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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

"some people"

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

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

calstars, Monday, 12 February 2018 02:26 (one year ago) link

Songs in which Instrumentation is or is not used

calstars, Monday, 12 February 2018 02:27 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

the plot thickens!

henry s, Monday, 12 February 2018 20:04 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

Lol

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

songs that in off whacking with which trailer

j., Sunday, 22 April 2018 23:38 (one year ago) link

lol i have been bumping a lot of these

flappy bird, Monday, 23 April 2018 00:08 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

and Chicago, Make Me Smile

Lee626, Monday, 23 April 2018 09:16 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

Songs where the singer is bored of music:

Cat Power - Colors and the Kids

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 04:28 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

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

niels, Tuesday, 24 April 2018 17:04 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

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

"Where Is My Mind"

... (Eazy), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 17:22 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

Songs in which the Beatles wish you a Happy Birthday

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

^Brenda Lee - Bigelow 6-200

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

Transylvania 6-5000

calstars, Friday, 3 August 2018 04:39 (one year ago) link

Oh snap!

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

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

visiting, Friday, 3 August 2018 07:06 (one year ago) link

scraping foetus off the wheel - DI-1-9026

visiting, Friday, 3 August 2018 07:10 (one year ago) link

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

visiting, Friday, 3 August 2018 07:26 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

City Boy – 5705

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

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

Sam Weller, Friday, 3 August 2018 10:40 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

POLL: Songs Written By The Artist's Mom

Sam Weller, Friday, 3 August 2018 11:44 (one year ago) link

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

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

my Christmas present is reading the above as meaning that kornrulez has gone 19 years thinking that Bonnie Prince Billy is a different guy for whom Will Oldham wrote songs.

What is this, amateur hour? Are you calling me a Bonnie Prince Billy bitch?

Is he not the man who wrote I See a Darkness? Is he not singing backup on the Johnny Cash cover version? Would that not fit the cover songs (or songs that interpolate bits of other songs) that feature newly-recorded backing vocals from the singer of the original song: theme?

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 26 December 2018 19:00 (eleven months ago) link

see five posts above yours

sans lep (sic), Wednesday, 26 December 2018 19:38 (eleven months ago) link

oh fer crying out loud, that ILM app blows

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 26 December 2018 19:50 (eleven months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Songs about the engineering trades and their practitioners (not including audio engineering)

The Electrician
Wichita Lineman

mick signals, Wednesday, 16 January 2019 15:48 (ten months ago) link

Casey Jones

harvey wall/barrier (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 16 January 2019 17:38 (ten months ago) link

Heh. John Henry?

Decemberists, "Here I Dreamt I Was an Architect"?

Gunther Gleiben (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 16 January 2019 22:44 (ten months ago) link

Oooh! Oooh! Fortress Around Your Heart.

Gunther Gleiben (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 16 January 2019 22:45 (ten months ago) link

if you count a tinker as a practitioner of the engineering trades, then at least part of tim hardin's "if i were a carpenter"

also about 10% of woody guthrie songs it sometimes seems

budo jeru, Wednesday, 16 January 2019 23:34 (ten months ago) link

Songs in which the Beatles wish you a Happy Birthday

― i’m still stanning (morrisp), Thursday, August 2, 2018 11:20 PM (five months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWjRpsqbu7o

budo jeru, Thursday, 17 January 2019 00:06 (ten months ago) link

!

i stan corrected (morrisp), Thursday, 17 January 2019 00:10 (ten months ago) link

eight months pass...

songs about the olden days when life was simpler and we had NO CELLPHONES:

Five For Fighting - Slice
("there was a time a long, long time ago/ Chevys and levees played on the radio/ no cell phones, just 20,000 lights/ swaying on a Saturday night, alright")

The Wreckers - My, Oh My
("songs were long, and gas was cheap/ no cellphones, and water was free/ daddy paid and I never had to worry")

Jim Jones - Blow It Up
("I was dealing crack when/ there was no cell phones and I swear it was iller back then/ it was beepers and street sweepers [...]")

chips moomin (unregistered), Wednesday, 25 September 2019 16:55 (two months ago) link

jesus christ

president of deluded fruitcakes anonymous (silby), Wednesday, 25 September 2019 17:17 (two months ago) link

arcade fire - we used to wait

Mommy...can I go out and VAPE tonight? (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 25 September 2019 17:22 (two months ago) link

Pretty sure this is the entirety of Everclear's AM Radio: "VCR and DVD, there was none of that crap back in 1970." It also mentions a "portable CD player."

I kinda want to call up Alex whatsis and ask him if he wants to rewrite the song now that those things don't really exist anymore either.

Instant Carmax (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 25 September 2019 17:51 (two months ago) link

Songs about the engineering trades and their practitioners (not including audio engineering)

I would like to know of songs about audio engineering.

Sassy Boutonnière (ledriver), Wednesday, 25 September 2019 18:56 (two months ago) link

Not the same thing but there could be a whole thread about songs where the producer’s name or production company are mentioned in the song, usually at the beginning.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 25 September 2019 19:03 (two months ago) link

I kind of feel it’s a practice that started in Jamaica but I don’t know how to even cross-check that.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 25 September 2019 19:04 (two months ago) link

all of afropop to thread

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 25 September 2019 20:21 (two months ago) link

Springsteen, "Ain't Good Enough For You"

I tried to change, I got a job in sales
I bought a shirt uptown in Bloomingdales
And babe I tried to make the latest scene
Hitting cool just like Jimmy Iovine

Lily Dale, Wednesday, 25 September 2019 21:31 (two months ago) link

Can we have some songs about how cool it is to be a CEO of a multinational company?

