Songs about the music industry, list them

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(or even tangentially)

I will start with

"Paint a Vulgar Picture".

the bhagavad geeta (rip van wanko), Friday, 5 November 2010 22:48 (twelve years ago) link

"Bought Myself a Liarbird" – XTC

17th Century Catholic Spain (Abbbottt), Friday, 5 November 2010 22:48 (twelve years ago) link

I feel like XTC made a lot of these.

17th Century Catholic Spain (Abbbottt), Friday, 5 November 2010 22:48 (twelve years ago) link

Seeing the thread title, that's exactly the song I was going to nominate (xp to 1st post)

Running the Gantelope (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Friday, 5 November 2010 22:49 (twelve years ago) link

"Funk Pop a Roll" would be another XTC one.

17th Century Catholic Spain (Abbbottt), Friday, 5 November 2010 22:50 (twelve years ago) link

"So You Wanna Be a Rock and Roll Star" - Byrds etc.
"Rock a Boy Blue", sort of - Scritti Politti

the Ford Escort Cabriolet of middle-aged men (Noodle Vague), Friday, 5 November 2010 23:00 (twelve years ago) link

'Have A Cigar' - Pink Floyd

Les centimètres énigmatiques (snoball), Friday, 5 November 2010 23:02 (twelve years ago) link

'When Will I Be Famous' - Bros

Les centimètres énigmatiques (snoball), Friday, 5 November 2010 23:02 (twelve years ago) link

"You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby" - Smiths

the Ford Escort Cabriolet of middle-aged men (Noodle Vague), Friday, 5 November 2010 23:03 (twelve years ago) link

'Creeque Alley' - The Mamas & The Papas

Les centimètres énigmatiques (snoball), Friday, 5 November 2010 23:03 (twelve years ago) link

Huge chunks of Chilly Gonzales' The Entertainist, notably "Candy" and "Futuristic Ain't Shit to Me".

the Ford Escort Cabriolet of middle-aged men (Noodle Vague), Friday, 5 November 2010 23:05 (twelve years ago) link

Randy Newman "The Story of a Rock and Roll Band"

Stockhausen's Helicopter Quartet (Elvis Telecom), Friday, 5 November 2010 23:10 (twelve years ago) link

"Don't Call Us, We'll Call You"

Unfrozen Caveman Board-Lawyer (WmC), Friday, 5 November 2010 23:11 (twelve years ago) link

"Rudy Wants To Buy Yez a Drink"

Unfrozen Caveman Board-Lawyer (WmC), Friday, 5 November 2010 23:11 (twelve years ago) link

"Be in My Video"

Unfrozen Caveman Board-Lawyer (WmC), Friday, 5 November 2010 23:11 (twelve years ago) link

Sessionman
The Money-go-round - Both the Kinks

I'm sure there's more ...

sonofstan, Friday, 5 November 2010 23:12 (twelve years ago) link

Are You Sure Hank Done it This Way?

sonofstan, Friday, 5 November 2010 23:13 (twelve years ago) link

and the Ur-ist of the Ur-

Johnny B. Goode/ Go Johnny Go

sonofstan, Friday, 5 November 2010 23:14 (twelve years ago) link

Into the Great Wide Open by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 5 November 2010 23:14 (twelve years ago) link

"Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man," Rolling Stones
"Mercury Poisoning," Graham Parker
"EMI," Sex Pistols
"Workin' For MCA," Lynyrd Skynyrd
"Complete Control," The Clash

xhuxk, Friday, 5 November 2010 23:18 (twelve years ago) link

'Sleeping on the Sidewalk' - Queen

Les centimètres énigmatiques (snoball), Friday, 5 November 2010 23:24 (twelve years ago) link

Specials - "Gangsters"

the Ford Escort Cabriolet of middle-aged men (Noodle Vague), Friday, 5 November 2010 23:24 (twelve years ago) link

