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In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2012 12:33:41 AM PDT
S. Connelly says:
starship doesn't reference 'la bamba'. what the line is saying is 'marconi (the inventor of radio) plays the mamba (a type of dance). songlyrics.com - check it out.

Posted on May 11, 2012 12:20:27 PM PDT
W.H. says:
Chinese Cafe/Unchained Melody (Joni Mitchell)

In reply to an earlier post on May 11, 2012 1:05:29 PM PDT
Mike B. says:
I looked it up, and you're right. I'll eliminate that one.

In reply to an earlier post on May 11, 2012 1:17:41 PM PDT
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J. Lovejoy says:
Weezer's "Heart Songs" is also one of the worst songs I have EVER heard. (And I say that as someone who continues to buy Weezer albums and thinks Red had some really great moments.)

Other songs:

Semisonic - Singing In My Sleep (references Heart of Glass)
Better Than Ezra - Extraordinary (ref. You Shook Me All Night Long)
Big Star (or Eliott Smith's cover) - Thirteen (ref. Paint It Black)

Posted on May 16, 2012 2:59:21 PM PDT
Michael Ary says:
"Sara" - Bob Dylan
This song mentions his song... "Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands"
"I can still hear the sounds of those Methodist bells
I'd taken the cure and had just gotten through
Staying up for day in the Chelsea Hotel
Writing "Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands" for you."

Posted on May 20, 2012 5:45:33 PM PDT
"Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands" was written about his one-time wife, Sara Lowndes.

Posted on May 20, 2012 8:19:56 PM PDT
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Michael Ary says:
Yes you are right Richard, Dylan wrote "Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands" for his first wife (former Playboy Bunny) Sara (aka Shirley) along with a bunch of others... primarily "Sara" from "Desire", "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" from "John Wesley Harding", and the wonderful "Love Minus Zero/No Limit" on "Bringing It All Back Home", just to name a few. Dylan often is inspired by people from his past and present to write songs about. Can you guess who (if anyone) he was talking about in "Ballad Of A Thin Man"? Hint: Dylan himself denies it was about anyone in particular, but several people close to him including Jakob Dylan, his son, have said otherwise.

Posted on May 21, 2012 8:45:44 PM PDT
Hmmm...never thought he was writing about anyone in particular with that song...I'd have to ask some people who are bigger Dylan fanatics than myself...

Posted on May 23, 2012 11:31:07 PM PDT
naldo says:
There's a song called "Titles" by the band Barclay James Harvest whose lyrics are all Beatles song titles. Pretty cool!

Posted on May 24, 2012 12:19:35 AM PDT
i think this one tops them ALL! lol you were right by built to spill...
You were wrong when you said everything's gonna be alright
You were wrong when you said everything's gonna be alright

You were right when you said all that glitters isn't gold
You were right when you said all we are is dust in the wind
You were right when you said we're all just bricks in the wall
And when you said manic depression's a frustrated mess

You were wrong when you said everything's gonna be alright
You were wrong when you said everything's gonna be alright
You were wrong when you said everything's gonna be alright

You were right when you said you can't always get what you want
You were right when you said it's a hard rain's gonna fall
You were right when you said were still running against the wind
Life goes on long after the thrill of living is gone
You were right when you said this is the end

one of my favs by them...

Posted on May 25, 2012 7:36:09 AM PDT
"Titles" by Barclay James Harvest interweaves the titles of a dozen Beatles songs into the lyrics.

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2012 8:17:10 AM PDT
naldo says:
Todd,
Glad someone else remembers BJH.

Posted on May 25, 2012 9:19:02 AM PDT
Michael Ary says:
Great find Todd.

"The Story Of A Rock And Roll Band" by Randy Newman quotes 3 ELO titles... "Mr. Blue Sky", "Turn to Stone", "Telephone Line"

Posted on May 25, 2012 10:44:14 AM PDT
J. Beaver says:
Hungry Daze - Deep Purple

"We all came out to Montreaux, but that's another song"

A clear reference to "Smoke on the Water" from the reunion album 'Perfect Strangers'.

Posted on May 25, 2012 6:51:10 PM PDT
Along the same lines of the Barclay James Harvest song, there's also Nilsson's cover of the Beatles song "You Can't Do That", where he mentions quite a few Beatles song titles.

Posted on May 26, 2012 9:43:01 AM PDT
Michael Ary says:
The "New Radicals" song, "I Hope I Didn't Just Give Away the Ending" references The Beatles song "Revolution #9"

She wanted to be a nun
Until that fateful day we met
I beat the crucifix
In a game of Russian roulette
I burned my Beatles records
Because she hated number nine

Posted on May 26, 2012 11:20:37 AM PDT
"Respect" by Aretha Franklin...'You're runnin' out of fools, and I ain't lyin''...a reference to what was her best-known song prior to that, the 1964 hit "Runnin' Out of Fools".

Posted on Jun 20, 2012 11:05:35 AM PDT
alysha25 says:
Aerosmith's song "jailbait" mentions the song "B*tch's brew", both on the album "Rock in a hard place". I only know this because I just discoved this album through another thread and was youtubing the songs since amazon has no samples.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 9:46:09 PM PST
DixieRose says:
The Righteous Brothers - "American Rock & Roll" and "Rock & Roll Heaven", both with numerous artist and song titles. Also a song by Journey, "Raised On Radio", 27 song titles in that one. Johnny Rivers, "Summer Rain" mentions the Beatles song "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band". Bruce Springsteen, "Thunder Road" mentions Roy Orbison and his song "Only The Lonely". The Comodores, "Night Shift" a tribute to Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson mentions their songs, "What's Going On" (Marvin) and "Higher and Higher" (Jackie). I could go on and on but I won't! lol I'm an internet radio DJ and I do shows with this theme sometimes, "songs that refer to other songs or artists".

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 11:24:26 PM PST
D. Mok says:
"Told you 'bout the Seether before/You know the one who's neither or nor"
- "Volcano Girls", Veruca Salt

"Jack Flash, 'Rocket Man', Sgt. Pepper and The Band
Ziggy, 'Bennie and the Jets', take a rocket, we just got to fly...
Jet black, Johnny B., 'Jean Genie', 'Killer Queen'
Dizzy, Lizzy, Major Tom"
- "Rocket", Def Leppard

"Helter Skelter, and the summer sweltered...
Eight Miles High and fallin' fast...
So come on, Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
Jack Flash sat on a candlestick"
- "American Pie", Don McLean

"Dien Bien Phu falls, 'Rock around the Clock'"
- "We Didn't Start the Fire", Billy Joel

Posted on Nov 22, 2012 2:34:13 PM PST
Opeth's concept album, My Arms, Your Hearse, the last line of each track...is the song title of the next track. The final track's last word is the song title of the first track.
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