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Happy Music Monday! As promised, this week we're providing the companion to last week's Music Monday. This week we're takin' a look at boy songs, the songs that carry a man's name. And boy songs aren't just singing about awesome dudes either. Sometimes they explore the dark side of being a fella:

Alice Cooper - Ballad Of Dwight Fry

 

Who hasn't had the feeling of being trapped? Or being made to feel like an outcast monster? In this song, horror actor Dwight Fry is a stand-in for the human condition of feeling helpless and out of control. Sure, that's a feeling women have too, but Dwight had a male name, so he qualifies for today's list. Nothing personal, ladies.

More boy songs to come inside. See you right after the jump!

In case you got here late, this is part two of a series. Last week's Music Monday boasted songs about the ladies, and today we're covering the songs about the dudes. Next week our Spotify playlist will return with a great big "Names" playlist made from both mixes, so check it out then! Today, though, let's focus on guy names in the current Music Monday below.

Michael Jackson - Ben

 

Who says all love has to be romantic? This song is about the kind of innocent love two buddies can share. One for all, all for one, and never mind that the main character is actually a murderous rat from a horror movie. What's important it that this song carries the innocent feeling of best friends. And that Ben is a man's name.

Janis Joplin - Me And Bobby McGee

 

Kris Kristofferson wrote this song, and his Bobby was a Roberta. But Janis Joplin's cover makes it clear how her Bobby is a Robert, and that's the version most people remember. Kristofferson and Joplin had a thing once upon a time, and even though he didn't write this song for her specifically, he certainly didn't mind that her version went to number one. Most people doing it now aren't covering Roger Miller, the man who recorded it first. They're covering Janis, the woman who recorded it best. That pretty much makes it her song now, and that makes Bobby a boy.

David Bowie - Andy Warhol

 

 

Now, it's probably impossible to actually shock David Bowie. But back in 1971, when he was still finding his way, it must have been a huge shock for young David to learn that Warhol, one of his idols, didn't actually enjoy this song. It just goes to show that Warhol wasn't always a visionary, because this specific song has won over legion after legion of Bowie fans. And it goes without saying it's about a very important man. PS to purists: the original is here if you don't care for the one I linked.

Paul Simon - Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard

 

I chose this version not because it's the original (which you can find here), but because of how Paul Simon just steps on that little kid's solo the second he's ready to start singing. Somewhere, Art Garfunkel is shaking his head in solidarity. Anyway, this mysterious song doesn't really HAVE an answer, as even Paul himself doesn't know what exactly Mama saw. But it's still super catchy, and it does feature a man's name, so it makes the cut! Unlike that poor little girl. Maybe she went on to sing backup with Los Lobos.

We're likely already waiting in the Turntable.fm room for the regular Music Monday event, but before you stop in, why not find a song with a guy's name, and throw it in the comments? Also please note that some images come from their corresponding Wikipedia page and are here under fair use.



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LarryLars


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Mr Crowley by Ozzy Osbourne


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tedzilla99


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Can you count Lola by The Kinks, since it's about a man?

Real suggestions now:

Biko - Peter Gabriel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ncVyxQRw70

Lenny - Stevie Ray Vaughn
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4s-OafVVG5U

How could you forget The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins? SHAME ON YOU SIR
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XC73PHdQX04

chicken0102


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"Major Tom (Coming Home)" by Peter Schilling

4, 3, 2, 1...

LarryLars


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Probably the best-known version:

"Hey Joe" by The Jimi Hendrix Experience


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CowboyDann


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Scratch that. I'll be back.

Edit: I'm back. Scott you're going to make me late for work, but I love ya so here you go.

Tiger Trap - Chester


David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust


Elliott Smith - Flowers For Charlie


M. Ward - Paul's Song



now I'm 3 minutes late! See ya later guys!

ruberad


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Are you kidding me? BOY NAMED SUE! Johnny Cash is spinning in his grave right now that you left this out. I mean it's actually ABOUT the NAME of a BOY!

hefty244


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The Ballad of Curtis Lowe by Lynyrd Skynyrd (Gah! Why is that so hard to spell????)was my first thought!

would Bob Dylan's Hurricane count? It was a guy's nickname, close enough?

gahaney


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The Twilight Singers - St. Gregory

redeema


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'Jeremy' by Pearl Jam and I always assumed 'Yellow Ledbetter' also by Pearl Jam was the name of a blind blues singer.

kchoschton


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Hey Jude?

rockytrh


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Mr Bojangles (dunno who sings it)
Dr Feelgood (Motley Crue)
Rudie Can't Fail (the clash)
Stan (eminem)
Mr Jones (counting crows)
Mr Brownstone (G&R)
Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ya (Dropkick Murphys)
Adam's Song (Blink 182)
Christian's Inferno (Greenday)
St. Jimmy (Greenday)
Spoonman (Soundgarden, and yes, Spoonman is a real person)
Big Bad John (Johnny cash?)
Buddy Holly (Weezer)
Clark Gabel (The Postal service)
Flash Gordon (Queen)
Eric's Trip (Sonic Youth)
Craig (Stephen Lynch)
Pierre (Stephen Lynch)
Floyd the Barber (Nirvana)
Mr. Amsterdam (Sum 41)
Frank Sinatra (Cake)
My Name is Jonas (Weezer)
Happy Jack (the Who)
Scotty Doesn't Know (don't remmeber)
Hey! Johnny Park (foo fighters)

cappyhead


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John, I'm Only Dancing -- David Bowie

