Celebrity songs: Lester Piggott to Winona Ryder

Baby I’ve lost the will for fighting over everything …

Sometimes (Lester Piggott),” James
Blue Moon Revisited (Song for Elvis),” Cowboy Junkies
Elvis Is Everywhere,” Mojo Nixon
Dancing With Joey Ramone,” Amy Rigby
Old Mother Reagan,” Violent Femmes
Otis Redding,” Everclear
Lou Reed,” The Little Willies
Walter Reed,” Michael Penn
Eleanor,” Vigilantes of Love
Winona,” Matthew Sweet

Songs named after four members of the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, a president, a first lady, an actress, a doctor and a jockey.

  • Jon Frater

    I’m probably breaking a few rules with this list, but . . .

    “Joan Crawford” Blue Oyster Cult
    “Nugget Man”, Paul & Storm
    “The Ballad of Bill Hubbard,” Roger Waters
    “Clint Eastwood,” Gorillaz
    “Dance, Soterios Johnson, Dance,” Jonathan Coulton
    “Dracula,” Gorillaz
    “Mandlebrot Set,” Jonathan Coulton

  • Theo Axner

    Overlaps a bit with last week again, but here goes…

    High Water (for Charley Patton) – Bob Dylan
    Till Lewi Pethrus – Cornelis Vreeswijk
    Richard Petty – Mojo Nixon
    Pablo Picasso – Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers
    En Tavla av Picasso – Johan Johansson
    Plaster Caster – Kiss (Cynthia Plastercaster)
    Bruces’ Philosphers’ Song – Monty Python (Plato, et al)
    Pocahontas – Johnny Cash
    Edgar Allan Poe – Lou Reed
    Elvis Is Everywhere – Mojo Nixon
    Decomposing Composers – Monty Python (Rachmaninov, et al)
    Bonzo Goes to Bitburg – the Ramones (Ronald Reagan)
    Hey, Ronnie – Government Issue (Ronald Reagan)
    Condi, Condi – Steve Earle (Condoleeza Rice)
    Dear Mrs. Roosevelt – Woody Guthrie

  • music fan

    The entire Blue Scholars album Cinemetropolis belongs here:
    Lalo Schifrin
    Seijun Suzuki
    Anna Karina
    Marion Sunshine
    Slick Watts
    Oskar Barnack/Oscar Grant
    Yuri Kochiyama
    Rani Mukerji
    Tommy Chong
    Chief Sealth

    Here’s just one vid from them:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ce0zJaRaE6M

    Also Boney M’s song “Rasputin.”  It’s historical disco!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvDMlk3kSYg

  • Sam Kabo Ashwell

    A few I missed on earlier passes:

    Crunk de Gaulle, EdIT (ft. TTC, Busdriver and D-Styles)Lucrece Borgia, Plume
    Kevin Carter, Manic Street Preachers
    The Love of Richard Nixon, Manic Street Preachers
    Ray Liotta, Linoleum
    Vera, Pink Floyd
    Jung at Heart, Master Cylinder
    Toussaint L’Overture, Santana

    and back on alphabetical track:
    Let Robeson Sing, Manic Street Preachers
    Marco Polo, Loreena McKennitt

  • Sam Kabo Ashwell

    oh, and of course
    Robeson, Saul Williams

  • Magz Kam

    And to be slightly ridiculous:

    “Debbie Gibson is Pregnant (With My Two-Headed Love Child)” – Mojo Nixon

  • Bruce in South Florida

    I’m kinda fond of “God Speaks of Marty Robbins” by The Who

  • http://leftcheek.blogspot.com Jas-nDye

    In reverse order and mostly only on my WMP:

    Elanor – VOL
    Hey John Wayne – Terry Taylor
    John Wayne Gacy, Jr – Sufjan 
    Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder
    My Name Is Prince – Prince 
    Jesus Loves You, Brian Wilson – Lost Dogs
    Otis – Jay Z and Kanye West
    Mr. Fahrenheit – Five Iron Frenzy
    Mr. Buechner’s Dream – Daniel Amos
    Ray Charles – Chiddy Bang

  • Amaryllis

     though legends fade and glories depart…

    All I can come up with is an instrumental called “Quinn of Armagh,” which may or may not be named in honor of the Irish hunger-striker.

    And
    a song called “Legacy of the Lionheart,” by Gary Miller, which may or
    may not be a reference to Richard I of England; the lyrics are ambiguous
    but the illustration in the accompanying booklet is pleasingly
    medieval.

    … and looking at said booklet, I see that I forgot
    about “Farewell Jobling!” when we were in the J’s: a cheery little
    number about the last man to be gibbeted in England, and probably
    innocent of the murder with which he was charged.

    Let’s hope the S’s are more upbeat.

  • Amaryllis

    Late, and cheating as well because I don’t own this. But I heard it on the radio last night and realized it would fit into this week’s meager offerings.

    James K. Polk – they Might Be Giants

    And, come to think of it, it serves as a companion to the S’s and “Santy Anna,” and the T’s with “General Taylor.”


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