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Some bands don't wait around for Weird Al to parody one of their songs, and take a pre-emptive strike and write a silly song of their own.

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"Guitar Pose Inspirations," Roxy Music
We all know about how Roxy Music is an inspiration for punk, new wave, alternative and indy rock in so many ways . The center gatefold spread of their 1972 self-titled debut shows all the band members holding various guitars. Front man Bryan Ferry looks like a glam rock 23rd century Elvis and the other band members were also glammed up and dressed in various exotic costumes. There have been similar album art tributes by bands inspired by Roxy. For instance, for the 1980 Cars album 'Panorama' there's a similar inner spread picture of the Cars holding various guitars. In the 2004 Duran Duran album 'Astronaut' the Fab Five members also pose for a 2-page spread in the CD booklet. They are all holding various model guitars too. The Cars and Duran Duran and many other bands are inspired by Roxy Music and this is one clear way they've shown it!
I Love Foxy Roxy Music!
"Guitarist's comical persona," Cheap Trick
First time I saw this band guitarist Rick Neilson wore a sweater adorned with skulls and a ballcap. He talked about how they were going to play a lot of hits that night, and he commented about popular music in 1989. He praised Aerosmith, INXS, AC/DC...and then he quipped that this 'Tiffany and Debby Gibson should be taken to the fucking K-mart for a full refund!'. Cheers erupted. He continued, 'cause that's some really BAD SHIT!'. He pulled his cap down and glared comically to more audience cheering. He glared and then opined some more, 'It's BAAAAAD SHIT! And we're here to deliver some solid rock'n'roll for you tonight'. And did they EVER!
I've Seen Cheap Trick Live 4x!
"tossing guitar picks into crowd," Cheap Trick
Guitarist Rick Neilson often flicks guitar picks into the crowd while he plays his guitars. He also scoops into a bucket and chucks more picks into the audience, making people scramble to catch them for souvenirs. The picks always are decorated in some fashion. I got 2 picks from the band from different shows and they're never the same design twice.
I've Seen Cheap Trick Live 4x!
"Strange guitars! ," Cheap Trick
Guitarist Rick Neilson has some unique guitars. One double-neck has the body built to resemble himself (the necks are his 'legs'). He has an 8-neck guitar that he plays usually just for the song 'Surrender'. Needless to say, it's bulky, massive and difficult! He plays other strange guitars too.
I've Seen Cheap Trick Live 4x!
"12-string bass guitar," Cheap Trick
Bassist Tom Peterson has a custom-designed bass guitar that features 3 thinner strings bunched close together instead of the usual 4 thick strings. He came my way at the edge of the stage and held it out and I ran my fingers down on the strings. Yowch!
I've Seen Cheap trick Live 4X!
"Smithereens 11 album," Smithereens
I've seen the Smithereens play twice and got to meet them too. I asked guitarist Jim Babjak how the album 'Smithereens 11' got it's name. He said it's based on the Frank Sinatra/Sammy Davis Jr./Dean Martin movie 'Oceans 11' from 1960. The album cover art is based on the paperback book adaption of that flick, with appropriate alterations made. He told me all this himself.
RIP Pat Dinizio
"Rat Race," Phil Collins
he starred in the MIAMI VICE episode "Phil the Shill" and he wrote a song for the closing credits of that episode that has the line, "Life is a rat race, rat race, rat race....". It's not available on any Phil album and you won't hear it anywhere else.
Turn It On, Turn It On Again
"Looking Back, Going Forward Again," Phil Collins
UPDATE - Phil has been doing some voice-overs for movies and such and he is currently touring the UK. All he's really doing is sitting down and singing his hits but it's good to see him back in action again.
Turn It On, Turn It On Again
"Pink Floyd record label, after the band," Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd performed one last time at the Live 8 benefit in 2005. Dave Gilmour, Rick Wright, Roger Waters, Nick Mason had settled all differences from the past and went out in a blaze of glory. The next year Pink Floyd disbanded. The members have played with each other in their various solo ventures, and Dave and Roger have played gigs together to benefit Palestinian war children. Rick died of lung cancer. Roger, Dave, Nick have stood up together to protest Israel's blockade of the Gaza strip and they have worked in the studio to remaster the whole PF catalog. They also have been releasing some compilations and live recordings. All these albums have new pictures and art inside. Now they are being released on a new label - PINK FLOYD RECORDS. A band self-titled record label, folks. Don't bands usually do that while they're active and together? Rolling Stones records, Grateful Dead records, Cheap Trick records, Apple records (Beatles), Face Value records (Phil Collins) anyone?