Sassy Boutonnière (ledriver), Wednesday, 25 September 2019 22:05 (two months ago) link

Stan Ridgway - "I Wanna Be a Boss"

Hideous Lump, Thursday, 26 September 2019 02:48 (two months ago) link

Responding to the previous question, the S&G Simple Desultory Phillipic has name drops for BOTH Roy Halee and Phil Spector. So an engineer / producer twofer.

Instant Carmax (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 26 September 2019 10:35 (two months ago) link

You could also stretch "engineering" to include e.g. Casey Jones and Driver 8.

Instant Carmax (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 26 September 2019 10:36 (two months ago) link

songs in which the singer snaps back at a cat caller

Negative Gemini - "Don't Worry Bout the Fuck I'm Doing"
Empress Of - "Kitty Kat"
TLC - "No Scrubs"

eeyore cohen, Friday, 27 September 2019 13:43 (two months ago) link

I feel like these all need to be individual threads. Condensing them all into this hodgepodge is a disservice to the culture.

kornrulez6969, Friday, 27 September 2019 14:17 (two months ago) link

"In My Former Country I Was Engineer" by the Ebb & Flow, which is a good song but he sure wasn't audio engineer, unless I have a somehow damaged out-of-phase download.

mick signals, Friday, 27 September 2019 19:46 (two months ago) link

Peggy Seeger, "I'm Gonna Be an Engineer"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IGVxBb5uYk

Lily Dale, Friday, 27 September 2019 21:00 (two months ago) link

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

flopsy bird (voodoo chili), Friday, 27 September 2019 21:11 (two months ago) link

should've included the vocal version:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnIH51niqCY

flopsy bird (voodoo chili), Friday, 27 September 2019 21:12 (two months ago) link

The Flying Pickets did a good, spooky song called Monica Engineer

frame casual (dog latin), Saturday, 28 September 2019 16:54 (two months ago) link

Songs in which the narrator communicates telepathically with their lover:
Golden Earring - “Radar Love”
Metric - “Satellite Mind”
Bad Brains - “Sacred Love”
...

Una Palooka Dronka (hardcore dilettante), Saturday, 28 September 2019 18:56 (two months ago) link

Don't Speak / I know what you're thinking

mick signals, Saturday, 28 September 2019 19:01 (two months ago) link

J. Lowenstein with the riposte: https://genius.com/Sebadoh-mind-reader-lyrics

#YABASIC (morrisp), Saturday, 28 September 2019 19:08 (two months ago) link

"Rocks Off"

Lily Dale, Saturday, 28 September 2019 20:38 (two months ago) link

Battle of the Children of the :
Grave
Sea
Damned

calstars, Saturday, 28 September 2019 20:53 (two months ago) link

Songs whose narratives hinge upon mistaken identity:

“Silhouettes” – The Rays (and others)
“Hurricane” – Bob Dylan
“Billie Jean” – Michael Jackson*
“Oh Sweet Woods” – Fiery Furnaces
“It Wasn’t Me” – Shaggy*

*alleged

drunk on hot toddies (morrisp), Saturday, 12 October 2019 01:59 (two months ago) link

Songs that sound like Histoire de Melody Nelson:
Paper Tiger - Beck
Also others...

29 facepalms, Tuesday, 15 October 2019 16:28 (one month ago) link

Songs listing the cities in which the party will be occurring tonight:

Dancing in the Streets - Martha & the Vandellas
All Over the World - Electric Light Orchestra
Keep This Party Going - The B-52's

(There's got to be more...)

Hideous Lump, Friday, 25 October 2019 04:06 (one month ago) link

T.I.’s verse on “We’re Taking Over”

thicc elizabeth (voodoo chili), Friday, 25 October 2019 13:12 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

Songs where the singer is in denial:

10CC - I'm Not In Love
John Waite - I Ain't Missing You
Flight of the Conchords - I'm Not Crying

The Pingularity (ledge), Thursday, 21 November 2019 11:41 (three weeks ago) link

Flowers on the Wall--Flowers on the Wall

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 21 November 2019 15:42 (three weeks ago) link

stone roses - i am the resurrection

mookieproof, Thursday, 21 November 2019 15:47 (three weeks ago) link

The Louvin Brothers - I Like the Christian Life

deepchord presents echosmith (unregistered), Thursday, 21 November 2019 16:06 (three weeks ago) link

albert collins - i ain't drunk

mookieproof, Thursday, 21 November 2019 16:18 (three weeks ago) link

Buzzcocks - “You Say You Don’t Love Me.”

Irae Louvin (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 21 November 2019 16:20 (three weeks ago) link

George Jones - "She Thinks I Still Care"

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 21 November 2019 16:26 (three weeks ago) link

The Louvin Brothers - I Like the Christian Life

lol

Bourgeois Tagg - I Don't Mind At All

The Pingularity (ledge), Friday, 22 November 2019 08:42 (three weeks ago) link

Dylan - "Most of the Time"

Does this include songs where not only the singer but also the songwriter seems to be in denial? If so:

Bruce Springsteen - "Happy"
That terrible Justin Bieber song about how he's totally over Selena Gomez, he's just writing her this song because she keeps blowing up his phone, and also his mother doesn't like her.

Lily Dale, Friday, 22 November 2019 17:29 (three weeks ago) link

I guess "Boots of Spanish Leather" also involves a lot of denial, although he clues in at the end.

Lily Dale, Friday, 22 November 2019 17:34 (three weeks ago) link

Flowers on the Wall--Flowers on the Wall

This was the perfect answer

Irae Louvin (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 29 November 2019 16:37 (two weeks ago) link


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