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Old 08-07-2019, 09:28 PM
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Wrapped Around Your Finger, The Police
It's not a lie if you believe it.

How about Putting On The Ritz:

Dressed up like a million dollar trouper
Trying hard to be like Gary Cooper
Super-Duper.
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Old 08-08-2019, 12:04 PM
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Elvis Costello - God's Comic:

So there he was on a water-bed
Drinking a cola of a mystery brand
Reading an airport novelette,
listening to Andrew Lloyd-Webber's "Requiem"
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Old 08-09-2019, 01:12 PM
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Heard Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars.

This hit, that ice cold
Michelle Pfeiffer, that white gold
This one for them hood girls
Them good girls straight masterpieces
Stylin', wilin', livin' it up in the city
Got Chucks on with Saint Laurent

Michelle Pfeiffer, Chuck Taylor (kind of) and Saint Laurent
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Old 08-09-2019, 01:36 PM
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Coincidentally, I'm listening to Pink Floyd today.

Does anybody here remember Vera Lynn?
I do! She's on one of my DeathPool lists, although she's too old, at 102, for me to get points for her(just a unique pick)
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Old 08-09-2019, 02:07 PM
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Paul Simon's The Late Great Johnny Ace

Quote:
I was reading a magazine
And thinking of a rock and roll song
The year was 1954
And I hadn't been playing that long
When a man came on the radio
And this is what he said
He said I hate to break it
To his fans
But Johnny Ace is dead
Written in 1983. And while there was a singer named Johnny Ace, this one's probably actually about John Lennon, who died in 1980.


and

from Don't Dream It, Be It from Rocky Horror Picture Show

"God bless Lili St. Cyr". (who was a stripper who began a line of erotic lingerie after she retired.)

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Old 08-09-2019, 06:41 PM
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Not sure if these count as "in passing but...
Rock n' Roll Murder--Leaving Trains

I Do the Rock-- Tim Curry
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Old 08-09-2019, 07:19 PM
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"Fixed on the front of her Fassbinder face was the kind of a smile that only a rather dull child would have drawn while attempting a graveyard in the moonlight." - Roger Waters, "4:33 AM (Running Shoes)"
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Old 08-09-2019, 08:54 PM
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She was born in November 1963
The day Aldous Huxley died

"Run Baby Run" - Sheryl Crow
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Old 08-12-2019, 07:01 AM
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Elvis Costello's "Complicated Shadows":

You can say just what you like in a voice like a John Ford film
Take the law into your hands
You will soon get tired of killing
In those complicated shadows
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Old 08-12-2019, 07:28 AM
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The Go-Betweens - Lee Remick [not her since she's the title character in the song]

I love Lee Remick, she's a darling
She was in The Omen with Gregory Peck
She got killed, what the heck
Her eyes are like gems
She's an actress for Screen Gems


Jello Biafra + Mojo Nixon - Buy my snakeoil

C'mon and buy my snake oil
Til my well runs stinking dry
I'll be your Rondo Hatton
I'll be your Dwight Frye
Get mighty jealous watchin'
My old roomates gettin' signed
The world owes me a living
I want my taste of the pie


and further down the song ...

Punk without rebellion
We'll call it Grunge (R) for you
I'll dress just like Don Henley
And sing just like him too
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Old 08-12-2019, 07:37 AM
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Done Too Soon by Neil Diamond starts out with a list of the famous:
Quote:
Jesus Christ, Fanny Brice,
Wolfie Mozart and Humphrey Bogart and
Genghis Khan and
On to H. G. Wells.
Ho Chi Minh, Gunga Din
Henry Luce and John Wilkes Booth
And Alexander's
King and Graham Bell.
Ramar Krishna, Mama Whistler,
Patrice Lumumba and Russ Colombo,
Karl and Chico Marx,
Albert Camus.
E. A. Poe, Henri Rousseau,
Sholom Aleichem and Caryl Chessman,
Alan Freed and
Buster Keaton too
He might hold the record.
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Old 08-16-2019, 08:09 AM
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Listening to Moments of Pleasure by Kate Bush...

