Celebrity songs: Charles Darwin to Lightnin’ Hopkins

Celebrity songs: Charles Darwin to Lightnin’ Hopkins January 25, 2013

She’ll come back as fire, and burn all the liars …

Charlie Darwin,” The Low Anthem
Bette Davis Eyes,” Brad Roberts
Apocalypservice (Or Jacob Dylan’s 115th Nightmare),” Don McCloskey

Einstein on the Beach,” Counting Crows
“Eisenhower Blues,” Elvis Costello
Sir Duke,” Stevie Wonder
Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle,” Nirvana
Jose Feliciano,” Terry Taylor
Aretha, Sing One for Me,” Cat Power
“Woody Guthrie’s Ghost,” Mandy Troxel
“Mark’s Song,” Randy Stonehill
Jesse Helms,” MC Hawking
Buddy Holly,” Weezer
Lightnin’ Hopkins,” R.E.M.

For those keeping score at home, that’s two scientists, two politicians, two actresses, and eight musicians.

MC Hawking got his wish.

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  • Tofu_Killer

    “Andy Warhol”,  David Bowie
    “David Bowie”, Phish

  • Alexander the Great – Bond
    Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
    Fay Wray Come Out and Play – Type O Negative
    I Shot the Devil – Suicidal Tendencies (Counting this because it’s actually about Reagan)
    Jack the Ripper – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

  • Carstonio

    Too bad Nirvana didn’t record similar revenge songs about Fannie Farmer and Fannie Mae, who I suppose would take their revenge through tainted meat or predatory home loans.

  • connorboone

    Meet James Ensor – They Might Be Giants
    Bela Lugosi’s Dead – Bauhaus

  • Naymlap

    Art Brut – Emily Kane
    Action Bronson – Buddy Guy
    Chicha Libre – Juaneco en el Cielo
    Bob Dylan – The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll
    And because of course, Wilco – Wilco

  • The Death of Ferdinand de Saussure – The Magnetic Fields

  • Ross Thompson

    Lookin’ Through Gary Gilmore’s Eyes – The Adverts

  • Away from home, but here are a few I know of and probably have (or should have):

    James K. Polk – They Might Be Giants
    Marlene on the Wall –  Suzanne Vega (Marlene being a picture of Marlene Deitrich)

    Casey Jones – Greatful Dead

    Courtney (Love) – Nerfherder

    Cheating slightly, but Banditos – The Refreshments for name checking Jon Luc Picard.

    (Got the) Moves like Jagger – Maroon 5

  • ChristianPinko

    Frank & Ava — Suzanne Vega

    Pablo Picasso — David Bowie

  • Theo Axner

    Ridin’ With James Dean – Joan Jett &
    the Blackhearts

    Bo Diddley Is Jesus – The Jesus &
    Mary Chain

    Bo Diddley’s a Gunslinger – Warren

    Hey Bo Diddley – Bo Diddley

    Dillinger’s Brain – Sator

    Baby Doc Holiday – Sator (Jean-Claude
    ”Baby Doc” Duvalier)

    Bob Dylan’s Blues – Bob Dylan

    Bob Dylan’s Dream – Bob Dylan

    Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream – Bob Dylan

    Song for Bob Dylan – David Bowie

    Balladen om Nils Johan Einar Ferlin –
    Cornelis Vreeswijk (Nils Ferlin, Swedish poet)

    In Like Flynn – the Wildhearts

    Henry Ford Was a Fascist – David

    Debbie Gibson Is Pregnant With My
    Two-Headed Love Child – Mojo Nixon

    Lady Godiva’s Operation – the Velvet

    Jim Gordon Blues – the Dictators

    Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie – Bob

    Song to Woody – Bob Dylan

    Laurel & Hardy – the Equals

    The Ballad of Ira Hayes – Tom Russell

    Don Henley Must Die – Mojo Nixon

    Staffan Och Herodes – Folk &

    Joe Hill – Billy Bragg

    Planxty Noel Hill – the Pogues

    Der Fuehrer’s Face – Spike Jones

    Whatever Became of Hubert? – Tom Lehrer
    (Hubert Humphrey)

    Catfish – Bob Dylan (Catfish Hunter)

    I. Hunter – Mott the Hoople

  • Bruce in South Florida

    God Speaks of Marty Robbins  – The Who
    Roy Rogers – Elton John
    Ballad of Danny Bailey – Elton John
    Brian Wilson – Barenaked Ladies
    Be My Yoko Ono – Barenaked Ladies

    ps so, you’ve got more than one Mojo Nixon song but not “Elvis is Everywhere”?

  • Foreigner

    Vincent – Don MacLean
    Oliver’s Army – Elvis Costello & The Attractions
    John Lee – Fairport Convention
    Victoria – The Kinks
    Rene and Georgette Magritte with their Dog, After the War – Paul Simon
    Don’t Sit On My Jimmy Shands – Richard Thompson
    Madonna’s Wedding – Richard Thompson
    Al Bowlly’s In Heaven – Richard Thompson
    Jack Hall – Steeleye Span
    Berry Rides Again – Steppenwolf
    Marlene on the Wall – Suzanne Vega

    H’m … 2 artists, 1 politician, 2 criminals, 1 queen, 4 musicians and 1 actress.

  • Launcifer

    I can only apologise for having this in my music colleciton: Robert De Niro’s Waiting by Banarama.

