty Harry
Queen - Flash (Gordon)
Nightwish - Phantom of the Opera
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Old 01-26-2009, 11:28 AM
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Romeo and Juliet - Dire Straits
(Just Like) Romeo and Juliet - The Reflections
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Old 01-26-2009, 11:34 AM
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Romeo and Juliet - Indigo Girls
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Old 01-26-2009, 11:38 AM
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Romeo and Heathcliff - "No Myth," by Michael Penn
Romeo and Juliet, Sampson and Delilah - "Fire" by The Pointer Sisters (?)

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Old 01-26-2009, 12:02 PM
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Frankenstein - Edgar Winter Group
Werewolves of London - Warren Zevon
The Vampire Lestat - Moon over Bourbon Street - Sting
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Old 01-26-2009, 12:05 PM
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Werewolves of London - Warren Zevon
Isn't this about werewolves in general?

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Old 01-26-2009, 12:16 PM
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I am Iron Man.
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Old 01-26-2009, 12:19 PM
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I am Iron Man.
I thought about that too, but apparently that's a different iron man for copyright reasons...
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Old 01-26-2009, 12:32 PM
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"Carlotta Valdez" -- Harvey Danger (based on Vertigo)
Good tune, too.
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Old 01-26-2009, 12:49 PM
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Charlie Brown — the Coasters

Superstar (Jesus)— Andrew Lloyd Webber
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Old 01-26-2009, 12:55 PM
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Charlie Brown the Coasters
Not the same as the comic strip character.
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Old 01-26-2009, 01:07 PM
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You're a good man Charlie Brown — Clark Gesner
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Old 01-26-2009, 01:09 PM
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Ramble On by Led Zepplin has a verse that mentions Gollum.
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Old 01-26-2009, 01:17 PM
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Isn't this about werewolves in general?
You know any non-fictional werewolves?
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Old 01-26-2009, 01:24 PM
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I'm not sure if this counts, but the Cure song, Killing an Arab is based on the Albert Camus novel, the Stranger and is sung from the persepctive of Meursault.
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Old 01-26-2009, 01:26 PM
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Don't Stand So Close to Me - The Police

It's no use
He sees her
He starts to shake and cough
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old man in
that book by Nabakov


"old man in that book by Nabakov" = Humbert Humbert, thr protagonist of Lolita
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Old 01-26-2009, 01:30 PM
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"Quinn the Eskimo"? -- Bob Dylan
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Old 01-26-2009, 02:11 PM
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You know any non-fictional werewolves?
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these songs should be about specific characters: Dracula or Casper, yes, vampires or ghosts in general, no.
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Old 01-26-2009, 02:23 PM
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The song title is a reference to the movie Werewolf of London, ergo, it refernces a specific character.

Ta da!
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Old 01-26-2009, 02:47 PM
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Uhm,

Superman (It's Not Easy), by . . . . I can't think of the band right now.

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Old 01-26-2009, 03:02 PM
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Cat's In The Cradle -- Harry Chapin (Silver Spoon, Little Boy Blue, Man in the Moon)
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Old 01-26-2009, 03:10 PM
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Daria - Cake
Who does the song Daria refer to?

If you're alluding to the animated show "Daria," I believe the CAKE song predates the show by a year or two.

I'll add:

Barenaked Ladies - "One Week" - Mentions Aquaman and Sailor Moon.
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Old 01-26-2009, 03:55 PM
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Uhm,

Superman (It's Not Easy), by . . . . I can't think of the band right now.
*snort*
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Old 01-26-2009, 03:57 PM
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Superman (It's not easy) is Five For Fighting.

Tom Sawyer - Rush
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Old 01-26-2009, 04:02 PM
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Superman (It's not easy) is Five For Fighting.
Welcome to the joke.
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Old 01-26-2009, 04:04 PM
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The Hollywood Argyles: Alley-Oop. Also performed by the Beach Boys.
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Old 01-26-2009, 04:08 PM
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Iron Maiden's 'To Tame a Land' is about Dune, and mentions some of the characters by name.
Anthrax's "I Am the Law" is about Judge Dredd.
Metallica's "one" is sung from the perspective of the character in "Johnny Got His Gun"


Does Johnny B. Goode count as a fictional character?
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Old 01-26-2009, 04:15 PM
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Romeo and Juliet, Sampson and Delilah - "Fire" by The Pointer Sisters (?)
Yep, and written by Bruce Springsteen.

Does The Ballad of Lucy Jordan count if it's a sung version of a Shel Silverstein poem?
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Old 01-26-2009, 04:37 PM
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The Devil Went Down to Georgia - Charlie Daniels Band
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Old 01-26-2009, 04:46 PM
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"Daria" by Cake is not older than the TV show character (though "Daria" didn't start airing until 1997, the character had existed on "Bevis and Butthead" for years at that point). It's pretty decidedly not about the character, though, either.
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Old 01-26-2009, 05:01 PM
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May be too generic, but Queen did several songs for/about Highlander.

Princes of the Universe
Who Wants to Live Forever.
Gimme the Prize
Don't Lose Your Head
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Old 01-26-2009, 05:26 PM
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Maxwell's Silver Hammer, by the Beatles.
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