Songs that have brief musical references to other tunes in there..

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For instance, David Bowie's Starman, which has a little bit of "Wichita Lineman" just before the chorus starts.

Mark G, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 11:40 (six months ago) Permalink

bowie does this with "a day in the life" in "young americans"

three others ~

the sex pistols' "emi" references the modern lovers' "roadrunner"
the specials' "little bitch" references the rolling stones' "brown sugar"
jessica pratt's "strange melody" references duran duran's "hungry like the wolf"

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 12:46 (six months ago) Permalink

For instance, David Bowie's Starman, which has a little bit of "Wichita Lineman" just before the chorus starts.

― Mark G, Wednesday, January 3, 2018 11:40 AM (one hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Oh yeah! Never heard this as a reference before but clearly it is!

FREEZE! FYI! (dog latin), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 12:47 (six months ago) Permalink

HMHB to thread! Like when Irk The Purists takes a break from being Sing Hosanna to quote Agadoo :D

imago, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 12:56 (six months ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, and that bit from Oliver, "Oom Pah Pah" to make a reference to Mariella Frostrup

Mark G, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 13:52 (six months ago) Permalink

Sugarloaf's "Don't Call Us, We'll Call You" turns into "I Feel Fine" for a second, after they mention the Beatles.

The Whitlams' "I Make Hamburgers" makes repeated use of the "Summer Breeze" riff (maybe just a ripoff).

Newb Sybok (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 14:11 (six months ago) Permalink

Johnathan Richman "Velvet Underground"

before the last chorus he plays and sings a few bars of "Sister Ray"

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 14:15 (six months ago) Permalink

Beck "Halo of Gold"/Skip Spence "Furry Heroine"

references Johnny Cash's "Walk the Line" with Beck's version imitating a classic country arrangement for that one line

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 14:20 (six months ago) Permalink

Grace Jones' La Vie en Rose has a piano playing the main Wichita Lineman riff in the second half.

Here comes the phantom menace (ledge), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 14:26 (six months ago) Permalink

fwiw I don't believe "Starman" is referencing "Wichita Lineman" so much as just a generic broadcast signal - much like "Wichita Lineman" did.

Whiney Houston (Tom D.), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 14:29 (six months ago) Permalink

v. obvious but the reference to the guitar solo in the Buzzcocks' 'Boredom' in 'Rip It Up' by Orange Juice

faust apes (NickB), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 14:34 (six months ago) Permalink

That bit in Roxy Music's Re-Make/Re-Model where the bass does the 'Day Tripper' riff

The bit in Prince's 'Ballad of Dorothy Parker' quoting Joni Mitchell's 'Help Me'

Gavin, Leeds, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 14:37 (six months ago) Permalink

The Beatles « All You Need Is Love » : « La Marseillaise », « She Loves You », « Yesterday », Bach’s « Invention no8 », Glenn Miller’s « In the Mood », Wayne Shanklin « Chanson d’Amour », « Greensleeves ».

AlXTC from Paris, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 14:40 (six months ago) Permalink

Lots of this on PJ Harvey's Let England Shake, most notably 'The Words That Maketh Murder' which makes multiple references to 'Summertime Blues'

FREEZE! FYI! (dog latin), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 14:42 (six months ago) Permalink

Pin by Grimes has that quote of Landslide in the bridge

ufo, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 14:46 (six months ago) Permalink

Elvis Costello's "You Bowed Down" has the 12-string riff from "Turn Turn Turn" in it, probably played by McGuinn himself.

Rodney Crowell's "I Walk the Line Revisited" quotes, of course, "I Walk the Line" and he got Cash to sing on it.

deez nuts roasting on an open fire (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 14:47 (six months ago) Permalink

Bach's 'Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring' is quoted in the guitar break in The Byrds' 'She Don't Care About Time'

faust apes (NickB), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 14:51 (six months ago) Permalink

The Sea Nymphs' 'A Thousand Strokes And A Rolling Suck' makes very good use of The Beatles' Good Morning Good Morning

imago, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 15:01 (six months ago) Permalink

and Joni nicks a bit of Van Morrison's "Baby Goodbye" for This Flight Tonight (also done by Nazareth)

Mark G, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 15:04 (six months ago) Permalink

Then there are all 80's/90's hip-hop tracks that sampled plenty of other tracks of course (bomb squad, Beastie boys, etc)

AlXTC from Paris, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 15:09 (six months ago) Permalink

One of my favourite examples of this is Tori Amos’ “In St he Springtime of his Voodoo”, which starts with “standin' on a corner in Winslow, Arizona / and i’m quite sure i’m in the wrong song...”

