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Criterion Titles in Song Lyrics

by Eric Levy

Created 12/31/14

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The title of this list should speak for itself. I came up with the first 49. The rest were suggested by my friends in the comments. The actual title of the film (or a very close variation) needs to be mentioned in the lyrics to be eligible. Theme songs/title tracks to films or TV shows are ineligible here, but are included on my Theme Songs list. Songs that happen to include a Criterion title as a part of their lyrics but preceded the movie (SUMMERTIME, BREATHLESS, etc.) are likewise ineligible. Lyrics are included in the notes. Please tell me about more.

It was originally my intention to limit the lyrics to specific references to the films in question. I have strayed from that rule in places.

Thanks to TruffautBergman, JohnnyC., Brown, Adam Joseph Cloutier, Kilianf286, Collection, and Michael Heimbaugh for additional suggestions.

A note about of Montreal: Remember children, that's lower case o, capital M. Great band who formed in Athens, Georgia in 1996 and are still going strong. Front man Kevin Barnes is obviously a total cineaste as the first four entries on this list attest.

Cross-references to my other lists are also included in the notes.

Personal statistics: S=Seen, D=Own on DVD, B=Own on Blu-ray Disc, *=non-Criterion edition. Totals: Films 73, Seen 59, Own 37, DVDs 18, BDs 22.

  • "If we were a pair of jigsaw puzzle pieces we would connect so perfectly
    Creating a still photo of a scene from THE PHANTOM OF LIBERTY"

    —"Lysergic Bliss" by of Montreal*
    from the album SATANIC PANIC IN THE ATTIC (2004)

    * of Montreal have a song called L'AGE D'OR too. Singer-songwriter Kevin Barnes must be a Buñuel fan.

    Cross-references: JR; DK

  • "Now it’s so come on to the replacement Dong Fang she retrieved from the bottom of the hotel pool
    The lion leaked out of his pendant and then we talked about VALERIE AND HER WEEK OF WONDERS"

    —"St. Exquisite's Confessions" by of Montreal
    from the album SKELETAL LAMPING (2008)

  • "When you’re dead I’ll search for you
    Like ORPHEUS I’ll find you some way"

    —"Plastis Wafer" by of Montreal
    from the album SKELETAL LAMPING (2008)

    (S) Cross-references: Wives/Muses; JR; Greenaway 2

  • "Outside I’m desert
    Inside I’m howling
    We were the raping of the embryonic VIRGIN SPRING
    No fun out of that state"

    —"Monolithic Egress" by of Montreal
    from the album AUREATE GLOOM (2015)

    (S) Cross-references: Greenaway 2; What Is Cinema?

  • "ONE-EYED JACKS and the deuces are wild
    And the aces are crawling up and down your sleeve
    Come back here Baby Louise
    And tell me the name of the game that you play
    Is it all fall down? Is it all go under?"

    —"Doin' That Rag" by the Grateful Dead
    from the album AOXOMOXOA (1969)

    (S) Cross-reference: AGOGLIA

  • "Just like New York City
    Just like JERICHO
    Pace the halls and climb the walls
    Get out when they blow"

    —"Ramble on Rose" by the Grateful Dead
    from the album EUROPE '72 (1972)

    (S/D) Cross-reference: Swing

  • "Sign the MONA LISA
    With a spray can, call it art
    But never give your love my friend
    Unto a foolish heart"

    —"Foolish Heart" by the Grateful Dead
    from the album BUILT TO LAST (1989)

    (See also "Break It on Down" by the 2 Live Crew)

    (S) Cross-reference: Theme Songs

  • "Singing
    Sleeping till two
    Waking to make more
    LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON"

    —"Love in the Afternoon" by the Jerry Garcia Band
    from the album CATS UNDER THE STARS (1978)

    (S)

  • "Hey, if crazy's what you want there's way too much to miss at the FESTIVAL
    If you're looking for romance well you can find this down at the FESTIVAL
    Or maybe some adventure maybe with a little twist down at the FESTIVAL
    Yeah the FESTIVAL"

