Mar 222010


Name a song in which the lyrics mention another band or artist.

The rules:
1. Only one name check per song. (eg, You can only use “Ready Steady Go” for the Beatles or the Stones or Bobby Dylan but not all three).

2. You can’t repeat a band/artist name once it’s been used.

3. You can use different band names containing the same person (eg, if there is a song that name checks Clapton and another that name checks Blind Faith, both songs count)

4. The name must be used in the lyrics. Shout-outs do not count.

5. The reference must be on purpose. The lyrics can’t just accidentally name check the band (eg, “Alabama Getaway” does not refer to the pop county band Alabama).

6. As with all Last Man Standing competitions, only one name at a time please.

Ready? Steady? GO!

“Ready Steady Go,” by Generation X – Bobby Dylan


  414 Responses to “Last Man Standing: Lyrical Name Check”

  1. Mr. Moderator

    Before we get going, cdm, I have a very important question: Do the artists mentioned in Arthur Conley’s “Sweet Soul Music” count as actual lyrics, which I think they should, or shout-outs? If they count as being part of the song’s lyrics (and why wouldn’t they?), then I will put forth Lou Rawls.

    Last Man Standing!

  2. That’s tricky, Mod. I am ready to rule against the spoken word intro of Don Covey’s I Stole Some Love where he essentially lists a bunch of his buddies, but your suggestion is a tougher call.

    How about if I take the cowards way out on the issue by saying Big Star in “Alex Chilton” by the Replacements?

  3. Bob Dylan was thinking about Alicia Keyes in “Thunder On The Mountain.”


  4. Mr. Moderator

    You are right to rule against “I Stole Some Love” – that’s a list of shout-outs more than anything.

    Van Morrison will provide a lot of borderline cases, but there’s no doubt about “Jackie Wilson Said.”

  5. Cheap Trick “Surrender”
    ‘rolling numbers, rock and rolling, got my Kiss records out’

  6. The Stills/Young Band, “Long May You Run”

    “Maybe those Beach Boys have got you now…”

  7. Mr. Moderator

    Billy Bragg, “Levi Stubbs’ Tears”

  8. “I hope Neil Young will remember…” Skynyrd, Sweet Home Alabama.

  9. Neil Young namechecks Buffalo Springfield in “Buffalo Springfield Again.” Hey! “Buffalo!” We should do a Last Man Standing for that word…


  10. The Seeker – “I asked Bobby Dylan, I asked The Beatles….”

    Since Bobby D has been taken, I’ll list The Beatles

  11. Mr. Moderator

    “Oh man I need TV when I got T Rex” – Mott the Hoople’s “All the Young Dudes”

  12. “like Lee Perry, I’m very…”
    AdRock on Beastie Boys’ Sure Shot

  13. My stepfather looks just like David Bowie
    But he hates David Bowie
    I think Bowie’s cool
    I think Lodger rules
    I think my stepdad’s a fool

    –Built to Spill: Distopian Dream Girl

  14. “She’s gonna get some records by the Status Quo, oh yeah.”

    The Concept – Teenage Fanclub

  15. BigSteve

    Nick Lowe, All Men Are Liars

    Do you remember Rick Astley?
    He had a big fat hit that was ghastly.
    He said I’m never gonna give you up or let you down.
    Well I’m here to tell ya that Dick’s a clown

  16. The Weakerthans, “One Great City”

    “The Guess Who suck…”

  17. diskojoe

    Hi, We’re The Replacements-They Might Be Giants

  18. The Jam – Non-Stop Dancing

    “The kids are screaming for that James Brown style”

  19. Art Brut, “Moving to L.A.”

    “I’m drinking Hennessy with Morrissey.”

  20. The Undertones – My Perfect Cousin

    “Got the Human League into advise her”

  21. “1977” – The Clash

    No Elvis, Beatles or Rolling Stones in 1977!!!

    I guess I can close out Rolling Stones with this one.. I’ll leave Elvis on the board.

  22. I can also include a whole bunch with “A Simple Desultory Phillipic” by Simon and Garfunkel.

    However, out of the many, I will pick the line…

    “Been Roy Haleed and Art Garfunkled”

    just to clear ole Art off the board.

  23. They Might Be Giants, “Twisting”

    “She doesn’t have to have her dB’s record back now.”

  24. Replacements – Alex Chilton: Big Star

  25. “What about the voice of Geddy Lee? How did it get so high? I wonder if he speaks like an ordinary guy?”

    “Stereo” by Pavement

    Your fact checkin’ cuz,


  26. “He says one of his favorites is his Nick Cave Doll…”
    Bongwater – Nick Cave Doll.

  27. Mr. Moderator

    Chilton was already on the board, cher.

  28. Alright, sorry about that.

    Adam Green, Jessica

    Jessica, Jessica Simpson
    You’ve got it all wrong
    Your fraudulent smile
    The way that you faked it
    The day that you died.

  29. “My radiator growls like Elvis after Sunday dinner”
    Drinkin’ in My Sunday Dress – Maria McKee

  30. “Roy Orbison singing for the lonely”
    Bruce Springsteen, Thunder Road

  31. trolleyvox

    Hawaiian Baby by the Spinnanes rather poignantly name checks the Veraines.

  32. diskojoe

    Oats, that was The Young Fresh Fellows that TMBG named checked in Twisting, not the DB’s

  33. Ben Lee wished that he was Evan Dando in “I Wish I Was Him.”

    “He even understands the words to Pavement songs. He’s got his new guitar toys. He loves Smudge and the Beastie Boys. I wish I was him…”


  34. No diskojoe, they referenced both. The YFF line occurs in a later verse.

  35. “She stood just like Bill Wyman
    Now I am her biggest fan”

    Behind the Wall of Sleep – The Smithereens

  36. Question:are all the references made in the song American Pie count?

  37. Mr. Moderator

    Yes, the “American Pie” references are part of the lyrics. Feel free to choose one that has not already been cited!

  38. Only one name check per song.

    Also, it can’t be a name that’s already been checked.

    And it has to be specific, so for instance the “Jester” doesn’t count.

    Now, who would you like to choose?

  39. “Now I’m in my car, got the radio on, now I’m yellin’ at the kids in the back, cause they’re banging like Charlie Watts…”
    John Hiatt – Slow Turning.

  40. BigSteve

    Chuck Berry, Roll Over Beethoven

  41. “His cellmate there was Little Willie John”

    Dave Alvin – Blue Wing

  42. alexmagic

    Joe Tex’s impossibly great “You’re Right, Ray Charles” mentions Ray throughout the song, as you might imagine.

  43. BigSteve

    And tell Tchaikovsky the news.

  44. BigSteve

    Paul Simon, The Late Great Johnny Ace

  45. I give you full marks for being clever BigSteve, but on name check per song.

    Anyway… Desmond Dekker Came First by Toots and the Maytels

  46. “Now Ronnie Van Zant wasn’t from Alabama, he was from Florida…”
    Drive-By Truckers – The Three Great Alabama Icons.

  47. “Bo Diddley, Bo Diddley, have you heard…”

    Bo Diddley by Bo Diddley

  48. “Creeque Alley” – Mamas and the Papas

    “McGuinn and McGuire just a gettin’ higher…”

    I think I’ll take McGuire.. He’d be harder to find. McGuinn may be in other places.

  49. Prefab Sprout – Faron

    You give me Faron Young, Four In The Morning.

  50. Kevn Kinney in McDougal Blues: “I met Bob Dylan, I was hanging around with Joni Mitchell, yeah Carole King we did lunch…” Later he namechecks Patti Smith and Buster Poindexter too.
    My pick: Carole King.

  51. “coming into town with the Giggling Faggots..”

    Hit – Guided By Voices

  52. Ian Dury´s Sweet Gene Vincent… “There´s one in every town.”

  53. Microdisney – Won’t You Give Me All Of Your Clothes:

    “Come and visit my exotic home
    Got Fleetwood Mac on the stereo”

  54. Mr. Moderator

    The Dead Milkmen’s “Punk Rock Girl” makes a couple of references, but how about this one to Mojo Nixon:

    “We went to a shopping mall
    And laughed at all the shoppers
    And security guards trailed us to a record shop
    We asked for Mojo Nixon
    They said he don’t work here
    We said if you don’t got Mojo Nixon then your store could use some fixin”

  55. Here’s another Prefab Sprout one: The King Of Rock and Roll

    Brucie (Springsteen) dreams life’s a highway
    Too many roads bypass my way.