Tim F, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 15:09 (six months ago) Permalink

The goofy little 1812 Overture excerpt at the start of 2112.

dinnerboat, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 15:43 (six months ago) Permalink

john williams' theme for "lost in space" is practically pastiche of mussorgsky's "ballet of the unhatched chickens"

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 16:00 (six months ago) Permalink

The Rutles "(Listen to the) Flower People" does a quotation of Ein Kleine Nachtmusik after the line "Listen, it's like a Mozart symphony"

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 16:03 (six months ago) Permalink

that's Spinal Tap

and Joni nicks a bit of Van Morrison's "Baby Goodbye" for This Flight Tonight (also done by Nazareth)

― Mark G, Wednesday, January 3, 2018 10:04 AM (one hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Not to mention the bit of Jingle Bells in the intro and outro of The River.

how's life, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 16:09 (six months ago) Permalink

Kevin Morby's "1234" references Jim Carroll's "People Who Died" at the end.

nicky lo-fi, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 16:17 (six months ago) Permalink

that's Spinal Tap

omg i can't believe i did that heh

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 16:20 (six months ago) Permalink

Elvis Costello's "You Bowed Down" has the 12-string riff from "Turn Turn Turn" in it, probably played by McGuinn himself.

Appropriate, since the song was written for and first recorded by McGuinn for his comeback LP Back From Rio.

Never Learn To Mike Love (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 16:31 (six months ago) Permalink

...and on that tip, the Byrds bringing up a "Ticket To Ride" in "Artificial Energy".

Never Learn To Mike Love (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 16:35 (six months ago) Permalink

"All Modern Conveniences" by Clifford T. Ward. When he sings the line "She likes to listen to the radio, music, Clifford T..." the string section plays his own "Gaye."

Buttery males (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 17:12 (six months ago) Permalink

'vine street' as performed & arranged by van dyke parks on song cycle features a very obvious string quote of beethoven's 9th

'trippin' on a hole in a paper heart' by stone temple pilots quotes the main riff of led zeppelin's 'dancing days' in the prechoruses

'cherub rock' by the smashing pumpkins has a couple: the opening E octave vamp is a rip from the middle of rush's 'bytor and the snow dog,' and the chorus is the same melody/chords as cheap trick's 'oo la la la'

flappy bird, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 17:26 (six months ago) Permalink

great thread btw

flappy bird, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 17:26 (six months ago) Permalink

The 'Thought you might like to know' bit in Pink Floyd's "Apples and Oranges" references Sgt. Pepper title track.

Whiney Houston (Tom D.), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 17:33 (six months ago) Permalink

"The Skye Boat Song" is referenced in Parliament's "The Silent Boatman"

Whiney Houston (Tom D.), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 17:35 (six months ago) Permalink

MJ « Will You Be There » : Beethoven’9th

AlXTC from Paris, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 17:38 (six months ago) Permalink

'you were wrong' by built to spill is full of lyrical references to famous songs but afaik has no musical references

flappy bird, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 17:55 (six months ago) Permalink

bartok's concerto for orchestra quotes/mocks a theme from shostakovich's seventh

mookieproof, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 18:07 (six months ago) Permalink

Does it have to be two different bands? "Pop Goes The World" by Men Without Hats drops the "Safety Dance" keyboard thing in the middle.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 18:11 (six months ago) Permalink

Eddie Money "Take Me Home Tonight" and they got Ronnie Spector to sing her own reference

The Velvet Underground "There She Goes Again" plays the intro riff from Marvin Gaye's "Hitch Hike" (The Smiths copped this too for "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out")

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 18:11 (six months ago) Permalink

'silence kid' by pavement has the same vocal melody as buddy holly's 'everyday.' although i don't think that's really what the thread is looking for- this is little riffs or melodies dropped or weaved in, rather than wholesale rips right? another example of that is 'i want it that way' by the backstreet boys, which is exactly the same vocal melody as bruce springsteen's 'atlantic city'

flappy bird, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 18:14 (six months ago) Permalink

Billy Joel's "The River of Dreams" concludes with him singing a little bit of the Cadillacs' "Gloria."

