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5-5-16 Lunch Hour Special

John Simon | Posted about 2 years ago.


"Name-Dropping Singles"

Today's special feature: songs that reference influential musicians!

Sweet Soul Music - Arthur Conley ("Spotlight on Sam & Dave...Lou Rawls...James Brown...Otis Redding")
Jackie Wilson Said - Van Morrison
Brian Wilson - Barenaked Ladies
Take Me Home Tonight - Eddie Money (with Ronnie Spector herself!)
R.O.C.K. In the USA - John Cougar Mellencamp (Frankie Lyman, Jackie Wilson, Martha Reeves, Mitch Ryder....)
Levi Stubbs' Tears - Billy Bragg (about the late great Four Tops' singer)
When Smokey Sings - ABC (dance-floor tribute to Smokey Robinson)
Buddy Holly - Weezer
Roll Over Beethoven - Beatles (by request)
I Dig Rock 'n' Roll Music - Peter, Paul & Mary (by request - passable impressions of The Mamas & Papas, Donovan, The Beatles)
Life In a Northern Town - Dream Academy ("John F. Kennedy and...The Beatles!")
Alex Chilton - The Replacements
Creeque Alley - Mamas & Papas (by request - a history of the Byrds, Lovin' Spoonful and the M&P's themselves)
Slow Turning - John Hiatt ("Now I'm in my car - I got the radio on - I'm yellin' at the kids in the back seat - 'Cause they're bangin' like Charlie Watts")
My My, Hey Hey - Neil Young ("this is the story of Johnny Rotten")

See ya next Thursday for another Lunch Hour Special.

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