  56. Nirvana, “Pennyroyal Tea”

    “Give me a Leonard Cohen afterworld, so I can sigh eternally.”

  57. 2000 Man

    The Rolling Stones – Hip Shake

    Well, I met a little girl
    In a country town
    She said, “What do you know
    There’s Slim Harpo!”

  58. cliff sovinsanity

    Fountains of Wayne – Denise

    “I heard she used to be married
    She listens to Puff Daddy”

  59. Um…. ABC, “When Smokey Sings.”

  60. machinery

    X’s “I must not think bad thoughts” — Minutemen, Flesh Eaters, DOA, Big Boys, Black Flag …

  61. bostonhistorian

    Young Fresh Fellows “my boyfriend is in killdozer”

    Scruffy the Cat “she’s a long tall drink of water/badder than Bo Diddley’s electric guitar” from My Baby She’s All Right

    Mojo Nixon “Debbie Gibson is pregnant/with my two headed love child” “Don Henley must die”

  62. bostonhistorian

    oops sorry did three I’m on an iPod touch and scrolled right past the one name rule

  63. I’m Sorry (But So Is Brenda Lee)

  64. jeangray

    Mojo Nixon is great. Didn’t he have a song called “Don Henley Must Die?”

  65. jeangray

    Ooops… Missed that one, but Mojo also had a song entitled “Stuffin’ Martha’s Muffin,” about original MTV Vee-Jay Martha Quinn. I know that one doesn’t count, but I bet that dude could probably put out a whole album with these type of titles.

  66. Rock and Roll Heaven by the Righteous Brothers has a bunch. I’ll go with Janis Joplin.

  67. MickAvory, you left McGuinn…

    “Pack up your money pick up your tent, McGuinn, you ain’t goin’ nowhere…”

    Bob Dylan


  68. Peter, Paul & Mary – I Dig Rock & Roll Music

    “I dig Donovan in a dream-like, tripped out way”

  69. “I’m RUN from RUN-D.M.C.
    Not Kool from Kool and the Gang.”

    King of Rock

  70. sammymaudlin

    Pavement, Range Life
    “out on tour with the smashing pumpkins / nature kids, i/they don’t have no function / i don’t understand what they mean / and i could really give a fuck”

  71. Hey Nineteen, that’s Aretha Franklin. She don’t remember The Queen of Soul.

    Steely Dan

  72. Buddy Hollly


  73. bostonhistorian

    Green Day from the Mr. T Experience’s “Dumb Little Band”

    “We’ll crank our second-hand Marshall stacks dumb little knobs

    We’re paying for them with our dumb little jobs.

    The guy at the bar says he
    thinks we okay,

    we kind of remind him of Green Day.”

  74. misterioso

    Bob Dylan, “Highlands”: I’m listening to Neil Young / I gotta turn up the sound / Someone’s always yellin’ / ‘Turn it down.'”

  75. BigSteve

    Eric Burdon & the Animals, Monterey

    “The Grateful Dead blew everybody’s mind.”

    That song is a roll call too, but I picked the Dead because they hadn’t been taken yet.

  76. misterioso

    John Lennon, “God”:

    “I don’t believe in…….”

    Pick one. I’ll go with “Zimmerman” just for the hell of it.

  77. Coming into Cleveland
    Riding in the van with Sebadoh

    The Soft Boys: Mr. Kennedy

  78. R.E.M. tells us about Mott The Hoople in “Man On The Moon.”


  79. 2000 Man

    Paul McCartney says something about Jimmy Page in Rock Show.

  80. hrrundivbakshi

    MInutemen — History Of the World, Pt. 2 — name-checks a shit-load of people. I’ll pick just one:

    E. Bloom

  81. mockcarr

    The Circle Jerks are name checked in Camper Van Beethoven’s Where The Hell Is Bill?

  82. Thelonious Monster – Sammy Hagar Weekend

    and oh what a weekend it was.


  84. “Looks alot like the one used by Jimmy Page…”

    How about Elvis Costello’s description of hell:

    “‘My Favourite Things’ are playing
    Again and again
    But it’s by Julie Andrews
    And not by John Coltrane”


  85. We’re gonna sit back, relax, watch the stars
    James and Jason, Kirk and Lars

    Laser show – Fountains of Wayne

  86. BigSteve

    Nils Lofgren, Keith Don’t Go

  87. Mr. Moderator

    Members of The Specials are named as part of the lyrics in Ted Leo & The Pharmacists’ “Where Have All the Rude Boys Gone”:

    i asked jerry, he told terry, terry sang a song just for me,
    lynvall gave a message to me,
    rhoda screamed and then she asked me,
    “where have all the rude boys gone?”

  88. The Rotary by Andy Partridge:

    “This is the thing that’s gonna make Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band look bad.”

    I am for this brief, shining moment, the last man standing!

  89. Mr. Moderator

    Enjoy it, geo. That was a great, obscure reference!

  90. The Pernice Brothers, “High as a Kite”

    “We wore pictures of Strummer.”

  91. “David Bowie” by Phish mentions UB40…


  92. and bill gates
    will single-handedly spearhead the heaven seventeen revival

    the mountain goats: cubs in five

  93. Good pick Bruinskip. Reminded me of another Mountain Goats song: The Last Day Of Jimi Hendrix´s Life.

  94. Mr. Moderator

    Sleater-Kinney, “I Wanna Be Joey Ramone”

  95. Not necessarily Rawk but..

    Stevie Wonder’s “Sir Duke”

    “.. and with a voice like Ella’s ringing out..”

    obviously a reference to Ella Fitzgerald.

  96. and TB.. i left out that McGuinn reference deliberately because I know you would pick it up on You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere..

  97. Self – Sophomore Jinx

    “Help me get Madonna off my bed
    She’s just too drunk to sing.”

  98. misterioso

    David Bowie, “Song for Bob Dylan.”

  99. Mr. Moderator

    Remember rule #2. Weren’t Dylan and Madonna already cited? Good suggestions, but I think this leaves mickavory as our current Last Man Standing.

  100. misterioso

    Rules, man, they’re a drag. Rock and roll’s all about breaking the rules! Yeah! Down with the Man!

    Or something like that.

    Anyway, I’m sticking with my all-Dylan edition of this game. From “I Feel a Change Coming On” (from the last album): “I’m listening to Billy Joe Shaver / And I’m reading James Joyce. / Some people they tell me / I’ve got the blood of the land in my voice.”

  101. Here comes Terry by NRBQ, where Terry calls out the entire band. I’ll go with Al.

    Last Man Standing!

  102. Nick Lowe – Rollers Show

  103. misterioso

    Jonathan Richman, “Velvet Underground.”

  104. bostonhistorian

    Charlie Chesterman and the Legendary Motorbikes, “Scramble the Jets”

    I’ve got my Del Shannon/
    And Boom Boom Cannon/
    All by request/
    So scramble the jets…

  105. 2000 Man

    Just so I can once again proclaim The Dexateens nothing but pure awesomeness, I give you “Can You Whoop It?” with the opening line:

    I like Ronnie Dio, and I like Vaseline, and I enjoy the feeling of a sharp crease in my jeans.

    I’ll go with The Vaselines cuz I like them more than Ronnie Dio. The Dexateens also name check themselves in a song, in the fine old, boastful tradition. In “Teenager” there’s a line that goes, “A Junior High School Queen, She loves The DEXATEENS!” Then much rocking commences.

  106. I don’t see a mention of Madonna previous to mine – did I overlook it?

    Anyway… The Fall. I am Damo Suzuki.

  107. Mr. Moderator

    Sorry, cher, you’re right. I don’t know what I was thinking. You were and now still are LMS!

  108. daniel johnston: ain’t no woman gonna make a george jones outta me

  109. The Eastern Dark: Johnny And Deedee. And I go for Deedee.

  110. bostonhistorian

    Madness “Let’s Go” from The Liberty of Norton Folgate:

    “Kilburn and the High Roads/
    and we drove your daddy’s car”

  111. X – I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts

    “DOA” amongst others!

  112. Barbara Manning – Mark E. Smith & Brix
    (I’ll take-ah Mark E. Smith-ah)

  113. diskojoe

    A lot of good songs, a bunch that I actually have & totally forgot about, but nobody has mentioned the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band’s The Intro and The Outro which has this classic line:

    “And looking relaxed on vibes, Adolph Hitler!”

    and if Herr Hitler doesn’t count how about this one:

    “Eric Clapton on ukelele!”

  114. here’s another clue for you all: the walrus was paul.

