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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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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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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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Paul Simon's The Late Great Johnny Ace

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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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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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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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Done Too Soon by Neil Diamond starts out with a list of the famous:
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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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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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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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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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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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“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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Old 08-27-2019, 09:28 AM
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Two more from Tom Paxton

Jesus Christ SRO:

Singing them rock and roll songs, by golly
Betcha you learned them from Buddy Holly

And one of my absolute favoritest Paxton rhymes ever:

I am changing my name to Chrysler.
I am going down to Washington D.C.
I will tell some power broker
What they did for Iacocca
Will be perfectly acceptable to me.
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The mention of Jesus Christ reminds me that "Jesus Christ Superstar" mentions Buddha and Mohammed:

Buddha, is he were it's at?
Is he where you are?
Could Mohammed move a mountain
or was that just P.R.?
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"It's the End of the World as We Know It", REM

That's great, it starts with an earthquake
Birds and snakes, and aeroplanes
And Lenny Bruce is not afraid
There are a few more callouts in a later verse, thematically related:

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The other night I drifted nice continental drift divide
Mountains sit in a line, Leonard Bernstein
Leonid Brezhnev, Lenny Bruce and Lester Bangs

Birthday party, cheesecake, jellybean, boom
You symbiotic, patriotic, slam but neck, right, right
The theme being, obviously, celebrities whose initials are "L.B.". Because dream.
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R.E.M.'s lead singer Michael Stipe claimed that the "L.B." references came from a dream he had in which he found himself at a party surrounded by famous people who all shared those initials.

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Jesus Christ SRO also has:

Jesus, we needed you here on Broadway.
Business wasn´t so good till you came through.
Cecil DeMille made a bundle with you,
But he never knew that you could boogaloo.
Now let me tell you what we´re gonna do for you,
We´ll put you on a T-shirt!
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From "You're the Top" by Cole Porter

"You're the nimble tread of the feet of Fred Astaire."

"You're the top!
You're Mahatma Gandhi."

Others mentioned in the song include Napoleon, Greta Garbo, Coolidge, Dante, Jimmy Durante, and Lady Astor.

From "Anything Goes":
"If Mae West you like."
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I searched this re-awakened threads, and couldn't find mention Madonna's 'Vogue', which namechecks a number of old-school celebrities:

Quote:
Greta Garbo, and Monroe
Dietrich and DiMaggio
Marlon Brando, Jimmy Dean
...
Grace Kelly; Harlow, Jean
...
Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire
Ginger Rogers,...
...
Rita Hayworth…
Lauren, Katherine, Lana too
Bette Davis, ...
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The parody show Forbidden Broadway (There's a Great White Way where the white is grey and the great is only okay) mentions lots of theatre people, but the original song has this line:

So if you dare cross your heart and swear
That these songs won't leave this cafe.
Just a trifle rude and we might get sued.
This ain't Saint Vincent Millay,
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Bohemian Rhapsody:

I see a little silhouetto of a man
Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the Fandango?
Thunderbolt and lightning, very, very frightening me
(Galileo) Galileo, (Galileo) Galileo, Galileo Figaro magnifico
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Pavement, "Range Life":

Out on tour with the Smashing Pumpkins
Nature kids, I, they don't have no function
I don't understand what they mean and I could really give a fuck

The Stone Temple Pilots, they're elegant bachelors
They're foxy to me, are they foxy to you?
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We're An-i-man-i-acs
Dot is cute and Yakko yaks
Wakko packs away the snacks
While Bill Clinton plays the sax
We're An-i-man-i-acs
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Kim Carnes in Bette Davis Eyes:
She got Greta Garbo's standoff sighs, she's got Bette Davis eyes
Plus Her hair is Harlow gold.
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Counting Crows "Mr. Jones" mentions Bob Dylan and Picasso.
Their song "Monkey" mentions Ben Folds. Another references Richard Manuel. "Mrs Potter's Lullaby" is essentially Adam Duritz singing to Monica Potter.
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Simon & Garfunkel The Dangling Conversation

And you read your Emily Dickerson
And I my Robert Frost
And we note our place with book markers
That measure what we lost.
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Lydia the Tattooed Lady:

