Tributes To Other Musicians Or Singers

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For example...

"I Am Damo Suzuki" by The Fall

"Solid Air" by John Martyn

"Moondog" by Pentangle

"Song For Bob Dylan" by Dave Bowie

... and loads others I can't think of right now.

Enid Roach (Enid Roach), Tuesday, 24 September 2002 16:16 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

"Bob Dylan Wrote Propaganda Songs" -The Minutemen.

Er, maybe not.

hstencil, Tuesday, 24 September 2002 16:24 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

let us not forget that a good cover version is a great tribute too.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Tuesday, 24 September 2002 16:30 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

"Laser Show" Fountains of Wayne (tribute to Metallica, of all people)

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Tuesday, 24 September 2002 16:31 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Pavement: "Unseen Power of the Picket Fence"
Neil Young: "Buffalo Springfield Again"
Nick Lowe: not one but TWO songs about the Bay City Rollers ("Roller Show," "Bay City Rollers We Love You")

Mike Appelstein (mike a), Tuesday, 24 September 2002 16:44 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Oh, how could I forget? Daniel Jonhston's "The Beatles". Yay!

Enid Roach (Enid Roach), Tuesday, 24 September 2002 16:52 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

"Southern Mark Smith," The Jazz Butcher
"Sammy Hagar Weekend," Thelonious Monster
"My Life is Good," Randy Newman
"RAMONES," Motorhead


The Minor Fall, The Major Lift
http://intonation.blogspot.com/

TMFTML (TMFTML), Tuesday, 24 September 2002 17:01 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Pavement - "Mark E. Smith"
I also think The Fall did a tribute to Captain Beefheart.

T. Weiss (Timmy), Tuesday, 24 September 2002 17:03 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Didn't Roberta Flack write "Killing Me Softly" after seeing Don McLean live?

Derek Dalek (Derek Dalek), Tuesday, 24 September 2002 17:12 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

"Shonen Knife" by Redd Kross
"Redd Kross" by Shonen Knife

Rahul Kamath (Rahul Kamath), Tuesday, 24 September 2002 20:30 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

"David Bowie" - Phish
"Listening to the Higsons" -Robyn Hitchcock


"let us not forget that a good cover version is a great tribute too."

I don't think that is always true. Many people cover songs for fun, and not as a tribute. I'm not sure about these, but some examples may be:

many Resident covers
Devo "Satisfaction"
Flaming Lips "Can't Get You Out Of My Head"

A Nairn (moretap), Tuesday, 24 September 2002 20:41 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

"Madonna's The Bomb" by the Coolies

Poppy (poppy), Tuesday, 24 September 2002 21:08 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Jackie Wilson Said - Van Morrison

Saskia, Tuesday, 24 September 2002 21:21 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

just thought of more:

Barbara Manning: "Mark E. Smith & Brix"
John Cale: "Mr. Wilson"
Young Marble Giants: "Ode to Booker T"
Johnny Cash: "The Night Hank Williams Came to Town"
NRBQ: "Boozoo, That's Who"

mike a (mike a), Tuesday, 24 September 2002 21:49 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Afghan Whigs, "Miles Iz Ded"

j.lu (j.lu), Tuesday, 24 September 2002 21:58 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

"When Smokie Sings"

Siegbran Hetteson (eofor), Tuesday, 24 September 2002 22:08 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Jill Sobule - Billy's Thing "…song about jazz musician Billy Tipton, a woman (born Dorothy Tipton in 1914) who lived most of her adult life as a man. Remarkably, Billy successfully hid his true sex from everyone, his several wives and adopted children included, for nearly fifty years, until his death at age 74."

Jane Wiedlin and Charlotte Caffey (+ Lloyd Cole) - So Jill

chris j (chris j), Tuesday, 24 September 2002 22:19 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

"Grant Hart" by the Posies


Al (sitcom), Tuesday, 24 September 2002 23:58 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Urusei Yatsura have some song that's a tribute to Pavement, the title of which escapes me, on the b-side of one of their singles. Bright Eyes have a song about Jandek.