    —"Festival" by Bobby and the Midnites
    from the album BOBBY AND THE MIDNITES (1981)

  • "Salt on the crow tail
    What can I do?
    I'm DOWN BY LAW
    But I'm true to you, true to you"

    —"Corrina" by Bob Weir and RatDog
    from the album EVENING MOODS (2000)

    (S/B) Cross-references: JR; Swing

  • "MISTER JOHNSON lives on the corner of our street
    And he laughs at our bell bottom trousers and our bare feet
    And he calls us long-haired faggots as we walk by
    But we don't get mad because we know he's uptight"

    —"Mr. Johnson" by King Missile (Dog Fly Religion)
    from the album THEY (1988)

  • "He stared coldly into Martha's understanding eyes. Farm Man began to weep, and he asked Martha if she wanted to go to a movie. They went to see SALÒ. They loved it so much that they sat through it twice, completely forgetting the baby Jesus who was accidentally locked in the broom closet and slowly suffocated."

    —"Farm" by King Missile (Dog Fly Religion)
    from the album THEY (1988)

    Cross-reference: Greenaway 2

  • "Then in comes his daughter whose name was Rita
    She looked like she stepped out of LA DOLCE VITA"

    —"Motorpsycho Nightmare" by Bob Dylan
    from the album ANOTHER SIDE OF BOB DYLAN (1964)

    (See also "Down the Dolce Vita" by Peter Gabriel)

    (S) Cross-references: Greenaway 2; Swing; Circuses; Cinéarts 6

  • "Like eating ribs with Calvin Trillin
    Like Timothy Carey in THE KILLING"

    —"Moonrock Mambo" by Yo La Tengo
    from the album SUMMER SUN (2003)

    (S/D*/B) Cross-references: AGOGLIA; JR; Greenaway 2; Hints; Swing; Teach

  • "The people came and listened
    Some of them came and played
    Others gave flowers away yes they did
    Down in MONTEREY"

    —"Monterey" by Eric Burdon & the Animals
    from the album THE TWAIN SHALL MEET (1968)

    (S/B) Cross-references: 1968; Swing; Teach

  • "And my momma cried:
    'NANOOK no no
    Don't be a naughty Eskimo'"

    —"Don't Eat the Yellow Snow" by Frank Zappa
    from the album APOSTROPHE (') (1974)

    (S/D) Cross-references: NFR; JR; Greenaway 2; Teach

  • "Living in the LIMELIGHT
    The universal dream
    For those who wish to seem
    Those who wish to be
    Must put aside the alienation
    Get on with the fascination
    The real relation
    The underlying theme"

    —"Limelight" by Rush
    from the album MOVING PICTURES (1981)

    (S) Cross-references: Wives/Muses; JR; Hints; Circuses

  • "Oh no, they say he's got to go go go GODZILLA
    Oh no, there goes Tokyo go go GODZILLA"

    —"Godzilla" by Blue Öyster Cult
    from the album SPECTRES (1977)

    (S/D)

  • "How long how long must we sing this song
    How long how long
    Cause tonight we can be as one tonight tonight
    SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY"

    —"Sunday Bloody Sunday" by U2
    from the album WAR (1983)

    (S) Cross-references: Greenaway 2; Hints

  • Kiss me once
    Kiss me twice
    C'mon pretty baby
    KISS ME DEADLY

    —"Kiss Me Deadly" by Lita Ford
    from the album LITA (1988)*

    *I discovered this song covered by the one and only Sandra Bernhard

    (See also "Kiss Me Deadly" by Generation X.)

