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Started by Catspyjamas17 on May 15, 2019 12:46:48 PM
Thread for songs whose titles or lyrics contain reference to ACTUAL places

To differentiate from the downbuzz thread which is for strictly for MADE UP places ONLY

So: Warwick Avenue by Duffy

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Catspyjamas17 - 15 May 2019 12:47:28 (#1 of 78)

Belsize Park in Kayleigh.

It doesn't have to be London.

TommyDGNR8 - 15 May 2019 12:52:31 (#2 of 78)

Jocelyn Square (in Glasgow - the name of a song by Love & Money)

Leeds & Paisley (both mentioned in Hue & Cry's Looking For Linda)

Loads of Places in the Proclaimers' Letter From America and It's Immaterial's Driving Away From Home.

FleurDuMal - 15 May 2019 12:54:09 (#3 of 78)

Cullercoats and Whitley Bay, in Tunnel of Love by Dire Straits.

Catspyjamas17 - 15 May 2019 12:56:57 (#4 of 78)

Tasty Fish by The Other Two, named after a chippy in Stockport on the A6.

FleurDuMal - 15 May 2019 12:58:17 (#5 of 78)

There's also The Spanish City in Tunnel of Love.

FleurDuMal - 15 May 2019 13:05:12 (#6 of 78)

We Didn't Start The Fire, Billy Joel:

  • South Pacific
  • North Korea
  • South Korea
  • Panmunjom
  • Dien Bin Phu
  • Brooklyn
  • Disneyland
  • Budapest
  • Alabama
  • Suez
  • Little Rock
  • Lebanon
  • California
  • Congo
  • Berlin
  • Bay of Pigs
  • Woodstock
  • Palestine
  • Iran
  • Afghanistan
  • China.

Catspyjamas17 - 15 May 2019 13:05:56 (#7 of 78)

Bleeker Street (cafe) in Tin Angel - Joni Mitchell

Bribaba - 15 May 2019 13:08:37 (#8 of 78)

Ain't Going to Goa - The Alabama Three.

Catspyjamas17 - 15 May 2019 13:10:33 (#9 of 78)



Mykonos - Fleet Foxes

Bribaba - 15 May 2019 13:12:13 (#10 of 78)

Baltimore - Randy Newman.

RosyLovelady - 15 May 2019 13:12:55 (#11 of 78)

Al Stewart: Swiss Cottage Manoeuvres, Beacon Street and Gina in the King's Road

widenation - 15 May 2019 13:22:43 (#12 of 78)

Powis Square - Ry Cooder

Moschops - 15 May 2019 13:27:18 (#13 of 78)

Baker St featuring Bob Holness

FleurDuMal - 15 May 2019 13:28:14 (#14 of 78)

Lindisfarne, Fog on the Tyne.

RosyLovelady - 15 May 2019 13:29:23 (#15 of 78)

#13

He always modestly denied that one. He did vouchsafe, however, that he stepped in to record Layla when Eric Clapton was under the weather.

thisonehasalittlehat - 15 May 2019 13:47:17 (#16 of 78)

The Only Living Boy in New York / Cross

widenation - 15 May 2019 13:50:05 (#17 of 78)

Goodnight Saigon - Billy Joel

thisonehasalittlehat - 15 May 2019 13:54:21 (#18 of 78)

The beatles have four songs with places in the title. Back in the USSR. Kansas City. Penny Lane. Strawberry Fields Forever.

thisonehasalittlehat - 15 May 2019 13:57:36 (#19 of 78)

Supertramp have just two: Breakfast in America. Gone Hollywood. Therefore the beatles are twice as good as supertramp.

Peacock - 15 May 2019 14:00:17 (#20 of 78)

cocksucker avenue, butffuck Indiana, USA

widenation - 15 May 2019 14:00:26 (#21 of 78)

Going to Ibiza - Vengaboys

thisonehasalittlehat - 15 May 2019 14:01:42 (#22 of 78)

Carter USM have at least 8 songs with places in the title. England. Granny Farming in the UK. Only Living Boy in New Cross. Sealed with a Glasgow Kiss. The man who bought the World. Twenty four minutes from tulse hill. The Taking of Peckham 123. Under the Thumb and Over the Moon. Therefore Carter USM are twice as good as the Beatles.

RosyLovelady - 15 May 2019 14:05:17 (#23 of 78)

Grant Avenue, San Francisco, California, USA from Rodgers & Hammerstein's execrable musical Flower Drum Song.

