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 (eleven months ago) Permalink

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 (eleven months ago) Permalink

"some people"

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Monday, 12 February 2018 01:45 (eleven months ago) Permalink

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

calstars, Monday, 12 February 2018 02:26 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Songs in which Instrumentation is or is not used

calstars, Monday, 12 February 2018 02:27 (eleven months ago) Permalink

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 (eleven months ago) Permalink

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 (eleven months ago) Permalink

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 (eleven months ago) Permalink

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 (eleven months ago) Permalink

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 (eleven months ago) Permalink

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 (eleven months ago) Permalink

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 (eleven months ago) Permalink

the plot thickens!

henry s, Monday, 12 February 2018 20:04 (eleven months ago) Permalink

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 (nine months ago) Permalink

Lol

after party for the apocalypse (Ross), Sunday, 22 April 2018 22:38 (nine months ago) Permalink

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 (nine months ago) Permalink

songs that in off whacking with which trailer

j., Sunday, 22 April 2018 23:38 (nine months ago) Permalink

lol i have been bumping a lot of these

flappy bird, Monday, 23 April 2018 00:08 (nine months ago) Permalink

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 (nine months ago) Permalink

and Chicago, Make Me Smile

Lee626, Monday, 23 April 2018 09:16 (nine months ago) Permalink

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 (eight months ago) Permalink

Songs where the singer is bored of music:

Cat Power - Colors and the Kids

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 04:28 (eight months ago) Permalink

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 (eight months ago) Permalink

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 (eight months ago) Permalink

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

niels, Tuesday, 24 April 2018 17:04 (eight months ago) Permalink

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 (eight months ago) Permalink

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 (eight months ago) Permalink

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

"Where Is My Mind"

... (Eazy), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 17:22 (eight months ago) Permalink

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 (eight months ago) Permalink

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 (five months ago) Permalink

Songs in which the Beatles wish you a Happy Birthday

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Friday, 3 August 2018 04:20 (five months ago) Permalink

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 (five months ago) Permalink

^Brenda Lee - Bigelow 6-200

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

Transylvania 6-5000

calstars, Friday, 3 August 2018 04:39 (five months ago) Permalink

Oh snap!

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Friday, 3 August 2018 04:40 (five months ago) Permalink

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 (five months ago) Permalink

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

visiting, Friday, 3 August 2018 07:06 (five months ago) Permalink

scraping foetus off the wheel - DI-1-9026

visiting, Friday, 3 August 2018 07:10 (five months ago) Permalink

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

visiting, Friday, 3 August 2018 07:26 (five months ago) Permalink

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 (five months ago) Permalink

City Boy – 5705

the word dog doesn't bark (anagram), Friday, 3 August 2018 08:24 (five months ago) Permalink

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 (five months ago) Permalink

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 (five months ago) Permalink

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

Sam Weller, Friday, 3 August 2018 10:40 (five months ago) Permalink

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 (five months ago) Permalink

Songs where the singer is bored of music:

Isn’t this every Cat Power song?

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 3 August 2018 11:30 (five months ago) Permalink

POLL: Songs Written By The Artist's Mom

Sam Weller, Friday, 3 August 2018 11:44 (five months ago) Permalink

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

Father Ted in Forkhandles (Tom D.), Friday, 3 August 2018 12:07 (five months ago) Permalink

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 (five months ago) Permalink

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

devil's avocado (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 3 August 2018 12:42 (five months ago) Permalink

Bare naked... no its gone

Mark G, Saturday, 4 August 2018 21:33 (five months ago) Permalink

Songs Set in a Courtroom (Bonus Points If It Includes an Argument between the Singer and the Judge):

Springsteen: Johnny 99 and also Nebraska

kornrulez6969, Saturday, 4 August 2018 22:08 (five months ago) Permalink

Also Steve Earle The Devil’s Rigjt Hand

kornrulez6969, Saturday, 4 August 2018 22:13 (five months ago) Permalink

And The Specials - Stupid Marriage

bornbored, Saturday, 4 August 2018 22:19 (five months ago) Permalink

Songs Set in a Courtroom (Bonus Points If It Includes an Argument between the Singer and the Judge)

BANG BANG Maxwell's Silver Hammer went down on his head!

ant banks and wasp (voodoo chili), Sunday, 5 August 2018 00:05 (five months ago) Permalink

“Here Comes the Judge,” Pigmeat Markham ( and other songs with the same name by others)

Suspicious Hiveminds (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 5 August 2018 12:42 (five months ago) Permalink

^ ^ ^ Top-20 rap hit from 1968!

