SONGS WHERE/SONGS THAT/SONGS WITH/SONGS IN WHICH

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SOME PEOPLE ARE AFRAID ILM IS TURNING INTO THE TVTROPES OF MUSIC, SO HERE'S A CATCH-ALL THREAD WHERE WE CAN DOCUMENT THE THEMATIC/SONIC/COMPOSITIONAL LINKAGES BETWEEN SONGS WITHOUT HAVING TO START A NEW THREAD FOR EACH AND EVERY TROPE THAT POPS INTO OUR HEADS DURING MOMENTS OF DESPERATE BOREDOM

how to diss a peer completely (unregistered), Monday, 12 February 2018 01:44 (three years ago) link

songs where a woman corresponds with her husband under an assumed identity and arranges a liaison with him as a test of his marital fidelity:

Rupert Holmes - Escape (The Piña Colada Song)
Kate Bush - Babooshka

how to diss a peer completely (unregistered), Monday, 12 February 2018 01:45 (three years ago) link

"some people"

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Monday, 12 February 2018 01:45 (three years ago) link

Songs that are not John Cage's 4' 33"

calstars, Monday, 12 February 2018 02:26 (three years ago) link

Songs in which Instrumentation is or is not used

calstars, Monday, 12 February 2018 02:27 (three years ago) link

Songs in which the vocalist audibly takes a drag on a cigarette between verses:

Sandy Denny - "No End"

J. Sam, Monday, 12 February 2018 02:28 (three years ago) link

this would be a good thread to collect all of the disparate 'songs where' threads, cause i can never find any of them.

hoooyaaargh it's me satan (voodoo chili), Monday, 12 February 2018 02:34 (three years ago) link

songs where you can't find what you're looking for

"I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" - U2

hoooyaaargh it's me satan (voodoo chili), Monday, 12 February 2018 02:34 (three years ago) link

songs where you can't find what you're looking for

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K89RsKaEO7I

how to diss a peer completely (unregistered), Monday, 12 February 2018 02:41 (three years ago) link

songs written by a non-famous family member of the recording artist:

Grizzly Bear - Marla
Throwing Muses - Sinkhole

how to diss a peer completely (unregistered), Monday, 12 February 2018 02:46 (three years ago) link

Songs by 90's-era American indie bands about 80's-era British female singers:

Unrest - "Cath Carroll"
June & the Exit Wounds - "Cathy Dennis"

henry s, Monday, 12 February 2018 15:27 (three years ago) link

Songs by 90's-era American indie bands about 80's-era British female singers

Black Tambourine - Throw Aggi Off the Bridge

(about Aggie and Stephen Pastel)

how to diss a peer completely (unregistered), Monday, 12 February 2018 19:50 (three years ago) link

the plot thickens!

henry s, Monday, 12 February 2018 20:04 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

songs where the narrator is so miserable that even the sight of children playing fails to cheer his burdened heart:

Rolling Stones - As Tears Go By
Pearl Jam - Black
Screaming Trees - Winter Song

the yolk sustains us, we eat whites for days (unregistered), Sunday, 22 April 2018 22:26 (three years ago) link

Lol

after party for the apocalypse (Ross), Sunday, 22 April 2018 22:38 (three years ago) link

young girl: hahaha wheeee I love playing in the puddles
Mark Lanegan, grunger: HOW CAN YOU BE SO CAREFREE WHEN MY SOUL IS LITERALLY DYING 😢😢😢

the yolk sustains us, we eat whites for days (unregistered), Sunday, 22 April 2018 22:40 (three years ago) link

songs that in off whacking with which trailer

j., Sunday, 22 April 2018 23:38 (three years ago) link

lol i have been bumping a lot of these

flappy bird, Monday, 23 April 2018 00:08 (three years ago) link

songs where the narrator is so miserable that even the sight of children playing fails to cheer his burdened heart

How could you leave off The Chi-lites, Have You Seen Her

lana del boy (ledge), Monday, 23 April 2018 08:37 (three years ago) link

and Chicago, Make Me Smile

Lee626, Monday, 23 April 2018 09:16 (three years ago) link

Songs in which, it is not I who is mad, it's you normals!

