Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Performers Referenced in Van’s Lyrics





They call it "name-checking" now  but I'll be kinder and call it "referencing".  Van does it a lot and it's not just the artists he admires.  He also references poets, philosophers, mystics, places around Belfast from his childhood, radio stations, etc.  Some people think it's a cheap way to get a lyric but I think Van uses these points of reference well to create a mood. 
 
If you want to find 'cheap' forms of name-checking the classic has to be Billy Joel's We Didn't Start the Fire, which seems just a roll call of everything that happened in the 60s.  Or what about John Mellencamp's R.O.C.K (In the USA) which is a catalogue of 60s performers?  I won't even dare mention hip hop.     

Mose Allison  -  Don’t Go to Nightclubs Anymore
Louis Armstrong  -  See Me Through Part II
Chet Baker  -  When the leaves Come Falling Down
Count Basie  -  The Eternal Kansas City
Sidney Bechet  -  See Me Through Part II
Big Bill Broonzy  -  On Hyndford Street
James Brown  -  Real Real Gone
Solomon Burke  -  Real Real Gone
Gene Chandler  -  Real Real Gone
Ray Charles  -  These Dreams of You, In the Days Before Rock ‘n’ Roll
and Got to Go Back
        Sam Cooke  -  Real Real Gone
        Claude Debussy  -  On Hyndford Street
Dr John  -  Russian Roulette
Georgie Fame (Clive Powell)  -  Don’t Go to Nightclubs Anymore 
Fats Domino  -  In the Days Before Rock ‘n’ Roll
Billy Holliday  -  The Eternal Kansas City
John Lee Hooker  -  In the Days Before Rock ‘n’ Roll
Lightnin’ Hopkins  -  In the Days Before Rock ‘n’ Roll
Mahalia Jackson  -  Summertime in England
Blind Lemon Jefferson  -  Cleaning Windows
Leadbelly  -  Cleaning Windows and Astral Weeks
Jerry Lee Lewis  -  In the Days Before Rock ‘n’ Roll
Brownie McGhee  -  Cleaning Windows
Jay McShann  -  The Eternal Kansas City
Milton Mezz Mezzrow  -  On Hyndford Street
Jelly Roll Morton  -  And It Stoned Me, On Hyndford Street and Whinin’ Boy Moan
Little Richard  -  In the Days Before Rock ‘n’ Roll
Charlie Parker  -  The Eternal Kansas City
Edith Piaf  -  Saint Dominic’s Preview
Wilson Pickett  -  Real Real Gone
Elvis Presley  -  In the Days Before Rock ‘n’ Roll
P.J. Proby  -  Whatever Happened to P.J. Proby?
Johnny Ray  -  Sometimes We Cry
Nelson Riddle Orchestra  -  Hard Nose the Highway
Screaming Lord Sutch  -  Whatever Happened to P.J. Proby?
Sonny Terry  -  Cleaning Windows and In the Days Before Rock ‘n’ Roll
Gene Vincent  -  The Street Only Knew Your Name
Scott Walker  -  Whatever Happened to P.J. Proby?
Muddy Waters  -  In the Days Before Rock ‘n’ Roll, Cleaning Windows and And the Healing Has Begun
Hank Williams  -  Saint Dominic’s Preview, See Me Through Part II and Ancient Highway
Sonny Boy Williamson  -  Take Me Back
Jackie Wilson  -  Jackie Wilson Said (I’m in Heaven When You Smile)
Jimmy Witherspoon  -  The Eternal Kansas City
Lester Young  -  The Eternal Kansas City

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