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Old 05-10-2014, 08:53 PM
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Default Well-known songs that name other groups/artists in the lyrics

Just pondering this, which songs have another band or artist name somewhere in their lyrics? Nothing obscure (like Weird Al mentioning The Who in "Another One Rides the Bus") but well-known radio hits. I've got:

"Sweet Home Alabama" (mentions Neil Young)

"I Dig Rock & Roll Music" (Mamas & Papas)

"Hey Soul Sister" (Mister Mister)

"Smoke on the Water" (Frank Zappa & the Mothers)

"All The Young Dudes" (A three-fer! Beatles, Stones, & T.Rex)

"When Smokey Sings"

"Don't Call Us We'll Call You" (John, Paul & George)

"Rock & Roll Heaven" (Jimi, Janis, Otis, Jim [Morrison], Jim [Croce], Bobby [Darin])

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There is a southern/country rock tune from the late 70s/early 80s that mentions a whole slew of the same genre bands with references like "the Tucker boys are playing..." Can't remember more than that because I never really liked it. When I first heard it I thought "Well there's a neat marketing ploy".

There's also the Who's "You Better You Bet" which mentions "to the sound of old T.Rex",
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The Commodores - Nightshift (Marvin Gaye among others)

Maroon 5 - Moves like Jagger

CCR - Lookin' out my back door (Buck Owens)

Golden Earring - Radar Love (Brenda Lee)

There's a few off the top of my head.
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Devin Townsend's "Planet of the Apes" namedrops Meshuggah as the creators of the 'djent' tone (which they are) and mentions how everybody rips them off, even Devin. Ironically, Devin acknowledged in a commentary that the riff behind that section isn't super Meshuggah-y.
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The Beastie Boys namedrop Buddy Rich in "Sabotage"...
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The Alarm mentions the Beatles in the line "A sign stands over a door, it says
'Four lads who shook the world'" in the song Spirit of '76, and has the line "No Elvis, Beatles or The Rolling Stones" in the song Moments in Time.

Rock and Roll Radio by The Ramones has a bunch of name drops

"Do you remember Hullabaloo,
Upbeat, Shinding and Ed Sullivan too?"
"Do you remember Murray the K,
Alan Freed, and high energy?"
"Will you remember Jerry Lee,
John Lennon, T. Rex and OI Moulty?"

On that note, I'm pretty sure Mötorhead's R.A.M.O.N.E.S. counts too.
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Old 05-11-2014, 01:12 AM
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Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention got a name drop in "Smoke On The Water".
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Buddy Holly - Weezer
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Van the Man's, Cleaning Windows: Jimmy Rogers, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee and Muddy Waters.

U2. Angel Of Harlem: Billie Holiday (Lady Day)

Rock Show by McCartney: Jimmy Page.

Old Man Sam by Aussie band Spiderbait: Elvis and Johnny Cash.

The Chili Peppers' Mellowship Slinky: Billie sings and Basie swings. And Californication makes mention of Kurt Cobain.
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Rock in the USA by mellencamp mentions Frankie lymon bobby fuller Mitch ryder little rascals Martha reeves and James brown!
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Rolling Stones also get a shout in "Smoke on the Water"....but with the Rolling truck Stones thing just outside....

For the longest time I thought he said Rolling drunk Stones.


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Rolling Stones also get a shout in "Smoke on the Water"....but with the Rolling truck Stones thing just outside....

For the longest time I thought he said Rolling drunk Stones.
For years, I thought it was "Rolling drunk Stones" too. It was actually a reference to a mobile studio used to record the Montreux show. It was mentioned again in the lyric "to make records with a mobile".

