Response, or "answer songs" are recordings that directly refer to a previously recorded song. Sometimes they take an opposing viewpoint, sometimes they show a different perspective, and sometimes they continue the story as a sequel. This playlist contains the original songs as well as the responses or sequels to the original, whether by the same artist or a different one. The list begins with 6 tracks that surround one of the most famous song-based conversations in Rock history. It all started when Lynyrd Skynyrd responded to the Neil Young compositions "Southern Man" and "Alabama" with one of their most recognizable hits, "Sweet Home Alabama". The song makes direct references to Young's music with lines like:
Well I heard mister young sing about her
Well, I heard ole neil put her down
Well, I hope neil young will remember
A southern man don't need him around anyhow
But this wasn't the end of the story, other artists also chimed in. In 1980, Warren Zevon urged us to "play that dead band's song" when referring to "Sweet Home Alabama" on the self-penned "Play It All Night Long". Current day southern rockers Drive-By Truckers added more backstory to the Neil Young/Lynyrd Skynyrd legend with "Ronnie and Neil" and "The Three Great Alabama Icons" from their seminal 2002 release Southern Rock Opera.
In addition to the above, this playlist contains another 4 hours of "answer songs". After the first 6 "Sweet Home Alabama" related tracks the playlist contains 34 songs, each one followed by an answer or sequel.
Calls, Responses and Sequels Playlist:
Tracks 1 - 6:
"Southern Man" and "Alabama" by Neil Young are responded to with "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd. The story is built upon further by Warren Zevon's "Play It All Night Long" and the Drive-By Truckers "Ronnie And Neil" and "The Three Great Alabama Icons"
"Killing Me Softly" by Lori Lieberman (Roberta Flack, The Fugees), often thought to be the answer song to "American Pie" by Don Mclean, is actually the answer song to Mclean's lesser known song on his American Pie album: "Empty Chairs".
"Complete Control" by The Clash begins "They said, release 'Remote Control', but we didn't want it on the label," referring to CBS Records releasing their song "Remote Control" as a single against the band's wishes.
"Your Generation" by Generation X is an answer song to The Who's "My Generation" and suggests that the sentiments expressed in the original song were irrelevant to the youth of the late-1970s.
"Scars" by Hannah Fury is an answer to "Scarborough Fair" by Simon & Garfunkel, from the woman's perspective.
"The Devil Comes Back to Georgia" by the Charlie Daniels Band is a sequel to their previous song "The Devil Went Down to Georgia".
"Major Tom" by Peter Schilling and covered here by Fenix TX refers to "Space Oddity" by David Bowie
"Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" by Meat Loaf is a response to Elvis Presley's "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You."
"21 Answers" by South View Soldiers is written as a response track to 50 Cent's "21 Questions"
"I'm That Type Of Nigga" by Tony MF Rock is a hardcore reply to L.L. Cool J.'s track "I'm That Type Of Guy" which was deemed as too soft and radio friendly by most hardcore rappers and rap aficionados.
"Bossy" by Kelis has an answer lyric to 50 Cent's "Piggybank" The Lyric "That's right, I brought all the boys to the yard/And that's right, I'm the one who's tattooed on his arm," in response to 50 Cent rapping, "Kelis said her milkshake bring all the boys to the yard/Then Nas went and tattooed the bitch on his arm" in his song.
"Hungry Daze" from Deep Purple's Perfect Strangers album contains the line "We all came down to Montreux, but that's another song" referring to "Smoke On The Water".
"Crazy In Love" by Beyonce / Jay-Z answer to the hit song which was released in 2003 named "03 Bonnie & Clyde"
"Peggy Sue Got Married" by Buddy Holly and the Crickets refers to their hit "Peggy Sue." In the later song, Holly relates a rumor that the girl who was once the object of his affections has wed someone else.
"Strong Enough To Be Your Man" by Travis Tritt is an answer song to the Sheryl Crow hit "Strong Enough". In Crow's song, she asks a man if he "is strong enough to be my man". In response, Tritt's song says to a woman that he "is strong enough to be your man."