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HeyHomie
01-16-2014, 11:21 AM
Kid Rock's All Summer Long not only samples (if that's the right word) Sweet Home Alabama, but is also largely about singing and listening to that song as a young lad.

What are some other songs that reference other songs? By "reference" I mean that the vocalist specifically mentions or alludes to the other song; I don't just mean sampling.

Eutychus
01-16-2014, 11:24 AM
"When You Dream" by Barenaked Ladies specifically mentions Del Shannon's "Runaway."

kenobi 65
01-16-2014, 11:25 AM
"Shangri-La (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5qk2c1OuRA)", by the Electric Light Orchestra:

"My Shangri-La has gone away
Faded like the Beatles on 'Hey Jude'"

kenobi 65
01-16-2014, 11:27 AM
"When You Dream" by Barenaked Ladies specifically mentions Del Shannon's "Runaway."

As does Tom Petty's "Runnin' Down a Dream (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1D3a5eDJIs)":

"Trees went by
Me and Del were singing
Little Runaway
I was flying"

Arcite
01-16-2014, 11:27 AM
"When You Dream" by Barenaked Ladies specifically mentions Del Shannon's "Runaway."

"Runnin' Down a Dream" by Tom Petty also mentions "Runaway."

"Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd references "Southern Man" by Neil Young.

Spoons
01-16-2014, 11:38 AM
"Shangri-La (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5qk2c1OuRA)", by the Electric Light Orchestra:

"My Shangri-La has gone away
Faded like the Beatles on 'Hey Jude'""Hey Jude" is also specifically mentioned in Martina McBride's "God's Will."

jrsone
01-16-2014, 11:39 AM
Rap music does this a lot. I'm trying to think of an example off hand. I'll get back to you.

Acewiza
01-16-2014, 11:43 AM
Songs referring to other singers?

Lynyrd Skynyrd: "A Southern man don't need him around..." referring to Neil Young.

Eutychus
01-16-2014, 11:45 AM
Genesis "Broadway Melody of 1974" mentions "In the Mood."

Lacunae Matata
01-16-2014, 12:13 PM
Don McLean's American Pie refers to approximately a crapton of other songs: Eight Miles High (the Byrds,) Helter Skelter (Beatles,) Like a Rolling Stone (Dylan,) etc.

Prof. Pepperwinkle
01-16-2014, 12:28 PM
The Reunion's one-hit wonder song "Life Is A Rock (But The Radio Rolled Me)" mentions the Locomotion, Satisfaction, Gimme Shelter, Good Vibrations, Help Me Rhonda, Surfer Girl, Little Honda, Sugar Sugar, Yummy Yummy, as well as many more names of artists and bands.

Art Rock
01-16-2014, 12:33 PM
The French singer Gerard Lenorman recorded a song (Michele) in which the female subjects is described singing Yesterday.

Chronos
01-16-2014, 12:33 PM
The Pogues' "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda"

Crotalus
01-16-2014, 12:37 PM
Sweet Soul Music by Arthur Conley mentions:
Going To A Go Go by Smokey and the Miracles
Love's A hurtin' Thing by Lou Rawls
Hold On, I'm Comin' by Sam and Dave
Mustang Sally by Wilson Pickett
Otis Redding
James Brown

Art Rock
01-16-2014, 12:42 PM
Then there's the Barclay James Harvest song Titles, with lyrics mainly based on titles of Beatles songs such as Lady madonna, The long and winding road, Here comes the sun, Let it be, Something and many more.

mcgato
01-16-2014, 12:44 PM
Springsteen's Thunder Road references Roy Orbison singing for the lonely.

Biffy the Elephant Shrew
01-16-2014, 12:46 PM
"Hey Jude" is also specifically mentioned in Martina McBride's "God's Will."

Also in Sparks' "Rockin' Girls" ("You're the only girl I ever met who hates 'Hey Jude'").

The album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway by Genesis is riddled with references to old songs, including "On Broadway," "In the Mood," "Runaway," "It Won't Be Long," "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head," and "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll" (the last of which was actually a current hit when the album was recorded).

Eutychus
01-16-2014, 12:48 PM
The Pogues' "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda"

Not to forget "A Fairy Tale of Old New York" where they mention the song "Galway Bay."