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 00:03 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

The Replacements' "Alex Chilton", dammit.

Nick Mirov (nick), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 01:08 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Oh, and Heavy Vegetable's "Song For Wesley".

Nick Mirov (nick), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 01:08 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Oh, and every other song Wesley Willis ever wrote.

Nick Mirov (nick), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 01:11 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

the commodores song about marvin and jackie

the clean have a song 'david bowie' too

keith (keithmcl), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 01:47 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Bright Eyes have a song about Jandek.

Which makes sense seeing as it's from a Jandek tribute album. ;-) Actually one of the better tracks on there, seeing as it doesn't try to cover his sound or style per se.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 02:03 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

The entirety of Ken Vandermark's "career." Ugh.

hstencil, Wednesday, 25 September 2002 02:18 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Ben Lee's first single was about Evan Dildo.

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 03:13 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

"Ben Lee" by Klinger

He wishes he was just like him.
He's lucky, genetecially thin.
He wakes up next to movie stars.
And they get with him, but that's not everything.
Punk rockers go to see him play.
Chicago, New York, Glebe, LA.
Offending mainstream TV stars.
And they laugh with him, she shares a bath with him.

And you're lucky that you met me.
Because I'm arrogant like Ben Lee (Wah-ah-oh).
And some people they don't get me.
Because I'm a genius like Ben Lee.
Evidentally (Wah-ah-oh)

He's featured in glossy magazines.
The envy of guitar toting teens.
Admitted to exclusive bars.
And they let him in, 'cos he gets everything
Coke champagne, aeroplances and cars.
He wakes up next to movie stars.
He's friendly with famous people's kids.
And they get with him, 'cos they get everything.

And you're lucky that you met me (met me).
Because I'm arrogant like Ben Lee (Wah-ah-oh).
And some people they don't get me (get me).
Because I'm a genius like Ben Lee.
Evidently
Break It Down

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 07:34 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

"For the Singer of REM" - fIREHOSE

dave225 (Dave225), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 11:01 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

"Blue Notes For Mongezi" recorded by the then surviving Blue Notes - Chris McGregor, Dudu Pukwana, Johnny Dyani and Louis Moholo in December 1975. They went straight from Feza's funeral to the recording studio and blew and sang their hearts out for 2 1/2 hours. The session was edited down to a 90-minute double album, released on Ogun in early '77 and sadly out of print at the moment. It is one of the most gut-wrenching musical expressions of grief ever recorded.

Marcello Carlin, Wednesday, 25 September 2002 11:12 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

"Black Velvet"

Siegbran Hetteson (eofor), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 11:16 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

House Of Jansch - Donovan
Bert’s Blues - Donovan

Roger Fascist (Roger Fascist), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 11:24 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

"Hello, Jeff" - Stanley Clarke (Beck)
"Song to John" - Stanley Clarke (Coltrane or McLaughlin ?)

dave225 (Dave225), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 11:30 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

'Velvet Underground' - Jonathan Richman

"well you look at that band
and you will be saying
where is all of this noise coming from
with just four people playing?"

adam b (adam b), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 11:31 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

and of course 'Geno' by Dexys

which gets extra points for basically saying "thanks and everything, but i'm now much better than you ever were"

adam b (adam b), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 11:46 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

''The entirety of Ken Vandermark's "career." Ugh.''

hehe...