  115. Sloan in The Lines you Amend, “What about photographs sung by Ringo Starr.”

  116. bostonhistorian

    Too Much Joy: “If I Was A Mekon”

    If I was a Mekon/
    I’d drink pints of beer
    If I was a Mekon/
    Maybe I could sleep with Sally

  117. The Ramones shout out to Moulty (the one handed drummer) in Do You Remember Rock and Roll Radio.

  118. misterioso

    Friends, I am prepared to dip the bucket into “Life Is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me)” as many times as necessary. Start with: “Locomotion, Poco, Passion, Deeper Purple, Satisfaction.”

    Poco, then.

  119. You can probably own this post with just Ramones songs.

    You can go with Johnnie Thunders asking if Dee Dee is home, or Dee Dee asking if Johnnie is home in their respective versions of Chinese Rocks.

  120. alexmagic

    “I’m RUN from RUN-D.M.C.
    Not Kool from Kool and the Gang.”

    King of Rock

    I choose to assume kilroy’s entry here was claiming Run-DMC namechecking themselves, thus leaving Kool & The Gang on the table so that I can claim Kool & The Gang dropping their own self-check in “Hollywood Swinging”:

    “I remember, not too long ago/I went to the theater and saw a Kool & The Gang Show.”

  121. “Listening to Buck Owens” by CCR on Looking Out My Back Door.

  122. Leonard Bernstein
    End of the World As We Know It – REM

  123. REM – It’s The End of The World

    “Birthday Party”

    I am LMS!

  124. Damn! CDM beat me to the punch!

  125. bostonhistorian

    The Haywains “Dusty Springfield” from Never Mind Manchester, Here’s the Haywains

    “Dusty Springfield sings/
    And I cry with all the tears that it brings”

  126. Robyn Hitchcock – Listening to the Higsons

  127. BigSteve

    Bob Dylan, Song to Woody

  128. BigSteve

    The Clash, The Magnificent Seven

    “News Flash: Vacuum Cleaner Sucks Up Budgie”

  129. bostonhistorian

    Robbie Fulks “Fuck this Town”

    “Hey, this ain’t country-western!
    It’s just soft-rock feminist crap!
    And I thought they’d struck bottom back back in the days of Ronnie Milsap
    Now they can’t stop the flood of assholes: there ain’t a big enough ASCAP.”

  130. Dead Milkmen – Bitchin Camaro

    “Tony Orlando & Dawn”

  131. Another Dead Milkmen song – Bitchin Camaro

    “Tony Orlando & Dawn”

  132. bostonhistorian

    Cornershop “Brimful of Asha”

    “Jacques Dutronc and the Bolan Boogie/
    The Heavy Hitters and the chichi music”

  133. BigSteve

    The Clash, If Music Could Talk

    “Well there ain’t no better blend
    Than Joe Ely and his Texas Men.”

  134. bostonhistorian

    The Clash “White Man in Hammersmith Palais”

    “Midnight to six man
    For the first time from Jamaica
    Dillinger and Leroy Smart
    Delroy Wilson, your cool operator

    Ken Boothe for UK pop reggae
    With backing bands sound systems”

  135. Donovan The Fat Angel

    “Fly, Jefferson Airplane”

  136. A jealous Frankie Valli says
    “Dawn I want you back”…

    Let’s Save Tony Orlando’s House – Yo La Tengo

    Thanks for reminding me, AndyR

  137. bostonhistorian

    The Dogmatics “Hardcore Rules” from the Thayer Street LP

    “Jerry’s Kids and SSD
    DYS and Channel Three
    I’m like him and he’s like me
    Hardcore rules, can’t you see?”

  138. “Amy Grant” by the Young Fresh Fellows.

  139. bruinskip, you got me, as I was going to mention Lloyd Cole’s song “To The Church,” which also mentions George Jones. Ah well.

    AND… Boston Historian, how is that Madness album? I stopped following them after they “broke up” and I felt that those last two albums, especially “Mad Not Mad” were not up to par.

    Finally, I re-enter the fray with:

    Trip Shakespeare: Lulu, which mentions Husker Du (both bands are from Minneapolis).

    “Lonely when I hear the band
    that used to play when we were searching for music
    Lonely when I hear the band
    du you remember?
    du you recall?”

  140. Robbie Fulks – “Fountains of Wayne Hotline”

  141. bostonhistorian

    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, “Blind Lemon Jefferson”

    “Bline Lemon Jefferson is a-coming.
    Tap tap tappin with his cane.”

    The Replacements “Something to Du” is in homage to Husker Du as well.

    “Amy Grant” by the YFF also could count for Barry White.

    The new Madness album is a strong 4 out of 5 in my book, with the title track being one of the best things they’ve ever done, and more in the vein of “The Rise and Fall”. I’m with you on Mad Not Mad, which was too electronic for its own good.

  142. Atom and his package: Pumping Iron For Enya

  143. BigSteve

    Minutemen – Political Song for Michael Jackson to Sing

  144. bostonhistorian

    The Hi Fives “Let’s Have A Cheer” from Welcome to My Mind

    “Let’s have a cheer for The Queers/
    They brought us here”

  145. Ben Folds tells someone that “you’re all dressed up like The Cure” in “The Battle of Who Could Care Less.


  146. Mr. Moderator

    “Come on Eileen,” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners, references Johnny Ray in its opening line.

  147. “Name me a song that everybody knows
    and I’ll bet you it belongs to Acuff Rose”

    Acuff Rose by Uncle Tupelo

    I’ll go with Roy Acuff. Fred Rose is still up for grabs.

  148. oh yoko!

    (i don’t believe michael jackson is ever mentioned in the lyrics of the minutemen song — do song titles alone count?)

  149. Roy Rogers by Elton John

    That could be it for me…

  150. bostonhistorian

    Prince Buster in Madness’s “The Prince” from One Step Beyond

    “Buster, he sold the heat/
    With a rock steady beat”

  151. The Specials – The Bright Lights – references “Wham!”

    The streets really must be paved with gold
    If everybody goes WHAM! and has fun on the dole
    Imagine what it would be like for me
    I’ve seen the pictures in the magazines

  152. bostonhistorian

    Young Fresh Fellows “Big House” from the Fabulous Sounds of the Pacific Northwest

    “In the room next to hers we find the Psychedelic Furs/
    They’re trying to get his brand new song just right”

  153. alexmagic

    Wang Chung famously namechecked themselves in “Everybody Have Fun Tonight”.

  154. Lying in bed
    just like Brian Wilson did.

    Bare Naked Ladies

  155. If namechecking oneself is legal, then Stephen Duffy sings of his old band, The Lilac Time, in the song Eucharist, which is from his very underrated album “I love my friends.”

    “It seemed to be the Lilac Time
    but when the lilac died
    I went back to town and cried.”

    I know you are all smacking yourselves right now, thinking, “how’d I forget that one?”

  156. hrrundivbakshi

    Prince namechecks a bunch of people in “Musicology.” I claim all of them, but for the sake of keeping within the rules, will list only one:

    Earth, Wind & Fire

  157. In keeping with my flow of The Bens, Ben Lee asks the eternal question: “What would Jay-Z do?”


  158. bostonhistorian

    A threesome of obscurity:

    The Just Joans “Hey Boy, You’re Oh So Sensitive” includes both Talulah Gosh and Dolly Mixture.

    And I know it sounds like I’m just making stuff up at this point, but here’s the video:

  159. alexmagic

    Fountains of Wayne’s “Lazer Show” has the line “We’re gonna sit back, relax, watch the stars/James and Jason, Kirk and Lars.”

    I don’t know if that’s enough to take Metallica off the board as a whole. If not I choose…I don’t know, let’s go with Lars.

  160. Sorry Alexmagic, but I already mentioned that one.

    And anyway, “Just like Ronnie says, Be my little baby”

    Eddie Frigging Money!

  161. “I’m rockin’ the suburbs, just like Quiot Riot did….”-Ben Folds


  162. The Del Fuegos get a mention in “My Sister” by Juliana Hatfield. I’ll choose them over the Violent Femmes.

  163. bostonhistorian

    Oh man, the Del Fuegos! I completely forgot about them. The Young Fresh Fellows make fun of them in the song “Beer Money”.

    Television Personalities “Part Time Punks”

    “Then they go to Rough Trade
    To buy Siouxsie and the Banshees
    They heard John Peel play it
    Just the other night
    They’d like to buy the O Level single
    or Read about Seymour
    But they’re not pressed in red
    So they buy The Lurkers instead”

  164. misterioso

    Robyn Hitchcock, “I Saw Nick Drake.”