    (S/B) Cross-references: NFR; JR; Greenaway 2; I Caved; Swing; Teach

  • "Nothing to do to save his life call his wife in
    Nothing to say but what a day how's your boy been
    Nothing to do it's up to you
    I've got nothing to say but it's O.K.
    GOOD MORNING GOOD MORNING"

    —"Good Morning Good Morning" by The Beatles
    from the album SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEART'S CLUB BAND (1967)

    Cross-references: JR; 1959

  • "You know you shook me baby
    You shook me ALL NIGHT LONG
    You know you shook me baby
    You shook me ALL NIGHT LONG
    You know you kept on shakin' me darlin'
    'Til you done messed up my happy home"

    —"You Shook Me" by Muddy Waters
    from the single YOU SHOOK ME (1962)*

    * This is the original version of a song that was covered by Jeff Beck, Led Zeppelin, and many others. Accept no substitutes! The title in question was also used in songs by the Joe Houston Orchestra, Lionel Ritchie, Joe Walsh, and AC/DC among others. I went with the coolest.

    (S/D) Cross-reference: Swing

  • "I AM WAITING, I AM WAITING, oh yeah, oh yeah
    I AM WAITING, I AM WAITING, oh yeah, oh yeah
    Waiting for someone to come out of somewhere
    Waiting for someone to come out of somewhere"

    —"I Am Waiting" by The Rolling Stones
    from the album AFTERMATH (1966)

    (S/D) Cross-reference: Swing

  • "There's a new sun
    Risin' up angry in the sky
    And there's a new voice
    Cryin' we're not afraid to die
    Let the old world make believe
    It's blind and deaf and dumb
    But nothing can change the shape of THINGS TO COME"

    —"Shape of Things to Come" by Max Frost and the Troopers
    from the album SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME (1968)

    (S)

  • "So if you think your life is complete confusion
    'Cause you never win the game
    Just remember that it's a GRAND ILLUSION
    'Cause deep inside we're all the same"

    —"The Grand Illusion" by Styx
    from the album THE GRAND ILLUSION (1977)

    (S) Cross-references: JR; Greenaway 2; What Is Cinema?

  • "Then again, the last time I took hallucinogenic drugs was about five years ago. I took mushrooms in Joshua Tree looking for that Carlos Castaneda kind of experience. I got off. My boyfriend didn't. He fell asleep, left me alone with the television. Turned it on, turned on PBS. You know what was on? BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ. So I started watching it, and you know what? I got really bummed out."

    —"Folk Song" by Bongwater
    from the album THE POWER OF PUSSY (1991)

    Cross-references: Greenaway 2; DK

  • "DON'T LOOK BACK a new day is breakin'
    It's been too long since I felt this way
    I don't mind where I get taken
    The road is callin' today is the day"

    —"Don't Look Back" by Boston
    from the album DON'T LOOK BACK (1978)

    (S/D*/B) Cross-references: NFR; Hints; Teach

  • "Weaving down a byroad
    Singing the song
    That's my kind of Highroad
    Gone Wrong
    MY-MY
    Smile at least
    You can't say no to
    The BEAUTY AND THE BEAST"

    —"Beauty and the Beast" by David Bowie
    from the album "HEROES" (1977)

    (S/D) Cross-references: Glass; JR; Greenaway 2

  • "This ain't rock and roll
    This is GENOCIDE!"

    —"Diamond Dogs" by David Bowie
    from the album DIAMOND DOGS (1974)

    Cross-reference: 1968

  • "From our complete outfit for a DOUBLE SUICIDE
    I choose the palm that crosses the smart Tahitian shirt"

    —"Zopf: In a Sydney Motel" by The Penguin Cafe Orchestra
    from the album MUSIC FROM THE PENGUIN CAFE (1976)

  • "TO BE OR NOT TO BE
    That's the question unceasingly
    But with you I would know to be is to be
    Because without you I'm not a king
    Because without you it would never do
    Because I can't think what life would be like without you"

    —"You Don't Love Me Yet" by Roky Erickson
    from the EP CLEAR NIGHT FOR LOVE (1985)*

    *I discovered this song covered by Bongwater

    (See also "Think Twice" by Salvation.)