Elton John - Madman Across the Water
Bonzo Dog Band - My Pink Half of the Drainpipe
Supertramp - Asylum

Hideous Lump, Tuesday, 24 April 2018 03:48 (three years ago) link

Songs where the singer is bored of music:

Cat Power - Colors and the Kids

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 04:28 (three years ago) link

songs where a singer expresses disdain for being put on a pedestal as artist

ionnalee- samaritan

after party for the apocalypse (Ross), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 06:14 (three years ago) link

songs where a singer expresses disdain for being put on a pedestal as artist

London Calling
Don't Look Back in Anger

?

ad homineminem (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 08:47 (three years ago) link

much better to have a catch-all thread, good job

niels, Tuesday, 24 April 2018 17:04 (three years ago) link

songs where a singer expresses disdain for being put on a pedestal as artist

Eminem - Marshall Mathers

808s & Deep States (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 17:16 (three years ago) link

songs where a singer expresses disdain for being put on a pedestal as artist

Ani DiFranco - Little Plastic Castle

People talk about my image
Like i come in two dimensions
Like lipstick is a sign of my decling mind
Like what i happen to be wearing
The day that someone takes a picture
Is my new statement for all womankind

And i wish they could see us now
In leather bras and rubber shorts
Like some ridiculous new team uniform
For some ridiculous new sport
Quick someone call the girl police
And file a report

... (Eazy), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 17:19 (three years ago) link

songs where you can't find what you're looking for

"Where Is My Mind"

... (Eazy), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 17:22 (three years ago) link

songs where a singer expresses disdain for being put on a pedestal as artist

Neil Young - On The Beach

^ arguable, but i think he touches on the need for an audience and how frustrating that is - possibly more ambivalent??

after party for the apocalypse (Ross), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 17:24 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

songs where the strength of the protagonist's relationship is evaluated based upon their awareness of their lover's potato preferences:

Gershwin - Let's Call the Whole Thing Off
Sia - Sweet Potatoes

ilxor-com-dog-meat-drawer-7-840-x-600.jpg (unregistered), Friday, 3 August 2018 03:36 (two years ago) link

Songs in which the Beatles wish you a Happy Birthday

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Friday, 3 August 2018 04:20 (two years ago) link

Songs in which the singer reads off a phone number:

“867-5309/Jenny” — Tommy Tutone
“Group Sex” — Circle Jerks
“The Vietnamese Telephone Ministry” — Fiery Furnaces

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Friday, 3 August 2018 04:30 (two years ago) link

^Brenda Lee - Bigelow 6-200

ilxor-com-dog-meat-drawer-7-840-x-600.jpg (unregistered), Friday, 3 August 2018 04:37 (two years ago) link

Transylvania 6-5000

calstars, Friday, 3 August 2018 04:39 (two years ago) link

Oh snap!

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Friday, 3 August 2018 04:40 (two years ago) link

Songs in which the boys are back in town:

Thin Lizzy - The Boys are Back in Town

josh az (2011nostalgia), Friday, 3 August 2018 07:03 (two years ago) link

roxy music - remake/remodel ... "CPL 593H!"

visiting, Friday, 3 August 2018 07:06 (two years ago) link

scraping foetus off the wheel - DI-1-9026

visiting, Friday, 3 August 2018 07:10 (two years ago) link

isaac hayes - good love ... "call good love 69-9-69"

visiting, Friday, 3 August 2018 07:26 (two years ago) link

squeeze - "853-5937"

are there any phone-number songs yet that have modern 8, 10, or 11 digit numbers?

Lee626, Friday, 3 August 2018 08:19 (two years ago) link

City Boy – 5705

the word dog doesn't bark (anagram), Friday, 3 August 2018 08:24 (two years ago) link

roxy music - remake/remodel ... "CPL 593H!"

Not a phone number, it was the registration number of Bryan Ferry's car.

Father Ted in Forkhandles (Tom D.), Friday, 3 August 2018 08:48 (two years ago) link

songs written by a non-famous family member of the recording artist:

Grizzly Bear - Marla
Throwing Muses - Sinkhole

― how to diss a peer completely (unregistered), Monday, 12 February 2018 02:46 (five months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Lyn Paul - The Waiting Game (Doreen Belcher)

I know. I do.

