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Songs that namecheck other artists

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by finishthehat, Nov 26, 2007.

  1. finishthehat

    finishthehat Active Member

    A lot of songs whose lyrics name other artists stink (e.g., "If There's a Rock and Roll Heaven, You Know They've Got a Hell of a Band").

    But there are some great songs too:

    Thunder Road ("Roy Orbison singing for the lonely")

    All the Young Dudes (My brother's back at home with his Beatles and his Stones")

    and Van's "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)"

  2. Huggy

    Huggy Well-Known Member

    "Carl Perkins' Cadillac" by the Drive By Truckers
  3. Mayfly

    Mayfly Active Member

    "F*** 50" - Fat Joe
  4. imjustagirl2

    imjustagirl2 New Member

    "What Would Willie Do," Gary Allan
  5. old_tony

    old_tony Well-Known Member

    The ultimate namecheck song

    "Everybody's Making' it Big but Me" by Dr. Hook in 1975 (written by Shel Silverstein).

    Elvis he's a hero he's a superstar
    And I hear that Paul McCartney drives a Rolls Royce car
    Dylan sings for millions
    And I just sing for free
    Oh everybody's makin' it big but me

    Oh, everybody's makin' it big but me
    Everybody's makin' it big but me
    Neil Diamond sings for diamonds
    And here's ole rhinestone me
    Oh everybody's makin' it big but me

    Well I hear that Alice Cooper's got a foxy chick
    To wipe off his snake, and keep him rich
    And Elton John's got two fine ladies
    And Doctor John's got three
    And I'm still seein' them same old sleezoes, that I used to see

    Oh, everybody's makin' it big but me
    Yeah everybody's makin' it big but me
    I've got charisma
    And personality
    Oh how come everybody's makin' it big but me?

    Well I paint my face with glitter
    Just like Bowie does
    And I wear the same mascara
    That Mick Jagger does
    And I even put some lipstick on
    But that just hurt my dad and mom
    And everybody's makin' it big but me

    Oh, everybody's makin' it big but me
    Yeah everybody's makin' it big but me
    They got groupies for their bands
    And all I got is my right hand
    And everybody's makin' it big but me

    Everybody's makin' it, makin' it, makin' it
    Everybody's makin' it big......

    Written so long ago that Elton John was supposedly dating women.
  6. bostonbred

    bostonbred Guest

    Buddy Holly -- Weezer
  7. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Mizzou's favorite song:

    South's Gonna Do It Again -- Charlie Daniels Band
  8. Claws for Concern

    Claws for Concern Active Member

    Shooting Star by Bad Company references the Beatles in the opening verse.
  9. Claws for Concern

    Claws for Concern Active Member

    "Sweet Home Alabama" with a reference to Neil Young
  10. EStreetJoe

    EStreetJoe Well-Known Member

    "Debbie Gibson is Pregnant With My Two-Headed Love Child" - Mojo Nixon
    (the song also includes name-checks for Tiffany (who's jello wrestling with Debbie) and Rick Astley)

    "Don Henley Must Die" - Mojo Nixon

    "Stuffin' Martha's Muffin" - Mojo Nixon
    (his ode to MTV VJ Martha Quinn)

    "We Didn't Start the Fire" - Billy Joel
    (name-checks Buddy Holly)

    "Rock 'n' Roll Call" - Joe D'Urso
    (tells the history of rock 'n' roll, a who's who of rock is mentioned in here)

    "Talkin' Woody, Bob, Dan and Bruce Blues" - Dan Bern
    (mentions Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and Madonna)
  11. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    "All Men Are Liars" by Nick Lowe also name-checked Rick Astley with a whole verse.
  12. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    PWEI's "Can You Dig It," too.

    (EDIT: A roll call of things they "dig": Run DMC, Marvel and DC, AC/DC, Bruce Lee, you get the idea)
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