  165. Television Personalities again:
    “I Know Where Syd Barrett Lives”

  166. bostonhistorian

    Waylon Jennings “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way”

    “Somebody told me when I got to Nashville
    Son you finally got it made
    Old Hank made it here, we’re all sure that you will
    But I don’t think Hank done it this way
    I don’t think Hank done it this way”

  167. And yet another Dead Milkmen song….

    You’ll Dance To Anything…. by Depeche Mode (and about 15 other 80’s bands)

  168. bostonhistorian

    The Monochrome Set “The Monochrome Set (I Presume)” from Colour Transmission

  169. “Heartsongs” by Weezer mentions bunched of folk, but I will go with The Carpenters.


  170. good thing there’s not greater hip-hop appreciation in this hallowed hall, or this thread might go on forever.

    krs-one: i can’t wake up

    a veritable whitman’s sampler from which to choose…

    I don’t like this dream as a blunt
    But I can’t get out of it
    And I cant seem to wake up
    So I’m running and racing
    Blunt smokers are chasing
    This is insane, I’m caught by House Of Pain
    I’m picked up
    they said they gonna put my head out
    They slit my back and all the tobacco fell out
    Now I’m hollowed wet thin and yes ready
    They poured the shumpang gently and re-wet me
    Check it out now, in the same attire
    here comes the fire
    Now they lit it, now I’m burning by the minute
    But check it out
    more heads came to chill
    Everlast took a pull and passed me to Cypress Hill
    Cypress Hill took a pull
    lungs are full, who’s next?
    I’m being passed to Das EFX
    As they took a mad pull, smoke blows in heaps
    It’s really smokey but I can still see Black Sheep
    Whoa! Black Sheep gets me, relights me
    Room is proper, I’m passed off to Shabba
    Shabba’s voice gets low like a tuba
    he said, “Me no follow no rumor”
    and passed me to Grand Puba
    I wasn’t burnin’ right so Puba got mad at me
    And said who rolled this
    and passed me to Kid Capri
    Kid Capri said “I won’t front
    pass it to Redman, he knows how to roll a blunt”
    Redman said no need to re-roll
    and passed me to De La Soul
    De La Soul took a hit and kept hittin’
    now they’re buggin’ cause they passed me to Bill Clinton
    Bill Clinton said I’ll smoke but I won’t inhale
    I’ll only hit it twice
    he got slapped by Greg Nice
    Now I fell on the floor, Greg Nice picked me up
    I’m a blunt being smoked and I can’t wake up

    Get me out of this, somebody wake me up
    I’m still on fire and I’m still being smoked up
    half my body is gone, now they’re coming to my head
    now my head is being pinched by Ted-D-Ted
    A crazy nightmare I got to go
    I got to wake up and I’m passed off to Yo-Yo
    Yo-Yo gets respect as a lady
    She didn’t smoke
    She passed me off to Showbiz and A.G.
    A.G. said respect due see
    he got one big pull and passed me to Smooth B.
    Smooth B. although he’s talking to Ted-D
    took a hit and passed me to Fab 5 Freddy
    Freddy said Yo! There’s nothing left Pop
    Looked at me in my face and passed me to Chubb Rock
    Chubb Rock said “Yo Freddy chill!
    If you ever catch me smoking, just kick me in the grill”
    I’m in the mouth yo! I cant wake up
    Yo! I’m a blunt getting smoked and I can’t wake up

    i’ll go with sax-man bill clinton

  171. Fab 5 Freddie

    Rapture by Blondie

  172. Mr. Moderator

    You typed those words from memory, didn’t you, bruinskip! Yes, you’re right about hip-hop taking this thread to greater heights than ever. I’m still waiting on probably another 2 dozen name checks from Joe Strummer.

  173. BigSteve

    Joe Strummer, Global A Go Go

    Throwdown Stray Cat strut in Bulawayo – hey, Bulawayo
    Buddy Rich in Burundi
    Quadrophenia in Armenia
    Armenia City In The Sky
    Big Youth booming in Djkarta
    Nina Simone over Sierra Leone
    Wild sound of Joujouka in Nevada – hey, Joujouka
    Everywhere, everywhere Bob’s bringing it all back home

    Cos tonight Bo Diddley’s in Finland Station – hey, Bo Diddley
    Sun Ra’s in Omaha
    The Skatalites in New York City – hey, Skatalites
    The Stooges rule over Habana
    The Bhundu Boys rock Acapulco – hey, hey Bhundu Boys
    Good hip hop in Islamabad
    Ali Farke Toure’s in Oaxaca – hey, Farke Toure
    And Baaba Maal’s all over Stalingrad…

    [That’s just a sample … I’m too overloaded to pick any one artist. Carry on.]

  174. They Might Be Giants – XTC vs Adam Ant
    I’ll choose XTC for this entry, Adam’s still open territory.

  175. plasticsun

    Aztec Camera – Walk Out to Winter “faces of Strummer that fell from the wall.

    Robyn Hitchcock – Wreck of the Arthur Lee

  176. Rufus Wainwright – “Want”
    I really don’t want
    To be John Lennon or Leonard Cohen

    If Lennon has been claimed, then oops, but surprisingly, I don’t see it.

  177. mockcarr

    Me & You, Remembering – fireHose is about talking about Dick Hell.

  178. BigSteve

    Steely Dan, [Charlie] Parker’s Band

  179. Clem Snide mention Hall and Oates in “Joan Jett of Arc”

    she’d fix me a dinner of sunflower seeds
    and ready-whipped topping inhalers
    and take me down South with Hall and Oats in her mouth
    my first love my Joan Jett of Arc

  180. “Diggin’ on James Brown” by Tower of Power


  181. BigSteve

    The Tom Tom Club’s Genius of Love has a number of shout-outs, but I’m going to go with:

    Bohannon Bohannon Bohannon Bohannon
    Bohannon Bohannon Bohannon Bohannon


  182. Minutemen – Tour Spiel

    “I dreamed I was E. Bloom, but I woke up Joe Bouchard.”

    I’m takin’ Joe Bouchard, since someone already got E. Bloom from another Minutemen song.

    Last Man Bothering!

  183. Richard Thompson – Roll Over Vaughn Williams.

  184. John Lennon’s “God:”

    “I don’t believe in Elvis.
    I don’t believe in Zimmerman.
    I don’t believe in Beatles.”

    While Dylan has been mentioned, his surname has not. Beatles has already been taken, so I’ll go with the King…

    UNLESS we get some unwritten rule saying one’s stage name and real name count as the same, to which I call BULLSHIT!

    In that case, I’ll take Zimmy and the belt pleeeeze.

  185. Sorry Sonny, the song “God” was used about 150 posts ago.

  186. Mr. Moderator

    The Band’s “Up On Cripple Creek” mentions “Spike Jones on the box.”


  187. Ramones in Not My Place in the 9 to 5 World name drop Phil Spector, and Lester Bangs as well as my chosen selection 10CC.

    Stay down!

  188. alexmagic

    Might as well do it now, since somebody would remember to do it eventually: Beatles, “For You Blue”.

    Elmore James got nothing on this last man standing.

  189. Magic, I hate to call out this one, but wasn’t it supposed to be a written lyric and not an adlib. That one always felt like an adlib. Either way, I’m going back to Ben Fold who told us that he “met this girl who looked like Axl Rose.” I want to be (and currently am) the LAST MAN STANDING!


  190. Randy Newman, “The Story of a Rock and Roll Band” pays tribute to ELO.

  191. BigSteve

    Speaking of Randy Newman, there’s this from My Life Is Good:

    “Just this morning
    My wife and I
    Went to this hotel in the hills
    That’s right
    The Bel-Air Hotel
    Where a very good friend of ours
    Happens to be staying
    And the name of this young man
    Is Mr Bruce Springsteen
    That’s right, yeah
    Oh, we talked about some kind of
    woodblock or something
    And this new guitar we like
    And you know what he said to me
    I’ll tell you what he said to me
    He said, “Rand, I’m tired
    How would you like to be the Boss for awhile?”

  192. American Music Club, “Johnny Mathis’ Feet”

  193. “Now my hair gets longer as the beat gets stronger
    gonna tell Chuck Berry the news.”

    Mott the Hoople – Honoloochie Boogie, Yeah!

    Last Man Standing! This is a great feeling!

