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Bad Touch - Bloodhound Gang

Sweat baby sweat baby sex is a Texas drought

Me and you do the kind of stuff that only Prince would sing about

So put your hands down my pants and I'll bet you'll feel nuts

Yes I'm Siskel, yes I'm Ebert and you're getting two thumbs up

or from the same band:

"I'm not black like Barry White

No, I'm white like Frank Black is"

~ Fire Water Burn

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Super Freak - Rick James, "Temptations, sing!!"

Rock Show - Paul McCartney and Wings, "looks a lot like the one used by Jimmy Page"

Crew Slut - Frank Zappa... a Catholic Girl trades sexual favours so that she can get in backstage at a Toto concert

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One that just made the Top Ten:

Sweet Soul Music -- Arthur Conley

Spotlight on Lou Rawls y'all

Ah don't he look tall y'all

Singin' loves a hurtin' thing now

Oh yeah, oh yeah

Spotlight on Sam and Dave now

Ah don't they look boss y'all

Singin' hold on I'm comin'

Oh yeah, oh yeah

Spotlight on Wilson Pickett

That wicked picket Pickett

Singin Mustang Sally

Oh yeah, oh yeah

Spotlight on Otis Redding now

Singing fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa

Fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa

Oh yeah, oh yeah

Spotlight on James Brown now

He's the king of them all, yeah

He's the king of them all, yeah

Oh yeah, oh yeah

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Roll Over Beethoven - Chuck Berry... Beethoven, Tchaikovsky

Talking New Bob Dylan lyrics - Loudon Wainwright... mentions Dylan, SPringsteen, John Prine, Steve Forbert, Mitch Miller, Johnny Mathis...

Song To Woody - Bob Dylan... Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Sonny Terry and Cisco Houston

You Better You Bet - The WHo ... "drunk myself blind to the sound of old T-Rex, and Who's Next"

Surrender - Cheap Trick... "put my KISS records on"

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Arthur Conley's sixties hit Sweet Soul Music:

Do you like good music

That sweet soul music

Just as long as it's swingin'

Oh yeah, oh yeah

Out here on the floor now

We're going to a go go

Ah dancin to the music

Oh yeah, oh yeah

Spotlight on Lou Rawls y'all

Ah don't he look tall y'all

Singin' loves a hurtin' thing now

Oh yeah, oh yeah

Spotlight on Sam and Dave now

Ah don't they look boss y'all

Singin' hold on I'm comin'

Oh yeah, oh yeah

Spotlight on Wilson Pickett

That wicked picket Pickett

Singin Mustang Sally

Oh yeah, oh yeah

Spotlight on Otis Redding now

Singing fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa

Fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa

Oh yeah, oh yeah

Spotlight on James Brown now

He's the king of them all, yeah

He's the king of them all, yeah

Oh yeah, oh yeah

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"Punk Is Dead" by Crass mentions The Clash , Steve Jones (Sex Pistols' guitarist) and Patti Smith, in a non-too complimentary way.

Yes that's right, punk is dead,

It's just another cheap product for the consumers head.

Bubblegum rock on plastic transistors,

Schoolboy sedition backed by big time promoters.

CBS promote The Clash,

But it ain't for revolution, it's just for cash.

Punk became a fashion just like hippy used to be

And it ain't got a thing to do with you or me.

Movements are systems and systems kill.

Movements are expressions of the public will.

Punk became a movement cos we all felt lost,

But the leaders sold out and now we all pay the cost.

Punk narcissism was social napalm,

Steve Jones started doing real harm.

Preaching revolution, anarchy and change

As he sucked from the system that had given him his name.

Well I'm tired of staring through *******-stained glass,

Tired of staring up a superstar's arse,

I've got an arse and crap and a name,

I'm just waiting for my fifteen minutes fame.

Steve Jones you're napalm,

If you're so pretty (vacant) why do you swarm?

Patti Smith, you're napalm,

You write with your hand but it's Rimbaud's arm.

And me, yes I, do I want to burn?

Is there something I can learn?

Do I need a business man to promote my angle?

Can I resist the carrots that fame and fortune dangle?

I see the velvet zippies in their bondage gear,

The social elite with safety-pins in their ear,

I watch and understand that it don't mean a thing,

The scorpions might attack, but the systems stole the sting.

PUNK IS DEAD. PUNK IS DEAD. PUNK IS DEAD.

PUNK IS DEAD. PUNK IS DEAD. PUNK IS DEAD.

PUNK IS DEAD. PUNK IS DEAD. PUNK IS DEAD.