Lee626, Sunday, 5 August 2018 18:21 (five months ago) Permalink

Songs Set in a Courtroom (Bonus Points If It Includes an Argument between the Singer and the Judge)

"murder in my heart for the judge" by the moby grape

budo jeru, Sunday, 5 August 2018 18:30 (five months ago) Permalink

Songs in which the singer reads off a phone number:

― i’m still stanning (morrisp)

the space negroes' version of "sex bomb"

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Sunday, 5 August 2018 19:22 (five months ago) Permalink

Songs Set in a Courtroom (Bonus Points If It Includes an Argument between the Singer and the Judge):

― Mr. Snrub

"mr. waters (the judge)" by birmingham sunday

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Sunday, 5 August 2018 19:23 (five months ago) Permalink

"arrest, trial, and judgement (joy in the marketplace!)" by harry partch
"good morning judge" by wynonie harris

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Sunday, 5 August 2018 19:24 (five months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

songs with a falsetto goodbye:

Danny O'Keefe - Falsetto Goodbye
Third Eye Blind - Semi-Charmed Life

ilxor-com-dog-meat-drawer-7-840-x-600.jpg (unregistered), Wednesday, 3 October 2018 09:59 (three months ago) Permalink

The reprise of "So Long, Farewell" from Sound of Music

psychocandy fairweather low spark of high (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 3 October 2018 12:24 (three months ago) Permalink

Dinosaur Jr - Start Choppin'

Plinka Trinka Banga Tink (Eliza D.), Wednesday, 3 October 2018 13:25 (three months ago) Permalink

^ah, I had a feeling I was missing an incredibly obvious one

ilxor-com-dog-meat-drawer-7-840-x-600.jpg (unregistered), Wednesday, 3 October 2018 14:22 (three months ago) Permalink

The Communards - Never Can Say Goodbye

scanner darkly, Wednesday, 3 October 2018 19:32 (three months ago) Permalink

Supertramp - Goodbye Stranger

gjoon1, Wednesday, 3 October 2018 23:47 (three months ago) Permalink

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

Jefferson Airplane - Somebody to Love (written by Darby Slick)

Hideous Lump, Thursday, 4 October 2018 02:50 (three months ago) Permalink

songs in which 'yee-ha!' or similar appears apropos of nothing but manages to be perfect:

michael jackson "wanna be startin' somethin'"
björk "big time sensuality"

dyl, Thursday, 4 October 2018 03:33 (three months ago) Permalink

^
Loudon Wainwright - The Swimming Song

Possible thread for 'off-mic eructations'? Keith Jarrett must be the king of this. Or Mingus.

Have the Rams stopped screaming yet, Lloris? (Chinaski), Thursday, 4 October 2018 15:37 (three months ago) Permalink

songs with unearned key changes

Falco - Rock Me Amadeus

the beta brand (voodoo chili), Friday, 12 October 2018 17:44 (three months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

cover songs (or songs that interpolate bits of other songs) that feature newly-recorded backing vocals from the singer of the original song:

Uncle Kracker - Drift Away (feat. Dobie Gray)
Eddie Money - Take Me Home Tonight (feat. Ronnie Spector, who sings the chorus of 'Be My Baby')

poochie mayne (unregistered), Monday, 24 December 2018 03:31 (four weeks ago) Permalink

The Run DMC version of "Walk This Way".

henry s, Monday, 24 December 2018 03:41 (four weeks ago) Permalink

songs which feature the wilhelm scream

Karl Malone, Monday, 24 December 2018 03:42 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Does Elton John rerecord the vocals for Bennie and Jets on the newest Tribe Called Quest album?

kornrulez6969, Monday, 24 December 2018 03:53 (four weeks ago) Permalink

yep!

