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Category Second Listen Fall 2022

For this second listen, I’d like you to think about the musical lineage your song exists within, just as we considered briefly in class on Friday, 9/23. By lineage, I mean how songs connect to one another by theme, phrasing, direct reference, and so on. Sampling can be a part of a lineage, but sampling is also used for reasons other than thematic connection, such as, for the beat.

For example, consider the lineage of: Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land” –> Jimi Hendrix’s “Star Spangled Banner” –> Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A” –> Childish Gambino’s “This is America” –> Gary Clark, Jr.’s “This Land.” Each of these songs exists as a critique of America and one or more of its policies, with a direct reference either in the lyrics or the title. They hint at a connection, even though it is not overt. But, and this is key, knowing about the prior song(s) adds a new level of understanding to the other song and so on. They construct a history of critique.

Lineages can also have songs made in reaction to other songs. For example, The Beatles’ “Help!” –> The Damned’s, “Help!” Or, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “That’s How I Like It” –> Green Day’s “American Idiot.” Or, Neil Young’s “Southern Man” –> Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama.” In these examples, bands and their music lead to other bands, working against them.

So, for this listen, I’d like you to discuss 2 of your song’s lineages based on the subjects covered in your song. Create lineages of 3 – 5 songs and explore not just what connects them but how those connections enhance your understanding of your chosen song.

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Post due Friday, 9/30 by 11:00pm.

Second Listening Post; Love It If We Made It

The 1975’s, Love It If We Made It, commentates the social and political state of the world. The theme throughout the song’s lineage is the discussion of relevant socio-political issues that were prominent in society during the time of the… Continue Reading →

Second Listen: Taylor Swift’s “The Man”

While Taylor Swift’s song “The Man” does not have any direct lineage to other songs, there are many songs that cover themes of sexism and the different treatment between men and women. One lineage I chose to explore was Dolly… Continue Reading →

Second Listen: “A Living Human Girl” by The Regrettes

The first lineage I choose to explore includes the songs “Typical Girls” by The Slits, Cool Schmool by Bratmobile, and Just a Girl by No Doubt. These songs contain a similar message to “A Living Human Girl” by The Regrettes,… Continue Reading →

Second Listen: “Big Yellow Taxi”

Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi” is an environmental protest song that brings awareness about the deterioration of nature and the need for change. Her song has been covered and sampled by many artists. But in looking at songs produces after… Continue Reading →

Second Listen: “P.M.R.C.”

Lineage # 1: Bouncing Souls’ “P.M.R.C.” → Frank Zappa’s “Porn Wars” → Danzig’s “Mother” → Ramones’ “Censorshit”  “Porn Wars” appears on Frank Zappa’s 1985 record Frank Zappa Meets The Mothers of Prevention, an entire album created in response to the… Continue Reading →

“Girl in a Country Song” Second Listen

In the first listening post I mentioned some songs that could have led to the response “Girl in a Country Song.” I have done more research and haver realized that degradation like this has been increasing since the 1980s. But… Continue Reading →

Second Listen: Collect Calls

The lineage that I chose for “Collect Calls” is mass incarceration/recidivism and desperation, a call for help. For instance, my lineage looks like this: “Locked Up” by Akon⟶“Do your Time” by Ludacris⟶ “Too Many Years” by Kodak Black ft. PNB… Continue Reading →

Second Listen: “Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken” by P!nk

“Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken” is an anthem about fighting for women’s rights, and not giving up the fight. There is a large history of women’s rights music that I had not known about before, but in my research, I… Continue Reading →

Second Listen: “Fake Happy” by Paramore

While Paramore’s “Fake Happy” does not have a clear-cut lineage from a specific song, the themes of struggling with mental health and putting on a smile for the outside world have been present in music for quite some time.  The… Continue Reading →

Second Listen: “Pretty Hurts” by Beyonce

Beyonce’s “Pretty Hurts” does not have any direct lineages in terms of references or direct connections, but there are songs that came before it and after it that send the same messages and make each song more meaningful. TLC released… Continue Reading →

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