  194. Joni Mitchell, “Furry Sings the Blues”
    The song is about her (in)famous meeting with bluesman Furry Lewis.

  195. Oh you people with your Joni Mitchell and Minutemen. Listen, I’m not proud, I’m really not:

    LFO – Summer Girls

    “New Kids On The Block had a bunch of hits
    Chinese food makes me sick
    I think it’s fly when girls stop by for the summer, for the summer.
    I like girls who wear Abercrombie and Fitch…”

  196. Donald Fagan, “New Frontier:” “I hear you’re mad about Brubeck…”

  197. Miss (Victoria) Williams’ Guitar – the Jayhawks

    LMS! LMS! LMS!

  198. That reminds me of a funny story about Victoria Williams (and her guitar).

    I went to see Vic and Mark Olson in Memphis. She busted her low E string and asked if there anybody in the audience who could tech for her. Skipping to the end of the story, I changed a busted string on Miss Williams’ guitar. After the show, she was thanking me for doing it and I was telling her nervous it made me. She seemed to appreciate the (lame) joke I made when I told her that it was “Miss Williams’ guitar, after all…”

    Oh, and, “ELO Kiddies” by Cheap Trick. LMS!


  199. Randy Newman, “Piece of the Pie:” “No one gives a s–t but Jackson Browne.”

  200. Mr. Moderator

    ELO’s “Rockaria” includes lyrics referencing a number of artists. I’ll take Puccini and leave some others for citations in other rock songs.


  201. The Ballad of Mott – Mott the Hoople

    The lyrics mention all the band members. I’ll pick Overend Watts.

  202. The Mekons, “Amnesia:” “Eric Burdon stunned in Mississippi on the Animals’ U.S. tour”

  203. Geez, Dr John is like a machine… …a machine that’s starting to piss me off!

    “Falling James* in the Tahoe mud…”

    Tom Waits – Gun Street Girl

    *singer and songwriter for Leaving Trains

  204. Television Personalities, “Part Time Punks:” “Then they go to Rough Trade to buy Siouxsie and the Banshees”

  205. Mr. Moderator

    This is a new side of dr john. I like it! I’m sure cher’s got something up his sleeve, and offlist conversations with one of my bandmates tells me this bad boy’s got a way to go before it’s over. I’ve got nothing…at the moment.

  206. BigSteve

    Was (Not Was), Out Come the Freaks

    “Woodwork squeaks and out comes the Powell
    Buddy Powell, Buddy Powell….”

  207. The Clash, “Clash City Rockers:” “No one but you and I say the bells of Prince Far I”

  208. alexmagic

    “Turn up the Eagles, the neighbors are listening.” – a blood fued is born in Steely Dan’s “Everything You Did”

  209. Mary Lou Lord, “His Indie Rock World:” I don’t think I fit into his Indie world–
    Guided By Voices and Velocity Girl

  210. Paul McCartney – Let ’em In

    “Phil & Don” [Everly]

    I AM LMS!!!

  211. Squeeze – Daphne (from the “Ridiculous” album)

    If you’re used to a life of farces
    Playing games of judge and jury
    You know when you’re wearing those glasses
    You look like Nana Mouskouri

  212. Sonic Youth, “Screaming Skull:” “Superchunk, society”

  213. mockcarr

    Better Be Good by the Real Kids, posits that Boston’s scene “just ain’t the same without the Remains”.

  214. Angry Samoans, “Get off the Air:” “8pm Rodney’s on the air/He’s beating off in Joan Jett’s hair”

  215. Vampire Weekend – Oxford Comma

    “Lil’ Jon, he always tells the truth.”

  216. The Dead Milkmen, “You’ll Dance to Anything:” “…by Public Image Limited.”

  217. I already mentioned that Dead Milkmen song, having chosen Depeche Mode. Can we use the same song twice?

    Funny, it seems like there are certain artists that are more inclined to mention other bands, the leaders of this pack seem to include Barenaked Ladies, Dead Milkmen and TMBG.

  218. Weezer namechecks Timbaland in “Pork and Beans.”

    I am (for the moment) the LMS!


  219. Che, you are correct. Rule Number 1 says “Only one name check per song.”

    Dr John’s latest offering would be disqualified were it not rendered moot by TB. Not that it matters. I suspect the good Doctor is already drawing another arrow from his quiver…

  220. “We danced in the kitchen on Boxing Day,
    I held you swaying in my arms to Marvin Gaye”

    Paul Kelley and the Messengers – I Can’t Believe We Were Married

  221. Sonic Youth, “Tunic (Song for Karen)”: “I’m in heaven now – I can see you Richard”

  222. Mr. Moderator

    dr john, your latest conquest reminds me of a recent Terry Gross interview with Richard Carpenter. She brought up SY’s cover of “Superstar” and his old fart disdain for them even getting near that song was priceless. I’d like to see Richard Carpenter and former Olympic gold medal ice skater and current NBC analyst Dick Button go one-on-one in an Old Fart-Off. Button had a similar reaction last night following that Russian skater’s performance and Bob Costas telling Button that the Russian looked up to Button and wanted to be the first skater to win back-to-back gold medals in figure skating since the old man. Button waved off reports of the Russian’s admiration until Costas played him a clip of the Russian saying this in his own words. Then Button was all sugar and spice and everything nice, saying that records are made to be broken, etc. In other words, make sure to kiss the rings of Dick Button FIRST if you’re going to in any way try to emulate him. Maybe SY should have kissed Richard Carpenter’s ass prior to covering “Superstar.”

  223. mockcarr

    Honeybus by Bronco Bullfrog. “Can you tell me where to catch the Honeybus again” within the song for those trying to catch me on song titles only. The damn song is ALL about that band. Which I like immoderately.

  224. Naked Raygun, “Wonder Beer”: “Drunk again – where is Lou Reed?”

  225. Gretchen Wilson – Redneck Woman
    “I know the words to every Tanya Tucker song.”

  226. Waylon Jennings, “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?” (repeated in chorus)

  227. hrrundivbakshi

    I’m hijacking this out of control thread to follow up on the whole Dick Buttons thing. I so wanted him to continue bashing that Roosky skater — he sucked! Stomp, stomp, stomp, JUMP! Stomp, stomp, JUMP! Useless. In contrast, there was some French dude who couldn’t jump for shit, but who looked totally boss on the ice, in a graceful kind of way. And the Japanese kid — the one who skated to the Hendrix cover — he got hosed, too. All because of that Roosky. No grace, no class, no style. Just fur coats, Elvis shades, and a whole lot of JUMPING. Bah.

  228. Gym Class Heroes – “Taxi Driver”
    “I took cutie for a ride in my deathcab”

  229. bostonhistorian

    The Bird and the Bee “Diamond Dave” for David Lee Roth….

  230. hrrundivbakshi

    “Hal Blaine hits the drums so hard…”

    “In Spanish Harlem,” Chris Stamey

    Ell… Emm… Essssss!

  231. Drive By Truckers, “Let There Be Rock”: “With Bon Scott singing, LET THERE BE ROCK!”

  232. The dB’s – From A Window To A Screen
    “Ives is on the stereo”

  233. “Nobody’s playing Manilow
    Nobody’s playing soul
    No one’s playing hard to get
    just good old rock and roll!”

    Get It Hot – ACDC

  234. Pavement, “Unseen Power of the Picket Fence”: “Some bands I like to name check
    and one of them is R.E.M.
    classic songs with a long history
    southern boys just like you and me”

  235. The Posies – Grant Hart

  236. Mr. Moderator

    Another Young Fresh Fellows number to put me back atop the heap: “Good Time Rock ‘n Roll,” which is about their tour with the Presidents of the United States, who are cited throughout.


  237. mockcarr

    Bah, more Fountains Of Wayne – Red Dragon Tattoo, there’s “now I look a little more like that guy from Korn” or “I bought a .38 Special cd collection”.

    I will go with .38 Special.

    What you said, without the exclamation point.

  238. Dead Kennedys, “MTV Get off the Air:” “You’ve turned rock and roll rebellion
    Into Pat Boone sedation
    Making sure nothing’s left to the imagination”

  239. Ah crap… Rod Stewart “The Motown Song”
    Bring over some of your old Motown records
    We’ll put the speakers in the window and we’ll go
    on the roof and listen to the Miracles
    echo through the alley down below

  240. Dead Kennedys, “Buzzbomb from Pasadena:” “Lawrence Welk cranked up to 10”

  241. Hey hey, we’re the Monkees!

  242. Neil Young’s “Downtown” namechecks Led Zeppelin on stage…

  243. Mr. Moderator

    Well played, jazcoleman – and welcome aboard! The beat goes on for this historic Last Man Standing competiton…

  244. Til Tuesday’s “J For Jules,” about Jules Shear.

  245. Tone Loc, “Funky Cold Medina”: “Coolin at a bar, and I’m lookin for some action
    But like Mike Jagger said, I can’t get no satisfaction”

  246. My name is Prince and I am funky!

  247. david byrne (bongwater: “david bowie wants ideas”)

  248. Mr. Moderator

    The judges may overrule me, but I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest Eno’s “King’s Lead Hat,” which is a deliverate anagram of Taking Heads.