    (S/D*) Cross-references: NFR; Greenaway 2

  • "Won't somebody help me?
    Somebody help me
    Somebody help me
    I have never been so LONESOME and a long way from home"

    —"Lonesome and a Long Way From Home" by Eric Clapton
    from the album ERIC CLAPTON (1970)*

    *This song has been recorded by several artists, Clapton's is the first. And I realize there are countless songs with the word "lonesome" in them, but since this is a favorite, I'm including it here. (See also Hank Williams's "I'm so Lonesome I Could Cry.")

    (S/B) Cross-references: NFR; JR

  • "We'd go down to THE RIVER
    And into THE RIVER we'd dive
    Oh down to THE RIVER we'd ride"

    —"The River" by Bruce Springsteen
    from the album THE RIVER (1980)

    (S/B) Cross-references: I Caved; Upgrade

  • "Too many CITY LIGHTS
    Too many midnights on the wrong side of life
    Too many honky tonks never happening
    Ain’t been no time to find a good wife of my own"

    —"City Lights" by Dr. John
    from the album CITY LIGHTS (1978)

    (See also "Isn't It Nice" by of Montreal.)

    (S/D*) Cross-references: NFR; JR; Greenaway 2; I Caved; Swing; Evan; Teach; Cinéarts 6

  • "At the start you had a heart
    But in the end you lost your friend
    Can you see your own dark face?
    It's dying IN A LONELY PLACE"

    —"Face Up" by New Order
    from the album LOW-LIFE (1985)

    (See also "In a Lonely Place" by the Smithereens)

    (S/B) Cross-references: NFR; Wives/Muses; JR; Hints

  • "Living on borrowed time
    I'm in love with Mary, Queen of Scots
    Fourteen-hundred ninety-three
    And everything's like it should be
    I'm gonna stop wastin' my time
    HENRY V would have broken my arm"

    —"Sad Song" by The Velvet Underground
    from the box set PEEL SLOWLY AND SEE (1995)

    Cross-reference: Greenaway 2

  • "Welcome home MACBETH
    It's been a long long time
    And everyone knows you're here
    It's easy to see they care"

    —"Macbeth" by John Cale
    from the album PARIS 1919 (1973)

    (See also "Miss Macbeth" by Elvis Costello)

    (S) Cross-reference: Hints

  • "MURIEL since you left town the clubs closed down
    And there's one more burned out lamppost on Main Street
    Down where we used to stroll
    And MURIEL I still hit all the same old haunts
    And you follow me wherever I go
    And MURIEL I see you on a Saturday night
    In a penny arcade with your hair tied back
    And the diamond twinkles in your eye
    Is the only wedding ring I'll buy you
    MURIEL"

    —"Muriel" by Tom Waits
    from the album FOREIGN AFFAIRS (1977)

    (S) Cross-references: Wives/Muses; JR; Greenaway 2

  • "She wore RED SHOES by the newsstand
    As the rain splashed the nickle
    Spilled like chablis along the midway
    There's a little bluejay
    In a red dress on a sad night"

    —"Red Shoes by the Drugstore" by Tom Waits
    from the album BLUE VALENTINE (1978)

    (S) Cross-references: JR; Greenaway 2; What Is Cinema?

  • "Make sure they play my theme song
    I guess DAISIES will have to do"

    —"Tango Till They're Sore" by Tom Waits
    from the album RAIN DOGS (1985)

    (S) Cross-references: JR; Swing

  • "Trying to get my mansions green
    After I've GREY GARDENS seen
    Honey won't you hold me tight
    Get me through GREY GARDENS tonight"

    —"Grey Gardens" by Rufus Wainwright
    from the album POSES (2001)

    (S) Cross-references: NFR; Hints

  • "the angels inside—will meet me
    tonight
    on WINGS OF DESIRE—i come back
    alive"

    —"angels" by David Byrne
    from the album DAVID BYRNE (1994)

    (S/B) Cross-references: Wives/Muses; Greenaway 2; I Caved; Hints; Circuses; What Is Cinema?

