Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Bitches Love Songs (named after them)

Yesterday I read a review by Liz Phair about Elvis Costello for Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Artists.  The thing that stood out for me the most was the line about how "his songs about women and girls are devastating".  Of course this made me think about Allison, which is probably his best known song about a girl.  It, of course, is about Allison, her name being the title of the song, much like many songs about girls.  This thought of course reminded me of this clip from Family Guy.  

To recap, the list is as follows...

  • Rosanna: Toto, Toto 4 (1982)
  • Roxanne: The Police, Outlandos dAmour (1978)
  • Michelle: Beatles, Rubber Soul (1965)
  • Allison: Elvis Costello, My Aim is True (1977)
  • Sarah
  1. Bob Dylan, Desire (1976)
  2. Fleetwood Mac, Tusk (1979)
  3. Thin Lizzy, Shades of a Blue Orphanage (1972)

  • Angie: Rolling Stones, Goats Head Soup (1973)
  • Brandy: Scott English, Scott English (1978)
  • Mandy: Barry Manilow, Mandy 7 inch (1974)
  • Gloria: Van Morrison, The Angry Young Them (1964)
  • Cecilia: Simon and Garfunkle, Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)
  • Maggie Mae
  1. Beatles, Let it Be (1970)
  2. Rod Stewart, Every Picture Tells a Story (1971)
  • Jessica: 
  1. Allman Brothers, Brothers and Sisters (1973)
  2. Elliot Minor, Elliot Minor (2007)
  3. Dir En Grey, Kisou (2001)
  4. Adam Green, Friends of Mine (2003)
  • Nancy (with the Laughing Face): Ray Charles, Dedicated to You (1961)
  • Barbara Ann: Beach Boys, Beach Boys' Party (1965)
  • Billie Jean: Michael Jackson, Thriller (1982)
  • Layla: Derek and the Dominos, Layla (1970)
  • Lola: Kinks, Lola Versus Powerman
  • Polly: 
  1. Kinks, Wonderboy single (1968)
  2. Nirvana, Nevermind (1991)
  • Helena
  1. Misfits, Famous Monsters (1999)
  2. My Chemical Romance, 3 Cheers for Sweet Revenge (2004)
  3. Nicklecreek, Why Should the Fire Die (2005)
  4. Will Haven, Hierophant (2007)
  • Jenny from the Block: Jennifer Lopez, This is Me, Then (2002)
  • Sherry: The Four Seasons, Sherry and 11 (1962)
  • Laura
  1. Billy Joel, the Nylon Curtain (1982)
  2. Scissor Sisters, Scissor Sisters (2004)
  3. Flogging Molly, Whiskey on a Sunday (2006)
  • Wendy: Beach Boys, All Summer Long (1964)
  • Maria
  1. Bernstein and Sondheim, West Side Story (1956)
  2. Rogers and Hammerstein, Sound of Music (1959)
  3. Ricky Martin, A Medio Vivir (1995)
  4. Wu Tang Clan, Wu Tang Forever (1997)
  5. Blondie, No Exit (1999)
  6. Rage Against the Machine, Battle of Los Angeles (1999)
  7. Santana, Supernatural (1999)
  • Peggy Sue: 
  1. Buddy Holly, Buddy Holly (1957)
  2. Blink 182, Cheshire Cat (1994)
  • Minnie the Moocher: Cab Calloway (1931)
  • Tracy: Mogwai, Mogwai Young Team (1997)
  • Jean: Oliver, Good Morning Starshine (1969)
  • Sweet Jane: Velvet Underground, Loaded (1970)
  • Mary Ann
  1. Alice Cooper, Billion Dollar Babies (1973)
  2. Bob Dylan, Dylan (1973)
  3. Black Lace, Mary Ann (1979)
  • Eleanor Rigby: Beatles, Revolver (1966)

The concept of this joke is so interesting.  There are tons of songs about women, not all are named after the women they are about, but many are, and as you can see from the list, many names are used by several different songwriters.  Enter a girl's name in Wikipedia some time and see if there is an entry for (song).  Here are a few more not mentioned in the clip, in case that wasn't enough...

  • Omie Wise: Doc Watson, Doc Watson (1964)
  • Melissa: Allman Brothers, Eat a Peach (1972)
  • Samantha: Margaret Berger, Pretty Scary Silver Fairy (2006)
  • Julia:
  1. Beatles, White Album (1968)
  2. Our Lady Peace, Naveed (1994)
  3. Goudie, Peep Show (2000)
  4. Conway Twitty, Borderline (1987)
  • Christine: Siouxsie and the Banshees, Kaleidoscope (1980)
  • Gina: Blues Traveler, Blues Traveler (1990)
  • Rosemary:
  1. Grateful Dead, Aoxomoxoa (1969)
  2. Gomez, Abandoned Shopping Trolley Hotline (2000)
  3. Katy Rose, Candyeyed (2007)
  • Emily:
  1. Bowling For Soup, Drunk Enough to Dance (2002)
  2. Dave Koz, Dave Koz (1990)
  3. Frank Sinatra, Softly as I Leave You (1964)
  • Delilah:
  1. Tom Jones, Delilah (1968)
  2. Dresden Dolls, Yes Virginia (2006)
  3. Queen, Innuendo (1991)
  4. Cranberries, Bury the Hatchet (1999)

This is pretty impressive, and just think, most of these songs are really good songs too.  and I only included titles of songs that are only names, which means titles with girl's names as part of the title aren't on here, like My Michelle by Guns n Roses, Hey There Delilah by the Plain White Ts, Jane Says by Jane's Addiction and Loose Lucy by the Grateful Dead.  Bob Dylan's song Lily, Rosemary the Jack of Hearts is a two-for.  I thought about putting links on each song, but I figure if anyone actually reads this and are curious, they can search for the songs themselves.

I guess Brian's comment to Stewie is true, naming songs after girls is a tired, unoriginal and lazy idea, but..  all girls want a song written about them, don't they?

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