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Response Songs And Sequels

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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"  

Tracks 7-8
"It Wasn't God Who Made Honky-Tonk Angels" by Kitty Wells is an answer song to "The Wild Side of Life" by Hank Thompson.

Tracks 9-10  
"The Chelsea Hotel Oral Sex Song" by Jeffrey Lewis refers to "Chelsea Hotel #2" by Leonard Cohen

Tracks 11-12
"Mannish Boy", orignally "Manish Boy" by Muddy Waters was an answer to (and simultaneously a cover of) Bo Diddley's "I'm a Man"

Tracks 13-14
"(I'll Never Be) Your Maggie May" by Suzanne Vega is an answer song to Rod Stewart's "Maggie May".

Tracks 15-16   
"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".  

Tracks 17-18
"But Julian, I'm a Little Older Than You", by Courtney Love, is an answer to The Strokes' song "Meet Me In The Bathroom", about a fling between Love and Julian Casablancas.

Tracks 19-20
"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.

Tracks 21-22
"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.

Tracks 23-24
"Eden is Burning" by John Mellencamp starts with the line, "Diane and Jack went to the movies," an obvious reference to his classic, "Jack and Diane."    

Tracks 25-26
"I'll Save The Last Dance For You" by Damita Jo is the answer song to "Save The Last Dance For Me" by The Drifters. 

Tracks 27-28
"I'm Sorry (But So Is Brenda Lee)" by Marshall Crenshaw  refers to Brenda Lee's "I'm Sorry"

Tracks 29-30
"Fred Jones Part 2" by Ben Folds is a sequel to "Cigarette" by Ben Folds Five

Tracks 31-32
"Scars" by Hannah Fury is an answer to "Scarborough Fair" by Simon & Garfunkel, from the woman's perspective.

Tracks 33-34
"Get Up" by R.E.M. was written by Michael Stipe in response to the song "Like the Weather" by folk-rock band 10,000 Maniacs.  

Tracks 35-36
"The Return of Jackie and Judy" by The Ramones refers to their previous song "Judy Is A Punk"

Tracks 37-38
"The Devil Comes Back to Georgia" by the Charlie Daniels Band is a sequel to their previous song "The Devil Went Down to Georgia".   

Tracks 39-40
"Major Tom" by Peter Schilling and covered here by Fenix TX refers to "Space Oddity" by David Bowie 
Tracks 41-42
"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."  

Tracks 43-44
"No Pigeons" by Sporty Thievz is an answer song to "No Scrubs" by TLC.

Tracks 45-46
"21 Answers" by South View Soldiers is written as a response track to 50 Cent's "21 Questions"

Tracks 47-48

"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.

Tracks 49-50
"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.  

Tracks 51-52
The title, "I Wrote Holden Caulfield" by Screeching Weasel, is a reference to the title of Green Day's "Who Wrote Holden Caulfield?"  

Tracks 53-54
"London Boys" by Johnny Thunders, putting down the Sex Pistols. is an answer to the Sex Pistols' "New York" putting down the New York Dolls. 

Tracks 55-56
"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".

Tracks 57-58
"Achy Breaky Song" by Weird Al Yankovic is a song-length rant about Billy Ray Cyrus' "Achy Breaky Heart".   

Tracks 59-60
"Bye Bye Johnny" by Chuck Berry is a sequel to and references the events in "Johnny B. Goode".

Tracks 61-62
"Crazy In Love" by Beyonce / Jay-Z answer to the hit song which was released in 2003 named "03 Bonnie & Clyde"    

Tracks 63-64
"Goodies" by Ciara answers Petey Pablo's 2004 rhythmic hit "Freek-A-Leek", shortly four months after its release.

Tracks 65-66
"Let's Twist Again" by Chubby Checker is a sequel to his song from the previous year "The Twist".   

Tracks 67-68
"Never Again" by Oleander contains lyrics that are a direct reference to "Take It On The Run" by REO Speedwagon ("Heard it from a friend who… heard it from a friend who…")

Tracks 69-70
"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.

Tracks 71-72
"Queen of the House" by Jody Miller and covered here by Mrs. Miller answers "King of the Road" by Roger Miller

Tracks 73-74
"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."

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