  • "The words of love are not enough
    Though sweet as wine, as thick as blood
    PASSIONLESS MOMENTS and we are homeless
    Out on the street"

    —"A Soft Seduction" by David Byrne
    from the album FEELINGS (1997)

    (S/D) Cross-reference: JR

  • "Take a load off FANNY
    Take a load for free
    Take a load off FANNY
    And you put the load right on me"

    —"The Weight" by the Band
    from the album MUSIC FROM BIG PINK (1968)

    (See also "Fat Bottomed Girls" by Queen.)

  • "I AM CURIOUS, I AM CURIOUS
    You are curious, You are curious
    He is curious, she is curious
    We are curious, we are curious
    They are curious, they are curious
    It is curious, so very curious"

    —"Curious" by Komeda
    from the album WHAT MAKES IT GO? (1998)

    (S) Cross-references: Greenaway 2; Swing

  • "I could live a MILLION
    I could live a MILLION years"

    —"1,000,000" by R.E.M.
    from the EP CHRONIC TOWN (1982)

    (S) Cross-references: Greenaway 2; Theme Songs

  • "One NIGHT OF THE HUNTER
    One day I will get revenge
    One night to remember
    One day it'll all just end"

    —"Night of the Hunter" by Thirty Seconds to Mars
    from the album THIS IS WAR (2010)

    (S/B) Cross-references: NFR; JR; Greenaway 2; Sinister Preachers; Hints; Teach

  • "HEAVEN CAN WAIT
    And a band of angels wrapped up in my heart
    Will take me through the lonely night
    Through the cold of the day"

    —"Heaven Can Wait" by Meat Loaf
    from the album BAT OUT OF HELL (1977)

    (D) Cross-reference: JR

  • "What you gave me
    I could feel it
    Like the warm rays of the sun
    Such a small thing
    Took me farther
    Then I'd been with anyone
    What else can I tell you?
    My life was simply very bright
    So I traded the DAY FOR NIGHT"

    —"Day for Night" by Matthew Sweet
    from the album GIRLFRIEND (1991)

  • "Cause I don't want no RoboCop
    You moving like a RoboCop
    When did you become a RoboCop
    Now I don't need no RoboCop"

    —"RoboCop" by Kanye West
    from the album 808S & HEARTBREAK (2008)

    (See also "Growin' up in the Hood" by Compton's Most Wanted and "She's a Rejecter" by of Montreal.)

    (S/B*)

  • "Another night
    A night in ALPHAVILLE"

    —"Alphaville" by Bryan Ferry
    from the album OLYMPIA (2010)

    (S/D*) Cross-references: Wives/Muses; JR; Greenaway 2

  • "Is this the only PATH OF GLORY?
    If so, then I won't go along"

    —"Paths of Glory" by Faith No More
    from the album ALBUM OF THE YEAR (1997)

    (S/B) Cross-references: NFR; AGOGLIA; Wives/Muses; JR; Greenaway 2; Teach

  • "I saw her standin' on her front lawn just twirlin' her baton
    Me and her went for a ride sir and ten innocent people died
    From the town of Lincoln, Nebraska with a sawed off .410 on my lap
    Through to the BADLANDS of Wyoming I killed everything in my path"

    —"Nebraska" by Bruce Springsteen
    from the album NEBRASKA (1982)

    (See also Springsteen's "Badlands.")

    (S/B) Cross-references: NFR; JR; Hints; Swing; Teach

  • "BILLY LIAR's got his hands in his pockets
    Staring over at the neighbor's knickers down"

    —"Billy Liar" by the Decemberists
    from the EP BILLY LIAR (2004)

  • "There's my father looking on
    And there's my girlfriend arm in arm
    With the captain of the other team
    And all of this is clear to me
    They condescend and fix on me a frown
    How they love THE SPORTING LIFE "

    —"The Sporting Life" by the Decemberists
    from the album PICARESQUE (2005)

    (S)

  • "Where my KILLER tape at?"