Exapno Mapcase
01-16-2014, 12:48 PM
I'll bet that Kid Rock's song is a direct reference to Johnny Rivers' "Summer Rain"
All summer long we spent dancin' in the sand
And the jukebox kept on playin'
Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

kenobi 65
01-16-2014, 12:53 PM
Springsteen's Thunder Road references Roy Orbison singing for the lonely.

And, conversely, the Traveling Wilburys (of which Orbison was a member) did a song, "Tweeter and the Monkey Man (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tweeter_and_the_Monkey_Man)", which was an homage to Springsteen. The song's lyrics contain the names of a bunch of Springsteen songs, including "Thunder Road", "Jersey Girl", "Stolen Car", and "The River", among others.

Zeldar
01-16-2014, 12:53 PM
First one I can think of not already mentioned is Waylon Jennings - Luckenbach, Texas (http://www.cowboylyrics.com/lyrics/jennings-waylon/luckenbach-texas-13118.html)

Lacunae Matata
01-16-2014, 01:03 PM
Wilson Pickett's Land of 1000 Dances refers to The Twist, Long Tall Sally, and several other songs.

Gangster Octopus
01-16-2014, 01:08 PM
In Bowie's Young Americans they sing the line "I read the news today, oh boy" in a clear call back to a A Day in the Life bu The Beatles

BubbaDog
01-16-2014, 02:14 PM
Men at Work referenced "The Kookaburra Song" in a flute riff of the song "Down Under".

Years later they were sued by the copyright owners of the song and lost leading to an interesting explanation of why it was in there and a probable contribution to the death of the flutist who added the riff as an improvisation during recording.

Down Under Wiki (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Down_Under_%28song%29)

Doug K.
01-16-2014, 02:18 PM
The Pogues' "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda"

That would, of course, be Tom Waits's Tom Traubert's Blues (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Traubert's_Blues).

Superdude
01-16-2014, 02:27 PM
Eric Carmen's Make Me Lose Control mentions Be My Baby, Back In My Arms Again, Uptown, and Stand By Me.

Biffy the Elephant Shrew
01-16-2014, 02:27 PM
That would, of course, be Tom Waits's Tom Traubert's Blues (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Traubert's_Blues).

It would? "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda" was written by Eric Bogle; I know it mainly from the June Tabor version, which predates the Pogues one by nine years.

Thudlow Boink
01-16-2014, 02:43 PM
The Bangles' song "Glitter Years" references/quotes Bowie:Driving home that night he was singing
"Better hang on to yourself"

njtt
01-16-2014, 02:46 PM
"Garden Party (http://www.lyricsdepot.com/ricky-nelson/garden-party.html)" by Ricky Nelson references "I Am the Walrus," "Johnny B. Goode",* and his own ""Hello Mary Lou" (and possibly others I am missing).

"Peggy Sue Got Married (http://www.oldielyrics.com/lyrics/buddy_holly/peggy_sue_got_married.html)", by Buddy Holly references his own "Peggy Sue" (and got made into a film). Although "Peggy Sue" was hid big hit, IMHO "Peggy Sue Got Married" is the better song, by some distance.

John Lennon's "How Do You Sleep (http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/How-Do-You-Sleep-lyrics-John-Lennon/97A87C6D61509ADE48256BCA0007625D)" references several songs by McCartney: "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," "Yesterday," and "Another Day" (and, again possibly more that I am missing).

Bowie's "Ashes to Ashes" references his "Space Oddity."

Mott the Hoople's "The Saturday Gigs" references their (and Bowie's) "All the Young Dudes."



*I have a feeling that there are shitload of songs that reference "Johnny B. Goode", but I cant think of any more right now.

Amateur Barbarian
01-16-2014, 02:52 PM
Redlight King samples and builds (beautifully, IMHO) on Neil Young's "Old Man" in their song of the same name.

Thudlow Boink
01-16-2014, 02:55 PM
The Kinks song "One of the Survivors (http://www.kindakinks.net/discography/showsong.php?song=294)" mentions a number of 1950s rock songs and artists (e.g. "Hound Dog, Oh Boy, and Great Balls of Fire").

