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Songs With Beatles References (Beatles mentioned in others' songs)
31 July 2019
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Hello guys!

Thank you for all your research! In the last months I’ve been going through the whole thread in order to create a list with all of the references, because this will be part of my master thesis. So thanks for all the collecting!

Funnily enough the song which got my attention to this whole topic is not yet in here, so here is my contribution:

 

Echame La Culpa – Demi Lovato, Luis Fonsi:

“Play my like the Beatles, baby, just let it be.”

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Also I found this one which is not in here yet:

 

APES****T – The Carters (Beyoncé und Jay-Z):

“Ran through Liverpool like a fuckin’ Beatle”

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And I am not sure anymore if this one is in here, so I’ll just post it nevertheless:

 

Going Bad – Meek Mill feat. Drake:

“Back home, smokin’ legal (legal), I got more slaps than The Beatles (Beatles).”

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Have a great weekend!

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Welcome to the forum @SimonTheBrain. So glad our Forum could contribute to your thesis. john-lennon-salute_gif

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A few musical references…

First we have MF Doom featuring MF Grimm, and Tick, Tick, which is built on a sample of George Martin’s Glass Onion  strings…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?….._wWbcWfxZA

while 2 Live Crew’s Fraternity Record (explicit language warning) was built around the Day Tripper  riff…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?…..aBZHMXr81M

and Mac Miller sampled Lucy at the beginning of Loud

while, lyrically, Boogie Down Productions pastiche Hey Jude  at the beginning of Criminally Minded

and for a little old school, here’s the Bootles with I’ll Let You Hold My Hand

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I’m very sure this has been mentioned before, but…

“Lucy in the sky” (2:50)

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I’ve liked that Bootles track since hearing it a month ago, but I find the intro has an even more elusive backbeat than “Drive My Car “.

Here’s the Lovin’ Spoonful from 1965, celebrating the return of rocking music to American airwaves, and the band most responsible:

I´ve been listening to my radio
for two or three years
And the music they´ve been playing is so doggone bad
That it´s offendin´to my ears
But them kids come over from the Mersey river
Made us think back till then
So let´s put on our shoes
And think about the blues
And start all over again

GEORGE: In fact, The Detroit Sound. JOHN: In fact, yes. GEORGE: In fact, yeah. Tamla-Motown artists are our favorites. The Miracles. JOHN: We like Marvin Gaye. GEORGE: The Impressions PAUL & GEORGE: Mary Wells. GEORGE: The Exciters. RINGO: Chuck Jackson. JOHN: To name but eighty. 

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I’m sure this has been mentioned before, but the rap group Run-DMC has a song called “King of Rock” where the following lyrics can be found:

“There’s three of us, but we’re not the Beatles.”

The silly writer of the song thought the Beatles had 3 members, instead of 4. Quite the oddball, honestly.

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I’m sure this has been mentioned before, but the rap group Run-DMC has a song called “King of Rock” where the following lyrics can be found:

“There’s three of us, but we’re not the Beatles.”

The silly writer of the song thought the Beatles had 3 members, instead of 4. Quite the oddball, honestly.

  

Haha, I did mention it before! apple01 Run-DMC’s explanation was that only three Beatles were alive at recording time. 

GEORGE: In fact, The Detroit Sound. JOHN: In fact, yes. GEORGE: In fact, yeah. Tamla-Motown artists are our favorites. The Miracles. JOHN: We like Marvin Gaye. GEORGE: The Impressions PAUL & GEORGE: Mary Wells. GEORGE: The Exciters. RINGO: Chuck Jackson. JOHN: To name but eighty. 

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Going Bad by Meek Mill

 

 

The line that references them is “I got more slaps than The Beatles”, which means he’s got more jams than they do

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Well, this is a video reference. At 2:13 you see the guitarist go through the look of Angus Young from AC/DC, Joe Strummer from The Clash, and Beatle John or George (there’s a fourth look but I haven’t placed it yet — EDIT: Maybe Ziggy era Mick Ronson?):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?…..XuvdeEC5y8

Great song!

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Aw, “video is not available” – but always liked that song.