    —Spoken word interlude by the Wu-Tang Clan
    from the album ENTER THE WU-TANG (36 CHAMBERS) (1993)

    (S)

  • "DO THE RIGHT THING
    Not talking about a black or white thing
    'Cause that will cause conflict
    To make this thing legit"

    —"Do the Right Thing" by Redhead Kingpin and the F.B.I.
    from the album A SHADE OF RED (1989)

    (See also "B.L.O.S.S.O.M." by Komeda, "Amazing" by Das Racist, and "Ill Na Na" by Foxy Brown)

    (S/B*) Cross-references: NFR; JR; Greenaway 2; Swing

  • It's easy to deceive
    It's easy to tease
    But hard to get release
    (Les yeux sans visage)
    EYES WITHOUT A FACE

    —"Eyes Without a Face" by Billy Idol
    from the album REBEL YELL (1983)

    (S/D)

  • "Now we can all become LORD OF THE FLIES
    When this industry sees it's demise
    Hold it up and try to destruct you get zapped with dead eyes"

    —"The Fire in Which You Burn" by Company Flow
    from the album FUNCRUSHER PLUS (1997)

    (S/D) Cross-reference: Hints

  • "Showbiz got it going on
    And we going to kick a little flavor like this
    In 1992, I SILENCE THE LAMBS."

    —"Silence of the Lambs" by Showbiz & A.G.
    from the album RUNAWAY SLAVE (1992)

    (S/B*) Cross-references: NFR; Greenaway 2; Teach

  • "Say, where did I see this guy?
    In RED RIVER?
    Or A PLACE IN THE SUN?
    Maybe THE MISFITS?
    Or FROM HERE TO ETERNITY?
    And everybody say, 'Is he all right?'
    And everybody say, 'What's he like?'
    And everybody say, 'He sure look funny'
    That's Montgomery Clift, honey!"

    —"The Right Profile" by The Clash
    from the album LONDON CALLING (1979)

    (S) Cross-references: NFR; Greenaway 2

  • "You're getting bothered staying low like under 400 BLOWS
    Makes you feel like you are all by yourself
    So when the chance comes along where you could help out a wrong
    The bull****'s got you stuck up on the shelf"

    —"New Cannonball Blues" by TV on the Radio
    from the album NINE TYPES OF LIGHT (2011)

    (S/B) Cross-references: Wives/Muses; JR; Greenaway 2; 1959; What Is Cinema?; Cinéarts 6

  • "The strangest organ is the human heart, man
    F*** with SHORT CUTS like I'm Robert Altman"

    —"Arrested Development" by Kool A.D.
    from the album 51 (2012)

    (S/D) Cross-reference: Swing

  • "Only twenty four hours in a day
    Only twelve notes well a man can play
    Music for all and not just one people
    And now we're gonna bust with the PUTNEY SWOPE sequel"

    —"Shadrach" by Beastie Boys
    from the album PAUL'S BOUTIQUE (1989)

    (S/D) Cross-reference: NFR

  • ''The morning shows on the radio
    The Case of the Missing Dog
    Lying on the pillows at the old 812
    Watching HAROLD AND MAUDE"

    —"The Best of Times" by Dream Theater
    from the album BLACK CLOUDS & SILVER LININGS (2009)

    (S) Cross-reference: NFR

  • "I tell you that it's real
    'Cause I feel it deep down in me
    It's growing like a cancer
    It's growing like ROSEMARY'S BABY"

    —"Can't Settle" by Witch Mountain
    from the album MOBILE OF ANGELS (2014)

    (S/B) Cross-references: NFR; 1968; JR; Greenaway 2; Hints; Swing

  • "My baby's dreaming the head of every creep that ever lived
    It stops all time MULHOLLAND DRIVE"

    —"Mulholland Dr." by Failure
    from the album THE HEART IS A MONSTER (2015)

    (S/B) Cross-references: JR; Hints; Swing; What Is Cinema?