FleurDuMal - 15 May 2019 14:08:00 (#24 of 78)

Mamas and Papas, California Dreaming.

hailesaladdie - 15 May 2019 14:08:09 (#25 of 78)

> Going to Ibiza - Vengaboys

And, of course, Barbados - Typically Tropical.

thisonehasalittlehat - 15 May 2019 14:11:08 (#26 of 78)

Simon and Garfunkel have seven: America. Cuba, si Nixon no. the 59th Street Bridge Song. The Only Living Boy in New York. Scarborough Fair. What a Wonderful World. You can tell the World. So better than the beatles but not as good as Carter USM.

cozzer - 15 May 2019 14:11:43 (#27 of 78)

there are one or two in It's Grim Up North by the Justified Ancients of Mu-Mu

CarlosFandango - 15 May 2019 14:11:53 (#28 of 78)

Panic... London, Birmingham, Carlisle, Leeds....

FleurDuMal - 15 May 2019 14:12:20 (#29 of 78)

The Kinks, Waterloo Sunset.

hailesaladdie - 15 May 2019 14:13:21 (#30 of 78)

Slow Train has more than a few places.

  • Miller's Dale
  • Tideswell
  • Kirby Muxloe
  • Mow Cop
  • Scholar Green
  • Blandford Forum
  • Mortehoe
  • Midsomer Norton
  • Mumby Road
  • Chorlton-cum-Hardy
  • Chester-le-Street
  • Littleton Badsey
  • Openshaw
  • Long Stanton
  • Formby
  • Dunstable
  • Dog Dyke
  • Tumby Woodside
  • Trouble House
  • Audlem
  • Ambergate
  • Chittening
  • Cheslyn Hay
  • Selby
  • Goole
  • St Erth
  • St Ives
  • Cockermouth
  • Buttermere
  • Armley Moor
  • Arram
  • Pye Hill
  • Somercotes
  • Windmill End

Catspyjamas17 - 15 May 2019 14:13:24 (#31 of 78)

Kokomo by the Beach Boys refers to several real life places, although the eponymous place "off the Florida Keys" is made up.

Aruba, Jamaica, Bermuda, Bahama, Key Largo, Montego, Martinique and Montserrat.

Oh, one for the other thread as well.

CarlosFandango - 15 May 2019 14:14:53 (#32 of 78)

I don't want to go to chelsea

thisonehasalittlehat - 15 May 2019 14:15:35 (#33 of 78)

I want to call for adjudication on Rudy my supertramp. It obviously doesn't have place names in the title. Nor does it mention any places in the lyrics. However, it does have a recording in the song of a station announcement for a train from Paddington to Bristol. This mentions Reading, Didcot, Swindon, Chippenham, Bath Spa, and Bristol Temple Meads.

Does that count?

Catspyjamas17 - 15 May 2019 14:16:16 (#34 of 78)

I'll allow it as it is quite interesting, and I like trains.

browserbutton - 15 May 2019 14:16:30 (#35 of 78)

Flying Down To Rio

CarlosFandango - 15 May 2019 14:16:45 (#36 of 78)

Good grief hatters, what's wrong with you?

thisonehasalittlehat - 15 May 2019 14:17:55 (#37 of 78)

Maybe a seperate thread for station announcements sampled in popular music you think?

hailesaladdie - 15 May 2019 14:17:58 (#38 of 78)

Oh, also Sheffield: Sex City

  • Intake
  • Manor Park
  • The Wicker
  • Norton
  • Freshville
  • Hackenthorpe
  • Shalesmoor
  • Wombwell
  • Catcliffe
  • Attercliffe
  • Brincliffe
  • Ecclesall
  • Woodhouse
  • Wybourn
  • Pitsmoor
  • Badger
  • Wincobank
  • Crookes
  • Walkley
  • Broomhill
  • Park Hill

RosyLovelady - 15 May 2019 14:18:48 (#39 of 78)

Does Rock Ferry by Duffy count? I've never heard the song, and I'm not sure it's about the real Rock Ferry.

widenation - 15 May 2019 14:19:48 (#40 of 78)

The Wycombe Man - Iron Maiden

Catspyjamas17 - 15 May 2019 14:23:37 (#41 of 78)

#38

Which reminds me, Stanhope Road, Sheffield in Babies - Pulp.

Catspyjamas17 - 15 May 2019 14:25:38 (#42 of 78)

#39 Apparently it is inspired By Rock Ferry, Birkenhead so definitely allowed.

cozzer - 15 May 2019 14:26:09 (#43 of 78)

Kokomo by the Beach Boys refers to several real life places

Also, Surfing USA

Catspyjamas17 - 15 May 2019 14:26:56 (#44 of 78)

And California Girls.

Catspyjamas17 - 15 May 2019 14:30:22 (#45 of 78)

'Orleans in You Never Can Tell.

Catspyjamas17 - 15 May 2019 14:34:55 (#46 of 78)

Gorky Park in Winds of Change

RosyLovelady - 15 May 2019 14:36:11 (#47 of 78)

I've just looked up the Rock Ferry lyric. Is it some sort of piss-take, with that bit about getting the midnight train etc?

hailesaladdie - 15 May 2019 14:36:43 (#48 of 78)

Jarvis Cocker's Fat Children mentions Tottenham.

