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


  413 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