Not to mentioned that the "Johnny Thunder" character in that song first appeared in an earlier Kinks song by that name.

njtt
01-16-2014, 02:57 PM
Oh, and The Who's "5.15 (http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/5-15-lyrics-The-Who/89A49DD1D9C4C7E348256977002F8553)" references their "My Generation".

jerez
01-16-2014, 03:00 PM
The Spirit of Radio (Rush) and The Sounds of Silence (Simon and Garfunkel).

Labdad
01-16-2014, 03:03 PM
The Beatles' "Yer Blues:" "Feel so suicidal, just like Dylan's Mr. Jones" ("Ballad of a Thin Man")

kenobi 65
01-16-2014, 03:14 PM
The Kinks song "One of the Survivors (http://www.kindakinks.net/discography/showsong.php?song=294)" mentions a number of 1950s rock songs and artists (e.g. "Hound Dog, Oh Boy, and Great Balls of Fire").

Not to mentioned that the "Johnny Thunder" character in that song first appeared in an earlier Kinks song by that name.

In The Kinks' song "Destroyer (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WJ6FbcWYRU)", the song opens with the singer meeting a girl named Lola (and the song's riff is borrowed from their own "All Day and All of the Night").

LawMonkey
01-16-2014, 03:19 PM
The Ramones' "Do You Remember Rock and Roll Radio?" mentions a number of artists (John Lennon, T. Rex), music TV shows (Ed Sullivan, Hullabaloo) and disc jockeys (Murray the K, Alan Freed).

njtt
01-16-2014, 03:20 PM
Van Morrison's "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile) (http://www.absolutelyrics.com/lyrics/view/van_morrison/jackie_wilson_said_%28i%27m_in_heaven_when_you_smile%29)" references Wilson's "Reet-Petite" (and almost certainly several other songs by Jackie, but I don't know his oeuvre well enough to identify them).

I think Morrison's "Saint Dominic's Preview (http://www.lyrics007.com/Van%20Morrison%20Lyrics/Saint%20Dominic%27s%20Preview%20Lyrics.html)" alludes to Dylan's "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry," but it is confusing, because he also mentions Hank Williams (but not Dylan, directly) in the same line.

Greg Lake's "I Believe in Father Christmas (http://www.lyricsfreak.com/g/greg+lake/i+believe+in+father+christmas_20157258.html)" mentions "Silent Night" (as well as sampling Prokofiev).

Doug K.
01-16-2014, 03:24 PM
Pretty much everything Steve Miller did referenced at least one of his earlier songs.

njtt
01-16-2014, 03:25 PM
And The Sex Pistols' "God Save the Queen", of course, refers to the British National Anthem of the same title.

Labdad
01-16-2014, 03:34 PM
These keep popping into my head - Dire Straits' "Walk of Life" references "I Got a Woman", "Be-Bop-A-Lula", "What'd I Say", "My Sweet Lovin' Woman", and "Mack the Knife."

njtt
01-16-2014, 03:35 PM
Pretty much everything Steve Miller did referenced at least one of his earlier songs.

Indeed,and, as The Master (http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/972/in-steve-millers-the-joker-what-is-the-pompatus-of-love) told us, in one of his more sublime revelations, "The Joker" refers not only to several of Miller's own songs, but also to "The Letter" by the Medallions (and The Clovers' "Lovey Dovey").

The principal of my daughter's high school, when she started there, was named, and liked to be known as, Steve Miller. When I first heard of this I asked her "Do some people call him the space cowboy?" Of course, she didn't get it. :(

Gangster Octopus
01-16-2014, 03:39 PM
"The Devil Went Down To Georgia" refernces several folks songs, per Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Devil_Went_Down_to_Georgia#Musical_references):


The songs Johnny plays are mentioned in the lyrics by reference only. In the order presented in the lyrics they are as follows:

"Fire on the mountain, run boys run" is from "Fire on the Mountain", a traditional bluegrass fiddle tune dating to at least the early 19th century. According to the Library of Congress' American Folklife Center Traditional Music and Spoken Word Catalog, "The tune seems to be associated with a cluster of playful rhymes and jingles used in children's songs, play-party songs, and courting songs across the early frontier."

"The devil's in the house of the rising sun" refers to "The House of the Rising Sun", a traditional American southern folk song.