"Don't Call Us, We'll Call You," Sugarloaf
"Ain't Gonna Suck Itself," Cracker
"The Agony Of Lafitte," Spoon

xhuxk, Friday, 5 November 2010 23:25 (twelve years ago) link

"the entertainer" - billy joel

fact checking cuz, Friday, 5 November 2010 23:29 (twelve years ago) link

for against - loud and clear

cruel bees (electricsound), Friday, 5 November 2010 23:29 (twelve years ago) link

the records - starry eyes

cruel bees (electricsound), Friday, 5 November 2010 23:30 (twelve years ago) link

"cover of the rolling stone"- dr. hook and the medicine show

fact checking cuz, Friday, 5 November 2010 23:30 (twelve years ago) link

"i love my label" - nick lowe

fact checking cuz, Friday, 5 November 2010 23:31 (twelve years ago) link

"touring is never boring" - ramones

fact checking cuz, Friday, 5 November 2010 23:32 (twelve years ago) link

"radio radio" - elvis costello

fact checking cuz, Friday, 5 November 2010 23:33 (twelve years ago) link

"Protect Ya Neck," Wu Tang Clan (GZA verse)

xhuxk, Friday, 5 November 2010 23:34 (twelve years ago) link

"cut yr hair" - pavement

fact checking cuz, Friday, 5 November 2010 23:35 (twelve years ago) link

"prisoners of rock and roll" - neil young

fact checking cuz, Friday, 5 November 2010 23:36 (twelve years ago) link

"Another Round on You" - Murder City Devils

like a musical album. made by a band. (fucking in the streets), Friday, 5 November 2010 23:39 (twelve years ago) link

Free Man In Paris - Joni Mitchell

kornrulez6969, Friday, 5 November 2010 23:42 (twelve years ago) link

"denmark street" - the kinks
"bitter fingers" - elton john

fact checking cuz, Friday, 5 November 2010 23:46 (twelve years ago) link

"treatment bound" - replacements

fact checking cuz, Friday, 5 November 2010 23:48 (twelve years ago) link

Ziggy Stardust

sonofstan, Friday, 5 November 2010 23:50 (twelve years ago) link

"Range Life" - Pavement

the Ford Escort Cabriolet of middle-aged men (Noodle Vague), Friday, 5 November 2010 23:50 (twelve years ago) link

U.N.K.L.E. - "Getting Ahead in the Lucrative Field of Artist Management"

skip, Friday, 5 November 2010 23:51 (twelve years ago) link

All The Way From Memphis -Mott the Hoople

sonofstan, Friday, 5 November 2010 23:52 (twelve years ago) link

"Seymour Stein" - Belle & Sebastian

like a musical album. made by a band. (fucking in the streets), Friday, 5 November 2010 23:55 (twelve years ago) link

let's not forget

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1gxJ7mj2uY

like a musical album. made by a band. (fucking in the streets), Saturday, 6 November 2010 00:01 (twelve years ago) link

Destroyer - The Bad Arts

iago g., Saturday, 6 November 2010 00:02 (twelve years ago) link

Kinks - Session Man

iago g., Saturday, 6 November 2010 00:03 (twelve years ago) link

Minor Threat - Cashing In
Joe Walsh - Life's Been Good

xhuxk, Saturday, 6 November 2010 00:09 (twelve years ago) link

Stealers Wheel - Star

kornrulez6969, Saturday, 6 November 2010 00:11 (twelve years ago) link

Neil Young - Crime in the City

(the first verse, anyways)

lonely is as lonely does, lonely is an eeyore (unregistered), Saturday, 6 November 2010 00:20 (twelve years ago) link

(er, second verse, I mean)

lonely is as lonely does, lonely is an eeyore (unregistered), Saturday, 6 November 2010 00:20 (twelve years ago) link

"Everything Counts" by Depeche Mode may be interpreted to be about the music biz.

You're Twistin' My Melody Man! (Geir Hongro), Saturday, 6 November 2010 00:21 (twelve years ago) link

i think that the majority of songs by "the chap" would fit this bill

nonightsweats, Saturday, 6 November 2010 00:41 (twelve years ago) link

If music journalists count as part of the music biz, then "Mr. Writer" by Stereophonics.