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Lady by Regina Spektor is all about Billie Holiday and refers to some of her songs. She even sings like her in the song. She doesn't actually mention her by name though.

I know I have another song by Regina like that and I'll find it later.

"lady sing the blues so well

as if she mean it

as if it's hell down here

in the smoke filled world

where the jokes are cold, they don't laugh at jokes

they laugh at tragedies"

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Hey Nineteen-Steely Dan

"Hey Nineteen

That's 'Retha Franklin

She don't remember the Queen of Soul"

Black Velvet-Alannah Myles

"Mississippi in the middle of a dry spell

Jimmy Rodgers on the Victrola up high"

(Also has references to Elvis, but doesn't mention him by name ... but this next one does)

Walking in Memphis-Marc Cohn

"Saw the ghost of Elvis

On Union Avenue

Followed him up to the gates of Graceland

Then I watched him walk right through"

Life in a Northern Town-Dream Academy

"And through an open window came,

Like Sinatra in a younger day.

Pushing the town away..."

(and later in the same song)

"He said in Winter 1963

It felt like the world would freeze,

With John F. Kennedy and the Beatles."

The Motown Song-Rod Stewart with the Temptations

"Bring over some of your old Motown records.

We'll put the speakers in the window and we'll go

on the roof and listen to the Miracles

echo to the alley down below, oh yeah."

On and On-Stephen Bishop

"Poor ol'Jimmy

Sits alone in the moonlight

Saw his woman kiss another man

So he takes a ladder

Steals the stars from the sky

Puts on Sinatra and starts to cry"

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And the hits just keep on coming:

Come On Eileen-Dexy's Midnight Runners

"Poor old Johnny Ray

Sounded sad upon the radio

He moved a million hearts in mono"

If It Makes You Happy-Sheryl Crow

"You get down, real low down

You listen to Coltrane, derail your own train

Well who hasn't been there before?"

We Belong Together-Mariah Carey

"I can't sleep at night

When you are on my mind

Bobby Womack's on the radio

Saying to me

"If you think you're lonely now"

Wait a minute

This is too deep (too deep)

I gotta change the station

So I turn the dial

Trying to catch a break

And then I hear Babyface

"I only think of you"

And it's breaking my heart

I'm trying to keep it together

But I'm falling apart"

Take Me home Tonight-Eddie Money with Ronnie Spector

"Just like Ronnie sang

Be my little baby."

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I have to mention this song I'm listening to, even though it doesn't QUITE fit. This singing duo with beautiful soft voices refer to THEMSELVES in their own song, without being obvious. It's a gorgeous song. If you like Simon and Garfunkel, you might like this.

Homesick- Kings of Convenience

"I'll lose some sales

and my boss won't be happy

but I can't stop listening to the sound

of two soft voices blended in perfection

from the reels of this record that I found

every day there's a boy in the mirror

asking me

what are you doing here

finding all my previous motives

growing increasingly unclear....."

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I have to mention this song I'm listening to, even though it doesn't QUITE fit. This singing duo with beautiful soft voices refer to THEMSELVES in their own song, without being obvious. It's a gorgeous song. If you like Simon and Garfunkel, you might like this.

Homesick- Kings of Convenience

"I'll lose some sales

and my boss won't be happy

but I can't stop listening to the sound

of two soft voices blended in perfection

from the reels of this record that I found

every day there's a boy in the mirror

asking me

what are you doing here

finding all my previous motives

growing increasingly unclear....."

It's not obvious from that quote that they are referring to themselves... they could actually be talking about Simon and Garfunkel... ?

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Yes, it's possible they are not talking about themselves, but if you listen to the video, or any of their music, it seems likely, esp since he talks about the "boy in the mirror". Of course, it's open to interpretation, so I guess it's off the list.

Well. I tried. :P

They are Danish, by the way.

I hope you all listen, it's beautiful. :)

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Here's another maybe...

what about mentioning songs by other artists? Does that count?

Regina Spektor -On the Radio

"while we were on our knees

praying that disease

would leave the ones we love

and never come again

and on the radio

we heard november rain

the solo's really long

but it's a pretty song

we listened to it twice

cause the dj was asleep"

Regina LOVES to make refers to things in her songs, mythology, bible, history, and music. Here's one for ya!

Raindrops -Regina Spektor

"Round each corner there’s a chance

People searching glance to glance

Moving bout real fast

Like insects and fish when they’re scared

And they sing the same old song

Though it’s been so very long

They sing, raindrops falling on my head

But that doesn’t mean that i am dead "

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(she sings the line about it with the melody of the original song)

Ahh... but then again, she did not mention the artist!

Lol, I guess I'm not doing this right, eh?

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