"Chicken in the bread pan pickin' out dough" refers to a well-known square dance patter that can be followed by another rhyming patter such as "Big pig rootin' up a little tater row." The patter logically belongs to an unnamed square dance song Johnny played.

"Granny does your dog bite? No, child, no" is a corruption of an old folk rhyme that starts "Granny will your dog bite? / Your hen peck, your rooster fight, / Your turkey walk a fence rail? / No child, no." Like "Fire on the Mountain", "Granny Does Your Dog Bite?" is a traditional folk song recorded as early as 1938.

Suburban Plankton
01-16-2014, 03:48 PM
The Beatles' Glass Onion makes reference to a number of their own songs: Strawberry Fields, I Am the Walrus, Lady Madonna, The Fool on the Hill, Fixing a Hole

Annie-Xmas
01-16-2014, 03:51 PM
Don McLean's American Pie has a few.

Amateur Barbarian
01-16-2014, 04:13 PM
Pretty much everything Steve Miller did referenced at least one of his earlier songs.
Pretty much everything Steve Miller's done references earlier songs, yes.

njtt
01-16-2014, 04:21 PM
Leonard Cohen's "Famous Blue Raincoat (http://www.lyricsfreak.com/l/leonard+cohen/famous+blue+raincoat_20082860.html)" mentions "Lili Marlene".

Paul McCartney's "Silly Love Songs" references ... well, most of the rest of his output, really. :p

Mean Mr. Mustard
01-16-2014, 08:39 PM
Probably a few more here (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=692679).


mmm

Ponch8
01-16-2014, 08:53 PM
Ke$ha (a big Bob Dylan fan) mentions "The Times They are A-Changin'" in "Warrior."

Eminem brings up the urban legend about Phil Collins's "In the Air Tonight" in "Stan."

P Diddy's "Coming Home" mentions "Tears of a Clown," "A House is Not a Home," and "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now." He says he hates the first two but loves the last one. "Everytime it comes on it makes me feel strong."

Accidental Martyr
01-16-2014, 10:40 PM
Probably a few more here (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=692679).


mmm
Some of my contributions from the previous thread:

"Unseen Power of The Picket Fence" by Pavement is about REM. It mentions the albums Chronic Town and Reckoning and the songs "So. Central Rain", "Dont Go Back To Rockville", "Harbourcoat", "Pretty Persuasion", "Camera" and "Time After Time".
______________
A few from Drive-By-Truckers album, Southern Rock Opera.
"Days of Graduation":
Everyone said that when the ambulance came
The paramedics could hear "Free Bird" still playing on the stereo
You know it's a very long song

"Ronnie and Neil":
And out in California, a rock star from Canada writes a couple of great songs about the bad shit that went down
"Southern Man" and "Alabama" certainly told some truth
But there were a lot of good folks down here and Neil Young wasn't around

Skynyrd was a bunch of Neil Young fans and Neil he loved that song
So he wrote "Powderfinger" for Skynyrd to record
But Ronnie ended up singing "Sweet Home Alabama" to the Lord

"Let There Be Rock":
And I never saw Lynyrd Skynyrd but I sure saw Molly Hatchet
And the band that I was in played "The Boys Are Back in Town"

And I never saw Lynyrd Skynyrd but I sure saw AC/DC
With Bon Scott singing "Let There Be Rock" tour
With Bon Scott singing "Let There Be Rock!"
________________
"Play It All Night Long"-Warren Zevon
Sweet Home Alabama
Play that dead band's song
Turn those speakers up full blast
Play it all night long

installLSC
01-16-2014, 11:11 PM
Regina Spektor's "On the Radio" has lines about "We heard November Rain/That solo's really long/But it's a pretty song".
In a totally different genre, Moe Bandy's I Just Started Hated Cheating Songs Today (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qk_pW3N-ZSI) is pretty much a list of famous cheating songs. I count references to songs by Barbara Mandrell, Conway Twitty, Webb Pierce, Merle Haggard, and many lesser known acts.

Roundabout
01-16-2014, 11:35 PM
The Ojays' "Backstabbers"

(referencing The Tempations' "Smiling Faces Sometimes".)

Shakester
01-17-2014, 06:26 AM
The Pogues' "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda"

While I'd say the Pogues' version is the definitive version, it's a cover. The song was written and originally recorded by Eric Bogle (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And_the_Band_Played_Waltzing_Matilda).