    Last Man Standing?

  249. lenny kravitz (bongwater: “what’s big in england now?”)

  250. Rufus Wainwright – Vibrate

    “I tried to dance
    Britney Spears
    I guess I’m getting on in years.”

    Last man standing!

  251. BigSteve

    If we’re allowing self-shoutouts there’s always Who Are You.

  252. Dave Edmunds – I Hear You Knocking

    “Huey Smith”

  253. Who could forget “Meg White” by Ray LaMontagne? OK, I’ve never heard it, but the lyrics look killer…

    “…Meg White
    I saw you on the big screen
    Oh, Jack was king, but you stole the scene

    Meg White
    Baby, you’re the bomb
    Oh, Jack is great don’t get me wrong
    But this is your song

    Some day (some day)
    I’d like (I’d like)
    To take a walk with you
    Talk about most anything you’d like to talk about
    And watch the sun going down
    Going down

    Playin’ those drums is hard to do
    It’s true
    And nobody plays them quite like you do”

  254. Frank Zappa, “Tinseltown Rebellion”:

    “But then again this system works
    As perfect as a dream
    It works for all those record company pricks
    Who come to skim the cream
    From the cesspools of excitement
    Where Jim Morrison once stood
    It’s the Tinsel Town Rebellion
    From downtown Hollywood”

  255. “One Week” by the Barenaked Ladies:
    “Bert Kaempfert’s got the mad hits.”

  256. The Wonder Stuff, “Astley in the Noose”:
    “Oh Astley in the noose
    He hasn’t got a use”

  257. BigSteve

    If that’s Rick Astley being name-checked, dr john, he’s already been used.

  258. Mojo Nixon, “Debbie Gibson Is Pregnant with My Two-Headed Love Child”

    “Debbie Gibson is pregnant with my two
    headed love child
    It’s a bigfoot baby all covered in fur now
    Stark raving naked in the fornication nation”

  259. “Ooh! Rock Me Amadeus.”

  260. John Wesley Harding, “A Fan Speaks”:
    “I met Ray Davies in a Danish airport
    Turned out to be a real nice guy”

  261. “someday I’m gonna be cool
    someday I’m gonna kick major major butt
    someday I will transcend
    just like Jane’s Addiction
    but today I simply I am in a rut
    I’m in a rut”

    Steve Willoughby by Vic Chestnut

  262. The Beatles, “Glass Onion”:

    “I told you about the walrus and me-man
    You know that we’re as close as can be-man.
    Well here’s another clue for you all,
    The walrus was Paul.”

  263. Wilco (the song)

  264. Sebadoh, “Gimme Indie Rock”:
    “Getting loose with the Pussy Galore”

  265. Prefab Sprout (again!): I love music

    “I love music
    in every style
    from au clair de la lune
    to bad mother… to MILES”

  266. John Melloncamp – R.O.C.K. In the U.S.A. (A Salute To 60’s Rock)

    “Spotlight on Martha Reeves”

  267. John Lennon’s Beautiful Boy is about his musician son, “darling Sean.”

    (Ok, kinda cheap, but pending ruling I am LMS!)

  268. John Wesley Harding, “Talkin’ Return of the Great Folk Scare Blues”:
    “Punk came round, that was pretty scary
    It was like a contemporary Peter, Paul and Mary”

  269. James Taylor sings about himself in “Sweet Baby James.”

  270. by the way, which one’s Pink?

  271. Animal Collective, “For Reverend Green”

  272. Lady Day – Lou Reed

  273. John Wesley Harding, “Phil Ochs, Bob Dylan, Steve Goodman, David Blue and Me”

  274. Billy Joel – Good Saigon “We played our Doors tapes.”

  275. Bob Dylan, “Blind Willie McTell”

    “And I know no one can sing the blues
    Like Blind Willie McTell”

  276. Candy Butchers – Hang On Mike
    (Mike being Mike Viola, who is the group)

    Hang on Mike
    if there’s one thing you’re good for
    it’s another song.

  277. Big Dipper, “Ron Klaus Wrecked His House”

    Ron Klaus was in The Embarrassment.

  278. Barenaked Ladies – This is me in grade 9

    I went out to for the football team to prove that I’m a man
    I guess I shouldn’t tell them that I like Duran Duran.

  279. Give it to the Soft Boys

  280. Beastie Boys, “Pass The Mic”

    “And now I’d like to introduce
    I’ll pass the mic to D. for a fist full of truth”

  281. The Peter Murphy/Mick Karn group, “Dali’s Car,” had a song with the title (and including the words in the lyric) “Dali’s Car,” which is apparently not the same as the Beefheart tune.

  282. Public Enemy, “Don’t Believe the Hype”:

    “Yo Griff, get the green black red and
    Gold down countdown to Armageddon”

  283. *sigh* Ok, uh, Janet Jackson namechecks the source of her sample in her song, “Got ‘Till It’s Gone” – Joni Mitchell.

  284. Public Enemy, “Cold Lampin”:

    “Flavor-Flav on a hype tip”

  285. UTFO – Roxanne Roxanne:

    She was walking down the street so I said “Hello
    I’m Kangol from UTFO.” And she said “So?”
    And I said “So?!? Baby don’t you know?
    I can sing, rap, and dance in just one show

  286. DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, “Summertime:”

    “there’s an air of love and of happiness
    and this is the Fresh Prince’s new definition of summer madness”

  287. Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments -RnR Hall of Fame

    “Blow it up before Steve Albini makes a speech”

  288. Pop Will Eat Itself, “Can U Dig It”:

    “We dig Renegade Soundwave”

  289. “Hello, Mr. Harrison.” Tall Dwarfs: “Meet the Beatle” –

  290. Mr. Moderator

    Welcome aboard, pplist – and I’ve like checking in on your blog over the years! At the moment, you are Last Man Standing!

  291. Thin Lizard Dawn’s song “Sucks”

    Here come the latest fabrications
    One in a series of bad sensations
    Devoid of any real creation
    And able to fool entire nations
    Stop me somehow if I start to
    Suck like Oasis
    Suck like Oasis, does

  292. Who is Thin Lizard Dawn? Never heard of ’em

    English Beat, “Pato and Roger A Go Talk”

    Pick up your shoes and run-a-mile
    Cause Pato and Roger seh dem come and make you smile.

  293. Thin Lizard Dawn were a NY band signed to RCA in the mid-90’s.

    They sounded like this:

    Anyway, Michael Penn refers to himself in his song, “Selfish.”

    In dust we end industrial
    Virtuous or virtual
    You might find a prince of men
    Until that time my name is Penn

  294. Public Enemy, “Terminator X To The Edge Of Panic”

    Terminator X yellin’ with his hands
    Damn almighty rulin ready to jam

  295. hrrundivbakshi

    Come on, people — you can’t name-check somebody in your own band! That leaves us open to 100 million exhortations to play lead guitar, or hit a mean drum solo, or whatever. Now, the following is a LEGITIMATE Last Man Standing:

    James Brown on the TAMI Show…
    Ain’t seen that in years

    “When the World Is Running Down,” The Police

  296. Mr. Moderator

    andyr is sitting on some whoppers – that’s all I’m saying.

  297. The rules are it has to be in the lyrics, not just a shout out.

    And hasn’t James Brown already been used?

    Here’s one: REM, “Lightnin Hopkins”

  298. My favorites again, Prefab Sprout mention Bach in their song, Jesse James:

    Jesse James is waiting
    for the cheap music to stop
    Don’t goodbye deserve some Bach
    not barbershop?

  299. American Music Club – Myopic Books

    Mentions Dino Jr.

    …for a book store
    Like the one I pray for
    And the music they played there
    Would be Dinosaur Jr.


  300. Nick Lowe – Bay City Rollers We Love You.


  301. Tribe Called Quest, “Can I Kick It”

    “Can I kick it? To my Tribe that flows in layers
    Right now, Phife is a poem sayer”

  302. Fallout Boy – What a catch, Donnie
    About Donny Hathaway, refers to Roberta Flack:

    “Miss Flack said I still want you back.”

