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  • sniperschoolsniperschool Frets: 9
    Another Beatles one. Lennon references 'Dylans Mr Jones' on Yer Blues
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  • PhilW1PhilW1 Frets: 686
    edited May 29
    Thin Lizzy’s Black Rose mentions/alludes to;
    Go Lassie go,It’s a long way to Tipperary and Whiskey in the Jar.


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  • monquixotemonquixote Frets: 13630
    On Taylor Swift's album Folklore it has a number of clever references between the songs Cardigan, August and Betty

    They tell the story of a teenage couple meeting, the guy cheating and then them getting back together.
    There are multiple lyrical references between all three songs.

    The song "Gold Rush" on Evermore is a tribute to her boyfriend and has the lyric: "My mind turns your life into Folklore" referencing the preceding album.
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  • westfordwestford Frets: 266
    Moonlight Mile gets a mention in Fishing For A Dream by Turin Brakes.
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  • PhilKingPhilKing Frets: 999
    Not only does Eddie Money refer to "Be My Little Baby", he also has Ronnie Spector sing her original lines in Take Me Home Tonight


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  • Limehouse_BluesLimehouse_Blues Frets: 1141
    Bicycle by Queen,

    "Fat bottomed girls, they'll be riding today"

    Fat Bottomed Girls by Queen,

    "Get on your bikes and ride"
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  • UnclePsychosisUnclePsychosis Frets: 9496
    And your shoulders are frozen (cold as the night)
    Oh, but you're an explosion (you're dynamite)
    Your name isn't Rio, but I don't care for sand
    And lighting the fuse might result in a bang, b-b-bang-oh

    I bet that you look good on the dance floor
    I don't know if you're looking for romance or
    I don't know what you're looking for
    I said, I bet that you look good on the dance floor
    Dancing to electro-pop like a robot from 1984
    Well, from 1984


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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 56983

    [Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor]
    Brilliant song. (And songwriter.)

    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone." - Walt Kowalski

    "Just because I don't care, doesn't mean I don't understand." - Homer Simpson

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  • UnclePsychosisUnclePsychosis Frets: 9496
    ICBM said:

    [Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor]
    Brilliant song. (And songwriter.)
    I've never been 100% convinced by the Arctic Monkeys. But "...Dancefloor" is a top tune. 
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  • Not a well known song, but one of my favourite songs of recent years - a beautiful song about a girl called Georgia, cleverly referencing Ray Charles' Georgia On My Mind...


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  • yockyyocky Frets: 524
    edited June 7
    Southern Rock Opera by Drive-by Truckers kicks off with a song about a car crash soundtracked by Freebird.

    It also has a superb love letter to dead rock and roll heroes, Let There be Rock, which references The Boys are Back in Town and er....Let There Be Rock 
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  • HattigolHattigol Frets: 5847
    Not exactly on topic but a great pub quiz question - which 1976 number one hit was knocked off the top spot by a song, the name of which appeared in the lyrics of the song being knocked off the top?
    "Anybody can play. The note is only 20%. The attitude of the motherf*cker who plays it is  80%" - Miles Davis
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  • thecolourboxthecolourbox Frets: 6699
    Hattigol said:
    Not exactly on topic but a great pub quiz question - which 1976 number one hit was knocked off the top spot by a song, the name of which appeared in the lyrics of the song being knocked off the top?
    Mamma Mia and Bohemian Rhapsody wasn't it?

    Mamma Mia also being the worst song title to sing whilst playing hide and seek with your mother
    I want to be forgotten, and I don't want to be reminded
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  • scrumhalfscrumhalf Frets: 8394
    Not a well known song, but one of my favourite songs of recent years - a beautiful song about a girl called Georgia, cleverly referencing Ray Charles' Georgia On My Mind...


    Georgia was on Macca's mind in Back In The USSR.
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  • KeikoKeiko Frets: 470
    HerrMetal said:
    The Wildhearts - 29 x The Pain
    also 'my baby is a headfuck' refers to daytripper and they play the riff from it. 

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  • BidleyBidley Frets: 2580
    Megadeth - Victory.
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  • wintoidwintoid Frets: 7
    I haven't read the whole thread, so apologies if this has already been mentioned but Prince's Dorothy Parker references Joni Mitchell's Help Me.
    Click here for my feedback
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  • dindudedindude Frets: 7633
    edited June 8
    As I have the new Wolf Alice Album on rotation I’ll add this from No Hard Feelings:

    It’s not hard to remember 
    When it was tough to hear your name
    Crying in the bath 
    To “Love is a Losing Game”
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  • not_the_djnot_the_dj Frets: 7291
    John Mayer's "Queen of California" name checks Neil Young and After the Goldrush
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 56983
    The Waterboys - The Return Of Jimi Hendrix

    Possibly not Mike Scott's finest hour as a songwriter, but it does reference quite a lot of Hendrix tracks.

    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone." - Walt Kowalski

    "Just because I don't care, doesn't mean I don't understand." - Homer Simpson

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