Paul McCartney (feat. Stevie Wonder)'s "What's That You're Doing" ends up with some "she loves you, yeah, yeah yeah" material. His concert-warmup-track "P.S. Love Me Do" is best left forgotten.

Newb Sybok (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 18:14 (six months ago) Permalink

The 'Thought you might like to know' bit in Pink Floyd's "Apples and Oranges" references Sgt. Pepper title track.

― Whiney Houston (Tom D.), Wednesday, January 3, 2018 5:33 PM (three hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post

Never spotted that! Yeah..

Mark G, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 21:21 (six months ago) Permalink

Does it have to be two different bands?

lou reed quotes "sweet jane" at the start of street hassle.

new noise, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 21:27 (six months ago) Permalink

foetus does this a lot... off the top of my head:

"kid hate kid" starts with the opening of the monkees theme song.
"satan place" quotes "wipeout"

new noise, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 21:34 (six months ago) Permalink

"sick man" quotes the batman tv show theme tune.

new noise, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 21:41 (six months ago) Permalink

'Lucifer Over London' by Current 93 starts off with the opening riff from Black Sabbath's 'Paranoid'

faust apes (NickB), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 21:41 (six months ago) Permalink

yeah that one! the transition is stunning

imago, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 21:43 (six months ago) Permalink

it's the best song really

faust apes (NickB), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 21:46 (six months ago) Permalink

Ray Mang - Number One seems to have a bit of Turn Your Love Around by George Benson in the melody, but i'm not sure if that was intentional or not.

https://youtu.be/DN60ENBVGVw

brotherlovesdub, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 21:51 (six months ago) Permalink

It’s so seamlessly integrated but also an unmistakable nod. I love it.

treeship 2, Tuesday, 16 January 2018 04:55 (six months ago) Permalink

was the bit of madonna's "express yourself" that sounds just like the bit from the staple singers' "respect yourself" intentional or no? i don't see mention of it on wikipedia/discogs/etc. and when i google it all i get are petty madonna-gaga stan wars

dyl, Tuesday, 16 January 2018 05:05 (six months ago) Permalink

"Colorado" by the Flying Burrito Brothers sounds a lot like this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-Xm7s9eGxU

flappy bird, Tuesday, 16 January 2018 06:41 (six months ago) Permalink

I love the "Moon River" string instrumental line that forms a counterpoint to the melody in Cat Power's "The Greatest"

Dan S, Tuesday, 16 January 2018 06:49 (six months ago) Permalink

The bridge in “blue flower” by mazzy star contains the melody of “i’ll be your mirror”

― treeship 2, Monday, January 15, 2018 10:54 PM (yesterday) Bookmark

this is a cover and it also sounds like VU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsUoEaRNDTM

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 16 January 2018 13:48 (six months ago) Permalink

the original ^^ has a "waiting for the man" vibe

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 16 January 2018 13:49 (six months ago) Permalink

Interesting, I’ve never heard of this other band but I like this version too. Thanks LL!

treeship 2, Tuesday, 16 January 2018 13:54 (six months ago) Permalink

i didn't know til a few years ago and it explained why i liked that mazzy star song so much more than the other ones i heard. it was actually sort of fun?

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 16 January 2018 14:00 (six months ago) Permalink

Maybe obvious but there's also the quote from "Blue Moon" at the beginning of Clapton's solo in "Sunshine of Your Love".

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Tuesday, 16 January 2018 14:04 (six months ago) Permalink

^^ I swear I was literally just coming here to post that.

Millennial Whoop, wanna fight about it? (Phil D.), Tuesday, 16 January 2018 15:18 (six months ago) Permalink

Sly & The Family Stone - Plastic Jim/Beatles - Eleanor Rigby

Colonel Poo, Tuesday, 16 January 2018 22:21 (six months ago) Permalink

another madonna one that i figure must be intentional is in "justify my love": I don't wanna be your mother/I don't wanna be your sister either/I just wanna be your lover -- must be a reference to prince "i wanna be your lover", yes?

dyl, Tuesday, 16 January 2018 23:23 (six months ago) Permalink

OK how about a bit of Beethovens fifth in in Paul Nicholas' "Reggae like it used to be"

"Reggae Beethoven" indeed

Mark G, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 08:57 (six months ago) Permalink

At 1:41 in Alice Coltrane's 'Journey In Satchidanda' Pharoah Sanders quotes something Freddie Hubbard does at 16:53 in John's 'Ascension (Edition I)'.

Noel Emits, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 23:30 (six months ago) Permalink

Which is dead cool as in both instances it's in the context of improvisation. Unless it's originally a reference to something else.

Noel Emits, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 23:38 (six months ago) Permalink

In Huey Lewis's "I Want A New Drug," lead guitarist Chris Hayes plays the intro riff to "Purple Haze" during his outro solo.

Millennial Whoop, wanna fight about it? (Phil D.), Thursday, 18 January 2018 16:11 (six months ago) Permalink

Richard Thompson "The Great Valerio" has a brief exposed quotation from the "Balancoire" number from Erik Saties "Sports et Divertissements" suite

In "Good Love" Prince says Mahler No. 3 is jamming on the box and a short in your face synth-orchestral riff comes in suddenly and I have not identified it as a specific moment from Mahler's 3rd but I feel confident is

Winter. Dickens. Yes. (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 18 January 2018 16:49 (six months ago) Permalink

Soloing in Silkworm's "Raised by Tigers" mimics soloing/vocalizing from Pavement's "In the Mouth a Desert." I listened to that Silkworm album, In the West, once in like '95, noticed that musical reference, and have been waiting 22 years for this thread so I could share this observation. Thank you.

andrew m., Thursday, 18 January 2018 20:29 (six months ago) Permalink

I can die now.

andrew m., Thursday, 18 January 2018 20:30 (six months ago) Permalink

Oh, and the intro and outro of Sammy Turner's "Stay My Love" reference the 2nd movement of Dvorak's New World Symphony

andrew m., Thursday, 18 January 2018 20:31 (six months ago) Permalink

the entire song sounds like it's derived from that movement

dyl, Thursday, 18 January 2018 23:04 (six months ago) Permalink

Ha, you are so right, dyl. Guess it doesn't qualify as brief musical reference.

andrew m., Friday, 19 January 2018 15:01 (six months ago) Permalink

Tons on the new Lana :

- "don't worry baby" and "my boyfriends back" in lust for life

- "Scarborough fair" is referenced in "cherry"

- Neil young and the locomotion track both referenced on the closing cut

- "stairway to heaven" referenced on coachella I'm my mind

kolakube (Ross), Friday, 19 January 2018 15:08 (six months ago) Permalink

speaking of Scarborough Fair: Elizabeth My Dear by the Stone Roses

nate woolls, Friday, 19 January 2018 15:41 (six months ago) Permalink

more than a bit brief tho I suppose, it's basically Scarborough Fair with new lyrics

nate woolls, Friday, 19 January 2018 15:44 (six months ago) Permalink

In "Lazy Sunday" by the Small Faces they play the Stones' "Satisfaction" riff on kazoo, and also the "Colonel Bogey March" (the whistling tune in Bridge on the River Kwai)

Josefa, Friday, 19 January 2018 16:33 (six months ago) Permalink

The intro to Criminal Minded by Boogie Down Productions is done to the tune of Hey Jude

EMEL, Friday, 19 January 2018 17:20 (six months ago) Permalink

Oh, and there's the bit in the Bridge Is Over that's rapped to the tune of It's Still Rock & Roll To Me

EMEL, Friday, 19 January 2018 17:22 (six months ago) Permalink

Correction: don't worry baby ref is in the song love not lust for life

kolakube (Ross), Friday, 19 January 2018 18:42 (six months ago) Permalink

"Glass Onion" has a reference to "The Fool on the Hill" after John sings "I told you bout the fool on the hill / I tell you man, he's living there still" - and then Paul plays a brief phrase on the recorder, calling back to "The Fool on the Hill."

flappy bird, Friday, 19 January 2018 18:48 (six months ago) Permalink

The Beatles "Polythene Pam" uses the "Yeah yeah yeah" refrain from "She Loves You". the inclusion of the catchphrase turns that section of the Abbey Road medley into a conscious throwback to their first hit 6 years prior

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 19 January 2018 18:51 (six months ago) Permalink

^ that also shows up at the end of "All You Need is Love," Paul singing the chorus of "She Loves You" slowly by himself as the song fades out

flappy bird, Friday, 19 January 2018 18:53 (six months ago) Permalink

Dean blunts Papi liberally samples echoes by pink Floyd for the beat

On the same record he samples oh daddy by Fleetwood Mac, particularly a stretch of the beat used near the outro of the original song

kolakube (Ross), Friday, 19 January 2018 19:08 (six months ago) Permalink

Steely Dan's Show Biz Kids has that little bit of the Reelin' in the Years guitar lick after the "They got the Steely Dan t-shirt" line.

