Deadsplinter Up! All Night: What’s in a Name?

Songwriters are often inspired by people in their lives, historical icons or just people with fun names to rhyme with. I’m sure you all burst into song when you hear certain people’s names, just admit it. Do you have a favorite song about a real person, made up character, or just random name?  Here’s a few of mine. I’m pretty sure Keitel introduced me to this first band in the Deadspin DUAN days & I binged/downloaded a ton of their songs after that.

The Fratellis – Chelsea Dagger 

Ashley MacIsaac – Brenda Stubbert

The Bottle Rockets – Nancy Sinatra

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  1. and i guess ill add something a little older too… i think this is my favourite version of it

    • That Pearl Bailey/Dinah Shore duet was amazing. I love Mack the Knife. I love the original even better, one of my favorites of all time:

      It’s from Threepenny Opera (Dreigroschenoper). Kurt Weill was the composer and Lotte Lenya, playing Jenny, sang it. They had a very tempestuous relationship, divorced in 1933, and fled to Paris separately. Weill was Jewish, Lenya was not. They then were lucky enough to continue on to New York before the shit really hit the fan and America closed its borders. Once in New York they remarried. Poor Kurt, though, he died in 1950, aged just 50. Lotte lived to be 83 and is familiar to more Americans than know it because she played Rosa Klebb in From Russia With Love. 

      • Thanks for sharing & being with us Cousin!  This is great.

        • In real life my name translates as “Interesting but not particularly relevant trivia.” 
          I love the Dreigroschenoper. I’ve seen both the German and the American movies, and I’ve seen it performed on stage in both German and English. Many times. This is the other famous song from it, but Bobby Darin never did an English-language version so it didn’t become the phenomenon that Mack the Knife did.


  2. For Emily Wherever I May Find Her – Simon & Garfunkel

    Cecilia – Simon & Garfunkel

    I can’t help but croon these……..

    • So many choices so I have to post one more!
      John Barleycorn Must Die – Steve Winwood

  3. I’ve got a few songs with people’s names in the titles, like Eleanor Rigby, but mostly I think of the band names:
    Marshall Tucker (fake name):

    Tesla (real):

    Jethro Tull (real):

    Lynyrd Skynyrd (fake spelling of a real person’s name)


  4. I was just singing this song the other day so I have to post it

    The Blasters – Marie Marie



    But there are so many I can’t just pick one

    The Band – Jemima Surrender




    • I love the Blasters!  Great choice!

    Love that Fratellis song, btw.

    • The Fratellis actually have a bunch of “name” songs, like Dirty Barry Stole the Bluebird, I’m Gonna Be Your Elvis, Nina, Rosanna, Johnny Come Last, Henrietta, My Friend John, Mistress Mabel, and my other favorite, Ella’s in the Band.


      • I’m partial to Henrietta

  6. Little Richard – The Best (Five song compilation)

    1. Long Tall Sally
    2. Tutti Frutti
    3. Lucille
    4. Good Golly Miss Molly
    5. Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On
    1, 3, 4 should be OK/on topic!

  7. Nick Mulvey, Alisa Craig

    Alex G, Bobby


  8. It’s the name of a ship but also someone’s name – 

  9. @loveshaq

    My knowledge of music has greatly expanded since you have been around. Here are The Dickies – Manny, Moe And Jack

    • Ahhh, thanks!  Not sure I believe you but I’ll take it.

  10. Deadsplinter DUAN is better than the original DUAN because it is run by those who loved DUAN the most…and because of your knowledge and creativity.

    That said, I’m probably going to ruin this DUAN with songs I used to like more than I do now.

    This song about Jimi Hendrix:

    This song about Marilyn Monroe:

    This song about Johnny Cash:

    This song about Eyedea:

    and this song about Eazy-E (Eric Wright):

  11. I like this theme.  It lets me post three of my favorite records from before I was born.

    • If you don’t listen to at least that Mills Brothers cut, you’re missing out.  When Harry Mills hits that augmented 5th at 2:07, it gives me the shivers.

  12. Here is one about Michael Jackson, unfortunately released less than a week before his passing 😐

  13. The video is a little dark – 52 Girls – B-52’s

  14. Brenda’s Iron Sledge – Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians

    Please don’t call me Reg. It’s not my name.

  15. Loved Robyn Hitchcock since I first heard that unmistakeable voice. “I guess his name was Bruce”


  16. nobody posted it yet

    and one coz its pretty

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