  • "Get outta my head 'cause I don't need this
    Why I didn't I see this?
    Well I'm a victim—MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE
    I have sinned by just
    Makin' my mind up and takin' your breath away"

    —"Wait and Bleed" by Slipknot
    from the album SLIPKNOT (1999)

    (S/B) Cross-references: NFR; JR; Greenaway 2; Swing; Teach

  • "In the end the good will go to heaven up above
    The bad will perish in the depths of hell
    How can hell be any worse when life alone is such a curse?
    F*** ARMAGEDDON this is hell"

    —"F*** Armageddon... This Is Hell" by Bad Religion
    from the album HOW COULD HELL BE ANY WORSE? (1982)

    (See also "Arma-God****-Mother****in-Geddon" by Marilyn Manson)

  • "WISEBLOOD knows how to walk the way the wind blows
    WISEBLOOD hears grace whisper right behind"

    —"Wiseblood" by Tender Mercies
    from the album TENDER MERCIES (2011)

    (S/D) Cross-references: HDS; JR; I Caved; Upgrade; Sinister Preachers; Teach

  • "Thank you DR. STRANGELOVE for going doolally
    And leaving me the heritage of Damnation Alley
    Oh thank you DR. STRANGELOVE
    I said thank you DR. STRANGELOVE
    For giving me ashes and post-atomic dust"

    —''Damnation Alley" by Hawkwind
    from the album QUARK, STRANGENESS AND CHARM (1977)

    (S/B*) Cross-references: NFR; Hints; Swing; Teach

  • ''We have heard the CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT
    Into the void I go.''

    —''Chimes at Midnight" by Mastodon
    from the album ONCE MORE 'ROUND THE SUN (2014)

    (S/B) Cross-references: JR; Greenaway 2

  • "They say let go let go let go
    You must learn to let go
    If I hear that f***ing phrase again
    This baby is gonna blow
    Into a million itsy bitsy tiny pieces
    Of tiny pieces don't you know
    Just like my favorite scene in SCANNERS"

    —''Grey Tickles, Black Pressure" by John Grant
    from the album GREY TICKLES, BLACK PRESSURE (2014)

    (S) Cross-references: Greenaway 2; Swing

  • "But in my room
    Wish you were dead
    You bawl like the baby
    In ERASERHEAD"

    —"Too Drunk to F*ck" by the Dead Kennedys
    from the single TOO DRUNK TO F*CK (1981)

    (S/D*/B) Cross-references: NFR; 1968; Wives/Muses; JR; Greenaway 2; I Caved; Swing; Teach

60 comments

  • By Kilianf286
    December 19, 2015
    11:26 AM

    The Manchurian Candidate is mentioned in the song ''Wait and Bleed" by Slipknot: "Get outta my head 'cause I don't need this Why I didn't I see this? Well I'm a victim - Manchurian candidate I have sinned by just Makin' my mind up and takin' your breath away" From the self-titled 1999 album
    Reply
  • By Eric Levy
    December 23, 2015
    03:52 AM

    Thanks Kilian. It has been added. And sorry it took me a few days to reply. Hope you're enjoying the holiday season and this non-winter we're having here in Chicago.
    Reply
  • By Kilianf286
    December 23, 2015
    10:55 AM

    Eric, Happy Holidays! The weather's been great except for the rain and fog.
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  • By Brown
    December 25, 2015
    03:06 PM

    Merry Christmas Eric. Hope all is well!
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  • By Eric Levy
    December 26, 2015
    04:50 AM

    Thank you Jason! I hope yours was nice too. Any Criterion titles in your stocking? I got the Dreyer Box and IKIRU!
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  • By Brown
    December 31, 2015
    11:30 PM

    Nice! I got The Gold Rush. Unexpected, just the way I like it. Happy New Year as well!!
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  • By Collection
    January 24, 2016
    08:17 PM

