058 Songs mentioning other songs, bands or artists

Everyone has influences and here are mine.

If I asked you to think of a song that mentions another song band or artist, what would you think of first? Matt from Earfarm has got the contributors playing the game with some interesting results.

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Playlist:

(00:00) Murray Lachlan Young – I’m being followed by The Rolling Stones

Tim from The face of today

(04:05) M J Hibbett & The Validators – The lesson of The Smiths

Simon from Spoilt Victorian Child

(08:31) Spearmint – Scottish pop

Colin from And before the first kiss

(12:44) Half Man Half Biscuit – Irk the purists

Chris from Phosphorous.net

(15:01) New Bad Things – I Suck

Shaun from Cold Citrus

(20:28) Dickie Goodman – Frankenstein meets The Beatles

ZB from So the wind won’t blow it all away

(23:10) Frank Zappa – Bobby Brown goes down

Marcy from Lost in your inbox

(26:21) Ministry – Jesus built my hot rod

FiL from Pogoagogo

(33:16) Built to Spill – You were right

Matt from Earfarm

(38:50) Peter Parker – Vanishing point perspective

Taylor from T-Sides

(42:30) Sebadoh – Just gimme indie rock

Ross from Just gimme indie rock

(46:06) Warren Zevon – Play it all night long (live)

Linda from Speed of Dark

(53:01) The Damnwells – I’ve got you

Chip from Atomic Ned

(56:40) Barenaked Ladies – Brian Wilson

Lyle from Mentok the mind-taker

(01:02:30) The Dandy Warhols – Cool as Kim Deal

Natalie from Mini-Obs

(01:06:12) Prefab Sprout – Faron Young

Mark from Cinema du Lyon

(01:10:19) Dexys Midnight Runners – Reminisce (part 2)

Crash from Pretending life is like a song

Thanks to all of you who contributed this week. Next week’s theme, chosen by Natalie from Mini-Obs is Every Tom, Dick or Harry .. so I’m sure we’ll hear some Waits, Thompson & Nilsson.

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OH GOD LYLE, I’m yakking up my Diet Coke. What did you do, listen to an Outback commercial? Bwaaahaaahaaa. Whew, you picked one of my fave BNL songs, too. Now I think I’ll lie in bed just like Brian Wilson.

Linda, I almost picked the same song, since Warren’s been one of my favorite artists forever. I’ve been listening to lots of his stuff lately since I just bought “Preludes” and FINALLY got “THe Envoy” on cd.

And Marcy, ZAPPA! I’m doin’ the happy feet dance.

FiL, are you pickin’ on the Polyphonic Spree? YESSSS!!!!

Excellent podcast everyone!

[…] 2. I contributed a song to this week’s EarFarm theme chosen Contrast Podcast. The picture above is your hint to which song I contributed. […]

Great to hear the New Bad Things again – was it taped off John Peel by any chance? 😉

Alright, so I did a show with this same theme and unless I missed something when I went to look, I don’t think I even had any of these artists. Except the Built to Spill song, which I think is one of the most unoriginal, and yet most beautifully crafted songs ever.

Which in my mind makes this a good podcast. Especially considering that my shows are closer to 2 hours.

An interesting selection.

If I hadn’t been late to the party, I would have submitted Van Morrison’s Cleaning Windows,the name-droppingest song I know.

[…] Tim’s put up the latest installment of Contrast Podcast. This week’s theme is “Songs mentioning other songs, bands or artists”.  These podcasts are definitely worth checking out, there’s always a wealth of songs that you’ve never before. My favorite from this week’s podcast is New Bad Things, “I Suck”. My contribution is The Damnwells “I’ve Got You” which namechecks a TON of songs (from “I Want You to Want Me” to “Kickstart My Heart”). […]

Simon, are you the only person who’s voice rose when it broke? I had exactly the same problem with the Smiths, my sister really liked them so that was them out of bounds for me.
And Chris, I so nearly played the Biscuits, although a different song – they’re fine serial name-droppers!
As the for the end, well, Faron Young fades out and I come in, another lifelong goal crossed off the list.
Cheer y’all.

Gosh i don’t know where to start, this weeks show was ACE !!!

I know my submission was rather obvious, but it had to be done.

Lyle, your intro cracked me up !!
Good work !!
R

great picks, everyone! loved the damnwells, built to spill, new bad things, half man half biscuit, dandy warhols, the sebadoh–actually, what didn’t i like? 😉

ross-who’s to say what’s obvious? i always worry about that, but i didn’t know the song you picked, so i guess you never really know.

welcome, welcome to linda! so glad you took the plunge.

and nat–you are beyond cool in my book. : )

You are so kind, Marcy.

Thanks for the kind words. Another great podcast! What would the week be without it?
FYI, on my intro, that’s my 12-year-old as the voice of the copy. He’s been hounding me to give him a shout-out for his work.

Fantastic, totally. It’s embarrassing to admit in this age of global communication but this is the first time I’ve heard darling Simon speak, and I love his voice and choice. Fantastic choices throughout, really, and many that were totally new to me. Now I’m off to check the recycling bins for Mick Jagger — he’d erroneously heard we’re hosting an attractive Brazilian exchange student and now we’re having a hell of a time getting rid of him and his giant throbbing tongue. Take care!

Dearest CPers, that was wonderful!

Dearest Simon, I’ve been Validated!! Thank you!!

Dearest Colin, that was minty fresh and delish…

Chris, I can never tell which half is man, and which is biscuit. But both are very tasty indeed!

Mon cher ZB, the haircuts – it all makes sense now…

Dearest Marcy, A+ for logic!!!

Dear Taylor, lovely to have you back. And I’m struttin’ like a rooster, cos I guessed the band, even though I’d never heard the song before. Oh yeah…

Alt gramma Linda, welcome! Fantastic to have you on board. And a great debut to boot!

Dearest Mentok, I am so glad it wasn’t the accent police who picked you up. If they had, you’d have gotten 25-to-life for sure! That said, you should watch what you do do do with yer didgeridoo in public… 😉 A lovely intro!

Dearest Nats, yeah, what Marcy said!!

Dearest Crash, I’d not realized how near perfect that song is. Well chosen!!

I am so looking forward to hearing all about your Thomases, Richards, and Harolds…

Excellent choices all round.
Chris – Nothing much gets past you guys. NBT recording was from John Peel’s 1993 Festive Fifty.
Simon – Great to hear MJ Hibbert included. Saw him do this track live when he was supporting Thee More Shallows at the London Social last month.



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