Odd Pop Culture References in Songs

Can you think of any striking, surprising or non sequitur pop culture references in songs?

“Hannah Montana, does the African savannah” in Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds’ Higgs Boson Blues strikes me every time .

Junkie by James and Melmac by The Cribs both reference Pokémon.

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Standing at a Swedish festival discussing Story Of The Eye

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Not that surprising but turning tables round in marks and Spencer springs to mind by b&s

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Not in a song as such, but the Weyes Blood album Titanic Rising seems to be a reference to a subplot in the podcasr-turned-tv-series Homecoming.

Fall song about a Susan Kennedy plotline from Neighbours

Fall song about a character from Gossip Girl

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presume hmhb are excluded from this

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Several song titles on Highly Refined Pirates by Minus the Bear are quotes from Starship Troopers

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Also ‘but you read in a book that you got free in Boots’

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'He remembers all the punks and the hippies too, and he remembers Roxy Music in ‘72’.

‘I’d rather be in Tokyo, I’d rather listen to Thin Lizzy-oh’

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Should prob exclude MF Doom as well

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Don’t :grimacing:

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Yeah I wasnt sure if that was a good idea when i posted it tbh

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I suppose it’s pretty much in his wheelhouse as far as content goes (and I’m sure THS were on the soundtrack somewhere), but I was a little surprised when Craig Finn’s first solo album was named in reference to Friday Night Lights

Always thought the Ben Folds reference in Counting Crows’ “Monkey” was a bit interesting given that it predated Whatever and Ever Amen.

I’ll allow it!

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More Fall:

“If I ever end up like Ian McShane slit my throat with a kitchen tool”

“That Steve Albini, he’s in collusion with Virgin Trains against me”

“Pierce Brosnan, how dare you prescribe, sad grief and bed wet pills”

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Loads of Los Campesinos ones, such as:

You asked if I’d be anyone from history
Fact or fiction, dead or alive
I said, "I’d be Tony Cascarino, circa 1995

People laugh, they will call it folly
But we connected like a Yeboah volley

Béla Guttmann of love
Curse all my exes to a life of celibacy

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I’ve always really loved the vagueness of the line in Nothing Really Ends by dEUS that reads:

Don’t say goodbye
Let accusations fly
Like in that movie
You know the one where Martin Sheen
Waves his arm to the girl on the street

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