However, I believe the Stones did own the studio.
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Elton John "Empty Garden"—John Lennon

Reunion "Life Is a Rock"—B.B. Bumble and the Stingers, Mott the Hoople, Ray Charles, Deep Purple, Sam Cooke, Lesley Gore, Ritchie Valens, the Archies, Righteous Brothers, Harry Nilsson, Fats Domino, Ronnie Spector, Carly Simon, Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, Johnny Rivers, Mungo Jerry, Peter, Paul & Mary, Doris Day, Smokey and the Miracles, Wilson Pickett, John Denver, Donny Osmond, ZZ Top, David Bowie, Steely Dan, Edgar Winter, Joanie Sommers, the Osmond Brothers, Eric Clapton, Stephen Foster, Beach Boys

The Who "The Seeker"—Bob Dylan, The Beatles

The Mamas and the Papas "Creeque Alley"—The Lovin' Spoonful, The Mugwumps
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Springsteen's "Thunder Road" references Roy Orbison

Don McLean's "American Pie" has the death of Buddy Holly as its subject, and lyrical references to other bands/artists too.

In Money for Nothing, Sting sings "I Want My MTV", using the melody from the Police song "Don't Stand So Close To Me".

And every other Sting song seems to reference every other Sting song!

In the closing bars of "Love Is All You Need" by the Beatles you can hear the chorus from "She Loves You".
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It's My Life by Bon Jovi refers to Frank Sinatra
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However, I believe the Stones did own the studio.
Yep. The "mighty mobile" as they called it. An awesome bit of kit for its day. Used by many bands of the era so that they could record outside of the confines of traditional recording studios. Aside from Deep Purple's Machine Head, The Stones obviously used it on albums like Exile On Main Street and Zepp used it on a few albums too. The famous When The Levee Breaks beat was tracked, thanks in part, to the mobile unit.
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"Sweet Soul Music" by Arthur Conley names Wilson Picket, James Brown, Otis Redding and Sam & Dave.
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My Vagina - NOFX (Donnie and Marie Osmond)

Bloodhound Gang - Mope (Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Journey, Luciano, Pavorotti, King Kong, Pac-Man)
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The first song off of 'Mother's Milk' by the Chilli Peppers references loads of bands I loved from the 90's including fIREHOSE whom I love.
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And I should have know ROCK in the USA, I play it regularly (I just don't sing it...)

Some great answers, some pretty obscure though.

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Kraftwerk's 'Trans-Europe Express' picks out David Bowie and Iggy Pop. Great tune.
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Ricky Nelson "Garden Party"—Yoko Ono and, evidently, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry (reference)

Tom Petty "Runnin' Down a Dream"—Del Shannon

Three Dog Night "Never Been to Spain"—The Beatles

Adam Ant "Goody Two Shoes"—Al Green

Does "Rock Me Amadeus" by Falco count??
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I'm not proud of it but in when I was a but younger I used to be a fan of Eminem. He has a great lyric in one tune "I'm a caged demon, on stage screamin' like Rage Against the Machine"

Not a fan of his but I still do love me some Rage. In fact in their song "Mic Check" they reference Bob Marley.
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Steely Dan- Everything You Did (Royal Scam). "Turn up the Eagles, the neighbors are listening"
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John Coltrane edition!

If It Makes You Happy (Sheryl Crow): John Coltrane ("You listen to Coltrane, derail your own train")

Good To Be Me (Uncle Kracker & Kid Rock): John Coltrane ("It's like I caught some Coltrane Love Supreme")

Angel Of Harlem (U2): Already mentioned for Lady Day, but also mentions Coltrane and Miles ("John Coltrane A Love Supreme, Miles and she's got to be an angel....")

Bullet The Blue Sky (U2, live version): John Coltrane ("So I'm back in my hotel room with John Coltrane and A Love Supreme")

Bohemia (Mae Moore): John Coltrane ("I like to listen to Coltrane's A Love Supreme")
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Steely Dan- Everything You Did (Royal Scam). "Turn up the Eagles, the neighbors are listening"
And the "steely knives" in "Hotel California" is thought to refer to Steely Dan

Scottish Band Deacon Blue took their name from the similarly named Steely Dan song.

