366TAS: 3:43 – The National – So Far Around the Bend

It’s always kind of fun when a band name-drops another artist in song. Sometimes it’s an explicit tribute, sometimes it’s part of an ongoing feud, sometimes it’s just a pop culture reference. So far, I think I’ve featured three tracks featuring a shout-out to someone else (here, here, here), and this is the fourth. Presumably, the protagonist in “So Far Around the Bend” meets with a happy ending, as the prayers for Pavement to get back together have now been answered. I’m not sure if it has been a great second go-round for them… at least I was unimpressed with the show they put on two summers ago.

Speaking of Pavement, they’ve had quite a history with references in their songs. “Stereo” was an alternate choice for the Pavement post at 3:07, and that included a Geddy Lee reference. More infamously, with “Range Life,” they produced the rarely seen non-hip-hop diss track where they put down the Smashing Pumpkins and Stone Temple Pilots. But maybe all that excitement that Pavement is why the subject of “So Far Around the Bend” was praying for them to get back together? I’m going with that until convinced otherwise…

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2 Responses to 366TAS: 3:43 – The National – So Far Around the Bend

  1. John says:

    I’ve got a song that led to a reference in another song. Outrageous Cherry’s “Our Love Will Change The World,” was a frequent play on my car’s CD player as I drove around DC in the late fall of ’05, and it’s one of my favorite songs from that year. It also inspired my friend Ed Masley, singer/songwriter for the Phoenix band The Breakup Society (after handling the same roles for the Pittsburgh band the Frampton Brothers), to write a song called “The World Will Change Our Love” (which is also pretty good). Here’s Outrageous Cherry:

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_R8j9D8mcXg&w=420&h=315%5D

  2. James says:

    My pick for The National would have been either “Green Gloves” (3:39) or Bloodbuzz Ohio (4:35).

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