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 15:43 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Free Jazz Classics Volume 1? Total dud.

hstencil, Wednesday, 25 September 2002 15:44 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

spearmint - scottish pop
spearmint - the flaming lips
sonic youth - under the influence of the jesus and mary chain
the jesus and mary chain - bo diddley
the make up - free arthur lee
hopkirk and lee - free arthur lee (a different song, though!)
superstar - i love Love
teenage fanclub - gene clark
the house of love - the beatles and the stones

joan vich (joan vich), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 15:57 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

besides, all of the above mentioned are soooooo good!
that makes a great mixtape (yeah, too indie maybe - that's me). you can add the fun lovin' criminals' "barry white" to make it broader... or barry adamson's "miles"... oh i must stop it, i just can't help adding more and more names to this list!

joan vich (joan vich), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 16:06 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

the fat tulips had a song called "where's claire grogan now?", after the singer in the altered images. ok, i stop now. promise.

joan vich (joan vich), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 16:08 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

The FLC song was called "Love Unlimited". And it was the nadir of their career. Which is quite impressive, really.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 17:04 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Barenaked Ladies - "Be MY Yoko Ono"

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 17:10 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

the jesus and mary chain - bo diddley (is Jesus)

That reminds me:
Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley.

dave225 (Dave225), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 17:17 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Dub Syndicate -- "Ravi Shankar"

Nick Cave -- "Tupelo", "Saint Huck", "Blind Lemon Jefferson"

Enid Roach (Enid Roach), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 18:17 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Neil Young - My My Hey Hey.
Stompin Tom Connors - Lady KD Lang.

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 18:22 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

''Free Jazz Classics Volume 1? Total dud''

i could've told you it was a massive fucking dud without even buying it.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 18:23 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Julio, I never in my life would ever buy a Vandermark record.

hstencil, Wednesday, 25 September 2002 19:17 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

heh thought you did. you're very wise hstencil.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 19:18 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

"When Smokey Sings" by ABC, and Spandau Ballet had that line about "Listening to Marvin," in "True."

Speaking of which, Eazy-E from NWA's "Eightball": "Put in the old tape/Marvin Gaye's Greatest Hits/turned the shit up had the bass col' rompin'/cruisin' through the Eastside south of Compton."

Spandau Ballet and NWA united at last!

wl (wl), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 21:01 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I Wish I Was Him - Noise Addict (Tribute to Evan Dando)

T. Weiss (Timmy), Thursday, 26 September 2002 16:44 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

eight years pass...

Live Nude Girls - "Now I Wanna Fuck Madonna"
Accident - "Kill the Bee Gees" (ok, not much of a tribute)
Rotters - "Sit On My Face, Stevie Nicks"
Chixdiggit - "Henry Rollins Is No Fun"

zaxxon25, Thursday, 18 August 2011 21:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

six years pass...

Miles Davis - "John McLaughlin"
John McLaughlin with the One Truth Band - "Miles Davis"

SlimAndSlam, Saturday, 14 April 2018 12:50 (six months ago) Permalink

John McLaughlin is the featured performer on "John McLaughlin"! Isn't that a little different?

What about Nels Cline's "Thurston County"?

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Saturday, 14 April 2018 14:00 (six months ago) Permalink

the Who - "Mike Post Theme"

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Saturday, 14 April 2018 14:07 (six months ago) Permalink

Georgia Anne muldrow - kings ballad

Michael Jackson tribute

after party for the apocalypse (Ross), Saturday, 14 April 2018 15:32 (six months ago) Permalink

John McLaughlin is the featured performer on "John McLaughlin"! Isn't that a little different?

True, but it's on Miles' album, Miles got the songwriting credit, and Miles (presumably) got to name the track. It's definitely some sort of tribute.

SlimAndSlam, Saturday, 14 April 2018 19:48 (six months ago) Permalink

DW Suite by Lindsey Buckingham for Dennis Wilson

kurt schwitterz, Saturday, 14 April 2018 20:03 (six months ago) Permalink

'He Loved Him Madly' was a tribute to Duke by Miles Davis.

"All I know is something like a bird within her sang
All I know she sang a little while and then flew on"

'Bird Song' by the Dead with lyrics by Robert Hunter was written in tribute to Janis Joplin.

earlnash, Saturday, 14 April 2018 20:10 (six months ago) Permalink

The Commodores - 'Nightshift' (Marvin Gaye & Jackie Wilson)
William Bell - 'A Tribute to a King' (Otis Redding)

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Saturday, 14 April 2018 20:18 (six months ago) Permalink


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