Mark G, Friday, 3 August 2018 10:21 (two years ago) link

"Maybe Baby" had some lines written by Buddy Holly's mom.

Sam Weller, Friday, 3 August 2018 10:40 (two years ago) link

George Harrison's "Piggies" had one line he couldn't fill, needed to rhyme with "lacking". His mum suggested "What they need's a damn good whacking" which is the "WHOA" line in the song.

Mark G, Friday, 3 August 2018 11:09 (two years ago) link

Songs where the singer is bored of music:

Isn’t this every Cat Power song?

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 3 August 2018 11:30 (two years ago) link

POLL: Songs Written By The Artist's Mom

Sam Weller, Friday, 3 August 2018 11:44 (two years ago) link

Harry Nilsson, "Little Cowboy"
Harry Nilsson, "Marchin' Down Broadway"

Father Ted in Forkhandles (Tom D.), Friday, 3 August 2018 12:07 (two years ago) link

are there any phone-number songs yet that have modern 8, 10, or 11 digit numbers?

Jeremih - 773 LOVE

ant banks and wasp (voodoo chili), Friday, 3 August 2018 12:36 (two years ago) link

This doesn't count but Hoyt Axton's mom wrote "Heartbreak Hotel."

devil's avocado (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 3 August 2018 12:42 (two years ago) link

After a shower, have decided that “professional names” are acceptable, when that is how the person is generally known (e.g., Buddy Holly, Winona Ryder). Nicknames like Debbie and Pete were accepted from the jump. Still on the fence about Magic Johnson.

best time to call is friday and saturday afternoons! (morrisp), Saturday, 24 April 2021 15:36 (two weeks ago) link

did anybody ever call him Earvin Johnson?

Filibuster Poindexter (Neanderthal), Saturday, 24 April 2021 15:42 (two weeks ago) link

Surely “Magic Johnson” is the only name by which almost anyone knows Magic Johnson

Canon in Deez (silby), Saturday, 24 April 2021 15:42 (two weeks ago) link

I’m afraid his official Twitter account is heavily dispositive here

best time to call is friday and saturday afternoons! (morrisp), Saturday, 24 April 2021 15:44 (two weeks ago) link

(and fwiw, I have heard him called Earvin and always knew that was his name... I had to look up Buddy Holly‘s name, had no clue what that was)

best time to call is friday and saturday afternoons! (morrisp), Saturday, 24 April 2021 15:50 (two weeks ago) link

All John Cale:

Archimedes
Brahms
Charlemagne
Dr. Mudd
Graham Greene
Hemingway
Jack the Ripper
John Milton
Magritte
Pablo Picasso (Jonathan Richman cover)

OK, Hemingway and Magritte don't count, although you could make an argument for people who are one-name famous.

Hideous Lump, Saturday, 24 April 2021 16:12 (two weeks ago) link

You could include "Mr. Wilson" in that longer list as well.

Halfway there but for you, Saturday, 24 April 2021 16:17 (two weeks ago) link

Some of those so flagrantly disregard the rules, it’s a scandal (“Jack the Ripper”??)

best time to call is friday and saturday afternoons! (morrisp), Saturday, 24 April 2021 16:24 (two weeks ago) link

morrisp not playing around

calstars, Saturday, 24 April 2021 16:57 (two weeks ago) link

I AM CHECKING TWITTER ACCOUNTS

best time to call is friday and saturday afternoons! (morrisp), Saturday, 24 April 2021 16:59 (two weeks ago) link

Lol

calstars, Saturday, 24 April 2021 16:59 (two weeks ago) link

muddying the waters (hey!) here even more, but I don’t have Twitter, so...

Lil Nas X • Montero (Call Me By Your Name)

Blick, Bils & Blinky • Let's Skip The Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Saturday, 24 April 2021 17:12 (two weeks ago) link

Frank Sinatra - Miss Kittin & The Hacker

scanner darkly, Saturday, 24 April 2021 18:05 (two weeks ago) link

He was prescient

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Saturday, 24 April 2021 20:33 (two weeks ago) link

lol

best time to call is friday and saturday afternoons! (morrisp), Saturday, 24 April 2021 20:34 (two weeks ago) link

Some of those so flagrantly disregard the rules, it’s a scandal (“Jack the Ripper”??)