Pink Crane
"Fan names," NKOTB
We know about extreme Grateful Dead fans being called DEAD HEADS. Well there are also HIP HEADS for the Tragically Hip, HEEP HEADS for Uriah Heep, DICK HEADS for Dick Dale (honest!), PARROT HEADS are for Jimmy Buffett and big time fans of New Kids On the Block are (* drumroll *) BLOCK HEADS!
New Kids Suck Suck Suck
"Perverse (album)," Jesus Jones'
This is the first album written and recorded on a computer. It's a classic and a masterpiece in every way.
Zeroes And Ones Devil U Know
"Me In Honey," REM
The song is from the POVs of both the male and the female soon-to-be parents involved in an unplanned pregnancy. REM singer Michael Stipe handles the "male" verses and Kate Pierson of the B-52's does the "female" perspective and they both harmonize together while Peter Buck strums a bouncy melody that propels this song. The singing suggests an argument while Michael asks, "What about me?". Yes, what role does the father have in this drama? In an ironic twist, in real life Michael Stipe and Kate Pierson are both GAY.
Green Cosmic Thing
"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," Paul McCartney + U2
On Live 8 in 2005 we all remember Pink Floyd's last stand. But there was more. Sir Paul McCartney sang the Beatles classic "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" with U2 backing him up. Afterwards, he and Bono shared a few drinks and talked about how they got into music. They both lost their mothers to breast cancer when they were boys and they both picked up instruments and formed important rock-n-roll bands with some friends. Bono's real name is Paul Hewson, and with Sir Paul the two found that they have so much in common and became fast friends. It's PAUL AND PAUL.
One British, One Irish
"Record Label Name," Led Zeppelin
When the band had the option to start their own little label (like Apple by the Beatles, and Rolling Stones records and Mother Records by U2 and Paisley Park by Prince), they first wanted to name it "Slut Records". They were convinced to use the name "Swan Song" instead.
Jas Goodyear
"Don't You Want Me," Human League
Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones had an affair with Russian art student Ekaterina Ivanova. He left his wife of 20+ years for her. She was moonlighting as a waitress in a cocktail bar when he met her. However, his crazy antics due to alcoholism and possibly cocaine use scared her away. Note, I said SHE WAS WORKING AS A WAITRESS IN A COCKTAIL BAR - isn't that scenario right out of a Human League classic hit? It's so TRUE TO LIFE, isn't it - and I just mentioned a Roxy Music song here as well! ; )
Human Race Big Time Leaguer
"Big Balls," AC/DC
They take the music more seriously than the lyrics.
Alyssa
"The Intergalatic Laxative," Donovan
Considered to be Donovan's worst song about toliet arrangements for astronauts, from 1973.
KL Fan
"True Colors," Cyndi Lauper/Yoko Ono
In the video for "True Colors" Cyndi is wearing a dress made up of torn newspapers. In a performance art piece during the early 60s Yoko Ono wore such a dress made up of newspapers. Participants from the audience (men) were called up one x one, given a pair of scissors and directed to snip off a 1-inch square piece from Yoko's "clothing". This was done until she was standing totally nude. Mhm.
All We Are Saying Is Give Performance Art A Chance
"My Girlfriend's Shower Sucks," Goldfinger
It sounds like a normal ska song but basically complains about how her shower's temperature varies, has hard water and low pressure. It's a lot funnier than this description makes it sound.
RevengeFromMars YouTube
"Damn The Torpedoes (Album)," Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
The three hits from this late 1979 album - "Refugee", "Don't Do Me Like That" and "Even the Losers" feature Tom shouting "Oh Oh Oh!" right near the songs' endings.
OH OH OHIO STATE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!

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