Johnny Kick a Hole in the Sky -- Red Hot Chili Peppers

James K. Polk -- They Might Be Giants

The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill -- The Beatles

Rocky Raccoon -- The Beatles

Fred is Dead -- Fishbone

Young James Dean -- Girlyman

William, it was Really Nothing -- The Smiths

Story of Isaac -- Leonard Cohen

Stewart's Coat -- Rickie Lee Jones

Stagger Lee -- Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

"Simon Says" the Kingpin -- Fishbone

The Real Slim Shady -- Eminem

Monty Got a Raw Deal - R.E.M.

Fernando - ABBA

Alejandro - Lady Gaga

Mack the Knife - various

Tommy Can You Hear Me? -- The Who

David Duchovny - Bree Sharp
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=getG19TQ0go




ruberad


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Who's the baddest man in the whole damn town? Oh yeah, that would be BAD, BAD LEROY BROWN!

purgeme


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Big Bad John - Jimmy Dean
Billy the Kid - Jimmy Dean
Dear Ivan - Jimmy Dean (yes I like Jimmy Dean)

Ballad of Ira Hayes - Johnny Cash (sniff still a sad song)

Uncle Albert - beatles

Johnny B Goode.

Any Christmas song or song about Santa - well, they are guys!

miskreeta


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CowboyDann wrote:
now I'm 3 minutes late! See ya later guys!



You can't forget Cowboy Dan by Modest Mouse:



I was at the show the day before. It seems like ages ago...

ecbntmkr


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The Killing of Georgie - Rod Stewart

Vincent - Don Mclean

You Can Call Me Al - Paul Simon

Rene and Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After the War - Paul Simon

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tedzilla99 wrote:Can you count Lola by The Kinks, since it's about a man?

Real suggestions now:

Biko - Peter Gabriel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ncVyxQRw70

Lenny - Stevie Ray Vaughn
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4s-OafVVG5U

How could you forget The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins? SHAME ON YOU SIR
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XC73PHdQX04



Was going to suggest "Lola" as well, as fitting both men and women songs. But "Lenny" by SRV, that's an ode to his wife, Lenora (who people call "Lenny") as a thank you for getting his friends together to buy him the guitar on which he composed the song, that same night.

Yeah, I know maybe a bit too much SRV trivia! ;)

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and how about this timeless classic --

tjamil


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I have two songs, both referring to singers:

James Brown is Dead by LA Style. Song came out in 1991, Brown died in 2006.

Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilara

Woodpecker


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Beatles - Dr. Robert

LarryLars


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Billy seems to be a popular name:

"Billy Don't Be A Hero" - original by Paper Lace (#1 UK); Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods (#1 USA, Canada)

"Which Way You Going Billy?" - The Poppy Family


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2 for 1 special today.

Elton John had Levon and Daniel.
Fudge Tunnel had Rudge [NSFW (artwork)] and Like Jeff.
Fugazi had Cassavetes and Brendan #1.
The Kent 3 had Burl Ives and 1 Peter 4:3 (fantastic rock band, but cannot find linkage )
Shonen Knife had Magic Joe and Johnny, Johnny, Johnny, AND Antonio Baka Guy

ishoplive


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Danny boy
Herman's hermits-I'm HENRY VIII
Old songs

klynb


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Let us discuss a Beach Boy:

matic


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All from Pink Floyd, because no music discussion is complete without mention of the greatest band in history:

Arnold Layne
Lucifer Sam
Corporal Clegg
Careful With That Axe Eugene
Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast
Seamus
Not Now John

Sermon ended, Amen.

Phil254


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purgeme wrote:

Uncle Albert - beatles



Uncle Albert was post-Beatles Paul McCartney and appeared on the RAM album.


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Ray Charles by Chiddy Bang

jai151


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Machine Gun Kelly - James Taylor

Look out Machine Gun, don't let them leave you out

pooflady


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Johnny Get Angry - Joanie Sommers
Stagger Lee - many
Timothy - The Buoys (just a little cannibalism)



The biggest lie that I tell myself daily..."I don't need to write that down, I'll remember it."

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Bob Dylan has quite a list (not including other people's songs he covered on his albums):


  • Ballad of Hollis Brown
  • Blind Willie McTell
  • Bob Dylan's Blues
  • Bob Dylan's Dream
  • Bob Dylan's 115th Dream
  • Don't Ya Tell Henry
  • Joey
  • Percy's Song
  • Ruben Remus
  • Song to Woody
  • The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest
  • The Death of Emmett Till
  • Who Killed Davey Moore


Joey
also made me think of Watching Joey Glow by Steve Goodman.

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