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Hello all those who love bananas, I’m brand new and have read the 19 pages and thought I’d pile on a few that I’ve been keepin in my craw that haven’t been mentioned before (poke me in the yolk if I gleaned)

lessee, got some Oasis ones that may be of interest

Bside of Live Forever single (which interestingly features a photo cover of Mendips in-glourious sepia) is a song (I believe you would call this one a “rocker”) called “Cloudburst” sewing the mystical Beatle thread over to Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass ” first verse “a cloudburst doesn’t last all day” Nicely done both George and Noel. Well actually come to think of it there are seemingly more George references in my head at the moment. Wonderwall. Already done ‘n’ dusted. The album of Oasis called “Be Here Now” from a George song from the 80’s I believe. “Roll With It” has the line “it’s all too much for me to take”. George “It’s All Too Much” from Yellow Subs. 

I think Liam sang about plasticine from LSD twice – once in Shakermaker and the other I can’t place.  And I know he tried to be Lennon “incarnate” at the end of the band and had “borrowed time” and “busy working overtime” in his Liam-penned tune “Born On A Different Cloud” being a John guy I always caught these little “tributes” 

oh and Noel wrote “Helter Skelter ” in the “Fade In/Out” lyrics. And sang a cover of it on the “Who Feels Love” single b-side. 

Then there is this crazy match up I found which leads to a great story….(next post)

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Afraid one of your references isn’t quite right, @cloudburst5150, though it is still a Beatles reference; while another of your references I wouldn’t consider a Beatles reference.

The album title Be Here Now was not inspired by the 1973 George Harrison song of the same name but, rather, according to Noel, it was inspired by a response John gave in an interview when asked what the meaning of rock and roll was, to which John replied, “to be here now”.

And it would have to be “plasticine porters” for it to count as a Lucy reference, for me at least, since “plasticine”, a type of putty-like modelling clay, is a part of nearly every UK child’s childhood. John would have played with it as a child, as did I, as would Noel and Liam. It’s too generic a childhood toy here for its mention in a song, without being followed by “porters”, to be seen as a Beatles reference. 

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What the hell is plasticine @cloudburst5150? I don’t like Oasis at all but I have weird memories of that word appearing in my head during some trips and I all I know is that its one of John’s words from I Am The Walrus

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I already said what plasticine is, @sir walter raleigh, in the post above yours…

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And where’s it mentioned in I Am The Walrus ?

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It”s no doubt been mentioned during this thread, but there are a number of Oasis songs that make more obvious references to the Beatles – D’you Know What I Mean?, Supersonic, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory, Be Here Now.

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Ron Nasty said
I already said what plasticine is, @sir walter raleigh, in the post above yours…

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And where’s it mentioned in I Am The Walrus ?

  

Lucy is what I meant. Slow morning for me

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And the even more obvious Don’t Look Back In Anger and Wonderwall!!

I think it's great you're going through a phase,

and I'm awfully glad it'll all be over in a couple

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What the hell is plasticine @cloudburst5150? I don’t like Oasis at all but I have weird memories of that word appearing in my head during some trips and I all I know is that its one of John’s words from I Am The Walrus

  

On 5 December 2015 I the picture/song thread…

https://www.beatlesbible.com/f…..0/#p199112

Post 3797 on that page is where I mentioned plasticine in my explanation for my picture pick.

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Thanks for the words people. I’m looking forward to more discussion. @Ron Nasty yeah maybe! You piqued my curiosity on the Be Here Now title as I thought I had heard a few times about the George reference. Looked around the google for a Noel quote on it but mostly saw the title being alluded to the George song. But none of the mentions were from the horse’s mouth so I’ll keep my eyes peeled on that one. 

plasticine is such an odd word to me as I’ve never heard of it in the States (at least my generation) so it always stuck out to me first time I heard LSD. Have other British songwriters used it that I have missed? I guess this stuff is like the US version of Play-Doh from what I gather. To have the self proclaimed “Beatles of the 90’s” use the word twice in their catalogue makes me connect the dots the way I did but given that it is a “generic” common held term across the pond maybe my “thread” was a bit too “loose”! 

@sir walter raleigh I think this all calls for a Plasticine Party! Whoever can shape a “mop top” the quickest wins. I call dibs on brown

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In the post I linked to, I describ plasticine. 

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