Well, it's Friday and you know what that means. Yes, my Oriental manservant Hop-Sing, a certain shady dame and moi are spending a week in Paris, walking cheek by jowl with the Ignoble Frog down the City of Light's historic byways.
It's all very romantic, and we'll be posting all sorts of photos between now and our return, but in the meantime, here's a fun project for you all to contemplate:
Best Post-Elvis Song or Record Which Specifically Quotes Another Song or Record, Lyrically or Musically!!!
BTW, sampling really doesn't count as a quote, at least most of the time (see the Tone Loc entry below). So, for example, that Neneh Cherry song -- "Trout"? -- that uses the actual riff from Steppenwolf's "The Pusher" is right out. Just to be clear -- what we're talking about is somebody playing an instrumental snippet of another song's melody, or working a bit of another song's lyric into the narrative of a new one. Or...well, you get the idea.
Okay, that said, here's my strictly off the top of my head Top Seven:
7. Tom Petty -- Running Down a Dream
"It was a beautiful day, the sun beat down
I had the radio on, I was drivin'...
The trees went by, me and Del were singin
Little Runaway, I was flyin'"....
6. Cream -- Sunshine of Your Love
Clapton starts his solo by playing the opening line of "Blue Moon."
5. Tone Loc -- Funky Cool Medina
"And like Mick Jagger sang 'I can't get no satisfaction'." And that's a sample of Charlie's drums, BTW.
4. The Velvet Undeground -- Sweet Jane
The studio version, from Loaded (and in my opinion, Lou's best vocal performance ever): "Just watch me now!" Obviously, from the Contours "Do You Love Me."
3. The Beatles -- Glass Onion
"The Walrus was Paul."
2. Jimi Hendrix -- Wild Thing
In the version from Jimi Plays Monterey he starts his solo with the opening line of "Strangers in the Night."
And the number one coolest song/record quoting another song/record, it's so fricking obvious I'll smack you if you give me a hard time about this, is --
1. The Beatles -- All You Need is Love
"The Marseillaise," "Greensleeves," "In the Mood"....and then, in the all-time conceptual masterstroke, their own "She Loves You." Post-Modernism begins here.
Awrighty then -- and your choices would be...??????
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