Your Name Here: Songs Named After Other People, Part One
The other night, MGMT was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live .
For their first song, they chose “Flash Delirium” from their new album, Congratulations, but in their second song slot they went with “Brian Eno,” a kind of trippy tribute song with the lyrical tag “We’ll always be a step behind him, he’s Brian Eno!”
This made me think of all the songs I know where a musical artist sings about another musical artist (or a personal hero from any field) in the title. Recently, after the death of Alex Chilton, I think we all heard The Replacements song, “Alex Chilton” quite a bit, but it’s a good one so here it goes again…
This always makes me think of how They Might Be Giants had a song called “We’re The Replacements”:
Here’s a Lala link to that song
And if that link doesn’t work (and I’ve been told that it might not in Canada), here’s a live clip from a Barnes & Nobles instore…
TMBG also did a song called “XTC vs. Adam Ant” but I can’t find a good video (seek it out for yourself) for that so let’s move on…
Years back, David Bowie latched on the whole cult of the famous name drop with his song “Andy Warhol”, ever the progressive Bowie updated that in this 1996 tour clip:
and of course Bowie also gave us “Song For Bob Dylan”
The Dandy Warhols reckon they always wanted to be as “Cool As Kim Deal”
I’d never heard of the band Crash Into June but Amy, on Facebook, suggested their song “Pete Ham”, which is of course about the late songwriter and singer from Badfinger
Who could forget Billy Bragg’s “Levi Stubbs’ Tears”?
Then there’s Scissor Sisters who dance about and sing of “Paul McCartney”
Here’s a very drunk Ian Dury doing “Sweet Gene Vincent” allegedly from The Old Grey Whistle Test…
“I never liked George Michael much,” sang Wham! fans Black Box Recorder, “although they say he was the talented one…” in this lovely little song about the other one, “Andrew Ridgley”
Half Man Half Biscuit sang about “Joy Division Oven Gloves,” which sort of fits here…
Teenage Fanclub love singing about other people first it’s Neil Young in “Neil Jung”
and then about The Byrds’ “Gene Clark”
And while Robyn Hitchcock’s “Queen Elvis” and “Madonna Of The Wasps” sorta count, I’m playing “The Wreck Of The Arthur Lee”:
House Of Love crossed off two bands at once with “Beatles And Stones”
Oh and Living Color want to remind you that “Elvis Is Dead”
That’s it for Volume ONE, SEND ME SONG IDEAS FOR VOLUME TWO – IN THE COMMENTS SECTION HERE!
Finally, before we go, my pal Chris Wardman told me about this song, “Stephen Hawking” by The Year Of, and while I couldn’t find a YouTube clip, I did find another Lala link, hope it works on your end: