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Songs that rely heavily/entirely on intertextuality
1. "Hey Leonardo" - Blessid Union of Souls
2. "Sweet Soul Music" - Arthur Conley
3. "One Week" - Barenaked Ladies
4. "Garden Party" - Rick Nelson
5. "American Pie" - Don McLean
6. There's this one from the 70s that's like a laundry list of different musicians from the 60s, sung reallyreallyfast, but damned if I can remember what the hell it's called.
7. "A Simple Desultory Philippic (Or How I Was Robert Mcnamara'd Into Submission)" - Simon & Garfunkel
8. "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" - R.E.M.
9. "Down and Out" - The Academy Is...
10. "Technicolour Eyes" - Backseat Goodbye

Songs that rely on intertextuality in that you need to have knowledge of other things but not necessarily as much/diverse
1. "Young Americans" - David Bowie

This is one of those lists where I have a whole lot of them saved up somewhere in my memory, but I can't think of a lot of them when it comes down to it. DX

And--I mean, intertextuality is required all over the place, obviously. I was considering adding "Walk on the Wild Side" to the second list, because it's all about actual people and everything, but if that's enough of an example of how You Need Extra Knowledge For The Song To Make Sense...well, then these lists are never-ending to an insane extent. The second list, I guess I want to be, like--when it's a very clear reference to Something Else, and it's just one very specific thing, like Mr. Bowie quoting "A Day In The Life" in "Young Americans." The first list is (obviously, I hope) supposed to be songs whose entire gimmick/purpose is the fact that they're referencing things.

...Maybe I should make another list of Songs That Are About Actual People/Events, because then "Walk on the Wild Side" and presumably things like "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" and "Jeremy" would be able to go on that, but that would be a ridiculously long list in itself. Maybe if we make that one Songs I Find Notable Enough To Include On A List Of Songs That Are About Actual People/Events, sigh. You know, I sekritly wanted this to be the sort of journal-of-lists that other people could add to, too, though I'm not so naive as to think that there's all that many people who would. DX That said, this is one of my favourite types of songs. Please add your own. >>


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