  303. Come on!

  304. alexmagic

    I think everyone is afraid to take the belt because they think Dr. John is waiting in the wings to swoop in with another one. But not me!

    “Feel more like Big Bill Broonzy” – George Harrison in Wreck of the Hesprus

  305. Mr. Moderator

    True, alexmagic, and like I said last week, I KNOW andyr is holding. This is one fierce LMS.

  306. hrrundivbakshi

    Dr. John has been cheating for a while now, rattling off intra-band name checks. I got a zillion of those, but I maintain my dignity and respectfulness.

    “Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder.


  307. alexmagic

    Sir Duke was claimed by mickavory just under a month ago, when this LMS was just getting started. So I’m still on my feet, waiting for andy or the doctor to step up.

  308. Don Henley, “Boys of Summer”

    “I saw a Dead head sticker on a Cadillac”

  309. alexmagic

    BigSteve claimed the Dead back on February 10th via “Monterey”.

    Next time, you best bring kryptonite.

  310. Darn search option–fail!

    Jerry Jeff Walker, “Up Against the Wall Redneck Mother”

    “H is for Haggard”

  311. Loudon Wainwright – Rufus Is A Tit Man

    And Rufus craves the mamma’s milk
    No moo-cow no billy-goat
    Is gonna get the baby’s vote.

  312. Jerry Jeff Walker, “Those Were the Days”

    “We learned all the songs by Hank and Lefty”

  313. Ween – Freedom of ’76

    “Boyz II Men still keeping up the beat, yeah”

  314. we are maggie and terre and suzzy
    we spell our last name r-o-c-h-e

  315. Van Dyke Parks, “The Four Mills Brothers”

  316. Bob Dylan – Bessie Smith

  317. Mr. Moderator

    Sloan, “The Lines You Amend”: The one about photographs/Sung by Ringo Starr


  318. Mr. Moderator

    Barenaked Ladies, “Be My Yoko Ono”…just in case you weren’t sure I was LAST MAN STANDING!

  319. Chickenfrank said the Sloan/Ringo one

    Yoko was previously claimed with “Oh Yoko.”

    I remain the LMS!

  320. hrrundivbakshi

    “Marley’s hot on the box…”

    “Jammin’,” Stevie Wonder

    Ell… Emm…ESS!

  321. alexmagic

    I thought I mentioned this one a while ago, but I guess I didn’t: Kris Kristofferson’s “If You Don’t Like Hank Williams…” namedrops a ton of people, including the previousy claimed Hank Williams, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell. Also in there, but not mentioned yet in this thread: Willie Nelson.

  322. I hate that it’s come to this but Chubby Checker in “We Didn’t Start the Fire” by Billy Joel

    LMS, but at what cost? AT WHAT COST!?!?

  323. The Band, “Katie’s Been Gone,” is about Karen Dalton

  324. Weezer – El Scorcho
    I’m the epitome of Public Enemy
    (I think the double meaning and the quote are all intended but I await ruling)

  325. My ruling is that it doesn’t matter.

    Mary Chapin Carpenter mentions Beausoleil in that faux Cajun song she does about the bar.

  326. Drive By Truckers, George Jones Talkin Cell Phone Blues

    If you don’t change your ways my friend
    You’ll be singing duets with Tammy again.

  327. Bobby Darin’s version of “Mack the Knife” slips Lotte Lenya into a list of characters in the song.

    Last Man Standing!

  328. George Jones was already mentioned!

    Led Zep – Hats off to Roy Harper.

  329. Yeah but Tammy wasn’t. And does the Zep song actually mention Roy Harper in the lyrics?

    The Beatles, “Dig It,” namechecks Doris Day.

  330. Train – Hey Soul Sister

    “mister mister on the radio”


  331. Killdozer, “The Pig Was Cool”

    “Jammin to Foghat on my 8 track”

  332. You’re right – Roy Harper is only in the title. Ok, here’s one:

    Sparks – Amateur Hour
    It’s a lot like playing the violin.
    You cannot start off to be Yehudi Menuhin

  333. sammymaudlin

    LCD Soundsystem: Daft Punk Is Playing At My House

    Y’all can sit down now as I am the LMS.

  334. hrrundivbakshi

    Gustav Mahler Number Three is jammin’ on the box…

    “Good Love,” Prince

    I AM the Last Man Standing!

  335. hrrundivbakshi

    And before anybody gets any wise ideas:

    Roll over Beethoven, tell Tchaikovsky the news

    Chuck Berry


  336. Mr. Moderator

    HVB, “Roll Over Beethoven” was suggested by BigSteve early on. I can’t believe anyone would lose track of what’s already been submitted:)

  337. Joe Jackson – King Pleasure Time.

  338. hrrundivbakshi

    Just going through a new stack of thrifty 45s, and found one called:

    Please Play More Kenny Rogers

    by one Steven Lee Cook

    Yes, it’s as bad as you suspect it must be.


  339. ELO – Rockaria!
    “She’s sweet on Wagner
    I think she’d die for Beethoven
    She loves the way Puccini lays down a tune
    And Verdi’s always creeping from her room”

    I’ll choose Wagner from this lyric, Puccini and Verdi are still free!

  340. Dead Milkmen – Land of the Shakers

    “Land of Brubaker”

  341. Rufus Wainwright – Imaginary Love
    “Schubert Busts My Brain.”

  342. Jerry Jeff Walker, “Pissin’ in the Wind:” first verse mentions Guy Clark

  343. New Radicals – You Get What You Give

    Fashion shoots with Beck and Hanson
    Courtney love and Marilyn Manson

    I’ll take Marilyn Manson, mmmmkay?

    Last Man Standing!

  344. Loudon Wainwright III, “Charlie’s Last Song:” about Charlie Poole

  345. alexmagic

    A cautionary tale to those who would hold out on Last Man Standing entries: I had the LCD Soundsystem song ready to go, and also lost out on Schubert who I was intending to play via the Rutles’ “Blue Suede Schubert”. And now I have nothing.

    Nothing, that is, except “Eat Your Heart Out, Rick Springfield” by (former member of the Gentrys) the ‘Mouth of the South’ Jimmy Hart.

  346. BigSteve

    Is it time for dr john to declare victory and tell us what list he’s working from?

  347. Adam Ant – Goody Two Shoes
    Mentions Al Green

    When I saw you kneeling
    Crying words that you mean
    Opening the eyeballs, eyeballs
    Pretending that you’re Al Green, Al Green

    That’s right!

  348. Whoops – I searched Al Green and missed the above reference to Reverend Green.

    Psychedlic Furs – We Love You
    Mentions Althea and Donna and their song, “Uptown Top Ranking.”

    i’m in love with althea and donna
    all that shit that goes
    uptown top ranking

  349. The Rotters, “Sit On My Face Stevie Nicks”

  350. Vampire Weekend – Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa

    Mentions Peter Gabriel.

    This feels so unnatural
    Peter Gabriel, too.

  351. “Well I love t.v. and I love T. Rex. . .”

    Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction: “Prime Mover”

  352. T Rex was already mentioned!

  353. Neil Young, “My My Hey Hey (Out Of The Blue):”

    “This is the story of Johnny Rotten”

  354. Wow, how’d we miss that one?

    Trip Shakespeare – The Slacks
    Mentions the band members, in particular Dan Wilson, who was in Semisonic and put out a solo album called “Free Life.”

    The next man for the one-eyed lady
    Was my dignified brother Dan
    He said “Bring the little woman some kisses and attention”
    She wouldn’t even shake his hand

  355. The Mekons, “The Ballad of Sally”

    Kevin wrote this song for me
    Now I’m singing it for you

  356. Grank Funk Railroad – We’re An American Band

    “Up all night with Freddie King”

  357. The Chills – Soft Bomb

    “If you’d asked me at a concert standing by The Clean”

  358. LCD Soundsystem, “Losing My Edge:”

    I was there at the first Can show in Cologne.

  359. Swan Dive – Katydids
    About the band, The Katydids, of course.

    Susie Hug said
    it’s heavy weather traffic again,
    and there’s no way to make it stop.
    Susie Hug said
    there’s too much of everything,
    so she threw herself on top.

