Results for - Name Dropping, Musically Speaking
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1. Musicians, just like anyone, have their inspirations and their idols. Some talk about it, and some like to sing about it. While some are clear cut and easily identified, some are more subtle. How many of these songs did you know were written about these people?
Stevie Wonder, "Sir Duke" - Written for his 1976 record Songs in the Key of Life as a tribute to jazz legend Duke Ellington, who had passed away two years earlier.
John Cale, "Mr. Wilson" -- On his fifth solo album Slow Dazzle, John Cale reveals his love for Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys.
Bob Dylan, "Song to Woody" -- One of Bob Dylan's earliest compositions is "Song to Woody," a tribute to the folk singer Woody Guthrie.
Sonic Youth, "Tunic (Song for Karen)" -- Sonic Youth truly sings about the eating disorder that killed her in this song written for Karen Carpenter.
U2' "Angel of Harlem" -- Written about blues singer Billie Holiday
Florence + The Machine "Patricia" -- Written about punk rock legend Patti Smith (just had to included this song here from my favorite)
2. Of course, the most obvious tributes are easily recognized. Are any of these songs on this list favorites of yours?
Gillian Welch, "Elvis Presley Blues"
Flaming Lips, "Thank You Jack White (For the Fiber-Optic Jesus That You Gave Me)"
Nerf Herder, "Van Halen"
MGMT, "Brian Eno"
Kim Carnes "Betty Davis Eyes"
3. Sometimes the song isn't really about a specific person, but a famous celebrity is just "name dropped" into the song for whatever reason. How many of these famous name dropping songs are you familiar with?
Cheap Tric "Surrender" Mentions … got my Kiss records out
The Red Hot Chili Peppers "Californication" Mentions...Cobain can you hear the spheres singing songs off station to station (references David Bowie's album Station to Station)
Lynyrd Skynyrd "Sweet Home Alabama" Mention...Well I heard mister Young sing about her Well, I heard ole Neil put her down Well, I hope Neil Young will remember
Electric Light Orchestra "Shangri La" Mentions...My Shangri-la has gone away, Faded like the Beatles on Hey Jude
Bruce Springsteen "Thunder Road" Mention... Like a vision she dances across the porch as the radio plays Roy Orbison singing for the lonely
4. And some songs just like to list celebrities (and some famous events too) like a laundry list, which makes for some surprisingly good songs. Which ones of these do you know?
The Righteous Brothers "Rock And Roll Heaven"
Billy Joel "We Didn't Start The Fire"
Better than Ezra "Extra Ordinary"
06/03/2019 Music 2081 20 By: Harriet56