Something Corporate – “Konstantine”
“It's to Jimmy Eat World/And those nights in my car/When the first star you see may not be a star/‘I'm not your star’/Isn't that what you said/What you thought this song meant/You thought this song meant”
Something Corporate’s “Konstantine” is a nearly 10-minute piano ballad about the ups and downs of a relationship taken from their 2003 Songs For Silent Movies EP. The track sets the scene with frontman Andrew McMahon describing a Jimmy Eat World listening session, specifically referencing lyrics from the band’s “For Me This Is Heaven” from their 1999 full-length Clarity.
Real Friends – “I Think I’m Moving Forward”
“‘Konstantine always tore me apart and made me cry/Now I hear that song and know that/I'm moving forward just like that train/I'm moving forward just like that”
In a somewhat meta moment, Real Friends make a shout-out to “Konstantine” just as Something Corporate did in the track itself with Jimmy Eat World. In an interview with Strife Magazine, Real Friends bassist Kyle Fasel revealed the importance of the Something Corporate track in his personal life. He stated he connected with it during a bad breakup and wasn’t able to listen to it for a while, but he has since experienced “emotional growth,” allowing him to listen to the track again.
Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Californication”
“And Cobain can you hear the spheres/Singing songs off Station To Station?”
The title track from Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 1999 Californication makes reference to several artists in overall relation to Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, five years after his death. Former Nirvana drummer and current Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl named the latter after the unexplained UFO-like spheres of light behind World War II aircrafts, which Genius reports is the explanation behind the lyrics’ spheres reference. The site also points out Nirvana covered David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold The World” on their famous MTV Unplugged segment, and the Foo Fighters later covered tracks from Bowie’s Station To Station, with a conclusion being drawn that it was a tribute to the late Nirvana vocalist.
Modern Baseball – “Re-Do”
“The future freaks me out but I guess I could just curl up in a ball and think”
Modern Baseball’s 2012 full-length debut Sports features “Re-Do,” a track that guitarist/vocalist Jake Ewald told Consequence Of Sound was a “conscious, tongue-in-cheek” way to pay homage to one of their influences, Motion City Soundtrack. The track references “The Future Freaks Me Out” from Motion City Soundtrack’s own 2003 debut full-length I Am The Movie. Ewald also revealed one of the first shows he attended with fellow Modern Baseball member Brendan Lukens was a 2010 Motion City Soundtrack set, and the duo later joined members of State Champs, Real Friends, Candy Hearts and Stickup Kid for a cover of “When You’re Around.”
Moose Blood – “Bukowski”
“I'll introduce you to Clarity/Teach you the words to ‘The Sound Of Settling’”
“Bukowski” originally appeared on Moose Blood’s 2013 debut EP Moving Home before being re-released on their first full-length I'll Keep You in Mind, From Time To Time in 2014. The track makes a reference to Jimmy Eat World’s 1999 record Clarity, as well as “The Sound Of Settling” from Death Cab For Cutie’s 2003 full-length Transatlanticism. As an added bonus, Moose Blood’s “Boston” from the same record gives a nod to Brand New’s Deja Entendu.
Third Eye Blind – “Rites Of Passage”
“I wish I could help you through this phase/It's like Bowie says/You pretty young things/You go through ch-ch-changes”
Taken from 2015’s Dopamine, “Rites Of Passage” gives a nod to David Bowie and two of his tracks. In an interview with Songfacts, frontman Stephan Jenkins revealed he is moved by Bowie’s music and its ability to remain modern. While writing “Rites Of Passage,” he made up a conversation that naturally included “I wish I could help you through this phase.” The statement reminded him of Bowie’s “Oh You Pretty Things” and then “Changes,” with Jenkins describing both references as a natural fit for the track.
NOFX – “Whoa On The Whoas”
“Between AFI and the Offspring, I don't think we need anyone else to sing anymore whoas”
In 2002, NOFX dropped 45 Or 46 Songs That Weren't Good Enough To Go On Our Other Records, which consisted of 47 songs either never released or released on a compilation. Among them was “Whoa On The Whoas,” in which the band calls out AFI and the Offspring for all their “whoa”-ing. On the same record, the track “Fun Things To Fuck (If You’re A Winner)” has Fat Mike stating “Fuck fans of Blink-182/That’s illegal if you’re born in ’83,” which, at the time of its creation, would have made anyone born in ’83 over 18 as a joke that Blink’s fans are all underage.
Alkaline Trio – “We've Had Enough”
“That said, we've had enough/Put Walk Among Us on and turn it up/Ain't nothing on the airwave in the hatred we feel”
“We've Had Enough” appears on Alkaline Trio's 2003 full-length Good Mourning, and it makes a reference to the Misfits 1982 debut full-length Walk Among Us. Alkaline Trio are self-described huge Misfits fans even releasing “Dine, Dine My Darling” on 2010's This Addiction as a play on the horror punk band's 1984 single “Die, Die My Darling.” That same year, frontman Matt Skiba told the Dallas Observer they can play almost any Misfits track live and have cycled through many options including “Attitude” in which drummer Derek Grant grabs the mic and Skiba hops behind the drum kit. Just this month, Alkaline Trio announced they would be opening for the Misfits lineup featuring Glenn Danzig, Jerry Only and Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein. The December Los Angeles show is the Misfits’ only 2017 show and their first since their 2016 Riot Fest reunion, which had marked the first time the lineup played together in 33 years.
Brand New – “Mix Tape”
“And I'm sick of your tattoos/and the way you always criticize the Smiths/and Morrissey”
Brand New frontman Jesse Lacey cites the Smiths and Morissey as major influences, so it's no surprise both get mentioned in “Mix Tape” from their 2001 debut, Your Favorite Weapon. It has also been revealed that leaked demo “Untitled 2” has alternate titles of “Morissey” and “1996.” In the past, Lacey covered Morissey's 1994 track “Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself” and gave a shout out to the vocalist by taping “Hi Moz” across his guitar when Brand New performed “The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2003.
Blink-182 – “San Diego”
“I can't sleep cause what if I dream/Of going back to San Diego/We bought a one way ticket/So we can go see the Cure/And listen to our favorite songs in the parking lot/And think of every person I ever lost in San Diego”
Taken from Blink's latest, California, “San Diego” gives the Cure a shout out. Blink-182 worked with the Cure vocalist Robert Smith back in 2003 on “All Of This” for their self-titled, which features the singer and former member Tom DeLonge. DeLonge previously revealed to the Washington Post that the track was inspired by the Cure’s “Love Cats,” and they weren’t even sure Smith was going to be involved at first with how long he took to send back his vocals. Mark Hoppus has also discussed his love of the Cure and their influence on him, telling AP in #252 that “Just Like Heaven” is what started it all back in high school where he would even emulate Smith’s appearance, red lipstick and all.
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