Songs that reference other albums

I was listening to some Cribs B-Sides the other day and realised in Glandular Fever Got The Best of Me they reference Pinkerton:
Yeah I was listening to Pinkerton,
Mine-sweeping round all the pubs
It was a whole new way of life to me but then
Glandular fever got the best of me
Yep

And got thinking about other songs that reference albums:
The National - Pink Rabbits - “And Bona Drag was still on”
Marth - Orange Juice - “We were driving to Vauxhall and I”
The Hold Steady - Constructive Summer - “Me and my friends are like the drums on Lust for Life”

Does anyone have any more?

The National - Don’t Swallow The Cap

And if you want
To see me cry
Play “Let It Be”
Or “Nevermind”

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Pavement - Unseen Power of the Picket Fence

Some bands I like to name check,
And one of them is REM,
Classic songs with a long history
Southern boys just like you and me.
are - E - M
Flashback to 1983,
Chronic Town was their first EP
Later on came Reckoning

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As we try to get it on in bed
You’ve given me your home and head
You put on The Queen Is Dead
But I just want to talk instead

Owen Pallett - The Passions

Always the fucking Smiths isn’t it?

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Beulah - Popular Mechanics For Lovers

“I heard he wrote you a song, but so what?
Some guy wrote sixty-nine, and one just ain’t enough.”

(The Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs)

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Blur -Country House

He’s got ‘Morning Glory’
:smile:

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Sees a Beulah shoutout on DiS

Thats Nice Reaction GIF by MOODMAN

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THE BEST, THE BEST, THE BEST OF U(2)

Foo Fighters - The Best

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Craig Finn does it so much with albums and songs especially with his ‘we did the xxx into the xxxx’ phrase

Lifter Puller:
We did the Goat’s Head Soup into the Tattooed Youth

We did the Green Eyed Lady right into the Lay Lady Lay

Hold Steady:
We did the been caught stealing
Into dancing on the ceiling

Back home we we’re listening to Catholic Boy
And I got hung up on the people who died

They did “She’s Got Legs” into "Ain’t Too Proud To Beg
Into something by the Dixie Dregs
And they faked their way through “Fairytale of New York”
When the band stopped playing we howled out for more

Me and my friends are like doublewhiskycokenoice

Solo:
Played 1999 and Led Zeppelin III

And many more I’m sure.

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Has it been officially established which “Let It Be” he means (Beatles / Replacements)?

Not that I’m aware but I would probably say Replacements.
He was into and went to see a lot of those era bands live (as outlined in lyrics on the El Vy album)

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Jeez if we open it up to just referencing songs there’ll be loads of them.

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Baby Britain by Elliott Smith

“Revolver’s been turned over
And now it’s ready once again”

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Mark prick Kozelek references They Only Come Out at Night by Edgar Winter in one of his shit songs

Like “Planet of the Apes” on TV
The second side of “'Til the Band Comes In”
Like an own-brand box of cornflakes
He’s going to let you down my friend

One from Bad Cover Version by Pulp. Never heard of Til The Band Comes In but apparently it’s an album by the producer of the Pulp album this song is on, the second side is all covers, and this is a good natured doing between friends.

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I hear that she likes to dance around the room
To a worn out 12" of a Marquee Moon

Did consider whether this might be the single or album she was dancing to, I think both are in play

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Orange Juice - Rip it Up

Doesn’t that reference the Buzzcocks

Not an album, but speeding 72 by momma name drops Gold Sounds

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Big Elliott Smith fan is our Bey

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