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Following on from another thread about bands and artists with eponymous song titles, and inspired by Motorhead's "RAMONES", I was thinking of other bands / artists that have written songs about other bands / artists.

The first one that sprang to mind was ABC's "When Smokey Sings" about Smokey Robinson.

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There were a lot of gushing songs about the beatles in their early heyday, eg

[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrB_crfxdgg[/media]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ec6HpzJ8gRI&list=RDec6HpzJ8gRI#t=37

Edited by KevB

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I guess [i]American Pie[/i]* is the most far-reaching example...the tricky bit is working out which artists he's singing about at each point!


[size=3]*The Don McLean song, not that godawful film series...[/size]

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"How do You Sleep" by John Lennon, having a go at Paul McCartney.
"Real Gone Kid" by Deacon Blue is about Maria Mckee from Lone Justice.

Edited by RhysP

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Mott the Hoople's (David Bowie) song 'All the Young Dudes' mentions T.Rex ( as well as the Beatles and the Stones )
'Jackie Wilson Said' by Van / Dexy's.
The Commodores 'Night Train' mentions just about every soul act, as does Arthur Conley's 'Sweet Soul Music'....
And let's not forget the recent 'Lets Marvin Gaye and get it on ' by Charlie Puth.

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[quote name='casapete' timestamp='1482074671' post='3197403']
And let's not forget the recent 'Lets Marvin Gaye and get it on ' by Charlie Puth.
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No, lets

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[quote name='RhysP' timestamp='1482071376' post='3197362']
Beatles & The Stones by The House of Love.
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The one that sprang to my mind.

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[quote name='Graham' timestamp='1482074015' post='3197393']
Sweet Home Alabama has a dig at Neil Young in it
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The bitter, stinging rebuke "A Southern man don't need him around here anyhow."
Hmmm.

Happy Family by King Crimson is about The Beatles.

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The Miracle of Joey Ramone by U2
Hey Nineteen by Steely Dan (references Aretha Franklin)
Jackie Wilson Said by Van Morrison / Dexys Midnight Runners

Edited by kevin_lindsay

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[quote name='casapete' timestamp='1482074671' post='3197403']
Mott the Hoople's (David Bowie) song 'All the Young Dudes' mentions T.Rex ( as well as the Beatles and the Stones )
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Bowie referenced a number artists/well know people in his songs - Andy Warhol, Aleister Crowley, Che Guevara, Benny Goodman, Twiggy, John Lennon to name but a few.

Oh, and Mickey Mouse..!

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Depending on who you believe, Tearjerker by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers is apparently about Kurt Cobain.

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[quote name='lojo' timestamp='1482079375' post='3197445']
Jackie Wilson Said
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The folks at TOTP thought it was about Jockey Wilson :D

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Dude Looks Like A Lady by Aerosmith is about Vince Neil from Mötley Crüe.

I'll Stick Around by Foo Fighters is about Courtney Love.

Not technically about other bands but about people from other bands.

Edited by joeystrange

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Bit of a theme developing here

http://youtu.be/RYfUuXmdrgk

http://youtu.be/wc267Xs-64s

Edited by Cato

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True!

....and can I also add (Sheena's In Love With) Joey Ramoney by Helen Love! :)

In fact, a whole load of HL tracks reference The Ramones, and other bands as well.

Edited by spongebob

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[quote name='spongebob' timestamp='1482081241' post='3197467']
True!

....and can I also add (Sheena's In Love With) Joey Ramoney by Helen Love! :)

In fact, a whole load of HL tracks reference The Ramones, and other bands as well.
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Whilst wondering just how many Ramone featuring songs there actually are I came across this....

http://sabotagetimes.com/music/250-songs-mention-ramones

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