He meets us at the lift
Like Douglas Fairbanks
Waving his walking stick
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Old 08-16-2019, 09:05 AM
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"Buy Me A Condo" by Weird Al Yankovic

Gonna sell me Bob Marley records,
Gonna get me some Jackson Browne

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Old 08-16-2019, 10:16 AM
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Several from The Kinks' "Mr. Churchill Says"

Well Mr. Montgomery says
And Mr. Mountbatten says
We gotta fight the bloody battle to the very end
As Vera Lynn would say
We'll meet again someday
But all the sacrifices we must make before the end
Not to mention Celluloid Heroes:

Quote:
Don't step on Greta Garbo as you walk down the Boulevard
She looks so weak and fragile that's why she tried to be so hard
...
Rudolph Valentino looks very much alive
And he looks up ladies dresses as they sadly pass him by
Avoid stepping on Bela Lugosi
'Cause he's liable to turn and bite
But stand close by Bette Davis
Because hers was such a lonely life
If you covered him with garbage
George Sanders would still have style
And if you stamped on Mickey Rooney
He would still turn round and smile
But please don't tread on dearest Marilyn
Cause she's not very tough
She should have been made of iron or steel
But she was only made of flesh and blood
Although, since celebrity is the actual subject matter of the song, I'm not sure this qualifies as "in passing."

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Old 08-16-2019, 02:03 PM
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The Tractors had a #11 U.S. country hit in 1994, Baby Likes To Rock It, which includes the line "Got brother Jimmy on the T.V.--killer on the stereo", a reference to TV evangelist Jimmy Swaggart and his cousin, singer Jerry Lee Lewis.
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Old 08-16-2019, 02:34 PM
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"Manic Monday" by The Bangles

Six o'clock already
I was just in the middle of a dream
I was kissing Valentino
By a crystal blue Italian stream
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Old 08-16-2019, 02:41 PM
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Eddie Money - "Take Me Home Tonight"

Just like Ronnie sang...


What is cool is that it's a duet with Ronnie Spector.
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Old 08-16-2019, 04:08 PM
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Jello Biafra + Mojo Nixon - Buy my snakeoil

C'mon and buy my snake oil
Til my well runs stinking dry
I'll be your Rondo Hatton
I'll be your Dwight Frye
Get mighty jealous watchin'
My old roomates gettin' signed
The world owes me a living
I want my taste of the pie


and further down the song ...

Punk without rebellion
We'll call it Grunge (R) for you
I'll dress just like Don Henley
And sing just like him too
We can circle back here with the Dead Milkmen's Punk Rock Girl:
Security guards trailed us
to a record shop
We asked for Mojo Nixon
They said, "he don't work here"
We said, "if you don't know Mojo Nixon then your store could use some fixin'!"

(I don't have one for Jello Biafra, but I'm sure they're out there)


Bob Dylan kept it up his whole career. From Thunder on the Mountain (2010):
I was thinkin' 'bout Alicia Keys, couldn't keep from crying
When she was born in Hell's Kitchen, I was living down the line
I'm wondering where in the world Alicia Keys could be
I been looking for her even clear through Tennessee
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Old 08-16-2019, 04:52 PM
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There's always Outkast's Hey Ya: Now all the Beyonce's, and Lucy Lu's, and baby dolls
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Reminiscing by The Little River Band

Well that's the way it began, we were hand-in-hand
Glen Miller's band was better than before
We yelled and screamed for more
And those Porter's tunes made us dance across the room -- that's what the lyrics site had, I thought it was "Cole Porter's tunes"
It ended all too soon
On the way back home I promised you'd never be alone

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Old 08-17-2019, 10:56 PM
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“Hackensack” by Fountains of Wayne:

“I saw you talkin’ to Christopher Walken on my TV screen.”
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“Car Jamming” The Clash
I thought I saw Lauren Bacall

“Born in the 50’s” Police
My mother cried when President Kennedy Died

“Streams of Whiskey” Pogues
Last night as I slept I dreamt I met with Behan

“Rain Street” Pogues
Judas took his measly price while St. Anthony gazed in awe at Christ
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The Rolling Stones, Sympathy for the Devil, “Anastasia screamed in vain,” and also “I shouted out who killed the Kennedys...”
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The Seeker by The Who mentions the Beatles, Bob Dylan and Timothy Leary

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