Steely Dan's "Gaucho" name checks Aretha Franklin

The song "Birdland" references all sorts of jazz luminaries (most of whom I don't know 'cause I'm more of a rock and blues kinda guy).

Dire Straits "Romeo And Juliet" mentions "My Boyfriend's Back"

Nerd fact - Mark Knopfler played guitar on "Time Out of Mind" on Steely Dan's Gaucho
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Neil Young, Downtown: Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin.
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Marc Cohn's "Walkin' in Memphis" mentions Elvis. Or more correctly, "the ghost of Elvis".

Alannah Myles drops Jimmy Rogers' name in "Black Velvet".
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Led Zeppelin "Hat's Off to Roy Harper"
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Shooting Star by Bad Company- Beatles. I just heard it on the radio and I remembered seeing this thread.
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"Rocket" by Def Leppard got a fair amount of play on MTV. Much like Mellencamp's "Rock in the USA" the entire song is a tribute to other songs/artists/bands.

"Jack Flash, rocket man, Sergeant Pepper and the band
Ziggy, Benny and the Jets"

"Jet Black, Johnny B ,Gene Jeanie, Killer Queen
Dizzy Lizzy Major Tom"

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Don Henley references the Grateful Dead in his hit "Boys of Summer"
When the Atari's covered the song, and had a minor hit with it they changed it to 80's punk Black Flag.

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"Behind the Wall of Sleep" by the Smithereens specifically mentions The Rolling Stones bass player Bill Wyman.

Living Color had a minor hit with the song "Elvis is Everywhere"

The big 80's hit "Life In A Northern Town" by The Dream Academy has the lines about Frank Sinatra and The Beatles.
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Dire Straits - "Calling Elvis"

Robbie Robertson's "Somewhere Down the Crazy River" mentions "... laying in the back seat listening to Little Willie John."

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Eminem's Slim Shady refers to Christina Aguilera, Fred Durst and Britney Spears.
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Dire Straits - "Calling Elvis"

Robbie Robertson's "Somewhere Down the Crazy River" mentions "... laying in the back seat listening to Little Willie John."

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There is a southern/country rock tune from the late 70s/early 80s that mentions a whole slew of the same genre bands with references like "the Tucker boys are playing..." Can't remember more than that because I never really liked it. When I first heard it I thought "Well there's a neat marketing ploy".
That's "The South's Gonna Do It Again" by the Charlie Daniels Band. They also mention Lynyrd Skynyrd, Elvin Bishop, ZZ Top, Willie Nelson, Barefoot Jerry, Richard Betts aka Dickie Betts (Allman Brothers) and themselves.
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Australian Crawl > Robert Palmer ( Beautiful People)

Flight of the Conchords > David Bowie ( Bowie's In Space)

Chuck Berry > Beethoven (Roll over Beethoven)

ELO > Verdi, Wagner etc etc ( Rockaria)

Alan Parsons Edgar Allen Poe ( Poet= Artist) (Tales of Mystery and Imagination )

Eric Clapton George Harrisons Wife ( Layla)

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I'm not proud of it but in when I was a but younger I used to be a fan of Eminem. He has a great lyric in one tune "I'm a caged demon, on stage screamin' like Rage Against the Machine"

Not a fan of his but I still do love me some Rage. In fact in their song "Mic Check" they reference Bob Marley.
Bob Marley's also in Give it Away by RHCP.
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Steely Dan's "Gaucho" name checks Aretha Franklin
Yep, it was the Gaucho album and the track was Hey Nineteen.

Hey nineteen
That's Aretha Franklin
She don't remember the Queen of Soul.

The others I can think of are more tributes than name checks ...

Steely Dan's Parker's Band is about Charlie Parker. Manhattan Transfer's rework of Birdland also referenced Bird (obviously). Charlie Mingus is obviously mentioned all over Joni Mitchell's Mingus album, which also mentions Lester Young (Goodbye Pork Pie Hat).

Stevie Wonder sang about Duke Ellington in Sir Duke.
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