Catspyjamas17 - 15 May 2019 14:37:55 (#49 of 78)

Ooh ooh, Mile End of course. Off of Trainspotting.

hailesaladdie - 15 May 2019 14:39:07 (#50 of 78)

And the wonderful Poinçonneur des Lilas mentions:

  • Les Lilas
  • Miami
  • Invalides
  • Opéra [Garnier]
  • Arts et Métiers
  • Levallois

widenation - 15 May 2019 14:39:24 (#51 of 78)

Stonehenge Decoded - Hawkwind

RosyLovelady - 15 May 2019 14:40:51 (#52 of 78)

Ooh, I love Le Poinçonneur des Lilas.

hailesaladdie - 15 May 2019 14:42:15 (#53 of 78)

Singing the bit about the petit trous is how I attempt to maintain something approximating a French accent, Rosy...

RosyLovelady - 15 May 2019 14:43:40 (#54 of 78)

What a great idea.

Tries quietly. Fails.

hailesaladdie - 15 May 2019 14:48:31 (#55 of 78)

La Chanson de Jacky has an eclectic selection.

  • Knokke-le-Zoute
  • Carcassonne
  • Macao
  • Clermont-Ferrand

RosyLovelady - 15 May 2019 14:50:03 (#56 of 78)

April March: Superbagnères

hailesaladdie - 15 May 2019 14:50:18 (#57 of 78)

Oh, back to Pulp, Provence is referenced in I Spy, as in "take your Year in Provence and shove it up your arse."

CarlosFandango - 15 May 2019 15:02:28 (#58 of 78)

Who knows this? (no googling!)

Shoeburyness, Dartford Tunnel, Wapping, Barking, Dagenham, Grays Thurrock, Basildon, Pitsea, Thundersley, Hadleigh, Leigh-On-Sea, Chalkwell, Prittlewell, Southend (is the end)

Catspyjamas17 - 15 May 2019 15:07:15 (#59 of 78)

Rustington on Sea and Ashton-under-Lyne in The Gnu Song.

CarlosFandango - 15 May 2019 15:07:54 (#60 of 78)

Ilkley Moor....

Catspyjamas17 - 15 May 2019 15:15:15 (#61 of 78)

Salford, Ancoats, London - Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs

Catspyjamas17 - 15 May 2019 15:17:09 (#62 of 78)

Drury Lane in The Muffin Man

widenation - 15 May 2019 15:23:29 (#63 of 78)

Plaistow Patricia - Ian Dury

browserbutton - 15 May 2019 15:24:17 (#64 of 78)

Asbury Park, NJ

FleurDuMal - 15 May 2019 16:22:23 (#65 of 78)

Dagenham Dave - also Ian Dury

FleurDuMal - 15 May 2019 16:23:06 (#66 of 78)

And Billericay Dickie

toffle - 15 May 2019 16:26:52 (#67 of 78)

Dagenham Dave was the Stranglers.

FleurDuMal - 15 May 2019 16:28:23 (#68 of 78)

Aaaargh. Well, it was a long time ago ...

widenation - 15 May 2019 16:32:32 (#69 of 78)

Galway Girl - Ed Sheeran

Aaaargh again.

toffle - 15 May 2019 16:35:30 (#70 of 78)

Duran Duran - Planet Earth

Psychedelic Furs - India

Siouxsie and the Banshees - Israel

The Fall - LA

Magazine - Philadelphia

The Ramones - Rockaway Beach

browserbutton - 15 May 2019 16:37:10 (#71 of 78)

Solsbury Hill

widenation - 15 May 2019 16:43:52 (#72 of 78)

The Shepton Mallet Matador - The Wurzels

CloakAndDagger - 15 May 2019 16:57:30 (#73 of 78)

Perry Como - Delaware.

Bonus points for them being place names but referred to as something else.

browserbutton - 15 May 2019 16:59:18 (#74 of 78)

Digital Bath -- Deftones

Moschops - 15 May 2019 17:31:56 (#75 of 78)

Straight Outta Compton - strange that an LA rap outfit should namecheck a small village just south of Winchester, but there you go.

hailesaladdie - 15 May 2019 17:48:07 (#76 of 78)

There's a small airport in Compton. I once flew there on NWA.

Defunct airline jokes. Yeah.

CarlosFandango - 15 May 2019 18:14:55 (#77 of 78)

I am disappointed.

gumlygumly - 16 May 2019 13:25:16 (#78 of 78)

america,washington,twin cities,the mississippi river ....stuck between stations-the hold steady ...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Cem1ME-OvQ ...

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