She was the most glorious creature under the sun.
Thaďs. Dubarry. Garbo. Rolled into one.
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Broadway Melody of 1974 by Genesis:

Echoes of the Broadway Everglades
With her mythical madonnas still walking in their shades
Lenny Bruce, declares a truce
And plays his other hand
Marshall McLuhan, casual viewin'
Head buried in the sand

Sirens on the rooftops wailing
But there's no ship sailing
Groucho, with his movies trailing
Stands alone with his punchline failing

Klu Klux Klan serve hot soul food
and the band plays 'In the Mood'
The cheerleader waves her cyanide wand
There's a smell of peach blossom and bitter almonde

Caryl Chessman sniffs the air and leads the parade
He knows in a scent, you can bottle all you made
There's Howard Hughes in blue suede shoes
Smiling at the majorettes
Smoking Winston Cigarettes
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Only his last name is used, but Pete Rose is mentioned in Billy Joel's Zanzibar.

Rose, he knows he's such a credit to the game
But the Yankees grab the headlines every time
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Lydia the Tattooed Lady:

She was the most glorious creature under the sun.
Thaďs. Dubarry. Garbo. Rolled into one.
Not to mention Washington, Buffalo Bill, Godiva, Grover Whalen and Nijinsky.
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The Rolling Stones: "Rip This Joint"

Whoa, yeah!
Mister President, Mister Immigration Man
Let me in, sweetie to your fair land
I'm Tampa bound and Memphis too
Short Fat Fanny is on the loose
Dig that sound on the radio
Then slip it right across into Buffalo
Dick and Pat in ole DC
Well they're gonna hold some shit for me
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The Rolling Stones: "Star Star" aka "Starfucker"

Yeah, Ali McGraw got mad with you
For givin' head to Steve McQueen
Yeah, you and me we made a pretty pair
Fallin' through the silver screen
Honey, I'm open to anythin'
I don't know where to draw the line
Yeah, I'm makin' bets that you gonna get
John Wayne before he dies
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Before my time, but Mr. Sandman

Mr. Sandman (Yes?) bring us a dream
Give him a pair of eyes with a "come-hither" gleam
Give him a lonely heart like Pagliacci
And lots of wavy hair like Liberace
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Another Elvis Costello: Oliver's Army.

The title and chorus refers to Oliver Cromwell. Plus the line:

"With just a word in Mr. Churchill's ear"

Refers to Winston Churchill, the grandson not the original. A hardliner in Parliament on N. Ireland.

(Although sources differ.)
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Leonard Cohen's Last Years Man mentions Joan of Arc, Jesus and Cain.
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Dylan's Desolation Row has a boatload:
Bette Davis, Cain, Abel, Einstein, Nero, Ezra Pound, and T.S. Eliot.
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Another Elvis Costello: Oliver's Army.

The title and chorus refers to Oliver Cromwell. Plus the line:

"With just a word in Mr. Churchill's ear"

Refers to Winston Churchill, the grandson not the original. A hardliner in Parliament on N. Ireland.

(Although sources differ.)
You reminded me of the Kinks song "Mr. Churchill Says," which also mentions Mr. Beaverbrook, Mr. Montgomery, Mr. Mountbatten, and Vera Lynn.

From the same album, "She's Bought a Hat Like Princess Marina" mentions "He's bought a hat like Anthony Eden's."
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And, more Kinks, now that I'm thinking of them:

From "20th Century Man":
Quote:
You keep all your smart modern writers
Give me William Shakespeare
You keep all your smart modern painters
I'll take Rembrandt, Titian, Da Vinci and Gainsborough
"One of the Survivors" is about an aging rock fan who
Quote:
digs Jerry Lee Lewis, Dion and The Belmonts,
And Johnny & The Hurricanes.
In the autobiographical "The Road," Ray reminisces:
Quote:
I saw a band called the Rolling Stones
I thought, "that's it, I'll get a band,
I'm leaving home, I'm out on the road."
and
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Jimi Hendrix, The Who, the Led Zeppelin and Free
They took the road so it's alright by me
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