  • Abraham, Martin & John – Marvin Gaye
     The Ballad Of Chasey Lain – Bloodhound Gang
    The Ballad Of Tom Jones – Space feat. Cerys Matthews
    Better (Than Neil) – Nathan Fillion
    Blind Willie McTell – Bob Dylan
    Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream – Bob Dylan
    Bob Dylan Dream – Against Me!
    Buddy Holly – Weezer
    Buddy Holly – Biffy Clyro
    Cliche Guevara – Against Me!
    Clint Eastwood – Gorillaz
    Cochise – Audioslave
    Elvis Ain’t Dead – Scouting For Girls
    Elizabeth My Dear – The Stone Roses
    Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle – Nirvana
    Grace Kelly Blues – Eels
    Henry Kissinger – Monty Python
    I’m In Love With Margaret Thatcher – Notsensibles
    I Am Fred Astaire – Taking Back Sunday
    I Shot William H. Macy – Head Automatica
    Interiors (Song For Willem de Kooning) – Manic Street Preachers
    Ira Glass – Adam WarRock
    Jackie Collins Existential Question Time – Manic Street Preachers
    Jackie Wilson Said – Kevin Rowland & Dexys Midnight Runners
    Jah Didn’t Kill Johnny – Sage Francis
    James Dean – Eagles
    John Wayne Gacy Jr – Surjan Stevens
    Jude Law And A Semester Abroad – Brand New
    Lady Day And John Coltrane – Gil Scot-Heron
    Let Robeson Sing – Manic Street Preachers
    The Love Of Richard Nixon – Manic Street Preachers
    Luther Played The Boogie – Johnny Cash
    Me And Stephen Hawking – Manic Street Preachers
    Neil’s Turn – Neil Patrick Harris
    The Night Hank Williams Came To Town – Johnny Cash
    Palahniuk’s Laughter – Fightstar
    Penis Song (Not The Noel Coward Song) – Monty Python
    R.A.K.I.M. – Rakim
    Reinventing Axl Rose – Against Me!
    Sgt Hetfield’s Motorbreath Pub Band – Beatallica
    Six Degrees Of Kurt Cobain – MC Lars
    Slow Down Gandhi – Sage Francis
    Song To Woody – Bob Dylan
    Strummerville – Stiff Little Fingers
    Tom Petty Loves Veruca Salt – Terrorvision
    What Would Brian Boitano Do? – South Park
    ’97 Bonnie & Clyde – Tori Amos

  • Amaryllis

      … Mr Guy Fawkes and his tricks again…

    Fawkes’ Last Stand – Heist
    Guy Fawkes – The Smoke
    Guy Fawkes – Super Chron Flight Brothers
    Guy Fawkes Day – Paul Melancon
    Guy Fawkes Hiding – The Starshine Singers
    Guy Fawkes, Jr. – Andy Conrad? and the Bellheads
    Guy Fawkes Night – The Bakelight Age
    Guy Fawkes’ Table – Attila and the Stockbrokers
    Mr. Guy Fawkes – The Dave Miller Set
    Song for Guy Fawkes – Wat Tyler

  • Amaryllis

    … and some non-Fawkesian D – H personages:

    Lament for Ian Dickson – Anthony Robb
    Michael D(w)yer’s Escape – Andy Irvine
     Gandhi – Patti Smith
    King George IV – Altan
    Charles Guiteau – The Kossoy Sisters
    Never Tire of the Road – Andy Irvine (stretching a point for Woody Guthrie)
    Saskia Hamilton – Ben Folds

    Fred’s Medley – Mickey Finn and Cathy Reilly

  • stardreamer42

    Jerry Falwell’s God by Roy Zimmerman

  • Dheise

    Andy Warhol’s Dead — Transvision Vamp
    Just Like Ali — Tom Cochrane & Red Rider

  • Keulan

    I’m Henry VIII, I Am – Herman’s Hermits

  • “Galileo,” Indigo Girls?

  • Ooh, I have a bunch.

    Veruca Salt, “With David Bowie”
    Letters to Cleo, “St. Peter”
    Local H, “PJ Soles”
    Local H,” They Saved Reagan’s Brain”
    Soundgarden, “Ty Cobb”
    Cross Canadian Ragweed, “Dimebag”
    Rancid, “David Courtney”
    Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, “Jimi Thing”
    Flight of the Conchords, “Bowie”
    Jason Boots, “Trishelle”
    Jim Gaffigan, “Elton John”
    John Lee Hooker, “Howlin’ Wolf”
    Lucky Boys Confusion, “Fred Astaire”
    Manic Street Preachers, “Love of Richard Nixon”
    Mike Doughty, “Lisa Ling and Lucy Liu”
    The Saw Doctors, “Michael D Rocking in the Dail”
    The Waterboys, “The Return of Jimi Hendrix”

  • Theo Axner

    Missed a couple.

    Joe DiMaggio Done It Again – Billy Bragg & Wilco
    Gary Gilmore’s Eyes – the Adverts
    Che – Suicide
    Buddy Holly – Weezer

  • Blue Oyster Cult “Joan Crawford”
    Super Heroines “Night Stalker” (Richard Ramirez)
    Electric Hellfire Club “Mr. 44” (Son of Sam)
    The Exploited “Maggie” (Thatcher)
    Iron Maiden “Alexander The Great”
    Ghost “Elizabeth” (Bathory) 

  • Gently Feral

    Speaking of Lightnin’ Hopkins:
    Happy Blues for John Glenn — now you can add an astronaut to the list.  (Wish I’d thought of it when the topic was fresh :))