    She’s the girl who was on my list today
    and she makes me miss
    the katydids, katydids, katydids,

  360. The Mekons, “Curse Of The Mekons:”

    Magic, fear and superstition
    this is the Curse of the Mekons

  361. hrrundivbakshi

    “Iggy & Angus,” Sloan

  362. The Wombats – Let’s Dance To Joy Division

    let’s dance to joy division
    and celebrate the irony
    everything is going wrong
    but we’re so happy

  363. Van Dyke Parks, “Bing Crosby”

  364. Pet Shop Boys – Left To My Own Devices

    But in the back of my head, I heard distant feet, Che Guevarra and Debussy to a Disco beat.

  365. Sly and the Family Stone – Dance to the Music: “Cythia got a horn to blow!”

  366. Self – Trunk Fulla Amps

    I got a trunk fulla amps motherfucker
    like Freddie Mercury

    Mentions a bunch of people, but I’m going with Freddie.

  367. Pavement, “Summer Babe:”

    Ice, Ice Baby, I saw your girlfriend

  368. Eminem – The Warning (Such a nice guy, he is)

    Oh gee, is that supposed to be me in the video with the goatee?
    Wow Mariah, didn’t expect you to go balls out
    Bitch shut the fuck up before I put all them phone calls out

  369. Jenny Toomey – “Patsy Cline”

    Last man standing, again!

  370. Nilsson, “Early in the Morning”

    I went to Dooby Chase to get somethin’ to eat
    Waitress looked at me said, “Harry, you sure look beat”

  371. plasticsun

    “Yip yip Song” by Robyn Hitchcock mentions Vera Lynn, the singer of WWII song “We’ll Meet Again”. Apparently there is also a Pink Floyd song called Vera about her but I know nothing of such things. I do know I am the last man standing.

  372. BigSteve

    Vera Lynn is also mentioned in the Kinks song Mr. Churchill Says from Arthur.

  373. Crowded House – She Goes On
    “We owe it all to Frank Sinatra”

    Last man standing!

  374. Richard Thompson: “Mingus Eyes”

    “What a fool I was. What a thin disguise.
    Brando mumble, Mingus eyes.”

    I’m kind of gunshy after that T. Rex booboo. Sorry! (I had word-checked it in a couple of different browsers, but it’s my mistake.) Anyway, I noticed a Richard Thompson song had already been used for another artist, so I’ll submit this one tentatively, subject to a ruling by The Powers That Be.

  375. Mr. Moderator

    If I still remember cdm’s rules, I think you’re cool this time, pplist. Way to hang in there!

  376. alexmagic

    “Radio’s playing some forgotten song/Brenda Lee’s ‘Coming on Strong'” – Radar Love, Golden Earring

    I am the Last Man Standing/First Man Airdrumming.

  377. Sorry, alexmagic but cher already used Brenda Lee over a month ago with I’m Sorry (But So Is Brenda Lee)

  378. Proto-Jellyfish band band, Beatnik Beach refer to themselves in their awful song, which has the same name.

    “Hit the road Jack Kerouac,
    Beatnik Beach.”

  379. Beastie Boys, “Fight For Your Right to Party”:

    Your ma busted in said, “What’s that noise?
    Aw ma you’re just jealous; it’s the Beastie Boys!

  380. Ok, I’ve got a couple on deck from Self, this one is from a song called “Callgirls”:

    “Lovetalk girl, I’ll pin up your photo
    And direct my video like I was Aerosmith”

  381. B-52s, “Dance This Mess Around”:

    It’s time to do ’em right
    Hey! Fred, now don’t that make you feel a whole lot better now?

  382. Self – Placing the Blame

    Its been so hot in here for days
    The ice cream’s melting
    Given the means and the ways
    The sex is helping
    I lost directions to the microwaving meal
    Captain & Tennille

  383. B-52s, “Song For A Future Generation”:

    Hello, I`m Cindy, I`m a Pisces
    And I like chihuahuas and
    Chinese noodles

  384. Mr. Moderator

    dr john, have you gone off the deep end? First of all, the guidelines state that the lyrical name check has to be key to the lyrics, not just a gimmicky aside, which I think that “Dance This Mess Around” example is. Then you pull out another bogus B-52s self-reference.

    For the sake of the competition I think we need to ban all gimmicky self-references. Judges?

  385. Just tell me if I need to post another!

  386. misterioso

    Mod, for God’s sake, stop the carnage or else I am going to unleash an almost infinite series of James Brown shout-outs. We are reaching the point of mutual assured destruction. The madness must stop.

  387. NEW RULE!

    I hear you misterioso. As the creator of this thread, I feel a certain guilt that Drs Oppenheimer and Frankenstein must have felt after they released their respective monsters on the world.

    I am now adding one final rule: This Last Man Standing will officially end at 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time today. Who ever has the last valid entry as of 5 p.m. EST shall be declared the winner. Remember, you need to wait 30 second or so after your last post before you can post again so if you are planning on “sniping” (an e-bay term for submitting a bid at the last minute in order to out bid your opponents), please factor that into you strategy.

    I’m doing this so that we can move on to my next LMS: Name a band with two guitar players.

    I wish you all, and especially Dr. John and Cherguevara, Godspeed.

  388. Would a band with three guitar players still qualify since it has two guitar players plus another, or would a band need to have exactly two guitar players?

  389. Mr. Moderator

    I see what’s going on, cdm. you want to make sure I don’t skip out of work a little early:)

    This is a great move on your part. I think we cana aware the winner of this Last Man Standing with a musically relevant gift.

  390. I am the last man standing at the moment, yes?

  391. Mr. Moderator

    Yes, cher, you’re still standing. How’s the view up there?

  392. Dullsville, man.

  393. Mr. Moderator

    The lyrics of Television’s “Venus De Milo” refer to original bassist and Tom Verlaine’s old Delaware friend Richard Hell in a way that is essential to the lyrics of the song: “And then Richie, Richie said, ‘Hey man, let’s dress up like cops, see what we can do'”…

    LMS with only a little more than 3 hours to go!

  394. Yes, Mod, thanks for re-asserting the essential difference between the shout out and the lyrical name check. Please police yourselves, people.

    I suspect things should be fairly quiet from now until about 4:55 or so.

  395. misterioso

    Can we synchronize watches, please?

  396. No need to. The time at the bottom of the post will determine the winner.

    Please remember: No Shout Outs!

    They were the subject of an entirely different LMS, also started by me.

  397. BigSteve

    Uh cdm’s New Rule said 5pm “Eastern Standard Time,” but we just went on Daylight Saving Time last week. So I think that means we get an extra hour. Or is it an hour less?

  398. Mr. Moderator

    We go by the RTH clock, which currently states 4:24.

  399. misterioso

    Do you mean now or when you wrote that?

  400. Mr. Moderator

    We go by the RTH clock, which currently states 4:33.

  401. Mr. Moderator

    In case the RTH server goes down before 5:00 pm EST, I’m playing a Van Morrison card now: Jelly Roll Morton is key to the chorus of “And It Stoned Me.”

    Standing atop my own shoulders, with 24 minutes to go!

  402. Hey Mod, I was holding that Venus de Milo for 4:59. No worry, I’ve got others!

  403. If you’re just going to cut if off, what’s the point? From last man standing to “the person who happened to click their mouse at just the right moment.” I know it’s driving everyone crazy, but it defeats the point of LMS, doesn’t it?

  404. Mr. Moderator

    geo, in the closing minutes I’m seriously considering laying all my cards out on the tables, one at a time, of course, in hopes of robbing others of their last entries!

  405. Mr. Moderator


  406. Le Tigre – Hot Topic
    Mentions Cibo Matto

    “Gretchen Phillips and Cibo Matto
    Leslie Feinberg and Faith Ringgold
    Mr. Lady, Laura Cottingham
    Mab Segrest and The Butchies, man
    Don’t stop”

  407. Mr. Moderator

    Ian Hunter’s “Rain”:

    “And Glover was a dancer imitating EDDIE COCHRAN by the jukebox”

  408. The Housemartins – Five Get Over Excited:
    mentions ABBA

    “Last seen drinking daddy’s own beer
    Singing Abba’s “Mamma Mia.”

  409. hrrundivbakshi

    “Jackie Wilson Said,” Van Morrison


  410. better than ezra – extra ordinary

    and just like that ac/dc song
    come on, baby, shake me all night long

  411. Mr. Moderator

    LIBERACE’s in Billy Joel’s We Didn’t Start the Fire!

  412. NRBQ – “Who’s got a paprer in his shoe?
    Boozoo! That’s who!”

    Terry’s homage to Zydeco musician Boozoo Chavis.

    Last last man standing!?!

  413. Rufus Wainwright’s song “Martha,” referring to his recording artist sister Martha Wainwright:
    “Martha, it’s your brother calling.”

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