Dirty Old Town (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dirty_Old_Town) is a cover, too.

mascaroni
01-17-2014, 07:50 AM
The Clash's 2nd UK single Remote Control is referenced in the opening line of their 3rd, Complete Control

"They said, release Remote Control, but we didn't want it on the label."

Their 5th, White Man In Hammersmith Palais Opens with the words "Midnight To Six Man"

Half Man Half Biscuits Bastard Son Of Dean Friedman ends with:

"And You Can Thank Your Lucky Stars that you're not the bastard son of Dean Friedman"

Biffy the Elephant Shrew
01-17-2014, 08:19 AM
While I'd say the Pogues' version is the definitive version, it's a cover. The song was written and originally recorded by Eric Bogle (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And_the_Band_Played_Waltzing_Matilda).

Actually, according to your link, the first recording was by one John Currie in 1975. The June Tabor version I mentioned upthread was from 1976. Bogle didn't record his first album, which included his own version, until 1980.

Alpha Twit
01-17-2014, 08:48 AM
The ALABAMA song If you're gonna play in Texas (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6r4E514nJg) references three different songs.

f you're gonna play in Texas, you gotta have a fiddle in the band
That lead guitar is hot but not for "Louisiana Man" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louisiana_Man)
So rosin up that bow for "Faded Love" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faded_Love) and let's all dance
If you're gonna play in Texas, you gotta have a fiddle in the band

I remember down in Houston we were puttin' on a show
When a cowboy in the back stood up and yelled, "Cotton-Eyed Joe"! (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cotton-Eyed_Joe)

Gordon Urquhart
01-17-2014, 08:51 AM
In the prologue to the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's version of Jerry Jeff Walker's Mr. Bojangles (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjKNMb36SKY) (YouTube), Teddy sings part of "The Old Rugged Cross."

Dr. Girlfriend
01-18-2014, 01:38 PM
Indeed,and, as The Master (http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/972/in-steve-millers-the-joker-what-is-the-pompatus-of-love) told us, in one of his more sublime revelations, "The Joker" refers not only to several of Miller's own songs, but also to "The Letter" by the Medallions (and The Clovers' "Lovey Dovey").

The principal of my daughter's high school, when she started there, was named, and liked to be known as, Steve Miller. When I first heard of this I asked her "Do some people call him the space cowboy?" Of course, she didn't get it. :(

I had a kid working for me a couple summers ago named Steve Miller. I made a Space Cowboy joke one day and he just looked at me funny. Too young to get it... :smack:

Little River Band's "Reminiscing" mentions Cole Porter's "Night and Day".
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZ_3G4xqSDQ

Sampiro
01-18-2014, 11:15 PM
Cat Stevens's song "I Never Wanted To Be A Star" references his songs "Matthew and Son", "I'm Gonna Get Me a Gun", and "I Think I See The Light".

Mr. Me
01-19-2014, 09:01 AM
They Might Be Giant's Why Must I Be Sad? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3BCVtYkbIs) refences a lot of Alice Cooper songs:
No More Mr. Nice Guy, I Love The Dead, Welcome To My Nightmare, Dead Babies, Raped and Freezing, Elected, Generation Landslide, Under My Wheels, Muscle Of Love, School's Out, Only Women Bleed and Billion Dollar Babies.

ZenBeam
01-19-2014, 10:25 AM
I mentioned this in a previous thread a long time ago, but Bob Seger's Night Moves has the lyrics
I woke last night to the sound of thunder
How far off I sat and wondered
Started humming a song from 1962
Ain't it funny how the night moves On a radio call-in show, with Bob Seger as a guest where people could ask him questions, someone asked him which song that was, and he said it was Be My Baby.


(It's actually from 1963, but 1962 rhymes better.)

jrepka
01-19-2014, 03:42 PM
"Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd references "Southern Man" by Neil Young.

Though "Southern Man" is mentioned by name, another implied reference is Neil's "Alabama."

...and Neil Young later referenced Sweet Home and Lynyrd Skynyrd in "Walk On" --

I hear some people been talkin' me down,
Bring up my name, pass it 'round.
They don't mention happy times
They do their thing, I'll do mine.

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