Gavin, Leeds, Friday, 19 January 2018 19:27 (six months ago) Permalink

Speaking of the Beatles, the Offspring's "Why Don't You Get A Job" borrows heavily from "Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da."

nickn, Friday, 19 January 2018 19:28 (six months ago) Permalink

Also in "All You Need Is Love," one of them shouting "ALL TOGETHER NOW" in the outro

hoooyaaargh it's me satan (voodoo chili), Friday, 19 January 2018 21:55 (six months ago) Permalink

even at their most acid fried the Beatles understood the concept of good brand synergy

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 19 January 2018 22:07 (six months ago) Permalink

I think "All together now" came after "All you need is love"

Mark G, Friday, 19 January 2018 22:44 (six months ago) Permalink

Jenny hval kingsize references Laurie Anderson

"But here I see no subculture, no future;
No big science"

kolakube (Ross), Saturday, 20 January 2018 09:19 (six months ago) Permalink

Also jenny hval references merry Xmas - war is over in take care of yourself. Throw back to Fiona Apple on "and feminism is over and socialism's over"

kolakube (Ross), Saturday, 20 January 2018 09:35 (six months ago) Permalink

The solos in "People Who Died" repeatedly throw in the "Roll Over Beethoven" riff, but that may just reflect Chuck's contribution to rock DNA generally.

if you steeleye spanshine (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 25 January 2018 14:57 (five months ago) Permalink

There's a live version of The Go-Betweens' "The Clock" where Grant, right before Robert's outro guitar solo, says/sings "Play, magic fingers!" exactly the way Mike Nesmith does on The Monkees' "Papa Gene's Blues."

Millennial Whoop, wanna fight about it? (Phil D.), Thursday, 25 January 2018 16:26 (five months ago) Permalink

There's a song on the new first aid kit which has the line "what comes after this, momentary bliss" - beach house

kolakube (Ross), Monday, 5 February 2018 20:25 (five months ago) Permalink

speaking of Scarborough Fair: Elizabeth My Dear by the Stone Roses
― nate woolls, Friday, January 19, 2018 10:41 AM (two weeks ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Scarborough Fair is actually a folk song from like the 16th century which has lots of variants, so you could just say the Stone Roses were reclaiming that tradition.

enochroot, Tuesday, 6 February 2018 14:11 (five months ago) Permalink

Two more for the 80's kids:
- In the middle of La Di Da Di, Slick Rick starts singing a few lines from "Sukiyaki" by A Taste of Honey.
- In the Thompson Twins "Love On Your Side", they make a musical reference to their own song. When he sings "I've played you all my favorite records", the song quotes the melody from "In The Name of Love", which was on their previous album. I've always thought it was lame to shout out their own song (surely this one can't be his actual favorite record)

enochroot, Tuesday, 6 February 2018 17:39 (five months ago) Permalink

Sean Ryder to thread. Lazyitis shovels in great big handfuls of 'ticket to ride', 'family affair' and David Essex.

out comes stanley, Tuesday, 6 February 2018 21:33 (five months ago) Permalink

Big Boi’s Shutterbug breaks into Soul II Soul -Back to life

ƒ©˙∆˚¬ (Whitey on the Moon), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 06:16 (five months ago) Permalink

Does This is why I’m hot fit here?

ƒ©˙∆˚¬ (Whitey on the Moon), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 06:53 (five months ago) Permalink

Does This is why I’m hot fit here?

ƒ©˙∆˚¬ (Whitey on the Moon), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 06:54 (five months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

believe in something fun by price rama references "break stuff" by limp bizkit

there's also a reference to within you, without you on another track

tinnitus the night (Ross), Tuesday, 27 March 2018 19:57 (three months ago) Permalink


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