By Dylan Brown INland 360
Everyone wants to tell you what theyve been reading. From the overt Bruce Springsteens ode to Steinbecks classic The Ghost of Tom Joad to the obscure the Beatles allusion to a poem from 1603 that plays in Golden Slumbers references to the classics are everywhere in music.
Saluting Citizen Kane The Union Forever by The White Stripes
Well, Im sorry but Im not interested in gold mines, oil wells, shipping or real estate, I really just like the White Stripes. Inspired by the greatest movie ever made, Citizen Kane, Charles Foster Kane rocks hard in the garage as Jack White puts the films most famous lines to work with his screechy guitar, and then there is true love. Referencing Lolita Dont Stand So Close to Me by the Police
If you were ever a school girl in 1980 with that 20-something hunk of a teacher, humming the temptation, frustration in this track could make things really uncomfortable. But if you actually did your literature homework, you would have gotten the reference to the protagonist of Vladimir Nabokovs novel Lolita and his hebephilic relationship with his stepdaughter. Paying attention class? Melancholy mirror Paranoid Android by Radiohead
Dont Panic the immortal words inscribed on The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, the classic novel, wonderful radio series and awful film written by Douglas Adams. Adams hilarious Eeyore of the cosmos, Marvin the Paranoid Android, never panicked because the universe was so unbelievably dull, it depressed him, and the melancholy of Radioheads epic captures its namesake perfectly.
Senseless acts Killing An Arab by the Cure
Somehow a song written by one of the bands that inspired generations of angsty-yet-sensitive teenagers to don black and talk about death and darkness just couldnt be flat racist. And, dont worry, its not its even more depressing than that. Its a reference to the climactic scene of Albert Camus existential The Stranger, in which the protagonist shoots an Arab for no reason. Nilihists rejoice.
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