    Have been itching to make a contribution to this list and think I'm ready to take a stab at it. "F*** Armageddon, This is Hell" is an early Bad Religion song that brings me back to my youth. As an educator and parent, I can understand your wanting to keep things clean around here, but maybe you can have some fun with it (there is a Marilyn Manson song title that is an even more explicit infix of the word Armageddon). Also, would a Criterion title that first started a song title eligible? If yes, then Gimme Shelter may be added (not sure I could even transcribe any of the lyrics in the chorus of that; kinda like a "Louie, Louie"). Thanks and I look forward to many happy returns to this fine list you've compiled.
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  • By Eric Levy
    January 29, 2016
    10:16 AM

    Hey Colly! So sorry it's taken me so long to respond. I was very excited to get your post, and today was honestly the first opportunity I've had to properly respond (see your comments about teaching and parenting). Anyway, thanks so much. I have added it, with a reference to the MM song to boot! And personally I don't care much about "offensive" language, but in case any of my list admirers do--not to mention the Criterion PTB (who have been admittedly squeamish about such things in the past)--I am resorting to asterisks where such language appears. I admit I hesitated about including the title of the Bongwater album, but a reference to BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ was too good to pass up, and no one has complained. And concerning your GIMME SHELTER suggestion, please see my Title Songs list.
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  • By Kilianf286
    February 02, 2016
    11:48 AM

    Wiseblood - Tender Mercies from the 2011 self-titled album A Wise Blood reference! I hope this qualifies even though Wise Blood is used as one word and not two words: "Wiseblood knows how to walk the way the wind blows, Wiseblood hears grace whisper right behind" This song has also been covered by the Counting Crows (two band members of the Crows are members of Tender Mercies) but never was released on a Counting Crows album.
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  • By Eric Levy
    February 02, 2016
    01:37 PM

    Definitely counts! Thanks so much Kilian. You have singlehandedly made this list so much better.
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  • By Kilianf286
    February 17, 2016
    01:32 PM

    "In a Lonely Place" - The Smithereens - from the album ESPECIALLY FOR YOU (1986) http://officialsmithereens.com/124/in-a-lonely-place-video/ I'm in a lonely place without you. I'm in a lonely place without you.
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  • By Eric Levy
    February 18, 2016
    09:03 AM

    Thanks once again Kilian. I had already thought of and added the New Order song when I saw your post, but I mention yours in the comments.
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  • By Kilianf286
    March 16, 2016
    06:28 PM

    ''Damnation Alley" - Hawkwind - from the album QUARK, STRANGENESS AND CHARM (1977) "Thank you DR. STRANGELOVE for going doolally, and leaving me the heritage of Damnation Alley Oh, thank you DR. STRANGELOVE I said thank you DR. STRANGELOVE For giving me ashes and post-atomic dust"
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  • By Eric Levy
    March 17, 2016
    08:40 AM

    Thank you once again. Definitely didn't know about that one.
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  • By Kilianf286
    May 16, 2016
    07:39 PM

    ''Chimes at Midnight" - Mastodon from the album ONCE MORE 'ROUND THE SUN (2014) ''We have heard the CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT Into the void I go.''
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  • By Eric Levy
    May 17, 2016
    04:28 AM

    Thank you again! Exciting new announcements this month!
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  • By Michael Heimbaugh
    September 02, 2016
    09:37 AM

    Great list! Might I suggest the title track from John Grant's 'Grey Tickles, Black Pressure' (2015)? "They say let go, let go, let go, you must learn to let go/If I hear that f*****g phrase again, this baby's gonna blow/Into a million itsy bitsy tiny pieces of tiny pieces, don't you know?/Just like my favorite scene in SCANNERS"
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  • By Eric Levy
    September 04, 2016
    10:00 AM

    Thank you so much Michael! Awesome one.
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  • By gamer2424
    September 26, 2017
    06:59 PM

    One that was missed was from the song "Too Drunk to F*ck" by the Dead Kennedys from Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death. The lyrics are "But in my room / Wish you were dead / You bawl like the baby / In Eraserhead". Still a great list!
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  • By Eric Levy
    September 28, 2017
    05:26 AM

    Thanks! It has been added.
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