Songs That Quote Other Songs: How Many Can You Name?
When I played "The Punk Meets The Godfather" by The Who yesterday, I was struck by how Pete Townshend cleverly used a line from "My Generation" in there, which led to the rabbit hole of "How many other classic rock songs do that?". You know, referencing a song title that's different from the one that's actually being sung.
Turns out there are quite a few...
The Obvious: In "Runnin' Down A Dream", Tom Petty tells us about driving with Del Shannon singing "Runaway",while Skynyrd lets Neil Young's "Southern Man" have it but good in "Sweet Home Alabama". (Check out this rare promo video...)
Neil himself quotes The Beach Boys' "Caroline, No" in "Long May You Run", while Tom is still at it -- This time it's Jimi's "Purple Haze" that gets the nod in with The Traveling Wilburys' "End Of The Line".
The Obscure: Gotta give it up for David Bowie dipping into Lerner and Loewe's "My Fair Lady" in "Modern Love" ("Get me to the church on time!")...
...and Dire Straits goes deep on "Romeo and Juliet" with the lyric "He's underneath the window/She's singing 'Hey La, My Boyfriend's Back'", the title of The Angels 1963 Top 40 classic.
The Double-Dippers: Artists borrowing from their own catalog? The Beatles did more than once, with "She Loves You" getting a shout-out from Paul at the end of "All You Need Is Love", while John sang about "Strawberry Fields" and "Lady Madonna" on The White Album's "Glass Onion".
Alice Cooper even stole from himself on the same album(!), with "Generation Landslide" nicking the LP's title "Billion Dollar Babies".
The One With Too Many: The somewhat ostracized Don McLean went overboard on "American Pie" by name-checking "The Book Of Love" (by The Monotones), "Eight Miles High" (The Byrds), "Jumpin' Jack Flash" (The Stones) and "That'll Be The Day" (Buddy Holly). A glass of water, please...
Some good ideas for a future Classic Lunch Menu here, but we could use your help: Any titles that we're forgetting about?