You're Twistin' My Melody Man! (Geir Hongro), Saturday, 6 November 2010 00:52 (twelve years ago) link

So do plenty of more famous songs, but I was assuming they don't.

Anyway:

Angry songs about the music biz

Songs about people in the music business

xhuxk, Saturday, 6 November 2010 00:57 (twelve years ago) link

And if critic songs do count, then:

Lyrics about, or aimed at, critics

xhuxk, Saturday, 6 November 2010 00:58 (twelve years ago) link

"fuck this town" - robbie fulks

fact checking cuz, Saturday, 6 November 2010 01:27 (twelve years ago) link

"show business" - tribe

so imagen what we can do with the rest of our brain...right buddy's?? (Pillbox), Saturday, 6 November 2010 01:33 (twelve years ago) link

Rough Trade - Stiff Little Fingers, though the band will try to tell you it's not about their label...

Michael Train, Saturday, 6 November 2010 01:35 (twelve years ago) link

"The Agony of Laffitte” and “Laffitte Don’t Fail Me Now" - Spoon

Zeno, Saturday, 6 November 2010 01:36 (twelve years ago) link

stockholm monsters - how corrupt is rough trade?
regurgitator - i sucked a lot of cock to get where i am

cruel bees (electricsound), Saturday, 6 November 2010 01:36 (twelve years ago) link

Mess Of My - The Fall

Zeno, Saturday, 6 November 2010 01:37 (twelve years ago) link

Understandably, Badfinger had a lot of them:
"Apple of My Eye"
"Hey Mr. Manager"
"Rock & Roll Contract"

Sonic Youth - "Swimsuit Issue"
Neil Young & the Shocking Pinks - "Payola Blues"
George Harrison - "This Song"
The Clash - "Complete Control" (maybe)

Hideous Lump, Saturday, 6 November 2010 05:50 (twelve years ago) link

'The Na Na Song' - Sheryl Crow
'Don't Let Me Get Me' - Pink (Already mentioned this one in the Rolling P!nk Thread)

That's not a "laugh track", it's an audience and you're in it. (MintIce), Sunday, 7 November 2010 22:14 (twelve years ago) link

John Fogerty - "Zanz Kant Danz"

xhuxk, Sunday, 7 November 2010 22:38 (twelve years ago) link

The Beatles: Baby You're a Rich Man

You're Twistin' My Melody Man! (Geir Hongro), Monday, 8 November 2010 00:47 (twelve years ago) link

Gruppo Sportivo, "I Shot My Manager"

xhuxk, Monday, 8 November 2010 01:05 (twelve years ago) link

A Tribe Called Quest - Rap Promoter

Fellini.Kuti, Monday, 8 November 2010 01:57 (twelve years ago) link

"Get Off the Air," Angry Samoans...Rodney Bingenheimer was pretty much an industry unto himself, so this seems to fit.

clemenza, Monday, 8 November 2010 02:05 (twelve years ago) link

Spiderbait - "Buy me a Pony"

Sunn O))) Sundae Smile (Trayce), Monday, 8 November 2010 02:27 (twelve years ago) link

Tractor - All Ends Up

Up the voltage. (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Monday, 8 November 2010 02:41 (twelve years ago) link

Mark Germino and the Sluggers, "Rex Bob Lowenstein"

Jake Brown, Monday, 8 November 2010 04:33 (twelve years ago) link

Does "the record company, Rosie, just gave me a big advance!" count?

Jake Brown, Monday, 8 November 2010 04:34 (twelve years ago) link

Aimee Mann - Calling It Quits / Nothing Is Good Enough

turkey, Monday, 8 November 2010 06:48 (twelve years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26VJobcLhao&feature=related

LeRooLeRoo, Monday, 8 November 2010 07:11 (twelve years ago) link

☠ all pigs must die ☠

Life! The Story of Life (CaptainLorax), Monday, 8 November 2010 08:47 (twelve years ago) link

Afghan Whigs - "Neglekted"

Ain't Gonna Play "Fist City" (sic), Monday, 8 November 2010 09:06 (twelve years ago) link

C'n'C-S Mithering - The Fall

Millsner, Monday, 8 November 2010 13:19 (twelve years ago) link

Human League "The Black Hit Of Space"

Kim, Wednesday, 10 November 2010 18:36 (twelve years ago) link

Dire Straits - Money for Nothing

John Stewart - Gold

very wary hairy Barry (herb albert), Wednesday, 10 November 2010 18:47 (twelve years ago) link

Black Sabbath- The Writ
Motorhead-We Are the Road Crew

Randy Moss' dog's personal chef (Bill Magill), Wednesday, 10 November 2010 19:29 (twelve years ago) link

guided by voices - game of pricks
archers of loaf - audiowhore
superchunk - the popular music

mookieproof, Wednesday, 10 November 2010 19:34 (twelve years ago) link

Bad Company, "Shooting Star"

Tub Girl Time Machine (Phil D.), Wednesday, 10 November 2010 19:38 (twelve years ago) link

No one mentioned Maggie's Farm yet? Wow.

drug stealer, Wednesday, 10 November 2010 19:40 (twelve years ago) link

gg allin - raw, brutal, rough & bloody

mookieproof, Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:11 (twelve years ago) link

Notorious B.I.G. - Juicy. Sorta? If the rules are loose, then probably about 87% of all rap songs.

drug stealer, Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:13 (twelve years ago) link

boston - rock and roll band

mookieproof, Saturday, 20 November 2010 16:38 (twelve years ago) link

eleven years pass...

This is one of my favorites, and it can be applied to job hunting in general:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHTFyC4wksA

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 17 November 2022 18:26 (two weeks ago) link

I was always partial to Frankly, Mr. Shankly (The Smiths)

Nabozo, Thursday, 17 November 2022 18:40 (two weeks ago) link

"Bought Myself a Liarbird" – XTC

Hah, that was my immediate thought on seeing the thread title and it was the second one anyone mentioned

you can see me from westbury white horse, Saturday, 19 November 2022 01:19 (two weeks ago) link

No one mentioned Travels in Nihilon so that

you can see me from westbury white horse, Saturday, 19 November 2022 01:21 (two weeks ago) link

Also arguably Train Running Low on Soul Coal

you can see me from westbury white horse, Saturday, 19 November 2022 01:21 (two weeks ago) link

GZA - Labels
Superchunk - Shallow End

"Mick Wall at Kerrang!" (morrisp), Saturday, 19 November 2022 01:51 (two weeks ago) link

Andrew Beaujon, "Packaging Deduction"

gucci meme (theStalePrince), Saturday, 19 November 2022 04:30 (two weeks ago) link

John Prine, "Onomatopoeia"

Lily Dale, Saturday, 19 November 2022 06:07 (two weeks ago) link

M. Ward - "Shark"

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

Dinsdale, Saturday, 19 November 2022 19:43 (two weeks ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_roTCXelnq0

calstars, Saturday, 19 November 2022 21:37 (two weeks ago) link

^ Afrosmith “no surprize”

calstars, Saturday, 19 November 2022 21:39 (two weeks ago) link

Peter Hammill, "Two Or Three Spectres"

lord of the rongs (anagram), Saturday, 19 November 2022 22:04 (two weeks ago) link

The Pooh Sticks - “I Know Someone Who Knows Someone Who Knows Alan McGee Quite Well”

Mr. Snrub, Sunday, 20 November 2022 01:14 (one week ago) link

The Police - "A Sermon"
Gentle Giant - "Interview"
and Bachman-Turner Overdrive - "Welcome Home":

So glad we left the prairie city
And now we're living on the coast
We went and got ourselves a manager
We all think he's the most

Halfway there but for you, Friday, 25 November 2022 20:07 (one week ago) link


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