It kicks off with a sample of John's original recording, a No. 1 hit in 1974, and the final single from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, which came out the year before. Then, at the 2:43 mark, after Busta Rhymes helps out in the second verse, the modern-day voice of Elton closes out the song in a duet with Q-Tip. John is credited as a co-writer on "Solid Wall of Sound," which also features his piano.

poochie mayne (unregistered), Monday, 24 December 2018 04:41 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Steve Winwood insisted on doing this for "Call On Me."'

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Monday, 24 December 2018 04:42 (four weeks ago) Permalink

wait no, the new Elton vocals at the end are a newly written verse, not a reprise of the original song (xpost)

poochie mayne (unregistered), Monday, 24 December 2018 04:45 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Stephen Stills on Public Enemy's "He Got Game"

Lee626, Monday, 24 December 2018 08:27 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Lennon on Elton's version of "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds"

gjoon1, Monday, 24 December 2018 09:46 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Bonnie Prince Billy on Johnny Cash's I See A Darkness

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Monday, 24 December 2018 10:22 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Dido on Stan.

sans lep (sic), Monday, 24 December 2018 10:34 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Paul Kelly going in-studio for rap group AB Original’s live radio coverpolation of his 26-year-old Dumb Things.

sans lep (sic), Monday, 24 December 2018 10:38 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Songs in which the singer reads off a phone number:

Otis Redding - 634-5789

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Monday, 24 December 2018 17:35 (four weeks ago) Permalink

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

Pearl Jam - Corduroy, and surely many others

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Monday, 24 December 2018 17:37 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Original writer singing backup on cover:

Will Oldham on Johnny Cash I See a Darkness

kornrulez6969, Monday, 24 December 2018 23:08 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Can't believe I just now remembered Jimmy Page on "Come With Me."

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Monday, 24 December 2018 23:12 (four weeks ago) Permalink

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

I can think of several examples that are close to this sentiment. Obviously "please don't put your life in the hands / of a rock and roll band" is at least related. So is "don't look to us / phony Beatlemania has bitten the dust."

Elvis Costello's "I Want to Vanish" is ostensibly from the perspective of someone - perhaps an old Delta blues or Appalachian folk legend - asking to NOT be recorded by what I guess is an Alan Lomax-like character.

I want to vanish
This is my fondest wish
To go where I cannot be captured
Laid on a decorated dish

The speaker seems to regard him- or herself as unfit for posterity. But it may be equally true that some art should be permitted to be transient. Putting it on record and fixing it in space and time would, effectively, be tantamount to murdering it. Let it be unheard and unbroadcast. Let us merely be happy that it ever happened at all, not be annoyed that it hasn't been preserved in a scratchy copy that robs it of life.

Anne Frankenstein (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 25 December 2018 04:57 (four weeks ago) Permalink

1981 songs referencing the stars of "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?":

"Joan Crawford" - Blue Oyster Cult
"Bette Davis Eyes" - Kim Carnes

Scape: Goat-fired like a dog! (Myonga Vön Bontee), Tuesday, 25 December 2018 23:00 (four weeks ago) Permalink

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.

sans lep (sic), Wednesday, 26 December 2018 18:56 (four weeks ago) Permalink

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 (four weeks ago) Permalink

see five posts above yours

sans lep (sic), Wednesday, 26 December 2018 19:38 (four weeks ago) Permalink

oh fer crying out loud, that ILM app blows

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 26 December 2018 19:50 (four weeks ago) Permalink

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 (one week ago) Permalink

Casey Jones

harvey wall/barrier (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 16 January 2019 17:38 (one week ago) Permalink

Heh. John Henry?

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

Gunther Gleiben (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 16 January 2019 22:44 (one week ago) Permalink

Oooh! Oooh! Fortress Around Your Heart.

Gunther Gleiben (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 16 January 2019 22:45 (one week ago) Permalink

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 (one week ago) Permalink

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 (six days ago) Permalink

!

i stan corrected (morrisp), Thursday, 17 January 2019 00:10 (six days ago) Permalink


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