Do you know his real name?

Hideous Lump, Saturday, 24 April 2021 21:07 (two weeks ago) link

(At least I double checked whether Helen of Troy was fictional before I included her.)

Hideous Lump, Saturday, 24 April 2021 21:09 (two weeks ago) link

Big Bopper’s real name was Chantilly Lace right?

calstars, Saturday, 24 April 2021 21:24 (two weeks ago) link

is The Avalanches “Frankie Sinatra” against the rules?
(Frankie sure seems to be a popular subject)

scanner darkly, Saturday, 24 April 2021 21:42 (two weeks ago) link

Mecano - Eungenio Salvador Dalí

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 24 April 2021 21:54 (two weeks ago) link

The Dandy Warhols - Nietzsche

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 24 April 2021 21:58 (two weeks ago) link

Azealia Banks - Anna Wintour
Cass McCombs - Bradley Manning
MGMT - Brian Eno
Charlie Puth - Marvin Gaye
Jay Z - Tom Ford

These are popular ones that haven’t been mentioned:

MIKA - Grace Kelly
Miike Snow - Genghis Khan
Boney M - Ma Baker
Boney M - Rasputin

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 24 April 2021 22:15 (two weeks ago) link

"Bo Diddley" - Bo Diddley
"Marshall Mathers" - Eminem

Lee626, Saturday, 24 April 2021 22:17 (two weeks ago) link

does "Pretty Boy Floyd" by Woody Guthrie count?

Lee626, Saturday, 24 April 2021 22:37 (two weeks ago) link

^it’s not in the spirit of what I had in mind, but I’ll cry uncle and say the more the merrier at this point

best time to call is friday and saturday afternoons! (morrisp), Saturday, 24 April 2021 22:44 (two weeks ago) link

(what I liked what the prosaic nature of titles that are simply “real” names, or close enough)

best time to call is friday and saturday afternoons! (morrisp), Saturday, 24 April 2021 22:47 (two weeks ago) link

lol @ sic

Bobo Honk, real name, no gimmicks (Doctor Casino), Sunday, 25 April 2021 03:00 (two weeks ago) link

Negativland - Michael Jackson

Cocoa Tea - Barack Obama

i like how all of these can be read either way and you can imagine that michael jackson had a song called "negativland" and barack obama has one called "cocoa tea."

fact checking cuz, Sunday, 25 April 2021 04:04 (two weeks ago) link

Hey, that reminds me of another one:

“Michael Stipe” (P, that Johnny Depp band)

best time to call is friday and saturday afternoons! (morrisp), Sunday, 25 April 2021 04:07 (two weeks ago) link

(remember 1995 – when there was a band called P, and a song by a different band called “Friends of P.”? good times, man)

best time to call is friday and saturday afternoons! (morrisp), Sunday, 25 April 2021 04:10 (two weeks ago) link

here’s an honorable mention that I’ll use my discretion to allow:

https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a2228742698_10.jpg

best time to call is friday and saturday afternoons! (morrisp), Sunday, 25 April 2021 04:18 (two weeks ago) link

this is legit one of my favorite genres of song (though my rules are even stricter than morrisp's). not mentioned yet, i don't think:

king missile - martin scorsese
migos - forest whitaker
b bragg & wilco - ingrid bergman
uncle tupelo - d. boon
joey ramone - maria bartiromo
sr-71 - axl rose
king stitt - lee van cleef
(that broadway show) - alexander hamilton
drive-by truckers - steve mcqueen
they might be giants - james k. polk
nick lowe - marie provost
pernice bros - jacqueline susann
the baseball project - harvey haddix
the posies - grant hart
redd kross - linda blair
jonathan richman - vincent van gogh
jonathan richman - salvador dali
jonathan richman - walter johnson
warren zevon - bill lee
the clash - janie jones
spank rock - rick rubin
vic chesnutt - lucinda williams
the band - bessie smith
fred eaglesmith - johnny cash
lydia loveless - steve earle
neil young - pocahontas
belle & sebastian - seymour stein
vic chesnutt - woodrow wilson
mina - brigitte bardot
big dipper - robert pollard
dominique leone - nellie mckay
young fresh fellows - amy grant
blue oyster cult - joan crawford
sun kil moon - glen tipton
neil sedaka - betty grable
big audio dynamite - esquerita
annie - ralph macchio
van dyke parks - bing crosby
van dyke parks - jack palance
todd rundgren - wolfman jack
beastie boys - johnny ryall
the kinks - david watts
mountain goats - duke ellington
blossom dearie - dusty springfield
mighty sparrow - martin luther king
lead belly - howard hughes
kraftwerk - franz schubert
teenage fanclub - gene clark
warpaint - billie holiday

fact checking cuz, Sunday, 25 April 2021 04:24 (two weeks ago) link

^^awesome!

(I should’ve thought of “seymour stein”)

best time to call is friday and saturday afternoons! (morrisp), Sunday, 25 April 2021 04:29 (two weeks ago) link

ooh, and forgot:

kanye west - barry bonds

fact checking cuz, Sunday, 25 April 2021 04:37 (two weeks ago) link

Richard Thompson - Alexander Graham Bell

Hideous Lump, Sunday, 25 April 2021 04:44 (two weeks ago) link

van dyke parks - “van dyke parks”

Mr. Snrub, Sunday, 25 April 2021 05:58 (two weeks ago) link

Sekiden also have an Alexander Graham Bell song but it's not eligible itt

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Sunday, 25 April 2021 06:07 (two weeks ago) link

Luke Haines, "Peter Hammill"

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Sunday, 25 April 2021 07:50 (two weeks ago) link

Andres Calamaro - Maradona
Vaudeville Villain - Zinedine Zidane

✖✖✖ (Moka), Sunday, 25 April 2021 13:50 (two weeks ago) link

Serial killer edition:

Soulfly - Jeffrey Dahmer
Sufjan Stevens - John Wayne Gacy Jr
Cassius - Belle Gunness
Dahmer - Henry Lee Lucas (this works for a double qualifier since the artist name is also based on a serial killer)
Murder Junkies - Danny Rolling

Several songs titled Son of Sam, Jack the Ripper, Unabomber, BTK, Zodiac but don’t know if they qualify. Serial killers are usually more popular by nicknames than by real names no?

✖✖✖ (Moka), Sunday, 25 April 2021 14:01 (two weeks ago) link

since we’re doing

Songs with footballers in their titles🕸
now, this is the all-time best of those:

Niniola • Maradona

(go for the original, not DJ Snake’s version!)

Blick, Bils & Blinky • Let's Skip The Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Sunday, 25 April 2021 14:54 (two weeks ago) link

This rich vein cries out for a poll

Canon in Deez (silby), Sunday, 25 April 2021 15:05 (two weeks ago) link

songs in which humans get shredded

Filibuster Poindexter (Neanderthal), Sunday, 25 April 2021 15:06 (two weeks ago) link

I'll go

Filibuster Poindexter (Neanderthal), Sunday, 25 April 2021 15:06 (two weeks ago) link

Cannibal Corpse - Shredded Humans

Filibuster Poindexter (Neanderthal), Sunday, 25 April 2021 15:06 (two weeks ago) link

The Buoys - "Timothy" (well not shredded, but eaten... close enough)

European Stupor League (Lee626), Sunday, 25 April 2021 15:41 (two weeks ago) link

Kesha (still Ke$ha back then) • Cannibal

Blick, Bils & Blinky • Let's Skip The Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Sunday, 25 April 2021 15:58 (two weeks ago) link

"Leng Tch'e" by Naked City.

Halfway there but for you, Sunday, 25 April 2021 15:59 (two weeks ago) link

Songs with footballers in their titles

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boys_for_Pele?wprov=sfla1

Jurassic parkour (Ye Mad Puffin), Sunday, 25 April 2021 15:59 (two weeks ago) link

(I know it's an album, but still)

Jurassic parkour (Ye Mad Puffin), Sunday, 25 April 2021 16:03 (two weeks ago) link


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